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Heirloom Athletics in Cambridge is a different kind of gym. We're a community united by a common goal: to become the best version of ourselves. We welcome all levels of fitness!

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Heirloom Athletics is a fun place to train, and you don’t need to be an athlete to participate! Our coaches will lead you, provide guidance, and modify our daily workouts so they’re suitable for you!

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Let us empower you to take back control of your health. Our experienced coaching team will guide you to the path that will lead you to achieving your own goals!

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  • At Heirloom Athletics we believe something as essential as your health should be proactively cared for in an uncomplicated way.
  • We know that helping people make health a way of life isn’t just about what you eat or how often you workout.
  • Our goal is to empower you to take back control of your health by guiding you to achieve and maintain the 7 pillars of health through a sustainable, habit-based approach.


Our 45-minute coach led group fitness classes are for everyone!


Our certified nutrition coaches will provide the accountability, knowledge and support you need to help you find and customize the optimal nutrition plan for your body.





Jackie Davis
Jackie Davis
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The BEST cross fit gym around! Welcoming supportive atmosphere with top notch coaches who will challenge you yet work with you wherever you are on your fitness journey. Additional coaching available such as nutrition and strength training. I can personally attest to the nutrition coaching. Melissa provides a personal approach to nutrition and works with you and what you want to accomplish. I am currently at a 50lb weight loss with more to go yet I know I will get there with her guidance and support. Highly recommend!
Taylor Malefatto
Taylor Malefatto
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I have been a pretty active person my whole life. But I was never consistent with going to the gym the way I wanted. I didn’t know how to use machines or I was embarrassed to lift weights. But all that changed when I started at Heirloom Athletics! Coach led work outs that show you each move and modifications if needed and warm ups to get you ready for it. Heirloom has been so much more than a place I go to work out. Heirloom has given me strength, confidence, community and a group of individuals that really lift you up when you’re down! The coaches are so knowledgeable of the different needs for each athlete and with you every step of the way. Whenever I am having a tough day it gets better knowing I am headed to Heirloom that evening. I love how we have the opportunity for an array of add ons, opportunities for teens and just fun experiences to be together. Thank you Karah for team Heirloom. We are so lucky you’re here!
Robert Alvarado
Robert Alvarado
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Heirloom is more than a Crossfit Box. It is a welcoming and supportive community that will help you achieve more than you thought possible. Excellent coaching combined with a positive atmosphere make this a great place for a beginner to experienced Crossfiter. Karah, the owner sets the tone with her positivity and her not one size fits all approach to fitness. This mindset is instilled into the coaches who take the time to make sure that each athlete in a class maximizes their workout, regardless of experience level. Heirloom is also actively involved in the Community which gives members a chance to connect outside the Box. If you are looking to workout with a great group of people in a stress free environment, Heirloom is for you!
Dan Millard
Dan Millard
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I started at Heirloom about 18 months ago after moving to the area. I not only found my gym, I found my CrossFit family. Heirloom has world class coaches lead by the best owner/operator Karah who is very much invested in the local community. One of the greatest assets the coaches have at Heirloom is scaling the workout to the athletes. Whether it be a physical limitation or an injury. The coaches will set you up for success in the workout. You often hear CrossFit people talking about CrossFit outside of the gym. It’s because it’s become more than just a gym, it’s a passion at Heirloom. Come and see why..
Jerrie Taylor
Jerrie Taylor
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I started Heirloom in June just to drop a few pounds. I’ve not only lost weight, Ive gained an amazing community! CrossFit was new to me and quite honestly a little intimidating, but the first day I walked in, Karah made me feel so welcomed and Lynny offered to be my partner. Lynne has been looking out for me ever since. My schedule is pretty busy however, CrossFit has become my “self care” so I make sure to pencil it in my calendar! If you’re looking for a community to socialize and workout, Heirloom Athletics is your place!!

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When you start with Heirloom Athletics, your overall health can improve quickly. The key to seeing lasting results is consistency and commitment over time; that’s why we recommend fitness, nutrition & accountability coaching. Sign up today!

No! Everyone works at their own pace and doing their own workout variations effort. We use the benefit of the group class setting to help keep us all accountable to showing up and giving our best. But this is definitely not like BODYPUMP, step aerobics or jazzercise. Sign up today!

Nope! Many of our members start without any formal exercise experience. Our experienced coaches will assess your current fitness level and will demonstrate different versions of each workout designed for every level. As you gain experience and build fitness you can take on more challenging variations as you desire. Sign up today!

