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John Beneduce has been training, teaching and competing in MMA and fitness since 1999. He brings incredible passion and depth of knowledge to CrossFit Bayside. A Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Matt Serra, John has competed as a professional MMA fighter and is a multiple-time champion and medalist in both NAGA and Grappler’s Quest. Before beginning his martial arts training, John was tipping the scale at 250lbs, and at 5’5”, that is pretty round! Through hard training and consistency, John was able to lose 100lbs and now competes in the 145/155lb weight classes.
John incorporated CrossFit into his mixed martial arts training in order to take his conditioning to the next level. He holds a Level 1 CrossFit certification as well as certification in CrossFit Kids. A well-rounded individual and trainer, John has been an ACE certified personal trainer since 2003, an assistant instructor in Jeet Kun Do under Sifu Ralph Mitchell, a Feldenkrais practitioner, a Level 2 Reiki Healer, and holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in History with a focus in the history of physical culture.
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"Growing up I was brought up enjoying an array of sports from football, and hiking, to basketball and skiing. From a young age my father introduced me to the sport of tennis, he was my coach all through out high school, where I was ranked 80th in Southern California for the 16 and under age group, and when I graduated I was number one in the my valley. As I graduated I moved on to collegiate sports. I played division II tennis for Adelphi University allowing me to expand my game and grow as a player. I was nominated player of the month in 2009 by the ECC. Freshmen year I was awarded All-Conference. As our team moved up in conferences to the NE-10 I was able to once again progress as a player, through Senior year. Again being awarded All-Conference in doubles and singles play. After Graduation I started to coach professionally at the Westside Tennis Club and I was the head coach for Kew Forest High School. In the summer I realized that I needed to stay in shape, and there was a void growing as I was no longer a competing athlete, that's when I joined CrossFit. CrossFit had everything I wanted and so much more, and I am so excited to be a part of CrossFit Bayside’s team of trainers to fit your needs, and have you grow as an athlete."
Antonio Troina is a CrossFit Level 1 Certified trainer at CrossFit Bayside. He holds a Degree from SUNY Oswego in Pre-Med Biology with a minor in Health Sciences. Antonio is current Semi-Professional Football player for the Brooklyn Mariners. He has also played football at the collegiate level for Pace University, as well as played football for St. Francis Prep. Antonio has worked with athletes in all age ranges, designing speed and agility programs for individual clients, as well as Oswego high school’s football team, where he was a Defensive Backs coach for 3 years. Although football has been his go to sport, Antonio discovered CrossFit in 2011 and has actively made it a part of his strength and conditioning programing to better himself on and off the football field.
Omar Estevez is one of today's up and coming Muay Thai fighters. With 12 fights currently under his belt, Omar is making a presence in the Muay Thai scene. Omar has fought some of the top fighters in North America and has fought all over the east coast including New York, New Jersey, Virginia and was even invited to Canada for an international bout.
With no prior experience in martial arts, Omar was looking for a way to fight his obesity. At his heaviest, Omar weighed a shocking 270 pounds! Tired of trying conventional gyms and diets that didn't work, Omar decided to give Muay Thai a shot. During his first year of training, Omar lost over 100 pounds for his first bout.
Omar has been training in the "art of eight limbs" for four years under world renowned trainer Aziz Nabih out of Sitan Gym. Within his first year, Omar would become one of the instructors at Sitan Gym. Now with over three years of instructing experience, Omar has become the head trainer for Queens MMA and is now training today's up and coming fighters out of Sitan Gym and C3 Athletics in Stamford, Ct.
Ken Berger is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer at CrossFit Bayside. He's spent his entire professional career around sports as a columnist and reporter for the Associated Press, Newsday, and now, CBSSports.com, where he has covered the NBA since 2008. In 2009 -- motivated by the weight gain brought on by the traveling sportswriter lifestyle and inspired by his brother, Tim, an engineer in Atlanta -- he took up CrossFit and never looked back. What began as a monumental struggle to get through a few travel WODs in a Las Vegas hotel gym has progressed into a complete lifestyle makeover. Since those first, feeble attempts at stringing together more than one pullup at a time, Ken has lost nearly 25 pounds, achieved Level 1 trainer status and posted impressive showings in the 2013 CrossFit Games Open. Since joining the CrossFit Bayside family, Ken's personal fitness and coaching skills have taken off, and his emphasis on proper mechanics and mobility techniques has helped other members conquer new skills and achieve their goals. A native of West Islip, N.Y., Ken lives in Whitestone with wife, Melissa, and their two sons, Jason and Zachary, who have been known to show off their handstand walks and break-dancing moves at the box.