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Antonio DeAscanis

Owner / CEO

Antonio DeAscanis

Owner / CEO

If you looked up ideal local gym owner in the dictionary (if you could) there would be a picture of Antonio. 

He strives to provide members a 5-star experience every time they come to the gym. He challenges the coaches to not get complacent with their craft and always strives to learn more and share that knowledge with our athletes (see certifications). He believes every athlete who walks through our door matters. They count for something and they have value. It's his team's duty to live up to the trust members have in them and guide them in their fitness journey. Training a high level athlete is easy...Antonio is passionate about training athletes at all levels. If they give him effort, He will give them everything he has.

"I treasure the craft of coaching through and through. I've suffered for it. I feel it is my responsibility to bring up those around me and share the knowledge I have learned. Seeing athletes getting wins no matter how great or small, will always be rewarding for me. The world is a place of little sympathy, compassion, empathy, and I plan to do my part to change that."

Antonio and wife Kelly and lead the community through their faith. From the top down, goodness is at the forefront of everything they do. They have three young children ages 6, 4, and 3. They are pro-military and love this country. They treat everyone with respect, but do not back down when they feel they are being threatened or bullied. They are called to serve. They have sacrificed more than they can say to keep this community strong, healthy, and vibrant. They look to welcome you one day to their home at BLKOPS and help you on your fitness journey!

P.S. Antonio is also a Brand Wizard, Master of Ceremonies, and House Music All Night Long kind of guy. You will love him.

Certifications

  • CPT
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • CrossFit Strongman Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Freestyle Connection Movement Seminar with Carl Paoli
  • Chad Vaughn/David Durante Gymnastic and Olympic Lifting Clinic
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • Totten Training Systems Advanced Olympic Lifting Certification
  • Marine Corps Martial Arts Black Belt Instructor
  • Marine Corps Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor
  • CPR/AED Certified
Kelly

Kelly DeAscanis

OWNER/OPERATIONS

Kelly DeAscanis

OWNER/OPERATIONS

Maddie

Maddie Shockley

HEAD COACH

Maddie Shockley

HEAD COACH

Maddie is BLKOPS head coach for good reason. She is passionate about giving everyone a reason to start a journey in fitness. Wether it be lighting a fire for someone to get back into their groove or showing someone completely new to the gym how fun starting this journey can be. She thinks fitness is the ultimate outlet that everyone needs to maintain a healthy life both physically and mentally.

"The thing I love most about coaching our members is forming rock solid relationships with each person that comes through our doors. BlkOps is truly bigger than just a gym and I try my best to embody that."

Maddie was a dual D1 athlete in soccer and lacrosse at Long Island University. Lacrosse was a brand new sport for her when she delivered for the team decimated with injuries. She was a quick learner and started games against Rutgers and San Diego State. Not bad for a newbie! She was awarded the Annual Clair Isicson Merle Award for the most valuable female student-athlete in leadership and sport. She was also the recipient of a grant from the Women's Sports Foundation: Tara VanDerveer Fund for the advancement of women in coaching.

Maddie studied exercise science and did several internships in NCAA strength and conditioning programs. She wanted to have an impact on people that may not have found a passion for athletics as a kid. Working as a trainer at BlkOps gives her the opportunity to inspire people to dive into a healthier lifestyle without the motivation of modern sports. I think everyone deserve to feel what it’s like to be an athlete regardless of their age or athletic upbringing.

Maddie loves country music and may play it during the warm up and if you complain she will play it louder She believes  This is Fun, We Love This, We Love BLKOPS! That will make sense once you join the BLKOPS Fam

Certifications

  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • NSCA Performance Exercise Specialist
  • NACA Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • NFPT Certified Personal Trainer
  • United States Weightlifting Association LVL1 Coach
  • BrandX Youth Certification
  • CPR and AED Certification
MILES

Miles Duncan

PERSONAL TRAINER/YOUTH ATHLETICS

Miles Duncan

PERSONAL TRAINER/YOUTH ATHLETICS

Certifications

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
  • United States Soccer Federation “D” License
Stephanie

Steph McConnell

COACH/NUTRITION COACH

Steph McConnell

COACH/NUTRITION COACH

Jess

Jessica Joyner

NUTRITION COACH

Jessica Joyner

NUTRITION COACH

Todorow

Nick Todorow

COACH

Nick Todorow

COACH

If you are looking for a hype-man when attempting your 1-rep max, Nick is your guy.

A rugby veteran of 10 years, Nick greatly values the amount of growth that fitness has afforded him both physically and mentally. In an effort to provide that opportunity for the community, he felt he could leverage his athletic background and instructional expertise to take on a coaching role.

"Something special happens when someone commits to getting fit. Fitness demands that we drop our egos. It forces us to shift our focus away from what we aren’t or what we were to what we could be. It inspires a mindset of constant improvement that always seems to find it way into our lives outside of the gym. Fitness is not just something we do to look better, it’s something we do to be better."

When Nick isn't at the gym he is a Manager of Clinical Education for a global healthcare provider and husband to his brilliant and endlessly supportive wife, Katie. You can find him attempting to be less bad at disc golf or trying some kind of strange new beer at a local brewery with Katie. He is currently working towards an M.S. in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning through Boise State University.

Certifications

  • USA Weightlifting Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)
Hunter

Hunter Booth

COACH/YOUTH ATHLETICS

Hunter Booth

COACH/YOUTH ATHLETICS

Hunter, a former collegiate soccer player, loves seeing the joy and camaraderie of members achieving personal bests or learning a new skill. He knew from his playing days he wanted to be a trainer. He knew he wanted to be surrounded by competitive people who are trying to better themselves every day and he wanted to be able to help them achieve that.

Hunter is a CPA by trade and is an Ohio native. 

Certifications

  • Functional Gymnastics Trainer
Grajewski

Nick Grajewski

COACH/YOUTH ATHLETICS

Nick Grajewski

COACH/YOUTH ATHLETICS

Nick is an accomplished athlete with a background in Collegiate Football and Rugby, Semi-Pro Rugby League, High School Offensive and Defensive Line Coach, High School Strength and Conditioning Coach, Back to Back Division 2 Delaware Football State Champions 19-20/20-21.

What do you love the most about coaching? "The relationships that I am able to build and the growth that I can see over time."

Nick is graduate of the BLKOPS intern program and has become a staple of our community. He is a Lord of the Rings fanatic, tattoo enthusiast, DJ and music lover, and obsessed with his dogs and cats. 

Certifications

  • Burgener Strength Level 1
  • CPR/AED
  • Heat Illness Prevention
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  • Concussion in Sports
Rybinski

Nicholas Rybinski

COACH

Nicholas Rybinski

COACH