We are locally-owned and purpose-built to make an impact on health and longevity in Cambridge and the surrounding areas. We’re a community of like-minded people that wants you to show up and support each other on this journey to our favorite versions of ourselves – with no judgement or criticism along the way. Sign up today!

If you’re a beginner and just starting out, then 2-4 times per week will be enough to see results and allow you to adjust to a new fitness routine.

You’ll be sore some days, so allow yourself recovery days between training sessions at first – 3-5 days per week is the sweet spot for consistency and results over the long haul! Sign up today!

We offer a range of programs that include fitness, nutrition and accountability coaching. For the quickest results, investing in all three is recommended. Our fitness programs include workouts that are published in advance. The workouts are a constantly-varied combination of strength, cardio & conditioning. Our nutrition & accountability programs provide you with an individualized plan design exclusively for you by our certified coaching team. Sign up today!

Each class is 45 minutes and led from start to finish by qualified coaches. We start by going over the daily workout details and then lead you through a warm-up designed to activate the muscles we are targeting on that day. The coach will provide movement demonstrations and proper technique coaching to everyone in class. During the workout, you will continue to be guided with support and instruction. At the end of class, we encourage a group cool down and/or stretching. Sign up today!



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Melissa Dross

Nutrition & Fitness Coach

I am originally from Pennsylvania and growing up I was a very competitive volleyball and track throwing athlete. When I went to Penn State I played for their club volleyball team, but once I injured my achilles, I was out for the season. I found CrossFit randomly when a friend suggested to try it out. After nervously signing up and completing my first class, I remember thinking to myself “this is awesome.” And from there, the barbell clanging, burpee smashing, box jumping, chalk clapping girl was born. I joined the student-run Penn State CrossFit club my Sophomore – Senior years, and since graduation, I’ve held memberships at a wide variety of CrossFit gyms across Pennsylvania and Maryland, and even in Vermont and New Jersey before landing at Heirloom.

CrossFit is where friendships are made, hardships are shared, spouses are found, character is built, muscles are chiseled, and minds are hardened. If you are looking for a tight knit community of like-minded people, you’ve found it.

Outside of CrossFit, I am a nutrition coach for Heirloom as well. And outside of all things Heirloom, I’m a full time Food Scientist where I work in Research and Development for new products. I also enjoy hiking and camping, time with my family, my dog, and entertaining some DIY home projects.

My certifications include: CrossFit L1, Precision Nutrition, and Healthy Steps Nutrition

As your coach, I enjoy pushing my athletes to reach their fullest potential. I love helping people achieve virtuosity: performing the common uncommonly well.


I am CrossFit-L1 trained. I coach the Heirloom KidFit program, assist with the THRIVE program, and offer personal training to members for strength-building.

Sue Reincke

Nutrition Coach & Admin

Hi there! I’m Sue.

I have an administrative role at Heirloom, helping our DofS Karah with many of the back-end operations of the business. I love it all because it’s completely different from my day job; I’m a massage therapist at the Hyatt.

I started CrossFit in the fall of 2017. I love it because it challenges me way more than I ever could on my own, I don’t have to figure out what to do every day, I love the variety, and I have a great group of people to workout and socialize with. I’ve gotten stronger and fitter than I ever could have on my own. I love CrossFit for the fitness aspect, not the sport. (Ask me to drop some big CrossFit names, and I’ll struggle to name 3. lol)

I am also a Nutrition Coach at Heirloom. I have a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from St Francis University, nd received my nutrition certifications through Healthy Steps Nutrition and Precision Nutrition. I help clients by using a personalized, simple, step-by-step holistic approach to reach their nutrition goals. I will be your biggest cheerleader and accountability partner!

I enjoy playing sports but not watching them. I played volleyball in high school, love tennis, and ride my bike any chance I get. I’ve been on a few relay teams for the Eagleman Triathlon thanks to Cambridge Multi-Sport, friends, and family.

I grew up in the-middle-of-nowhere PA, and have lived here in Cambridge since 1999. We love this area for the water, the laid-back feel, and the people. We have a son Thomas and 2 (sometimes) wonderful rescue labs. We love camping and boating, and do them both as often as we can.

Heirloom is constantly evolving for the better, and I’m so happy to be a part of it!


I am CrossFit-L1 trained. I coach the Heirloom KidFit program, assist with the THRIVE program, and offer personal training to members for strength-building.

