Meet Our Team
Hometown: Orange, California
Dane lives in Rancho Santa Margarita with his two kids and his dog Cash. Selling cars has been Dane’s passion for the last 9 years… until he found CrossFit! Dane was introduced to CrossFit by a friend and immediately fell in love with it. After working out for years in a traditional gym, the result he saw in just six months with CrossFit was enough for him to jump on board as part of the Anaerobic team.
Dane stays active by mountain biking, road biking, wake boarding, wake surfing, 5k’s, paddle boarding, hiking and trying to perfect the air chair.
Manager | Head Coach
Hometown: South Bay, California
Jeff has been CrossFitting since March of 2009 and has been a personal trainer since 2003. His specialty is Strongman and he dabbles in Olympic Weightlifting.
“I’m a CrossFit and Fat Loss Fanatic and I love sharing my knowledge with others. I first got started doing CrossFit at CrossFit LA and my very first CrossFit workout was called the ‘Baseline’ which was a 500 meter row, 40 squats, 30 situps, 20 pushups, 10 pullups and it demolished me! I have been a CrossFit Fanatic ever since that workout 3 1/2 years ago and have never done a chest and triceps workout since! I just moved down to Orange County a year ago but was coaching at CrossFit Newport Beach about 2 years.”
When he’s not CrossFitting, Jeff likes to spend time training Jiu-Jitsu & Muay Thai Kickboxing, reading books, playing music and traveling. He hates cats but loves dogs and he admits he can be kind of a goofball at times.
“In all seriousness I am always looking forward to making new friends and helping my clients achieve all the health and fitness goals they are after! LETS DO THIS!”
Coach | Programmer
Hometown: Orange County, CA
Chris has an extensive fitness background. He specializes in strength training, mobility, martial arts, core strength and conditioning, yoga, nutrition and meal planning, sports conditioning, powerlifting, and body building with a level 1 Crossfit certification. He has been a personal trainer for eight years and has been developing his physical fitness skills for over ten years. Fitness is his passion!
Studying Japanese Ninpo and Samurai Ju Jutsu for two years, he began to seek a different means of conditioning. Something that would work on all ten general physical skills and train him to be an even better martial artist and athlete. After training vigorous workout routines lasting 2-3 hours a day, he came across an article on CrossFit core strength and conditioning. Extremely interested he immediately tried CrossFit at a nearby gym. His first workout was 5 rounds for time of 15 pull ups, 3 -185 lbs. squat cleans and 9 box jumps. After the first round he knew this was what he had been searching for!
In December of 2011 he received his level 1 trainer certification. Shortly after, he started working for CrossFit Orange County, Orange Counties first and longest standing CrossFit box. Currently he is studying kinesiology and several Crossfit specialty courses.
CrossFit has changed Chris’s life by challenging him physically and mentally helping him become a far better athlete and coach then he ever imagined. Chris’s deepest desire is to help others reach their goals in both Crossfit and life. He believes that CrossFit is not only physically and mentally challenging, but it teaches us how to overcome obstacles in life and at the box. CrossFit runs parallel to life!
-”When impossible challenges are thrown at you, you simply ignore the voice in your head and dive head first into the impossible, only to discover that YOU are impossible to challenge!”
Coach | Endurance Specialist
Hometown: Lake Forest, California
Alexa is a runner at heart and has always focused on staying in tip top shape. “Before I started doing Crossfit, I thought that I was in really good shape,” She says, “I had competed in several marathons and ultra marathons. However, I realized quickly how imbalanced my training was. I was really only conditioned to run and that was about it. My strength was lacking and the short, high intensity met-con workouts would destroy me. Crossfit was definitely a challenge when I first started (and still is!), but I caught onto the movements fairly quickly and fell in love with it immediately.”
Alexa also focuses a lot on her diet. “I try and stick to a paleo diet as much as I can. It has taken me a few months to get all the ‘bad’ carbs out of my diet, but I realize I do feel much better without them. I don’t follow the Zone ‘block’ system, but instead make sure I have a balanced amount of protein, carbs and fat in each meal. I eat a ton of fish, chicken, eggs, nuts, nut butters, avocado, veggies and fruit. I do like to cheat with some red wine every once in a while.”
Desirée (Dez) Nguyen
Hometown: Lake Forest, CA
Since being introduced to high school sports her freshman year, Des has been dedicated to living and partaking in a healthier and fitter lifestyle. She is a firm believer in holistic nutrition, and that ‘you are what you eat’.
