These are not your typical trainers. CrossFit Marin's training staff have backgrounds and experience in a wide variety of sports. With extensive knowledge in strength training, conditioning and kinesthetics our programs will help you obtain and exceed your goals.
Roger comes to The Cave with over 20 years of experience in gymnastics, and over 15 years of coaching experience. His passion for fitness is contagious. His technical knowledge and scientific approach help to refine everything we do. Roger holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and spent several years working on enormous processing plant projects, ore refinement systems and chemical weapons disposal facilities. Throughout it all he has kept a hand in coaching and training and has finally dedicated full time to his true passion. Roger has been involved in CrossFit since the early days and is also the gymnastics curriculum writer and core competency expert for the global CrossFit community.
Russell is our resident kinesthetic genius. A lifelong gymnast and coach, Russell's understanding of the mechanics of movement and his patience will bring you to new levels of ability.
Nicholas Wise has an extensive martial arts background, having studied various forms of self defense since 1985. He holds black belts in two styles, and has been coaching students of all ages in practical self defense and martial arts since 1999. He has worked in a several public safety sectors, including security and emergency medical services, and recognizes the importance of being able to transfer skills learned in the gym to real-world situations. He discovered CrossFit in 2007 and quickly came to see the importance of general physical preparedness to surviving violent or extraordinary situations.
Amanda has been an athlete her whole life. Starting at 4 years old, Amanda's parents enrolled her in gymnastics classes because they couldn't keep her on her feet. Gymnastics became a huge part of Amanda's life, as she competed for over eight years, winning a few State Championships and one National first place on the floor exercise. Injuries became an issue for Amanda, and so she slowly phased out of competition and into coaching. This time proved particularly challenging, because nothing could replace gymnastics.
JB was born in southern California and raised in San Pedro. His Mother, Father, and Brother are a big part of his life. Growing up he can remember this need to constantly challenge himself. He did this in many ways: gymnastics, skateboard, sliding down the stairs in cardboard boxes, snowboard, surfing, Rope swings, basketball, baseball, swimming, making up obstacle courses, climbing trees, beach, volleyball and of course monkeying around. In high school he focused on basketball and played 4 years on the varsity team for Palos Verdes High and loved it. He is still very close with his coaches and teammates from that time.
Amy joined The Cave after spending a year in Africa (12 different countries), working for 8 different non-profit organizations. She worked in orphanages, with street children in the Kampala slums, taught kindergarten and art classes, helped coach a girl's soccer team in the Kibera slums, helped build and paint schools, photographed people and schools for fundraising and social media back in the US and did a large-scale art project/mural with a village school in Northern Uganda. Her outreach and working with children were clear indications that she was a good fit for The Cave.
Andrey Pfening was born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan and raised in Samara, Russia. He descends from a modest family in San Francisco, USA. He spent the first 5 years of his life in Samarkand, later 6 years in Samara, and now it's been 8 years since he resides in San Francisco.
Amy Harris has been working with young children for years. As program director for other facilities she has developed progressive developmental programs for our little ones. Utilizing music and directed play Amy will help your children develop their motor skills. With a deep love for helping to develop confidence through movement she knows how to properly encourage and reward children for broadening their experiences. Amy loves to work with the parent/child relationship at the physical, emotional and social levels.
Ryder grew up in Marin County and as a high school student was a champion springboard diver, going undefeated in the county for his entire high school career. At his peak, he placed 5th in the northern California championships. As a youth Ryder also trained extensively in the martial art Shaolin Kempo and now has more than 5 years of experience under his belt. He continues to train martial arts by practicing Judo with The Cave's very own sensei, Nick Wise. Ryder went to university at San Francisco State where he majored in Anthropology with a minor in Theater.
Sera has been a member of The Cave since our early homeless days. She joined us when we were running Sunday classes in Town Park in Corte Madera. At 13 years old she started practicing parkour when the sport was still vastly unknown. She was hooked. Sticking with us through cold afternoons and wet grass, she helped us lug equipment to and from the original storage unit and then the tiny gym we first put together. She quickly learned about all of the disciplines trained at The Cave and joined the team as a coach. Over the next few years she became an invaluable member of the team and a premier parkour coach. She has also proven herself to be a capable CrossFit athlete and coach being among the youngest level 1 certified CrossFit coaches in the country.
Bryan Oki is the director of CrossFit at The Cave. He has developed strength and conditioning programs for D-1 athletes, desk-jockeys, and competitive CrossFitters. His eye for movement and focus on progressive-exercise allow him to stress safety while maximizing his clients' fitness. Though improving his clients' clean and jerk and speeding up their 100m-freestyle are Bryan's day-to-day focus, the most important piece of his job is to teach athletes how to live a healthy lifestyle, a skill they will continue to use long after they are done hurling weights over their heads or shaving their chests to reduce drag.
Bill came to Crossfit Marin as its first athlete at age 53. After playing baseball and basketball in high school, Bill played different sports (basketball, tennis, golf, water skiing, snow skiing and jogging) on and off for about 30 years. Recognizing the need to become more fit with age, he began crossfit after asking Roger to help him get into shape. Bill has seen continual improvement in times and weights through the years; also losing 40+ pounds over the years. Bill has participated in the 2009, 2010 Crossfit Games and in 2011 finished in the top twenty in the Masters 55-59 division of the games. After training for about 2 1/2 years, Bill began coaching. Having served as lead pastor of a church in Marin for over 30 years, Bill is an experienced coach in helping people make life changes. Bill has now been part of the coaching team since January of 2009. Bill has been married to his wife Connie since 1973, he has three children, all married and seven grandchildren.