I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, but have lived in New Mexico for over 30 years. I love spending my free time with my amazing wife Corrie and our 3 boys. We also have a dog, pig, and 16 chickens. For fun, I enjoy working out, playing music, and trying new and “impossible” things! One of the highlights of my week is getting to take a break from all the other things in my life, and just play some music and lead worship.
From an early age, I have been involved in health and fitness, starting with dance and gymnastics as a young kid, and then moving into competitive ice hockey until the age of 18. I began bodybuilding at 17 and obtained my IFPA Pro natural bodybuilding card in 2009. I competed on the IFPA natural bodybuilding circuit for 2 years, before “moving on” to pursue a more family oriented fitness lifestyle.
Crossfit has become the perfect fit for my lifestyle, giving me the ability to train at a high fitness levels and compete; while still having time for family, friends, and other interests. I decided that I needed to find something that was more FUNCTIONAL for my life, something long-term and sustainable. I have the tendency to become “obsessive” with my goals. That’s why I like Crossfit! It allows me the ability to train hard in 60-90 minutes a day, and even include my family in the process! It’s perfect for balancing my life.
I am the owner of CrossFit Albuquerque, a coach, and a member of the community. Since I do a lot of the programming for the gym, being a part of the community, and not just coaching or managing, I tend to take an even more invested effort into the programming and overall “health” of our gym environment; based on what I see both as a coach and an athlete. My goal for CrossFit Albuquerque is to bring a CrossFit experience to Albuquerque that is unique, refreshing, family friendly, and a place that just “feels like home”.
Educationally, I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), CF-L2 trainer, and received my Masters in Exercise Science from the University of New Mexico in 2012; where I studied under Dr. Kravitz and Dr. Robergs. Shortly after finishing my masters, Dr. Kravitz and I collaborated on the “one of its kind” “Essentials of Eccentric Exercise”. This book has recently been released in the Chinese market as well. I am passionate about physiology and how the body works before, during, and after exercise. In addition, I have a minor in nutrition and have a certification in sports nutrition. I think if you want to be successful for your health, for the long term, you have to have a full comprehensive approach that includes: nutrition, strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance.
As a coach, I love to focus on one thing at a time, finding that one “key” cue that helps fix an individual’s technique or performance issue, so they can reach their full potential.
I am a born and raised Albuquerque, New Mexican. I am a St. Pius X alumni and UNM grad. I majored in Biology, and was one class shy of a double major in Chemistry. I graduated with the intent of going into into medical school, but found an interest in cytogenetic technology. I worked for several years in Santa Fe at a lab analyzing chromosomes for genetic abnormalities. After having my kiddos, I decided that I would like to spend more time with my family and I left the traditional career field. Between then and now, I have worked in a commodities company specializing in raising and selling cattle and as a key leader at Lululemon. CrossFit easily became a passion in 2014. In 2016, I received my Level 1 certification, and my Level 2 certification in 2021. I love sharing my passion for fitness in any form. I love the community that we have and that we continue to build. The most rewarding thing about my job is seeing our athletes’ goals being achieved and knowing that I helped them get there.
Jack is 23 years old enjoys all aspects of fitness. He believes fitness is one of the keys to finding happiness in life. Jack has a passion for serving the Lord and helping people become happier and healthier people. Jack’s current training goals are to compete in a powerlifting competition this fall in the 57kg weight class.
In his spare time Jack enjoys spending time with his fiancé Sam and their little puppy Rory. Jack is certified in CPR AED and has his CrossFit Level 1 trainer certification.
I smoked for 20+ years with some bouts of attempted fitness. I announced I was quitting smoking and my wife dragged me to CrossFit. The intensity and community ensured that I stayed free from cigarettes. The thrill and satisfaction of achieving small victories on a daily basis is a wonderful motivator. I enjoy sharing in those goals and achievements alongside others. I am an engineer by profession and love solving problems of all kinds. This extends to working with athletes in class and over time, learning from the other coaches. I appear unsocial at first, but I prefer more meaningful 1-on-1 interactions which I utilize in coaching by attempting to provide solid functional feedback and motivation, and as an athlete, I will never turn down other coaches observations and pointers. I have my Level 1 CrossFit Certification.
Brandi Garcia “Coach B”
Brandi is a CF-L2 coach and is also BirthFit certified. She has a passion for working with youth and pre/post-partum women. In addition, Brandi recently won strongest women in in Albuquerque at the Lager Lift Off 2022. You will love Brandi’s coaching style and music selections!
Caitlin “CDil” Dillon
I grew up on a pecan farm in Anthony, NM. After high school, I attended Trinity University in San Antonio, TX where I majored in political science, economics, and history. I moved back to New Mexico for law school. I discovered CrossFit in between college and law school, and haven’t looked back. I first walked into CrossFit ABQ in August of 2011, and I have been a regular fixture ever since then. CFABQ is a place where I’ve learned a lot about myself. CrossFit and the fundamentals of fitness occupy a lot of my space and time, and it is something that I am constantly researching. CFABQ is an outlet for my competitive spirit, a safe haven from work, essential to my health and well-being, and my favorite place to hang out with friends. This community and incredible group of individuals has given me so much, and I want to give back to this community through coaching. I am CrossFit Level 1 certified, and started coaching in March 2022. Outside of CrossFit, I am an avid cyclist, amateur chef, and reader. I also have CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid certifications.
Rob Tapia; CF-L2
Hi! My name is Rob Tapia and I have been coaching for over ten years Over this timeframe I have been fortunate enough to apply my passion of health and fitness into training others. I have coached everyone from all walks of life including high level weightlifters, and competitive CrossFit athletes, to individual’s trying to improve their body composition. Individually, I have experienced many types of fitness events from military training, and running ultra-marathons, to competing in CrossFit competitions. Over the years of competing and coaching, I have learned that there are many ways to train and accomplish your goals. I am happy to be coaching here at CrossFit Albuquerque, and look forward to helping others work towards obtaining their fitness goals.