Our Staff

Gary Ostroski

Trainer, Owner

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2011

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I had been a super competitive athlete in high school. I played football, soccer and tennis. I was part of a basketball team that lost 4 games in two years and was a few heartbreaking shots away from going to Cole Fieldhouse for states. And my track career took me to states finals two years in a row. Once college hit, I made the decision to play intramural sports and focus on my studies and ever since then I had been searching for something to fulfill my competitive drive. CrossFit did that and more.

Why did you become a trainer?

I saw an opportunity. An opportunity to help others while doing something I love. Being a trainer to me is about more than just teaching people how to move. Yes, it is important to make sure people move well but to me the best part of this job is getting to meet so many different people and give them the best hour of their day.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Snatch

What is your favorite cheat food?

A good doughnut

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Spiderman. He came from the bottom and rather than let his past experiences make him jaded he used his powers for good.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
  • CPR/AED

Sam Stuart

Operations Manager

What year did you start CrossFitting?

I first tried Crossfit in 2013. I began as a member at 410 Crossfit in 2015 and became a coach in 2017.

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

My parents signed me up for the Soccer Tots program when I was 5 years old and I’ve been playing team sports ever since. When college soccer ended, I found it difficult to go to the gym and stay disciplined and motivated on my own. My best friend told me about CrossFit and how it was this “amazing workout experience and you can eat all the bacon you want, AND still get fit” (disclaimer: later found out bacon part is not totally true). So began my CrossFit journey. I quickly realized many of the values that were instilled in me from my team experiences overlapped with Crossfit – hard work, resilience, empowerment, patience, persistence, appreciation for different abilities, friendship, and camaraderie. 410 has a supportive and fun atmosphere and the community is stacked with incredibly caring, strong, and wonderful people who continue to motivate and inspire me to come back each day.

Why did you become a trainer?

I became a trainer because I support and believe that CrossFit changes and saves lives. I wanted to become a trainer at 410 CrossFit because I have never been to a box that made me feel so welcomed and understood. As a social worker, there are experiences and values that parallel to being a Crossfit trainer. I love motivating and empowering others to reach their full potential. CrossFit is about pushing your limitations and becoming the best version of yourself. It’s a privilege to be in a position to help others on their fitness journey.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Power clean and handstand push ups

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza and anything chocolate

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?
Captain Underpants for his superhuman strength, wedgie power, and confidence.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CPR/AED
  • Division II Soccer
  • Licensed Social Worker

Gerald Edwards

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?
2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?
Competitive Sports have been a big part of my life since I was a child. While sports and
extracurricular activities are normally considered fun and entertaining, they provided me with
much more. As a youth, I played both competitive basketball and football. Sports and working out became my outlet and a way for me to productively relieve stress. I was fortunate enough to continue on to play football at the collegiate level and excel on and off the field. Sports and fitness have enabled me with the courage to overcome obstacles, build positive character traits, and recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle. In my opinion, CrossFit embodies all of these things, which explains why I naturally gravitated toward CrossFit over other fitness options.

Why did you become a trainer?
Becoming a Fitness Trainer/Coach has always been one of my personal goals. I find absolute
gratification in assisting others in reaching their fitness and wellness goals. My ultimate goal as a coach is to foster a positive and encouraging training environment in which self-competition, goal-setting, and constant self-assessment are utilized in order for participants to advance their
progress, regardless of their goals or where they are on their fitness journeys.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?
Bar Muscle Up

What is your favorite cheat food?
Cheesecake/Monkey Bread/Pizza/Twizzlers (couldn’t choose just one)

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?
The Hulk (Bruce Banner). He has the beast mode when it’s “go time”. Otherwise he is calm and reserved.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • USA Power Lifting Trainer
  • CSAC Speed and Agility Trainer
  • Division II Football
  • CPR/AED

 

Andy Dolina

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Although I played sports growing up, including varsity baseball and squash in high school, I didn’t really get into strength training until college. I was always the skinny kid and started to become a little self-conscious of that. My freshman year of college I realized that I wanted to try to gain some strength and size. That year marked my first real experience with lifting weights – but it was filled with inconsistency, the typical unhealthy college lifestyle, and unimpressive results. At 21 years old I still weighed a whopping 145 lbs… Looking for a change, I spent a few months trying CrossFit workouts on my own before joining a local box in Asheville, NC. I was imminently hooked. CrossFit was fun, the people were cool, and it provided the environment I needed to push myself mentally and physically.

Through consistent strength training and eating uncomfortable amounts, I finally made some progress on my original goal.

I’ve since tried out all sorts of training styles and enjoy mixing it sometimes. However, nothing beats being part of a CrossFit community. That’s where the magic happens.

Why did you become a trainer?

I’ve been helping people with their fitness full time since 2015 after I decided not to pursue law school. As I got more into working out, I found that I really enjoyed the details of the exercise, physiology, and nutrition. After testing the waters with an internship I quit my job at a law firm and jumped in.

I find a lot of satisfaction in being a trainer because I can help people directly improve their lives. As a trainer, I see subtle shifts in people as they navigate through their fitness journey…which usually ends up being much more than losing a few pounds. It’s awesome to see not only a change in body composition but in confidence, stress levels, productivity, focus, and overall health.

Doing what I can to help people live better is what it’s all about.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Deadlifts and power clean.

What is your favorite cheat food?

I’m not in a relationship with a diet cheating isn’t a thing… but I do love a good cheeseburger.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Sarah Merritt because she’s the best.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED

Sarah Merritt

Nutrition Consultant

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I have always been very active. I started dancing when I was 3 and played volleyball both at school and
on a club team throughout middle school and high school. My last year in college I decided I needed a
more challenging outlet than my dance minor and my sporadic/ineffective trips to the gym. I had been
stalking CrossFit athletes online for a while and thought it looked awesome, but very intimidating.
Eventually my (now) fiancé and I decided to give it a try. After my first introduction class I was hooked
and I have yet to find a better stress reliever or a better community.

Why did you become a nutrition coach?

I majored in Health and Wellness Promotion in college and our nutrition-related courses and projects
were always the most fascinating to me. In my last few years of college I started eating fairly strict Paleo,
and after graduating I began experimenting with everything from elimination diets, high-fat, macro-
counting, intuitive eating, back to Paleo(ish) – you name it, I’ve probably tried it – and finally figured out
how I need to eat in order to feel awesome. In 2015 I decided it was time to get certified so I could help
other people start feeling better and performing better in the gym. There is so much to learn through
self-experimentation, and I am honored to help guide people through this process of figuring out what
works best for their body.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Handstand Pushup and Deadlift

What is your favorite cheat food?

Anything with cheese

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

I don’t know much about Superhero’s, but Wonder Woman seems pretty fierce.

Qualifications:

  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach
  • B.S. in Health and Wellness Promotion