About Us

ABOUT US

The Crate is home to athletes of all fitness levels, ages, sizes, and walks of life.


We pride ourselves on providing our members with the resources and support they need to succeed, not just selling gym memberships and empty promises with no guidance.


No matter where you're starting from, we want to help YOU reach YOUR goals. 

Meet the Crew


Owner/Head Coach

          

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer - 7 years experience
  • 2017 CrossFit Mid-Atlantic Regionals - Team 
  • 2018 CrossFit Mid-Atlantic Regionals - Coach for Gretchen Lee 


Angelo has been active and competitive since he could walk.  He earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do at just 8 years old and began teaching TKD classes at his studio in his early teens.  He also competed and became a two-time Maryland and Virginia state champion, qualifying for the Junior Olympics.  For many years in his 20s, he became a sponsored skateboarder.  He still enjoys skateboarding today and continues to promote and live an active lifestyle with his wife, Gretchen, his son, Grayson, and their dogs, Benny and Cooper. 


In terms of coaching, Angelo is as technical as they come.  His experience in martial arts and skateboarding laid the foundation for his incessant drive to improve when it comes to any of his passions.  When he puts his mind to something, it becomes an all-consuming challenge: he dives head first into a black hole of self-education, mindfully studying and practicing movement. 


This attention to detail paired with his impressively keen eye make him the ideal coach for even the more technical sports we incorporate into our functional fitness classes, such as Olympic lifting and gymnastics.  In fact, he has already led two teams to the Crossfit Games Regionals and coached his wife, Gretchen, to be the second fittest woman in Virginia in 2018 - making her one of the last women to ever qualify for the Atlantic Regional for the Crossfit Games (an accomplishment that can no longer be achieved). 


Coach Angelo takes great pride in seeing his athletes thrive, improve, and reach their goals.  Just as he pushes his athletes to be their best, his own intrinsic sense of motivation keeps him constantly striving to better himself as well - truly leading by example.

Angelo Lee

Owner/Nutrition Coach


  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer 
  • USA Weightlifting 
  • PH Nutrition Certification Level 1 
  • 2017 CrossFit Mid-Atlantic Regionals - Team
  • 2018 CrossFit Mid-adlantic Regionals - Individuals
  • 2019 Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge - Team


"You will never always be motivated. You have to learn to be disciplined."


Not until I started Crossfit did I realize the importance of believing in myself and the true importance of community.  I went from having doubt in myself to confidence, from frustration to devotion.  In 2017, I had the opportunity to compete at Regionals on a team and the following year in 2018 as an individual.  Crossfit is built on so much more than fitness.  It is a community of incredible athletes and people.  It is the people within each gym that inspire me to be a better athlete and coach everyday.  I strive to achieve more because of the community we have.  Live each day knowing you did everything you could to be the best you.  Life is too good for regret. Be your best you.


Gretchen Lee


Coach/Manager

 

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • ACE Group Fitness Instructor
  • Orangetheory Fitness Coach


Sports and fitness have always been a part of my life in some way: track and field, soccer, Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts, traditional strength training, skiing/snowboarding, rugby, flag football. You name it, I've probably tried it. 


Funnily enough, I initially avoided CrossFit due to all the negative media surrounding it.  After hitting a fitness plateau, I decided to give it a shot... and haven't looked back since!  I am now in the best shape of my adult life, and there are still so many things I look forward to improving on and learning with the crew at the Crate in the years ahead. 


Just as I hope to see in my own coaches, I aim to lead by example.  I therefore constantly strive to become a better athlete and coach not just for my own growth, but to benefit our community.

Candace Muramoto

Coach


  • ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
  • ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition


Mario has 10 years of CrossFit experience and is active duty military (drill sergeant). 

Mario Carmona


Coach

 


I have been doing CrossFit for about 8 years and can't imagine going back to my old gym routines. I am active duty Air Force and fitness/sports have always been a part of my life. Outside of the gym, I spend most of my time getting worn out from my kids, cheering them on at the diamond, doing house projects, and trying to keep up with my wife. I am so grateful for our Crate Crew family and hope that you come try us out!

Travis Gomez

Coach



I have been doing CrossFit for about 7 years and absolutely love it.  Before CrossFit, I had been doing boot camp for 5 years.  I am a mom to 4 wonderful kids and workingout keeps me in shape so I can try to keep up with them.  I love helping others along their fitness journeys.  I am so excited to be part of The Crate Family!

Miranda Gomez


Coach

 


I was lucky to find CrossFit back in 2007 and fell in love immediately. I'm not a former athlete of any kind, but I loved the competitiveness and drive the workouts gave me! No other way to stay fit in my opinion. 

Erin Cianciolo


Coach


  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer


Benedict Sales


Coach


  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer


Anjo Talastas