MEET OUR TEAM

Meet Our Team

Nick DiMatteo
Owner/Coach
Background…
Nick grew up in Malaga, NJ and went to Delsea Regional HS.  He then attended Rutgers Camden where he played 4 years of Men’s Soccer and earned a B.A. in Mathematics.
 
Nick was an early adopter to athletics and pursued soccer, baseball, skiing, racquetball, and tennis throughout high school and college.
He fell in love with fitness and training his first year of college.
 
Nick taught HS Mathematics for 11 years at Buena Regional HS and coached both the boy’s soccer (3 yrs) and tennis (7yrs) teams and played semi-professional soccer for 2 years.  He then coached the Camden County Men’s Soccer Team for 5 yrs while running speed, strength and conditioning camps.
 
During his last few years of teaching, Nick earned his Masters in Holistic Wellness and found CrossFit shortly thereafter.
 
Experience…
In 2007 he acquired his CrossFit L1 cert, started a CF gym and shortly thereafter acquired his CrossFit L2, Olympic Lifting(x2), Endurance (x2) and Kid’s certifications.  He then pursued a L1 OPEX cert completing Assessment and Program Design, Business Systems, Lifestyle and Nutrition courses.
He has also been coached by Gold Medal Winning Gymnastics and Olympic Lifting athletes David Durante and Chad Vaughn respectively.
 
I CrossFit because...
I want to continue to improve the quality of my life and those around me.  I love the Community component and really missed the competitive nature of sports.
 
I Coach because...
I love to help people reach their potential in the safest, most efficient way possible.  Watching people acquire new skills and improve their lifts and workout efforts is like winning the lottery for me over and over again.
 
My favorite “cheat” meal is...
Cinnamon Buns!
 
My secret ninja exercise is…
This has changed over the years.  Right now it’s Handstand Walking!
 
My secret sucky exercise is…
Front Squats
 
My OTG X-Factor is…
Energy, Motivation & Personal Connection
Heather Mazzeo
Coach
Background…
Heather is 21 years old from Upper Township NJ. She graduated from Ocean City High School and just graduated from The Richard Stockton University of New Jersey.
She played tennis and lacrosse in high school and has been crossfitting for six years.
 
Experience…
She holds CrossFit L1 and CrossFit Movement Prep certs.
 
I CrossFit because...
Crossfit is what I grew up doing, I never went to a gym before Crossfit OTG and even after six years I am still challenged and see improvements. I also love being in a class setting and getting to know everyone.
 
I Coach because...
I love seeing our community improve, grow, and push people to do things they never thought they could.
 
My favorite “cheat” meal is...
First I go to The Continental and get lobster mac and cheese then have my mom make her moist chocolate cake with cream cheese icing and have a huge slice of that. And I end up having a piece at every meal everyday until it is finished.
 
My secret ninja exercise is…
Box Jumps, any height or rep scheme I love them.
 
My secret sucky exercise is…
Anything that has the word squat in it.
 
My OTG X-Factor is…
Pushing people to test their mental and physical boundaries.
Michelle Barbera
Partner/Coach
Background...
Michelle attended college @ Atlantic Cape Community College and is currently pursuing a second college degree in Wellness and Nutrition from Arizona State.
Experience…
She has earned her CF-L1, CF Gymnastics, CF Kids, CF Endurance, CF Olympic Lifting, ACE and OPEX Assessment and Program Design
Prior Certs: RKC.  She has been a CrossFitter since August, 2009
 
I CrossFit because...
it challenges me and makes me feel strong in both mind and body.
 
I Coach because...
I love to support people in their health and fitness goals. I live for their "ah-ha" moments!
 
My favorite “cheat” meal is...
Pizza or cheese fries...feel so sick after! Lol!
 
My secret ninja exercise is...
Not a secret. I love burpees and pistols!
 
My secret sucky exercise is...Not a secret either...the elusive Muscle Up...Still trying to connect the dots!
 
