CrossFit Level 1 Certification
CrossFit Gymnastic Certification 
USAW Level 1
How long have you been a coach at CrossFit Awaken?
Since June 2018 but I have been coaching in other gyms for quit sometime. I am excited to be apart of the Awaken community and share my expertise. 

How long have you been a die-hard CrossFitter?
Started in 2015 I started  with CrossFit Innate in Santa Barbara and have not looked back since. I love CrossFit and what it has done for my Life.
What inspired you to become a CrossFit coach? 
I took a trip to San Diego and checked out some Different gym locations. While talking to some different CrossFit coaches I saw how passionate they were about being a CrossFit coach and helping people make life changes and I knew that was my calling and I wanted to do just that. 
What has been your best coaching experience so far? 
My best moments have been working with my mom. Seeing her technique in everyday movements improve, movements like squats, dead-lift, and overhead presses. Watching her overcome her fears in a WOD and pushing herself beyond what she ever thought possible. Its a beautiful experience and why coaching is so important to me.

Tell us about the community at CrossFit Awaken 

The community is full of kind, encouraging people that have welcomed me since day one with open arms. They want to see me succeed and truly reach my excellence. 
What’s the most common mistake you see among new athletes at your affiliate? 
Newer Athletes seem to get easily discouraged with there results of the workout or there performance. They see other tenured athletes going harder or lifting more and its easy to start to compare yourself to others. At Awaken we really try to educated all the athletes that everyone has a starting point and with hard work and consistency each one of us will progress and reach our very best. 

If you could give someone new to CrossFit just one piece of advice, what would it be? 
With Patience and Experience we can all reach our GOALS
CrossFit is a process Mechanics>Consistency>Intensity
Don’t be discouraged about your results but fall in love with the process and the journey, keep working hard and in time you will see the results you are striving for. 

Would you share with us your favorite tip or cue that we might find useful to use in our training?
CrossFit is about Functional Fitness. I like to have people think about the skills and lifts being done during the WOD and how they apply to everyday life. (Ex., lifting a 50lb of dry dog food from the ground, carrying it in your arms or over the shoulder, it’s vital that each should be done with proper form.)

Do you have any success stories among your athletes you’d like to share? 
Just my own, but that’s still being written. I’ve been overweight, there were times the only workouts I got were from softball leagues. I was a restaurant manager that wanted something else, then I joined CrossFit and have been striving to get better every since, a better athlete, a better coach, a better me. 

If ‘Rudy Soriano’ was a WOD, what would it be? 
Wish I could say it’s all the movements I love doing but that’s not what life gives you. My WOD will knock you down constantly but you’re going to keep getting up and be happy you persevered. So it’ll most likely involve a butt-ton of burpees. ;) 
BTW, I don’t like burpees. If you see me doing them fast it’s because I just want to get done with them.

What’s your biggest goal and what are you doing about it? 
Biggest goal is to make a career out of coaching. Right now, I’m just putting my nose to the grindstone and trusting the process. It’s all leading in the right direction.

What is your favorite cheat meal?

While eating clean, I always dream about rolling a pizza like a burrito and going to town on it.

What is your favorite movement?
Any Olympic lifts, (mainly cleans and snatches)

What is your favorite thing to WOD in?
I Love Target they have everything so I usually find my favorite gear there.