WHO WE ARE

  • Reps for Responders is a non-profit fitness gym in Rockland County, NY
  • The RFR team consists of caring & dedicated individuals with extensive fitness backgrounds and experiences overcoming obstacles

WHAT WE DO

  • Free entry to all first responder and military personnel at our training gym
  • Online fitness classes
  • Virtual support groups

HOW TO HELP


MEET OUR TEAM


Frank

Recovery Coach

Frank has always felt called to give back to his community. His community service began as an Eagle Scout and a volunteer firefighter in his late teens. Frank played High School football and received the coaches and Nick Zadrima award. Frank went on to play at the college level at Suny Cortland where he majored in Criminology. He spent much of his time in the gym training for powerlifting competitions and competed in the Worlds WABDL competition in Las Vegas, coming in second place in the deadlift in his weight class and age group of 20-23 year olds. In 2014, Frank graduated and went on to pursue his personal training certification as a way to help people reach their fitness goals. Frank recently began training for Strongman, has competed in a few shows, and plans to continue to compete. In July of 2015, Frank joined the NYPD Police academy. In 2018, he finally reached out for help and support with a personal struggle he was battling with. Once Frank improved mentally, physically, and spiritually, he felt called to help other first responders who struggled the way he did, and provide them a safe space to face their anxiety, depression or addiction in an environment that had brought Frank so much mental and physical strength once before. From that calling, Reps For Responders was born. One of the first people Frank helped was his own father, a true public servant and volunteer firefighter for over 40 years. Franks father has been sober since November of 2019. Frank’s mission is simple but it’s not easy: To help you be a better version of yourself as each day passes, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Frank himself has been sober from alcohol since September of 2019.

Cristina

Recovery Coach, MPH

Cristina is an athlete (former competitive powerlifter, current Crossfitter) with extensive education in behavior change, exercise physiology and health promotion. Cristina not only assists with the non-profits operations, she also is the one who creates the Daily Workouts. Physical fitness has always been a major focus, and while in grad school, she dipped her toes into Crossfit and shortly after Powerlifting, as a way to get physically fit. Through fitness, Cristina cultivated a greater sense of wellbeing and mental toughness, and realized that exercise was way more than just about aesthetics. Lifting was helping her deal with some of the life stressors she was experiencing, and now advocates for exercise and movement as one piece of the puzzle to helping people better manage stress. Cristina has been actively engaged in the lifting community for 5 years, and attributes it to helping her through many stressful moments. Cristina also brings a unique perspective to Reps For Responders. She is a “LEO girlfriend” so she understands first hand the lifestyle of a police officer, and can empathize with friends, family and those in relationships with first responders. She has personal experience supporting active recovery from alcohol addiction as a partner, and can especially support friends and family as their loved one begins or continues the journey of recovery. Cristina currently works in the Wellness Benefits space, consulting and strategizing with employers to implement benefits that improve the mental and physical health of their employees. In her free time, you can find Cristina at her local Crossfit box, practicing yoga, cooking up a storm, adventuring outdoors or reading.

Joseph

LCSWR, CRC

From my youth in dairy country, Wyoming County, NY, I have always been aware of the mission of service to others. "Love thy neighbor" was the guiding factor in my journey to college, graduate school and a long career in Clinical Social Work. The specializations of addiction and trauma have been the focus of my vocation for the past 40 years. As a recovering alcoholic and trauma survivor, I strongly empathize with having a brain that, when triggered, seems to have a mind of its own. I worked in Municipal Substance Abuse Counseling Centers in Rockland County, NY for 25 years : in offices, schools and on the streets of an extremely diverse population. My take-away is that our perceived differences can in no way eclipse our sameness as human beings: we all need COMPASSION. My 20 years as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and my 33 years in private practice (now in Nyack, NY) all echo the same message that resonated in the cornfields of my childhood: We are all one human race - our lives are on loan - our job is to love and care through service - and our Employer creates the results! It is my honor to be a Reps for Responders volunteer, assisting all and any First Responders in need of support.

Michael

Recovery Coach

Mike is a proud father of 3 young boys Joseph, James and Justin and a devoted husband to his wife Lisa. After more than a decade of working in fortune 500 corporate retail roles ranging from buyer, planner, business process, and learning and development, Mike realized that he was grossly overweight, depressed and neglecting both his family and his own health. Mike left corporate retail in search of a meaningful and impactful existence that resulted in finding salvation through fitness, Through his constant search Mike has become a certified yoga instructor, CrossFit coach, Spin instructor and NYS hiking guide. From that love of fitness grew a desire to give back, Mike became a volunteer firefighter for Nyack Chelsea Hook and Ladder and has recently moved to West Nyack Fire Dept. He continues to share his love of the outdoors with his children and others as their Boy Scout den leader (winner of the Boy Scout bear leader of the year for the Hudson Valley Council 2019). Mike opened an indoor cycling studio for 2 years and then sold the business and consulted on developing multiple other gym and fitness facilities. Through consulting Mike has transitioned into his current position as a licensed commercial and residential real estate agent in New York and New Jersey. The common thread in Mike’s journey has been to help people through transitions - from transitioning fashion assortments to process change to adult learning and development and from coaching, teaching, consulting and now helping people through their life transitions in moving businesses and homes Mike has always just wanted to help.

Courtney

Recovery Coach

• Artist/Designer • Co-Business Owner of "No Matter What Apparel" • Dog Mom • Weightlifter • Practicer of yoga, meditation, breath work • Mental health awareness advocate • Recovery Coach & Advocate

Joe

Joe, a retired third grade detective with 25 years of service, lives in Rockland County and is the father of two daughters. Joe has always been a family man and loves to give back. He has been in the marital arts game since he was a teenager, and has obtained his a black belt in Brazilian Jizitzu. Joe still trains hard today and enjoys high intensity circuit training. Since his retirement, Joe continues to give back to his fellow first responders by helping them become better tactically, and most importantly, mentally.
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OUR MISSION

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Our mission here at Reps for Responders is simple. We want to break the stigma surrounding mental health struggles experienced by First Responders. Depression and addiction are deadly diseases. Ultimately, the goal of Reps for Responders is to save lives....

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