The How, Where, and Why
of Treehouse Training

The Treehouse was born from almost 10 years of experience building our training business. Somewhere along the line we started using the phrase “The Coolest Treehouse in Town”. We had some great success and failures over the years. The one thing we have figured out is that everyone needs individual attention to succeed long term. Proper assessment and an individual game plan focusing on your goals will help you be the best you possible. The other thing is that it all revolves around building a strong community. We work hard to make The TreeHouse the best part of your day. We don’t just train. We are a family.

All you have to do is show up and play. The TreeHouse takes care of the rest.

The Treehouse is laid on a solid trunk and roots of professional training principles, professional coaches, state of the art facility, professional recovery experts. The treehouse offers a collection of private and group training for fitness and athletics, competitions, social outings and life long friendships.

To get into your treehouse you need to get a solid foundation. Once your foundation is laid you will start your journey in the coolest treehouse in town!

Meet The Coaches

  • Dave Picardy Co-Owner, Head of Biz & Coach Development

    After a short stint in the Army and a career in the office furniture industry, Coach Dave finally settled into the fitness industry as a personal trainer. He brought with him years of martial arts training and an understanding from the army of real world fitness. It did not take very long to realize the current fitness industry model of building lean muscle and burning calories was way off base. After reading two journals from Greg Glassman (What is Fitness & Foundations) everything changed.

    • CrossFit Certified Level III (2007 old cert)
    • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting certified (2007 1st cert)
    • CrossFit Running and endurance certified (1st Pose running cert)
    • USA Weightlifting Senior Coach
    • USA Weightlifting Club Coach
    • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
    • CrossFit Kettlebell certified under Jeff Martone
    • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer (2005)
    • Former Assistant instructor at the Martial Arts Research Institute (2004)
    • USAW Referee
    • NELWC Secretary 2012-2015
    • Bronze 2010 National Masters Weightlifting Championships
    • CPR Certified
    • Lakan Isa (1st Degree Black Belt) Modern Arnis by Master Alix Lavaud (2013)
  • Tara Picardy Co-Owner, Coach

    Tara Picardy is our business manager (which makes her the real boss!) and coach. After several years in the corporate legal field, Tara realized her true passion for fitness when her husband Dave stumbled upon CrossFit. Tara’s education, knowledge of business and interpersonal skills has allowed her to pursue her coaching/business manager career full time. Being physically active for most of her life, Tara was excited to be able to share this passion with men, women and children of all ages.



    • CrossFit Certified Level II Instructor
    • CrossFit Running and Endurance certified (Pose running)
    • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
    • CrossFit Kettlebell certified under Jeff Martone
    • CrossFit Nutrition Certification
    • AS in Business Science with a Concentration in Court Reporting
    • Mother of three of the strongest, fastest and craziest kids around
    • USAW Referee
    • Gold 2010 National Masters Weightlifting Championships
    • Gold 2010 Masters Pan Am Games
    • CPR Certified
  • Derek Goff Coach



    • NSCF Coach
    • Graduate Mad Lab Executive Program
    • Graduate NSCF Apprentice Program
    • Crossfit Level 1 Cert
    • Crossfit Kids Cert
    • Crossfit Kettlebell Cert
    • USAW Sport Performance Weightlifting cert
    • Salem State University: (BS) Sport and Movement Science
    • Crossfitting since 2009
    • CPR Certified
    • Coaches classes in the evenings.
    • Coaches Saturday morning Kettlebell class at 10am.
  • Max Coffin Coach

    I am a Danvers native and have been training at Treehouse School of Fitness for 7 years. I fully believe and love every part of this community. Trying to convey how much this has taught me and changed my life would be like explaining a color to someone who has never seen one, it has to be experienced. I have always had a fascination with the human body and it’s potential as well as a love for people. It is the training and community that has made such an impact in my life that I have decided to make a career at helping others.


    • NSCF  Coach
    • Graduate Mad Lab Executive Program
    • Graduate NSCF Apprentice Program
    • CrossFit Level 1
    • USAW Sports Performance Coach
    • CPR Certified
    • Certified EMT
  • Neal Thompson Head Coach / Director of Coach Development
  • Mark Cotreau Coach



    NSCF/TreeHouse School of Fitness Apprentice Coach
    Graduate Mad Lab Executive Program
    Crossfit Level 1 Certificate
    CPR/AED Certified
    AM Class Coach
    Saturday Morning Team Workout Coach
    B.S. Biology/Psychology
    Medical/Surgical nurse
    Special Interest in all endurance races, including triathlons, mud runs and team based challenges.

  • Amanda Dubois Trainer



      • CrossFit Level 1


What can we say? We have the BEST members that make up the Treehouse family. They’re some of the most dedicated and motivating people we know and make going to the gym one of the best parts of our day. But they didn’t always start that way. Here are a few success stories from our members. Discover where they were and where they are now.

