CROSSFIT SOLARIA - Key Persons


Alex Benson

Job Titles:
  • Coach, Nutrition Coach, General Manager

Eric Payne

Job Titles:
  • Group and Personal Trainer
  • Kettlebell Coach
Eric Payne is our Group and Personal Trainer and specializes in kettlebell training. He is passionate about helping people reach their fitness goals, and loves the high level of personal interaction we're known for providing. He lives by the motto: "Expect nothing, but appreciate everything." Eric's athletic background includes football, basketball, track and bodybuilding. In the CrossFit world, he started off with kettlebell training but "didn't think that kettlebells were ALL that," he admits. "Soon, though, I was so addicted that I wanted to teach this kettlebell stuff to others, so I became an SFG instructor." Eric also has a passion for the youth-teaching them about getting stronger to help them in later life as well as for their respective sports-and coaches youth basketball teams.

Greg Petersen

Job Titles:
  • Coach
  • Owner
and Coach Greg Petersen has been CrossFitting for nearly a decade and is Functional Movement Screen certified. He loves seeing people accomplish things they never thought possible, while accomplishing their goals. Though he didn't play any sports in high school or college, he trained in Tae-Kwon-Do for 15 years and is a 3rd degree black belt. He started CrossFit in 2008, and became a Level 1 trainer a few years later. He took the leap toward opening CrossFit Solaria two years ago and hasn't looked back since. Owner and Coach Greg Petersen has been CrossFitting for nearly a decade and is Functional Movement Screen certified. He loves seeing people accomplish things they never thought possible, while accomplishing their goals.

Kaela Harrell

Job Titles:
  • Coach

Regina Petersen

Job Titles:
  • CrossFit Coach
Regina Petersen has been CrossFitting for seven years, and as a mobility coach loves seeing people push themselves to try a new skill or get a new PR. "Seeing them complete a weight or workout that they thought they couldn't do is something I really enjoy," she says. Regina has been active in martial arts for 24 years and is a 3rd-degree black belt. "I've been a martial arts instructor for 20 years," she says. She also teaches martial arts to youth and adults at Montclair Community Center. What brought her to CrossFit? "I started CrossFit with my family and really liked it," she says. "I got my level 1 certification in January 2015 when Crossfit Solaria first opened." Her favorite quote is: "Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general." - Mark Rippetoe

Sherri Wahl

Job Titles:
  • Coach