I am a very competitive athlete who strives to get better every time I train. I always pride myself as being very fit and technical. It all started in high school when I transferred my junior year to play soccer for the top ranked St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ where I was a captain and a two time All-Prep selection (equivalent to All-State) leading the team to back to back state championships. When it came to a fitness test I had to come in first; it was just who I was. From there I received many offers to top soccer programs in the country. I chose to attend Boston College where I helped the team win its first ACC Championship and #1 overall national ranking in the NCAA tournament. I can give credit to my level of fitness and technical ability for my success as a player.
My first experience of CrossFit truly opened my eyes. It was a different level of fitness that I had never experienced before. I was instantly hooked. I realized that I could take my level of fitness to somewhere that is has never been. CrossFit brought back the fight and fire that I had during my high school and college career. It truly changed my life because it allows me to be in a competitive and challenging environment. Whether it’s the technique, strength, or workout of the day it is something that is challenging and makes me want to work even harder to get better each time I train.
I started coaching CrossFit in the fall of 2011. I loved the sport so much I wanted people to experience the same feeling that I have when I CrossFit. My goal as a coach is to help individual people achieve their own personal goals and build character doing it. CrossFit has changed my life and I look forward to help change the life of others at Ocean CrossFit.
Mike Fantini - Head Coach - CF Level 1 Trainer- CPR/AED Certified
I have been involved and passionate about athletics my whole life. In my youth, I participated in football, wrestling, baseball, and swimming. In high school, I decided to focus on wrestling and helped Ocean Township win their first two State Championships. Upon graduating high school, I continued my wrestling career as a Division 1 athlete at Lock Haven University, where I was introduced to strength training and conditioning.
In addition, I have been a member of the Long Branch Beach Patrol for more than seven summers as one of their lifeguard captains. I always had a passion for fitness my whole life, but my view changed forever when I found CrossFit in January 2011. After training almost a year as a competitive athlete, I decided to take my love for CrossFit to the next level and received my Level 1 Certification in October 2011. Since then, I have worked at several other CrossFit gyms in the area and have been a key factor in each gyms' growth and success. My strong coaching abilities and dedication to improving the lives of everyone I train has helped many achieve and exceed their fitness goals.
I have been involved in fitness my entire life, playing sports throughout all seasons. Since high school I've been playing in multiple indoor and outdoor soccer leagues, beach volleyball, and competed in multiple road races.
Starting CrossFit in the Fall of 2011 allowed me to have that passion for competition, day in and day out. CrossFit has not only allowed me to advance physically, but most importantly, mentally. It requires much more than just physical capacity to compete in CrossFit, which is most intriguing to me still to this day.
I started coaching CrossFit in 2012 and the experience has been immense. Being able to help people of all fitness levels in achieving and exceeding their goals is most rewarding. I am certified in CrossFit Mobility, which allows me to additionally help our athletes with improving flexibility, injury prevention, and recovery.
Ocean CrossFit - 64 Steiner Avenue - Neptune City, New Jersey 07753