My OTG X-Factor is...
Energy and enthusiasm! I am so happy and blessed to be able to do what I do! I love coming to the box, coaching our athletes, making them smile and seeing them accomplish great things!
 
Background...
Nick is 19 years old from Northfield NJ. He graduated from Mainland Regional High School in 2015 and is currently a Junior at Stockton University.
He played football and baseball in high school as well as one year of baseball at Gettysburg College.
He has been crossfitting for almost 2 years.

Experience…
Nick has his CrossFit L1 Certification and is looking forward to attending more specialty certifications to enhance his coaching and training.
 
I CrossFit because...
After I stopped playing sports I knew there was something missing. Not to mention I gained a ton of weight. When I did my first CrossFit workout I knew I was hooked. I loved the competitive nature every day and I loved being a part of something again. The “CrossFit community” is something special.
 
I Coach because...
When I started CrossFit, I weighed 250lbs. Now I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in. I truly believe in this ideology. I know I can help people change the way I did, and I love seeing those little improvements day in and day out
 
My favorite “cheat” meal is...
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream…there is nothing else…also does it count if you work it into your daily meals? 

My secret ninja exercise is...
Just give me a barbell and I’ll be okay.

My secret sucky exercise is...
Hand Stand Walking is the bane of my existence.
 
My OTG X-Factor is...
Pushing people to achieve things they never thought possible. 
Nick Droboniku
Coach
Victoria Allen
Coach
Background...
I attended The College of New Jersey where I attained a B.A. in mathematics. I currently use that degree to teach high school mathematics at Atlantic County Institute of Technology. I have recently attained a Masters in Mathematics at Rowan University. I have currently been crossfitting for about 3 years and love it!
Experience…
Victoria has her Crossfit L1 Cert. and has been coaching for a little more than 1.5 years
 
I CrossFit because...
It challenges me to do things I never knew I could do and it allows me to have the competitive nature of sports that I miss.
 
I Coach because...
I enjoy helping people improve. I love when people attain a goal and you can see the enjoyment on their faces!
 
My favorite “cheat” meal is...
Chips and Fajitas
 
My secret ninja exercise is...
Anything having to do with my engine!

My secret sucky exercise is...
Pistols
 
My OTG X-Factor is...
My energy!
 
Coach
Robert Ochs
Experience…
Rob played ice hockey in high school and recreational roller hockey for a few years during and after college.  Rob has been a member at Crossfit OTG since May of 2010 and has just recently thrown his coaching hat in the ring having attended the CrossFit L1 certification course in March 2017.  He’s looking forward to attending CrossFit specialty courses in the future.
 
I CrossFit because...
I was getting nowhere with the “globo-gym” type of working out.  During college, I put on way more than the “freshman fifteen”, so afterwards I needed to get in shape.  I began running almost daily 5k’s and eating better, and i was able to lose weight but i didn’t feel strong.  I joined a globo-gym and for years practiced the age-old philosophy of “back and bi’s, chest and tri’s” with no results.  A good friend joined OTG in August 2009 and was hooked instantly, and recruited my wife and I in May 2010.  Since then I’ve increased my overall fitness, work capacity, endurance, and skills.  Now, I can’t imagine starting a day without a 5 a.m. WOD, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I woke up and thought about skipping the gym...it’s my favorite part of the day!
 
I Coach because...
On multiple occasions in class I have been asked about how to perform lifts, gymnastics skills, or general WOD questions, and have always been glad to help.  And it’s amazingly gratifying when the words you use or the cues you give help someone achieve something they were unable to do before!  Plus, the coach gets to pick the tunes for the WOD...and who doesn’t love 80’s hair bands during a WOD?
 
My favorite “cheat” meal is...
German food!  Since good wursts, schnitzels, or spaetzle are hard to come by outside of Deutschland, I’ll always overdo it.  And there’s nothing better than a currywurst and “ein Maß” on a beautiful day in a biergarten...Gemütlichkeit!
 
My secret ninja exercise is...
Strict ring muscle ups!  Only discovered recently that I can do them, and now I’m challenging myself with various weighting methods, currently up to 20lb med ball between my feet.

