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Ian McHugh; Owner, Coach, and CrossFit Seminar Staff Member

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA)
  • American Heart Association's Heartsaver First Aid Course

Education

California College San Diego; B.S. in Business Administration

Background

2010 CrossFit Games Southwest Regional Individual Competitor

2011 & 2012 CrossFit Games So. Cal. Regional Individual Competitor


Favorite WOD?

"Fran"

Least favorite WOD?

"Clovis"

Favorite "cheat" meal?

A good cheeseburger.

Favorite "healthy" meal?

Anything my wife makes.

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

I have worked almost every job you can think of in a gym. Front desk attendant, juice bar attendant, group fitness instructor, personal trainer, gym manager..... Before I started CrossFitting I did endurance training, powerlifting, and everything in between.

Do you remember your first WOD?

My First WOD was "Fran", 21-15-9 Thrusters (95#) and pull-ups, which I did in late 2008. I completely underestimated how difficult the workout would be, and I didn't even finish. I was actually doing it by myself, which I think made it worse. The funny thing is that "Fran" is now my favorite workout. I went from not being able to finish the workout to a time of 2:08!

Describe your coaching style/philosophy

I like to get down to business. I will socialize prior to and after training, but when it's time for me to teach/coach, I am all business. I really enjoy coaching and helping people realize their full potential. However, I sometimes think people who don't really know me are scared of me because I can sometimes be a bit stoic. If you ever come to my classes please do not ever be afraid to ask questions or look for pointers. I may give you a hard time, but I can guarantee I will always help you.  My personal philosophy on training is that I, or any coach, can help anyone who is willing to put in the work to achieve their goals, but you have to be willing to help yourself. I can teach you, encourage you, and even give you workouts to follow, but I can not always hold your hand. As the trainee, you need to be like a sponge and absorb all the coaching and knowledge you are presented with. Become a student of fitness and help me help you.

What are you currently reading?

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I also read the CrossFit Journal daily.


Betsy Woods: Gym Manager and Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Rowing
  • CrossFit Powerlifting
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • American Heart Association's Heartsaver First Aid Course

Education

Butler University; B.A. in English Literature and Speech Language Pathology

Background

Butler University Track and Field/Cross Country Team

Triathlons, Endurance Races

Other Certifications

Certified Birth Doula (DONA)

Affiliated Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth Educator


Favorite WOD?

Anything that involves running and endurance, or WODs that are more mentally challenging.  With an endurance background, I like the longer WODs that require pacing throughout.

Least favorite WOD?

Fran, because of all the crazy nervous hype around it (also it is a short sprint), and Chelsea, because I think it is boring.

Favorite “cheat” meal?

Dark chocolate (which I eat daily) and a good, homemade pizza (I dream about it, but have not eaten it in about 4 years.  The thought of how sick I would be afterwards is enough to keep me away).

Favorite “healthy” meal?

A good roasted whole chicken stuffed with a lemon and some herbs, sweet potato fries, and a big pile of kale.

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

I never considered myself as athletic growing up.  I tried out various sports: gymnastics, soccer, ice-skating, and basketball (I know), but never stuck with anything.  I started running with my sister in high school for fitness, and it grew into my first love.  In college, I ran track and cross country, and I continued running in races (5k to marathon) into adulthood.  I eventually found my way over to the sport of triathlon, and became a multi-sport athlete, competing in sprint, Olympic, and Half-Ironman races.  I was dead-set on training for my first full Ironman when I found CrossFit, after my husband tried it and told me I "would hate throwing all those weights around."  I showed up the very next day and now they can’t get rid of me! CrossFit has made me a better endurance athlete, and although I’ve let go (for now) my dream of completing an Ironman, I still enjoy swimming, biking, and running along with the sport of CrossFit.

Do you remember your first WOD?

Unfortunately, I do not remember much of it.  I do remember that the WOD had push presses in it, and I struggled with the empty barbell.  I also remember that after I left the class, I went for a run, because I thought the WOD was “too short” (what a silly typical endurance athlete I was!)

Describe your coaching style/philosophy

Firstly, in every class, I make sure that each athlete is executing the movements safely (towards themselves and others). Once that is established, I focus on ensuring the athlete understands the complete range of motion for the movement he/she is performing (lighter and lower is almost always better than heavier and higher), and finally, I address how effectively and efficiently the athlete is moving, and give cues to help the athlete move better.

Personally, I am not the “scream in your face” type of coach.  Rather, I meet people where they are at, and find out what motivates them as an individual.  Some people prefer for me to call them out in the middle of the workout if I see something that can be corrected, while others do not.  Some athletes want me to praise and tell them how many more reps they have, while others prefer I do not “cheer” them on at all.  I respect this and try to learn what drives each athlete, as well as discover what what he/she expects of me.

