THE Rising Legends Academy of Fitness STORY

Charly Sith - OWNER


Charly sith
Owner charly sith has been crossfitting for ten years and specializes in making people laugh. Oh yeah, he’s also pretty good at making people feel welcome at rising legends academy of fitness, too.

Charly was a personal trainer and group instructor for a number of years, but he felt like he wasn’t improving his own well-being. “I decided to try out a class at a local box and haven’t looked back since,” he says. “I started training there and even implemented some of the crossfit methodologies with my own clients and classes. One of those classes was a boot camp for a more senior crowd. They all saw results. They all shared with me how much better they felt, and all I did was more crossfit. I knew I was onto something special.”

Not only is charly a determined dadbod destroyer, he also has a softer, nuttier side. Kinda like a snickers. “I’m a loving father and a disney nut.” charly is just the type of well-rounded, jovial individuals you will encounter at rising legends academy of fitness.









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My passion is for people. I got into fitness to help people one person at a time. I see a lot of potential in everyone. There's nothing more rewarding than seeing someone start at the beginning and work towards what they never thought possible for themselves. Whether it's their first pull up, push up, 5k, spartan race or whatever, the magic is always there.

As a coach / owner my biggest reward is watching my members as their confidence grows and their belief in themselves blossom.

– Personal Trainer
– Group Coach
– Really good at numbers & Excel
– Can chew bubble gum and walk at the same time
– CPR /AED certified
– CrossFit Level 1



Hello future athlete! My name is Kris Hardin, I am 39 years old and have been lifting since I was 15 and through my journey I had the opportunity to learn from Gerard Benderoth "THE WHITE RHINO" a professional strongman competitor, Jason Manenkoff, a world class powerlifting coach and powerlifter himself and a variety of professional MMA trainers and athletes.

To be honest, this isn’t what I pride myself on. I like to believe that I can change your day for the better, Thats my goal! If I can…. Improve your technique, make you stronger, Or just put a smile on your face, I did my job. “LOVE LIFE AND LIFE WILL LOVE YOU”.

– 20 years experience Powerlifting
– 3rd Degree Balckbelt in Kempo
– Brown belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
– CPR Certified



Jon is our in-house motivation master! His positive disposition and encouraging attitude makes you believe you can achieve anything! Jon's main passion in life is helping people. He spends most of his time studying different aspects of the healthcare field to learn as much as he can about helping people recover from injury and illness.

This has led him to the field of Physical Therapy where he currently studies and thrives in helping people overcome obstacles and take back their lives through exercise. Besides helping others, Jon is an adventurer and looks for any chance he can to experience the great outdoors. He has hiked all over the U.S. from The Appalachian Trail in the East to Zion National Park and The Colorado Rockies in the West. Jon has also played almost any sport you can think of and pulls from all his experiences as an athlete to find the best way to coach you to victory. Jon is a passionate, driven and dedicated individual that will transform your perception of fitness with a smile.

– Undergraduate studies in PT
– Physical Therapist Aide
– Medical Assistant
– Personal Trainer
– Multiple Spartan Trifecta Holder
– I-fly Flight Instructor
– Loves Wendy’s



From her mouth to your ears: "You CAN teach old dogs new tricks! I'm too old, I'm too out of shape....... NEVER! Let me repeat that….. NEVER!!!! I was an athlete when I was younger and still have that bug in me…… it was dormant for years as life just got the better of me. I became sedentary, unfit, unhealthy and yep, you guessed it……rather large.

I walked into Rising Legends in 2018 (in my 50’s) and haven’t looked back. I’ve learned so much about health, fitness and being an athlete. I knew right away that I wanted to work with others like me, so I became a coach in 2019. I have been and will continue to learn from every athlete and all of the talented coaches here. I still have a way to go on my fitness journey and I want to take as many people with me as possible. You are never too old and/or out of shape – that is what we are here for – don’t let any more time pass you by – trust me!”

– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
– Certified Kettlebell Professional Trainer & Coach
– Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certified



I have been a CF1 coach since 2016 and have participated in 5 CrossFit Opens. I first came to love fitness after college and want to challenge myself physically and mentally. I started with small obstacle course races like the Warrior Dash then progressed into the Tough Mudders and ended my OCR career with a Go Ruck Challenge.