My secret sucky exercise is...
The snatch...which is my favorite movement...for a single rep!  But put snatches in a WOD with a moderately high rep scheme, and I’m struggling!
 
My OTG X-Factor is...
Understanding.  Because if you’re struggling through a WOD, wondering if there’s any way you can possibly finish, I’ve been there!  Since I started CrossFit I’ve had many, many awful WODs (and many more to come!) where I didn’t think I would make it through.  But I’m there with you and can help you make it out alive!
 
Background...
Rob is originally from Brick, NJ, having graduated from Brick Township High School in 1998.  He attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick from 1998-2002, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, then from 2002-2005 for a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and ultimately a Doctorate in 2013 with a specialization in thermal processes.  Rob has been an engineer with the Fire Safety Branch of the Federal Aviation Administration since 2001 as an intern then full time since 2005, performing aircraft fire safety research to help develop requirements for cabin materials flammability and aircraft systems fire protection to increase passenger survivability in fire-related accidents and incidents on transport airplanes.  

When he’s not intentionally setting airplanes on fire, Rob enjoys time spent with his wife Betsey living by the beach with their dog Heidi and cat Hank, taking motorcycle rides on the Hog, paddleboarding, traveling, brewing beer, gardening, and of course CrossFit.
Background...
Rob is originally from Brick, NJ, having graduated from Brick Township High School in 1998.  He attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick from 1998-2002, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, then from 2002-2005 for a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and ultimately a Doctorate in 2013 with a specialization in thermal processes.  Rob has been an engineer with the Fire Safety Branch of the Federal Aviation Administration since 2001 as an intern then full time since 2005, performing aircraft fire safety research to help develop requirements for cabin materials flammability and aircraft systems fire protection to increase passenger survivability in fire-related accidents and incidents on transport airplanes.  

When he’s not intentionally setting airplanes on fire, Rob enjoys time spent with his wife Betsey living by the beach with their dog Heidi and cat Hank, taking motorcycle rides on the Hog, paddleboarding, traveling, brewing beer, gardening, and of course CrossFit.
Experience…
Rob played ice hockey in high school and recreational roller hockey for a few years during and after college.  Rob has been a member at Crossfit OTG since May of 2010 and has just recently thrown his coaching hat in the ring having attended the CrossFit L1 certification course in March 2017.  He’s looking forward to attending CrossFit specialty courses in the future.
 
I CrossFit because...
I was getting nowhere with the “globo-gym” type of working out.  During college, I put on way more than the “freshman fifteen”, so afterwards I needed to get in shape.  I began running almost daily 5k’s and eating better, and i was able to lose weight but i didn’t feel strong.  I joined a globo-gym and for years practiced the age-old philosophy of “back and bi’s, chest and tri’s” with no results.  A good friend joined OTG in August 2009 and was hooked instantly, and recruited my wife and I in May 2010.  Since then I’ve increased my overall fitness, work capacity, endurance, and skills.  Now, I can’t imagine starting a day without a 5 a.m. WOD, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I woke up and thought about skipping the gym...it’s my favorite part of the day!
 
I Coach because...
On multiple occasions in class I have been asked about how to perform lifts, gymnastics skills, or general WOD questions, and have always been glad to help.  And it’s amazingly gratifying when the words you use or the cues you give help someone achieve something they were unable to do before!  Plus, the coach gets to pick the tunes for the WOD...and who doesn’t love 80’s hair bands during a WOD?
 
My favorite “cheat” meal is...
German food!  Since good wursts, schnitzels, or spaetzle are hard to come by outside of Deutschland, I’ll always overdo it.  And there’s nothing better than a currywurst and “ein Maß” on a beautiful day in a biergarten...Gemütlichkeit!
 
My secret ninja exercise is...
Strict ring muscle ups!  Only discovered recently that I can do them, and now I’m challenging myself with various weighting methods, currently up to 20lb med ball between my feet.

