We genuinely love what we do.

 

Our coaching staff is world class. We pride ourselves in helping athletes get the most out of every class and for being there when you need us for anything inside and outside the gym.

 
 

Coaches


Pete Jones

Occupation: 
Owner, FT Coach

Education: 
B.S., Business - Information Systems, University of Colorado - Boulder

Pete started CrossFit in 2008 as a way to cross-train for marathons and Ironman Triathlons, and soon found it to be a much more enjoyable—and optimal—way to sustain a healthy lifestyle. In 2010, he convinced his wife to let him “train a few people out of the garage,” which has grown to training over 250 people out of a 10,500 square foot warehouse.  He has coached over 7,000 classes since then and has dedicated his career to helping people achieve their fitness-related goals.  Here is what Pete had to say about why he loves CrossFit:  “Since starting CrossFit, I look forward to every workout. Once I realized the on/off cycle was gone I knew there was something special about CrossFit. I think it is a combination of the daily competition against myself, the results, the camaraderie, and community. At some point I realized I was not only pretty passionate about it but also pretty good at coaching and helping people reach their goals.  I check the CrossFit Journal constantly throughout the day. I watch every training video I can get my hands on. I read nutrition books for fun. WHAT?!”  At the gym, he is known for overuse of the terms "ez-pz" and "you got this."

Certifications

  • Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3), CCFT
  • Crossfit Endurance Certified
  • Crossfit Kids Certified
  • Crossfit Coaches Prep
  • USA Weightlifting Certified Coach

Email: Pete@crossfitforest.com


Martin Pedreira

Occupation: 
FT Coach, workout programming, competitors team lead, gym store management

Accomplishments: 
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2013 CrossFit Socal Regionals (Individual)
-2014 CrossFit Socal Regionals (Team)

Ever since Martín was a kid, sports have always been his passion. He tried numerous activities during school, but his main focus was soccer and track & field events. At age 17, he was recruited to participate in a trial to become a professional soccer player, but decided to continue his college career instead, majoring in business administration. At that time he decided to switch sports and started playing rugby.  He earned his way to the first team in the top level in Argentina by age 20 and kept playing until he moved to California with his family in 2011.

In December of that year he found CrossFit, and immediately felt a passion for the high intensity, competitive sport. He quit his office job and committed himself to becoming a full-time CrossFit coach. Since then, he has coached over 2,500 hours and has continued to expand his education through certifications, seminars, and personal research. He also competes regularly in the sport of fitness, and has participated in the CrossFit SoCal Regionals twice – 2013 as an individual, and 2014 on a team. 

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Football Training Certified
  • CrossFit Powerlifting & Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Endurance & Rowing Certified
  • CrossFit Strongman Certified
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine

Email: Martin@crossfitforest.com


Kevin Vu

Occupation:
-Automation Robotics Engineer

-FT Coach, photographer, videographer, video producer, website management

Education:  
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, UC Irvine
                                 

Kevin played basketball throughout grade school and also did some track and field. After college he wanted to stay active so like most people, he joined a global gym and worked out there. After a few years of weightlifting, he felt that although he was getting strong, he was losing his athleticism and wanted something new. One day, a random guy at the gym told him about CrossFit and suggested Kevin to try "Fran" (if you don't know Fran yet, you will soon). Kevin did Fran the next day, almost puked, and was hooked since then.

When asked what he likes most about coaching, he said, “definitely the community and the positive atmosphere that I get to be a part of each day. People are surprising themselves everyday, reaching new limits, and growing not only as an athlete but a healthier, more confident person. Being exposed to this everyday, I can't help but be inspired and grateful for what I do.” When he is not CrossFitting, Kevin enjoys learning new things, outdoor activities, and enjoying life.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Strongman Affiliate Tour
  • First Aid, CPR AED certified

Email: Kevin@crossfitforest.com


Tess Graf

Occupation
FT Coach, social media specialist, new members management, member retention specialist

Sports & Accomplishments: 
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Competitive Tennis
-Downhill Ski Racing
-3rd Place NLI Dynasty Series

Tess started CrossFit in 2010.  Prior to discovering CrossFit, she always had a passion for fitness and sports. Her competitive drive in life and as an athlete quickly turned into helping and inspiring others to live healthier lifestyles. Hard work and self discipline has always been her priority, to better herself as an athlete and instructor. Tess was introduced to CrossFit in 2010, and was immediately intrigued by the concepts of “race against the clock” and “constantly varied, high-intensity functional movement”.

Tess believes that being a part of an amazing community, coaching, witnessing real results, and improving herself as an athlete are the greatest and most rewarding parts of her career as a CrossFit coach. She loves actively participating in CrossFit competitions and continuously learning new athletic concepts, training methods and coaching techniques.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincey Adams.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Coaches Prep Course
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • CPR-American Red Cross
  • Self Myofascial Release

Email: Tess@crossfitforest.com


Rob Merto

Occupation:
-Owner of Signs as Rx

-PT Coach

Education: 
AA Business Management                                                   

Rob was first introduced to CrossFit in January of 2009.  He has always had a passion for fitness and health. One day his wife came home from work talking about how her friend was doing CrossFit out in some guys garage and he was intrigued.  He decided to give it a try and after meeting ‘Fran’, was completely hooked.  He loved the feeling he had the second he finished his last round of the workout and could not wait to see what the workout would be the next night.  CrossFit had instantly taken over.

