Our Coaches

ACFW COACHES

Lisa “LD” Duong
Owner and CFL1 Coach

Lisa dabbled in CrossFit in early 2012, which simultaneously was the year she also learned the difference between “working out” and “training.” Former member of almost every globo gym, she never quite understood what being “strong” really meant… until one day she took a bootcamp class and realized that she could not do one proper push up. Embarrassed of her inabilities, she left the CrossFit and bootcamp world and got herself a personal trainer. She learned the basics of proper lifting and started to feel strong. After a few months, she came back to CrossFit and was a completely different person. She’s dropped in at CrossFit gyms (a.k.a. ‘boxes’) all over Orange County, Santa Barbara, and even on her trip to Seattle in 2013. But alas, Anaheim CrossFit West became her permanent “home.” When she had the chance to become a coach and then an owner, she jumped on it and never looked back.

“I just want to create a box where the coaches and members can push each other to the best of their abilities and surprise even themselves. A place where we can all workout, shoot the shit, and have a beer [or protein shake] after. That’s what being HOME and having a FAMILY feels like.” -LD

 

Matt Wade, CFL1 Coach

Coach Matt has been athletic his entire life. He played baseball in high school and football at Fullerton JC. When his athletic training ended in college, he wondered what he would do to fill that void of competing. He was introduced to CrossFit in February, 2013. In late 2014, he met coach Mike and coach Lisa at his Level 1 Seminar where they all became certified CrossFit coaches.

Matt received a BA in Kinesiology and will pursue a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy as well as a USA Weightlifting Cert in 2015. He plans to go on to get his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Recent accomplishments: 
-1st place in the Affiliate Showcase at the 2015 LA Fit Expo
-Three time Grid League invitee [LA Reign, San Fran Fire, Miami Surge]

In Matt’s own words: “as an athlete, you look for that one thing that will push pass your limits… CrossFit has definitely done that.”

Kody Fairfield, CFL1 Coach

Kody started CrossFit during the summer of 2012 after being introduced to it by a roommate. He started competing in scaled divisions of local CrossFit competitions in early 2013– taking 3rd place in the midwest classic in Chicago, IL. Since then he has gone on to get his CFL1 cert and moved on to compete in the Rx’d division on team events.

Outside of CrossFit, Kody played and coached baseball. Playing for El Dorado High School eventually led to him coaching many teams in the Placentia Pony Youth League and even for his own Alma Mater at the freshman level. Kody is looking forward to bringing his coaching knowledge to the world of CrossFit, helping to not only better the athletes in the gym but himself as a coach.

Mike James, CFL1/OLY/Strength Coach

Sport: Strongman. North American Strongman (NAS) Athlete
Past Competitions: Santa Cruz Strength Strongman Challenge (September 2013), California’s Strongest Man (March 2014), Northern California’s Strongest Man Competition (April 2014), Nevada’s Strongest Man III (August 2014),
Planned Future Competitions: Texas Strongest Man, California’s Strongest Man

Coach Mike has done his best to experience as much as possible. Mike is formally a Cross Country/ 800m runner in his later years in High school, as well as a collegiate Rugby Player for CSUF. He found CrossFit in the year of 2012, but then decided to focus more on weightlifting and powerlifting.

It wasn’t until the year of 2013 that Mike decided on the path of Strongman. He is a US Iron Club Strength Athlete and has been competing and training non-stop and has aspirations of going Light Weight Pro late 2015/early 2016 in the NAS (North American Strongman) Federation. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from CSUF. Mike’s favorite events are the Semi-Truck Pull and Yoke Carry. Though Coach Mike is now a specific type of athlete (Strongman), his experience in both education and application in CrossFit allows him to do his best when working with others to achieve whatever their goals might be.

Sheila Rodriguez, CFL1 Coach

Coach Sheila has been in the CrossFit game for 4+ years and has been a WOD killer ever since she picked up a barbell. She was so impressive that she could no longer deny the cries from the ACFW family for her to become a coach. Her extensive softball background transfers perfectly into the teamwork aspect of CrossFit. She will act as if she’s not that good, but beware– she’s a beast in the gym and will crush any WOD and those who stand in her way.