My secret sucky exercise is...
The snatch...which is my favorite movement...for a single rep!  But put snatches in a WOD with a moderately high rep scheme, and I’m struggling!
 
My OTG X-Factor is...
Understanding.  Because if you’re struggling through a WOD, wondering if there’s any way you can possibly finish, I’ve been there!  Since I started CrossFit I’ve had many, many awful WODs (and many more to come!) where I didn’t think I would make it through.  But I’m there with you and can help you make it out alive!
 
Robert Ochs
Coach
Alex Cummings
Coach
Background...
Alex obtained her CFL1 in June 2017 and has been crossfitting for 2.5 years.

Experience…
Alex grew up in Newark, Delaware but moved to NJ in 2014. She found Crossfit in 2016 and has been hooked ever since. She has a bachelor of science in Exercise Physiology from University of Delaware and went on to Arcadia University to obtain her masters in physician assistant studies. In her spare time she is a doting dog-mom to Sherman and Gus. (Pics available upon request)
 
I CrossFit because...
 I wanted to get a great workout without getting bored. Crossfit keeps things interesting and makes me feel strong. 
 
I Coach because...
I love seeing people push themselves to do better than the day before and to exceed their expectations of themselves. Plus, I get to pick the music!!!
 
My favorite “cheat” meal is...
Anything sweet!
 
My secret ninja exercise is...
C2B, T2B, anything on the rig

My secret sucky exercise is...
Running. Just can’t make these short legs move faster
 
My OTG X-Factor is...
Fun! Crossfit is tough but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a good time!
Greg Bradley
Coach
Background...
Greg grew up in Cinnaminson, NJ and went to Cinnaminson High School. He then attended Rowan University were he was on the Mens Swim Team and earned a B.A. in Health & Exrecise Science. 
Greg loved PE and sports growing up in school and played any and all he could. From Swimming, tennis, ultimate frisbee, football, snowboarding, surfing… you name it!
Greg teaches Middle School Physical Education, Health & Fitness in Mays Landing, NJ. He is also a veteran Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguard.


Experience…
In 2015 Greg attained his CrossFit L1 certification and applies his training to his students in school and also as a coach. He has been CrossFitting since 2012. 
 
I CrossFit because...
I love the constant variety of workouts, it always keeps me on my toes and can be very humbling! 
 
I Coach because...
I want to share my love for CrossFit and see people accomplish goals they never thought could be possible. 
 
My favorite “cheat” meal is...
Pizza, lots of Pizza
 
My secret ninja exercise is...
Strict Muscle Ups, love them! 

My secret sucky exercise is...
Hmm…. My suckiest is thrusters but I’m always learning when it comes to the barbell in general
 
My OTG X-Factor is...
Motivating and teaching that it is possible for EVERYONE to be successful at CrossFit!
Background...
I live in Brigantine and I’m originally from Cherry Hill. I graduated from Stockton University and I am currently a long term substitute teacher at Atlantic City High School. In the summer I lifeguard in Brigantine. 

Growing up, my parents always supported my older brother Frank and I while we were involved in multiple sports year round. We always stayed busy competing but, wrestling truly lit my competitive fire. Although once sports ended after High School there was a hole in my life. I was missing the competitive environment, inspiration from others, and the community that sports give you. I was lost. The isolated “globo gym” was not cutting it. I needed to find a better way to stay in shape and blow off steam.

Crossfit OTG completely filled that void with fun workouts, a positive atmosphere, and great athletes to throw down with daily. Now, getting to the gym and fighting through a tough workout is my favorite part of the day. It motivates me just like wrestling once did. There is no place I rather be and thanks to the community, I’m now in the best shape of my life.

Experience…
Matt has his CrossFit L1 Certification and is looking forward to attending more specialty certifications to enhance his coaching and training.
 
I CrossFit because...
It’s my favorite way to stay in shape, compete, and blow off steam. It has become a lifestyle for me both inside and outside the gym.
 
I Coach because...
To share my passion for fitness with others by showing them how fun and effective crossfit can be. It’s just fun helping others get the same enjoyment out of crossfit as I do.
 
