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Rich Borgatti owner of Mountain Strength Fitness

Rich Borgatti

Owner

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 leads 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 2004 while researching Kettlebell and sandbag workouts. I remember thinking it was a bit crazy, but it intrigued me. After a few years 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. I work with remote clients and on site to help improve their racing times and fix up any weak areas.

Amy Mariani coach at Mountain Strength

AMY MARIANI

Coach

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
Crossfit Kids
Burgener Weightlifting Level 1 Trainer
Certified Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism coach
USA Weightlifting Coach Level 1
USAW L2 Coach

John Mariani coach at Mountain Strength

JOHN MARIANI

Coach

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 L2
CrossFit Kids Certified Coach

Jena Pantano coach at Mountain Strength

JENA PANTANO

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

Katie Hulse coach at Mountain Strength

KATIE HULSE

Coach

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.

As a coach, I love helping people to improve their fitness, learn new skills, get stronger, and gain confidence in and out of the gym.

Level 1 CrossFit certificate
Level 1 Sports Performance certificate from USA Weightlifting.

Warren Cormier coach at Mountain Strength

WARREN CORMIER

Coach

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.

I started coaching in 2016 because I wanted to give this gift to other folks who are also striving to become the best version of themselves.

CrossFit Level1
CrossFit Weightlifting Level 1

Alexandra Larcom coach at Mountain Strength

ALEXANDRA LARCOM

Coach

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

Lauren Herrmann coach at Mountain Strength

LAUREN HERRMANN

Coach

USAW-L1, USAW-L2
CF-L1, CF-L2, CF-Kids
Adult and Pediatric First Aid / CPR / AED

PAUL BERNARDI

Evening Coach

I had a very active HS and College life in athletics; Lacrosse, football, skiing. Then, like many other people, I landed behind a desk. While I kept in reasonable shape with cycling and hiking, I found that I missed the fitness that I had ‘back in the day’.

In 2011, I was in the fortunate position of knowing Rich Borgatti, who had just started his private training business and was on his way to completing his CrossFit Affiliate status. I started working out with him regularly, attending his boot-camps and eventually landed with him as he found a permanent residence for Mountain Strength. Now I am 20 pounds lighter and a hell of a lot stronger than I was in my 30’s. CrossFit and, in particular, Mountain Strength provide everything I enjoy about fitness; community, competition and ass-kicking workouts. In 2013 Rich encouraged me to go through his intern program and become an instructor, which I happily did. I love helping new members meet their goals and guiding experienced members to drive their performance.

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
Spartan SGX Level 1
US Lacrosse Level 2
Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach
CPR & AED Certified

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