Matt Collins

Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer - Self Defense & Martial Arts Specialist

Hi everyone, I’m Matt Collins, and I’m one of Heirloom’s newest coaches. My specialty is self-defense and martial arts; I’ve been an instructor for 25 years, and have been practicing for 42 years. I taught for 15 years at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy, primarily in advanced and basic SWAT, defensive tactics, and use of force. I created a program accepted by the Maryland Police Training Commission for SWAT physical fitness. I’m co-owner and creator of KIK, Knowledge is Key defense system. I’m also an affiliate instructor of the Personal Defense Readiness, Be Your Own Body Guard, and Know FEAR programs under Blauer Tactical System.

I taught a self-defense class at Heirloom in January 2023, and then became a member. Karah and I then discussed the opportunity of me becoming a coach. Through all the years of owning and teaching at the Cambridge Dojo, my wife Shelley and I always advocated that the dojo was a family first, business second. These same values are evident at Heirloom: the sense of family, giving back to community, and treating each and every member as an individual.

I am CrossFit-L1 trained. I coach the Heirloom KidFit program, assist with the THRIVE program, and offer personal training to members for strength-building.

In my free time, I’m an avid reader and enjoy outdoor adventures with my 3 rescue dogs: Ginger, Jasper, and Ranger. I also enjoy kayaking, and am always interested in continuing education.

I have always taught everyone that that Mind, Body and Spirit must be worked on equally for a balanced experience/life. And that philosophy is something I pass on to our Heirloom members.


I am CrossFit-L1 trained. I coach the Heirloom KidFit program, assist with the THRIVE program, and offer personal training to members for strength-building.

Matt Dross

Fitness Coach & Personal Trainer

Greetings! My name is Matt. Sometimes known as the guy with abnormally large calves (they’re more of a hindrance in my opinion) and orange hair.
I am originally from Hockessin, Delaware. I began my fitness journey in the typical way any young man does, doing lots of bicep curls and trying to look like the bodybuilders in the muscle magazines. That quickly led me to finding a passion for weight training and finding a way to help my performance on the baseball diamond as a high school athlete. One day in college, a friend of mine told me he was trying CrossFit. I thought to myself, “What a shame, he is going to lose all his gains.” It wasn’t much longer after that that I decided to try CrossFit and I haven’t looked back since. I received my CrossFit-L1 training in 2016, and began coaching at the Penn State CrossFit club soon after. This is also where I met my beautiful wife, Melissa (one look at my calves and she was in love). I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Meteorology and made my way to Gaithersburg, MD, for a job. In my spare time, I continued to pursue my passion for coaching at CrossFit Hardshells. Once my full-time position became fully remote, this opened the door for Melissa to pursue an opportunity that led us to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and eventually to joining the community at Heirloom. I am honored to be a part of Heirloom and humbled to be able to help others pursue their fitness goals.

In my spare time, I love to eat pizza, play with our Sheepadoodle dog, and struggle my way through endurance events. Melissa and I enjoy camping and spending time outdoors as well.

As a coach at Heirloom, I look forward to helping you and hopefully providing you with a little extra push to move beyond what you thought was possible.


I received my CrossFit-L1 training in 2016, and began coaching at the Penn State CrossFit club soon after.

I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Meteorology and made my way to Gaithersburg, MD, for a job.

Sean Reincke

Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer - Running Specialist

Hello everyone, I’m Sean.

I am not sure what you do or do not know about me, so here’s the cliff note version.

I’m originally from Lancaster, PA. My wife, Sue, and I moved to Cambridge in the summer of 1999. We were going to stay for one year in hopes of getting jobs back in Lancaster by the next school year. Obviously, those plans changed, and we couldn’t be happier. We have a son, Thomas, who is a sophomore at North Dorchester High School, and two dogs (both lab resuces), Beauford and Ellie. All three of them cause us stress at times, but they also fill our lives with joy and love.

As far as fitness goes, I started running when I was 8 years old, and I completed a 5 mile road race. I’ve been running ever since. Being an avid runner led me to coaching the cross country team at CSD, which I have done for the past 20 years. In my 36 years of running, I have raced every distance up to, and including, the marathon; I was lucky enough to complete both the Boston and New York Marathons, among others. A few years after moving to Cambridge, I also got into triathlons. I have completed the Eagleman both individually and on relay teams multiple times (one relay team included Karah. Our team name was Cold Noodles. It’s a funny story we love to tell, just ask us). I have also completed Ironman Lake Placid (2003, 2005) and Ironman Montreblant (2013). I ended up in the medic tent for 2 of them, much to the chagrin of my wife, but not until after I crossed the finish line, so they count.

