Emily Hughes – Head Coach
Emily began with gymnastics as a kid, and played basketball and soccer until high school, but spent most of her adult life enjoying much more sedentary activities–such as reading and writing (we know that surprises most of you). After finding herself in a desk job, and eventually growing bored and dissatisfied with said job, she was itching to do something active. She has always loved to travel and, being from Oregon, California was always one of her favorite places to visit. She found CrossFit here in Hollywood on one of those visits. To be honest, she was confused. Why were people spending all day in this place? Why was there a couch? Why were they acting like family? She decided to check out her local box when she got back to Oregon. She started CrossFit with one single, simple personal goal–to do one pull up. She had no intention of mastering the sport, just merely surviving it. A few months later, she got that pull up…and the rest is history. She started spending all day at her box. People started joking that she might as well move in and sleep on the couch. And the members became her family. She obtained her Level I Cert up in Oregon, and competed in the 2013 North West Regionals on CrossFit Salem’s Regionals Team shortly after that.
“I truly believe if you aren’t passionate about what you do, you should start doing something else. So that’s what I did. I swapped my skirts and heels for Lulu and lifting shoes, emptied my purse and made my gym bag a permanent fixture wherever I went–which led me right back where my CrossFit journey began.”
“I coach CrossFit because I could only live the moment of my first pull up once, but I get to experience all kinds of accomplishments with my athletes every single day. I am just as elated to see someone complete their first painless air squat as I am to coach someone into their first successful muscle up. It’s not the technical difficulty of the skill that makes these milestones great, but that today you can do something that yesterday you could not. And who knows what you’ll be able to do tomorrow?!”
From a very young age until his freshman year of college, football was Brandon’s life. He had a very successful athletic career in high school where he was a three-time Alabama state champion: once with football, twice with track and field (shot put). He played one season of collegiate football at Murray State University (KY), then switched to rugby for one year at the University of Alabama, and then three more years at the University of Missouri. Though he lived for being out on the field, it was his devotion to training in the weight room that remained constant once his football and rugby careers came to an end. Brandon finally jumped into CrossFit in the Spring of 2012 when a friend referred him to Bruce. He became a SpeedX coach under Bruce and quickly transitioned from a stubborn bodybuilding personal trainer to fitter, stronger, faster CrossFit junkie. He drank the Kool-Aid, loved it, and now regularly competes in CrossFit competitions. Along with coaching CrossFit, Brandon is also an experienced bass guitarist that has toured all over the country. You can also see him on occasion performing stand-up comedy. He’s so happy to be part of the Vault family!
CrossFit generally comes to mean something deeply personal for most people who do it regularly. CrossFit is personal best, it’s stepping up to challenges, it’s health and fitness. For Jose, CrossFit came to mean living. On June 15, 2012 he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
“The doctor kept talking to me but I couldn’t hear him, I just got up and walked out.” Once he was diagnosed, he underwent an orchiectomy and wasn’t allowed to lift anything heavier than 10lbs for six weeks. Then of course there was the extra 9 weeks of chemotherapy. ”In order to get rid of the testicular cancer, it had to be hit aggressively. I lost 15lbs total, I was really weak, lost all muscle capability. When I would take more than two steps I’d get winded. It was ridiculous!!” Thru it all, there was always CrossFit. ”My goals were to get stronger, become a monster and come back with a vengeance!” And once the doctor gave Jose the go ahead he went to work.
“Four months after my return, I surpassed all my PR’s and I continue to get stronger everyday. My form and technique has improved tremendously and based on what people tell me, I’m getting faster and stronger.” Before cancer Jose wanted to be a beast, that drive has only intensified, because now, he knows what it feels like to lose it. Now his goals include helping anyone who needs help, continuing to compete and maybe even try out for the Games some day. I mean, why not? Life is short. ”I feel there’s no obstacle too big.”
Daimino forged his way into CrossFit by way of football, basketball, and track and field. Hailing from Marysville, Washington, Daimino was his high school football team’s quarterback/wideout and played professional football on the Arena and CFL Level. He also took 7th place in the high jump in the state championships. Besides being an avid athlete, Daimino dedicated his studies to anatomy and physiology in college. “Sports and fitness have been a part of my life since I was 14 years old, I really don’t know anything else other than striving to become a better athlete everyday. Upon discovering how to eat to perform, I really studied what foods work for my body as well and how to integrate that with CrossFit. Now my goal is to be the fittest man in the CrossFit world, and my passion is helping others set goals and how to reach them!”
Gerardo Marroquin “G”
G has been doing Crossfit for almost 3 years. He is also CPR, First Aid and AED certified. G is also a National Register Emergency Medical Technician. G has been an Army Combat Medic for 14 years. “Before I started CrossFit, I was part of the AntiCrossFit Cult. I hated everything about it and could not stand going to a bar or anywhere without someone talking about it. My first CrossFit workout was 21-15-9 of thrusters and double unders. It took me an impressive 22 minutes to finish. I was hooked ever since”.
