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Ian McHugh; Owner, Coach, and CrossFit Seminar Staff Member

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1 Coach
  • CrossFit Coaches Prep Course
  • CrossFit Kids Coach
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA)
  • American Heart Association's Heartsaver First Aid Course

Education

California College San Diego; B.S. in Business Administration

Background

2010 CrossFit Games Southwest Regional Individual Competitor

2011 & 2012 CrossFit Games So. Cal. Regional Individual Competitor


Favorite WOD?

"Fran"

Least favorite WOD?

"Clovis"

Favorite "cheat" meal?

A good cheeseburger.

Favorite "healthy" meal?

Anything my wife makes.

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

I have worked almost every job you can think of in a gym. Front desk attendant, juice bar attendant, group fitness instructor, personal trainer, gym manager..... Before I started CrossFitting I did endurance training, powerlifting, and everything in between.

Do you remember your first WOD?

My First WOD was "Fran", 21-15-9 Thrusters (95#) and pull-ups, which I did in late 2008. I completely underestimated how difficult the workout would be, and I didn't even finish. I was actually doing it by myself, which I think made it worse. The funny thing is that "Fran" is now my favorite workout. I went from not being able to finish the workout to a time of 2:08!

Describe your coaching style/philosophy

I like to get down to business. I will socialize prior to and after training, but when it's time for me to teach/coach, I am all business. I really enjoy coaching and helping people realize their full potential. However, I sometimes think people who don't really know me are scared of me because I can sometimes be a bit stoic. If you ever come to my classes please do not ever be afraid to ask questions or look for pointers. I may give you a hard time, but I can guarantee I will always help you.  My personal philosophy on training is that I, or any coach, can help anyone who is willing to put in the work to achieve their goals, but you have to be willing to help yourself. I can teach you, encourage you, and even give you workouts to follow, but I can not always hold your hand. As the trainee, you need to be like a sponge and absorb all the coaching and knowledge you are presented with. Become a student of fitness and help me help you.

What are you currently reading?

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I also read the CrossFit Journal daily.


Betsy Woods: Gym Manager and Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1 Coach
  • CrossFit Endurance Coach
  • CrossFit Kids Coach
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • American Heart Association's Heartsaver First Aid Course

Education

Butler University; B.A. in English Literature and Speech Language Pathology

Background

Butler University Track and Field/Cross Country Team

Triathlons, Endurance Races

Other Certifications

Certified Birth Doula (DONA)

Affiliated Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth Educator


Favorite WOD?

Anything that involves running and endurance, or WODs that are more mentally challenging.  With an endurance background, I like the longer WODs that require pacing throughout.

Least favorite WOD?

Fran, because of all the crazy nervous hype around it (also it is a short sprint), and Chelsea, because I think it is boring.

Favorite “cheat” meal?

Dark chocolate (which I eat daily) and a good, homemade pizza (I dream about it, but have not eaten it in about 4 years.  The thought of how sick I would be afterwards is enough to keep me away).

Favorite “healthy” meal?

A good roasted whole chicken stuffed with a lemon and some herbs, sweet potato fries, and a big pile of kale.

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

I never considered myself as athletic growing up.  I tried out various sports: gymnastics, soccer, ice-skating, and basketball (I know), but never stuck with anything.  I started running with my sister in high school for fitness, and it grew into my first love.  In college, I ran track and cross country, and I continued running in races (5k to marathon) into adulthood.  I eventually found my way over to the sport of triathlon, and became a multi-sport athlete, competing in sprint, Olympic, and Half-Ironman races.  I was dead-set on training for my first full Ironman when I found CrossFit, after my husband tried it and told me I "would hate throwing all those weights around."  I showed up the very next day and now they can’t get rid of me! CrossFit has made me a better endurance athlete, and although I’ve let go (for now) my dream of completing an Ironman, I still enjoy swimming, biking, and running along with the sport of CrossFit.

Do you remember your first WOD?

Unfortunately, I do not remember much of it.  I do remember that the WOD had push presses in it, and I struggled with the empty barbell.  I also remember that after I left the class, I went for a run, because I thought the WOD was “too short” (what a silly typical endurance athlete I was!)

