Athlete Spotlight

Member name:

Inger Kruegle

Athlete of the month: May

So Happy to present May’s Athlete of the Month…Inger Kruegle!  Inger has been with Ignite for quite some time now.  She always has a smile on her face and is ready, willing and able to tackle any WOD that is programmed!  I admire Inger’s enthusiasm for living a healthy lifestyle!  Keep up the great work Inger!


Athlete Spotlight

1.Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):

I am married to Eric, my rock! We have three children, Emma, Maja and Lukas. The girls are both married, Emma living in Finland and Maja in Sweden. Lukas is going to Northeastern University in Boston. I have worked my home based business for 25 years,  helping people rewrite their health stories. It became a passion after moving to the US, and getting sick constantly for my two first years here, after having lived a healthy normal life in Finland.

2.  What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?

My neighbor Darci had a Groupon to Crossfit Engelwood, and she asked me to join her. I was never a gym person but I thought I’d give this a try since it really did seem different. I was hooked after the first class. Unfortunately Engelwood was way to far to work for me. For the fun of it I googled to see if there was any box close to us. I almost couldn’t believe it because Crossfit Ignite was 5min away, the rest is history!

3.  What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?

Don’t have a favorite, wall balls one of my least favorite.

4.  Words to live by/favorite quote?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

5.  Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I am a  dairy farmers daughter, my parents did real farmers walks.

6.  How had crossfit changed your life/lifestyle?

In everyday life it has taken away back and hip pain. I am so much stronger, I know I probably wouldn’t have been able to get my certificate for open water scuba diving if I hadn’t done crossfit. Looking forward to a future of hiking, skiing and all kinds of adventures with grandchildren.

7.  Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try  crossfit?

It’s not as scary as it seems. Don’t compare yourself to anybody. Crossfit Ignite coaches are knowledgeable and will help you find your way. Love the community, it’s just a really fun place to work out.  Starting my day at Crossfit Ignite makes my day a better day.

8. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?

Boy that was intense, but fun!

9. Favorite Cheat meal?

I don’t have a cheat meal, eating healthy has always been my thing. Especially after moving here and realizing how broken the food system in the USA is. There was other factors as well, but food was a big part in making me sick.

10. What motivates you during a WOD?

Just being with a group of  supporting people working out. Also seeing my own progress.

11. Proudest crossfit accomplishment?

My 170 lb deadlift. Just because I never would have imagined that I could do that.

12. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?  3…2…1…GO!!

5 rounds  400m run  10 American kettlebell swings

13. In what ways do you think Crossfit has helped you prepare for becoming a     Grandmother ( the grandest mother superior)?
Keeping my muscles strong so I can go in to my 60, 70, 80, 90 skiing with my grandchildren and maybe even with great grandchildren 🙂
Inger Kruegle
Member name:

Richard Marsh

Athlete of the month: April
It is with great pleasure and an honor to write about Rick.  Rick is one of the most determined and dedicated individuals to their personal health and well being I have ever met.  He was determined to prove his doctors wrong and took matters into his own hands.  He changed his diet, started out with kettlebell class then joined the Ignite Family fully for classes.  His health indicators all improved because of the hard work and dedication he put forth.
Rick is just as determined now as ever to tackle once difficult movements for him, eh double unders for one.  His desire to always improve is motivating to all those that workout alongside him.  Its great to have Rick in class to coach or workout with but its even better to have him as a friend and role model.
Coach Adam

Athlete Spotlight

1.Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job): I am married with two kids, Madison 10 and Tyler 8. You have probably seen them around the gym, if not participating then either on top of the boxes or in the cubby hole in the locker room. (LOL) I went to St. Thomas Aquinas College (class of 93) on a basketball scholarship. After college I had several small jobs while waiting to get hired as a police officer. I finally became a Tuxedo Police Officer in 2000 and transferred to the Village of Suffern Police in 2004. I was a DARE Officer for nine years as well as our department’s instructor teaching everything from TASER to Use of Force and Firearms. In 2009 I had the opportunity to join the Rockland County SWAT team. Over the past nine years I have held the positions of Breacher, Explosive breacher, Breaching Team Leader and now the Teams Leader. I became Sergeant back in 2015 and as March 2017 I was promoted to Detective Sergeant.


