Carla O'Brien

Carla's Credentials

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certification
  • C2 Rowing Certification
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
  • CrossFit Endurance Certification
  • CrossFit Kids Certification
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certification
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified with Mike Burgener
  • CrossFit Judge Certified 2012, 2013 Opens
  • USAW Lvl 1 Sports Performance Coach

About Carla

Carla enjoyed a long career in classical and contemporary dance and dance education.  During that time, she has taught and performed with several schools and professional companies. Carla also received her BS, in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Rhode Island and MBA in Health Care Administration from Quinnipiac University.  She has trained hundreds of dancers of all ages.  Carla remains a board member for the New Haven Ballet School and MacArthur Dance Project Company.

Carla retired from her own dance career in 2005.  While teaching dance, she switched to running for an alternative fitness lifestyle.  Since then, Carla has completed many races from 5K’s, to relays and marathons.  Carla started CrossFit on a dare by her husband, Eric, in 2008.  Eric said it would improve her race times.  Although she was skeptical, CrossFit became the next step in her journey in health and fitness. 

Carla is the CrossFit New Haven Endurance Team coach.  The CFNHE Team has done many events from Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder’s, Spartan, Marathons, Relays and the annual C2 Crash B Regatta.  You can often find her at East Rock Park, Wilbur Cross Track, or heading “Up/Down the River” with her endurance junkies.  Her knowledge in dance kinesiology has folded over into CFNH and she brings mobility and injury prevention technique to the gym.  In addition, Carla enjoys working with athletes and their nutritional needs.  Carla offers endurance and nutritional consulting to all members of CFNH and PRCF.

“I love coaching and working with our members individual life goals.  To be able to be part of that process and pass along a love for fitness and a knowledge of keeping your body in the best shape it can be, gives a person the most valuable gift, longevity.  No matter what your age or fitness level, CrossFit provides you a new quality of life”.  Carla, and Eric, have two children Casey and Jack.

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