Describe your coaching style/philosophy

Firstly, in every class, I make sure that each athlete is executing the movements safely (towards themselves and others). Once that is established, I focus on ensuring the athlete understands the complete range of motion for the movement he/she is performing (lighter and lower is almost always better than heavier and higher), and finally, I address how effectively and efficiently the athlete is moving, and give cues to help the athlete move better.

Personally, I am not the “scream in your face” type of coach.  Rather, I meet people where they are at, and find out what motivates them as an individual.  Some people prefer for me to call them out in the middle of the workout if I see something that can be corrected, while others do not.  Some athletes want me to praise and tell them how many more reps they have, while others prefer I do not “cheer” them on at all.  I respect this and try to learn what drives each athlete, as well as discover what what he/she expects of me.

Likewise, what I expect of each athlete is the desire to be coached.  If you do not respect me enough to listen to my recommendations, then I am not interested in coaching you. However, if you are open, have the desire to learn and be coached, and you are interested in focusing all your efforts and energy on doing your best, then we will work very well together.

Lastly, I love to have fun.  I love my job.  I am fond of every athlete who walks through the door at CFMG, and the personal interactions and connections I am able to make with them each day are priceless.  I love learning about their lives, their families, and their interests outside CrossFit.  Being able to coach and motivate these individuals is a very gratifying experience that I am most definitely very thankful to have in my life.

What are you currently reading?

Aside from CrossFit/Strength Training/Programming books/journals? I am currently reading “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles, and I finally got my hands on “Unbroken”, by Laura Hillenbrand, which I am very excited to read.


Tami McHugh: Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids Coach
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • American Heart Association's Heartsaver

Background

9 years of service in the US Navy. Command Fitness Leader for 8 years in the US Navy. Former figure competitor in the National Physique Committee (NPC). Holds a purple belt in Shotokan.

2011 CrossFit Games So. Cal. Regional Team Competitor


Favorite WOD?

Any strength WOD

Least favorite WOD?

Any met-con

Favorite “cheat” meal?

Lumpia and shrimp fried rice

Favorite “healthy” meal?

Stuffed bell peppers

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

I have always been involved in some type of sport. Typical globo rat.

Do you remember your first WOD?

Yup.  Will never forget it! 100 Thrusters @ 65#. 5 burpees on the minute. At the time, there was no name for it. I thought I was going to die. Now, it's named Kalsu.  I will probably still die.  Have yet to revisit.

Describe your coaching style/philosophy?

I am a hands-on coach (of course with the approval of the member)  I love giving hugs to those that are comfortable with that. I also believe that everyone is different and some may require a little bit more finesse when giving feedback. I do not feel that there is a "cookie cutter" type of coaching.  After all, we are dealing with humans. ;)

What are you currently reading?

Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett and A Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches Olympic Weightlifting by Greg Everett


James Melton: Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Coaches Prep Course
  • CrossFit Kids Coach
  • CrossFit Endurance Coach
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

Education

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA; B.A. in International Relations

Background

James has also played collegiate basketball and football

2010 CrossFit Games Northwest Regional Team Competitor


Favorite WOD?

Grace or Helen

Least favorite WOD?

Karen

Favorite "cheat" meal?

Whiskey

Favorite "healthy" meal?

Whatever Betsy lets me steal from her in the fridge or paleo chili

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

High school and collegiate sports. Basketball and football were a huge passion.

Describe your coaching style/philosophy?

Competition breeds better athletes and people. Never quit, rebound quickly, and FOCUS. I believe in my athletes more than they believe in themselves.

What are you currently reading?

The Lone Survivor



Kelly Denham, Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Lemond Certified
  • Fitness Instructor since 2007

Education

UCSD; B.A. in Theatre

Background

CFMG Team alternate 2011, 2012 So. Cal CrossFit Regionals
CFMG Team Mom 2012 So. Cal CrossFit Regionals

Favorite WOD?

Kelly obviously:) Fran is a favorite because I get so excited and nervous about it, it makes me feel as anxious as I did on my first day of high school.

Least favorite WOD?

Any time there's a combo of toes to bar and pull-ups. I seem to have a mental breakdown when those two are put together.

Favorite "cheat" meal?

Round table pizza with pepperoni, sausage and black olives and a big glass of Pinot

Favorite "healthy" meal?

