Our Staff

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course
  • DPT

Accomplishments:

  • 2012 Socal Regionals Team
  • 2011 Socal Regionals Team

Kelly Starrett

Founder

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2003

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Kelly Starrett is a coach, physical therapist, author, speaker, and co-founder of San Francisco Crossfit and MobilityWOD. His 2013 release, Becoming a Supple Leopard and his 2014 release, Ready to Run, and 2016 release Deskbound have become New York Times and/or Wall Street Journal bestsellers.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Deadlift

What is your favorite cheat food?

Ice Cream

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wolverine

Juliet Starrett

Founder

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2003

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

“Juliet Starrett is an attorney and entrepreneur. She is co-founder and CEO of San Francisco Crossfit, one of the first 50 Crossfit affiliates, and MobilityWOD.com, which has revolutionized how athletes think about human movement and athletic performance. Before turning her attention to MobilityWOD and San Francisco CrossFit full-time, Juliet had a successful career as an attorney, practicing complex commercial litigation at Reed Smith for nearly eight years.
A lifelong athlete, Juliet rowed in high-school, was on the U.C. Berkeley crew team, and went on to paddle for the US Women’s Extreme Whitewater Team from 1997-2000, winning two World Championships and five national titles.
In 2007, Juliet won the prestigious Jefferson Award for public service in connection with her work with GirlVentures, a girls empowerment organization, and as a co-founder of Liquid, a kayaking camp for kids with HIV.
When she is not busy running two businesses and StandUpKids.org, Juliet enjoys hanging out with her husband Kelly and their two daughters, Georgia and Caroline, reading, listening to music, Crossfitting, mountain biking, paddling, skiing, camping, and playing outdoors.”

Jessica Bay »

Manager

Qualifications:

  • Crossfit Level 1
  • NASM

Jessica Bay

Manager

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

“I developed a love of fitness and movement at the ripe young age of 32 when I discovered open ocean outrigger paddling. After the birth of my son, I looked for something that would give her the same sense of community (and amazing results) without the time commitment of being on a team sport.
I was introduced to CrossFit through personal training sessions and jumped into group classes at SFCF. Little did I know I had stumbled across a world class gym with top level coaches and athletes. ”

Why did you become a trainer?

While I have been involved in the fitness world for years now, I never forget what it’s like being the “new guy” at the gym. I go out of my way to be welcoming and helpful to any new members, whether they’re seasoned athletes, or late bloomers like myself.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Slam Balls – they’re a great stress reliever.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Ice cream, the good stuff. None of that Halo Top crap. 🙂

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Bane – because duh.

Diane Fu »

Senior Coach

Diane Fu

Senior Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2004

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I started in fitness at the age of 15 being curious of how someone can build up their body. This curiosity lead me to start learning and researching all the exercises and methods of approach to training. Take that forward to 9 years later discovering CrossFit while watching my friend Adrian Bozman do kipping pull-ups at our gym and the rest is CrossFit history.

Why did you become a trainer?

I’ve been a trainer since 1998 working in the commercial world. I enjoyed fitness and wanted a way to share what I was passionate about with others. I soon found that my specialty was being able to work with people one on one to strategize their movement and programming helping them reach their fitness goals.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Snatch. Around the same time I found CrossFit, I learned about Olympic-style weightlifting. Like anything else I take an interest to, I dived full in on learning about the sport. This discovery lead me to have many great conversations with coaches and athletes around the world. Now through the vessel of FuBarbell Club, I get to share my knowledge with athletes both locally and globally.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Honey Dijon Kettle Brand Potato Chips.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Dr. Strange. He fought an enemy in his ASTRAL body! Enough said.

Nate Helming »

Senior Coach

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  •  USA Triathlon
  • ACSM
  • CPR/AED

Nate Helming

Senior Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2009

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I love running and mountain biking (and at the time) triathlon. I got in CrossFit to build strength and most importantly get over some serious injuries holding me back in competition.

Why did you become a trainer?

I wanted to help other endurance athletes experiencing the same problems as me…and to *fund* my racing addiction. Truth be told…I only thought I’d be a trainer a few years and get a “real job” later in life 😉

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

I LOVE Toes to Bar. (don’t hate)

What is your favorite cheat food?

Ice cream and bourbon. Preferably combined.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Spiderman! Love his ability to do everything!

Roop Sihota »

Senior Coach, Physical Therapist

Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy
  • CrossFit Level 1 Course
  • MobilityWod – Movement & Mobility Specialist
  • Director of Performance & Rehab at San Francisco CrosfFit.

