CrossFit is a gateway to an elite level of fitness for all individuals regardless of background and genetic standing.  As the Staff of CrossFit Metropolis, our goal is simple: to facilitate a world class CrossFit experience and build a safe and enjoyable community of kind, hard working souls.

Head Trainer:

Matt Moran is a CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer, USAW-Sports Performance Coach and the head trainer of CrossFit Metropolis. Matt has been coaching CrossFit since 2010, and specializes in high-level bodyweight movements. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, and an actuary. His favorite workout is “The Seven”. His least favorite workout is “Karen”, followed closely by “Row 2000m”. His most impressive physical feat is pogo-sticking 1 full mile without stopping.

Assistant Coaches:

Mickey “Mick” Kostelnik is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, USAW-Sports Performance Coach, and NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist. A native of Northeast Ohio, Mickey grew up playing a variety of sports, where he was introduced to weight lifting through a middle school strength and conditioning program. He has loved the gym ever since. Mickey played college football at John Carroll University while earning a bachelors degree in business. He later served his country as a member of the 75 th Ranger Regiment. Mickey is passionate about physical challenges and helping people achieve greatness through physical fitness. He is currently studying for his masters in Exercise Science/Strength and Conditioning at LIU Brooklyn. When he’s not at the gym, you can find Mickey with his beautiful wife and daughter.


johannaJohanna “JTrain” Cinquegrana is a CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer. Johanna joined CF Metropolis in November 2012 and her life has never been the same since. After growing up as a competitive figure skater, Johanna found Crossfit to fulfill her lack of competition and athleticism in her life. She convinced her husband, Chad, to join Crossfit six months later, and now they are raising a son together to be a future Crossfit Games competitor. When not at the gym, you can find Johanna teaching math on the lower east side. Johanna is a graduate of Columbia University and has lived in NYC since 2002. Johanna is also certified as a Crossfit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer.


chadChad “Ocho” Cinquegrana is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. Chad joined CF Metropolis in May 2013 after his wife joined six months earlier and started squatting more than him. Chad enjoys snatching and muscle ups and can’t wait to teach his son the art of the barbell. When Chad isn’t bulking, you can find him teaching health and physical education at a high school on the lower east side. He is a graduate of SUNY Cortland and has lived in NYC since 2007. Chad is also certified as a Crossfit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer.


img_1183Jason “J Ca$h” Castro is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and native New Yorker. Growing up Jason played baseball and basketball, and got into fitness as a result. He joined CrossFit Metropolis in April of 2012 where he fell in love with snatching, handstand pushups, and burpees. When he’s not working on his fitness and blasting country music, you can find him at the Bronx Zoo where he spends his day working with some pretty cool animals.


Liz Rekas is the newest edition to our staff here at Metropolis. Liz is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer with a background in soccer, track & field and gymnastics. As a natural athlete, Liz  brings competition, camaraderie and colorful energy to the gym on a regular basis. Previously, she participated in group fitness classes in New York, but always felt like something was missing. Finally, she got a push from the head trainer Matt (also her better half) to do the crash course and eventually she was hooked! Liz loves the clean & jerk and welcomes any workout with wall balls. When she’s not working on her ring-dips or guiding athletes through a WOD, you can find her at a bagel shop or spending time with family.