Introducing the CrossFit Torque Team
Meet the fitness experts ready to help you achieve your fitness goals and your potential.
Amanda started CrossFit in March 2010 after months of encouragement from her family. Three months later she was hooked. By December 2010, CrossFit Torque was born.
In the very beginning, Amanda and her brother Richard grew CrossFit Torque from a 600 sq. ft. facility to what #TorqueNation is today, a CrossFit affiliate without boundaries. The whole family are to thank for the success of Torque: Parents Don & Nancy, and Sister Christine.
Currently, Amanda and her wife Sara co-own CrossFit Torque.
Amanda’s two years at Reebok International Ltd working on the Sports Marketing Team with CrossFit affiliates globally, allowed her to grow and build a better CrossFit Torque.
Amanda takes pride in coaching the adult CrossFit, Kids & Teen classes, and loves taking new clients through private training and on-ramp classes. She finds true happiness coaching the 55+ ForeverFit members. Helping those on their paths towards healthier and happier lives is Amanda’s true calling.
Every day for the last 10 years Amanda’s passion has revolved around the members at CrossFit Torque.
Our Professional Coaches
Background: I've always enjoyed working with kids and have a degree in early childhood education. After working in preschools, I am now a nanny for two awesome boys.
CrossFit history: I’ve been at CFT since March 2012! Though I did a few years of gymnastics when I was younger, I was never much of an athlete and nor did I wish to be. CrossFit has changed my view on fitness and now I’m a complete addict. I’ve even participated in a few competitions since joining – didn’t see that one coming!
Favorite Workout: Annie
Favorite Movement: Power cleans, double-unders, kettlebell swings
Favorite Pandora station: Rob Zombie radio m/
Most Memorable Moment at CFT: Making so many great friends here has been one of the best things about being at Torque!
CrossFit History: Entering into my late 40's, I decided I needed to make a change. I started running in 2012 (one 5K race per month) and began adult high intensity classes in 2013. The gym I attended started a CrossFit program in May 2015 and I decided to put my toes in the water and try it. Enjoying the community, the physical challenge and the mental challenge of CrossFit, I signed up for my first Open the following Spring. When the Open wrapped, I was tired, exhausted, and exhilarated knowing what I had accomplished, what I can do, and what I can improve upon - an inner fire was stoked.
The gym I had attended was ending their CrossFit affiliation, and while they have great programs, I wanted to stick with CrossFit. Following the suggestion of my former coach, I reached out to Amanda and dropped into CrossFit Torque in April 2017 – there’s been no looking back since! The coaches and athletes were welcoming (a shoutout to the 1800 club), the programming excellent and varied – ForeverFit, OCR training .. but that’s a story for another day. It was at CrossFit Torque that I discovered my passion for CrossFit.
During the Spring of 2019, Amanda opened the opportunity to explore the path to coaching, and in the Summer of 2019, I obtained my CFL1 certificate. My family, the CFT Coaches and fellow athletes supported me through this journey, from waking my wife up at 4am to intern to learning how to use the clock and music at the same time – thank you for the support! I’m super excited to continue to grow as a member of CFT and give back to the community that has helped change my life.
Favorite Workout: Hero workout “Murph” – the camaraderie and support is awesome to see and be a part of
Favorite Movement: Handstands, burpees and anything with a barbell
Favorite Pandora station: Pop Goes Punk, also various rock and metal stations – something to help push me through a WOD
Head of Personal Training & CrossFit Coach
Background: I started "the gym life" in my early 20's, bouncing back and forth between a hardcore 5 times a week gym rat to the "fallen hard off the wagon" type of person. I would go hard at the globo gyms then just lose my motivation and discipline. During all of that I was in construction, and in my 20's still, so, thinking my body was invincible, never really took care of myself physically or nutritionally. At my heaviest I was over 200lbs. That all changed with an emergency back surgery just after I turned 30.
Once I recovered from that, I found the world of CrossFit. It began at another CrossFit box, but,a, new job at UPS and a move brought me to this area, and to CrossFit Torque. So, after 8 years of juggling my life as a UPS driver, I made the decision for myself and my family to resign from UPS, and join the Torque community as a full time coach. It has been an incredible transition, and the Torque community welcomed me and my newfound position with open arms. Talk about an improvement in work/life balance and workplace environment!! I am coming up on my 9th year as a crossfitter, and am truly where I should be. Being able to be at Torque with Amanda, and now our 3 year old Ember (who is always watching), has been truly life changing.
Karen for sure.
Favorite CF related movement:
It used to be the squat snatch, but recently a new found love for the basic bodyweight movements, pull ups, push ups, burpees. They are truly the best because, if you’re going fast enough, they can leave you on the floor panting with no equipment at all. I am a big believer that true success with any movement, whether it be barbell or bodyweight, comes from a solid commitment to strength and accessory work in order to further strengthen the foundation and movement patterns needed to be safe and successful with all things.
