MEET OUR TEAM
RACHEL GOLDENBERG (REICHANEK)
Owner and head coach Rachel has been in Crossfit since December 2012. She competed in gymnastics for 18 years, finishing her career as team captain at Division 1 Kent State University in Ohio. "I always had dreams to open up my own gym one day and have a passion for sport, which led me to a Kinesiology major and a minor in Entrepreneurship."
Upon graduating in 2012, Rachel opened CrossFit Parallax in May 2013. Although still new to CrossFit, she knew this was where she belonged and she wanted to spread the love for fitness to everyone she could. She holds a Crossfit Level 2 certificate, as well as her CFL1 nutrition certification. She enjoys teaching her gymnastics seminars within the tri-state area. She has coached multiple masters athletes and a team to the Crossfit Games as well as helping 2 individuals to the regional level in addition to competing individually at Regionals 3 times and with her team in 2016.
"I hope that my passion for fitness helps people realize that it can be a lifestyle, and it can be so much fun."
Growing up, coach Judy has always been involved in sports. She played volleyball and tennis in middle and high school. At Stockton she was on the crew team all 4 years. She now has two children; Hunter who is 14 and Madison 10. Judy has been doing Crossfit since 2013. She now holds a Crossfit Level 2 certificate.
"My Crossfit journey started at Living Well and I now have the privilege to coach at Parallax. July 2013 I obtained my Level 1 and the following year I received my Crossfit Endurance certificate. I am also a spin instructor and bartender."
"The most important thing that I have experienced at Parallax is the community/family and camaraderie. Crossfit is where we all gather to improve all areas of our life. We strive to better our physical and mental capability, educate ourselves about nutrition and form long lasting friendships."
Kieran graduated from Stockton University in 2016, majoring in Biology/Chemistry, and currently attends Jefferson University in pursuit of his BSN. He grew up playing soccer and baseball through high school, and started regularly attending the gym in college. He came into CrossFit just in time for the 2017 open, and has been seriously committed ever since, attaining his L1 in June 2017.
For Kieran, CrossFit is the perfect blend between his interest in the functionality of human movement and his desire for competitive athleticism and self-improvement.
" I believe that everyone has something to benefit from CrossFit."
Katie played on the basketball team at West Chester University and was a PSAC top 10 award recipient. She has a degree in Kinesiology along with a minor in health. She is the Ocean City High School health and physical education teacher and coaches the Freshman ladies basketball team.
Katie began CrossFit in 2014 and instantly loved the challenge and strong sense of community. She wanted to learn more about Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting. Since then, she has attended the MisFit training camps twice and obtained her CrossFit Level 2 certification.
"I feel like I've really found a home here at Parallax and hope others get to experience the same!"
Paul gravitated towards CrossFit in a similar fashion many others have. After competing in wrestling in high school and at Elizabethtown College for 4 years, he needed something to continue setting the bar high. Paul quickly found a love/"hate"relationship with CrossFit, which was right on the same wavelength as his wrestling career. Paul has always had a no-quit mentality and since doing CrossFit, has learned new skills that he would had never been open to try.
Paul obtained his Crossfit L-1 certification in 2012, and was one of Rachel’s original coaches. Paul is a Special Education Teacher at Middle Township, and has been so for 3 years now. He is also the head wrestling coach at the Middle School and volunteer assistant at the High School.
"Learn the basics and practice them religiously, push yourself outside your comfort zone, and most importantly, embrace and overcome adversity. These are key elements to jumping levels and pushing through boundaries that are simply just a delusion."
In the Summertime, he is also a lifeguard in Avalon, which pushes him to make sure he is proficient in swimming, running, and rowing. He is ready to take your hand in pursuit of making improvements in yourself, and occasionally, jump into the fire!
Joe is a Rescue Swimmer in the United States Coast Guard. He swam in college at Shippensburg University. He worked 9 summers for the Ocean City Maryland Beach Patrol. During that time he competed on the USLA competition team Regionally and Nationally. Joe first started CrossFit in 2017 while training to become a Rescue Swimmer.
Since then, he has obtained his level 1 and currently mentors and trains Rescue Swimmer candidates. Joe enjoys any water related sport. He competes in prone paddling and loves to surf. His favorite activity is going to the beach with his 3 kids.
"I am really excited to share my passion for fitness and nutrition with a community of like minded individuals."
Meg holds a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling. She is a Working Against Gravity Certified Nutrition Coach, has the Crossfit Nutrition cert, and is currently working on her Precision Nutrition certification. She periodically substitutes for nutrition coaches through Working Against Gravity, an online nutrition coaching program.
Meg used to work as an outpatient therapist and decided to transition into the nutrition world in order to couple her love of nutrition and fitness with her passion for helping others. She is particularly motivated to help others feel confident in their skin. Meg is also very interested in how nutrition can impact athletic performance.
She wants to work with you to find a nutrition plan that helps you reach your goals and gives you the most energy possible so that you can get the most out of your day and realize your full potential; whether as an athlete, parent, student, or any other role!
LISCENCED PHYSICAL THERAPIST, MASSAGE THERAPIST
John Santosuosso, Jr., has been practicing Physical Therapy in the State of NJ since 2000. He received his Master’s of Physical Therapy Degree from Stockton University in 1999, and has spent his career predominately in an outpatient setting, treating a variety of Orthopedic conditions in patients ranging from ages 10 years to 90+.
He places an emphasis on ROM, exercise, and manual therapy based treatment approaches to help clients achieve maximum function and independence. From the first visit, John helps patients build confidence and positivity that they are in good care, with the aim to help them succeed and become more functional with less difficulty.
In addition to his Physical Therapy license, he became a Licensed Massage Therapist for the State of NJ in 2016. Being dually licensed has allowed him to work with others who may be suffering from more in depth soft tissue injuries.
Mr. Santosuosso plans to continue expanding his skill set with Continuing Education in both Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy to help improve his abilities; thereby, translating to more effective outcomes for the clients he works with and helping them to achieve greater independence with their daily living.
Carley swam for west chester university specializing in the long distance freestyle events. She has a degree in early childhood education along with a minor in mathematics. She is currently the before/ after school program director at the stone harbor and Avalon schools.
Carley began CrossFit in 2020 and immediately became hooked. She started CrossFit wanting to improve her fitness and strength, but since then has continued to grow and love the sport even more! She has attended various in person/online individual and team competitions including a first place finish at Wodapalooza in the scaled division.
“I love how CrossFit and the community gives me and all our members new opportunities to push ourselves everyday. We are constantly surprising ourselves and doing things we didn’t think we were capable of!”