Our Mission

At Override Athletics, our mission is to get you in the best shape of your life and to have fun while doing it. The core of our gym lies in fitness, fun, results, and community.

Over 10 years ago, our three founders Eric April, Nick Chiovitti, and Marshal Szyndlar found CrossFit and immediately fell in love with it. CrossFit was the perfect blend of competition, growth and challenge for them.  Each day, the hour they spent working out with each other, turned into something much more. It became a deep passion. They knew that there was nothing else they would rather dedicate their lives to, than helping people get in the best shape of their life.

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Why Override?

At Override Athletics, we believe true wealth in this world lies in one’s health both physically and mentally. We take a well rounded approach to ensure that you are as mentally strong as you are physically. We are guided by the following core values which reflect what it really means to Override your life:

Mind Over Matter 

The biggest obstacle we face in our lives is our own mind. It’s you verse you. At Override, we believe in overriding your thoughts, your attitude, your presumptions, and your belief of what you can and cannot accomplish.

Discipline = Freedom 

Unwavering discipline helps to create freedom and unlock potential within our lives. We believe in helping our clients create structure and learn restraint to become the best versions of themselves.

Health Is Wealth

We are only on this planet for a short amount of time and we need to make the most of it. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we hold the key to happiness and living a fulfilled life.

Family First 

We are only on this planet for a short amount of time and we need to make the most of it. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we hold the key to happiness and living a fulfilled life.

Be the Author of Your Own Story 

What we choose to do with our time, the individuals we surround ourselves with, the values and principles we live by, and the voice inside our heads, all have a direct impact on our success. Regardless of where you are now, you have the power to begin writing your story in a manner that you want to pursue.

Our Coaches

Meet the team ready to bring you the best hour of your day.

Eric April

Co Founder/Head Coach

CF L1 Certified

I graduated from the UConn School of Business in 2016. After graduation, I began interning at Integrated Athletic Performance as a trainer and that is where I ultimately found CrossFit.

Growing up in athletics my entire life, it was only right that I pursued a career in fitness. Exercising is something that has helped shape me (physically and mentally) into the person I am today. I was immediately drawn into CrossFit because it was something new, and different. What I like about it most is there is ALWAYS something to work on. It’s an exercise program that’s humbling, but at the same time gives you confidence as you watch your fitness level grow year after year. After doing CrossFit for a few years, I was certain I wanted to combine the passion I had for fitness with my formal education from UConn and open up a CrossFit gym.

My goal is to help people live a healthy and capable life and owning a CrossFit gym has given me the platform to do so.

Deanna Ford


CF L1 Certified

I grew up in a very physically fit household where being active was always encouraged. I started gymnastics at age 3 and competed until I was 13 years old. In my teens and early 20s I saw fitness as something I had to do to stay healthy instead of something I enjoyed doing. In 2021 I joined a gym community and began weightlifting. For the first time in my life I began to fall in love with fitness as I found a new confidence from getting stronger and being healthier. After a while, I knew that I wanted more of a challenge in my fitness routine and so I finally convinced myself to try CrossFit…and man do I wish I started sooner. 

After finding Override in early 2023, I jumped head first into CrossFit and fell in love with the gym and the community. CrossFit has helped me to find a better relationship with food and with my body, it’s made me realize that strong is beautiful and it has challenged me and grown me to be a better version of myself. Not long after joining, I decided to pursue my CF-L1. I love the opportunity I have been given to encourage others, help them become the best version of themselves, and lead them to grow and accomplish goals they never thought possible. 

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