OpenBox Athletics was co-founded by Dave Garonzik, Dave Rabizadeh and Matt Goldstein in 2017. We come from varying business backgrounds and are united by a common passion for providing fitness to our community. We want to create a facility that will have a lasting legacy in the Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze neighborhoods and reverberate in the health of our clients.
We have surrounded ourselves with coaches who are like-minded and client-centric—individuals who continue to be students of their crafts and seek to make everyone around them excel. Each coach has a different strength, but as a team enables us to offer our vision for OpenBox Athletics—varied programming for all levels of fitness.
Sam Farr II is a human who loves to geek out over exercise and everything that involves moving heavy objects. He has expanded the minds of students at temple university since 2012 and plans to do so for years to come. While he started out as an endurance athlete - running, biking, and swimming wherever he could - he figured out that a barbell was actually his favorite thing. He currently competes in powerlifting and plans on using that to succeed in world domination soon. When not working out or teaching people about working out, he is busy eating, attempting to be an accomplished writer, and making people laugh with whatever antics he can muster.
CrossFit Level 1
NPTI Certified Personal Trainer
NPTI Certified Nutritional Consultant
Neurokinetic Therapist Level 1
Emily Tara Sabalbaro is a yoga and meditation instructor, competitive athlete, and mother. She won a 24-hour trail ultra marathon, competes in obstacle course races, and hiked the Annapurna circuit of the Himalayas, and she relies on yoga and crossfit to train. Whether it's exploring the inner self through meditation or pushing the body's physical limits, she believes in exploring just how far the body and mind can go.
In class, she aims to foster a supportive, all-levels environment where students feel confident and safe to explore. Her teaching supports an interdisciplinary approach that combines strength training, yoga, functional mobility, mindfulness, visualization, and breathing exercises.
Emily graduated magna cum laude from American University.
200-hour yoga alliance certification
Teaching apprenticeship under Valerie Rushmere
75-hour advanced training under Alex Auder
Prenatal and postnatal yoga training under Lara Kohn Thompson
and Beth Donnelly Cabán
Trauma-sensitive yoga training with Transformation Yoga Project
10-day hatha and vinyasa training in Pokhara, Nepal
My name is Melody Schofield and I'm a CrossFit Athlete! Before my CrossFit career started about two and a half years ago, my main focus was Obstacle racing and Ninja Warrior training. After my first CrossFit class I fell more and more in love with the sport and decided to put 110% of my athletic focus into it. I have been doing it competitively for a little over a year and love every second of it.
My goals as a coach are to share the passion I have for the sport with others and to get others where they would like to be! I absolutely love setting and hitting goals, so if you're attending the classes I coach get ready to set a few!
I'm an optimist, believe in hard work, and am a lover of life!
CrossFit Level 1
NASM in progress
Levi has been immersed in strength and conditioning on some level for the past 8 years but has been an athlete his entire life. A cancer survivor—his experiences have shaped him into a natural fighter, turning to fitness as a way of life. A former collegiate baseball player, Levi has spent significant time focused on enhancing physical performance for sport. Recently, Levi made a shift in his focus to health and discovered Crossfit. Levi has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and will graduate in May 2019 with a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. Crossfit helps integrate Levi’s love for performance, health, and helping others.
Levi has experience prescribing clients with corrective/restorative exercises to aid in injury prevention or recovery. Dieting and lifestyle hacks, goal specific workout programs, and 1 on 1 personal training. Experience working with everyone from teenagers to senior citizens.
“My goals for coaching are to educate, enhance, and integrate functional fitness to promote health, quality of life, and experiences both inside and outside the gym. I coach to help others achieve their best self.”
My name is Julia and I am a total group fitness addict. I have taught SPIN, Cardio Kickboxing, Sweat & Sculpt, Hard Core, and a variety of other exercise formats over the last decade. Since becoming a mom in 2015, I've run a few half-marathons and taught fitness classes to other Mamas, while our kids built-up their stroller-riding muscles. Now, I am so excited to get into the studio and help you build strength and endurance by combining the best elements of all my group fitness experience. Can't wait to have an absolute BLAST sweating it out together!
A Philadelphia-native, Greg brings the same passion for his sports teams to the gym and to his clients! Being an athlete himself that desires to perform at the highest level, Greg decided that he wanted to give the gift of health and fitness back to others and help them to achieve their goals, too. He brings a fun, energetic and professional touch to his classes and training sessions that will have you looking forward to your next workout!
A current member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as USA Weightlifting , Greg holds his NSCA-CPT and USAW Level 1 certifications - making him a well-rounded trainer for those looking to lose weight and tone their bodies to individuals looking to increase strength and power.
Personally, Greg has trained for and completed multiple Spartan obstacle course races, earning a Double Trifecta in 2016 while running courses in Utah, North Carolina and the Tri-State region. He has also competed locally in several USA Weightlifting events, having qualified for the American Open Series in 2017 as an 85kg lifter.
USAW Level I
I started CrossFit in 2012 at a globo gym in Northfield, NJ. My first workout was Fran – using terrible technique to do kipping pullups and thrusters with 25lb metal plates. Eight minutes and a meeting with Mr. Pukie later, I was hooked. I graduated from Old Dominion University in 2015 with a degree in Maritime and Supply Chain Management then moved to Philly in December 2015.
I love the constant challenges and community that CrossFit brings. My time in the gym is the best part of my day. As a coach, I love being able to help members reach their goals and lead them to better health and performance.
CrossFit Level 1
Margie is a South Jersey native turned Brooklyn resident who is splitting her time between the Big Apple and the City of Brotherly Love! Margie’s first fitness love was yoga. After adding cardio kickboxing to her routine, she found the perfect complement to the mobility and strength training of her yoga practice. After teaching kickboxing in Cherry Hill and then Manhattan, she became a HIIT coach and the manager of ICE NYC Crossfit. Using Crossfit equipment (sans barbells) to program her HIIT classes, she found the mix she’d been looking for. Margie is currently one of the founding trainers and the program design manager at BEAST:Fitness Evolved in Park Slope Brooklyn. If she’s not in the gym or yoga studio (or on a beach, her FAVORITE place) you’ll find her experimenting in her kitchen! She loves to cook and is interested in a healthy, whole foods approach to nutrition (with a cheat day here and there of course). Margie brings a warm smile and a fierce coaching style to her classes and loves being back home in THE city!!!
ASFA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Health Sciences Academy certified Advanced Sports & Exercise Nutritional Advisor
The best part of my day is when I’m in the gym training, and it is my goal to make it the best part of every member's day. I have been coaching and competing locally in crossfit for almost three years now and it is something I genuinely love. It is a great outlet for me to nerd out over scientific principles while also helping others, which has always been something that is important to me.
Precision Nutrition L1