Our Trainers

James Simonelli

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

James is often found making food, exhibiting odd dance moves, and sometimes can be found communing with animals. He would much rather swap recipes than gossip, and is often ridiculed for his preference for wall walks and burpees. He's not really sure how he ended up living with three Great Danes, but admits that it does make for a pretty cool name for the box. He's a big proponent of not taking yourself too seriously, trying your best, and enjoying every moment. Safety is his number one concern, and he can often be heard telling people that he wants them to be able to come back, so that he can torture them again.

And if anyone is really interested, the more serious stuff is as follows:

Crossfit Level 2 Trainer
ISSA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
Reiki Master/Teacher Certified Practitioner
CPR/AED Certified
B.S., Cook College, Rutgers University

James fully embraces a mind, body and spirit philosophy, and in recent years has been exploring and studying this aspect of well being further. He is committed to helping others achieve their goals, whether related to fitness, nutrition, or achieving mental and emotional balance. James is father to 10-year-old twins, and tries to lead by example as a parent and in all aspects of his coaching and fitness work. He finds no greater joy than watching the look on someone’s face when they persevere and achieve their goal. He can often be found laughing, encouraging others, talking about food, or learning about something new.

“Wellness is happiness with who and what you are, and how you feel.”

Nicole Brosh

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Nicole can often be found eating, which is fine, because most of us are always eating, but the unusual thing here is that she can often be found eating during the workout. She is the proud owner of the dogs which make up the Three Danes; Lorenzo, Rogue, and Willow. And don’t judge her, but she truly believes they are humans and refers to them as her babies. Originally from Arkansas, Nicole is once again back in New Jersey, a place which has always felt like home.

She was reluctant to try CrossFit due to being so used to working out in a gym almost completely by herself. But once she started, she quickly fell in love with the sense of community that comes along with being part of Three Danes CrossFit. Nicole believes that Three Danes CrossFit is more like a family; one full of laughs, love, and lots of hard work.

Nicole loves pushing people and seeing them be amazed by their new-found abilities. She believes that people have so much to offer and are capable of great things; and that sometimes a little extra encouragement is all that is needed to help them attain their goals. What she loves most is that CrossFit is a never-ending challenge and each day you show up, you have a chance to grow, change, and become better! Plus, it gives her the strength to survive the dog pile snuggles every night on the couch.

Nicole can be found at the box; just look for someone eating, barefoot, holding a Starbucks iced coffee, or all of the above. She loves helping people feel comfortable and can’t wait work out with the next new member.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CPR/AED Certified

Alex Cook

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Alex requires special hair ties for well-conditioned man bun, frequently has doggie sleepovers, and in spite of what some may think by looking at him, is a total mama’s boy. He loves ALL WODs and especially the movements that challenge him the most.

Alex has been coaching for 4 years, and was initially hooked by the way CrossFit can push you past what you feel your limits to be. He enjoys the diversity of CrossFit and feels that anyone can do it, and anyone can be taught to do it. Alex is looking forward to helping you challenge yourself as an athlete as he knows that once you start you will become hooked also. He wants to help you set your goals and then help you crush them!

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CPR/AED Certified

Lacey Weiser

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Lacey is crazy about ALL squats, and doesn’t discriminate- overhead, air, back, front…she is all about the squats. She can often be found snuggling your dog; unfortunately, this may occur even if she wasn’t invited into your home. She’s passionate about a healthy lifestyle, yet so obsessed with pizza that she was proposed to in a Grandma’s Pie. And a valuable fact that only long-term members know is that Lacey can also be bribed with pizza or puppies in order to escape doing burpees.

Lacey has been coaching CrossFit for 4 years and still gets goosebumps when an athlete surprises themselves with what they are truly capable of accomplishing. She feels that there is nothing better than an athlete hitting a PR (personal record) that they never thought they would ever achieve. She can’t wait to see what you can do and how she can help you achieve your goals!

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CPR/AED Certified

Carl LeMarble

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Carl loves to eat and can often be heard saying his favorite phrase, “I’m hungry!” And we don’t know why, but Carl uses Chapstick constantly (even during a WOD) and subsequently leaves them everywhere. So do us a favor, and if you find a Chapstick laying around, bring it back to Carl; odds are it’s his!

A military buddy introduced Carl to CrossFit 4 years ago and he has been hooked ever since. The level of difficulty and attention to detail that it required fit well with his, ahem, slightly obsessive-compulsive personality. Upon retiring from the police force in 2015 Carl’s innate drive to both improve himself and help others pushed him to get his Level 1 certificate. Having the role of a CrossFit Trainer allows him to share his love of CrossFit (as well as good food) with others on a daily basis. His goal is to continue his CrossFit education so that he can become an even better coach.