Rob knew immediately that this was something special.  He received his Level 1 CrossFit Certification not too long after.  To further his knowledge he attended the National Personal Training Institute and received a diploma in fitness.  Rob continues to learn the sport of fitness and enjoys sharing it with everyone.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility Certification
  • NPTI Diploma
  • Russian Kettlebell Certification

Email: Rob@crossfitforest.com


Nick Bernatowicz

Occupation:
-PT Coach

Education: 
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 Exercise and Sports Science, Concordia University Irvine

Nick has always had an interest in coaching and fitness. He received his degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Concordia University Irvine while attending on a Baseball Scholarship. From there he began working with numerous athletes to prepare them for their respective sports. While training at a facility in a Laguna Beach he introduced to CrossFit and it was a perfect fit. He began coaching at CrossFit Laguna Beach in 2008 and when that facility needed to relocate, he became an owner, which was renamed CrossFit Ethos. Nick has continued to coach and operate CrossFit Ethos/CrossFit Cinco for the past 9 years. Nick lives in RSM with his wife of 8 years Britne and daughter Kylie. When he's not coaching you can find him on the golf course or at a wine bar! 

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified
  • CrossFit Rowing Certified
  • CrossFit Strongman Certified
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
  • CrossFit Kids Certified

Ali Scaife

Occupation:
-
Landscape Architect and Interior Designer
-PT Coach

Education: 
-B.S. Plant Science and Construction Management
-Masters of Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona
                                                 

Ali was introduced to CrossFit in 2012 by her former diving coach.  "I thought my athletic career was over when college ended and it has been so great to find a sport to stay active and competitive in long term.  The best thing about CrossFit has to be the community, it is like being on a team again.  Everyday people push you, cheer for you, and support you; there really is no better feeling than that."  Ali wanted to share this community with others and in 2013 received her L1.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • USA Diving Coach (10+ years experience)
  • CPR/First Aid

Kendall Morris

Occupation
-PT Coach

Education: 
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B.S. Exercise Science, George Mason University                                         

Accomplishments: 
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2015 and 2016 Regional Team Competitor
-Top 40 female in 2016 SoCal Open
-4 top 10 finishes in Spartan Races

Kendall grew up very active and always played competitive soccer and field hockey. At 18 she accepted her first position in the fitness industry teaching group exercise. For eleven years she worked as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor in a big box gym setting. Kendall took her first CrossFit class after the birth of her second child and was immediately inspired by the strong women in the class, especially the fellow mothers. It was when she realized that being a mom didn't mean that she couldn't still be an athlete. 

Leaving the box gym setting was an easy choice.  In 2014, Kendall interned for a year with Gary Baron of Rocklin CrossFit in Northern California.  That same year, after spending two years participating in CrossFit to cross train for endurance sports, Kendall hung up her running shoes to focus on the sport of CrossFit. Since then, she's been to Regionals twice (2015 and 2016) and can currently back squat over 300lbs. In the summer of 2016, she was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in an 8-week internship at Juggernaut Training Systems. 

For Kendall, being a coach is an honor. She recognizes that people have such little free time and lives to help people make the most of the best hour of their day. 

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit mobility

Christine Clary

Occupation
Crossfit Forest Kids Coach

Education: 
AA Social Science, Salt Lake Community College
                                           

Christine came to us from our corporate wellness program with a local Lake Forest company, and it was less than a year when she caught the CrossFit fever and began competing locally.   When asked why she coaches kids, she said, “I want to help kids and adults get excited about exercising, gain self-confidence as well as a healthy view of nutrition and exercise.”  Christine also assists in managing our childcare program.  When Christine is not CrossFitting, Christine and her family go camping, hiking, swimming, and biking.

Email: Christine@crossfitforest.com


Amy Noble

Occupation
- High School Math Teacher, Math Tutor, High School Mentor
-PT Coach

Education: 
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B.S. Mathematics, University of California, Irvine
-Mathematics Credentials, University of California, Irvine
-Masters of Teaching, University of California, Irvine                                       

I’m a math teacher by day and a CrossFitter by night!  I first fell in love with CrossFit, when my friend Keegan (founder of Saddleback CrossFit) invited my husband and I to come and try it out.  I was hesitant because I had never seen myself as an athlete, or had any desire to do athletics, but as soon as a barbell was put in my hands, I’ve never looked back.  I was immediately engaged by the community associated with CrossFit and the ever changing WODs.  As the years passed and I grew more as an athlete, I found myself naturally helping and teaching those around me.  It just seemed natural to put my passion for teaching and CrossFit together, so I chose to get my Level 1, and have been coaching evenings ever since.  I love the community and friendships that CrossFit has brought to my life, not to mention lifting heavy weight!

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • First aid, CPR certified
  • Strongman Affiliate Tour