Rich Borgatti Jr.
After high school sports (Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field) my fitness took a back seat to college classes. After college I spent about 10 or so years in the computer industry sitting at a desk. This lead to a decline in health and fitness. As I closed in on my mid twenties I had finally had enough and started training in Martial arts and started working out at gyms. I discovered CrossFit online in 2007 while researching Kettlebell and sandbag workouts. I remember thinking it was a bit crazy, but it intriged me. After a year of reading all the websites and trying to do the workouts on my own in a park I went to CrossFit Boston in June of 2008 and found out what CrossFit really was. Neal Thompson the Owner had me do a 7 min workout that left me flat on my back and it was everything I was looking for. It made me remember what it was like to be an athlete. I had recently turned 30 and was working in the IT field behind a desk all day. I was getting slower, bigger and unhappier by the day and needed to change. CrossFit changed my life.
My coaching specialty is Obstacle Course Racing and Endurance athletes.
Assistant Head Coach
Growing up in Santiago, Chile, soccer (football/"futbol") like in most Latin-American countries, was the most accessible way to fitness. Though in my case, this was not a "soccer fanatic thing" but more of a recreational hangout with friends. When I moved to the US in my early teens, I started to play indoor volleyball and then moved onto beach volleyball in my early 20s.
Although I was active, all of that “fitness” didn’t really matter after developing one of the nastiest habits there is; smoking! And like many people, I did not recognize the horrible impact this was making in my life.
But the morning of Saturday, March 29, 2014, I took on The Crossfit Open workout 14.5, and that was my wake-up call. I couldn’t get past the 15 rep thrusters because I couldn’t control my breathing, didn’t have the strength to pick up the barbell, and I saw myself not only failing at a workout where people 10-20 years OLDER than me had succeeded but also realized that I was failing myself–and my family. I don’t exaggerate when I say, I may have been a heart attack away from truly failing them. This is where my journey began.
I’ve been smoke-free since that day.
I still workout, compete and became a coach, eager to learn and gain more experience. I have learned to appreciate the gracefulness of Olympic Lifting movements as well as the form and skill it takes to be successful.
Crossfit and Olympic Lifting have literally changed my life, and I truly enjoy showing other people how it can change their lives too.
Burgener Strength Weightlifting L1
CrossFit Kids Trainer
When I reached my forties and I started packing on five or so pounds a year with no change in my diet or exercise routine, I realized I needed to do things differently. After putting together the critical link between exercise and nutrition, I am stronger, leaner, and healthier in my early fifties than I was at age twenty-five. Once I caught the nutrition & fitness bug, I found myself wanting to help others avoid the mistakes I made.
As the co-director of the Kids, Youth & Teens program, I love helping kids, youth and teens begin their own fitness journeys. As a nutrition coach, I enjoy helping others discover their own best self.
Level 2 Precision Nutrition Coach
NESTA Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
Mike T. Nelson, Ph.D’s Flex Diet Certification
Crossfit Level 1
Burgener Weightlifting Level 1 Trainer
Certified Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism coach.
Among other things I am a retired PE Teacher from Stoneham High School (January 2019). My intro to Crossfit came at the age of 54. After chasing a sub 3:00 Marathon the previous four years, I found the overall pursuit of fitness to be inspiring. It is amazing to be here at Mountain Strength which started with the Glen Doherty Memorial WOD years ago at Winchester High School.
I have been coaching groups and private training clients since 2015. My wife Amy and I took over as the CrossFit Kids program directors in 2018. I specialize in working with sport specific athletes to help give them an athletic advantage on the playing field. My primary focus is to help each athlete build a strong fitness foundation based on strength, mechanics and mobility.
CrossFit Kids Certified Coach
Growing up, my main sport was ice hockey. Being active and exercising in a high-energy environment is one of my favorite things to do. When I stopped playing hockey, I needed something new to fill the gap. I decided to learn Olympic lifting and from there I gained interest in CrossFit. I found Mountain Strength through a google search and after one class I knew I found where I belonged.
I immediately immersed myself in the sport and the community of the gym. I later went on to become a Level-1 trainer and a kids trainer. I am currently one of the kids and teens coaches here at Mountain Strength. I have experience coaching high school girls ice hockey and strength & conditioning for adolescents up to college age.
I graduated from Boston University with a health science degree with the initial path to physical therapy. After graduating, I decided PT wasn’t best suited for me so now I am currently working on a master’s in clinical mental health counseling. I am passionate about nutrition and the role diet and exercise plays in mental health.
CF Level-1 Trainer
CF Kids Trainer
CPR & AED Certified
I have always been athletic and into sports. From soccer and basketball in high school, to running, triathlons, and roller derby in grad school. I discovered CrossFit and Olympic lifting in my 30s and was immediately hooked. As an athlete, I love that the workouts can be modified for all skill levels and that there are always new skills to learn and ways to improve.
I have been in love with CrossFit since I first picked up a barbell back in 2014. It's shown me humility, fortitude, resilience, and helped me realize my potential as an individual in all aspects of life. It has also allowed me to establish genuine relationships as part of an amazing community with so many other like-minded people.
Beyond MSF, I have a Masters in Education and am in my 13th year of teaching visual art and art history, currently in the Everett Public Schools. My favorite workouts include "DT", "Cindy" and "Cali Bear".
CrossFit Kids trainer
Spot the Flaw and Programming certificates
MPH, RD, LDN
I'm a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist specializing in healthy habit formation sustained behavior change, and sports nutrition. I have a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida and a Masters in Public Health from Boston University. I completed my Dietetic Internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD.
I’m a lifelong athlete, competing in gymnastics as well as high school and collegiate track and field. I spent my early career in clinical nutrition, and am now developing and improving resources to help gym/fitness center operators offer effective health programs in their communities and working on a number of projects to promote healthy, active lifestyles at IHRSA, the global trade association for the health and fitness industry.
As your Mountain Strength RD, I will work with you, providing education, support, resources to help you establish a healthy, sustainable nutrition approach that will meet your goals and work within the confines of your lifestyle.
Credentials and Affiliations
Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
CrossFit Level 1 Certification
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
When I was very young I thought of myself as "unathletic": I was slow and uncoordinated and felt out of place in team sports. I discovered distance running as a teenager and got hooked; the harder I worked, the better I got. I ran competitively in high school and college, and in my 20's I coached high school track and cross country. Overuse injuries then led me to stop running and gain weight.
It wasn’t until I turned 40 and found CrossFit that I re-kindled my love of exercise, discovered I loved lifting heavy things, and also started running again: I’ve run multiple marathons, half-marathons, obstacle course races, and endurance relay races. As a coach, I enjoy working with members who don’t see themselves as athletes, and who surprise and delight themselves when they discover newfound abilities. I especially enjoy coaching and learning the technical movements of Olympic lifting. In my former life I was a USATF Certified Track & Field Coach, and am now CrossFit Level 1 Certified. When I’m not coaching or working out, you can find me in the kitchen–I’m an avid home cook and baker.