Trainers

Jacob “BullFrog” Tsypkin

BullFrog L-Rope Climb Cropped

-CrossFit Level 1 Certified, December 2007

-CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certified, June 2007

-CrossFit Movement & Mobility Certified, March 2011

-Pendlay Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Certified, August 2011

A Monterey native, Jacob comes from a lifelong background of martial arts. Having spent the first three years of high school ignoring his schoolwork and focusing on training, teaching, and competing in Tang Soo Do (he has competed and won on the local, national, and international level,) Jacob should have known that his future lay in the realm of athletics.

After two semesters of junior college in California, Jacob spent three months at the University of London. While there, he helped Andrew Stemler of CrossFit London teach classes and run various seminars. Upon his return to the United States, Jacob moved to northern Virginia to take a job as head CrossFit trainer at Capital Jiu Jitsu, one of the top mixed martial arts facilities on the East Coast.

After gaining experience and insight with his work at Capital Jiu Jitsu, Jacob decided to move home and open his own CrossFit affiliate. He hopes to help Monterey’s large military, police, and firefighting communities, high school and collegiate athletes, and anyone else who is willing to “show up, not quit, and ask questions” (to quote Coach Dan John) get in the best shape possible to live their life, play their sport, and do their job.

Ryan Charles

-CrossFit Level 1 Certified, May 2008

Ryan Charles has been involved in a wide array of athletic endeavors for most of his life, primarily as an ice hockey player. This former defenseman transitioned to a focus on strength training, mainly in the bodybuilding format laid down by traditional muscle and fitness magazines.

After college, Ryan continued his pursuit of athletic challenges, becoming involved in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Washington D.C. Area. Through BJJ, Ryan was exposed to the world of athletic based strength and conditioning. His pursuit of the optimal fitness program expanded to the use of kettlebell style circuits and into the more functional and “underground” styles of weight training.

Midway through 2007 Ryan’s jiu-jitsu school adapted the use of CrossFit and Ryan realized the efficacy of the CrossFit program. Ryan began dedicated CrossFit training, following the crossfit.com workout of the day. This focused use of CrossFit resulted in a tremendous boost in physical conditioning, and led to Ryan’s decision to make a career transition into working as a CrossFit trainer.  Further exposure to the traditional strength and conditioning programs and the newest innovators in the field of strength and conditioning has allowed Ryan to expand his abilities as a coach to work with athletes of a wide variety of backgrounds, injuries, and limitations.

In early 2008 Ryan recieved his CrossFit Level I Coaching Certification in Charlotte, N.C.; he has trained clients in the Northern Virginia area both privately and at his BJJ/Crossfit school until he moved to Monterey in September.  Along with continued personal study of the strength and conditioning and nutrition field, Ryan is currently in school studying Anatomy and Physiology and plans on continuing and finishing his degree in Kinesiology.

Mariah Heller

Crossfit Level 1 Certified, 2010

Mariah started at CrossFit Monterey during its first week in Larkin Park in 2008. CrossFit was supposed to be a temporary training supplement to help prepare her for her second-degree black belt test in Tang Soo Do. After the first WOD, she was hooked; CrossFit very quickly became the primary passion in her life, despite her background in dance and martial arts. Mariah has extensive experience teaching martial arts, dance, and self defense, and in 2010, she got her level 1 CrossFit Trainer Certification in hopes to become a CrossFit coach. Mariah will be starting her degree in biochemistry and kinesiology in 2011, and she hopes to one day open her own affiliate.

Cyndi Cook

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Jerry Sena

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Tiffany Hoffner

Tiffany began dabbling in CrossFit in November of 2008. After many years, her husband John finally convinced her to
occasionally attend classes at CrossFit Fort Meade. Having no background in athletics or any prior interest in working out, she started slowly and made incremental but significant progress.Throughout the process of several military moves, Tiffany’s interest in CrossFit and nutrition continued to grow. She obtained her gymnastics, mobility and Level 1 certifications in the years since and has achieved a level of fitness that she did not believe possible for herself. As a former typical office worker and sedentary individual, she is a firm believer that CrossFit is an effective training method for everyone.Most of all, she is an advocate for complete health and fitness, to include proper nutrition as the foundation of good health. She is co-author of www.thecavegirldish.com and an active participant in the Paleo Diet community. She is currently pursuing an MS in Dietetics through Eastern Michigan University to obtain her Registered Dietitian credential.

Mandy Hatfield

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John Hoffner

John Hoffner has been a US Marine since 1994. He got his start with CrossFit while attending the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor course in August of 2005.  Looking for an MMA training program to increase his fitness led to CrossFit.com and the rest has been a long and winding road.

After his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer cert in Oct 2007 he deployed to Iraq and ran a group of CrossFitters on Balad, Iraq in spring 2008. After returning from Iraq he co-founded CrossFit Fort Meade in Aug 2008. In 2009 his wife Tiffany and he moved to California where he trained at CrossFit 949 in Orange County.  Soon after he deployed to Afghanistan. There he helped run, train and program for CrossFit Leatherneck while deployed. When he returned it was time to pack up, move to Monterey and attend NPS.  John will be here at CF Monterey until 2013 to help you attain your fitness goals.

John’s CrossFit certifications and experience:
-CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer Cert Feb 2009
-CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Cert Mar 2009
-CrossFit Endurance Trainer Cert May 2009
-CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Cert, Oct 2009
-Judge, 2009 Mid-Atlantic Hopper Challenge
-Organizer/Judge: 2011 Camp Leatherneck Throwdown
-Team Captain, CrossFit Open 2011 Leatherneck Redeployers Affiliate Cup Team
-CrossFit Movement and Mobility Cert April 2011.
-2011 Reebok | CrossFit Games Judge.


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