Paleo chicken pot pie with roasted garlic cauliflower mash and watermelon

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

Before I started CrossFit, I was an indoor cycling instructor and distance runner. I had great endurance but lacked strength and found that my only challenges came from running longer distances and times.  I joined CFMG and was amazed at the variety of movements that were utilized and loved how quickly I saw results!

Do you remember your first WOD?

My first WOD was coached by Tami in her scrubs and it involved KB swings, push-ups and air squats.  My second WOD, which left unable to move for a week, was Barbara...

Describe your coaching style/philosophy

My dad always expected as much from me as my brothers, if not more, because I was a girl. I knew that being good was never enough. I bring the same philosophy to my classes. I expect that every time an athlete shows up, they give 110% because it’s just not worth it if they don't. I pride myself on knowing where my athletes are in their abilities so that I can always push their limits and encourage them to be better.

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading every book ever written about how to raise a baby and get them to sleep longer, and the CrossFit journal, religiously.


Hunter Doliber, Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

Education

Second year student at SDSU and member of the ROTC program


Favorite WOD?

I really enjoy Barbell Complexes when done for max load

Least favorite WOD?

Don't really have a least favorite. When I'm doing a workout I know it is for my own benefit, and there is a purpose behind it (ie. I am trying to get faster, stronger, or recover better) otherwise what's really the point?

Favorite “cheat” meal?

Whole Foods has these root potato chips with a bunch of different kinds of sweet potato and other root vegetables are made into chips. Unfortunately they are made in olive and canola oil, so I try and keep them to once or twice a month.

Favorite “healthy” meal?

Bacon and eggs are pretty good. I also make a pretty good man salad.

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

I played a bunch of sports growing up, but turned my focus to Lacrosse, and we actually won state my senior year, even though I'm sure none of you care. Back then I could throw a lacrosse ball a quarter mile. On a more serious note, I had begun to look for a way to get in shape to join the military, and at the time I thought everyone in the military did Crossfit, which I now know could not be further from the truth. That was back in 2011, so I'm kind of a Crossfit OG.

Do you remember your first WOD?

My first WOD involved pullups, pistols, and pushups. The trainer was amazed that for some strange reason me and my brother could not do pistols as beginners. Then again I could not actually do a full air squat during the warm up due to some serious mobility issues.

Describe your coaching style/philosophy?

I believe there is a most efficient way of doing everything in the gym. I hate seeing people set themselves up for failure by not utilizing some easy tips in order to improve their strength or endurance. I also like to explain to the class the purpose behind what we are doing on that particular day, mostly so they don't take 30 minutes to do a five minute workout or vice versa.

What are you currently reading?

Currently I am reading Macroeconomic Theory, MCDP-1, Amphibious Operations, and The History of Islam up to the 16th century. Yeah, I'm still in school. But if you need any help assaulting a beach head any time soon, come and hit me up for some tips.




Lindsay Schartz, Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certified
  • American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certified
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

Education

University of Colorado; B.S. in Nursing; Magna Cum Laude

Background

2011 & 2012 CrossFit Games SoCal Regional Team Competitor

4th Place SoCal Sectional Finals 2011

3rd Place Left Coast Invitational 2011

3rd Place Left Coast Invitational Advanced Division 2012

3rd Place Rumble in Paradise Advanced Division 2012


Favorite WOD?

Annie or Nancy. I like the mid-longer length WODs where there's more pacing involved.

Least favorite WOD?

Fran. Not a fan of pull-ups or the short sprint WODs.

Favorite "cheat" meal?

Italian or Mexican, but I also have a huge sweet tooth that I try to keep at bay--I love anything chocolate!

Favorite “healthy” meal?

Shrimp scampi with zucchini noodles or buffalo chicken noodles with spaghetti squash.

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

I grew up very active, starting out in soccer at 6 years old.  My family also loves the outdoors, so lots of hiking, swimming, and biking as a kid.  I played soccer competitively through high school and college.  I also ran cross country in high school.

Do you remember your first WOD?

It was one of the Free Beginner WODs on Saturdays: 200m run, 20 air squats, 10 burpees, 5 rounds for time. I was hooked from there!

Describe your coaching style/philosophy?

I try to keep things fun and interesting with a positive attitude while still making sure the athletes are staying safe and are pushing themselves to their personal limit.

What are you currently reading?