“In order to fuel your body and mind to work the way that you want it to,” She points out, “you need to fuel it with balanced nutrition and fitness.” Des believes the way your body and mind feel depend on what you put into it, and the more active you are, the better your whole health will be. She is convinced that this simple rule can lead to great results as long an individual is dedicated to the program. She wants her clients to know that she is motivated and available to help anyone begin their own personal journey of leading a healthier life.
Des was first introduced to CrossFit in 2011while visiting her family in Norway. She was there to visit and catch up, oblivious to the fact that it would shape what she would eventually being doing to this day. Her cousin knew she had a propensity for active hobbies, and invited her to check out his best friend’s fitness facility.
“I’ll never forget my first WOD,” She remembers, “…which was the ‘Filthy Fifty.’ I had never been so annihilated mentally and physically in one workout, even from the workouts that I had experienced in soccer and basketball growing up. Even though my body and mind were absolutely exhausted, there was something about that WOD that just felt extremely right, and something that I had never experienced in my own workouts.”
With each raw struggle and new movement she was introduced to, her mind and body fell in love with the sport of CrossFit. She was supposed to stay only a week in Norway, but that week quickly turned into a month. It wasn’t until she learned just how widespread CrossFit was – especially back home in Orange County – that she came home to pursue her new fixation. Since that clash of fate, she hasn’t looked back.
Along with her own training, Des was thrilled when she introduced to a new aspect of her training: coaching. She was excited to to reform her own movements and workouts, but also relay the message to those who are seeking a new, healthier, fitter lifestyle. “Seeing my athletes reach their goals, and being able to witness first hand their transformations makes me see what a difference I can be in their lives as well, and not only in mine.” She wraps up, “It makes me love what I do, and I can honestly say that the cliché of being happy to come into work every day has never been so true. The camaraderie that I see never seizes to amaze me, and the CrossFit community is composed of a great combination of hard working and passionate people. We are our own breed and it’s contagious!”
Operations Manager | Coach | CrossFit Kids
Hometown: Newport Beach, California
Saralyn has been working out her entire life. She taught aerobics in high school and worked at a gym. She has run multiple 5 and 10ks and ran the 20 Mile Jimmy Fund Walk in Boston in college. She played intramural soccer throughout law school. She has always belonged to a gym and spent many years working out with trainers. When her husband Mark got into CrossFit, he talked about it so incessantly that she couldn’t wait until she was done having kids to start. When she started CrossFit back in November 2010, her youngest was 4 months old, and she could barely get through the warm up, but was hooked. Now, almost three years later, CrossFit has completely changed her physique, and she enjoys a mostly paleo lifestyle.
Saralyn doesn’t have much spare time. She has three children, Jacey, Ethan and Ryan, and they take up most of it. Back before kids, she used to run, ski, hike and swim.
Coach | Social Media
Hometown: San Clemente, California
Prior to discovering CrossFit, Tess always had a passion for fitness and sports. Her competitive drive in life and as an athlete quickly turned into helping and inspiring others to live healthier lifestyles. Hard work and self discipline has always been her priority, to better herself as an athlete and instructor. Tess was introduced to CrossFit in 2010, and was immediately intrigued by the concepts of “race against the clock” and “constantly varied, high-intensity functional movement”.
Tess believes that being a part of an amazing community, coaching, witnessing real results, and improving herself as an athlete are the greatest and most rewarding parts of her career as a CrossFit coach. She loves actively participating in CrossFit competitions and continuously learning new athletic concepts, training methods and coaching techniques.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quiney Adams.
Hometown: Mission Viejo, California
Growing up, I was always athletic and competitive, whether it be with teammates or my siblings. I started CrossFit after high school football in 2008, when my brother came home from college and told me we should work out together. He was doing this style of training with some friends at school and told me the workout. I thought, “How hard could it be? It only had two different movements and a run!” Little did I know that was my awaking to such a fast, effective, approach to fitness. The workout left me crushed, but eager to try again and beat him. Following my embarrassing performance, I was hooked. It was something so new and varied that it had me wanting to do better. After a few months on, my performance improved dramatically and so did my outlook on fitness.
After a year and a half at CrossFit Anaerobic, I feel better than ever. I’m stronger and faster than I ever was. I have a better understanding of my health, also a new outlook on Fitness and how it changed my life. Now after much procrastination, I completed my CrossFit Level 1 certification so I can help others reach their physical and mental goals too.
Staff Sgt. Cody Lefever
Coach | Active Duty Marine
Hometown: Golden, Colorado
Cody lives in Oceanside with his wife Faith and daughter Ana. Currently an active duty Marine, Cody is stationed at Camp Pendleton and has been all over the globe, from Iraq to Cuba, Belize, and Afghanistan. When Cody is not at work he is at home with his wife and daughter relaxing at the beach or, surfing, skateboarding, or biking.