Favorite Spotify Station:
I’ve always been a huge fan of any sort of the BPM’s, Skrillex-based, something with not a ton of lyrics. But, on the other side of that, throw me some hard core Britney Spears, NSYNC or early 2000’s pop and I’m down for that too.
Most memorable moment at CFT:
The first time I walked into CFT when they were in their old space next door. It was during the Open, and I can distinctly remember the feeling and the energy that was there. I knew that it was where I needed to be.
Client Success Manager Since 2020; Member since January 2015
Background: The fall of 2014, my children were introduced to CrossFit through a program at their school. Once the program was completed, they could not wait to get to the gym - we found Torque immediately!! They joined the Teen class and immediately immersed themselves in the environment, the coaches, the challenge and the results. The results of confidence and the ability to take all that CrossFit offered and to bring to other places in their life. I loved seeing my children grow at Torque and no surprise, it's contagious.
I signed up in January 2015 – the best way to describe my time as an athlete at Torque is ‘the best hour of my day’, (other than time with my family). With all that I love about Torque and with the opportunity as the CSM (client success manager), I thought to myself that this may be the perfect situation – taking care of clients in this special place! I certainly have a lot to learn in this new position, but I am enjoying working with the coaching team and assisting Torque’s clients in their health & fitness journeys.
Favorite Workout: My favorite workout would be partner style, long chipper, 35+ minutes of moving and cheering each other!
Favorite CF related movement: My favorite CF related movement might be hang power clean and of course, burpee anything!
Favorite Spotify Station:Anything Country.
Most memorable moment at CFT: Most memorable moment, Former Coach Ali suggested that I use a 14lb wall ball for the workout and I was a bit concerned that I would just gas out. So I got 2 wall balls ready, a 12lb and 14lb while we were warming up. Right as the workout was to begin, the 12lb wall ball disappeared to my great dismay – I said, ok, Coach Ali thinks that I can do it, so I can do it and I did! Thanks Ali!!
Tori joined us back in April and has taken coaching by the reins by not only adding Personal Training to her schedule, but also ForeverFit and Kids classes; you might even see her with the Teens soon!
Tori has been in the fitness world for a long time, and one of the unique offerings Tori has is her Trigger Point certification. This means she is able to help our members who struggle with mobility restrictions by utilizing the foam rollers and lacrosse balls.
Tori's schedule is open for personal training if you're looking to add some 1on1 focus into your life!
Morgan Barnes joins us for the summer here at Torque!
She is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and online coach. She currently specializes in strength and conditioning, weight loss, and powerlifting.
Morgan personally competes in the Powerlifting world and would love to work with some of you this summer! Her personal training schedule will be opening up next week, and keep an eye out for an 8 Week Power Lifting Session starting in July!
She is heading into year 2 of a 6 year Masters in Physical Therapy program at Springfield College this Fall so will be with us all Summer!
Liz has been coaching since early 2017. She wanted to become a coach to help people become better versions of themselves and also help women feel more comfortable in the gym setting.
Some of her proudest accomplishments as a coach is just to see how far her athletes have come. Most started with her without any knowledge of fitness at all and have really progressed into some awesome athletes. Watching them compete in local comps, watching them finally getting those more technical lifts or gymnastic movements down is just really awesome to see.
Liz’s favorite barbell movement is the overhead squat but her favorite movement is probably strict handstand push ups.
Liz’s advice for someone who is hesitant about starting CrossFit is just TRY IT. It’s not as crazy as it looks on TV, and everyone is so welcoming. There are also every level of fitness in most every class as well!
If Liz could have any superpower it would definitely be to fly!
Back in 2012, I started working at the local YMCA in the fitness room for half the year and got into lifting then. I progressed naturally at that facility into CrossFit and getting more interested in functional training. I got my L1 shortly after that and started coaching locally. I've coached all over the north shore of MA and southern part of NH as well and have been coaching overall for around 11 years.
Why I’m a CrossFit Coach:
I coach to do as much as I can to help clients and members prolong their well-being into as long as possible. I think CrossFit function as that service to accomplish that to as many people as possible.
I’d have to say a tie between ‘DT’ and ‘Diane’. Lots of barbells and HSPU (Handstand Push-ups: which I also love)
Favorite CrossFit related movement:
I’d say either push press/push jerk or HSPU – I like the upper body pressing series quite a bit both from a coaching standpoint as well as doing them myself.
Favorite Spotify Station:
My go to is a playlist I made called Shwifty (ifkyk) that’s completely comprised of metal/hardcore that I listen to like 99% of the time I’m in the gym.
Favorite thing to do outside of the gym:
I like cooking, being with my dog Obie, archery.
What would your Superpower of choice be?