Anthony is originally from Detroit Michigan. Graduate of Indiana State University with an Exercise Science degree and minor in strength and conditioning. Anthony played football at the pro level and semipro level for the last 7 years. Anthony also worked with the Indiana State football team as a strength coach for 2 years. He is also nationally certified through ACE as a personal trainer. The last 5 years Anthony has been working with kids to help them with their sports performance. He loves to work with kids to help them reach their athletic potential and loves to help adults get back into fitness and see fast results. Anthony's main location will be X-Fit's NEW location in Hercules but you will see him also in our El Cerrito location.
Charla was born and raised in L.A. She became immersed in the fitness life when she was training to become a firefighter and found her love of working out. Charla completed numerous 5k's, 10k's and marathons. Since, she has retired from running as well as from the fire department due to back/hip issues and picked up indoor biking. She found she could perform this type of cardio without agitating her previous ailments and fell in love with it. Charla became certified indoor cycle instructor in 2014 through Schwinn. One the best feelings for her is watching students of all ages and fitness levels come to her classes, groove to the music and reap the benefits of keeping their bodies in motion. Her style of teaching consists of mocking real outdoor terrain such as climbing hills, sprinting down hills and hill jumps, but most importantly, having a good time.
Derrick, an ACE Certified personal trainer, is a local to the East Bay and graduate of UC Davis.
He comes from a basketball background with experience at the collegiate and professional levels. Following injuries sustained during his playing career, he became interested in the athletic training field, and was determined to find safe, efficient, yet challenging ways to train.
Derrick's workouts tend to have an athletic focus, whether they are fun agility drills, unique core exercises, or other functional and injury prevention styles of training. He enjoys designing creative and fun workouts and workout games, while helping people maintain a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to bootcamps at X-fit, Derrick is also a basketball skill development trainer, and works with various athletes of different sports, helping them develop overall athletic performance.
As a martial artist Dominique's fitness journey started off like many young combat athletes. During a 6 year service in the United states Marine Corps Dominique utilized his competitive edge to gain knowledge of nutrition & functional fitness. This new information improved the performance of his squad, other marines in his unit, & ultimately himself. Upon leaving the Marine Corps Dominique jump started his career in teaching and competing in kickboxing by working with all walks of life. Dominique loves to compete in Muay thai, coach other athletes, swallow pizza & spend quality time with his wife & family.
Dominique currently is certified by ISSA and studying to obtain a CS degree.
Javier's philosophy is hard work, respect, discipline, and perseverance. His background is in martial arts and he earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Javier enjoys working with the Lil Ninja's kids as they remind him of himself, always striving to be better. His goal is to help the kids reach their potential and drive within the program. Javier wants them to learn and refine their skills taught in the courses so they can further themselves both in the present and in the future.
Joe Ruiz is the Bay Area's premiere personal trainer. With more than 16 years of experience, a degree in Kinesiology from Cal State East Bay, and certifications in NASM, ACE, and IFPA, he has helped hundreds of clients reach their fitness goals. With his innovative approach to health and fitness, his workouts are fun and challenging. Joe works with both individuals and groups throughout the Bay Area. He specializes in helping his clients maximize their full potential within their fitness abilities.
Joe started his fitness venture at 24hour Fitness. Thanks to a solid career in helping clients achieve fast results and rising to a leader in the industry, he quickly ascended into one of the top trainers in the company. Professionally recognized on numerous occasions for superior performance, Joe has been ranked as one of the Top Personal Trainers in the nation.
Joe enjoys helping his clients look, live, and feel better. He says one of the keys to success is motivating people into "DOING more and WATCHING less".
As a skilled trainer and fitness specialist, Joe devotes his time to creating a tailored exercise and nutrition plan that guarantees results for each of his clients.