Likewise, what I expect of each athlete is the desire to be coached.  If you do not respect me enough to listen to my recommendations, then I am not interested in coaching you. However, if you are open, have the desire to learn and be coached, and you are interested in focusing all your efforts and energy on doing your best, then we will work very well together.

Lastly, I love to have fun.  I love my job.  I am fond of every athlete who walks through the door at CFMG, and the personal interactions and connections I am able to make with them each day are priceless.  I love learning about their lives, their families, and their interests outside CrossFit.  Being able to coach and motivate these individuals is a very gratifying experience that I am most definitely very thankful to have in my life.

What are you currently reading?

Aside from CrossFit/Strength Training/Programming books/journals? I am currently reading “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles, and I finally got my hands on “Unbroken”, by Laura Hillenbrand, which I am very excited to read.


Tami McHugh: Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Rowing
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • American Heart Association's Heartsaver

Background

9 years of service in the US Navy. Command Fitness Leader for 8 years in the US Navy. Former figure competitor in the National Physique Committee (NPC). Holds a purple belt in Shotokan.

2011 CrossFit Games So. Cal. Regional Team Competitor


Favorite WOD?

Any strength WOD

Least favorite WOD?

Any met-con

Favorite “cheat” meal?

Lumpia and shrimp fried rice

Favorite “healthy” meal?

Stuffed bell peppers

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

I have always been involved in some type of sport. Typical globo rat.

Do you remember your first WOD?

Yup.  Will never forget it! 100 Thrusters @ 65#. 5 burpees on the minute. At the time, there was no name for it. I thought I was going to die. Now, it's named Kalsu.  I will probably still die.  Have yet to revisit.

Describe your coaching style/philosophy?

I am a hands-on coach (of course with the approval of the member)  I love giving hugs to those that are comfortable with that. I also believe that everyone is different and some may require a little bit more finesse when giving feedback. I do not feel that there is a "cookie cutter" type of coaching.  After all, we are dealing with humans. ;)

What are you currently reading?

Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett and A Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches Olympic Weightlifting by Greg Everett


James Melton: Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

Education

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA; B.A. in International Relations

Background

James has also played collegiate basketball and football

2010 CrossFit Games Northwest Regional Team Competitor


Favorite WOD?

Grace or Helen

Least favorite WOD?

Karen

Favorite "cheat" meal?

Whiskey

Favorite "healthy" meal?

Whatever Betsy lets me steal from her in the fridge or paleo chili

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

High school and collegiate sports. Basketball and football were a huge passion.

Describe your coaching style/philosophy?

Competition breeds better athletes and people. Never quit, rebound quickly, and FOCUS. I believe in my athletes more than they believe in themselves.

What are you currently reading?

The Lone Survivor




Lindsay Schartz, Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Rowing
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certified
  • American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certified
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

Education

University of Colorado; B.S. in Nursing; Magna Cum Laude

Background

2011 & 2012 CrossFit Games SoCal Regional Team Competitor

4th Place SoCal Sectional Finals 2011

3rd Place Left Coast Invitational 2011

3rd Place Left Coast Invitational Advanced Division 2012

3rd Place Rumble in Paradise Advanced Division 2012


Favorite WOD?

Annie or Nancy. I like the mid-longer length WODs where there's more pacing involved.

Least favorite WOD?

Fran. Not a fan of pull-ups or the short sprint WODs.

Favorite "cheat" meal?

Italian or Mexican, but I also have a huge sweet tooth that I try to keep at bay--I love anything chocolate!

Favorite “healthy” meal?

Shrimp scampi with zucchini noodles or buffalo chicken noodles with spaghetti squash.

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

I grew up very active, starting out in soccer at 6 years old.  My family also loves the outdoors, so lots of hiking, swimming, and biking as a kid.  I played soccer competitively through high school and college.  I also ran cross country in high school.

Do you remember your first WOD?

It was one of the Free Beginner WODs on Saturdays: 200m run, 20 air squats, 10 burpees, 5 rounds for time. I was hooked from there!

Describe your coaching style/philosophy?

I try to keep things fun and interesting with a positive attitude while still making sure the athletes are staying safe and are pushing themselves to their personal limit.

What are you currently reading?

I recently finished The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo series and It Starts with Food, but nothing right this minute.


 

Eric Benson, Coach

Training Certifications/Seminars

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • American Heart Association's Heart Saver First Aid and CPR AED
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care
  • High-Risk Instructor @ EOD Training and Evaluation Unit ONE

Education

University of Phoenix; B.S. in Business Administration, Projected July 2015

Background

2013 Left Coast Invitational Competitor

2014 Rumble in Paradise III Competitor

Favorite WOD?

"Nancy"

Least favorite WOD?

"Murph"

Favorite "cheat" meal?

Mexican and margaritas.

Favorite "healthy" meal?

Spaghetti Squash with homemade meat sauce.

