Meet the Coaches

Keith Yungel

Owner/Head Coach

Crossfit Coach Keith

I started doing CrossFit in 2011, following a conversation and a workout with a good friend, who had been training with the Marines. This was my first exposure to CrossFit, and looking back now, I had no idea how this conversation would positively impact my life and the lives of many people around me.


After joining a CrossFit Box and then getting my CF Level 1 Certification, I was hooked. I knew I wanted to someday open my own CrossFit affiliate and share my knowledge and experience.


Now my passion in life is to share my enthusiasm for a healthy and fulfilling life with as many people as possible!

CERTIFICATIONS

  • BA in Movement and Sports Science/ Physical Education
  • Masters in Health and Nutrition
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CPR/AED and First Aid
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1

Dana Yungel

Owner/Coach

Crossfit Coach Dana

My passion for fitness came shortly after graduating college. I was your typical gym-goer spending easily 2-3 hours there 4-5x a week. Did I see results? No. Did I know what I was doing? No. I needed a change, so a family friend finally got me into CrossFit in 2013. I was skeptical but immediately fell in love and never looked back. In more ways than one.

I never found something I enjoyed more than heading to CrossFit class!

Then I met my husband, and it became something we could do together. Take that a step further and add in his dream for opening up an affiliate of his own. An opportunity to share what I experienced with others? Count me in! I decided I wanted to be a CrossFit Coach & share whatever I know with everyone.

My goal is to help educate as many people as I can to be healthy, disease free & live a long, happy life! Since having my son in April 2019, my newest goal is to help educate Moms to be, New-Moms & Moms through their fitness journey during pregnancy as well as postpartum.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1
  • Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Coach
  • WAG Affiliate Nutrition Coach

Dr. Ian Bennett

On Site Chiropractor/Coach

I tried CrossFit for the first time in 2017, after wanting to improve my Olympic lifting technique and absolutely fell in love with the workouts, the community, accountability and methodology of CrossFit. My favorite aspect of CrossFit is the ability to compete against myself mentally and physically to explore the limits of what my body and mind are truly capable of. Being a chiropractor, I look toward lifelong health and fitness, this pushes me to test myself and try new aspects of physical fitness, ones I never thought I would be participating in such as rowing a half marathon and participating in triathlons. I enjoy coaching because motivating people to push themselves and seeing the results of that determination as success in the gym. In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors during all seasons and playing bagpipes.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • B.A. in Kinesiology
  • Doctorate of Chiropractic
  • First Aid and CPR Certified

Alexis Perri

Manager/Coach

Crossfit Coach

I have been coaching and personal training CrossFit since 2015. I started CrossFit because I was bored with running and wanted to try something new. I grew up playing soccer from 5 years old to high school. I love the feeling of having a team around me and being part of one. CrossFit also filled that void with the amazing community it creates. When I started CrossFit, I was instantly hooked and looked forward to class every day. I started participating in local competitions and really enjoyed to competitive aspect of it. I eventually went on to compete in The Granite Games Elite Team division in 2017 and Wodapalooza in the Elite Woman’s Team of Three division in 2018. Since then I have put a higher focus on coaching and developing my skills to coach anyone that walks into our doors. For me, CrossFit is about moving to improve your life and how you feel every day. Nothing fires me up more than watching my athletes crush their goals!

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1

Patsy De Benedictis

Coach

Crossfit Coach Patsy

I have been into fitness my whole life whether it was playing soccer, football or wrestling as well as lifting weights. I got in to CrossFit after hearing about it from a friend of mine and once I tried it I was hooked. It has gotten me back in shape and I feel faster, stronger and more flexible than I have in a long time. I feel like being a coach is not just someone who writes the workout on a board or cheers people or is just there to keep time. A coach has to be able to explain the How and Why something is done a certain way and motivate the athlete to WANT to do their best, not just go through the motions to get it over with and move on. The athletes should be looking forward to coming to a class to learn new things or perfect things they have been doing already and not just showing up because they feel they have to.

 

At CFP, I strive to make athletes want to come back again and again because the class was informative and fun at the same time. This is when I feel accomplished as a coach.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Scaling Course
  • The Starrett Method Movement; Mobility 101
  • NY State EMT

Katie Coffey

Kids & Teens Coach/Yoga Instructor

Crossfit Coach

Fitness has always been a part of my life. Growing up, I was a four-season athlete (volleyball, softball, downhill skiing & horseback riding). I loved being on a team and part of a community, and post-high school I was constantly searching for that same feeling through various gym memberships.

In 2016 I joined CrossFit Pawling and immediately felt like I was home. CrossFit has changed my life. I am happier and healthier because of the support I’ve received from fellow coaches and CFP members. They’ve guided me, taught me, cheered me on, and they have even given me a bit of tough love when I needed. I have not only improved my fitness, but I’ve learned how to listen to my body, move safely and fuel myself with nutritious food.

Joining CFP and investing in my health was the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. My goal as a CFP coach is to give others the tools they need to live a happier and healthier life.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids
  • Yoga
  • Breathe for Change
  • NYS Certified Teacher Grades K-6
CrossFit Kids
P+PA Certified
WAG Coach