About Us

CrossFit Amesbury is a family-owned affiliate whose objective is to raise awareness about fitness, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. It is our goal to become an integral part of the community with CrossFit as the common thread. We are committed to developing and nurturing all of our members, and to helping them embrace a lifestyle that we know changes lives. Everyone has the potential to be the best they can be physically, mentally, and emotionally. We want to be there to help you tap that potential and make it a reality.

Our Team

Dennis Monaco
Co-Owner & Coach

I began CrossFit back in 2010 when my son opened CrossFit Route 1. At his urging, I started my journey. It was a struggle at first, but when I started to see results I became inspired. Up until this point I had “let myself go.” I was overweight, out of shape, and my diet was not healthy. Being closer in age to 60 than 50, I knew my health was directly related to my lifestyle. And so it began.

CrossFit has given me the confidence to try new things in the gym. Things that I never would have tried on my own. Olympic lifting is at the top of the list. It has made me realize that age is just a number, and you are capable of more than you know. That mindset is important for older athletes like myself as it will serve me well for the rest of my life.

What I love about CFA is the community we have built. Our members embrace the notion that working out with people of like mind also leads to new friendships. This was our goal, and I feel we have accomplished it. I get excited coming to the gym and seeing everyone embracing the pain with smiles, high fives, and fist pumps.

Since we can’t do CrossFit all day every day, I fill some of my spare time with golf. I walk and carry my bag when I can. Thanks CrossFit. I also enjoy gardening with my wife.

Braden Monaco
Co-Owner & Coach

I started CrossFit in 2010 when CrossFit Route 1 was opened. When my brother opened that gym, we all did so much work to get it ready, and it quickly became home. I was really tired of the same old gym routine – I thrive in team environments and really need the accountability of others to drive my performance when working out.

CrossFit means everything to me. It has united my entire family, and it has changed the way we think and act when it comes to exercise, nutrition, and all around wellness. CrossFit has brought me some of my closest friends and a community of people that stand beside each other no matter what.

CFA has become an extension of my family. The CFA Community drives me to be better, learn, grow, and thrive. These 4 walls are truly magical.

I honestly do CrossFit in my spare time. That, and enjoy time with my family – which also revolves around exercise and movement. And of course, golf!

Jared Monaco
Co-Owner & Coach

I was first exposed to CrossFit as an athlete in Fall of 2009 and quickly fell in love with both the sport and the community that it creates. I pursued my CrossFit certification in 2010 to open CrossFit Route 1 in Melrose.

I’ve always loved being part of a team – I grew up playing competitive soccer and lacrosse throughout high school and college. Following college I became a personal trainer and started coaching high school varsity lacrosse. My experience as both an athlete and a coach provided for a great foundation to coaching CrossFit.

At CrossFit Amesbury, I am most excited about fostering another community and helping our members to experience the benefits of the sport in every aspect of their lives.

Casey Fallon
COACH

I’m originally from Newburyport, MA, and I graduated from Roanoke College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength & Conditioning Association in 2011. I was an intern at The Parisi Speed School where I developed techniques for coaching young athletes while giving them a fun and engaging workout. Most recently I worked as a personal trainer and strength coach in New York and West Virginia, helping people of all ages and fitness levels attain their health or performance goals.

I’m passionate about pushing athletes to become the best versions of themselves through hard work and dedication.

I was a 4 year starter for the Roanoke golf team, and still play golf as much as I can. I also love spending time with my wife Katie who is a teacher, our daughter, Harper, and our dog Sadie.

Derek Clark
COACH

In 2015, I was interning at a gym doing strength and conditioning. The gym had a small CrossFit box attached to it, so I gave it a try and was instantly hooked. As a former high school and college athlete, I always enjoyed being part of a team. CrossFit gives you that great feeling of being part of a team and community bigger than yourself. I’ve worked at and been to many other CrossFit gyms, and I’ve never felt a greater sense of close community than I do at CFA. In my spare time, I like to hang with friends, watch movies, and try not to eat too many foods that will derail my fitness goals.

Emily Monaco
COACH

I started my Crossfit journey in June of 2010. I had been dating Braden for around 4 months, and his brother Jared was opening a Crossfit gym in Saugus. I have always been active my entire life…a hardcore gym go-er, Crosfitt interested me, but I was skeptical. I remember seeing Jared and his team compete at the 2010 Crossfit Regional’s in Canton, MA; I kept telling myself “I can do that.” Once I started, I was hooked, and haven’t looked back since. Crossfit, to me, means strength…not in the broad sense of the word, but more tailored towards me, a woman, and a mom of two girls. Plain and simple, I love being a small girl, and being able to lift heavy things and move fast athletically. I love having muscles on my body that show how hard I work as an athlete, and mostly I love that my two daughters see this, and have grown up with this, so that I can create this mentality within their minds that girls can be beautiful, and strong, just like men. For a very long time, I lived in an unhealthy world…not eating enough, thinking I needed constant cardio, but Crossfit has given me a healthy me and shown me that as our bodies age, we are damn sure going to want to have strong muscles in our body!

I love CFA so much because it’s my family! I love all the smiling faces that walk in the door, and I love that even if you aren’t smiling when you walk in the door, you most certainly will be when you leave. I love all the families and all the kids that are a part of our community….I love the laughter and joking, and that we all encourage, motivate, and support one another. I’m so grateful to coach, and am always eager to use my Crossfit background and experiences to help our members further themselves as athletes. In my spare time, I am a full-time Mom to two strong willed and spirited girls, Everlyl(5) and Maeve(3)….and boy are they a ton of work! I’m grateful that Crossfit gives me the strength and energy to keep up with them. I also love my friends, many of whom I have found through CFA….wine nights are the best nights! And most of all, weekends, when my entire family can be together! I also love shopping and cleaning!

Branden Woitunski
COACH

I got started with CrossFit back in early 2016 when my dad signed me up. From there, it really became what I wanted to do in my life. I dropped about 35 pounds, and I kept wanting to get more fit every day. To me, CrossFit is special because it’s not only a way to get healthy and fit, but is also incredibly fun. It introduces you to a community that is never judgmental and always has your back. CFA is the gym that started it all for me. It helped me get past being quiet and self conscious, and it gave me a place to train for my goals as an athlete and a coach. Most of all, CFA has given me some of the best friends anyone could ask for. In my spare time, I can usually be found practicing guitar, hoping to shred like Steve Vai. Besides guitar, I also love to hang out with my friends and play games.