Our Team

Anthony J. Cosenza

Anthony J. Cosenza

Owner / Coach

My name is Anthony J. Cosenza and I am the owner of CrossFit Total Empowerment. I was first introduced to CrossFit in 2009 by one of my trainers at a gym I was managing and was immediately blown away. I was excited to start the "WOD" and felt incredible afterwards. It is safe to say that I became hooked immediately. . Since that time, throughout my fitness career, I have had the privilege of working for a number of different companies in the fitness industry. I have now taken all I’ve experienced, and all the best practices that felt right to me, and have created a brand that speaks true to who I am. One of the most important things to which I am committed and that drives my focus is the creation of a CrossFit that, simply said, makes the fitness club member feel good.

I wanted to create a comfortable environment that feels good to work out in. I want our members to experience something that they have never experienced before. To that end, I’ve put a lot of love and attention into that experience. The experience with CrossFit Total Empowerment starts the moment you park your car and walk to our door. The first thing you’ll notice is the careful attention that has gone into the lobby, the overall decor of the gym, the colors, and even the flooring. My intention is to provide a service that is going to help people feel good about themselves - to improve their physical fitness levels, to be happier, and to live longer and healthier lives.

CrossFit Total Empowerment is not just your average gym. We are all about our member‘s experience and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My amazing team and I have created an environment where members feel excited, not subjected to the intimidation that many feel at other gyms and health clubs. I want our members to know that they can do anything to which they set their minds and that we work hard to make sure each member gets the best experience and reaches their physical and emotional fitness goals. This is of central and fundamental importance to my staff and me. I know the difference it has made for me. People have done it for me and I now provide others the same. I have a genuine desire to help others achieve more and I live and work every day motivated by that desire.

Credentials

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Coach
Kettlebell Level 1 Certified Coach
Certified Professional Coach, Life and Business
Energy Leadership Index - Master Practitioner

Joseph Cosenza

Joseph Cosenza

Partner / Coach

Joseph Cosenza has spent his entire life involved in athletics. Since a young kid, he was fascinated with sports across all fields: wrestling, basketball, ice hockey, and baseball. Baseball stood out as his number one sport, making it to the State Championships his junior year of Highschool. Throughout his athletic career, he had trained to stay in shape. His routine was very typical to the "body building" or traditional working out. However, about two and half years ago, he was introduced to CrossFit, and it literally changed his life. Joseph saw how any person, from any demographic, any fitness level could achieve real goals by committing to a CrossFit program. He saw the results first hand only after a short month of committing. He dropped 20 pounds and saw increased strength, endurance and flexibility. This is when he realized that CrossFit was the ONLY way to achieve total fitness. The results speak for themselves, and if he can do it, ANYONE can do it. Since joining CrossFit, Joseph has expanded his level of fitness by completing many races and events that he never imagined he could do. He has completed the Cow Harbor 10k, two Tri-state Tough mudders, 2013 Brooklyn Half marathon, Citi Field Spartan Sprint, and the Ocean to Sound relay team race from Jones Beach State park to Oyster Bay. Joseph’s CrossFit experience has now taken him to a level to share his passion for the Sport of CrossFit, to help positivel affect the lives of others, espeically in the CrossFit Total Empowerment Community.

Credentials

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Coach
Kettlebell Level 1 Certified Coach

Michael Cosenza

Michael Cosenza

Coach

Michael Cosenza has been involved in sports since his early childhood days. With basketball and baseball standing out the most, he went on to play both sports all four years of high school. Throughout his athletic career, Michael would always train to keep his body in shape, which was more on the standard "body building" type style of training. Back in 2009, Michael ran the New York City Marathon in honor of his father to help research and find a cure for cancer. After crossing that finish line (26.2 miles later) he realized, with hard work and dedication, anything can be accomplished in life! This motivated Michael to train even harder and to set even higher goals. Michael was then introduced to Crossfit and just like every other athlete, he was immediately blown away! After completing his first "WOD" he realized, Crossfit was the only way to train. With the combination of varied movements and high energy and excitement, Michael knew he would be doing this for a long time. Crossfit has allowed him to push himself to the highest limits of fitness and have fun while doing it. It has inspired him so much that Michael attained his Crossfit level 1 certification. Now that he has the opportunity to be on the opposite side and coach, there’s no better feeling for Michael than helping others strive to achieve their fitness goals at Crossfit Total Empowerment. Sky is the limit!

Credentials

Crossfit Level 2 Certified Coach
Kettlebell Level 1 Certified Coach

Dennis Jackman

Dennis Jackman

Coach

Dennis Jackman is a master trainer with 20 years of experience. At the age of 18, he devoted his life to the coaching, teaching, and empowering of people of every demographic. His background as a martial artist instills in him the understanding of a fitness that is diverse and functional. His passion for helping people manifests itself as a true and focused personal investment in his clients. His aptitude for creativity immediately separates him from the masses with training ideas and programs that are absolutely one of a kind. These qualities attract athletes of all levels, including a young man named Matt Gilroy; who under Dennis’s training not only became a professional hockey player for the NY Rangers, but was known as the best conditioned player on the team. It is with these tools and this skill set that Dennis discovered CrossFit three years ago. It was the next phase of evolution for him as an athlete, a trainer and as every fellow CrossFitter can attest to - a person.