Prior to CrossFit, G practiced Muay Thai Kickboxing for 4 years. For the past 8 years G has been in charge of the Army Fitness Program for the Units he was assigned. He was also responsible for the Army Special Population fitness program for his unit. He worked and helped people that could not pass height, weight standards for the Army and their physical fitness test. He also worked with people with physical limitations and helped them achieve their physical fitness. He is also the level 1 and 2 Modern Army Combatives Instructor for his unit.
Deanna’s youth was filled with dance. Growing up on stage for a ballet theatre company, herlife was filled with art and performance. Eventually, Deanna moved from Arizona to Los Angeles topursue an acting career. Excessive low calorie diets and hours on the elliptical machine was the given prescription to lose enough weight for the camera. However, this lifestyle and its results were not satisfying.
Deanna discovered CrossFit while on location filming a movie in Portland, Oregon. In this garage she saw lean fit women tossing around heavy weight and busting out pull-ups, and it looked fun.Immediately Deanna did some research and found Vault as soon as she returned home from set. Initial intentions were to solely achieve the physical changes she wanted. Within a few months she found herself signed up for a competition. There was a clear goal, a deadline, and many tears. It was one of the most physically and mentally demanding things she had ever done. After all, this is her first sport.The competitions continued and her drive to excel grew.
Deanna is an actor and a business (Accounting) student at Cal State University Long Beach “CrossFit impacted not only my physical body but my mind. I am the fittest I’ve ever been. I rarely have to use my inhaler, and I can keep up with my triathlete brothers. But I’ve also found a greater sense of confidence from learning to push my body past my mental limitations. Fighting and proving to myself that I am strong, not just in my sport but in all aspects of my life. And if I can help others find a similar outcome then I’ll be a successful coach.”
Peter Thomas is Vault’s Muay Thai Coach. Peter is a well known Southern California Martial Arts instructor, competitor and fitness enthusiast and was raised in Orange County California. With a lifetime of experience, Peter is one of the youngest, most qualified and certified Martial Arts instructors on the West Coast. Today, he continues to be a dedicated student of Dan Inosanto and holds a prestigious ranking in Jeet Kune Do under Dan Inosanto (the only man ever certified by Bruce Lee to teach Jeet Kune Do). In addition, Peter is also a dedicated student and holds ranking in other arts such as the Filipino and Indonesian Martial Art systems known most commonly as Kali, Escrima and Silat under Dan Inosanto. Peter has also studied and implemented Krav Maga and Russian Systema into his tactical Martial Arts approach.
Peter is one of the few handful worldwide to hold a rare Full Instructor ranking in Muay Thai “Thai Boxing” under Ajarn “Master” Chai and the Thai Boxing Association U.S.A. Peter is a Silver Glove in Boxe Francaise Savate and won the National Championships in Savate known as “French Boxing” in 2006 and fought for Team U.S.A. in Paris, France. Peter also has had the privilege to study with the world famous Ramon Dekkers and Rob Kaman and heavily incorporates Dutch Muay Thai Kickboxing into his program. In addition, Peter is a professional stunt man and fight choreographer for Hollywood films. Peter has stunt doubled and choreographed fight sequences for David Carradine of Kung Fu (1972-74), Kill Bill (2003-04). Lastly, Peter is proud to be a nationally certified personal fitness trainer and Yoga practitioner.
Nicole Sherman started practicing yoga over six years ago and knows how to complement the Vault CrossFit training with yoga. She got her yoga teacher certification on the big island of Hawaii, which was a dream and life changing experience for her. Nicole teaches a vinyasa power flow class. She likes to challenge her students with core strengthening, continuous flow and, of course, lots and lots of handstands. She knows the importance of using yoga to benefit the body and crossfitters will appreciate the extra mobility they will require through their yoga experience.
Sport. What is sport? Webster’s defines sport as to deviate or vary abruptly from type. To deviate or vary abruptly from type.
Not everyone is born with the natural talent and athleticism of the aforementioned, but you don’t need that to walk into ourcrossfit gym. You don’t need to be the best athlete in the world, your town or even your block. You don’t need super human strength, height or amazing coordination. You just need the nerve to come in for that first class and have a willingness to leave it on the floor to make a difference in your crossfit community. Pushing through a wod when your whole body says no, when you’re completely drenched in sweat, when doing one more rep seems like the hardest thing in the world is what engenders people to one another and creates a community. My goal and mission is simple: Create a community of people who are willing to deviate from type. Crossfit is accessible to anyone willing to work hard, respect one another, and strive to do something positive with their health and fitness. That’s Vault Crossfit. That’s the sport of fitness. That’s what every single person is capable of when they walk through those doors every day.