Joey Pellegrino


  • University Of South Carolina, BA- Criminology and Criminal Justice


  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Defense
  • OPEX Coaching Certification Program: Assessment
  • OPEX Coaching Certification Program: Program Design
  • OPEX Coaching Certification Program: Nutrition

Coaching Accomplishments

  • Coached two CrossFit affiliate teams to regionals
  • Coached multiple individual regional competitors

“I was lucky enough as a 20 year old sophomore in college to find my passion for coaching, and knew from day one that this was going to be the career that I would pursue. I have been coaching for 10 years, have programmed, coached, and managed multiple CrossFit gyms across the state. I have been lucky enough to help coach 2 affiliate teams to the Southeast regional competition as well as 2 individual regional competitors and 1 master’s regional competitor. My true passion is helping people move better, feel better, and live better. I want to help all my CPT clients to become the best versions of themselves in any way that I can.”

Adam Bilodeau

“Currently I ama student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of South Carolina. Before moving to S.C. I spent the last five years as a student at Central Michigan University (CMU). During my time as an undergraduate student, I was able to partake in numerous opportunities to grow as a person and in the field of exercise science. I spent time as a student athletic trainer working with the women’s soccer team, where I was able to perform special tests to determine injuries, create treatment plans for injuries, and perform tapings and wrappings. In addition to coursework, I was on a team with other co-investigators determining whether the effects of time under tension or amount of repetitions produce the best results with blood flow restriction (BFR). Outside of school, I worked as a personal trainer and a CrossFit coach. Through these experiences, I was able to work individually with clients and help set them on the path to reach their goals by creating exercise programs specific to their goals, instructed them on proper form to engrain perfect rep replication to help prevent injuries and facilitate the proper muscles are working, and helped them make lifestyle changes that would have an even more profound effect than just the work they put in at the gym. To cap off my undergraduate degree I was able to go out and seek an internship and found Vertex performance training (VPT). Through my experience here, I am now able to write programs for all kinds of athletes, coach a beginner athlete to become proficient in Olympic lifts, make comprehensive programs for high school team sports, and gained confidence in my coaching voice. This past year, I spent as a Graduate Assistant at CMU. Where I taught anatomy labs, and a training and performance lab. In these labs, I was able to provide feedback on assignments, and practicals to allow my students to grow. I addition, I was able to get an even better understanding of the human body by performing dissections on cadavers to ensure structures are clearly visible for students learning. I am very grateful for all these opportunities and how they have allowed me to grow in the field of exercise science. That is why I am so excited with this move to S.C. to start PT school and working for VPT because it will allow me to continue to grow and become a better person and coach.”

Aimee Depelteau

Aimee has been an athlete her entire life, playing several sports throughout high school and college such as softball, basketball, rowing, soccer, and long distance running. Within the past few years, Aimee has taken up a strong interest in fitness sports, competing in both Powerlifting and CrossFit. This interest led to Aimee pursuing her Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate, and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification. Aimee enjoys working specifically with female clients that are interested in learning how to move well and improve their strength while reducing risk of injury. Aimee, along with coaches Ally Blum and Chelsea Aquino, have recently established a Ladies Barbell Club at Vertex Performance to help this client population.

Josh Jeffery


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of South Carolina, 2019
  • Master of Science, Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, 2015
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Dayton, 2012


  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • USAW Sports Performance Coach
  • OPEX CCP Exercise Physiology: Program Design
  • OPEX CCP Exercise Physiology: Assessment
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Functional Movement Screen Certified

Coaching History

  • Vertex Performance Training, August 2015 – Present
  • Carolina CrossFit, November 2013 – 2018
  • Head of Programming / CrossFit Coach
  • Football Strength & Conditioning Intern, University of South Carolina, 2014
  • Olympic Sports Strength & Conditioning Intern, University of South Carolina, 2013 – 2014

Athletic Accolades

  • 4 year letterman (Baseball) at University of Dayton, 2009-2012
  • Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All Star, 2011
  • Atlantic 10 regular season champions, 2009 and 2012
  • Atlantic 10 Tournament champions. 2012
  • Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team, 2012
  • NCAA College Station Regional, 2012
  • CrossFit Games Regional Team Competitor, 2013 and 2014

“While playing baseball at the University of Dayton, I developed a passion for fitness and sports performance. When my career ended in 2012, I started searching for a way to still be competitive. I had trained and competed at a high level my entire life and needed a new reason to keep training hard. Fortunately, I found the sport of fitness. I moved to Columbia in August 2013 to start graduate school at USC. I graduated with a Masters in Exercise Science with a concentration in Applied Physiology. While at USC, I was fortunate enough to work with some SEC incredible athletes. Additionally, I was given an opportunity in November 2013 to begin coaching at CCF. Helping others reach their fitness and performance goals has become a passion of mine. Whether it’s working with student athletes or someone brand new to fitness training, I love working with all ranges of abilities and experiences.

We started Carolina Performance Training in 2015. This was another opportunity to work in the areas of sports performance, with competitive CrossFit athletes and weekend warriors. Our success at CCF was beginning to expand, and we began receiving remote coaching requests from all over the region. We wanted to be able to help these people, and anyone else who was striving to become a better version of themselves. We started testing out and perfecting our remote coaching platform and have found great success with athletes from all areas of the country. Now we can provide the best coaching, programming and nutrition services to anyone, regardless of where they live!

I decided to head back to school in the fall of 2016 to pursue my Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of South Carolina. I saw what leaders in the field of PT were doing and the difference they were making in their patient’s lives. I also saw how applicable many of these principles were to strength & conditioning, and how many in the PT community could benefit from more extensive strength & conditioning knowledge! I hope to blend the fields of physical therapy and strength & conditioning and provide my athletes and patients with the best coaching/care possible! If you have any questions about training, nutrition, recovery, lifestyle, etc., please feel free to ask! I look forward to helping you reach your health and fitness goals!”