Roop Sihota

Senior Coach, Physical Therapist

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2008

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Fitness – I grew up as always the skinny, sick, weak kid. At a certain point I just got fed up with always being thought of as fragile. I started working out some in high school, but it was in college where I really found my passion. Within a couple months of college, I began to geek out about being in the gym. I don’t think I have gone more than a few days since then without finding some way to workout, even when traveling the world. I really got tired of the solo act when working out in a globo gym where everyone seems to isolate themselves, put on their headphones and have no desire to interact with anyone. I found CrossFit back in 2008 and fell in love instantaneously. The community is what sold me more than anything, specifically the community at San Francisco CrosSFit.

Why did you become a trainer?

“The passion to help people live healthier and happier lives has always been there. Combined with my unfaltering positive attitude, an infinite amount of energy and an infectious personality, coaching was inevitable for me. My genuine care about individual needs is apparent in my specifically tailored training programs as he goes beyond the confinements of the gym/weight room and reaches out to better each person in all aspects of life, from the physical, to the nutritional, mental and emotional.

If the community sold me on CrossFit, it was the coaching standard that sold me on San Francisco CrossFit. Every time I travel and experience coaching standards at other gyms or watch people move, I realize how spoiled I am to have learned how to be a coach at San Francisco CrossFit.

I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. My focus is to use manual therapy in conjunction with dynamic strength training to get athletes on to the path of elite level performance. Through my knowledge of how the body bio-mechanically functions, I am able to use movement as a diagnostic tool to limit the risk of a sports related injury even before the first signs of pain or discomfort. My clients have included both chronic and acute pain sufferers, those suffering from traumatic debilitating injuries, in addition to high level athletes. My clients have seen remarkable reduction in pain as well as improvement in overall performance in a matter of a few sessions. My belief that pain should not limit your ability to do anything you want to do and his motivational tactics has helped many athletes reach goals they never thought were possible.”

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

The rest stations? I love anything upside down or on the rings

What is your favorite cheat food?

Milk Shakes!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman – this can go on for days! There is something about the individual that feels that they just don’t fit in but has the heart of gold and has the desire to do nothing but help mankind.

Robert Tuller »

Senior Coach

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Olympic
  • CrossFit Nutrition

Robert Tuller

Senior Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

I have been a lifelong competitive athlete and for the past 27 years in the field of mountain trail ultra marathons. I came to ultra marathons from ultra distance triathlons and found the community along the mountainous trails was unparalleled in its spirit and generosity which was immensely attractive.

Why did you become a trainer?

Kelly Starrett asked me if I would be interested in developing a Running Program for SFCF. I accepted the challenge. In the end I enjoy service to another and find the experience quite fulfilling.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Deadlifting and Box Jumping

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza
Pizza

Sean McBride »

Senior Coach, Physical Therapist

Sean McBride

Senior Coach, Physical Therapist

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2010

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I originally began CrossFit as fitness training for rugby. I fell in love with CrossFit for its own sake and began coaching within the first year of trying it.

Why did you become a trainer?

Human movement was something that has always interested me. I studied anatomy and exercise science in my undergraduate degree as prerequisites for a physical therapy graduate program. I became a trainer to put my education into practice.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

My first CrossFit workout, Annie Sakamoto was coaching the class and working out. It was manmakers and running. I remember seeing her lap me through a blurry haze of sweat and pain, smiling and laughing. I have never been as impressed and intimidated as I was getting crushed by Annie. I wanted in.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Cheeseburger and a nice strong IPA

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wolverine. Legit superpowers. Best dialogue.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Movement and Mobility Specialist 101 &102 (Mobility Institute)
  • Practitioner Ortho-Bionomy
  • Certified Massage Therapist Corrective Exercise Specialist 
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Olympic lifting
  • CrossFit Kettle Bell

Elena Hudan

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Injuries and pain. After following MobilityWOD for 3 months and experienced improvements in mobility and decreased pain I joined SFCF.

Why did you become a trainer?

Passion for Mobility and CrossFit and the desire to help others to have a pain-free and active life.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Squat

What is your favorite cheat food?

Chocolate chip anything

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Iliya Murometz – Russian Bogatir (strong man) who defeated many invaders of Rus

Qualifications:

  • Crossfit Level 1 Course
  • NASM
  • CrossFit Strongman
  • Mobilitywod 

Lisa Warren

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2011

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I’ve been doing sports all my life, namely gymnastics, water polo, pole vaulting, javelin, and flying trapeze. I always excelled at the strength and conditioning training in sports, so when a friend introduced me to Crossfit after college I was hooked.

Why did you become a trainer?

