Head Coach / Co-Owner

Melissa Loranger (Coach MeLo)

* 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.

Nutrition Coach / Co-Owner

Nicole Loranger (Coach Nickie)

* 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?  

Group Coach / Olympic Weightlifting Coach

Danielle Colosimo Abucewicz

* 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.

Group Coach / Personal Training

Brandon Cepalak

* 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.  

Group Coach / Personal Training

Kiara Bonilla-Jusino

* B.S. Exercise Science - Physical Education k-12

* M.A. Exercise Science Teaching Physical Education 

* M.A. Health and Wellness

* CT coaching certification 

* Red Cross First Aid / CPR Certified

* CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

Kiara Bonilla is a former high school and collegiate runner who fell into the world of CrossFit through her desire to push herself while being around others with goals, to motivate herself. She also loves the supportive community that Bell City provides, which reminds her of being a part of a sports team.

During the day Kiara is teaching physical education to students in Bristol, then coaching some of the best cross country and track & field athletes the city of Bristol has competing.

Group Coach / Personal Training

Stephanie Fuller

* B.S. Physical Education, Keene State College

* M.S. Physical Education/Adventure Education, Plymouth State University

* Blood borne Pathogens Trained

* CPR / AED / First Aid Certified

* CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

Stephanie Fuller is a PE/Health Teacher originally from Terryville, CT and currently residing in New Hartford, CT. She coaches varsity cross country and softball, is a middle school athletic director, and is very active in the school community. She started CrossFit at Bell City in 2014 when she realized that she needed to step up her fitness to keep up with her students and athletes. She loves the camaraderie and inclusivity of CrossFit and getting to witness the successes (big and small!) that people experience en route to achieving their goals.

Massage Therapy / Personal Training

Stephanie Barry

* Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science

* Licensed Massage Therapist

* Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

* Certified with USA Weightlifting

* Certified with Precision Nutrition

* Level 2 RPR Coach

Stephanie has been enthusiastic about health and fitness since a young age. Growing up, she was a multi-sport athlete, which led to her playing field hockey at the collegiate level. Her passion for fitness drew her to Bridgewater State University, where she graduated Suma Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2010. After moving to Connecticut in 2013, she worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Trinity College.

After years of playing sports and training, Stephanie had experienced a few injuries along with some aches and pains. She found relief through massage therapy and wanted to learn how to use this modality, along with exercise and nutrition, to help others. She enrolled in Massage Therapy School with Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy (now Cortiva Institute) to help people move and feel better and has recently finished her program there.

In addition to being a licensed massage therapist, Steph holds the distinction of being a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist under the National Strength and Conditioning Association, which is one of their highest honors. She is also certified with USA Weightlifting, Precision Nutrition and a Level 2 RPR Coach.

Stephanie takes a holistic approach with her clients. Her goal is to incorporate her knowledge of strength and conditioning and massage in every session.

Group Coach / Personal Training

Jillian Richey

* B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

* M.S. in Business Administration

* CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)


Jillian started in fitness shortly after college as a way to stay busy and healthy. The time in the gym quickly became a form of therapy and stress relief. Over the years, while continuing to pursue strength, the routine of the gym became monotonous. In search of a new challenge,  she started CrossFit.


Jillian loves the CrossFit atmosphere and community, the challenge every workout presents, the strategy that’s needed to accomplish each workout and the empirical data that drives results.  She hopes to help others find enjoyment in their fitness journey as much as she has hers.

Personal Training

Gisele Mangiarelli

* Certified Personal Trainer - American Academy of Personal Training, 2017

* Physical Education UNIESP/Brasil, 2012

* CPR / AED / First Aid Certified

* Marine Corps Recruiting (voluntary)


Fitness has always been a large part of Gisele’s life; from playing sports throughout grade school, high school and on into college and beyond. Her fitness interests include strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). 


Gisele became a Certified Personal Trainer not only for herself, but also for her clients. She wants to inspire clients to take a moment and think about how they would recover from something of this nature.  She aims to ensure that clients find it within themselves to realize that health does matter greatly, TODAY. 


“Don’t wait for something bad to happen to get on the health/fitness bandwagon. Don’t put it off because you “don’t have time”. It may be too late if you wait. I cannot force anyone to make better choices for themselves, I can only lead by example, teach, and hope to help.”


Outside of fitness, hobbies include hiking, traveling and CrossFit competition. Gisele looks forward to helping you look & feel your best!


Memorial Day - May 31, 2021 - MURPH

All regularly scheduled classes are cancelled on Monday, May 31st for Memorial Day.  We will be running classes at 7:30am, 9:00am and 10:30am with 15 max participants in each class.  There will be overflow space outside for those who are waitlisted.


Heats have been added to our schedule in Zen Planner, and you may now register for a class time to secure your spot.


Memorial Day - MURPH

Classes at 7:30am, 9:00am and 10:30am with 15 max participants in each class. Overflow in the parking lot!


FREE No-Sweat Intro


Book an appointment to talk with one of our expert Coaches!


650 Emmett Street Unit 3, Bristol, CT 06010

Tel: 860-314-2699

Email: info@bellcitycrossfit.com

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