Zach is the owner of Ballast CrossFit and his journey towards this adventure started with stumbling across CrossFit while he was stationed in Japan. Before that time, his fitness included weightlifting, running and swimming but CrossFit caused his outlook on fitness to evolve. He began to change the way he viewed what it meant to be fit. It was no longer about appearance as much as it was about performance. After spending two years in Japan, Zach came back to the states and got his Level 1 CrossFit certification. He also went on to get his CrossFit Weightlifting and CrossFit Powerlifting Certifications.
After transitioning out of the military and starting college, Zach began coaching on a daily basis. "I genuinely love working out and helping others reach their fitness goals. That passion makes coming to work enjoyable." Zach is not only a firm believer in physical fitness, but mental toughness as well. His ability to work well with others and his communication skills make people feel comfortable and the members at his gym love him.
For as long as Joan can remember, she was always active and competing with her peers. This competitive drive compelled her to excel at everything she tried. From playing basketball in high school to recreational sports as an adult, she always had a love for physical fitness. In 2013, Joan was introduced to CrossFit and instantly fell in love with the methodology, community, and intensity of the sport. After being a regular gym-goer for some time, her first CrossFit experience was extremely humbling. This challenge helped Joan realize she could continue to push herself past her limits and strive for more. Each time she conquered a weakness, she fell more in love with CrossFit and its ability to show her just how much she could achieve. Joan realized she wanted to pass this on to others through coaching. Her goal as a coach is to help athletes reach their fitness goals in a fun and safe manner, By teaching others to trust the process, practice proper mechanics and technique, and maintain consistency through intensity, Joan can show athletes how quickly results will follow.
“Mandrew” has always been an active person. From snowboarding, skateboarding and a stint playing semi-professional paintball, he found his competitive edge playing High-School football. Andrew joined the Marine Corps in 2011 and studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai, competing in grappling tournaments and attaining his Black Belt and Instructor Certification in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. In an effort to become a better leader, Andrew found Crossfit in 2013, after being convinced by the methodology when he was finally able to attain 20 strict pull-ups within 3 months of Crossfit training. During a deployment to Afghanistan in 2014, Andrew trained daily and even began shadowing his instructors at Crossfit Leatherneck. In September 2014, upon return to the states, Andrew obtained his CF-L1 at Crossfit Del Mar. “I am absolutely convinced that Crossfit is a great foundation for any level of fitness. It is not the end all, but rather, the gateway to a life of health and wellness.” Andrew uses Crossfit as a building block to training for club level rugby with the Oceanside Chiefs. “The gym is my home and my family, I’ve been sweating in that box for 3 years and its an extreme privilege to share what I have learned with the Oceanside Community.”
Connor began his CrossFit journey in 2012 in a more unorthodox manner, by going in to the depths of YouTube, he found Rich Froning, aka the Fittest Man ever. In 2013 after joining the Marine Corps, Connor finally found himself at a real CrossFit box. Beginning at Agate Pass CrossFit in Washington State, he found his passion for coaching. He obtained his CF-1 certification 2015, where he spent many hours coaching that year before his deployment to Japan and Korea. Now finding a new home at Ballast CrossFit, Connor has a wealth of knowledge and makes a great asset to the coaching at Ballast, making people feel welcome and giving them a great hour of their day. Connor has attended many Olympic lifting clinics, his favorite lift is the clean and jerk.He is a great Marine and amazing father to his 2 year old son, Luke.
Uri loves fitness, he has always enjoyed the iron, gives him direction and purpose for his life. Bodybuilding, powerlifting, CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting, he loves it all. Watching people work with grit and determination to overcome adversity every time they step into the gym, thats his favorite. Helping people succeed through struggles especially when it’s over emotional set backs and heavy lifts, is what drives Uri to be an amazing coach! The people that I have the privilege to coach are the people that drive me to continue to pursue excellence on the daily.