Coach Julie Szabo

Certifications, Licenses

-Licensed Physical Therapist in the states of Virginia and Massachusetts
-Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2007
-B.S. Exercise and Sports Science, Basic Sciences, University of South Carolina Aiken, 2003
-CrossFit level 2 Trainer
-Level 2 i99 Coach
-USAW Coach
-American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Certified Clinical Instructor
-American Heart Association CPR and AED Certified
-Crossroads Alliance Adaptive Coach
-Kinetochore Functional Dry Needling (Level 1)

Athletic Achievements

-4 year High School Varsity Basketball Player
-4 year Collegiate basketball player at the Division 1 (Stony Brook University) and Division 2 (USCA) levels.
-Member of Team USA Women’s Basketball team  2003 Arafura Games in Australia (Tournament was cancelled due to the SARS outbreak, however Team USA competed against  local club teams)
-Completed the 2007 and 2008 Boston Marathon, raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Teddy’s Team/American Heart Association

Outside of CrossFit and Work

-Member of the Riverside School of Health Careers Advisory Board for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
-Enjoy hiking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, working on my house/yard, and playing with my 2 Dogs, Sophie and Kyra. Kyra is an AKC Certified Therapy Dog.

Why I CrossFit

I began CrossFit in late 2012 at CrossFit Mass.  I was looking for a new challenge besides the traditional gym routine and long-distance running.  I had also been struggling with debilitating back issues for a couple years which was affecting my job performance and my overall quality of life. My first workout was a scaled version of Cindy. In 10 minutes, I was smoked, in every good way possible! And I was hooked!  With CrossFit, I enjoy the constant, daily variety that it provides, the atmosphere of doing work with other like-minded athletes, and the ability to actually see measurable results.
I decided to become a CrossFit Trainer for the similar reason I decided to become a Physical Therapist: I love to help others!  I also love to learn and grow as the field of health/science evolves in order to be an effective PT and Trainer.  There is nothing better than guiding an athlete or a patient to achieve what was once thought of as unachievable!

Future Goals

-Level 1 and 2 Dry Needling Certifications
-Complete a Half Ironman
-Compete in at least 3 CrossFit competitions a year.
-Complete CrossFit Specialty Course in Aerobic Capacity and CrossFit Kids Trainer Course.