Ryan was lured to a CrossFit garage gym by his close friend, Richard Haynes. Ryan resisted for awhile, taking the "too cool for school" approach, thinking his current exercise regimen was plenty adequate. After a few weeks of training with John Wilson, Ryan realized there were gaping holes in his fitness. When John left to open CrossFit Lake Charles in Louisiana, he suggested to Ryan that he start training friends and family with the CrossFit methodology. After training in his parent"s front yard in Palos Verdes for a few months, and getting 8-10 people showing up for a Tuesday "class", he moved the operation to North Redondo where Paulina Fitness was born. After 20 months in the backyard of the Paulina Ave residence, Ryan decided it was time to either move on from CrossFit or take the next step and open a gym. If you've read this far, you realize he followed his heart and decided to go with the latter.
Ryan has been training athletes using the CrossFit program for over six years. He holds a CrossFit Level 2 Certification, CrossFit Olympic Lifting certification, USAW Certification, CrossFit Strongman and a certification in CrossFit Mobility. He holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from St. Mary's College with an emphasis in human movement. Ryan plans on counseling his clients on their diet and wellness improvement. He is a certified health coach through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Ryan is also a certified Precision Nutrition Coach. Ryan has the vision of helping people get to the healthiest and fittest state of their lives.
Ryan considers CrossFit to be his sport but also plays in a Sunday baseball league with the infamous Pirates. He has never had more fun playing baseball in his life due to the fact that he finally gets to play alongside his brother and many close friends he made in Little League. He jokes that his 3 years of playing college baseball at St. Mary's was just spring training for the Sunday League Pirates. Ryan also enjoys playing golf, fly fishing, snowboarding, cycling, and obsessing over his beloved football team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Stephanie grew up in Maryland playing every sport from soccer, softball, track and field, tennis to basketball. When she got to High School she picked 1 sport to focus on, which of course, was soccer.
Through High School and College, Stephanie loved to continue to push herself through different types of workouts. In New York City she would play pick up soccer games in Central Park, and tried everything from Zumba to Pilates to Cardio Kickboxing. When she moved to Los Angeles, she had pretty much tried every type of workout, but none was giving her that competitive and challenging environment she was looking for.
When she met her husband Ryan, he had been doing CrossFit for over a year at the time. After a year of dating she saw him and 4 of his CrossFit buddies doing the 2011 CrossFit Open, she was more than intrigued. She loved how everything was timed and you didn’t stop until the time limit ended. She jumped right in to try in May 2011 and hasn’t looked back since.
Her favorite workouts are long Chippers and her favorite part about coaching is seeing athletes do something they didn’t think they could ever do.
Joshua grew up in Mexico City. He started doing gymnastics at the age of 9 and has since dedicated his entire life to training and coaching elite gymnastics. Joshua trained for five years before moving to Los Angeles in 2006. In this little break he had from gymnastics, Joshua played for his school´s soccer team and became and avid runner, successfully completing the Los Angeles and San Diego Marathon.
At his return to Mexico, Joshua continued to pursue his gymnastics career and landed a spot on the National Team. Unfortunately he suffered an injury that put him out of competitive gymnastics. He then partnered up with his coach and started a gym. Joshua trained and coached numerous gymnastics to regional and national championships. He has also taught adult gymnastics classes proving that it is not only for kids with super human abilities but for people of all ages that want to learn and develop skills in a safe, controlled manner.
Joshua was first introduced to CrossFit at our home, CrossFit Redondo. He was immediately blown away by it and loves the interdisciplinary nature of CrossFit. Joshua is excited to both bring in his knowledge and experience of gymnastics as he is to learn from the extraordinary athletes CrossFitters are.