Tom Casella  in Phoenix - WildFire CrossFit

Tom Casella

Crossfit Level 1 Trainer

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

I started weight lifting when I was 13 years old, back in Long Island, NY where I'm originally from. I remember buying my first weight set (blue plastic, filled with concrete) and doing the moves suggested in the instruction pamphlet provided. I knew nothing about weight lifting, but it didn't stop me from starting. We moved out to Arizona when I was 15, and during High School I was fortunate enough to be introduced to John Kanter Sr., a world champion power lifter and body builder. He trained me and a host of high school kids in weight lifting, and programmed our workouts for us. I competed in numerous power lifting competitions from 18 - 21 and took a 2nd and 3rd place a couple of times. I started CrossFit in 2011, and of course my first WOD would be Fran! I have no clue what my time was, but I knew right then, that I would love this stuff, and I've been doing it ever since. I joined Wildfire in 2012 with my 3 boys (Jacob, Ryan, and Dillon) and have enjoyed every minute of it, the community here is outstanding! I've competed in the CrossFit Open games every year since first starting CrossFit and was fortunate enough to qualify for my first Regionals this year (2014). I love the community, getting to work out with my boys, making new friends, the friendly whiteboard competition, and helping others reach their goals. I have a few college degrees, coached little league for my kids, been active in my Church, taught Sunday school, been a camp counselor for many summers, led Bible study groups for pre-teens and Men, taught 8th grade science for a brief period, and continue to learn new things and grow as an individual.



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