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
Ella fuses her knowledge of traditional dance technique, breath inspired movement and yoga to create an invigorating and smooth flow to each style class she offers. Ella received her BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts in 2015; she enjoys being a part of the Philadelphia arts community and continues to dance and perform locally. She received her 250 hour YTT from Beyond Asana, her Barre Certification under Kelly Love and is currently completing the 450 hour Pilates Training Program at Drexel University. Ella is a tea enthusiast, nature lover and devoted sister.
250 hour YTT from Beyond Asana
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
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
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
Samantha (Sam) commonly refers to herself as a reformed couch potato. She credits health and fitness as huge factors in restoring focus and motivation into all aspects of her life. Sam comes from a background in 1-on-1 personal training, by having secured her certified personal trainer license through the national academy of sports medicine (NASM). She has enjoyed her transition into group fitness and has also obtained her CrossFit Level 1 certificate and USAW Level 1 in the process. Sam prides herself in taking a non-judgmental approach to fitness and hopes to inspire her clients and athletes to use fitness as a concept for personal growth while developing habits that lead to an attainable and sustainable lifestyle. For the everyday exerciser fitness should be fun, Sam embodies this idea by being the best light-hearted genuine goofball that she can be.
Maria Sylvester Terry has always known one thing about herself - she likes to keep moving. She’s hiked six states of the Appalachian Trail, run several long distances races, and taught group fitness classes since 2009. When a hiking injury stopped her in her tracks in 2011, she was limited to only practicing and teaching yoga. This was, of course, a blessing in disguise, and yoga introduced her to a new love for anatomy, mind-body connection, and mental resilience. Teaching yoga to athletes is a particular passion for Maria, for she feels yoga has made her a stronger athlete physically and mentally. In addition to teaching yoga, Maria is also a graduate student at Drexel University studying Human Nutrition.
In Maria’s classes, students of all levels can expect to feel welcome, challenged, and encouraged to explore new possibilities on the mat. She plans creative, cohesive flows that honor tradition (think body-warming sun salutations) and support functional movement and strength training (because planks are fun!). Maria also incorporates carefully curated playlists and thoughtful mantras for on and off your mat.
200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Certification through Dana Hot Yoga
Yoga Fit, Level 1
Hi! My name is Natasha, but I also answer to Tasha or Tash. I have been active my whole life and was always playing some sort of sport. I went to Rider University where I played Division I field hockey. After becoming a retired college athlete, I found a new passion in CrossFit. I could spend hours in the gym trying to perfect my skills and get as strong as possible. I love how much CrossFit challenges me and the friendships it builds.
I also LOVE food. I am often found talking/fantasizing about food. I believe that food is something that can connect all people and I hope that I can share my love and knowledge of food.
Coaching others, whether in field hockey, CrossFit, or nutrition, is something that is very important to me. I love being able to make a positive difference in people's lives and continue to build lasting friendships doing what I love.
Precision Nutrition L1
Hi, I hope you are having a good day. As you can see above My name is Alejandro Valentin, some people call me Alejandro, others call me señor Awesome, or just Awesome, any of those is fine by me. Physical fitness has been a part of my life for as long as I could remember; I’ve excelled in many sports, from running in the Penn relays in middle school, to playing baseball and football in high school. I continued to play football in the Marine Corp, where I served for four years; After the Marine Corp, I played rugby league with the Pennsylvania bulls, and a few test matches with the USA Tomahawks. While training for the Tomahawks I was introduced to CrossFit by the teams strength and conditioning coach, and I immediately fell in love with the workouts; now I compete as a CrossFit athlete, and am realizing everyday how much stronger I am today than I was yesterday.
I obtained my CFL1, so that I could fulfill my life's purpose of helping as many people realize everyday how strong they truly are. I believe that physical fitness can build a stronger person, physically, mentally, and emotionally. I wake up before the sun every morning excited for the opportunity to help someone new become the strongest version of themselves, and I look forward to working out with you in the days to come.
CrossFit Level 1
Dana’s passion for yoga began in 2004 and has led her on a path to a life of optimal wellness and profound self-care. At first the practice was a purely physical outlet. Her love for all of the multifaceted offerings of yoga began to blossom after her first Vinyasa teacher training. Her decision to continue her teaching journey centered on her desire to share the holistic connections experienced during her own personal practices. Dana completed the 200 hour Inform Your Flow Teacher Training with Teagan Schweitzer ready to manifest her teaching vision and share her light with the Philadelphia yoga community. Her classes focus on alignment, strength conditioning, and flexibility for a fun and physically challenging practice.
200 hour Inform Your Flow Teacher Training with Teagan Schweitzer
My name is Janelle. I have been in the fitness industry for 12 years and my background includes extensive familiarity in fitness training and counseling. I have a passion for teaching all forms of fitness, including CrossFit, Yoga, and Les Mills workouts. I also compete in olympic weightlifting and CrossFit.
As a coach, I am responsible for teaching and implementing proper technique and demonstrating various positions depending on the athlete strength and flexibility. This enables the athlete to move efficiently and safely as they progress through their sport.
CrossFit Level 1
200 Hour RYT Yoga with Desiree Rumbaugh
Les Mills Body Pump, Body Step, and Body Vive