About CrossFit NYC

The oldest and largest CrossFit affiliate in New York.

Our story

CrossFit NYC was the first CrossFit affiliate in New York City and is now one of the five oldest CrossFit affiliates in the world (2005). We have supervised more CrossFit workouts than anyone else.

Our classes include scaling and substitution options that allow beginners as well as those who are older, less advanced, or recovering from injuries to proceed safely.

Those who are new to CrossFit start with two hours of private training with an experienced coach, included in a one-month (no further obligation) First-Month CrossFit membership.

If you’re wondering whether CrossFit NYC is right for you, just ask yourself whether you want to improve your fitness (regardless of where you are starting from)? If your answer is yes, then we want you as a member, and we will work hard with you to accomplish your goals.

Our Professional Coaches

Brian DeGennaro

Brian's athletic career began in high school, where he trained in gymnastics and competed in track and field (and became one of the original members of CrossFit NYC). Brian graduated from Syracuse University in 2012 with a BS in Exercise Science. He has been a full-time member of the CrossFit NYC coaching staff ever since. He has now coached over 10,000 classes at CrossFit NYC.

For the past twenty years, Brian has trained and competed in weightlifting. He also runs Black Box Barbell, an Olympic Lifting specialty program at CrossFit NYC. He has competed at numerous local and national events, earning some national medals along the way. Brian has trained many athletes to compete at local competitions, qualify for national level events, earn Master National medals, and set state Master records.

Brian typically coaches classes at CrossFit NYC Monday thru Thursday late afternoons and evenings.

If you are interested in the Black Box Barbell program or training privately with Brian, he can be reached at [email protected]

B.S. Exercise Science
USAW Level 2 Coach
CrossFit NYC Senior Coach
Manhattan Barbell Club Coach

Jim McDade

Jim's athletic career began early in life with soccer and baseball. In college, he competed as both a pole vaulter and as a heavyweight rower. After college he continued to compete, having reached elite levels in rowing (2K row @ 6:16, 5K Row @ 16:46) and in cycling (Cat 2).

Jim opened CrossFit 212 in 2011 and sold it in January 2020. He competed at the CrossFit Northeast Regionals in 2011, 2014, and 2016, as a member of the CrossFit 212 team the first year and as the team’s coach the last two years.

Jim has a BAS in Exercise Science from University of Delaware and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business. He was formerly a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength & Conditioning Association before switching to CrossFit.

Jim coaches and is available for private training at both CrossFit NYC locations.

Nelson Patino

Nelson is both a member of the CrossFit NYC Coaching Team (CF-L1 certified) and the Membership Director for CrossFit NYC.

His diverse fitness experience includes 15 years of teaching dancing (Modern and Latin Ballroom) and martial arts (sparring).

Nelson is also a member of the Black Box Barbell (Olympic Lifting) Team.

He is currently enrolled in the Advanced Second Degree / Master’s Kinesiology Program at the University of North Dakota.

Nelson’s primary focus is on helping others (especially those who are new to CrossFit) become active and able to move with ease and confidence.


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