Melissa Loranger (Coach MeLo)

Head Coach / Co-Owner

* Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Licensed Physical Therapist in Connecticut and New York

* CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

* CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer

* CrossFit Kids Trainer

* CPR & AED Certified

Melissa’s passion for sports and fitness began early in life while running from one activity to the next in Bristol, Connecticut: from soccer and softball to track and ballet. She came to CrossFit in January, 2010 after feeling beat up, worn out, and generally bored with the same old globo gym routine. After one CrossFit Class, she knew that she had found the challenging and exciting fitness regimen she was looking for.

Since that initial introduction, Melissa has seen improvement in strength, skill, conditioning and general health and after 10+ years, continues to see progress and have fun with the sport.  Coach MeLo began coaching in 2012 and her appreciation of physical movement and rehabilitation led her back to graduate school to pursue her doctorate at Hunter College’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program (Class of 2016).  

MeLo enjoys sharing her passion and excitement for fitness with others. In particular, introducing individuals to the vast array of constantly varied movements utilized in CrossFit and helping people set and meet fitness goals they never imagined possible.  She has learned through experience that CrossFit can be for everyone, and it is possible to find enjoyment in working out, while improving one’s health and quality of life.  

Melissa has completed several Continuing Education Courses including Rock Tape FMT, Graston Technique, LLC, the Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Trainer Course and Herman & Wallace Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & Treatment, Level 1 Course.

Nicole Loranger (Coach Nickie)

Nutrition Coach / Co-Owner

* CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

* Certified Practitioner in Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition

* Burgener Strength - Weightlifting Level 1 Certified

* CPR & AED Certified

Hi All!  I'm known around the gym as Nickie, Nicole, or Coach Happy Pants!  My fitness journey began in school playing softball and cheerleading and continued through and after college with many hours spent in the gym.  I never really had a goal set other than staying fit and healthy, until I decided to take it up a notch and train for a Figure Competition; in which I reduced my body fat down to 13% and took home a 4th place trophy in my division! 


I continued to exercise throughout my first pregnancy and was blessed with a healthy and happy baby boy.  As soon as I was given the green light, I was right back in the gym, but switching it up a little – I decided to try out CrossFit and immediately fell in love.  Soon after, I became certified in both CrossFit and The Zone Anti-Inflammatory nutrition.   I have been coaching at Bell City since 2013 and have also taught boot camp classes in and outside of Bell City.

I continued CrossFit throughout the beginning of my second pregnancy when on New Year’s Eve no less,  I had an appendectomy at 18 weeks pregnant.  I was not able to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk, sadly not even my toddler, or a barbell.  I easily put on a whopping 60 pounds, but thankfully was blessed with another healthy and happy big baby boy.  I knew I wanted to be as healthy as possible for my babies, especially after my younger brother battled (and beat!!) cancer, so I jumped right back into the CrossFit and Zone lifestyle. 


I continually ensure a healthy lifestyle for my family as well as others by dialing into safe ingredients both in and on our bodies.  In addition to educating others on how to fuel our bodies properly through the use of macros to ensure hormonal balance, I am also a Beautycounter advocate for change within the personal care products industry.  I am more than grateful to have this opportunity to help others with their health and fitness goals.  It’s beyond amazing to watch others progress, transform, and crush and accomplish goals! 


How can I help you?  

Danielle Colosimo Abucewicz

Group Coach / Personal Training

B.A. Music Performance
M.S. Music Education
M.S. Health and Wellness Education (in progress)

* CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
* Bloodborne Pathogens Trained
* Red Cross Lifeguard
* Red Cross CPR
* Red Cross First Aid
* Red Cross AED
* Red Cross O2
* YMCA Lifeguard
* YMCA Swim Instructor/Coach
* Olympic Weight Lifting Competitor

Danielle Colosimo Abucewicz, from Bristol, CT. A music educator/professional vocalist by day and a dedicated Olympic Weight Lifter/Crossfitter athlete/competitor at night. Certified as a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor for the Southington YMCA, she used to volunteer time in the fall to coach Powder Puff Football at Southington High School. She justs loves people, encouraging and inspiring them to achieve their goals day in and day out.

Carmichael Gugliotti

Group Coach / Personal Training

* B.S. in Chemistry from UCONN

* CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

Carmichael Gugliotti, a seasoned CrossFitter got his roots at Bell City CrossFit where he met and fell in love with the sport. After a few years of being a member, he took it to the next level and got his L1. After coaching at a few boxes in the area, he decided to join the Bell City Coaching staff.

As an athlete who works full time as a chemical application engineer, he understands the importance of work-life balance and how to make the most out of  time in the gym. Carmichael’s favorite thing about coaching is seeing people manage to achieve things they never thought possible, from that first perfect overhead squat or pull-up to knocking out muscle ups.

Brandon Cepalak

Group Coach / Personal Training

* Associates Degree in Advance Personal Training and Exercise Science, Bryan University

* CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

* Burgener Strength - Weightlifting Level 1 Certified

* CPR & AED Certified

Brandon Cepelak, from Wolcott, CT. Before CrossFit he trained in a regular gym setting; however since beginning CrossFit three years ago he has fallen in love with the sport and community.  Brandon previously coached Wolcott High School's tennis team where he showed his passion for tennis as well as his desire to help others.  Since completing school he has been determined to utilize his personal training knowledge and assist others in reaching their goals.  Outside of CrossFit, Brandon enjoys various outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, traveling, and tennis.  

Vinny Infante

Group Coach / Personal Training

* CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

* Burgener Strength - Weightlifting Level 1 Certified



I've been doing CrossFit since 2017 and all could say is, I wish I started sooner. My whole life I have had a passion for fitness; from track in high school to weight lifting in college and beyond. It wasn't until I tried out for the Bristol Police Emergency Response Team, in early 2017, that I learned how much further I had to go in my fitness journey.


From there, I looked around at what I could do to get better and that is when I found CrossFit, and fell in love. I've seen so many improvements in my health, flexibility, and strength since I started CrossFit that I wanted to be part of the team that helped others in their nutritional and fitness journey.  I wanted to help them find the joy and satisfaction that I found.


CrossFit is a community unlike any other gym that I've been part of, and I wanted to be part of others' journey toward a healthy lifestyle.

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POSTPONED - CrossFit Kids Spring Session

Reserve your spot now for our upcoming CrossFit Kids Spring Session, running from March 21 - May 16 (8-weeks)!  Space is limited to 10 preschoolers and 12 school-agers so register now and secure your spot!

05/25/2020 - Memorial Day Murph & BBQ

Prepare yourself for our yearly Memorial Day Murph with our 10-week program!  Click here for access.

(1/6/2020 - 4/3/2020) Winter Season Schedule

Starting on January 6th, we'll be switching to our Winter Season Schedule.  Please see the Schedule Page for specific details as to class days and times.

Mar 21


CrossFit Kids Spring Session


Every Saturday morning for 8-weeks.

10:00am - Preschool (30-mins)

10:45am - School-Age (45 mins)

May 25

Memorial Day - Murph & BBQ


Save the date for our yearly Memorial Day BBQ and Murph!


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461 Broad Street, Bristol, CT 06010

Tel: 860-314-2699

Email: info@bellcitycrossfit.com

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