Our Staff

Alan K

Owner, Head Coach

I became hooked on CrossFit when I watched a video of the original “girls” of CrossFit and tried to perform one of the WODs the next day and couldn’t complete it at the prescribed weight of only 95lbs. That’s when I quickly realized that the CrossFit methodology was superior to the methods I had been using for my fitness goals.”

A lifelong athlete, Alan has been crossfitting for sport since 2007. One of a few recommended trainers for Glenn Pendlay, he has been coaching Olympic Weightlifting since 2009. Alan’s trained eye to spot the most subtle of faults can help even the best lifters improve their technique. He trains his athletes with passion and intensity helping each athlete to reach and shatter their personal fitness goals. Alan has had the privilege to coach talented Division I collegiate athletes, hardworking students and their parents and determined individuals battling physical challenges like multiple sclerosis .

“I take great pride in seeing my athletes’ progress. I aim to create and tailor programming for the elite competitive athlete as well as the beginner athlete or the physically challenged athlete. Staying cutting edge in skills and techniques is an evolving process, and I am always looking for ways to improve. I believe it’s critical to strive for excellence in programming and lifting techniques, not only to better my own performance as an athlete, but to be able to pass it on to my athletes as their coach.”

  • Favorite Workout: On-the-Minute 5 Power Cleans x 30 minutes
  • Favorite Named WOD: Amanda and Nasty Girls.
  • Favorite Lift: Snatch

I like WODs that include highly technical skills.

Tip for someone starting CrossFit:

“Be safe, check your ego at the door and most importantly, have fun!”

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • USAW Level 1
  • Recommended Olympic Weightlifting Coach by Glenn Pendlay

Michelle Menendez

Owner, Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I ran cross country in college and then got into body building around 1990. Years later, a friend told that me I should try CrossFit because of my intensity level with “traditional training.” I realized after the first wod that I was nowhere near the fitness level or even strength that I thought I would be. I like the community element most and the constant challenge.

Why did you become a coach?

I have been involved in health and fitness for over 20 years in one way or another. My own story of being Division I athlete to gaining nearly 50lbs to getting back on the road to health & fitness is what propelled me to become a trainer. I understand those physical and emotional struggles first hand. I am passionate about helping people through their own journey, facing their obstacles head on and overcoming them. In the box, I am that shoulder to lean on when the road gets rough and dust people off through tough love and encouragement. My favorite moment: The look on an athlete’s face when they PR or finally get a movement. It really special to witness those moments.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Any movement that requires a squat.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Chocolate frosted, chocolate filled, chocolate dusted desserts.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wonder Woman. Gets to wear pretty jewelry, be all glammed up and still kick ass?

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • BS, Health Science & Education
  • CPR/First Aid

Nick Gomez

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I was a competitive BMX racer that ran the Nationals Circuit of races across the country since about the age of 5. I did that for nearly 13 years and instead of going “Pro” in BMX racing, I decided to continue riding BMX for leisure, as I became a bit burnt out on the sport. I also dabbled in Football, Soccer, Track and Field, and even distance running in High School. In my twenties I lost all interest in Athletic endeavors and became very very unhealthy, I picked up smoking and partying, and gained nearly 70 lbs. At nearly 300lbs I decided to make a change, I quit smoking cold turkey (after 5 years of a pack a day) and started “at home” workout videos.

After finding some success, I decided to take the next step and went to a “Globo-Gym” and started a boot camp. After about 2 years of that my interest peaked and heard about this thing called CrossFit, it was the next step from the HIIT/Bootcamp circuit training I was currently doing. I did some research and started doing some of the CrossFit main site workouts at my gym. That gym subsequently started their own iteration of CrossFit called “Alpha Fitness” and in its first year, they held a national level competition. I won a spot through the local qualifier to go to the Regional Qualifier! This was my first REAL taste of CrossFit as I had never done a Clean and Jerk and that was the first movement, also noted, this is where I fell in love with the barbell! I wound up finishing 14th out of 50+ competitors, many of which had much more experience. I found my way soon after to a box and began my passion for CrossFit.

Why did you become a coach?

I have always enjoyed teaching people and very much loved helping others and making them laugh. With my past experience with having to find my own path for health, it has become a true passion to help others find their own path to a healthy and happy life. Coaching has been something that has truly enriched my life and every person I can help, is a moment well spent in my eyes.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Anything with a heavy barbell!!!

What is your favorite cheat food?

Portillos Beef & Cheddar Croissant, Sushi, or Tacos.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Groot. He just wants to dance and have a good time until it’s time to bring the pain!

Qualifications:

· CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (L2 Coming Soon)

· CrossFit Judges Course

· MORE TO COME!!!