Stephanie “Primal Mama” Amato
Owner and Coach
After a competetive gymnastics and diving career in her younger days, followed by a very long absence from sports, Stephanie joined the CrossFit community in 2006. She began doing CrossFit in Huntington Beach and soon realized how the functional movements of the workout applied to everyday life. It was clear to see that CrossFit was the tool that was helping Stephanie regain her athleticizm. Starting out so weak that she could not even do one push up or sit up, Stephanie left that woman behind to become strong, confident and a fierce competitor.
Stephanie is a Registered Nurse, holds a Level One and Olympic lifting certificate, and is Anaheim CrossFit West’s Nutritional Advisor. Nutrition and recipe writing is a passion of hers as well as her four children and family. You can see evidence of this on her recipe blog.
The effects of CrossFit have shown in all aspects of her life from competing for OCC at Regionals in 2010 to having the stamina to raise twin toddlers at 40 years old. Stephanie’s dream is to help other women achieve the profound life changing experience that
“Any woman can achieve this level of fitness and beyond. I am not special. I am an average woman, wife and mother with a drive to achieve that is ignited by passion. Let me help you achieve your dreams!”
Owner and Coach
Al grew up participating in traditional American sports and has always had a passion for health and fitness all his life. At LMU, Al began playing rugby where he lettered on the varsity team three years. After graduating with his business degree, Al played on the USA Men’s National Rugby Team and four-time National Champion, Belmont Shore Rugby Football Club. Through rugby, Al was fortunate to travel and live in Australia, Europe, and New Zealand. After retiring from rugby in 2000, he decided to attend Pepperdine University for his MBA.
Al trained at a “globo-gym” for many years until a friend recommended CrossFit in 2006. Al and his wife, Stephanie, were immediately hooked after their first workout and have not looked back. Al has been extremely impressed with the dedication, commitment, and community support CrossFit provides to every member no matter what their fitness level is. Al is passionate about making a change in peoples’ lives and believes CrossFit is for everyone.
Al and Stephanie have a full house of present and future Crossfitters with the two youngest being twin boys. Fran has nothing on twin boys!!!
“At Anaheim CrossFit West we’re not just friends, we’re family”
CrossFit Level 1
USAW Level 1
Scott has been involved with sports since elementary school. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, he played baseball, ice hokey, wrestling and downhill skiing. Scott entered the fitness industry in 2004 after spending 4 years in the US Air Force. He first attended the USA Weightlifting Club-Coach course in 2004, taught by the highly regarded, Mike Burgener. His passion for training and weightlifting allowed him to build up the strength and conditioning to walk-on with Fullerton College Football in 2006, with no experience.
In 2007, Scott began work as a physical therapy aid and continued in this field for over five years.
Scott has competed in numerous triathlons and officially began CrossFit in 2010. Since then Scott has competed in many CrossFit competitions, most notably the inaugural Frogman Challenge where he took 2nd place in his division.
As a trainer, Scott places great emphasis on efficiency of movement, trying to make each member and athlete better at anything the come across. He is passionate about competition and tries to persuade anyone interested to put their training to the test and throw-down at local competitions regardless of their skill level. He has completed the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS) exam in January 2013. In May 2013, Scott obtained his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton.
Todd is a Certified Level One CrossFit Trainer. He grew up in Murrieta, CA. After a long struggle with drugs, Todd began to change his life for the better and treat himself with respect. Todd received his Level One certification in July 2012, just four days after welcoming his firstborn into the world. Not only does Todd have a deep passion for CrossFit, he transfers that passion to our members while helping them understand that our bodies are meant to do far more than we think.
Billy Hsu, M.S.
Billy’s interest in CrossFit came as a result of his pursuit for a career in medicine. With a Masters degree in Medical Physiology, Billy can answer any questions you may have on the best way to become healthier, faster, and stronger. After playing four years of varsity basketball and a brief stint in collegiate sports, Billy has often searched for the most optimal fitness and exercise routine. In combination with his medical and athletic background, he believes that CrossFit is the best way to achieve your fitness goals, while also providing a way to prevent today’s common diseases and ailments.
As a trainer, Billy emphasizes the importance of technique and efficiency. You can often find Billy in the gym working on mobility and giving out hints on how to make even the most fundamental movements even better for you.
“Rather the pain of discipline, than the pain of regret.”
Laurie is a Level One CrossFit Coach. Laurie started Crossfitting almost 2 years ago and has become an accomplished athlete in that time. Besides coaching at ACFW, She is also a great massage therapist. Laurie brings enthusiasm and a great technique to her coaching style. She is always striving to get better and expects the same of her athletes.