Coaches

Dave Torpy

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General Manager

I’m a former police officer, retiring after 20 years. Many of those assignments required an expected level of fitness. However, nothing had been as pertinent to my former job as CrossFit. After some high school sports and a list of gym memberships, I found CrossFit in 2010. My journey has been life-changing, in both fitness and health. I hold the following certification: CrossFit Level 1 & Level 2, and CrossFit Kids. I find it very rewarding to coach people – both new and veterans – and see them reach their fitness goals.

Aviv Bercovicz

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CrossFit Adaptation Head Coach

I’ve been involved with CrossFit training since 2006. Since then I have accrued thousands of hours working with individuals of all fitness levels and backgrounds. My athletic experience was focused on competitive wrestling at the scholastic and collegiate levels. I competed at the NCAA Division 1 Level at American University under Mark Cody, and then served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at American University from 2003-2004. I hold the following certifications and certificates: CrossFit Level 2, RKC Certified, CrossFit Football, CrossFit Barbell, CrossFit Powerlifting, CrossFit Weightlifting, CrossFit Strongman, CrossFit Kettlebell, CrossFit Mobility, and CrossFit Kids.

Curtis Blake

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Owner / Coach

I am a former police officer who served in both the Arlington County and DC Metropolitan Police Departments. I worked in the Tactical Unit, as a Field Training Officer, and patrol over the course of 13 years with both organizations.  I’ve been coaching CrossFit full-time since 2007 and have never looked back. I am Level 2 CrossFit and CrossFit Kids certified in addition to having attended multiple other CrossFit certifications. I believe that CrossFit is not exclusive to “athletic” types and that everyone benefits from our workouts.

Lauren Ashley

I am a certified Level 1, Level 2, and CrossFit kids trainer, a student working on my Masters in Nutrition Education, and a mom of four very athletic grade school kids. I was always a competitive student athlete; but resigned myself to the globo-gym machine-based work-outs as an adult. I desperately missed the competition and camaraderie of my student days but could not find an outlet for it (competitive parenting is frowned upon). I even took up running for a while simply so I could have some benchmark of an effort “for time.” But in truth nothing satisfied my athletic and competitive heart until I found CrossFit. My first “mini-Cindy” was a blue band, knee push up, humbling experience for someone who considered herself fit, but I couldn’t wait to come back. I love coaching adults, especially beginners.

Rick Bucinell

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Olympic Lifting Coach

I’ve been involved in competitive Olympic Weightlifting for 11 years and in the fitness industry for over 20 years. To date, my 4 World Masters Championship titles in Olympic Weightlifting are an endorsement for the coaching I’ve received and will pass along to you.
Current Records:
5-Time Masters World Champion
4 Masters World Records
3 World Games Records
9 Masters Pan Am Records
8 Masters National Records
9 Masters American Records

Pertaining to Olympic Weightlifting, I am certified as a USA Weightlifting Club Level Coach. My experience with athletes of all levels – from professional to the de-conditioned – will ensure our Sunday workshop helps with your movement and efficiency.

Andrew Walker

I have been CrossFitting since March 2009, and in that time I have seen the physical and mental changes I was hoping for in a workout regimen. Before joining CrossFit, my workout routine was just that – very routine, but not satisfying or effective. After two-plus years, I am in the best shape of my life and continue to look forward to the workouts every day. I find the variety and intensity of CrossFit keep my interest and continually provide new challenges. In my capacity as a Marine in the Reserves, CrossFit has allowed me to keep my PFT scores consistently higher than Marines 10 years younger. In addition to the physical benefits, the CrossFit community is a great group, consistently providing the camraderie and competition I’ve found invaluable in continuing to make athletic progress

Danny Hale

I am a father, a working professional, and an athlete. I played college football, and after graduating I thought my days of being an athlete were over. I spent the following 9 years using adulthood, fatherhood, genetics, and a busy career as an excuse to explain and live an unhealthy and inactive lifestyle. In 2009, I committed to make a change and lost 35lbs and found a passion for fitness and competition. Eventually that passion lead me to try CrossFit on my own in 2011. I was immediately drawn to it as I found CrossFit as a superior means to reach a well-rounded and functional level of fitness and eventually joined CFA in 2012. CrossFit proved to me that it’s never too late to be your best and that fitness, competition, and sport can be a lifelong pursuit. I am Level 1 certified and I take equal satisfaction in helping others in that pursuit.

