OUR COACHES

 

We take fitness seriously and we demand a lot of our coaches. Our primary goal is to provide an amazing coaching & class experience for our members. Thus, our Coaches must be “The Best” at what they do: Coaching. We require 160 hours of Observing & Assisting under the guidance of our veteran Coaches. They also need to keep up their coaching, nutrition, and functional movement education through our partner Madlab. Madlab is a leader in continuing education and certifications for Fitness, Nutrition, and Kinesiology. We also provide mandatory training on all aspects of coaching: from one-on-one sessions to effective group classes. And we require our coaches to “practice what they preach.”

Every coach on our staff, including the owners, were doing CrossFit on their own before becoming a coach with Crossfit Pleasanton. Our coaches know what the customer experience is like because they were all clients. They are passionate about fitness, nutrition and the CrossFit methodology. They constantly searching for information, videos, books, and blogs on everything related to fitness, nutrition, CrossFit and weight lifting. They pursue new Certifications every year. They compete regularly in CrossFit, Olympic lifting competitions, triathlons, 10ks, Marathons, and more. Their reward is your results. Go ahead, ask them any question you have we are here for you.

  • Rolf Bienert Coach


    Rolf Bienert is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and one of our Masters athletes at the gym (45+). Before starting CrossFit two and a half years ago, Rolf kept fit and flexible doing martial arts (Shito Ryu Japanese Karate) and other general fitness training. He has a long history of weight training and bodybuilding which he first started 26 years ago (yep!). He placed #26 in his age group in NorCal at the 2015 Open and was a certified CrossFit judge during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He also judged at many local CF competitions and events. Aside from CrossFit, Rolf works as a consultant on the development of new technologies and he is also a tandem instructor for Paragliding.

  • Zoltan Hites Coach/Owner

    As a former professional tennis player, Zoltan spent most of his childhood on a tennis court.  But as a kid, he also played football, basketball and soccer.  At 12 years old, Zoltan decided tennis was the sport for him and never looked back.  He had an impressive junior career which led him to play seven years on the ATP Tour traveling all over the world playing on the some of the biggest stages in tennis. During his years playing professional tennis, he was trained in the areas of physical fitness, sports psychology and weightlifting by the best in the world.

    After his professional tennis career, Zoltan taught tennis for 14 years. He coached high level national and world ranked players as well as young kids and senior clients.  He’s also managed two different Country Clubs and Director of Tennis at various clubs throughout the Bay Area.  In these roles, he gained the experience of running large facilities with huge member bases and the knowledge of how to manage successful fitness facilities, making sure that member’s needs are meet.

    Three years ago, Zoltan discovered Crossfit and functional fitness and could not get enough.  He totally believes that it is the best way for anyone to reach their physical potential and the most efficient way to reach any fitness goal.  In fact, he wishes he had been doing Crossfit when he was playing professional tennis; it would have given him an edge over the competition for sure.  Eventually, Zoltan turned his love of Crossfit into a second career and began coaching Crossfit.  When the opportunity to own and manage a Crossfit facility presented itself to him, he jumped at the chance with zero hesitation. In his mind, it is just like running a Country Club with the only difference being that the community is tighter and more like-minded and the service we provide can really improve people’s daily lives.  Zoltan loves CFP and the loyal membership. He truly wants to give the gift of fitness to anyone that wants to get challenge themselves to be their strongest, best self.

  • Jake Wollach Coach/Olympic Lifting Specialist

    Jake is a Weightlifting(Olympic lifting) and Strength Coach from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has competed nationally in weightlifting and has spent nearly a decade helping people from all walks of life get stronger. Jake believes that the essence of coaching is being a supportive teacher. That said, he also relishes the nitty gritty of technique and program design. Jake lives in Oakland, CA with his longtime girlfriend Saren and their dog Bear.

  • Dan King Coach

    Dan King has been coaching Crossfit since 2007 and has an extensive background in the health and fitness industry, working in the field since the 1990’s. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion & Behavior.

    Dan has been an Athlete all his life receiving accolades for his accomplishments in competitive swimming and Water Polo. His continued involvement in the swimming community includes dry land programming for student athletes in Pleasanton and also in his participation at alumni events at De La Salle High School, his alma mater.