I joined CrossFit in the fall of 2016. I had lost my interest in training for triathlons and had wanted to join a CrossFit gym for some time, but the drive to Easton was just not realistic. Since joining, I have been a regular at the 5:30am class. There’s something about doing a WOD before the day even begins that I love. It is the leadership and vision of Heirloom Athletics (Karah) that has motivated me to now join the coaching team. I am CrossFit-L1 Trained. I truly believe in Heirloom Athletic’s mission and want to somehow play a role in helping it be successful.

As your coach, I hope to bring an energy and atmosphere that encourages everyone to give their absolute best. Based on my experience, when a coach paid attention and gave me words of encouragement, but also made sure I was doing things right (and the music was LOUD), I had the best workouts. We all need a healthy push, and as your Professional Vitality Provider (Hype Man), I hope to provide your push at each and every class. I look forward to either working out with you or coaching you at our new happy place.


I am CrossFit-L1 Trained. I truly believe in Heirloom Athletic’s mission and want to somehow play a role in helping it be successful.

Casey Scott

Fitness Coach

My name is Casey, and my true passion is helping others find the best version of themselves. I’ve tried to do this through various avenues, and I have more than a few letters behind my name to show for it. That’s why my gym family deemed me the “Wizard.” After earning my medical degree in family medicine and a masters degree in public health, I’ve decided to own up to that title and become the Wellness Wizard at Heirloom Athletics.

I started doing CrossFit in late 2017 after having my second child and realizing that my entire life was devoted to work and parenting. I needed a reprieve from the day-to-day and wanted to get back to my athletic roots. With the support of my amazing husband (you’ll meet him and be smitten too, I’m sure ), I started my fitness journey right around our 5th wedding anniversary and haven’t looked back. I am CrossFit-L1 and CrossFit Kids Trained, and I’ll guide you as you achieve your fitness goals.

I’m a Cambridge native, and while I didn’t always see the allure of my quaint hometown, I’m so proud to call this place home. My husband and I met at the University of Maryland (GO TERPS! ), and after living and working in Baltimore for several years during medical school and residency, we made the pilgrimage back to Dorchester County to be near our families while we started ours. We have two young, active children, who love coming to the gym or working out at home alongside us. After being exposed to this healthy lifestyle, my 5 year old daughter said, “I’m gonna live a happy, long life.” That’s my wish for you, too.

This journey isn’t always easy. My hope for you is that we will make it fun. And sustainable. And worthwhile. And life changing. Because you deserve all of those things. And when it gets hard, we will rely on the community we’ve built to help us get through it together. Here’s to the best version of you! Let’s get started!


I am CrossFit-L1 and CrossFit Kids Trained, and I’ll guide you as you achieve your fitness goals.

Angie Hengst

Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer - Barre, Mobility & Cardio Specialist

Hey everyone! I’m Angie, and I want you to MOVE! Seriously, I don’t care what you do as long as it’s getting you up and moving your body in a way you feel good about. My fitness journey started with dance. Although I never thought of it as fitness, I just loved to dance and could do it every day for hours. That’s what I wish for you: to be doing something you love and doing so much it becomes a part of who you are. I hope you find that here at Heirloom!

A little bit more about me… I grew up in Chesapeake City, MD, and as I mentioned, I was a dancer. When I got to college (Salisbury University for Biology), I started getting into weightlifting. When I moved to Cambridge in 2003 (graduate school at Horn Point Lab), I kept up with lifting and started running. I also got back into dance and started teaching youth dance classes at the YMCA (which I continue to do along with various group fitness classes). In 2010, I got into triathlons (after some friendly peer pressure) and went on to complete in half-Ironman, Olympic, and sprint distance races. In 2017, I decided I needed something to spice up my fitness routine, so decided to give Crossfit a try. I fell in love after day 1 and haven’t looked back. Career-wise, I’ve worked at a boat yard, two research labs, and now for IRONMAN as the Race Director for Eagleman and IRONMAN Maryland. I also enjoy paddle boarding and other water-related activities.

I am CrossFit-L1 and CrossFit Kids Trained and am an Active Life RX Coach. I also hold certifications in Weightlifting and Strength Conditioning, Barre, Pilates, Spin, and Group Exercise.

When you come to class, I’ll work with you to make sure you are getting the most out of the movements and workout so that you leave feeling happier and more energized (ok, maybe a little tired) than when you came in. My goals are your goals, so let’s work on them together!


I am CrossFit-L1 and CrossFit Kids Trained and am an Active Life RX Coach. I also hold certifications in Weightlifting and Strength Conditioning, Barre, Pilates, Spin, and Group Exercise.

