Meet Our Staff

Brian Cook

Owner/Head Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2009)
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (2011)
CrossFit Nutrition Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Trainer
CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer
CrossFit Kids Trainer
CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer
Rocktape Performance Movement Taping
CrossFit Judge
First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

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I was very athletic in High School playing Baseball, Soccer and Tennis. Went to college and left all sports, gained some weight over the years. Decided to take charge and change my life I started Bodybuilding. Did traditional bodybuilding routine and nutrition for years. Started getting into Triathlons for more diversity. I found CrossFit by accident in 2008. I was researching off-season training for triathlons. I was also post injury from a bicycle accident which resulted in surgery to my optical socket.  I tried CrossFitting by following the main site and realized quickly that I didn’t have the equipment. I went to the only affiliate in Western Mass, PVCF. They were in Easthampton at the time. After about a year, I heard that they were moving to Northampton. Deciding that was too far to drive everyday. I took a deep breath, and decided that I should affiliate.  I became CrossFit Level 1 certified in October, 2009 and moved to my first location the floor space was 500 sq. ft. with only 12 clients.  When we opened we were the 2nd CrossFit affiliate in Western Mass. We kept growing in March 2011 we moved into our current space which has over 4000 sq. ft of floor space.  Never did a triathlon since because CrossFit became my sport. I ran the SunTrust National Half Marathon in DC in April 2009.  I trained CrossFit only. I did only one training run which was 8 miles. Most of my runs in CrossFit were less than a mile. The reason that I started Swarm was to help as many people as I could.

Paul Lentini

Owner/Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2014)
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (2016)
CrossFit Gymnastics (2016)
Qualified TRX Coach (2017)
First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

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I was born at a very early age. Played soccer and studied Kenpo Karate,Tai Chi, and Ba gua for 14 years. Fire Fighter for 17 years and counting. Was an Instructor at the Mass Fire Academy for 12 Years. Were I was certified in Group Exercise and Coaching. After injuring my hip and being told I would need a replacement by the time I was 45 I stopped exercising for 3 Years. When I was 20 pounds over weight and was out of breath climbing stairs, I tried CrossFit in 2010. After 1 year I had lost the weight, and forgot which Hip was injured. I found the intensity and ever changing dynamics that are a staple of CrossFit were a good fit for me. CrossFit allows me to discover my weaknesses and turn them into strengths. In 2012 Because of my background in group instruction, my focus on perfect form, and my ability to motivate. Brian asked me to assist with classes.

Glenn Gilbert

Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2013)
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (2014)
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer
First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

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I discovered CrossFit through a good friend. My good friend was overweight,and I thought if I started CrossFit with him it would keep him motivated to stay with it. Unfortunately he didn’t stick with it but I was hooked. I’ve been with CrossFit swarm from the beginning. When I first started CrossFit I loved the fast metcons and amraps. I hated the weight lifting part, mostly because I was to stubborn to listen to my coaches and fix my form. Over the years I’ve grown to like the weightlifting more and more.

Dimitra Tsatsos Cook

Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2010)
CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer
Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor
First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

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I began a yoga practice my freshman year of college that continues to this day. In my 20’s I started long distance running. Initially I began as a way to reduce stress. My husband was away for 13 months in Iwa Kuni, Japan and Okinawa as a Marine officer and I was in Massachusetts with our sons, an infant and a toddler. I continued running because I enjoyed the freedom it gave me to just be moving and not thinking. I ran distances ranging from 5K to 20K with 10K being my favorite. Over the years I did the following: tennis, volleyball , cross country skiing, aerobics, strength training using machines, golf, bicycle riding, hiking. However, I never considered myself an athlete. In my mind I was just exercising. I discovered CrossFit through Brian in 2009 , the owner/head trainer at CrossFit SWARM and I learned a whole new way to think and train. I was now in my late 50’s and about 15 pounds over my usual weight. I thought I was in good shape but that CrossFit warm-up showed me that I was not as fit and strong as I thought. With each day and WOD, I got stronger and leaner…those 15 pounds are long gone and have been replaced with muscles. I loved CrossFit from the start…Was it challenging? Absolutely! Was it boring? Never! There is a big difference between exercising and training. I had heel pain when running prior to joining CrossFit SWARM. Brian taught me new movements and how to become a more efficient runner. He had me switch to minimalist shoes and with his coaching the heel pain went away and has never returned. I have spent my whole life teaching: as an educator at the high school level, a special education administrator, a quilting instructor, a yoga teacher (I am Kripalu 200 hour certified), a mother, a grandmother. I wanted to share my passion and belief in the positive effects of CrossFit with others so I earned my CrossFit Level 1 Certification in April of 2010 at the age of 60. I love seeing others transform their lives, bodies and minds through training at our box. I CrossFit so I can have the energy to keep up with my 7 grandchildren and to be fit and healthy for many more years. I am proof that age is just a number. I find that CrossFit and Yoga meld well together. They are my Yin and Yang. They provide balance in my life. I also am Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED certified. CrossFit changed my life. It can also change yours.

