Coaches

Certification #1 Crossfit Level 1
Certification #2 Crossfit Level 2
Certification #3 CPR-First Aid

Alvaro Pena

Co-founder & Coach

Coach Al grew up playing virtually every sport possible as a youth and teenager but adulthood came and it became increasingly difficult to stay active. In 2009 he discovered Crossfit and he’s never looked back. Now on his 3rd Crossfit ownership, as much as he loves the shape it has put and kept him in he loves even more the positive changes he makes in so many people’s lives. Crossfit has provided him with the opportunity to meet some extraordinary individuals and has forged some of the best friendships he’s ever had and it never fails to amaze him the potential and ability the human body and mind have. He feels stronger, healthier and happier than he ever has and wants nothing better than to help others feel the same.

Certification #1 Crossfit level 1

Jose Colon

Co-founder & Coach

His cousin had spent months convincing him to join a local box and he was convinced Crossfit wasn’t for him. After taking the free intro class Jose was hooked. Within a month he had participated in his first in house competition. Being a person who only went to the gym and played no sports growing up Jose found a place where he was competing against himself. What he didn’t expect was he would become part of a community of people from all walks of life. “We not only competed together but socialized and did things for the community”. Fast forward, he’s now building a community in Bushwick and helping others become the athletes they never knew they were. “To see someone walk in the door never touching a barbell to then see them become proficient is a powerful thing. Included hearing our members cheer one another on during a workout and competition shows me that we are doing great work in the community through Crossfit”.

Manuel Duran

Co-founder & Coach

Manny grew up playing baseball and excelled in sports. He also loved lifting weights and working out. However like most the monotony of the gym didn’t challenge him and Manny made the choice to try Crossfit. Manny soon learned he wasn’t as fit as he thought working out at a gym and although he still hates burpees, Manny has excelled in all areas of Crossfit. He also made a wealth of friends and colleagues through his crossfit journey. Manny decided to bring his love of Crossfit to the Ridgewood/Bushwick community through Crossfit BQE. His enthusiasm and character has helped build a community that continues to expand.

Certification #1 Crossfit Level 1
Certification #2 Crossfit Gymnastics

Sean Campbell

Co-founder & Coach

“I’m passionate about helping people feel their best and giving back to the veteran community I’m so proud to be a part of.”

Sean is an 8-year Marine Corps veteran who was active all his life. His love of CrossFit–the sport of fitness–and his passion for helping others achieve their goals is what motivates him to create and provide the best training experience for members, friends and partners.

Crossfit Level 2
CrossFit Kids
CrossFit Mobility
CrossFit Gymnastics
CPR/First Aid
Sayoc Kali Associate Instructor Level 5

Johnny Ray Vega

Coach

“My whole paradigm on movement and training shifted because of CrossFit. It’s open source of learning and training is something I grew to love. It helps me seek more information to both improve myself and those around me.”

Coach J-Ray has been an athlete all his life. Involved in organized sports and martial arts, he’s reached elite levels and now seeks to help others on their fitness and athletic journey. His love for information and training in the CrossFit methodology allowed him to meet like-minded individuals who were not only amazing people but friends that pushed him to always become better daily both inside and outside the box. That was how Coach Al and Coach Sean and he came together, to share this love and passion for fitness through the sport of CrossFit. What he loves most about coaching is seeing the clients embrace the process at crushing goals both inside and outside of Crossfit BQE.

Crossfit Level 1
Jeet Kune Do Instructor
Filipino Kali Senior Instructor
Marine Corps Martial Arts Black Belt

Vic Arroyo

Coach

Vic Arroyo has been a fitness enthusiast his entire life.
Vic began training at the age of 10 and has been at it ever since.
A 10 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he is dedicated to bringing the same tenacity and intensity that makes Marines the best warriors on earth to the training he brings his clients.

CrossFit Level 3 Certified Trainer (CF-L3)
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Power Lifting
CrossFit Olympic lifting
CrossFit Mobility

Bryan Kaputinski

Programmer

Bryan found CrossFit in 2010 and immediately fell in love with its competitive nature, its intensity, and the community atmosphere. He was always athletic and gravitated toward team sports, playing football in high school and rugby in college – and post-college – while earning a degree in biology and neuroscience at the University of Connecticut. In addition to CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting Bryan is currently training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (taking Greg Glassman’s advice to always learn and play new sports). Bryan spent four years on active duty in the Army as a scout sniper in Fort Drum, NY and served overseas in Bosnia from 1999 to 2000. After a couple of years of CrossFitting, Bryan became a coach at CrossFit Virtuosity and has developed a hands-on style of coaching with an emphasis on keeping people injury free. Bryan has a special place in his heart for hero WODs.

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