Meet Our Team

Alexandra Ferreira

Coach

 

Alex started Functional Fitness in March of 2017. She had recently completed her master's program at Springfield College and was getting tired of the same old fitness regimen at global gyms. Alex was a lifelong athlete who had played rugby in college and was searching for a new sport that could offer both competition and community. Her mom had been doing Functional Fitness for many years and had always encouraged Alex to join, finally she agreed. From her first class, Alex was hooked. She immediately joined a local gym with an unlimited membership and has not looked back since. Alex joined the SVG community in 2019 as an athlete. As a natural-born leader, Alex always knew she wanted to coach someday. In 2020, she finally decided to take the Functional Fitness L1 course and joined the team of coaches in the beginning of 2021.

 

Qualifications:

Functional Fitness  L-1

Kirsten Therrien

Coach


Kirsten found CrossFit in 2016 and has been a member of SVG since they opened in 2018. What she loves most about CrossFit is that there is something for everyone. As a coach, Kirsten likes to meet people where they are at, but also push them to be the best that they can be on that day.

 

Kirsten is a professional Firefighter/EMT in Chicopee, MA. She also works at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. She has found that being a well-rounded CrossFit athlete translates well to the physical demands of her job. She grew up in Connecticut, then came to Western MA for college and found her home here. She studied Psychology at Mount Holyoke, as well as independent study for her minor, “Education and Sport”. She went on to earn her MBA from UMASS Amherst.

 

Kirsten has been active her entire life, participating in a variety of sports. She was recruited as a coxswain for Division III Rowing at Mount Holyoke, where she spent 4 years leading and motivating her rowers through early morning practices and weekend regattas. Nowadays, Kirsten also enjoys running, as well as recreational ice hockey.

 

Kirsten loves being a dog mom to her three babies - Ellie, Beca, and Taco.

 

Qualifications:

CrossFit L-1

CPR/AED

Jay Paul

Owner/Coach

 

Jay started fitness journey in 2013 at Firestorm in Chicopee. When he started out, he was at his lowest point from a health and wellness standpoint. The first few weeks were difficult, but as time went on the improvements were hard to ignore. He began to lose weight, over 100lbs, and got many of the complex movements that he never thought he would be able to do, handstand push-ups and muscle ups seemed far-fetched that first day. This newfound passion for fitness inspired Jay to get his Level 1 certification in 2014 so he could share what had changed his life. After the closing of Firestorm Jay went on to coach at Journey in Springfield. He has had the opportunity to organize many great events and meet some pretty amazing people along the way. His passion to help and inspire people is still burning strong and SVG Athletics will be the perfect place for him to share that.

 

Jay welcomes anyone wanting to change their life and begin their fitness journey.

 

Qualifications:

CrossFit® L2 Trainer

USAW Level 1

CPR/AED

Shawn Powers

Owner/Coach

 

Back in 2010 a friend told Shawn about functional fitness, and he was immediately intrigued. Following a trial WOD at a local gym, he was instantly hooked. Shawn loved everything about the workout program, the friendly competition, guidance, and most importantly the community! Since starting functional fitness he has met many amazing people that push him every day inside and outside of the gym, along with giving him the drive to be the best person he can be. The functional fitness routine has changed his life in numerous ways, he is in the absolute best shape of his life and has learned so much about how nutrition, sleep, and fitness go hand and hand. Seeing how amazing coaches have helped to improve the lives of so many people, it lit a fire in him to want to help others and pass on the knowledge that he has gained.

 

 

Qualifications:

CrossFit® L2 Trainer

USAW L-1

CPR/AED

Andy Powers

Owner/Coach

 

Andy joined CrossFit Iron Will in March of 2013 after much prodding from his brother Shawn. With that he scheduled an intro class, and at the conclusion of it, signed up for the next Foundations. In the beginning Andy had thoughts of quitting multiple times because it was different from his other gym experiences, and he felt he was out of shape. However, the trainers were supportive and inclusive of those that were new, something Andy strives to uphold at SVG Athletics. The more days he went the more he got to know other members and was amazed at how they would cheer each other on and motivate each other to keep pushing. As each class passed by he would see more and more of the community spirit so he continued going. When Iron Will closed in April of 2017 Andy joined CrossFit Journey where he met Jay. He has since visited many local boxes and even some further away when he has traveled. In September of 2017, Andy completed the CF L-1 Certification course along with his brother. He now looks forward to encouraging and supporting both experienced and new members, as we together forge a strong family and community with his fellow owners, trainers, and friends at S∙V∙G Athletics!

 

What S∙V∙G means to Andy:

The strength to push through.

The valor to stand your ground in the face of adversity.

The grit to dig deep and push beyond your limits.

 

Qualifications:

CrossFit® L2 Trainer

CPR/AED

Ted Black

Coach


Ted began Functional Fitness over 5 years ago and has been a member of the SVG coaching staff for the last 2 years. Ted is a former college basketball player and enjoys time on the court in many local men's league teams. Ted's Functional Fitness journey started when he was trying to capture the energy and competition that he enjoyed when he played basketball while obtaining his degree in Political Science and Constitutional Law. This gave him an opportunity to refocus on his physical and mental health and within his first year he managed to lose 150 pounds!

 

One thing that motivates Ted is helping others find their path to a healthier and more positive lifestyle regardless of where they are starting from. As a former Pennsylvanian who found himself transplanted in Western Massachusetts, both the staff and athletes at SVG Athletics helped Ted feel right at home. When not at the gym you can find Ted enjoying time with his dog Piper, exploring underwater locals as an avid scuba diver, or finding space to store all his sneakers.

 

Qualifications:

Functional Fitness  L-1

CPR/AED