Coaches

Emily Hughes – Head Coach

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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?!”

Brandon Sanborn

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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!

Daimino Stewart

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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. Through his hard work and perseverance, Daimino made it his goal to appear in the CrossFit Regionals and he accomplished it.  He is definitely someone to watch in the near future. “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

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G has been doing Crossfit since 2010. 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”. In addition to his level 1 CrossFit certification, he is also CrossFit gymnastics certified!  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.

Niina Fujioka
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Coach Niina loves the competitive nature of Crossfit. Having trained and been trained in a competitive environment longer than she could remember, Niina has a deep knowledge of the work and dedication it takes to become a great athlete. At age twelve she joined the Freestyle and Collegiate wrestling team. The motivation and support she got from her coaches and teammates through all the adversity she faced as a female wrestler eventually led her to take 2nd at the Freestyle State Tournament in both Washington and Oregon, qualifying her for Nationals. It was through those years she gained an understanding for the importance of good coaching. Outside of Wrestling, Niina grew up training in a variety of sports including Track & Field, Cross Country (*to cut weight for wrestling), Shito-Ryu Karate, Aikido, JKD, Hubud, CSW, Panantukan, Muay Thai, Kali, and Jiu-Jitsu. She got her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington where she played Flanker and Wing on the Women’s Rugby team.Niina has always been passionate about helping other athletes reach their full potential. She is one of those coaches who constantly encourages you and believes in you even when you want to give up. She just won’t let you! Niina is heading up our Vault Kids Project – be sure to bring your kiddos to her classes to experience all the fun!

Tyler Emery

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Tyler Emery is Vault’s USA Weightlifting Level 2 Coach and is heralding our olympic lifting classes.  Other certifications that Tyler holds besides his CrossFit Level 1 are CrossFit Movement and Mobility as well as attending the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) Exercise Selection Course.  Among his many accomplishments, he is most proud of his 3rd place finish in the 2010 California State Weightlifting Championships (94kg).  Tyler started doing CrossFit about six years ago and quickly fell in love with this approach to fitness.  It wasn’t long before I realized how much I enjoyed working with others to achieve their fitness goals. What stirs my passion for CrossFit is its ability to allow individuals to discover a side of themselves they otherwise might never have known. It is such a gift to be able to take the discipline and confidence that comes from mastering your physical being and apply it to the rest of your life.

Samantha Lusk

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Samantha Lusk is a Los Angeles based Level 1 CrossFit coach and personal trainer. Born and raised in north Texas, Samantha’s athletic career started at age fourteen as a walk on to the Sherman High School swim team (competing in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 100m backstroke). Although starting later than most in the sport, Samantha received the MVP award her sophomore, junior and senior year. In 2002 Samanthawas recruited out of swimming to join the University of Texas Division One Women’s Rowing Team. She received an athletic scholarship for her participation. Coached by Olympic gold medalist Carie Graves,Samantha’s team won the Big 12 Championships 4 years in a row (2002-2006) and her boat competed in the NCAA National Championships in 2002 and 2003. After graduating from college in 2006, Samantha traveled to Los Angeles and continued her athletic career by participating in various sprint triathlons and running the 2010 LA Marathon.

In March of 2013 Samantha began her CrossFit journey. It took her fitness to a level that previously she would have not thought possible. The constantly varied nature of CrossFit challenged her in a way that the other sports she had competed in did not. Departing from her career in film, Lusk decided to fully immerse herself in the world of fitness. Now a full time CrossFit trainer, it is Samantha’s desire to share her passion for CrossFit with all her clients and push them to achieve goals they would never have otherwise attempted. It is also a personal passion of hers to show women that it is okay to be strong, and that strong is sexy!

Mona Kirton

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Mona Kirton has dabbled in the fitness arena for over 30 years over which time she has learned and taught a plethora of different formats with cycling being a favorite. Over the years became certified to teach indoor cycling through Keister, Johnny G Spin, Reaction and Shwinn to name a few. Hobbies: Outdoor cycling (member of Team Tiki Haha and Team Operation Bootcamp cycling), Snowboarding, and Crafting.  She plays some amazing music mixes that will get you sweating in no time!  As a triathlete, her spin class definitely is a class that focuses on endurance so get ready to burn!

Linda Fluis

 

Originally from San Francisco, Linda Fluis has over 15 years experience as a Professional
Certified Group Fitness instructor.  Certified in both Schwinn and Spinning (Mad Dogg) for group
cycling classes she teaches at  Crunch Fitness, Equinox and David Barton Gym to name a few
here in Los Angeles.  Linda has a passion for fitness and motivating others.  When attending
her classes, you can expect lots of energy, great music and most importantly fun! You’ll never
ride the same ride twice in Linda’s class, but you’re guaranteed to be motivated, inspired and
challenged all while having a good time!

Jana Khamo

Jana Khamo has been a Yoga Teacher for 11 years.  Her Yoga training is based on the classic practice of Hatha Yoga.  Jana uses a combination of postures and stretches with an emphasis on breathing to encourage proper alignment of the body to bring balance, strength, and calmness to the practitioner.  Each class is tailored specifically to the individual students based on their current practice level.  Since starting CrossFit almost a year ago, Jana has found Yoga to be the perfect compliment to CrossFit.  At Vault she focuses the class on intensive stretching, rolling out and breathing techniques to counter balance the WODs that are being offered that week.  With consistency Yoga can help the CrossFit athlete gain flexibility, range-of motion, better form and help avoid injuries.

Chanida Sintuu – owner/manager

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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 our CrossFit 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.