Meet The Coaches
Todd Cody – Co-Owner/Head Coach/Program Director
- CF Level One
- CF Strongman
- CF Kids
- USA Olympic Weightlifting Club Coach
- USA Olympic Weightlifting Level One
- USA Olympic Weightlifting Program Design (Currently the only Coach in RI and MA with this certification)
Sergeant Todd Cody was raised in Florida where indoor activities were never an option. Todd participated in a wide array of team and individual sports such as baseball, football, volleyball, swimming, track and field and roller/ice hockey. Todd’s father enrolled him in cycling and mountain biking at age twelve where he gained sponsorship at age fourteen and competed on a national level. Cycling helped Todd maintain a strict schedule where he learned the value of programming. In 2004 Todd enlisted in the military, became a flight medic in 2006 and earned a spot on the Cranston Fire Department in 2008. Between Todd’s careers strength and conditioning have always been his main focus. Todd gained physical fitness awards throughout boot camp and continues to lead within his current unit. In 2009 Todd was introduced to CrossFit through the United States Army and continued once he returned to Rhode Island. During his deployment in Afghanistan in 2013, Sergeant Cody coached 25 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and contractors. Todd is dedicated to his work and has a passion for helping others. CrossFit has opened the door for Todd to have the opportunity to work with incredible coaches, continue his education and train his own athletes. Sergeant Cody is always willing to introduce new people to the sport of CrossFit where his patience and skill set have proven to be a successful formula.
Jessica Teixeira – Co-Owner/Coach
- CF Level One
- CF Gymnastics
Jessica Teixeira is a New England Native who grew up playing sports and vacationing in Maine. While spending her summers in Maine, she quickly grew to love the outdoors. Jessica is never afraid to try something new, from kayaking and canoeing to hiking and water skiing. Throughout her childhood and high school, she competed in soccer, softball, field hockey, and track & field. As competitive as Jessica may be, team sports have always been her passion because she values a sense of community. She participates in community events, road races, and obstacle course challenges. Jessica recognizes the importance of variance in a workout which is why she is a huge advocate for the CrossFit methodology. This sport has helped Jess find new ways to test her both physically and mentally. Crossfit has helped her stay motivated, focused and energized. Jessica hopes to help inspire individuals to stay active and continue to break down new barriers they didn’t think possible.
Natalia Zabatta – Coach
- CF Level One
Natalia, a Rhode Island native, has always been active. At a very young age she took her first dance lesson and continued to dance five days a week for 15 years focusing on ballet, tap, and figure skating. During her college years, Natalia grew bored of trying to get in shape by spending an hour running on a treadmill and the ab crunch machine at the gym. Natalia needed a challenge. She needed to sweat and feel sore, yet satisfied after a work out so she decided to try CrossFit. While her CrossFit journey led her to a few different boxes, her passion for the sport wasn’t unleashed until she started at Red Island CrossFit. CrossFit has helped Natalia gain confidence, try new things, and as it turns out she is pretty competitive.
Don’t be fooled by Natalia’s RGF (resting gym face), for she is full of spirit and is looking forward to growing both as a coach and an athlete with each member of Red Island old and new.
Cayla Simmons – Coach
- CF Level One
- CF Kids
Cayla is a Rhode Island native who grew up spending every chance she had outside engaged in just about anything with the neighborhood kids. Most days that meant dirt bikes, swimming, boating and camping. In junior high and high school, Cayla’s love for being out doors didn’t slow down, she spent most weekends camping and hiking in the summer, and skiing, ice skating and learning to play ice hockey in the winter. When the opportunity to join one of the first all women high school varsity ice hockey teams came, of course she was all in. Cayla played ice hockey throughout high school, participating in not only the interscholastic league, but a few summer leagues when the opportunity arose. After high school and through college, she left the world of team sports, focusing on school and getting some running in when she could. Needless to say, she was in desperate need of a fitness program when she decided to try CrossFit. Her first experience with CrossFit was not an unoriginal one. She was intimidated by the volume and intensity of the first box she visited and ultimately decided that was not going to work for her there. She stumbled on RICF shortly after they opened, and was blown away by the friendly, welcoming environment that owners, Todd and Jess had already created—seemingly out of nothing more than a large empty room. She tried it out, promising herself that she would give it a fair shot. It didn’t take more than one workout at RICF to realize that she had found her “home”. A couple of years, many early mornings (and a few late nights), a few competitions later, she decided she wanted to expand her knowledge of CrossFit and use her newfound passion to help others learn and grow in this sport.