Who We Are

Starting out in a 2 car garage in 2011 and making the leap for our CrossFit affiliation in March 2012, CrossFit Manitowoc has started with its grass roots in the heart of Manitowoc and has grown with every move. Our beginning locations left a bit to be desired, but the nostalgia of how we began, what we have gone through, and the athletes that have been with us throughout our journey, is what makes the community of CrossFit Manitowoc one of a kind.

We love to laugh and have fun. Each of our coaches bring a different coaching style to their classes all while modifying and making your experience personalized to where you are at in your fitness journey.

 
 
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Matt DiMarco - HEAD Coach/owner

A veteran in the US Navy as a submariner, followed by a successful career in North Carolina as an engineer, Matt left the corporate lifestyle to follow his passions of not only owning and operating a fitness facility but seeking to create relationships and change lives in the process.

Matt was first introduced to CrossFit while on duty in Iraq in 2006. He has since coached over 11 years and has never stopped seeking to learn more about all facets of the health, fitness and nutrition industry. His knowledge and love for learning is what drives him to continue to evolve CrossFit Manitowoc’s programming and methodology to support the current research in strength, conditioning and recovery.

CERTIFICATES:

  • CrossFit Level 2

  • CrossFit Kids

  • USAW Level 1 and 2

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Audrey DiMarco- CrossFit Kids Coach

With a successful career in wildlife conservation which included working with Cheetahs overseas and hand raising baby cheetahs in Florida, Audrey met Matt while playing volleyball back in 2003. Her desire to stay home with her kids, has now given her the opportunity to work side by side with Matt in the ownership and administration of CrossFit Manitowoc for the past 7 years. She loves the community aspect of the gym and having some “adult time” when she is not homeschooling her 3 boys. Audrey directs the CrossFit Kids program, coaches Group Classes several times a week and pursues her newfound passion of photography and marketing.

CERTIFICATES:

  • CrossFit Level 2

  • CrossFit Kids

  • CrossFit Mobility

  • USAW Level 1

  • CrossFit Rowing

  • CrossFit Gymnastics

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craig buyeske - Coach CFL1

Craig is a husband, a father and a soldier serving his 12th year in the Army National Guard. He joined CrossFit Manitowoc in October 2014 looking for a new challenge and found exactly what he was looking for.  He became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer in June 2016 because of his desire to not only meet new people but to help them become better each day. Craig enjoys weightlifting and spending time with family and friends. As his time in the Army commences, he will be pursuing a career with the Manitowoc Fire Dept and currently attends classes at LTC in the Fire Medic Program.

CERTIFICATES:

  • CrossFit Level 1

  • USAW Level 1

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michelle Barnowsky- coach cfl1

Joining our Staff in May 2018, Michelle brings a smile and contagious laughter to every class she coaches. Because of her love for health and fitness, she has headed up several nutritional challenges at CFM including the Whole Life Challenge and the Lurong Challenge. This grandmother does not slow down as she enjoys competing in CrossFit Competitions, snowmobiling, hiking, camping, playing with grandkids and reading a good book (when she ever stops to sit down).

CERTIFICATES:

  • CrossFit Level 1

  • CrossFit Gymnastics

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colleen Burke- Coach CFL1

Colleen started CrossFit in 2013 at CFM prior to joining the military. She obtained her CrossFit level 1 in Tokyo, Japan while serving her 4 years in the Air Force as an F-16 mechanic. CrossFit got her where she needed to be physically and mentally to join the armed services and has transferred over to so many aspects of her life. Since 2017, after her enlistment, she is here to stay and feels fortunate enough to have a coaching position at the place that got her started.  She loves coaching because she loves how CrossFit has positively impacted her life and the tight-knit community CFM has built. She hopes to instill what she has learned by coaching and supporting others to achieve their goals, whether they are physical or mental.

Currently in school for her Bachelor of Exercise Science at Lakeland University, Colleen hopes to continue her studies in Grad School for Occupational Therapy. Her passion for body mechanics, general health, and competitive training, compliments her desire to help athletes reach their goals.

When she is not studying and training, she is looking for other travel adventures and backpacking trips to expand upon her portfolio of 15 countries explored.

CERTIFICATES:

  • CrossFit Level 1 

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brian Derosier, coach CFL1

Brian has been doing CrossFit for over 4yrs and started coaching in Nov 2018 after receiving his CrossFit Level 1 Certificate.  He is best known as the class clown and is always looking for a way to lighten the mood.  When he’s not at the gym he enjoys traveling with his family, upland bird hunting, and obstacle course racing.  “Life is too short to be uptight.”

CERTIFICATES:

  • CrossFit Level 1

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Brittany Zenisek, Coach CFl1

Bio coming soon!

CERTIFICATES:

  • CrossFit Level 1