Lisa dabbled in CrossFit in the year 2012. 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 bootcamp world and got herself into a CrossFit Foundations Program and transformed into a completely different person.
She’s dropped in to visit and train with CrossFit gyms all over Orange County, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, and Miami. But alas, Anaheim CrossFit West became her permanent “home” as an athlete. When she had the chance to become a coach and then an owner, she jumped on it and never looked back. She has also trained specifically in the sport of weightlifting under Coach Russell McCarthy, Kilofornia Barbell for most of 2015.
“I just want to create a place 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. I love every single member and coach at my gym!” -LD
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.
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.
Coach Alex has an extensive background in a variety of high school sports (football, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, etc.). He discovered CrossFit about 2 years ago and was able to learn and execute all the movements in a short time, including the more advanced gymnastic type skills such as muscle ups and handstand push ups.
After realizing how much he enjoyed being a CrossFit athlete, he started to enjoy helping others through their own struggles and decided to become a certified coach. When Alex is not coaching or working out, you can find him serving as an ER Tech at Anaheim Regional Medical Center.
Coach Eddie was introduced to CrossFit 4 years ago and immediately fell in love with it. Prior to CrossFit, he was going to globo gyms, but didn't see much results. After only a few months of CrossFit training, he lost more weight (body fat) and got much stronger than years working out at a regular gym. At 6 months, he started competing and had an interest in coaching. 2 years later, he picked up weightlifting and started a new journey. He has competed in many weightlifting meets, 2 being at University Nationals! If he's not coaching or lifting, he is at school pursuing a mechanical engineering degree.
Coach Eddie's philosophy is a simple one: "a great coach should be like a school teacher. They should show you what to do and explain how to do it. They should be able to answer your questions in a way you would understand. And to be the biggest cheerleader and motivator, helping you reach your goals."