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

Marcie Ostroski

Trainer, Owner

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I’ve always liked to go to the gym and lift weights but then my husband needed a gym partner to go to CrossFit with him after nearly dying a few times, he then decided he wanted to open his own gym. Next thing I know we were at the bank 🙂 and I’ve been loving our 410 community since. Best idea my husband has ever had besides asking me to marry him.

Why did you become a trainer?

I became a trainer because I like showing and teaching people that you do not have to be super fit to do CrossFit. I like helping other become the healthiest they can be whether they will be going to the CrossFit games or not.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Laying on the floor trying to recover after a killer wod.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman he can fly

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility

Sam Stuart

Trainer

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013…a brief hiatus…then again in 2015

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I’ve always loved playing team sports and maintaining fitness with friends/teammates. After college I found it really difficult to go to the gym and stay motivated on my own. When I came to 410 CrossFit in 2015 it was the support and the chillness of the community that got me hooked. Even with my athletic background, I found CrossFit very intimidating. 410 took me under their wing and gave me the confidence to come back and they kept pushing me to be a better athlete and human being. The 410 community is truly the bomb.com.

Why did you become a trainer?

I love motivating and empowering others to reach their goals. 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

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza/bacon/chips&salsa/donuts/Reese’s sticks/ice cream/froyo/RoFa milkshakes.

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

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

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

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