Jordan Bradley

I am a former elementary school teacher and have been a swim coach for many years. I swam competitively for most of my life, and through college. After college, I tried numerous workout routines and ran my first marathon. I was introduced to CrossFit in March 2012, and immediately wondered -where has this been my whole life? I love being able to set goals for myself and see those goals come to fruition, and knowing that there is always something to improve on and strive for. I especially love the community, camaraderie and friendships I have made at CrossFit Adaptation and CrossFit Falls Church. I received my Level 1 Certification in September 2013, and I also have a NASM personal training certification. I look forward to helping others reach their goals and I am excited to be a part of the CFA/CFFC coaching staff

Brian Leung

As an attorney, I spend most of my working hours at a desk in front of the computer, like so many others do. When I discovered CrossFit in 2012, I was immediately hooked and, over the course of the months that followed, I realized that CrossFit was a way not only to increase my overall fitness, but also to develop and improve my daily motor patterns. I appreciate that CrossFit produces measurable physical results while presenting a different set of mental challenges than what our normal workday provides. I’ve enjoyed seeing what my body is capable of doing through CrossFit, and look forward to continuing to share this knowledge and experience with others, and in particular, with those who may not come with a background in athletics. I hold certificates as both as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and a CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer.

I have been active all my life, from playing soccer, to running track and cross-country, swimming, and tennis. After college, I started to run more, since it was easy, cheap and I thought, a great overall body workout. However, back problems started, and soreness that wouldn’t leave in my feet and a plethora of other ailments that wouldn’t end. I had heard about CrossFit from friends, but was intimidated by Olympic lifts, the pace of the workouts and, well, all of it. The first workout left me unable to peel myself from the floor for a good ten minutes, and it was then I knew I was hooked. My version of healthy and in-shape was quickly voided after my first WOD, and now, four years later I can say with confidence, that I am the healthiest I have been all my life. The Olympic lifting that frightened the daylights out of me, has become one of my favorite parts of CrossFit. I also credit Olympic lifting with the fact that my back problems happen less frequently, since I am stronger overall. My entire family has embraced the fun, and mornings in our house are spent doing burpees and man-makers, in order to earn whip cream for waffles. I enjoy helping people of all ages build strength, become more aware of how their bodies move, and obtain goals that at one time may have seemed out of reach. I hold a CrossFit Level 1 certification.

Emily Newton

Emily is a former level 10 gymnast who found CrossFit in 2012, after an injury forced her to retire from competitive gymnastics. After retiring from gymnastics, Emily missed the intense physical activity and thrill of competition. Fortunately, CrossFit offered the physical challenge and competitive atmosphere she had been missing! Emily is currently pursuing her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Marymount University and is a big believer that a healthy mind exists in a healthy body. Emily holds the following certifications: CrossFit Level 1.

Sue Gannon

I was first introduced to CrossFit in 2010 while stationed at the Pentagon. A long time swimmer and runner, CrossFit was a break from the normal routine and helped me develop strength I had never knew I had. In 2012, I completed Elements at Crossfit Adaptation and was hooked on the energy of the community. In January 2015, I started coaching at CrossFit Adaptation. I also coached at CrossFit Arifjan during my recent deployment. I love working with new clients and watching them develop strength and confidence they never thought possible. I also enjoy volunteering with our partner organization, the Athletes Without Limits – DC Rowing Team. I am CrossFit Level 1 certified coach and a paratrooper in the US Army Reserves.

Chris Rodriguez

I started CrossFit at CFA in the summer of 2013, doing Fran with a friend at a local gym. It took me over 10 minutes and left me in a weird mix of pain and high on endorphins. I had run competitively in high school and college and had done a number of marathons, but nothing prepared me for the intensity of that first CrossFit workout. I joined CFA looking to replicate that feeling and haven’t turned back, going from Elements to learning how to move correctly and now competing at multi-day competitions with the Generation Flex competition team. To me, there’s nothing that matches the intensity and community of CrossFit, and I absolutely love coaching and helping athletes find that same strange mixture of pain and endorphins that first drew me to the sport. My favorite moments as a coach are when athletes surprise themselves by hanging onto a bigger set than they though possible or hitting an unexpected PR. I have my CrossFit Level 1 Certification.

John McCarthy

I found CrossFit in 2009 after informing a friend that I needed to get in shape in order to get into the Marine Corps. At the time I could not do a single pull-up and failed to complete a 3 mile run for time. One year of CrossFit later, and I was completing 20 strict pull-ups, and a 19 min three mile run. It felt as though I had discovered something great. I wanted to help other people have the same experience. In 2011, I obtained my CFL1, and began coaching at two gyms simultaneously, between college and going on active duty. I went on to coach at Self Made CrossFit (Now Savin Rock Crossfit) and North Haven CrossFit. During that time I obtained my CrossFit kids certification and gained the bulk of my experience in helping athletes reach their fitness goals. I went on active duty in 2013 and have served as an infantry officer ever since. I continued to train myself when able but was no longer able to devote my time to training other athletes. I finally received orders to Arlington in October of 2016 and joined CrossFit adaptation in quick succession. I began coaching again in the spring of 2017 and will be obtaining my CFL2 this summer.