Fitness has always been a center point of my life, so I always wanted to work in that industry in some way. As a trainer I enjoy helping people realize their own inner athlete.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

hand stand pushups and strict muscle ups

What is your favorite cheat food?

I don’t like the word cheat food. I don’t diet so I never cheat. That being said any type of pasta and margaritas

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Catwoman. I don’t know what she’s like because I don’t watch superhero movies but I do know that I love cats.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Mobility WOD Level 1 & Level 2
  • Carl Paoli Freestyle Movement

Max Conserva

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2011

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Human movement is a fundamental part of our lives. The more I learn about it, the better I feel, the more I can do. And make no mistake…I want to do everything.

Why did you become a trainer?

Knowing your body is of vital importance to all individuals. So many of our physical problems can be solved through a physical practice. I enjoy showing others this reality.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Wallballs and Burpees 🙂 I used to be so bad at them, now I am good. Reminds me how far I’ve come.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Easy. Ice cream.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Mad Max…we share a name, a leg brace, and an affinity for leather. I mean, come on.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level II Course 
  • Mobility/WOD. Movement and Mobility Specialist
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Weight Lifting Trainer Course
  • FreeStyle Gymnastics
  • Yoga Tune Up® Licensed practitioner
  • Somanautics. Human dissection
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • Core Aligne®

Yasmen Mehta

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2009

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Needed to keep fit for competing in short track speed skating

Why did you become a trainer?

Been teaching for 20+ years. Love bringing fitness and good health into people’s lives

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Thrusters

What is your favorite cheat food?

Don’t have one. Love eating healthy fresh food

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Tina Turner and Madeleine Albright. Strong, intelligent and talented

Ryan Hagen

Coach

What year did you start crossfitting?

I began Crossfitting in December of 2007.

Why did you get into fitness (and Crossfit)?

I got into Crossfit in particular with the intent of improving my fitness for joining the military when I graduated from college.  I have  always been really into weightlifting and playing sports.  I began lifting weights when I was 13 years old and my love for the iron only increased as I grew up playing football and wrestling.  Before CrossFit I was mainly lifting heavy and training in the traditional bodybuilding/powerlifting style.  Chest day, Back day, Leg day, Arm day, Arm day… you know the drill hah!

Why did you become a trainer/coach?  

It’s kind of funny because I became a certified trainer/coach in 2009 with the idea that it was going to be a temporary way to make a living while I waited to find out if a medical waiver was going to clear to allow me to attend basic training for the Navy and then go on to BUD/S with the hopes of becoming a Navy Seal.  I had gotten a pulmonary embolism in my right lung while in the Delayed Entry Program 1 month shy of when I was set to “ship out” for training.  My medical waiver was denied and I continued training, coaching, and learning.  Looking back it was obviously meant to be because it never occurred to me at the time to revert back into a career using my degree, which was in Journalism and Public Relations.  I also learned that I love helping people!  8 years later and here I am, still learning something new everyday and sharing it with others.  I couldn’t ask for a better career!

What’s your favorite crossfit movement?

My favorite Crossfit movement is definitely the handstand push-up!

What’s your favorite cheat food?

Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate ice cream, no contest!

What’s your favorite super hero and why?

My favorite super hero is Super Man of course!!  Because he can fly, duh!! Haha!

Jonathan Ide-Don »

Coach, Physical Therapist

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • Pose Running Level 1
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (Physical Therapy)
  • Completed Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy

Jonathan Ide-Don

Coach, Physical Therapist

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2015

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Growing up, I played all different sports, including swimming, tennis, basketball, soccer, and baseball. During high school and college, I focused on endurance sports, running cross country and competing in triathlons. I enjoyed the camaraderie and burn of a good track workout with friends, but my body started to not handle the high mileage of running well anymore. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2014 by Sean McBride, one of the coaches at SFCF.

Why did you become a trainer?

The combination of awesome coaches, great workouts, and a sense of accomplishment completing a workout made me initially keep coming back to CrossFit. I decided to become a trainer once I realized that Strength and Conditioning can be the vehicle to teach people how to move better, take control of their health, and be a part of a great community all at the same time. I wanted to learn how to coach other people in the CrossFit movements, and teach them the power of adopting CrossFit as a new movement practice for life.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Cleans and Assault bike

What is your favorite cheat food?

Beer! Especially sour ales and session IPAs

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Flash, because he’s really fast

Qualifications:

  • Crossfit Level 1
  • USPA Certified Powerlifting
  • KMS – Kabuki Movement Systems
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • FreeStyle Connection
  • Juggernaut Powerlifting
  • SFCF Internship Program

Doreen DiSalvo

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2012

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I have been into fitness since I was a little kid and have played sports my whole life. I got into CrossFit and Powerlifting when I got burnt out from Cycling and needed a change.