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

I have always been active.  My first wrestling match was when I was 6 yrs. old.  From that point on I was into every major sport there was; wrestling, football, baseball, rowing.  I think that wrestling and rowing in those younger years, set me up mentally for my transition into CrossFit in my later years.  I have also dabbled in the Mountain Athlete programming before my CrossFit years.

Do you remember your first WOD?

My first real WOD was Murph, before that they were just programmed by our coach.  It consists of; 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another 1 mile run.  I did this in Afghanistan in 2010 in 120° heat and thought it wouldn’t be too bad.  I mean, come on, it is body weight, right?  On the contrary, it was horrible!  I almost threw up and it took me around 46:00 minutes.  Horrible!  I have only done it one other time and that was in Afghanistan again in 2012, but this time I knew what to expect.  I finished in 36:43 minutes, it is still horrible, but you can’t stop because LT. Mike Murphy didn’t stop.

Describe your coaching style/philosophy

I like to have fun and coke and joke, but when it is time to start the WOD, I am all business.  Encouragement and positive attitude coupled with proper instruction will move an athlete to accomplish things they never thought they could before.

What are you currently reading?

I read for a living and in school so I don’t enjoy it during my off time.


 

 

 

Dawn Fletcher, Coach

Dawn is available for one-on-one or small group training. You can contact her here: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit her site HERE.

Training and Education
  • MA Kinesiology, Specialization in Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist | NSCA
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Nutrition

 

Favorite WOD?

I always really liked Karen...crazy but true. I really like swimming WODs recently.

Least favorite WOD?

I don't really have one

Favorite “cheat” meal?

Coconut ice cream

Favorite “healthy” meal?

Fajitas

What was your fitness background and interest before turning your attention to CrossFit?

I was a Fitness Director and personal trainer when I found CrossFit, I was like THANK GOD, this is amazing and I know I want to be part of it for a long, long time.

Do you remember your first WOD?

I did a modification of GI JANE and then Nancy, with a PVC pipe, which smoked me.

Describe your coaching style/philosophy?

I like to try to connect with each member and encourage people to really focus on their form. I think that it's super important to remember that we are all doing CrossFit to lead better lives and to be better people. Each workout is a chance to improve, and I like to push people to get the most out of their capabilities.

What are you currently reading?

Power of Positive Living


 

Assistant Coaches

Makyia Hoyt

Makyia started CrossFit in March of 2009 at the very first CrossFit affiliate, CrossFit Seattle Level 4, where she trained with Dave Werner. CrossFit quickly became her favorite hobby and passion, which inspired her to attend a CrossFit Level 1 Course and receive her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate the following year. After moving to San Diego in late 2010, Makyia attended CrossFit classes at 8 different boxes and decided to join CrossFit Mission Gorge based on the knowledge, instruction, and passion the coaches at CFMG exemplified. Makyia has found herself not only getting physically stronger through CrossFit, but mentally too. Personal triumphs in the gym have translated to confidence outside of the gym as well. One of the most valuable things she has learned from CrossFit is that you can accomplish almost anything with dedication, hard work, and time. Makyia is inspired by the “average” people who come to class and push themselves beyond what they thought their abilities were and end up really improving their quality of life, which she gets to see every day at CFMG. Makyia also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Besides CrossFit her passions are nutrition and craft beer.

 

Jessica Scherr

I began CrossFit in August of 2012 as an activity to fill my void of a soccer-less life post high school. I began playing the sport at the age of 4 all the way until the age of 18. Without soccer, I felt like a “nobody,” no longer maintaining the title of a student-athlete when I entered college at San Diego State University where I study kinesiology and Spanish. Initially, I participated recreationally in CrossFit to stay active and healthy since I had been accustomed to soccer practices 5 days a week for 2-3 hours. I enjoyed the programming and friendly competition in the class each day when I started at a CrossFit gym in my hometown. Before the start of my second year of college, I knew whole-heartedly that I could not return to the ARC (Aztec Recreation Center) and continue on with my habitual treadmill and dumbbell routine, thus beginning my quest for a CrossFit gym in San Diego….where I discovered CFMG! I received my CrossFit Level 1 Training Certificate in June of 2014 to continue learning and growing in the sport and profession of CrossFit.

To me, CrossFit does not just mean working out as it did a year ago, even a few months ago; it means full effort physically and psychologically, pushing my body and mind to limits I never thought possible. CrossFit has taught me to compete against myself and only myself, and if I can beat myself, that is a “win.”  Working out turned into “training,” and mental weaknesses turned into mental strengths.  This is what CrossFit means to me. The camaraderie and support from fellow members really is the cherry on top of a cohesive unit we call the community.

Our Mission

To provide our community with effective, efficient, and intelligent workouts utilizing CrossFit methods.

 

Location

 

5841 Mission Gorge RD. Suite H
San Diego, CA 92120
Tel: 619.528.0351

We are located behind the Pool Store and JT's Pub