The Crew


    Robert Piparo- Vice President

    Rob Piparo, better known as Pip, is a Lieutenant with the City of New Brunswick Fire Department, located in New Brunswick, NJ and a Paramedic with Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, NJ. He has been involved with emergency services for 17 years. Pip holds certifications as a Firefighter 1 & 2, NJ Level 1 Fire Instructor, Extrication, High Angle and Confined Space Technician, NJ and National Registry Paramedic, and Crossfit Level I.

    Pip has always been passionate about fitness. He spent several years running half marathons and training strictly with kettlebells until he discovered Crossfit. He is currently a Coach at Iron Crossfit in North Brunswick, NJ . He has also completed a marathon and an Olympic distance triathlon with hopes of someday being able to compete in an ironman distance.

    Pip's passion for training lead him to the 555 Fitness page, where he quickly developed a friendship with Larry, its owner. After several months of back and forth banter, Larry asked Pip if he wanted to join the team. One could say the rest is history, but for now, we will just say we are too busy making history. email -



    Ewa Hlebowicz - Grant Coordinator

    Ewa Hlebowicz is a Career Firefighter/Paramedic in Rochester, NY. She has been in the public safety profession for over 10 years and has her Bachelors in Public Safety Administration,  Fire Protection Technology and Paramedicine.

    Ewa's other full-time passion/profession is fitness and building healthy relationships with both her group and personal training clients. Ewa spent several years instructing Crossfit and attended the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas to specialize in physical fitness of Law Enforcement and Firefighters. Ewa competes in Crossfit/Strongman/ Bikini Shows in addition to modeling for Fashion Week of Rochester, Lululemon, Rochester Magazine and (585) Magazine.  Recently, Ewa has began her own business venture by leading Functional Fitness Training at The Training Grounds Gym in Rochester, NY for small groups while offering personal training to provide a tailored program for clients based upon their specific goals/needs.

    Ewa believes there is value in finding a balance between functional programming to increase strength,  cardiovascular endurance for the physical challenges of the fireground, and aesthetic training to achieve the appearance that individuals desire. Whether fashion show or fire ground or bikini or beast, Ewa’s workout style proves that you can be strong, sexy and stylish. email -