Athletically, Cody was at first largely influenced by his service in the Corps. Previously focused on running, his personal best three-mile run was 18:36. However, he found the love of iron in Ramadi, Iraq in 2008 and never looked back. Since then he has trained seriously and with fury. Cody became interested in powerlifting in 2011 and had his first competition in January 2012. Later that year in November, Cody competed at the International Powerlifting League’s World Championship where he broke the California state deadlift and total record, as well as the IPL world record for the deadlift. He was then invited to compete at the Las Angeles Fit Expo’s American Cup Invitational in January of 2013. Cody is currently one of the top 10 powerlifters in America’s 148-pound class; his deadlift is ranked highest at #5. His all-time personal best lifts are: 415 pound squat, 295 pound bench, and a 535 pound deadlift.
Cody is a powerlifter through and through. He uses the CrossFit methodology to keep his work capacity and conditioning high. His approach to strength and conditioning is technical and methodical. Cody loves to get stronger and has a passion to make those around him stronger, better conditioned, healthier, and better looking as a result.
Cody’s motto is, “My appearance is a byproduct of my performance.”
Marketing Director | Coach
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Ian has always been dedicated to athletics and staying fit. While attending the University of Washington, he found himself going to the gym regularly to “Frat Lift” as he humorously calls it – essentially sticking to Back & Bi’s, Chest & Tri’s, and doing “loads of crunches.”
“I was so top-heavy,” Ian recalls, “I was only working out specific parts of my upper body and I neglected my legs and core almost entirely.” While he admits it was primarily to look good for the ladies with his shirt off, he knew in his gut he was forsaking many aspects of his overall fitness. “I didn’t really have any idea what I was doing in the gym… I would just watch other people and try out the workouts they were doing without worrying whether it was proper form or not. I sort of just pieced my workouts together from stuff I heard here and there.”
“When I found CrossFit, it completely opened my eyes,” Ian remembers, “I realized that everything I’d been doing in the gym up until that point not only lacked efficiency, but it didn’t contribute to my overall health and fitness. Here was a place that provided the kind of programming, camaraderie and motivation I needed to get in the kind of shape I wanted. All I had to do was get my butt through the door and the rest was taken care of.” Asked whether or not he looks better now with his shirt off than he did in college, Ian laughs, “That’s for the ladies to decide.”
Marketing | Coach
Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
Alaina never thought walking through Anaerobic’s doors would change her life as much as it did. “I was expecting a good workout but I was completely unprepared for the beating I experienced,” Alaina explains. “Funny thing was, I loved it.”
Alaina has been CrossFitting since early 2012. Although she thought she was in pretty good shape because of her lifelong background in competitive swimming and recent commitment to running 5ks, 10ks & marathons, she was thrilled and surprised by the complete body transformation she experienced over the few months after starting CrossFit.
“That’s what CrossFit is,” Alaina says, “it takes the walls you put up around yourself and it breaks them down. It makes the impossible, possible. Before CrossFit I was always a cardio buff, swimming 6k yards a day then running for hours on the weekend, so needless to say I thought lifting weights was for frat boys (like Coach Ian… haha).”
Even though she’s not swimming or running nearly as much, her times in the pool and on the road have improved drastically. “I’m so thankful that I was introduced to CrossFit when I was. It’s completely changed the way I view what living a healthy lifestyle really is.”
Alaina also likes to explain CrossFit from a holistic point of view, “As much as I love CrossFit for the way it makes me feel, one of the biggest reasons I’m so passionate about it is because of the people that come along with it. I am so thankful to be a part of such an awesome community of people.”
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Traci has been an athlete and fitness fanatic her entire life. She was an avid soccer and softball player growing up, and received a full athletic scholarship for Softball at CSUF. She is an All-Time Letter Winner and also played in the Softball College World Series.
Traci graduated from California State University Fullerton obtaining her degree in Kinesiology. She is currently a Police Officer in the Orange County area and has worked with athletes, Firefighters, and Police Officers to help them achieve their fitness goals.
Traci has enjoyed the numerous benefits of incorporating Crossfit into both her professional and personal life.
“I love to encourage people to push themselves physically and mentally, and help them achieve goals they never believed were possible.”
Traci’s interests outside of work and the gym include mountain biking, snowboarding, road biking, wakeboarding, surfing, running, and hiking. She also has a very big heart for animals.