Meet Our Amazing Coaches

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Amber Salyers

I started CrossFit when I was 32 years old and just had my 3rd son. I didn’t come from an athletic background or play sports in school. I didn’t even know much about CrossFit and I’m sure if I did I would have just stayed home. Everything was hard and everyone was better. My first WOD was Hellen. I remember dying on the run. Struggling on the band for pull ups and the 10# plate for the KB swings. I couldn’t understand why people kept showing up. How could this be fun?! Definitely didn’t love CrossFit at first. Before I knew it one day turned into weeks and weeks into months and I started to see progress. My clothes started to fit better. More than the way it made me look, I loved the way it made me feel. I felt strong for the first time and it was empowering. I was a better mom because of it. A few months later I got my level 1 and started an internship at CF Solano. I’ve been a full-time coach since.

Crossfit Level 1 certification

K-Star Mobility Certification

Gymnastics Certification

5 x Regional CrossFit competitor (team)

Full time CrossFit coach since 2012

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Dann Arandia

I started Crossfit in October of 2016 at Interchange Athletics because I needed something to fuel my competitive nature after training and competing in Muay Thai for over 6 years. I was very cautious about starting Crossfit because of all the negative things I'd heard about the sport, but after trying it and understanding the scaling options and how much the coaching staff put emphasis on technique, I knew that I had found my new addiction.

I love learning from the coaches and the athletes here at Interchange because everyone has their own style. I love the environment and the energy all the coaches and athletes bring to this gym. Being part of the Coaching staff will not only let me help athletes but it will also help me become a better athlete myself.

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Brenda Zanassi

Exercise has always been a part of my life and I enjoy the therapeutic benefits and the opportunity to share that with others. I pride myself on bringing a little sass to my class, so be prepared for fun!

I use my passion for music, my love of outdoors and cycling to guide my classes on an energetic journey! My classes are constantly changing in order to motivate, challenge and create an environment where anything goes.

I am a certified Spin instructor since 2015 and have multiple TRX certifications, so I enjoy bringing the same type of enthusiasm to those sessions as well. Whether it be group classes or one on one sessions, our focus will include strength, conditioning and ultimately improving your health!

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Leanne Babcock

CrossFit is for everyone!
I was introduced to CrossFit in January 2009 while attending my tech school for the Air Force. I love CrossFit for it's ability to bring people together from all backgrounds in a fitness and social setting that impact their community and positively affect their health and wellness.
I took the coaching plunge in 2015 and have enjoyed working with athletes ranging from wounded warriors to senior citizens and kids.

Certifications
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Scaling Course 2017
CrossFit Anatomy Course
Air Force Physical Training Leader (Basic and Advanced)

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Lucas Holland

Hello my name is Lucas Holland, and I started coaching CrossFit in 2015, shortly after joining an affiliate. I started coaching to help others and get me out of my comfort zone, I was pretty shy. While I gained confidence, I also gained a critical eye and the ability to give detailed feedback. Since starting my health and fitness journey in 2013, I have lost 150 pounds, changed career industries, met the love of my life (Monique, you’ll see her at the gym too), and moved 2,000 miles from my native Tennessee. What I’ve come to find through CrossFit is my passion for helping others gain confidence to tackle any challenges life may throw their way. I firmly believe we have the power to make lives better through CrossFit and the community as a whole. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to support you in your fitness and health journey at Interchange Athletics.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (July 2015)

CrossFit Scaling Course (2017)

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (September 2017)

CrossFit Weightlifting Certification (March 2018)

CrossFit Gymnastic Certification (June 2018)

Precision Nutrition Level 1 (September 2018)

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Amanda McGovern

Hello, my name is Amanda McGovern and I am a certified suspension trainer.

Since I was young I’ve been a competitive athlete and have always lived an active lifestyle.

However, after having 3 children in 4 years, I found myself hardly able to do a sit-up. As I committed to regain that post-baby body, I began to feel frustrated trying to stay motivated by creating my own workouts and going to the gym alone. I then stepped into my first TRX group class and quickly fell in love with the straps. I felt supported by others working out alongside me, who always cheered me on. I found that TRX challenged me in core strength, flexibility and balance.

TRX is truly versatile and easily adaptable people of all fitness levels both beginners and advanced. I love coaching TRX and would love to help you too EARN YOUR BETTER!

Ellen Harrison

Ellen Harrison

I have been teaching group exercise for 30 yrs. Through the years I have worked in the fitness industry as a manager, personal trainer, group exercise director, master trainer for Les Mills , in membership sales and ran a Pilates studio. I am certified in Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Mat and Reformer Pilates, Barre, Jungshin, Water fitness, Senior Fitness, TRX, Piyo, and Spin. I’m happy to bringing my love for Yoga to Interchange Athletics.

James Recto

James Recto

James’s fitness journey began when he discovered a home workout program called Insanity... Amber knows all about it and is forbidden to share any more information out it with you😂 After that he was introduced into the world of Crossfit. After training for a year or so, James left for the Air Force. Even bouncing around to different bases, he would frequently visit home, and in turn visit to train with familiar coaches. From there he went overseas to Germany and trained under Rob Powell at Crossfit Ansbach where he discovered power lifting. He finished his military career at Vandenberg AFB, and discovered another gym called Crossfit Ohana. There he found olympic weightlifting. Upon exiting the Air Force, he got his USAW level 1 and has been coaching ever since.

Ron Jimenez

Ron Jimenez

I am an active duty Vet and I currently work as a motion graphic designer for NBC Sports Bay Area. Fitness has been a part of my life since I was a kid and I love to share that energy with everybody, including my 11 year old son.
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I have been CrossFitting for about 5 years and loved every PR and struggle that came with it. Outside of Crossfit, I enjoy bouldering, rock climbing, and snowboarding. My passion isn’t about being the strongest or fastest competitor, but rather sharing my knowledge and growing as an athlete TOGETHER in a community. I am excited to be a part of the team!