Sophia Singer

Being active has always been a daily routine for me; beginning when I was a kid riding horses. Once I graduated college and commissioned into the Air Force, my active lifestyle shifted from hours spent at the barn to hours spent in the gym. In the summer of 2013 during Air Force training, I was introduced to CrossFit; however, I chose to train for and compete in my first Powerlifting meet. Shortly after that, I competed in my first partner CrossFit competition – and let’s just say the spark was ignited. From 2015-2016, I spent a year overseas at Thule Air Base in Greenland. With little to do there outside of work, I focused on my fitness. Along with a few others, I held weekly CrossFit/Strongman/Powerlifting classes to everyone on base. Being in such an isolated part of the world, it not only helped others to stay active, but also kept their spirits high as all of us were away from family and friends. Shortly after my return, I knew my passion for inspiring others through fitness had to continue, so I went on to obtain my CrossFit Level 1 in 2016 and USAW L-1 in 2017. I have also been a Physical Training Lead and Unit Fitness Program Manager for the Air Force over the past four years; ensuring health and fitness standards across the Air Force. CrossFit establishes camaraderie unlike any other sport I have participated in and I am so excited to be a part of the CFA/CFFC coaching staff!

Aaron Ellis

Aaron is Virginia born and raised. The son of a preacher man, he hails from Williamsburg, Virginia in the good ole 757. For his day job, he works with the Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program, matching potential DoD donors with cancer patients. After years of walking on the treadmill and bench pressing with machines, his wife Sara convinced him to try CrossFit. Since joining CFFC in 2013, he says that he is in the best shape of his life. Aaron believes that consistency and intensity are the keys to change. “I find that in all areas of life if you do not attempt something that you can fail at, you will never grow. CrossFit has taught me how to identify my weakness, embrace pain, and seek after those things that seem insurmountable. CrossFit is often more mental than physical, so if you tell yourself you can do it – the body often will follow. The same is true in reverse.” Aaron is currently finishing his Masters in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University, and holds the CF-L1.

Greg Hales

I am a certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer; and began CrossFit in February 2011. As an athlete I played rugby in college, have completed a marathon and multiple half marathons, have competed locally in fitness competitions and recently began competing in Olympic weightlifting, having successfully qualified for and competed at the American Open Series III event in September 2017. As a coach, I have been coaching since May 2013 and enjoy helping members improve and push themselves in the gym, but I also love seeing how CrossFit can help people in other aspects of their life and I am grateful to be able to contribute to that growth. I enjoy helping members set goals, and talk about how things like nutrition, mobility, and recovery (including sleep!) can have significant impact on improved performance and quality of life (outside the gym).

Amanda Agostinelli

I studied Interventional Radiology at UVA, graduated in 2012, and then moved to Fairfax where I’ve been a Radiologic Technologist ever since. I just felt like I was missing something in my life, and decided to try some group classes and became extremely addicted to exercise almost immediately. Shortly thereafter, I started lifting weights independently and prepping for body building competitions (bikini division). After several bikini competitions, I realized that I no longer felt healthy, was run down and malnourished. After I got back in check and learned more about performance-based dieting, I realized that I was bored and lacked motivation now that I didn’t have that goal of being on stage anymore. I joined CrossFit with my husband (Nick) and we knew we were where we belonged almost instantly. I am CrossFit L1 certified, and am also currently studying to get a Precision Nutrition Certification. This year, I’m attending a course with the Nutritional Coaching Institute to become a specialist in Macronutrient style dieting.

Eric Wilson

I have been exercising, either in a weight room or from playing sports, since the 7th grade. Through high school I played six sports: football, wrestling, track & field, cross country, swimming, and ultimate frisbee. During the off seasons, I was always in the weight room. By 2016, I found myself lacking motivation to go to my local gym and I think it was because I was finally bored of traditional weightlifting. I wasn’t excited about exercising anymore and I basically stopped being active. In the fall of 2016, I was encouraged to give CrossFit a try, but I was skeptical at first. I took a free Saturday afternoon class and instantly loved it. In 2017, I started assisting as a coach with the Athletes Without Limit (AWL) group at CFA and that group was my inspiration to pursue coaching on a regular basis. I have my CrossFit Level 1.