- Crossfit Level 1 Certification
Coach Joe is from Santa Cruz, CA and has been doing CrossFit for about 10 years. He played some sport growing up but never truly found one that he was passionate about. He was not the most active person throughout high school but when he started college he knew that had to change. He started running and it was the simplest and cheapest jump start for a broke college student. He ran multiple 5k, 10k, and even a half marathon.
Eventually he felt like he was reaching a plateau and started to lose interest. Looking for other avenues of fitness, he discovered CrossFit. Unbeknownst to him, he stumbled upon CrossFit Santa Cruz, which was the gym where CrossFit originated. He was lucky enough to be coached by Annie Sakamoto – a CrossFit legend and OG of the CrossFit community – the women to whom the workout “Annie” was named after. He was hooked after day one and felt like he had finally found a community and sport that he was passionate about. So much so that he changed his major at CSUMB to Exercise Science to increase his knowledge of health and fitness.
He graduated in 2015, got his CrossFit Level 1, and began coaching at his home gym at CrossFit Santa Cruz.