Why did you become a trainer?

I really want to help people learn, grow, improve, get stronger and believe in themselves. I really love to see the change over time and it makes me happy to help clients get there and be a part of their lives in a positive way.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Deadlift – not a “CrossFit” movement

What is your favorite cheat food?

Beer and Steak Fries

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wonder Woman of course!

Qualifications:

  • Crossfit Level 1 Course
  • Crossfit for Law Enforcement
  • POST (California Peace Officer Standards and Training) Physical Fitness Instructor
  • POST Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Carl Paoli Freestyle Seminar
  • Kelly Starett Movement and Mobility 101 &102

Tory Kornblum

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2010

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

“I was born and raised in an active family, and enjoyed playing sports from an early age. I attended college at Indiana University – Bloomington, where I discovered martial arts. During my time there, I graduated with B.A. in music, but also trained extensively in several martial arts, including Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. It was through martial arts training that I discovered my initial love of teaching and coaching others.

I found CrossFit in 2010, when I wandered into the “Parking Lot of Dreams” and completed my basics classes with Diane Fu. I was sold on San Francisco CrossFit after Kelly and the staff helped me recover from what could have been a career ending work injury. At San Francisco CrossFit, I’ve found the same sense of community and camaraderie I loved in my martial arts days. ”

Why did you become a trainer?

San Francisco CrossFit completely changed how I looked at health, fitness, and my own life. I’ve been so fortunate, and it was a natural progression to help others with their fitness!

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Anything with a barbell!

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza and ice cream…keep it simple.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Wonderwoman…of course. Who does’t like a woman who kicks ass?

Qualifications:

  • Crossfit Level 1 Course
  • NASM-CPT
  • NASM-Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Nutritionist
  • Kettlebell Level 1/Level 2
  • BS-Nutritional Sciences
  • BS-Kinesiology

CJ Blackman

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2007

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

In order to become a better martial artist, and to improve my overall fitness.

Why did you become a trainer?

In order to help people reach their full physical potential by realizing that they have complete control of their bodies and choices.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Deadlifts, Box jumps, and pull-ups

What is your favorite cheat food?

Soft, warm, and chewy cookies.

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman, he represents the highest ideals of civilization and how people should conduct themselves.

Noah Gray »

Receptionist/Front Desk

Noah Gray

Receptionist/Front Desk

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2016

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

Multiple areas of chronic bodily dysfunction brought me to CrossFit. I started out as an injured athlete, in search of specialized coaching. At the time, I was hardly able to stand up straight. With help from Coach Elena, I rehabilitated my broken vessel through healing movements. Never looking back.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

I love a good kettlebell swing.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Chocolate Ice Cream & Churro Sundae

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Daredevil, hands down. Because he’s impossible to sneak up on.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Course
  • NASM CPT
  • MWOD Level 2

Chris Wong

Coach

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2013

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

As a swimmer throughout my youth and college years, I was always active and part of some kind of team. “Adulthood” left a huge void in my life and I searched for a long time for the training environment and camaraderie that was such a key part of my life for so long. When I chanced upon the methods and community at San Francisco CrossFit it was everything I was searching for.

Why did you become a trainer?

Large portions of my swimming career were spent nursing nagging injuries, and I never was as good as I could have been. When I started to learn about fitness and recovery after college, I realized how much more I could have accomplished if I’d simply had the knowledge and the tools. I coach because I want to give others the physical and mental tools to lead better, fuller lives and achieve whatever it is that they’re passionate about.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Band assisted knee push ups.

What is your favorite cheat food?

Pizza slice + guacamole + tortilla chips + second slice of pizza on top. Seriously

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

It’s a three way tie between Ant Man, Michelle Obama, and Lisa Warren’s biceps vein

Candice Heins »

Front Desk/Receptionist

Candice Heins

Front Desk/Receptionist

What year did you start CrossFitting?

2015

Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

I got into CrossFit because of a close friend. She knew I was into fitness and invited me to a free class. From that day forward, I was hooked on the most functional “sport” known to man. My passion for fitness and love for CrossFit has only grown since working at SFCF.

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

A tie between the overhead snatch and the power clean and jerk

What is your favorite cheat food?

Beer (and wine), chocolate and a delicious burger

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

Superman. For all of the obvious reasons. And also because the superhero has always been his true self. Batman and Iron Man have cool toys and gadgets, Spider-Man got his powers from a spider bite, Thor has a big hammer, and the Hulk got zapped. Kal-El has always been who he is–Superman!