Matthew Grocki - Coach

Matthew Grocki’s fitness background began 15 years ago with a conscious choice to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, full time.  Jiu Jitsu is a self defense art based around the smaller and weaker opponent being able to subdue his/her attacker who is much heavier.  Using leverage, technique, and speed the smaller opponent is able to defend him or herself in any situation.  Matt traveled to Hawaii to study full time, and after four years he returned to the mainland to continue his studies in the art, and work within the sport.  Matt was also able to travel the world working for one of the biggest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament companies in the United States.  Training and working full time in the sport opened doors into Matt’s new fitness journey.  Ultimately leading to CrossFit.

In 2009, Matt found CrossFit.  CrossFit Hartford was directly attached to his martial arts academy, and Coach Kevin Doyle also trained BJJ.  Coach Kevin told Matt that CrossFit was a great way to get stronger, faster, more balanced, and much more coordinated within the art of Jiu Jitsu.  So, Matt began going regularly 2-3 times a week to CrossFit Hartford.  About 5 months later, Matt was awarded his purple belt.  He attributes this milestone directly to CrossFit and its methods.

In 2010, Matt began shadow coaching/interning at CrossFit Hartford under Kevin Doyle.  It was during this time that Matt really began to study CrossFit as an art too. Not just as a fitness plan or model, but as an art form to really help make a difference in someone’s life.  As a CrossFit Trainer Matt sought to become more readily available to help promote a fit lifestyle. One year later, in 2011, Matt obtained his CrossFit Level 1 certification and began coaching part time at CFH.  In 2014, he obtained his CrossFit Level 2 certification, and moved to Fairfield County to live with his then girlfriend. Matt soon asked her to marry him, and they now have a son name Arthur, born in 2016.

Thanks to CrossFit and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Matt wouldn't be where he is today.  Both disciplines have taught him a lot about himself, but the one thing that correlates between the two is the attention to detail.  Coaching someone through a simple squat in CrossFit, or a sweep/reversal in BJJ isn’t easy.  But with some patience, and attention to detail, anyone can learn.  Another, and more vital part to this journey was and still is the humbleness you have every day.  With CrossFit, a barbell, stone, tire, or pull-up bar can present significant challenges.  Just like BJJ.  The thing that Matt takes away each and every day is to allow himself to grow and learn from that experience.  Allowing yourself to be humbled is a very gratifying experience.

Certifications:  CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Strongman, CrossFit Endurance, USAW Level 2 Sports Performance Coach, Performance Nutrition Level 1 Cert, Brown Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


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Marc Covey - Coach

Marc Covey’s fitness journey is best described as “Cubicle to CrossFit”.  He played hockey throughout high school, but sports and fitness eventually became a thing of the past.  As a software developer, a sedentary life in a cubical took its toll.  After reaching a body weight he will rarely disclose, Marc reached a point when enough was enough.  Marc knew he needed a change—not only in activity—but in his lifestyle as a whole.  That was when he reached out to an old friend.  Our members know him as Rob O. 

Rob gave Marc his first CrossFit workout of rowing, kettlebell figure-eights, and sledgehammer slams on a tire.  Who wouldn’t drink the Kool-Aid after swinging a sledgehammer in a gym?  After two years of CrossFit and a controlled Zone based nutrition plan, Marc lost over 60 lbs.  In the past three years since, he went from a trajectory towards health problems, to maintaining a fit and healthy life. 

Marc has always enjoyed helping other members in the gym with common movement struggles, such as double-unders and pull-up techniques.  Since Hybrid Athletics opened its new location in Bridgeport, Marc obtained his CrossFit Level 1 certification and began coaching.  He also completed Rob’s CrossFit Strongman Certification Course. 

Marc enjoys being able to share his passion for CrossFit with others.  He gets great pleasure in seeing countless members at Hybrid taking enormous steps into their own fitness goals.  Being a software developer by trade, Marc also maintains Hybrid’s website, produces advertising material, and handles IT and support for the gym.

Certifications:  CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Strongman