Fitness is our passion, our lifestyle and, more than anything, something we love sharing with you. CrossFit is a world-class training methodology that we truly believe to be second-to-none. Each of our coaches can share a story of their own personal transformations through CrossFit training; just ask and they will tell! We are proud of our diverse and knowledgeable coaching staff and will continue to improve through the various and ongoing CrossFit coach development programs. We will continue to raise the standard of our world-class coaching staff because at CrossFit RisingStar, we be leave that, as we improve, the lives of those around us will improve as well.
The Crossfit RisingStar Team
Meet the team that is dedicated to your success!
Rob DiTursi, LMT
Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level3)
Head Coach, Owner & CEO
As science makes new discoveries and as humans push their bodies to new limits, we find new ways to perform and live better. It is for this reason that I chose to devote my energies toward fitness and bodywork.
My interest in health and fitness goes back to the mid-nineties after surviving and recovering from a traumatic near-death experience. In an interest to heal myself and others, I went to the Swedish institute of massage therapy in New York city where I graduated and in 1997 became a New York state licensed and certified massage therapist.
As time progressed, my fitness journey took me down many paths: from heavy weightlifting to vinyasa yoga to tai chi, chi gong and kung fu. From all of those modalities and styles, though wildly different, I was able to take away something positive to incorporate into my personal fitness and bodywork regimen.
However, I still had not found the one; the fitness program that would cover all the bases – strength, flexibility, agility, stamina, accuracy, speed, etc. That was until CrossFit came along
When I encountered CrossFit and began researching its training methods, I saw the crystallization of all the elements that I had attempted in the past! The strength from weight training, the flexibility of yoga, the core-to-extremity dynamism of the internal martial arts were all combined into a unique, intense and decidedly functional fitness experience.
From my first CrossFit workout, I was hooked! I realized pretty quickly that I wanted to pursue the coaching path, open a gym, and bring CrossFit to the people of the Rutland area.
In addition to my massage therapy licenses and certifications, I am proud to have achieved the level of Certified CrossFit Trainer (Level 3), being among a small handful of such trainers in New England.
I also hold advanced certifications in sports massage, neuromuscular facilitation, and myofascial release and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I will perpetually search for ways to achieve optimum health. By staying current on the proven training principles and practices of CrossFit, perfecting my own skills, bettering my coaching team and our client-athletes, we can rest assured that the lives of all we touch can be made better.
CrossFit Level 2 Coach
My fitness journey began when I was 16 years old. I was a three-sport varsity athlete and determined to perform at a high caliber. Although the scholastic sports are long over, I will never stop being an athlete. Wether in the gym, in my profession as a firefighter and on the swift water rescue team, I am passionate about my career, my fitness, and the well-being of others.
When my crazy schedule allows me some time for play, I can be found doing just about anything that involves an adventure. Cliff diving, wake-boarding, hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding just to name a few.
I began my CrossFit journey in July of 2018, in preparation to become a firefighter for the City of Rutland. Thanks to CrossFit, I easily became a firefighter as well as gaining entry to the elite Swift-Water Rescue team. I also fell in love with CrossFit; this was the fitness program that I had been looking for my entire life. In less than a year, through hard study, I became a Level 1 coach. I have since continued to gain my Level 2 status and will not stop there! I am also proud to be a certified EMT and Nutrition Coach. I look forward to working with you!
CrossFit Level 1 Coach
My fitness journey began with a Boy Scout hike that turned into a run because we got bored with walking. That evolved into joining the cross country and track teams in high school and college.
Working as a software engineer (not the fittest occupation,) it was hard to find the time to stay in shape using the normal methods of long runs and weight training. In 2011 while traveling for work, I saw the CrossFit Games on TV and thought it looked like the coolest thing ever. CrossFit packaged everything I wanted for my fitness into a manageable and FUN workout!
It took a couple of years after that to get into a box, but I was hooked from the start. In 2015, I got my Level 1 certificate to improve my knowledge and to help other people with their fitness journeys. Since moving to Rutland in 2021, I’ve been working out and coaching at CrossFit Rising Star. I’m looking forward to many more years with the wonderful community I’ve found here.
CrossFit Level 1 Coach
My fitness journey started during my freshman year of high school when I joined my school’s football team. I initially did it as a way to lose weight, but fell in love with the sport and continued to play it until college came around. I couldn’t afford to continue football in college, but knowing fitness is a necessity of life I continued to workout.
In my freshman year of college, I came to CrossFit rising star after finding out that there are only so many bicep curls and leg presses you can do until you find yourself in a rut.
After joining the CrossFit community I have really taken to the impossible to master Olympic lifts and the grunt work feeling of some of the workouts that bring me back to my football days! I am currently a level 1 CrossFit coach, along with an LNA (licensed nursing aid). My favorite part of coaching would easily be getting to watch others improve themselves physically and mentally along with tackling their goals!
Amanda Smith, RN
CrossFit Level 1 Coach
I was looking for a program that met the fitness demands and team-centered camaraderie that the military provided. The adherence to the principle of “no man left behind” despite the demands of training was of top importance to me.
I am an avid outdoors-person and loving mom to 3 high-energy Australian Shepherds and Cattle Dog. Being skilled at Deadlifts comes in handy when it comes to lifting up and carrying a one of the dogs when I’ve tired them out on a long hike!
Since 2013, I have been an Emergency Room Nurse; Crossfit helps me not only decompress from my stressful job. It also helps me push though the long and strenuous ER shifts where I am constantly moving.
I still have alot to learn. CrossFit training is all about finding new ways to improve, to push the limits of what we thought we could do to those things we thought we could never do. I want to continue to improve myself and use my skills to help improve others.
A program like CrossFit can be intimidating. Getting over the fear of starting is the biggest hurdle. Finding a welcoming person, a patient coach, to help guide you through is what makes CrossFit special. I got my Level 1 Certification because I want to be that person.
CrossFit Level 1 Coach
NASM Certified Personal Trainer