  1. 2. What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite? In December of 2015 I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. I had been working midnights for almost two years, getting 3-4 hours of sleep and eating like crap. A close friend told me about Crossfit Ignite. I didn’t know anything about Crossfit so I started to watch YouTube videos and read about it. I, like most people felt that Crossfit was for those who were already in shape. I know “a SWAT guy” not in shape? YUP!! I was 35lbs heavier and starting to doubt my position on the team. So, I took the advice and started Kettle Bell classes with Coach Adam (If you don’t know if I’m talking to you, assume I am) (It’s a kettlebell thing). After about two months of KB and watching the classes come in and seeing what it was about I got the nerve to sign up for elements.


  1. What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement? Favorite movement is defiantly the split jerk. Least favorite, well where do I start… I think its between the burpee and the double under and that’s only because double unders kicks my butt. But not for long.


  1. Words to live by/favorite quote? Never quit!! It’s simple once you begin embrace the challenges, pains or difficulties and kick their butts when they rear their heads, just don’t quit.


  1. Tell us something we don’t know about you? I would like to tell you that I like to run Spartan races but after the Citi Field push its pretty obvious. Actually, not a lot of people know spartan has this thing called a perfect delta. It requires 9 challenges to complete and is pretty brutal. I have completed four of the nine and am going to try to complete the rest.


6.How had Crossfit changed your life/lifestyle? As I said before I am a Type II Diabetic. Doctors prescribed medicine which totally did not agree with my body. I had a 7.4 A1C, my triglycerides were off the chart and I was 35 pounds overweight. My A1C is now 5.2 (pre-diabetic) and all blood work is in range. All done through diet and exercise not medicine.


  1. Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try Crossfit? For the person looking to try. DO IT!! Don’t wait. This is not a traditional gym especially Crossfit Ignite. The community is so supportive. For the Newbie don’t over train. Listen to your body. If you hurt there is a reason, stretch, don’t worry about the white board learn the proper movements and the weights will follow.


  1. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first Crossfit class? Holy Crap!! What did I get myself into? A very memorable moment was after one of my first WODs as I was gasping for air Sandra came over to me and told me I probably shouldn’t lick the floor! Nasty I know but at the time I didn’t care I needed air badly.


  1. Favorite Cheat meal? Spaghetti and meatballs


  1. What motivates you during a WOD? Just being there in the moment. Learning the movements seeing the more experience athletes crushing the work out and seeing the new members giving it there all. Crossfit brings out the best in people.


  1. 11. Proudest Crossfit accomplishment? I recently went and became a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer. That was an amazing experience.


  1. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of? 3…2…1…GO!!

My WOD would be a chipper for time. It would be made up of all my most hated exercises.

50 Thrusters 75/45

50 pullups

50 Box Jumps 30/24

50 Double Unders

50 Burpees

800-meter run

Member name:

Eric Stobezki A.K.A. Stubbs

Athlete of the month: March

What can I say about our athlete of the month for March?

I can say unequivocally, that I’m so proud to be writing this about Eric Stobezki aka Big Stubbs!!!

Eric is truly an inspirational story of a dedicated lifestyle change. As you can read in his story, he never worked out in his life! Then, he finds Crossfit Ignite and begins his awesome journey!  This is exactly what Ignite is about…inspiring people to be the best version of themselves.

From the first day, watching this man come in and just work hard, struggle, try again, triumph, and challenge himself, has been an amazing thing to watch from both a Coach’s and athletes perspective. Eric always has something positive to say and is usually packing his big smile. In fact, I would say he is one of the more positive minded individuals I have ever had the pleasure of being around. He is eager. He is selfless. He is successful. Most of all, he gets it. He is first and foremost, HAVING FUN!! Isn’t that why we all do this?

