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

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • 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?

I read the CrossFit Journal daily.

 


Tami McHugh: Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Rowing
  • 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 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • 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


 

Eric Benson, Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • American Heart Association's Heart Saver First Aid and CPR AED
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care
  • High-Risk Instructor @ EOD Training and Evaluation Unit ONE

Education

University of Phoenix; B.S. in Business Administration, Projected July 2015

Background

2013 Left Coast Invitational Competitor

2014 Rumble in Paradise III Competitor

Favorite WOD?

"Nancy"

Least favorite WOD?

"Murph"

Favorite "cheat" meal?

Mexican and margaritas.

Favorite "healthy" meal?

Spaghetti Squash with homemade meat sauce.

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

I have always been active.  My first wrestling match was when I was 6 yrs. old.  From that point on I was into every major sport there was; wrestling, football, baseball, rowing.  I think that wrestling and rowing in those younger years, set me up mentally for my transition into CrossFit in my later years.  I have also dabbled in the Mountain Athlete programming before my CrossFit years.

Do you remember your first WOD?

My first real WOD was Murph, before that they were just programmed by our coach.  It consists of; 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another 1 mile run.  I did this in Afghanistan in 2010 in 120° heat and thought it wouldn’t be too bad.  I mean, come on, it is body weight, right?  On the contrary, it was horrible!  I almost threw up and it took me around 46:00 minutes.  Horrible!  I have only done it one other time and that was in Afghanistan again in 2012, but this time I knew what to expect.  I finished in 36:43 minutes, it is still horrible, but you can’t stop because LT. Mike Murphy didn’t stop.

Describe your coaching style/philosophy

I like to have fun and coke and joke, but when it is time to start the WOD, I am all business.  Encouragement and positive attitude coupled with proper instruction will move an athlete to accomplish things they never thought they could before.

What are you currently reading?

I read for a living and in school so I don’t enjoy it during my off time.


 

Assistant Coaches

Makyia Hoyt

Makyia started CrossFit in March of 2009 at the very first CrossFit affiliate, CrossFit Seattle Level 4, where she trained with Dave Werner. CrossFit quickly became her favorite hobby and passion, which inspired her to attend a CrossFit Level 1 Course and receive her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate the following year. After moving to San Diego in late 2010, Makyia attended CrossFit classes at 8 different boxes and decided to join CrossFit Mission Gorge based on the knowledge, instruction, and passion the coaches at CFMG exemplified. Makyia has found herself not only getting physically stronger through CrossFit, but mentally too. Personal triumphs in the gym have translated to confidence outside of the gym as well. One of the most valuable things she has learned from CrossFit is that you can accomplish almost anything with dedication, hard work, and time. Makyia is inspired by the “average” people who come to class and push themselves beyond what they thought their abilities were and end up really improving their quality of life, which she gets to see every day at CFMG. Makyia also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Besides CrossFit her passions are nutrition and craft beer.

 

Jessica Scherr

I began CrossFit in August of 2012 as an activity to fill my void of a soccer-less life post high school. I began playing the sport at the age of 4 all the way until the age of 18. Without soccer, I felt like a “nobody,” no longer maintaining the title of a student-athlete when I entered college at San Diego State University where I study kinesiology and Spanish. Initially, I participated recreationally in CrossFit to stay active and healthy since I had been accustomed to soccer practices 5 days a week for 2-3 hours. I enjoyed the programming and friendly competition in the class each day when I started at a CrossFit gym in my hometown. Before the start of my second year of college, I knew whole-heartedly that I could not return to the ARC (Aztec Recreation Center) and continue on with my habitual treadmill and dumbbell routine, thus beginning my quest for a CrossFit gym in San Diego….where I discovered CFMG! I received my CrossFit Level 1 Training Certificate in June of 2014 to continue learning and growing in the sport and profession of CrossFit.

To me, CrossFit does not just mean working out as it did a year ago, even a few months ago; it means full effort physically and psychologically, pushing my body and mind to limits I never thought possible. CrossFit has taught me to compete against myself and only myself, and if I can beat myself, that is a “win.”  Working out turned into “training,” and mental weaknesses turned into mental strengths.  This is what CrossFit means to me. The camaraderie and support from fellow members really is the cherry on top of a cohesive unit we call the community.

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