You will quickly find out that Carl loves a neat, orderly CrossFit box and he can often be found organizing things or straightening them up. However, this also allows members the opportunity to drive Carl crazy by moving things around or mixing them up. It’s all in good fun, and just another reason why Carl loves the sense of community that CrossFit brings to fitness and how everyone 'suffers' together during a WOD.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CPR/AED Certified
AA, Criminal Justice
BA, Sociology

oly weightlifting class

Marc Sanzari

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Marc Sanzari fun fact - he used to be a meathead. True story. He did some Olympic Weightlifting in college and even tried competing once, but at the time his real passion was bodybuilding. He entered some NPC competitions as well, but ultimately got bored with the routine. He heard about CrossFit but thought it was just a fad and of course, being a “gym guy”, didn’t want to lose any of those hard earned gains by doing high intensity workouts. After seeing top Games athletes like Rich Froning and Jason Khalipa, he realized that his gains were safe. He also realized that his cardio was severely lacking and he decided to give CrossFit a try. One class is all it took for Marc to fall in love.

Marc has been doing CrossFit for over 4 years and is always looking to improve form and technique. He enjoys pushing his limits while attempting to master all of the many movements found in CrossFit. Throughout those 4 years, Marc could also often be found helping his fellow CrossFitters; whether it was a quick tip on form or help with an advanced movement. He even likes to torture...um…”give help with”... exercises to remedy any ailments or mobility restrictions. He loves the variation of the workouts, the community, and the fact that anyone can do CrossFit. It’s all about continuous improvement and Marc will help you be your best.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CPR/AED Certified

Our Massage Therapist

Lenore Palen

Massage Therapist

Lenore is a busy wife, mother, friend, and massage therapist. She is idealistic and always wants to help. Sometimes this positive quality has her wearing many hats such as PTA mom, soccer coach, and Girl Scout Leader. Her family simultaneously keeps her sane and drives her crazy as all good families should.

While this compulsion to help can sometimes be overwhelming, it is also what drew her so powerfully to the profession of Massage Therapy. Lenore is a licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master. Her highest goal is to help you feel better. She has been in this field for ten years and is passionate about learning and honing her skills. This drive allows her to approach each client and each massage individually and customize an experience tailored to their needs at that moment.

Lenore can help you with pain relief, relaxation, and wellness. She can help you relax, recover from injuries, reduce recovery time in between workouts, stretch tight muscles, and help improve circulation and range of motion. She looks forward to creating a healing experience for you and helping you with meeting your health goals.

Our Board

Three Danes CrossFit Lorenzo

Lorenzo “Zo”

President

Lorenzo is our adult male and is the dog in the middle of our logo. His personality is as large as his body, and unfortunately both seem to be continuously growing every day. His favorite toy is an oversized hedgehog we refer to as “hedgie”. He has a huge bark which is how he lets you know he is happy and excited. He is ridiculously loving and his biggest character flaw is that he truly thinks he is a lap dog, and that he has absolutely no idea how big he actually is. One of his best characteristics though, is that in spite of his large size and strength, Lorenzo is exceedingly gentle with small animals and children, quickly becoming a favorite of both. He is ridiculously fast, super strong, and loves to go on the trampoline.
Three Danes CrossFit Rogue

Rogue “Rogue-ish, Mama Rogue”

First Lady

Rogue is our adult female and can be found on the right side of our logo. She is strong and fast, but will more often rely on her wits and agility rather than her strength when wrestling with the other dogs. She is a quick learner and has an excellent memory; evidence of which can be seen by the grudge she still holds against Lorenzo for getting her pregnant over a year ago. She is always ready to eat and can be found in the kitchen during the preparation of any meal. She loves her doggie bed, sunshine, being warm, and sleeping as close as she can to the fireplace.
Three Danes CrossFit Willow

Willow “Wil, Willis, Magoo”

Vice President

Willow is the daughter of Lorenzo and Rogue, is our third Great Dane, and can be found on the left side of our Three Danes CrossFit logo. She is a truly gentle soul, loving and calm, and never really in a hurry to go anywhere. If you are telling her something she doesn’t want to listen to, she will often just close her eyes while you are talking to truly drive home her point that she is no longer listening to you. Willow is a quintessential “Daddy’s girl” and can often be found either wrestling or curled up with her dad, Lorenzo. Don’t let her gentle, quiet nature fool you; she is as fast and strong as her parents and can be, seemingly quite ferocious, when they are all wrestling and playing.