Looking forward to seeing more of your PR’s and success Brudda!!!

Coach KFJ

Athlete Spotlight

  1. Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):
    My name is Eric, aka Stubbs.  I am blessed to be happily married to my wife, Miriam, and have 3 kids; Shlomo-12, Shayna-8, Leah- 4. I went to Florida International University, Rutgers, and Kean for my Undergraduate and College of Staten Island for Graduate School, where I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  I currently work for Towne Nursing, a company that provides home health care services throughout NJ to adults and Geriatric patients in the comfort of their own home.
  1. What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?
    This is interesting. My wife is a health coach and has lost 100 lbs. After seeing her success and being obese, MY ENTIRE LIFE, I needed to do something already. A friend of mine mentioned Crossfit to me and how exciting and motivating it was… it peaked my interest. At that point I was ALL IN. I started first getting into a ROUTINE of working out at least 3x/week, eating healthy, and drinking lots and lots of water.  Crossfit Ignite is not local for me but I only heard amazing things about the coaches there and was motivated to join. I will NEVER look back!!!!
  1. What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?
    Favorite movement: power/squat cleans.
    Favorite WOD’s are “Christine” as well as the “Crossfit Baseline” WOD. It is a baseline for me to see and monitor my progress .
    Least favorite movement…….BURPEES!!!!
  1. Words to live by/favorite quote?
    “A long life is not good enough, but a good life is long enough.”“Yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why they call it ‘the present’.”
  1. Tell us something we don’t know about you?
    I have my Doctorate in Physical therapy. I have treated patients with Neurological disease and orthopedic issues in the adult and geriatric population. I also flew a plane and it was the most inspirational experience.
  1. How had crossfit changed your life/lifestyle?
    Since being here for a little over 4 years, I have lost 55 lbs. and maintained a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthier, drinking lots of water (I can even hear Coach Steve remind us to have that gallon of water every day). I have a ton more physical energy than ever before. Crossfit has been the perfect partner with the healthy lifestyle that I have adopted.
  1. Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try  crossfit?
    Firstly, you should be so proud that you have shown up!!!! Get to know all the athletes and coaches because they will help you on your journey and motivate you when you need it most. You should be prepared but enjoy yourself. You should communicate well with your coaches because they will listen and help you in every way. I am walking proof of that. An athlete should log every single workout, lift,  etc… so that they can see progress and use it for motivation. Because once you get that PR, there is no greater feeling and enthusiasm you will have to continue on your goals.
  1. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?
    I was super motivated to have FINALLY taken a huge leap into my health journey. I was so impressed how each Coach and other athletes really cared about me and my success on this health journey. Yes I was sore, but I felt rejuvenated and excited to continue.
  1. Favorite Cheat meal?
    Mac and Cheese, chocolate chip molten explosion cake,  and maybe one day, Chicken Parm. LOL
  1. What motivates you during a WOD?
    My music and my continuous goal of completing the WOD everyday.
  1. Proudest crossfit accomplishment?
    Besides all the PR’s and completing the workouts at the crossfit open…….. When I first joined, I have never worked out in my life. I couldn’t even do one push up. NO JOKE. There was one warmup that consisted of 3 rounds of 250m row and then max reps of pushups. I was terrified since it was only 1 year being at crossfit. Not only did I complete the row in record time, I completed a total of 44 push ups chest to floor. Freakin awesome!!!!!
  1. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?  3…2…1…GO!!
    “Stubbs” For time!!!
    5- power clean 165/115
    10 pushups
    15 cal row
    20 pull ups
    15 cal row
    10 pushups
    5 power cleans 165/115

Member name:

Karla Corona AKA KARRRLA

Athlete of the month: February

What can one say about Karla that we already don’t know. Compassionate, warrior-spirit, infectious smile and personality, confident, Strong yet gentle I can go on and on. Karla inspires me on a daily basis.  Her story is inspiring and the mental strength she has to keep moving forward is just humbling to watch. To be so young and have such confidence and  humility are qualities not many people have. Karla poses both. It is our honor to present to you the February Athlete Spotlight – Karla Corona.