Mike Welch

Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2016)
First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

Fernanda Anjos

Owner/Marketing & Public Relations Director/Assistant Coach

CrossFit Spot the Flaw (2017)
CrossFit Scaling Course (2016)
CrossFit Judge Course (2014,2015,2016,2017)
First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

Jillian Lentini

Owner/Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2017)
ISSA Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist (2017)
CrossFit Judge Course (2017)
Kur Method Prenatal and Postnatal Exercise Specialist (2013)
First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

Bill Anjos

Owner/Financial Director

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2016)
CrossFit Judging Course (2017)

Mary Scott

SwarmFit Instructor

Licensed Zumba instructor (July 2014)
Licensed STRONG by Zumba instructor (July 2016)
Adult CPR/ADE Certified
CrossFit Judging Course (2017)
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Mary our newest coach joined SWARM as a member in October 2016.  Many people are amazed to learn that Mary has had quite a weight loss transformation.  Mary struggled with her weight as a teenager and found herself at the age of 21 weighing 352 pounds at a routine DR’s visit.  She was told she would end up in a wheelchair and the DR suggested weight loss surgery due to the excessive amount of weight she carried on her small 5’1 frame.  Mary was mortified and embarrassed, and knew it was time to make a change, but ALSO knew surgery was not her only option.  She found the will and motivation within herself to make a complete lifestyle change.  Mary joined Weight Watchers initially and after many years of ups and downs, including life changing events which lead to “off/program/on program” spirals – she finally recommitted to herself and her journey in June 2012 (starting this time at 308 lbs).  With renewed motivation and focus, she began a simple walking routine that turned quickly into a gym membership and slowly into a running habit and strength training routine.  In Oct 2013 she attended her first Zumba class and fell in love.  In July 2014 she became a licensed Zumba instructor and began teaching her own classes 6 days week.  By Nov 2014 (her 35th birthday) she stepped on the scale completely overwhelmed as she had achieved her personal goal of losing 200 pounds!  She weighed in at 151.9 and achieved a 200.5 lb weight loss!
Fast forward to today and Mary will tell you one of her greatest achievements has been maintaining her successful weight loss.  “Maintaining has proven just as hard (if not harder) than losing the weight. I continue to put in the conscious effort every single day with my food choices and am committed to getting my workouts in. This is my lifestyle and I love it! I eat real food, practice portion control, indulge in the occasional treat, but it’s getting right back on track that makes this sustainable and something I WANT to do forever. I love working out and staying active!”
“Joining our SWARM community was the best thing I ever did.  I felt welcome from my very first visit and the coaches are incredible!  They push you when you need it and always make sure your safety is #1.  They help correct your form and provide modifications to accommodate any ability until you are ready to progress.  I am absolutely in LOVE with how strong I am getting and seeing myself accomplish things I never thought possible!  Another thing that doesn’t compare to anything else is the camaraderie and the supportive friends I’ve made as part of our SWARM community.   I feel so lucky to be part of the SWARM coaching team now and have the opportunity to share my love for fitness & helping people through my newest class offering SWARMFit! “
One of Mary’s favorite quotes is “it’s not about perfect, it’s about effort.  And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens.  That’s how change occurs.” – Jillian Michaels
Mary was contacted in Jan 2017 by the producers of the DR. OZ show and was selected for a “Half Your Size” segment.  She was treated to NYC for the filming.  “It was such an incredible opportunity and so much fun!  Truly amazing to be recognized for my hard work.  By sharing my story, I can only hope to inspire others out there that may be struggling – with anything – whether weight loss related to not.  I’m living proof that if you can find that fire – find YOUR WHY – and if you put your mind to it and you’re willing to put in the work EVERY SINGLE DAY – ANYTHING is possible!”. 
Join Mary every Saturday from 10:15-11:15am and every Sunday from 7am-8am for a super fun, super high energy SWARMFit class!