DIRECTOR OF COACHING, CRUCIBLE RACE DIRECTOR, HYBRID COACHING, NUTRITION
Ariana Scalfo is a 4-year Alex Viada "Special Project" (how special? she hasn't quit yet, if that counts), NASM certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and ACSM certified Personal Trainer. If she had to describe her experience to you, it would be "messing up as much as humanly possible at most things, and figuring it out as she went along."
While her childhood was spent being active, outside, and playing with bugs in the mud, Ariana's teenage years were riddled with periods of intense inactivity, illness, and pain while she navigated a 1-2 punch diagnosis of Celiac Disease and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobility Type). She wasn't able to be physically active again until her mid-20s, when she began CrossFit with Coach Ken.
Through her own process of self-discovery via every scaling option, limitation, and form of tendinitis imaginable, she realized that if she could, anyone could. Ariana now lifts and runs, sometimes rides bikes, and sometimes does wall balls.
A tenured nutrition coach, Ariana specializes in nutritional strategies for individuals with intense training schedules, body composition goals, digestive disorders, solving GI upset during activity, and ketosis w/carbohydrate periodization for endurance athletes. Ariana is incredibly familiar with training while injured, sick, or anemic, and will work with individuals with POTS, dysautonomia, EDS, or similar hypermobility disorders.
Ariana passionately believes that with the right mindset, goals, and process orientation, all bodies are capable of adaptation. Expectations need to be realistic, the work needs to be constant, but there are shortcuts and she will find them. "Smarter, not harder." As the leader of the CHP: Women initiative, she passionately believes in education and empowerment as the keys to autonomy and "heavy metal" self development.
Hates long walks on the beach
Can touch her toes
FROM ARIANA'S CLIENTS
First coach Taylor Weglicki (no longer with CHP) was exactly what I needed, 6 years of CrossFit and realized I was quad dominant always protecting my back. Needed help and Taylor's PT expertise helped me focus on increasing my posterior chain strength and helped me run my first half marathon! Incorporating BOTH into my weekly training sessions. Second coach Jonathan Pain, we had fun testing the strength I had gained with Taylor, always challenging workouts.
Due to some issues, felt I needed a female to help me navigate some new challenges. Started with CHP Women group and now have Ariana Scalfo as my new coach. My main focus is overall strength and to have the endurance to complete long hikes with my husband. I do so well having accountability and love the feedback, having someone to answer questions and to modify things if needed.
I love the individuality of the program, that it changes as I change, as new goals or events come up we create a strategy to accomplish what's needed. I did 6 years of CrossFit, though I do miss the group dynamic, I really like working on things that are tailored specifically with MY goals in mind.
I so want to share the excitement and feeling of strength to mature women! It's so important, it feels so good. To have someone in your corner, saying "you can do this" is so helpful, we tend to (I do at least) limit ourselves but to have someone program something that you wouldn't even think to try and you do and you can and it's just so awesome!