Chris Markin

Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer - Strength Specialist

Bios can be long and loaded with filler, so let me start with my core beliefs and how I apply them to coaching and why I believe they can help you in all aspects of your life, not just CrossFit. If you want to read the rest of my story (long and loaded with filler), you can continue or you can just say, “I like what he’s saying, let’s do this!”

I believe fitness boils down to a mindset, and that mindset will lead to not only improved fitness and health, but also to success in all aspects of everyday life. A positive mindset that is free from barriers will help you become the best and happiest version of yourself. I am under no illusion that I am some sort of magician and will wave a wand and all your troubles will disappear, and you’ll become a CrossFit Games competitor and crush life, but I can assure you that I will listen to your goals, help you find a path to achieve those goals, and be your biggest cheerleader…there’s also a good chance I’ll push you out of your comfort zone a little along the way.

Here’s some business: I am CrossFit-L1 and CrossFit Kids Trained, am a AAAI/ISMA Strength Conditioning and Weight Training Consultant, and an Active Life RX Coach.

If you’re still with me, here’s a little about me personally: I have been involved in organized sports and athletics since I could walk. My first passion was soccer, which I lettered in all four years of high school and was named to the all-state team and continued at the club level at University of Maryland. I also couldn’t get enough of basketball and track and field. I was successful in both; I was an all-star in basketball and competed in the state championships in track all four years of high school. In order to not sound like Al Bundy, I’ll leave it at that and not delve any deeper into former glory.

In my adult life, I found endurance sports. I spent years running half-marathons and all the shorter distances and competing in all distances of triathlons culminating in a full distance Ironman (140.6) and a 4.4 mile swim across the Chesapeake Bay to end my time in that sport. I found CrossFit in 2017 at the age of 38, and here we are today.

Outside of the gym, I am a Wildlife Biologist, outdoor enthusiast and family man. The latter keeps me pretty busy with two incredible kids, a loyal pup and a wife who couldn’t live without me (or so I like to think). If you want to know more about me or how we can do awesome things together, just ask…it’s way more fun to chat in person than it is to read a boring bio.


I am CrossFit-L1 and CrossFit Kids Trained, am a AAAI/ISMA Strength Conditioning and Weight Training Consultant, and an Active Life RX Coach.

Karah Bunde

Heirloom Visionary

So … let’s talk.

My name is Karah, Director of Shenanigans around here, and I like to consider coaching my side-hustle. There is nothing more that I want out of this whole Heirloom thing than to provide a path to wellness for every individual who understands that exercise, healthy daily habits, and making time to have fun with your friends is a necessary part of a long, fulfilling life.

When you choose to spend your time at Heirloom, I want it to be the best hour of your day. I believe that the strongest coaches are the ones who are always focused on helping you accomplish your personal goals while keeping you in a safe, entertaining, and supportive environment. I am passionate about finding the right balance between game and sport as we focus on becoming the best versions of ourselves in an environment surrounded by a community of people who will lift us up when we struggle.

I started CrossFit in 2014, at age 38, and through years of dedicated effort and focus within a dynamic training environment, I earned the title of Fittest Woman in Aruba 2 years in a row. I now train for general health and wellness, and so I can carry Joel (#crossfitjoel #headjudge) out of the woods if he breaks an ankle while we’re hiking on vacation somewhere. (You just never know; functional fitness at its best!)

The added perspective gained through the experience of training as a competitor compared to exercising to get better at life is, I believe, one of my greatest strengths.

I am CrossFit-L2 and CrossFit Kids trained. I also have certifications in Active Life RX, TIWL which is a person-centered approach to coaching group fitness, and Mental Health First Aid.

Also, I grew up in Maine (Go Patriots!) and went to college in Rhode Island and Switzerland. I have lived in 12 cities, 6 states, 4 countries, and on 3 islands. Cambridge, MD, is the only place we’ve lived twice! I have always been athletic – trying to keep up with my older brother and his friends, being an All-State soccer player into college, and playing in many adult leagues into my 30s. ️ I am married to one of the best human beings on the planet, and we have two rescue puppies from Aruba. They are a hot mess. It’s whatever.

Through personal experience, I understand that the best odds of maximizing your potential (in whatever you are pursuing) come when you feel confident, encouraged, and driven by a purpose. This whole deal is a lifelong journey; you only lose if you quit trying. I would be honored to be a part of your success story. We can all get better together. Let’s do this thing.

Read about how this whole Heirloom Athletics concept got started here.


I am CrossFit-L2 and CrossFit Kids trained. I also have certifications in Active Life RX, TIWL which is a person-centered approach to coaching group fitness, and Mental Health First Aid.


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