I love people and I love CrossFit. I believe that CrossFit is the best strength and conditioning program out there, hands down! Having been involved with CrossFit for the last 5 years, I am continually setting personal records (PRs) and supporting others as they do the same. I am constantly amazed by how this stuff transfers into everyday life. We all face tough times, right? Family issues, financial issues, health issues, relational issues, you name it. Life is not “easy” most of the time, if we’re honest. We continually find ourselves learning to adapt to whatever is thrown our way. It’s the same with CrossFit. As Founder of CrossFit and Coach Greg Glassman says,” Routine is the enemy”. As we learn to adapt to life in order to thrive, we learn to do the same as it regards our fitness journey. If you commit to this,you will not be disappointed…you will become more fit than you’ve been.
Certifications: CrossFit Level One, CrossFit Level Two and CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting certification and trains weekly at CrossFit New England under Ben Bergeron. Josh has attended the CrossFit Coaches’ Prep Course and is pursuing his Level Three certification.
Joshua Bird is the General Manager at CrossFit Providence, and has been an owner and coach since CFP’s inception in 2007. He is a CrossFit Level I certified coach who is in the process of pursuing his Level II this spring.
Josh found CrossFit.com in 2004 after embarking on a career as a trainer. Convinced that there was something better than the Chest and Bi’s/Back and Tri’s bodybuilder routines that were dominant at the time, and informed by his athletic past; CrossFit fit the bill exactly. He did CrossFit workouts on his own, and convinced members of the Providence Rugby Football Club who he plyed for, to take part.
Josh’s philosophy as a coach can be summed up with the basic tenants of Crossfit: Mechanics, Consistency, Intensity. He also places great importance on the positive mental adaptations that take place during ones CrossFit journey.
Outside of the gym, Josh loves to be outdoors. He leads many of our outdoor hiking trips, is an experienced sailor who completed a solo passage to Northern Maine in 2014, holds a commercial shellfishing licence in Rhode Island, and is interested in sustainable living and protecting Narragansett Bay.
Certifications and Courses: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Endurance, Westside Barbell Seminar, Jon North Attitude Nation Workshop, Ancestral Health Symposium 2012, MovementX Oslo w/Ido Portal.
As a self-proclaimed “late bloomer” when it comes to athletics, Coach Emily has a passion for empowering athletes of all levels, through the teaching of proper functional movement. Above all, she values dedication and humility, and firmly believes that every athlete has the potential to achieve their goals if they simply demonstrate passion and patience.
After a hiatus from sports and fitness during her college years, she began searching for the perfect type of training to get her back into shape. Emily discovered Crossfit in 2009 and instantly fell in love. She gravitated toward Crossfit for many reasons, but most of all, due to the comradery and mental toughness that it fosters. After training for 3 years as a Crossfit athlete, Emily decided to pursue her Level 1 certification in 2012, and has been coaching ever since. In the Summer of 2015 she decided to further her education, and earned her Level 2 certification.
Emily is the Assistant Coach for the Northeast Grid League’s Providence Villains. She enjoys playing soccer, softball, and basketball, graduated from Brown University and works as a researcher.
Certifications: Crossfit Level 1 & 2
As much as Tiff loves the competitive aspect of Crossfit, it is the community that drives her love for the sport even more. Observing individuals working hard, reaching goals, and progressing as athletes are the most rewarding aspects of coaching Crossfit.
Tiff is a firm believer of having a true balance of physical, mental, and social health; it is no question that Crossfit has provided her with the tools to help maintain those three as a balance in her everyday life. Four years ago, she fell in love with the sport of Crossfit. Tiff feeds her growing passion for the Sport of Fitness by attending weekend fitness competitions.
Tiff is originally from Michigan, where she competed in track & field and cross country at Albion College, running the 800m. She has also completed 10 marathons including 4 Boston qualified.
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, MHSAA certified coach
Chris Ahlemeyer is certified as a Level I CrossFit trainer and a co-owner of CrossFit Providence. He currently works as the Operations Officer for the Rhode Island National Guard – 13th Civil Support Team (CST/WMD). He is qualified as an Airborne Ranger and a Pathfinder, and is also trained in Mountain Warfare and Air Assault techniques. Chris was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he helped facilitate the Iraqi National Elections.
Chris participated in collegiate rugby at Providence College and also played soccer, track, and basketball in high school. Growing up in Western, MA, Chris has always enjoyed hiking and being outdoors. In 2009 he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft) in Tanzania, Africa and aspires to one day summit the highest peak on every continent.
Chris brings his unique military experiences and training to further diversify the CrossFit Providence community. He hopes to help members reach their full potential through encouragement, dedication, and humor. In 2010 Chris placed 14th in the Best Ranger Competition, also known as the Army’s Olympics.