Coach Steve

Questions With Karla:  

  1. Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):

I’m was born and raised in Mexico. I came to the U.S. 6 years ago. I’ve always been a little adventurous, so after graduating college I decided it was time for me to pack my bags and move somewhere else. My goal was to stay here only a year, improve my English, and then go back, but I ended up changing my mind and decided to stay. I currently work as a nanny and I’m also a full-time student.

  1. What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?

I tried CrossFit because a friend of mine invited me to take a class with her. We looked up online Crossfit gyms near us and we found CFI. I did not know what I was getting myself into but knew that it was going to be intense. I ended up loving the class and my friend never did it again.

  1. What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?

Favorite: Snatch, Clean, and Thruster, in that order

Least favorite: Pull-ups and T2B

  1. Words to live by/favorite quote

“I’m beautiful, I’m smart, I’m capable, I’m worthy”

I believe in affirmations, so this is something I tell myself every day and I also have it written on my mirror, so I can see it first thing in the morning. I believe that words are extremely powerful, they either build your confidence up or they tear it apart.  It took me a very long time to be comfortable in my own skin and I refuse to let myself feel less than what I am.

  1. Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I want to become a nurse. Currently, I’m taking the prerequisites and next year I will start my nursing program.

  1. How had CrossFit changed your life/lifestyle?

It has made me tougher and has helped me to embrace who I really am. I remember always putting myself down for not having a specific body type, but now I get shocked by what my body is capable of doing and honestly, I love it!!

  1. Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try crossfit?

Focus on you and your own improvement. I know it is difficult to see everyone else moving heavy weights, but it is essential that you master the technique first if you want to avoid injuries. Also, have fun! SERIOUSLY! Enjoy what you’re doing, even if you can’t breathe lol

I call CFI my happy place because even if it’s only for an hour, I can forget about anything that’s happening in my life.

  1. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?

Well honestly mid-workout I thought I was going to die lol but I just couldn’t see myself going back to a “global gym”. I was hooked since the very first time. I loved how friendly and helpful everyone was.

  1. Favorite Cheat meal?

Tacos, almost all Mexican food, burgers, and chocolate cake

  1. What motivates you during a WOD?

Proving myself that I’m capable of doing more than I think it’s what motivates me the most, but the coaches and other athletes motivate me to keep moving and to keep improving every day.

  1. Proudest crossfit accomplishment?

The day I was able to do Double Unders. I used to get so annoyed by this movement and I would never practice, but one day I decided that even if I got frustrated, I was going to keep practicing. I started doing single, double, single until I was able to link them together.

  1. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?  3…2…1…GO!!

For Time:

15 Clean & Jerk (135/95)

30 Double Unders

12 Snatch (135/95)

30 Double Unders

9 Thrusters (135/95)

Karla Corona AKA KARRRLA
Member name:

Joseph LaBarbera A.K.A Jumprope Joe

Athlete of the month: January

We are so excited to announce our first ever Athlete Spotlight … Joe LaBarbera! Joe has been a member at Ignite for a little over 5 years. My very first memory of Joe was coaching him in a WOD that involved jump roping. You may think Joe acquired his nick name because of his stellar single unders that he now has, quite opposite. I will never forget the first time I saw him attempt to jump rope…let’s just say he resembled a fish out of water! From that time forward he has been known as Jumprope Joe! For those of you that don’t know Joe, he is one of the MOST genuine people I have ever known. He took a chance on Crossfit wanting to make changes in his life. He is consistent with his workouts and his main goal is to get the best out of his workout every time he is in class. Jumprope Joe it’s truly an honor to have you at Ignite as one of our athletes and as January’s Athlete Spotlight! – Coach Sandra 

11 Questions with Joe:

1.Tell us a little about yourself (family, school, job):  I have been married since before the turn of the century (July 1999) and my wife (Michele) and I have two son’s Joseph ( 17 ) and Anthony (15).  For over 15 years have worked for KPMG in Montvale as an Associate Director in the Finance and Accounting group.  I went to IONA College for my MBA and my undergrad at Pace University.

