CrossFit Delaware Valley currently employs ten trainers at our Broomall facility. All of our staff are CrossFit Level One Trainers (at a minimum), although each have additional credentials listed below:

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Rob Miller

CF L3 Trainer / CCFT, CF Basic Barbell, CF Olympic Lifting, CF Endurance, CF Kids and CF Gymnastics.

Rob is the owner of CrossFit Delaware Valley. He is a long-standing member of the CrossFit HQ traveling certification team (since April 2008) and has helped countless Level One participants master the basics of CrossFit. He has taught CrossFit to prospective trainers in six countries. He has served as a Judge at the CrossFit Games (’10-’13), as well as Head Judge/Competition Director at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals (’12-’13). One of the original Philadelphia-based CrossFitters, Rob has helped several other individuals establish their own gyms and spread the benefits of functional fitness. Rob is also a co-owner of CrossFit Harmony in Edgemont, PA.

I’m a 41-year-old father of two, originally from Springfield, PA. In 2010, I left my 10-year professional career in Information Technology and Human Resources to pursue CrossFit full-time. I play the bass guitar and sing, and hold a first-degree black belt in Isshinryu Karate. I’m obsessed with music and will gladly talk about classic rock and pop for hours.”


Warm-Ups – from the CrossFit Journal
CrossFit Radio #277 – featuring Rob Miller and Austin Malleolo
A Word from Our Trainers – from the annual CrossFit HQ Trainer Summit
Barbell Shrugged episode #103 – with Steve Liberati
CFHQ WOD Demo 120903 – from
About CFDV – from BackHatMedia

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Larry Palazzolo

CF Level 1 Trainer, Level 1 BioSignature Practitioner through the Poliquin International Certification Program, Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Jon North Attitude Nation Level 1 Olympic Lifting Seminar. He has also attended the Dmitry Klokov, Ilya Ilyin and Vasiliy Polovnikov Olympic Weightlifing Seminar and the Mike Jenkins Strongman Seminar.

Larry has been involved with CrossFit as an athlete since 2005, and as a coach since 2011. He approaches CrossFit from a health and longevity perspective incorporating strength, mobility and proper nutrition as a complete package.

Larry is married to Kara, our web guru and Minister of Fun Times. He is the founder of the Lean Out Club and offers Nutrition Coaching, Body Fat Analysis, and Custom Programming to help you achieve your performance and aesthetic goals.>

Larry is a regular contributor to Tabata Times.
Portable Paleo and Stop Aping Around – Sweat RX Magazine, March/April 2013
Mother First, Athlete Second: Tanya Wagner – CrossFit Games, February 2012
A Year in the Making: Raw Training – CrossFit Games, June 2011

You can read more from Larry at his blog and on Twitter: @larrypalazzolo


Chris Foehl

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, RKC (Russian Kettlebell Certified), HKC (Hardstyle Kettlebell Certified) and a personal trainer through The American Sports and Fitness Association.

Chris was an athlete without a set sport until he found CrossFit. “I have tried just about every sport but always found myself getting bored and moving on.”  He had been a trainer and class room instructor for nearly two years in conventional gyms before he stumbled upon CFDV. “Immediately I was impressed with the idea and methodology of a sport that’s main concept was a constantly varied work load across a wide spectrum of fitness.”

Chris runs CFDV’s Kettlebell Club training classes and the early morning sessions.


Jacki Ford

CrossFit Level One Trainer.

‘I’ve been Crossfitting for nearly three years. When I first started, I hadn’t done any exercise regimen and scaled every single movement. I am forever growing as an athlete, and will always have obstacles to conquer, but I’ve come such a long way with hard work and excellent coaching.

As a coach, I use my experience as my drive to help others achieve their goals and help them see that with determination, anything is possible. Seeing someone master a movement they’ve been struggling with, and knowing I’ve helped them achieve that goal, makes me feel incredible!’


Nick O’Ryon

CrossFit Level One Trainer.

Nick joins us from Philadelphia Sports Club, where he works as a personal trainer and strength coach. “I have been a lifelong athlete and was fortunate enough to have been introduced to Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting at a relatively young age. For the last five years I have been coaching these lifts with sports teams and individuals. I began CrossFitting two years ago and have participated in several local competitions. I am very grateful and excited to be joining CFDV!”


Kevin Belza

CrossFit Level One Trainer.

Kevin was born in Virginia, and has lived in Michigan and Florida before moving to Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Florida and has played golf professionally for a number of years after college.

He was introduced to CrossFit by a friend who was doing CrossFit workouts by himself, in his garage. Unfortunately for Kevin, his friend did a poor job of selling how fun and effective CrossFit workouts were! Kevin didn’t try CrossFit until more than a year later, at the local affiliate gym, CrossFit Gainesville. Initially, Kevin was attracted to the coaching and the intense group workout. It didn’t take long for a healthy obsession to develop! He is a firm believer that hard work pays off, but as a competitor will often take the ‘work smarter not harder’ approach. As a coach he loves sharing his knowledge and experience to give others the tools they need to succeed.

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Kara McDonald

CrossFit Level One Trainer.

Kara started at CFDV in 2010 somewhat reluctantly, but now considers it her second home. She runs the website and plans parties and fundraisers for the gym, and can usually be found dancing in the 5pm class. A graduate of Ohio University and longtime volleyball player, Kara has run five half marathons but prefers squatting heavy until the veins in her neck pop out (see pic). She enjoys reading, traveling the world with her swole mate, Coach Larry, and snuggling with their pitbull Tippy.

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Lauren Klausner

CrossFit Level One Trainer

Lauren grew up in the small town of Falmouth, Maine, and originally moved to Philadelphia to pursue her college education.  She graduated with her bachelors in Business Administration from Temple University in 2004, and graduated with her Masters in Adult and Organizational Development in 2011.  Lauren began CrossFit in 2012 and was automatically attracted to its group atmosphere and intensity.  Coming from an athletic background of running, biking, and spending a lot of time in conventional gyms, Lauren was immediately drawn to the constantly varied movements and that CrossFit has to offer.  Lauren received her CrossFit Level One in 2013 and really enjoys sharing her love of fitness and helping others to succeed and reach their goals.


Assistant Trainers: Bobby Healey