His commitment to CrossFit comes second only to him being a proud father of his son Steven. This combinations of forces brings us one of the finest CrossFit Coaches who is honored to be part of the CrossFit Total Empowerment Family.

Credentials

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Coach
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
High School Athletic Training Seminar Speaker/Presenter

East Meadow School District
Valley Stream School District

Jenn Soncini

Jenn Soncini

Coach

Jennifer Soncini was introduced to Crossfit over two years ago and fell in love with it immediately. She was active during her youth by playing basketball, softball, cheerleading, gymnastics, and attended several dance classes. After school, and these sport teams ended, it was difficult to find something that could give her that team spirit but also get in shape at the same time. Crossfit provided a sense of community and camaraderie that Jennifer was looking for. Her training style was gymnastics based beforehand, but Crossfit introduced her to strength training and olympic lifts that she had never done before. Jennifer was challenged but determined to perfect these movements and now can deadlift over two times her body weight. This was something that made her realize that to be fit meant being proficient in every type of exercise. She knew that she wanted to become a trainer almost immediately and took the Level 1 trainer course quickly after staring Crossfit. Her teaching background has made her passionate about educating others about the sport and helping them get to the highest level possible. It has also helped her in her job of working with sick children with both physical and intellectual disabilities. Jennifer has completed a Spartan Beast, Spartan Sprint, Tri-State Tough Mudder, and was a Pit Judge for the Civilian Military Combine, as well as taking part in the CMC itself. She also was a judge for the Crossfit Open in 2015.

Credentials

Crossfit Level 1 Certified Coach
Heartsaver CPR/AED Certified
First Aid Certified
NYS Certified Social Studies Teacher grades 7-12

Vincent Gamboni

Vincent Gamboni

Coach

Hi my name is Vincent Gamboni and this is a little information about how I came across this awesome sport and awesome gym. Throughout my life I was active, I played soccer, wrestled and did mix martial arts. I also always had a love for weight training but lifting became so stagnant to me and I felt unchallenged and plateaued frequently. Then a friend of mine, Dan Tyminski, introduced me to the sport of crossfit and bam I became hooked. I joined the gym and I became a wod addict! Snatches, deadlifts, cleans oh my! So as a CrossFit addict, I did what any person who craved more knowledge does, I got certified. My 2 days in Miami was a blast and the curriculum was so inspiring I couldn‘t wait to teach! Once I passed, I started searching for places that I could teach at... that’s when Anthony contacted me and set me up with an interview and some class visuals/shadowing. This was by far the best gym I applied to and everyone, the trainers and members, were so kind and amazing that it felt like home. The more I have been here at CrossFit Total Empowerment, the more I want to learn and coach the members, only wanting success for everyone in here. CrossFit TE is now my family. I want to thank Anthony and the CFTE staff for giving me this opportunity and I promise to be the best trainer I can be for you!

Credentials

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Coach
A.S. in Fitness Specialty
ISSA CPT Certificate
Boot Camp Certification

Nicki Doyamis

Nicki Doyamis

Coach

Nicki joined CFTE as a member in August of 2014 with her main goal being weight loss. Despite being involved with basketball, soccer and volleyball all throughout her life, she wasn‘t feeling fit, and needed a change. After the first week of classes, she knew this was totally different from any fitness regimen she’d done before and was completely hooked. A month after making the commitment to CFTE, Nicki blew past her plateau of two years and started noticing some muscle tone. From there, she was in the gym nonstop, laser focused on her goals.
After about a year and a half of consistently working out at CFTE, Nicki was so motivated by the team and the members she decided to pursue a career in coaching and set a new goal of getting her Level 1 CrossFit Certification. In March of 2016, she reached that goal and officially became a coach at CFTE. CFTE members and fellow coaches continue to push and motivate Nicki to be a better coach, friend and athlete. There’s no other place she would rather be working out and inspiring others!

Credentials

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Coach

Teri DellaVecchia

Teri DellaVecchia

Coach

All my life I was an athlete I had my foot in a variety of sports, I was a swimmer, a soccer and lacrosse player, a skier and snowboarder, a bowler and a cheerleader. I had never touched a weight until my sophomore year of college where I was slowly rebuilding myself up from an knee injury. I had never tried crossfit and only had heard the stories and seen pictures of the amazing athletes that were devoted to the sport. I had never lifted a weight, I couldn’t squat to parallel and I was back to being that baby deer who was confused and unclear about what I was supposed to do. Slowly I started to figure it out, after many ice baths ripped hands and sore muscles I had found my new athletic love. I started getting stronger than I ever could have imagined I would be, I started competing in competitions and making amazing strides that greatly made me a better athlete.
I transferred to Queens College in the Fall of 2014 and put my lacrosse and soccer career on hold, I was a student, crossfitter and was working two jobs. I focused on school and CrossFit for the main part of my week, I was healthier, happier and just all around a much more well rounded athlete. I will always love soccer and lacrosse but CrossFit and the many people who I have encountered and learned from over the years have really made me a better athlete and a better person. There is never going to be a specific box for me, I want to really try everything from fighting to dancing to yoga and hiking. Some I know I may not be great in but the experience and the knowledge I can gain is endless.

Credentials

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Coach

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