My favorite “cheat” meal is...
Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream, by the pint. Milk and Cookies and Americone Dream are my two all time favorites.

My secret ninja exercise is...
Rowing- I row on the beach patrol in Brigantine in the summer. As a taller athlete it comes easier to me. So maybe it’s not a secret. I like the fact that it’s basically straight conditioning work to build my “engine”.

My secret sucky exercise is...
Squat Snatch - The snatch is a such fun lift when hit correctly but, it can be a very humbling experience when you’re having a bad day. The amount of technique and mobility it takes is unmatched in any other movement.
 
My OTG X-Factor is...
Motivating people to get outside of their comfort zone to do things they never thought possible. I take pride in getting people to “push” a little harder than they thought they could in class. Seeing people being proud of their effort is my favorite part of class.
Matt Dolan
Coach
Experience…
Rob played ice hockey in high school and recreational roller hockey for a few years during and after college.  Rob has been a member at Crossfit OTG since May of 2010 and has just recently thrown his coaching hat in the ring having attended the CrossFit L1 certification course in March 2017.  He’s looking forward to attending CrossFit specialty courses in the future.
 
I CrossFit because...
I was getting nowhere with the “globo-gym” type of working out.  During college, I put on way more than the “freshman fifteen”, so afterwards I needed to get in shape.  I began running almost daily 5k’s and eating better, and i was able to lose weight but i didn’t feel strong.  I joined a globo-gym and for years practiced the age-old philosophy of “back and bi’s, chest and tri’s” with no results.  A good friend joined OTG in August 2009 and was hooked instantly, and recruited my wife and I in May 2010.  Since then I’ve increased my overall fitness, work capacity, endurance, and skills.  Now, I can’t imagine starting a day without a 5 a.m. WOD, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I woke up and thought about skipping the gym...it’s my favorite part of the day!
 
I Coach because...
On multiple occasions in class I have been asked about how to perform lifts, gymnastics skills, or general WOD questions, and have always been glad to help.  And it’s amazingly gratifying when the words you use or the cues you give help someone achieve something they were unable to do before!  Plus, the coach gets to pick the tunes for the WOD...and who doesn’t love 80’s hair bands during a WOD?
 
My favorite “cheat” meal is...
German food!  Since good wursts, schnitzels, or spaetzle are hard to come by outside of Deutschland, I’ll always overdo it.  And there’s nothing better than a currywurst and “ein Maß” on a beautiful day in a biergarten...Gemütlichkeit!
 
My secret ninja exercise is...
Strict ring muscle ups!  Only discovered recently that I can do them, and now I’m challenging myself with various weighting methods, currently up to 20lb med ball between my feet.

My secret sucky exercise is...
The snatch...which is my favorite movement...for a single rep!  But put snatches in a WOD with a moderately high rep scheme, and I’m struggling!
 
My OTG X-Factor is...
Understanding.  Because if you’re struggling through a WOD, wondering if there’s any way you can possibly finish, I’ve been there!  Since I started CrossFit I’ve had many, many awful WODs (and many more to come!) where I didn’t think I would make it through.  But I’m there with you and can help you make it out alive!
 
Background...
Rob is originally from Brick, NJ, having graduated from Brick Township High School in 1998.  He attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick from 1998-2002, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, then from 2002-2005 for a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and ultimately a Doctorate in 2013 with a specialization in thermal processes.  Rob has been an engineer with the Fire Safety Branch of the Federal Aviation Administration since 2001 as an intern then full time since 2005, performing aircraft fire safety research to help develop requirements for cabin materials flammability and aircraft systems fire protection to increase passenger survivability in fire-related accidents and incidents on transport airplanes.  

When he’s not intentionally setting airplanes on fire, Rob enjoys time spent with his wife Betsey living by the beach with their dog Heidi and cat Hank, taking motorcycle rides on the Hog, paddleboarding, traveling, brewing beer, gardening, and of course CrossFit.
Robert Ochs
Coach