2.  What made you decide to try Crossfit and why Crossfit Ignite?  I was reading and seeing a lot on TV about CrossFitAlthough, I did not do any exercise or physical activity for over 10 years I knew that the fitness club route wasn’t for me.When I belonged to fitness clubs if I had to wait to use a machine or other gym equipment I treated it as a signal from god that my workout was done for the day 🙂 I searched online for CrossFits in the area and since CrossFit Ignite is close to work I decided to give it a try and have no regrets about it!

3.  What is your favorite Wod/movement and your least favorite Wod/movement?  When it comes to strength (weights) my favorite lift is the Back Squat because it is not a complicated movement.  Power Snatch is my least favorite because it is complicated for me and I can’t seem to get the shrug.  

4.  Words to live by/favorite quote?  Man Plans, God Laughs.  I say this because even basic plans get derailed.  A simple example, I would plan to go to CrossFit three times a week and on Sunday would look at my calendar and say I will go Tuesday, Thursdayand Saturday.  Inevitably something would come up at work or home on those days and I was lucky if I made it to CrossFit one day that week.  However, I could have probably made it in the other days because something on my calendar wound up not occurring that day or I was cherry picking because I wasn’t a fan of that day’s WOD.  I decided to just keep gym clothes and my sneakers always in my car and go to the gym any day I can go even if I am not a fan of the WOD that day.  I probably average four days or more a week going with this strategy. 

5.  Tell us something we don’t know about you?  My children inspire me and if it wasn’t for me seeing them accomplish all the amazing things they accomplished I would have never stepped outside my comfort zone and joined CrossFit.  To keep it brief and not go on and on, Joseph earned his Black Belt in Kung Fu when he was nine years old and Anthony has undergone several open-heart surgeries because his right side of his heart never developed.  Doctors told us not to expect much from him academically and physically.  However, in little league he hit an out of the park home run and always makes the honor roll at school.

6.  Any advice for “newbies” /anyone looking to try crossfit?  My advice for anyone looking to try CrossFit or newbies is don’t be intimidated.  Everyone has their weaknesses and do not try to be the athlete you aren’t.  Have the best work out for you and do not compare your times or scores to other’s.  Fortunately, CrossFit Ignite has amazing coaches and they will make sure you are comfortable with the movements and can quickly assess the individual and are realistic about each individual’s capabilities.  If they know you can give more they will get that out of you to get you the best workout.

7. What were your first thoughts after your first experience/first crossfit class?  I was surprised at how interactive it was and not only was the coach helpful and knowledgeable the members there that day were also very helpful and encouraging during the workoutYou knew the people there were committed to getting a good workout and not just going to a gym to say I went to the gym today.  Over five years later I still feel the same way and that is in good part to the culture that Steve and Tina fostered and the talented and caring coaches who share their same values (Sandra, Adam, Kung Fu Jim, Danielle, Kiley, Stevie T).

8. Favorite Cheat meal? Wine, Pepperoni Pizza, Calzone, Oreo Cookies, Chocolate Ice Cream..

9. What motivates you during a WOD?  The people around me motivate me.  The coaches motivate me with their encouragement and the athletes around me motivate me because I am always amazed at either their speed or the amount of weight they can lift and still have good form

10. Proudest CrossFit accomplishment?  My proudest CrossFit accomplishment is going to have to be the Civilian Military Combine (Spartan type race), because I always wanted to do something like this but never thought I would have the stamina to get through it.   

11. If you created a WOD named after you…what would it consist of?  3…2…1…GO!!


• 70%x3,
• 75%x3,
• 80%x3,
• 85%x3,
• 75%x3

Percentages based off of most recent heaviest set of 3


AMRAP in 20 Minutes:

  • 400M Run
  • 20 Box Jumps
  • 10 Toes to Bar


Joseph LaBarbera A.K.A Jumprope Joe

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