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 about 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 1 Certification, 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 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.
Ryan typically works out alone, with his wife Stephanie or with training partners Joe, LG, and Jamie. He enjoys competing in local events, especially team competitions. However, Ryan’s greatest passion is seeing his clients making progress with their fitness.
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.
Stacey grew up in West Covina, CA where she participated in multiple sports throughout childhood. A few years of gymnastics were followed by springboard and platform diving then basketball, track, and volleyball in middle school. She continued volleyball through high school and also found her passion on the swim team as a freestyle and butterfly sprinter.
Following high school, Stacey attended USC as an Industrial and Systems Engineering major. Although she didn’t participate in any “formal” athletics, she continued working out regularly in the USC gym by lifting weights and running. But, something was missing: the competition and team camaraderie she loved from earlier sports days. During sophomore year, she picked up a minor in Kinesiology, which became the turning point for taking her training to the next level. Following her first weightlifting class, she began training for triathlons and studying nutrition.
Stacey first heard about CrossFit while getting her master’s degree in 2010, and finally walked into her first CrossFit class in July 2011 ….and almost walked out. The insanely in-shape people dropping heavy barbells and knocking out pull ups was intimidating as heck! But, after getting past the initial shock, Stacey decided to join CrossFit Redondo’s second-ever On-Ramp class. She quickly realized that CrossFit fulfilled the missing competition and team camaraderie aspect of training, plus more, and she hasn’t looked back.
Stacey’s favorite aspect of CrossFit is its high intensity, fast, constantly changing training regimen. Since it’s rare to repeat a workout, each day in the gym is an exciting, unique physical (and mental!) challenge. CrossFit attracts a community of hard working, motivated people, who are eager to constantly improve themselves which makes for an amazing experience each time you walk in the gym. The support and energy from the community creates a fun, positive environment unlike any run or weight lifting session.
In 2012, Stacey received her Level 1 certification, and has participated in multiple team competitions for CrossFit Redondo. Her specialties include gymnastics-style movements such as pull-ups and handstand walks, although her interest in olympic weightlifting has grown over the past few years. Stacey loves introducing people from all walks of life to CrossFit and seeing athletes accomplish physical feats they didn’t think they could.
Outside of CrossFit Redondo, you will find Stacey working at PIH Hospital as an Industrial Engineer and hanging out with her husband, Brent, and adorable new puppy, Scout.
Joe grew up in Palos Verdes the youngest of 3 brothers and was extremely active in sports. He attended Peninsula High School, where he lettered 4 years in Baseball and graduated in 2003. He then went on to graduate from Arizona State University, playing ball all 4 years and starting at a variety positions in every season played. During his senior year, Joe received the Pat Tillman Scholar award, for his dedication to his academics, baseball and community service. Joe graduated with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Business/Communications degree and holds a minor in Sociology.
After graduation Joe was picked up by the Chicago White Sox, where he played minor league baseball in North Carolina and in Alabama for 3 years. He then crossed the Atlantic and played in the Italian league for two seasons. Now that Joe is finished playing professionally he is pursuing a career as a fireman, while coaching at CrossFit Redondo.
Joe holds his Level 1 CrossFit certification. Here are his thoughts on CrossFit:
"CrossFit is a fun and optimal way to obtain the highest level of fitness and strength while maintaining my flexability and range of motion. A personal challenge every day. It's me versus me. It brings out every bit of intensity and focus that I have. It's an overwhelming feeling of accomlishment when I'm done with a crossfit workout. Talk about endorphins! And the group of extraordinary people that I get to workout with each day makes it even better!"
As a coach, Joe says, "I love seeing my teammates/crossfitters/friends learn and realize how far they can push themsleves and what they are capable of achieving. It's rewarding to teach others a new way of fitness. By recording our workouts, we record our progress and watch it improve each day. It's exciting! Sharing this experience amazes me and makes me proud to be part of the Crossfit Redondo community."
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.
Caitie grew up in Huntington Beach and has always been active in sports. Her passion for competitive sports really grew in high school where she lettered in 3 sports: volleyball, water polo, and swimming. Following her dream to compete, she went on to play water polo at the collegiate level at the University of the Pacific. Missing the SoCal weather, Caitie eventually transferred down to LMU where she received her Bachelor degree in Liberal Studies, and her Master’s degree in Special Education.
She is currently a fourth grade teacher in Redondo Beach. After graduating Caitie began running to stay in shape, participating in 5Ks, 10k’s, and sprint triathlons. Since working out at the collegiate level, she always felt something in her exercise regimen was missing. So when Caitie heard about Crossfit, she immediately wanted to try it out. In April of 2012, she walked into the gym with her husband and never turned back. She was immediately hooked on the constantly varied workouts, and the amazing sense of community from the beginning.
“The intensity of the WODs, and the group of people you get to work out with, inspires me to come back every day. I love the idea that Crossfit movements and workouts are constantly evolving. Crossfit pushes you to work to your full potential, and expect the unexpected. It is amazing to see individuals progress at such a fast rate, perform movements they never thought they could accomplish, and lift weights they never thought they could. “