I have since left the mud and have ran multiple half marathon and completed the NYC Marathon. My introduction to CrossFit started in 2009. The workouts are challenging but the people are amazing. It will make you hurt in a good way and you will always come back for more. If you like to challenge yourself and be around like minded people you have found yourself in the right place!

– CrossFit Lvl 1



I have been involved with athletics and soccer in particular all of my life. After completing my college career, I was looking for a way to offer young athletes an opportunity to play soccer in college and joined several local soccer clubs in a coaching capacity as well as starting my career as a School Psychologist.

I found a great parallel between student development in the classroom and on the soccer field and it was rewarding to see the kids develop over time. In 2011 I found CrossFit which was being instructed in what I would call a personal fitness center. I was somewhat skeptical because I was never a fan of lifting heavy, it did not seem to fall in line with what would make me a better soccer player, so I stayed away. After the first week I found that I very much enjoyed the workouts, but it was more the environments and people who were suffering with me that brought me back. I always thought to myself “if these guys keep going, I can’t stop”. CrossFit has introduced me to many friends throughout the years and I became enamored with not knowing what was going to happen the next day, it became a daily challenge. As I became fitter and my knowledge for the movements increased, I saw that I enjoyed seeing myself progress but more than that, I enjoyed seeing my community members improve.

– CF Lvl 1
– USSF C License



BRIAN played a variety of youth sports growing up like most kids, and loved the competition. Which led him to Racing. Brian drove a Dirt Modified at the professional level for over 10 years. After he started a family he began to focus on youth sports. He became very involved in coaching and Nutrition.

Brian has coached and trained travel soccer for close to 10 years. Players ranging from recreation to premiere travel. While doing this was introduced to Crossfit. And this became a passion. He found a way to help train athletes that will build them as individuals and prepare them for whatever sport they participate in. So when he’s not in the gym training athletes you can find him hiking , mountain biking or just spending time with his family.

– Certifications
– Crossfit Level 1 trainer
– Crossfit Kids certified trainer
– NASM certified trainer
– USSF National D License (soccer)
– First aid and CPR certified/AED



While a student athlete in HS, I started martial arts at age 14, eventually earning a 1st degree black belt in Shorinji Kempo, a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and a 4th degree black belt in Hisardut/Krav Maga. I taught martial arts for 15 years, while also working as a personal trainer.

I discovered functional fitness around 2015, and made the move to CrossFit officially in 2018, which led me to my CF L1 certification last August.

Outside of athletics, I was a paramedic for 17 years, having just left the job to go back to school to become a physical therapist assistant, which will be completed in May 2022. In that capacity, I earned 3 commendations from Hackensack and Bridgeport Police departments, and held positions of FTO and Paramedic Field Instructor for the last 10 years. I am a military veteran, a husband to my beautiful
wife Kim, and devoted father of 4, Dylan 26, Emma 20, Olivia 17, and, yes, Olivia 10.

Without question the thing I love most about coaching and training others is watching them achieve. Whether the member I’m coaching is an advanced athlete, or it’s their first class, new barriers are broken everyday, and I thrive on being a part of that. We are never finished improving ourselves, both in and out of the gym, and I believe our gym improves lives in both arenas. Whether it’s someone lifting more than they have ever lifted before, or an athlete literally passing a rope under their feet for the first time without tripping; every milestone is something to be
celebrated by all of us here. I believe this is a philosophy that RLAF takes very seriously, and that’s why when new members start here, they stay here.

– CrossFit LvL 1
– 1st degree black belt (Shorinji Kempo)
– Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
– 4th degree black belt (Hisardut/Krav Maga)
– Former Paramedic Filed Instructor (10 years)
– Military Veteran



Hi, I'm Angela, also go by Ang, Angie or L1. My CrossFit journey began in 2011 when I dropped into my first class and was hooked. I've always had a fascination with functional movement, how the body works, and its ability to change.

Outside of the box, I’m a foodie in training and always on the lookout for the best mom and pop shop, as well as a fantastic donut!

Looking forward to helping you reach your goals, unlock your full potential, and will be your biggest cheerleader every step of the way.

– Crossfit Level 1
– CPR / AED Certified

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