  • Treehouse School of Fitness/NSCF is more than a gym. It is a strong community that has become my family. The coaching staff at Treehouse is outstanding. They are trained to work with the beginner, the elite, and the more mature but experienced athlete who needs lots of modifications because of various physical limitations (that last one would be me!). The beauty of Treehouse is that we are all there for a common purpose, to stay fit and healthy, no matter our age or ability. Our coaches tailor to our ability. They have helped me overcome so many obstacles, both physically and mentally. I have bad knees; have been told I need bilateral knee replacements. With the help of my coach, Tara Picardy, she has taught me to modify movements and still get the same workout. Due to the strength and flexibility I have gained through her coaching, I will continually prolong the time to surgery! I’ve competed in several CF competitions and 2 weightlifting competitions, despite my medical issues! Tara has worked closely with me with nutrition and weight goals. Weight and body image have plagued me my whole life. I’ve been on every diet...seriously every diet and I’ve always put weight back on. Tara has taught me proper nutrition, but most importantly, she has taught me to accept me for who I am and to stop focusing on numbers. I now focus on how I feel. Do I feel healthy? Yes! Do I feel fit? Absolutely! Staying fit and healthy requires a team. The Treehouse provides the absolute BEST massage therapist in the world, Debra Stout. Deb has played a huge part in my road to wellness! Through Treehouse, I have connected with a holistic practitioner, a physical therapist, and a chiropractor. What other gym can even offer this? I love my team, I love my community. I love my Treehouse!

    Deb Halligan
    Deb Halligan
  • I had never been an athlete growing up- instead delving into books and education.  I had joined local gyms and thought I was doing great running on the treadmill or spending time on the elliptical…but the same movements got boring and uninspiring.  I decided, after hearing my friends and family praise their workouts that were short, intense and combined cardio, weightlifting, and flexibility, to give it a try. I started at NSCF/Treehouse Athletics in April 2015 and after I experienced my first (fun, albeit difficult) workout, I knew this was for me.  Coach Mark has been my coach from day 1 and his encouragement and support have motivated me to give my best at each class!  Thanks to Coach Mark, I have seen a significant increase in my overall fitness and strength.  A special thank you to Coaches Dave, Tara, Derek, and Max too!  These Coaches genuinely care about each person that walks into the gym-and they all live up to their motto – Coaches for life! I get stronger every day and I am proud of myself for what I have accomplished.  Would I ever have thought I would sign up for a CrossFit competition before? –NO!  Six competitions later and counting, no matter where I finish in the pack, I am challenging myself and becoming the athlete I never was before. What I realized is there is no need to be intimidated- you are there for YOU and to better yourself!  All workouts can be scaled or modified to fit your abilities.  All members encourage and cheer each other on - We are all there to improve our health and quality of life.  You really won’t find a better group of people.; this is a true community and no other gym compares! My only regret?...Not signing up sooner!  What are you waiting for?!

    Janice G.
    Janice G.
  • When I came to Treehouse School of Fitness, I had no idea what the Treehouse was about, or if it was something I would enjoy, all I knew is I was in the worst shape of my life and I needed to do something. I called and got an appointment to meet with Mark. The first day I met Mark, we did a simple walk through of the gym and then a test of my basic abilities. I couldn’t do a single sit up, I was shaking like a leaf for half a dozen push-ups, couldn’t run 200m without running out of breath, I was totally embarrassed. Mark was so encouraging, he made me feel like I was successful and that it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Over the next 6 weeks we worked together through the fundamentals. There were so many days that I wanted to give up, and he’d keep telling me that “there will come a time when this will be the best hour of your day” and I’d tell him, “you’re crazy!” Fast forward 8 months, and I can do a lot more than one sit up, and I look forward every day to that one hour I spend with all the guys and gals at Treehouse. Marks prediction came true and now it truly is the best hour of my day. The community feel that the Picardy’s have created, the entire staff and the other members of Treehouse have had such a positive impact on my life,What I realized is there is no need to be intimidated

    Mike Waugh
    Mike Waugh
  • I just wanted to share with you the success I've had losing weight since joining the Treehouse 10 months ago. I was at an off sight meeting for work yesterday and saw some co-workers I hadn't seen in about a year. They all commented on how good I looked and couldn't believe how much weight I'd lost. Today I weighed in 32lbs lighter then when I started. In May of 2015 my doctor said I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol and recommend that an ideal weight for me would be 200lbs. I'm only 6lbs away from that goal and should reach in a month at this rate. Even though the scale says I lost all this weight I have a hard time seeing it. I told this to a friend who works out at another affiliate. He suggested that I put on a pair of pants from before I joined the Treehouse: There's a good 4-5" from my waist to the waistband. I've seen people in commercials do this but I never thought I'd be one of them! This has led to a problem I didn't anticipate before starting- buying new clothes that fit the new me. I wanted to thank you for all your support. Having a great coach made my goals attainable. I can honestly say that I would be no where near where I'm at if I did this on my own. I look forward to surpassing my doctor's goal and achieving my own personal goal. Thanks again!

    Dave Watson
    Dave Watson