I recently finished The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo series and It Starts with Food, but nothing right this minute.


Jessica Muto: Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1

Education

Liberty University, Lynchburg VA; B.A. in Communications

Background

3.5 years at CFMG, competitor and judge at local competitions, participated in the 2012 and 2013 CrossFit Open

Favorite WOD?

"Annie" and "Murph"

Least favorite WOD?

"Fran"

Favorite "cheat" meal?

Beer. And anything my husband makes.

Favorite "healthy" meal?

Paleo coconut curry with chicken and peppers, and roasted bacon brussel sprouts

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

Health and fitness have always been important to me, but all I did before CrossFit was run. I ran marathons and used the machines at 24 Hour Fitness from time to time for "toning." I loved running, but my knees hated it. When the elliptical wasn't cutting it, I ventured into CFMG and hated it for two weeks but couldn't stop showing up.

Do you remember your first WOD?

It was a chipper involving a lot of pull ups. I used two bands, and I remember asking Ian if I could stop after 7 (there were 30 in the WOD.) He thought I was joking, so I kept going but I had no clue anything could be that miserable and fun at the same time. Maybe that's why I love chippers, the feeling of accomplishment after all that work is so great.

Describe your coaching style/philosophy

I want to connect with each person individually and give them the instruction and motivation that they need to reach their goals. I say "please" and "thank you" a lot, probably too much, but that doesn't mean I don't expect everyone to really give it everything they have. If you're all in and you promise not to give up, then I am all in with you.

What are you currently reading?

The Hobbit, an Inspector Morse mystery by Colin Dexter, and Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches by Greg Everett


Jake Merrell, Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars
  • CrossFit Level 1
Education
Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, 2007
USMC Sgt's Course Honor Graduate, 2009
USMC Staff NCO Academy Distinguished Graduate, 2012

Background
2012 CrossFit Games So. Cal. Regional Team Competitor

Favorite WOD?

"Jason"

Least favorite WOD?

Fran

Favorite “cheat” meal?

Food trucks

Favorite “healthy” meal?

Paleo Beef and sweet potato stew

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

What's fitness? Besides the mandatory PT, I had no idea what fitness was.  A few months before Amy found CrossFit Mission Gorge, we were doing a bootcamp class.  That's about it!

Do you remember your first WOD?

It was Overhead squats for the strength portion.  I remember Coach James teaching me how to do the movement.  In my head, I was saying "this is insane!  Who squats with a bar ABOVE your head??" I could barely hold the PVC pipe overhead and my upper back was smoked the next day.

Describe your coaching style/philosophy?

I believe in keeping it simple.  My goal is to Coach a fun, safe class every time.  There's brilliance in the basics and it all starts with form.  We can all do the correct range of motion and form if you work hard at it.  That's when you see the results and how much your body can do.

What are you currently reading?

"Red Blood, Black Sand" by Chuck Tatum.  And the Duck Dynasty books!


Dawn Fletcher, Coach

Dawn is available for one-on-one or small group training. You can contact her here: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit her site HERE.

Training and Education
  • MA Kinesiology, Specialization in Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist | NSCA
  • Certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach
  • Certified CrossFit Nutrition & Coaches Prep Course

 

Favorite WOD?

I always really liked Karen...crazy but true. I really like swimming WODs recently.

Least favorite WOD?

I don't really have one

Favorite “cheat” meal?

Coconut ice cream

Favorite “healthy” meal?

Fajitas

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

I was a Fitness Director and personal trainer when I found CrossFit, I was like THANK GOD, this is amazing and I know I want to be part of it for a long, long time.

Do you remember your first WOD?

I did a modification of GI JANE and then Nancy, with a PVC pipe, which smoked me.

Describe your coaching style/philosophy?

I like to try to connect with each member and encourage people to really focus on their form. I think that it's super important to remember that we are all doing CrossFit to lead better lives and to be better people. Each workout is a chance to improve, and I like to push people to get the most out of their capabilities.

What are you currently reading?

Power of Positive Living

Our Mission

To provide our community with effective, efficient, and intelligent workouts utilizing CrossFit methods.

 

Location

 

5841 Mission Gorge RD. Suite H
San Diego, CA 92120
Tel: 619.528.0351

We are located behind the Pool Store and JT's Pub