About Us

Our Founding and History

Freshkills was founded by three people, whose love of functional fitness and community drew them together.

They wanted to create a space in which they could share the benefits that a functional fitness community can have on a person.

Our foundation lies in the importance of health, family, and friendships- and is the philosophy we aim to bring to our box.

Family, Friends, Respect, Community,
Safety, Fun, and Confidence.

Our Company Vision

Our mission is to help people become happier, healthier, and fitter through
a positive, strong, community where everyone is greeted by name, encouraged,
and coached in a clean and organized facility.

OUR COACHES

Our coaches are experienced functional fitness coaches who have competed in various functional fitness, and weightlifting competitions.

They train regularly and study the sport of functional fitness.

Our coaches’ experience and training allow them to employ various strategies to help you become a successful athlete.

Doug Dicks - Owner/ Coach

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Doug has been a functional fitness athlete since 2012 and a coach since 2014. In the past Doug was a national level competitive cyclist. Shifting this competitive drive towards functional fitness, Doug has become a seasoned masters athlete and continues to compete in many functional fitness competitions at a very high level.

Libby Elias - Owner/ Coach

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Libby has been a tried and true functional fitness athlete since 2014. Her journey began while she was instructing Zumba classes at a local church. Her boyfriend (now husband) introduced her to functional fitness style classes, and while she was certain this was something she was not going to enjoy, she told him she would go “try it out.” It doesn’t take much explaining to see that Libby fell in love with this style of working out almost instantaneously.

About one year later she started coaching and began her first attempts at competitive Olympic weightlifting. With a full-time career, husband, and toddler by her side, Libby has since had the opportunity to compete in local and regional functional fitness and Olympic Weightlifting competitions, in addition to venturing into opening a functional fitness gym with her partners and continuing to coach.

Libby hopes to help everyday people like herself find the passion for functional fitness through the bonds of community, family, and fitness.

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Anthony Pieters - Owner/ Coach

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Anthony has been a functional fitness athlete since 2013 and began coaching in 2015.

Anthony was drawn to functional fitness style workouts because he wanted to try something different from the standard gym routine. Since he stepped foot in a functional fitness facility, he knew that this was going to be a great experience and his preferred method of working out.

Anthony’s focus is to indoctrinate movement virtuosity in his athletes by enforcing firm movement standards.

Daniel Caputo -Coach

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Dan has been a functional fitness athlete since 2010 and a coach since 2014. Having been a competitive swimmer, Dan is no stranger to rigorous training and has naturally gravitated towards functional fitness style workouts. He is currently a member of the FDNY.

Frank Napolitano - Coach

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Frank has been a functional fitness athlete since 2012 and is now instilling the knowledge he gained throughout those years in our Freshkills Fitness athletes.

Having once been an NYPD officer, and currently a FDNY firefighter, Frank sought out a way to increase his fitness level to match the demands of his job. He started doing functional fitness type workouts at a “globo gym” while getting in shape for the Police Academy. His then girlfriend now wife bought him a month of functional fitness classes for Christmas that same year.

Once inside an actual functional fitness gym, he realized he had no idea what he was doing and he was lucky he didn’t kill himself but he also realized that functional fitness was for him.

Fred Capetta

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Fred has been a functional fitness athlete since 2013 and is now using his experience to help our members. Fred is a long time Travis native and is currently in the FDNY.

Vincent Lombardi - Coach

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Vin has been a sports fan most of his life, playing on baseball and basketball teams since he was a child. In 2006, he was introduced to body building and shortly thereafter was introduced to functional fitness style workouts. Now Vincent shares his passion for sport and fitness teaching physical education in a public elementary school by day, and coaching at night. Vin brings a fun, competitive vibe to his classes and looks to inspire others to be their best.

Jennifer Felker - Coach

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Jen has made health and fitness a priority in her life for the past 13 years. In 2016, she stumbled upon functional fitness and it has since become her passion. functional fitness has helped her to build both physical and mental strength, which supports her through life in so many ways as she balances motherhood and a full time career. Jen looks forward to her time spent at the gym honing her skills. She’s excited to pass on all that she has learned to those who walk through the doors at Freshkills.