Why Personal Training: I am a personal trainer because I love the art of boxing and love teaching the art to others. I like the release that hitting the bag and boxing in general give you. I got into boxing to increase my fitness. I was in top physical shape but when I went to box against an opponent, I couldn't touch him and didn't feel in shape. This experience sparked something in me. The more I went, the more I liked it and wanted to compete in it. I want everyone I teach to get a really solid workout while having fun. Working out without working out. I have been teaching boxing for 8 years, I've been training on my own for over 20 years, and have an amateur record of 11 wins and 1 loss.
Passionate about all aspects of health and fitness, Renee strives to help others reach their own goals. She's been a vivid yoga-er, swimmer, runner and biker throughout her life. A focus on both strength and flexibility are tenants of her routines which include yoga inspired exercises as well as low and high intensity interval training primarily using body weight. Plant based sports nutrition is also a primary focus of her's.
Sandi Ford, MS, Personal Trainer, Clinical Herbalist & Health and Nutrition Coach has been in love with herbal medicine, nutrition, fitness, and healthy living for over twenty years. She received her Master's in Holistic Health and Nutrition Education Winter of 2013 and is NASM and TRX certified trainer. Having overcome a major health crisis herself, Sandi loves to help people get strong in mind and body, boost energy levels, reduce stress, and get fit while having fun. She has a passion for building core strength, pilates and all forms of dance. A competitive sailor, most weekends you'll find her with her team out on the bay.
Sandi's journey with nutrition started out as a personal one, but soon led her to realize her love for helping others transform their relationship to food and health. She believes that feeling great physically, having energy for the things we enjoy, and aging gracefully is the true state our bodies are designed for. Sandi approaches nutrition from a whole foods perspective, combining herbs and lifestyle changes. She helps you discover what foods are right for you without sacrificing flavor, fun, or feeling deprived. Providing you with the right system, the right support, and the right accountability unique to you, so you are bound to succeed.
I am a Bay Area local and a student at UC Berkeley. I have played soccer for 18 years, and currently play on the Cal Women's Club team. I also played club water polo and dabbled in numerous other sports. I love working out.
Most of my training experience comes from Air Force ROTC, in which I am a fourth-year cadet. For a semester I led the advanced workout group, before moving on to take over the entire fitness program, which I led for another semester.
My favorite types of workouts combine cardio with strength. Don't expect a lot of rest! I love pushing people to and past the limit, and showing them they are capable of much more than they think.
Zakiyyah began her weight loss journey some years back. Her experience as working as a group fitness instructor (strength) and spinning instructor at 24hr Fitness has given her an immense knowledge and the results you can achieve as a participant. As a participant, she first fell in love with spinning and after her experience of being overweight. She had been living a pretty active lifestyle since then- She's been cycling outdoors for about 8 years now, teaching several classes a week and doing her own workouts. Zakiyyah loves to teach boot camp, TRX, and her group cycle classes. She love's to motivate and inspire others and provide a safe fun class.
Pam is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a Master's degree in Public Health and discovered her passion for Zumba while trying to get healthy and fit after the birth of her 2nd child. She spent 7 years as a devoted Zumba student, then got her certification in 2016 and has been teaching classes nonstop in the East Bay ever since. Pamela's fitness philosophy is that every person should feel welcome to work out and have FUN doing it in a safe and judgment-free environment. Her students would say that she picks music that will make you want to get up and dance and that she incorporates a wide variety of movements in her routines that focus on improving muscular strength, balance and stability in addition to cardiovascular fitness. She is also certified as a Zumba Gold instructor. When not teaching, Pamela loves to travel and cook and finds special joy in studying the art of Flamenco.
I'm thrilled to be a part of the XFit team. I have been a Zumba instructor for 2 years and a Zumba lover for 5 years! My love for Zumba started when I took my first class and realized I could have fun while working on my fitness. Zumba allows me to smile, laugh and have fun while breaking a good sweat. The Zumba community is one that is special, inclusive and passionate. I love to integrate lots of different rhythms in my class, including Salsa, Cumbia, Dancehall and Soca.
Outside of Zumba, I am a Special Education teacher, mother of two little ones and avid soccer player. I played soccer in college and continue to play on the weekends. I love being outdoors and spending time with my family. I can't wait to see you in class!