Coaches


Christi Novak


I am a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, ACE-certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and I hold a Master’s degree in business. I was first introduced to CrossFit in January 2012 and it changed my entire perspective on fitness. I loved how varied each class is. You never know what you’ll be doing next. These broad-range physical challenges truly leave you prepared for anything. Strength, speed, endurance, flexibility, power, agility, coordination and more…CrossFit hits it all. The ultimate definition of fitness. I was hooked from day one and have been using CrossFit methodologies and techniques with my personal training clients and class members ever since. Results have been through the roof. I am so thankful for the opportunity to share my passion with each of you. As a wife and mother of two small children, I am a very family-oriented person and I consider the gym an extension of my family. I’ll be there for you throughout your journey and through motivation, inspiration, and of course a little perspiration I’m sure you’ll go far.

See you in the box!

Frank Swick


Frank has a diverse background in athletics ranging from Football to Baseball to MMA. Following college, Frank spent over 5 years working in product development for GNC before leaving the corporate world to chase his passion of coaching. Now he brings his leadership, charisma and experience to our vast coaching staff.

In His Own Words:


“After the void of post- collegiate athletics and the hunger for a competitive atmosphere, I tried CrossFit and was hooked from workout one. I began training CrossFit in a garage and ended up following that love to an affiliate. After seeing the passion and desire CrossFit created in people, I immediately knew I wanted to become a coach and help others reach their goals. I'm always searching to find new training methods and exercises to make our athletes better. I have spent over 2500 hours of hands on coaching over the past two years and seen so many positive changes in the mental and physical strength of my athletes. I am a full believer that a strong community and experienced coaching can provide incredible results. My goal is to help CrossFit RITE be the best option for those who want to live a longer, healthier life, anyway I can.”

Brandon Lubawy


I am a graduate of Deer Lakes High School and Allegheny College. I have competed as an athlete all of my life in various sports. During my time in school, I developed a strong passion for fitness and nutrition. Over the next decade my methods of achieving fitness constantly evolved until I found CrossFit. I was training for my third marathon when I was invited by a friend to do a workout. It was the 2012 Crossfit Games Open workout 12.1 This workout's goal was to complete a maximum number of burpees in 7 minutes. After years of workouts that lasted hours I couldn't believe how much 7 minutes could hurt. From that day on I was hooked. I was amazed by the results of CrossFit's constantly varied and intense workouts. After a year into CrossFit, I wanted to take my knowledge and growth as an athlete to the next level by becoming a Crossfit Level 1 trainer. Now coaching at CrossFit RITE I get to do something I truly love. I am blessed to have an amazing wife and son. My family comes first which makes it that much more important for me to get the most out of a few workouts a week. I have learned to get the results I want through proper nutrition and supplementation. These areas can make a huge impact on your results so please come to me with any questions. Now chalk up and lift something heavy!

CRYSTAL ANNEY


I started CrossFit in January of 2012 to improve my overall fitness. Prior to that, I was a serious long distance runner. In September of 2013, I received my Level 1 CrossFit certification and began coaching that November. I am also a CrossFit Endurance Coach and Level 1 Pose instructor. I have a passion for endurance sports and have trained athletes in Pose running technique as well as programmed them for races of different distances and even triathlons. Additionally, I hold certifications in CrossFit Kettlebell and Olympic Lifting.

Apart from coaching CrossFit, I am also a Physician Assistant and have worked over 10 years with an Orthopedic Sports Medicine practice in Beaver. I have a master's degree in Orthopedic Surgery and I also work in several local Emergency Rooms.
One of my more important and cherished jobs is as a mother. I have two amazing boys that I have been blessed with. You will likely see them at the box as they are becoming big CrossFit Kids fans.
I live by the motto, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I have a passion to help others overcome their fears and self-doubts. I want to be that positive energy that surrounds them and builds their confidence. I'm looking for to working with the great athletes at CrossFit RITE!

KAITLYN LARKIN




Gary Tsai


When I first began doing CrossFit back in November 2011, I had no idea that it would change my life. It didn't happen overnight of course, but something about battling through countless WODs with people I've come to consider friends has slowly but surely made significant impact on my life: I am faster and stronger now than I've ever been thanks to CrossFit and it's been a fun & meaningful process because of the incredible community that we're all a part of.

Indeed, CrossFit has become a passion of mine. So much so, I acquired my CrossFit L1 Certificate so that I can share my passion with others now as others have so graciously shared with me in the past. I look forward to working with each and every one of you and helping you become the best you can be!

Shelly Perko


Fitness has always been a part of my life – whether I was making up routines in my bedroom or playing a team sport, being active was a passion. I found CrossFit three years ago and it’s been my favorite way to stay active since! I love how it can be a person’s way to spark a healthy lifestyle, or how people can use it to improve upon other activities in their lives. Ask any runner – since CrossFit, we have better race times!

While my career started in advertising, throughout those five years I trained part-time and held “happy hour boot camps” for my coworkers. Two years ago, I changed careers completely to coach CrossFit full-time and do personal training. I have my CrossFit L-1 certification and also the ACE Personal Trainer certification. I have specialty credits in pre- and post-natal fitness as well. I’ve worked with elementary-aged kids, high school athletes, and adults of all ages. Watching members and clients get stronger, healthier, gain confidence, and change their lifestyles for the better is the most rewarding part of this career.