    Dan’s coaching style is a good fit across a wide range of fitness levels from beginner to technical. A high level of care and attention is given to each individual client whether a novice or a seasoned Crossfit athlete. Clientele who are recovering from injury or have mobility issues benefit from Dan’s personalized coaching which he scales to the individual’s abilities. He believes that Crossfit is for everyone and proves it with his unique approach, attention to form, and programming.

    Dan’s Crossfit Certifications/Trainer Courses include:

    Crossfit Level 1 Instructor/Trainer Certified (2008 & 2011)
    Crossfit Olympic Weightlifting Certified (2010)
    Crossfit Powerlifting Trainer Course (2012)
    Crossfit Gymnastics Trainer Course (2011)
    Crossfit Movement and Mobility Trainer Course (2011)
    Crossfit Coaches Prep Course (2010)

  • Kelsey Parker
    Kelsey Parker Coach

    How CrossFit has Changed my Life… When I found CrossFit just after my 21st birthday, I had suffered with weight fluctuations. I went from being 6% body fat and 116 lbs. at 5’7″, where I obsessively went to spin classes and counted my calories. After a vertebrae injury, I decided I needed to build muscle in not only my back but throughout my body. I sought out a personal trainer who competed locally in CrossFit. He took me to a local competition where I saw girls doing pull ups, rope climbs, and muscle ups… things I was content with knowing I would never be able to do. But I was amazed. 6 months from that date I got my first pull up and the happiness and power that I felt led me to join a CrossFit gym and, months later, obtain my Level 1 Certification to better myself as an athlete. It was only 6 months after that where I realized I was meant to coach other people. Without CrossFit I would never know what the human body and mind is truly capable of. I would still suffer from body image issues, anxiety, and lack of sleep.

    Coaching Background In my youth I grew up traveling the country playing competitive soccer until my college years. In high school, I had the opportunity to be the Head Student Athletic Trainer for the Football, Soccer, Wrestling, Basketball, and Volleyball programs at San Ramon Valley High School. I attended multiple seminars and went to school at CSU Fullerton for Kinesiology. I later went to San Francisco State studying Communications where I worked with the Sports Department at KTVU Channel 2 News. I have been participating and competing in the sport of CrossFit for 5 years now and have been just over 3 years and it has changed my life. In that time, I worked full time behind a desk and after 4 years there, I decided I needed to be in an occupation where my voice made more of a difference. I decided to pursue coaching CrossFit full time and I can truly say that this isn’t a job for me anymore. People say that when you find what you love to do, you will never work another day in your life. I never believed that until now. I go to bed on Sunday nights excited for my 4:15 am alarm to go off to come make a difference in your lives in any way that I can. I have coached well over 1,250 hours in my 3 years coaching and I look forward to furthering my knowledge in CrossFit, Weightlifting, and Gymnastics. I look forward to spending our 1 hour a day together bettering technique, mapping out the path to your own success, and giving you the best hour of your day. Yes, I have a Life out of the Gym. When I am not working out or coaching athletes, I spend time with my boyfriend, Greg, and our yellow lab puppy, Balboa. We like to go fishing at Del Valle, hunting in Chico, and golfing around the area on a Sunday. I have a passion for cooking – and I must say… I am pretty good at it (thanks Dad), planning weddings and corporate events, finding the best donut bakeries, and visiting my family in Laguna Beach.

  • Nick Kao
    Nick Kao Coach

    I’m Nick Kao, I’m an Army veteran and currently pursuing a degree in math at UC Berkeley. Ever since I joined the military I’ve been a firm believer in a healthy mind and a healthy body and eventually I was put in charge of my unit’s PRT (Physical Readiness Training) Program where I helped soldiers maintain their physical standards. After the military, I reentered college and was introduced to CrossFit. Originally I majored in math and kinesiology as I wanted to incorporate health and wellness with solid data and mathematical models. I eventually got my Level 1 certification in CrossFit and I’m working towards an NASM certification on my spare time from college. I’m particularly interested in mobility and rehab. I like working with others to restore range of motion and improve body mechanics.

  • Terry Burke
    Terry Burke Coach

    Terry’s love for fitness started during his time in the Navy as Rescue Swimmer. After he got out of the Navy Terry went to National Personal Trainer Institute where he obtained his Personal Training Certification, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Weight Loss Specialist, and Performance Enhancement Specialist certifications. On September 11th he attended the CrossFit Level 1 course in order to further his knowledge and his career in the fitness industry. He’s very excited about being a CrossFit Coach and is looking forward to making you the best athlete you can be.