Ann-Marie is our Member of the Month! I know what you are thinking, “How has she not gotten his award already?”. Well, she kind of has before but it was a combined award with her awesome husband Kal. With that being said, we felt like she deserved it as a solo MOTM award as well. So congrats on basically your second time winning! haha

As many of you know AM is a very hard worker! She will come into a class and always give her 100% effort, no matter what issue she may be dealing with at that time. She never lets any excuse keep her out of the gym. She will always come in and have the coach help her make adjustments so that she still gets a great workout in! That is dedication and that is the reason that she is always making great progress in the gym. Whether that be hitting new weights on her lifts or getting Pull Ups, or Toes to Bar. 

We love having AM at the gym and she shows us that she loves being there as well. Congrats again for being our Member of the Month! 

When did you join Croga?
March 15, 2019 according to the email search I had to do to check!

What were you doing before for fitness?
Back in the day, I used to run mostly, with a little bit of light DB and core exercises. After we moved to California, Kal started getting me weight lifting, so I’d do a bit of weight lifting but mostly a lot of running. 

What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
It was a partner WOD with CJ on bring a friend day. I know there were pushups and maybe some DB weights. I definitely died a little but it was fun. 

What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
Everything! Kal likes to say I look like I have Benjamin Button disease in photos because I look younger than I did 10 years ago! I’m so much stronger and tend to be the person being asked to help lift things around the office. It’s fun in the workouts now since the weights and movements I started with are now much easier and I’m challenging myself a lot more. I’ve noticed it never gets easier per se because you just make it harder for yourself.

What days and times do you come to Croga?
The latest class of the day during the week. Usually Monday to Wednesday and sometimes a day or two more. And Saturday 8am unless I’m out of town. And Sundays at 9am, when there were Sundays.

What’s your favorite WOD?
Barbell + burpee or running cardio is super fun. Also DB snatches, I really like those. I loved stuff on the rig, but I’m still recovering from a shoulder injury so I can’t really do much of it right now. 

What’s your least favorite WOD?
Anything Wall balls. I’m very little so that’s a big height difference and the impact is super hard on my body.

“The Ann-Marie” WOD! What would it be?
“Just Go Faster”

100m run
20 alt. DB snatches (light)
10 sit-ups
5 devils press (light)

It’s light because you should be going as fast as humanly possible. That means don’t add more weight, CJ.

What’s your favorite post-workout routine?
My post workout routine always varies a bit based on the day but a lot of the time it’s walk the dog, feed the dog and sit on the floor drinking a FitAid zero sugar while he eats, and then finally get to shower and eat.

What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Croga?
So many! Here’s a few:

Crio Bru: it’s a brewed cacao that is basically a low calorie hot chocolate! Great when you have next to no macros but want to feel like you’re having a little treat

Won ton wrappers: when you’re craving those beautiful fried bar food staples these little guys in an air fryer can make all your dreams come true with the littlest of macros. 

Turkey pepperoni, sauce, low fat cheese = magic pizza rolls

Blueberry goat cheese = deep fried cheesecake bites

They’re also super quick to whip up!

What’s your biggest fitness goal for this year?
100# bench. Which I just got on April 18th so I guess I need a new one. 

One of these days I’d love to get through Murph without scaling, but every year I injure myself and have to scale  (maybe next time?)

What do you love about this type of fitness?
I am crazy competitive so this really motivates me. I also love that I’m not grinding away forever, just one hour and then back to everything else. Makes it easier to fit in. Also sometimes when I’m really not feeling it the motivator is that I’ll get to see my friends!

What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Croga?
If you have an injury, come anyway. Come a bit early and talk to the coaches. Be clear about what you need to stay away from and they will help you come up with something you can do instead. It’s a good opportunity to get good at other things (I got weighted pull-ups while scaling a knee injury every week at powerlifting). It also makes coming back easier since you’ve still been going but doing different things. 

Also just in general, don’t be intimidated and let that stop you from coming in. Everything can be scaled to something you can do. If it ends up being something that is a little easier than the workout intends to be, just go faster!!

Anything to add that we didn’t touch on yet?
One awesome thing about Croga that isn’t talked about much is how good the warmups are. Kal and I try to drop in on other gyms when we travel and I’m always amazed at how bad other gyms are at warming up. I’m expecting the next warm up and the countdown clock starts! It makes it way easier to really know what you’re doing and also not injure yourself.

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From a very young age, it became apparent that Coach Dave loved all things sport and competition related. Maybe it was being the youngest of four or maybe it was being the only boy in the family. Whatever it was, it has created a fire inside of him that fuels his urge to constantly be striving for excellence through consistent and steady improvement. His unwavering persistence and eternal optimism are his two greatest assets as a husband, father, coach, entrepreneur and athlete. They are the pillars he has stood on for as long as he can remember and are the reasons he is such a fantastic leader. He grew up playing competitive soccer, loves snowboarding and enjoys traveling the world. Dave was thrown into the world of CrossFit in 2008, he has competed in the largest competitions in the CrossFit world and in 2017 he was the 18th Fittest Man in Northern California in The CrossFit Games Open, finishing 34th at the California Regional as an Individual Athlete. Dave relocated to Boise, ID with his wife and two daughters but still has a hand in directing the heart of Croga Fitness. When he is not coaching or training, you can usually find him reading a book, listening to a podcast, doing some online continuing education or having a chat with someone he thinks he can learn from. As a very curious, driven and dedicated individual, he like to say that he is a serial learner and has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Over the years, Dave has experimented with a lot of different types of eating, but never really felt like he was in control or consistently making the correct food choices that would result in long term success until he found WAG and “flexible dieting”. Dave and his wife have both had significant success with improved body composition and performance since incorporating this healthier and more sustainable type of eating into their lives and it has inspired Dave to want to share with others and inspire them to improve their health through flexible dieting as well.


  • CrossFit Certified Trainer (CCFT) (CrossFit Level 3)
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Certified Working Against Gravity Nutrition Coach
  • Active Life Coach Awareness Seminar Certificate
  • CrossFit Masters Course Certificate
  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Anatomy Course Certificate
  • CrossFit Scaling Course Certificate
  • CrossFit Spot The Flaw Course Certificate
  • CrossFit Lesson Planning Course Certificate
  • CrossFit Dumbbell Course Certificate

Ethan Fein



After trial runs at baseball, fencing, and soccer lasting two seasons, a couple years, and one practice respectively, Ethan found ice hockey at nine years old and was immediately hooked. Wanting to get stronger going into his freshman year of high school in 2016, Ethan started working out at Croga, where his mom, Julianna, was already a member. CrossFit became a separate passion, rather than just a supplement for hockey. Now a freshman at UCLA, the pandemic delayed Ethan’s move to southern California and allowed him to focus on other interests. He has always been interested in the mental side of sports and as someone who loves watching sports, he enjoys learning the nuances of each game. Becoming a coach has given Ethan a different perspective on CrossFit as an athlete and a chance to help others improve and reach their fitness goals.

Taylor DiBiasio


Snatch – 245

Clean and Jerk – 305

CrossFit Total – Back – 485 Strict Press – 220 Deadlift – 445

Personality – Priceless


Taylor moved to California in 2021 and is originally from Alaska by way of Portland. During the Day he is an HR professional. During his free time, he loves to disc golf, play board games, eat good food, ski, and travel.

Turning Point

I am a D1 volleyball athlete turned recreational rugby player turned mediocre disc golfer. After leaving college I had no idea how to take care of my body or my nutrition. Then at 23, I started what would become a 7+ year battle with cancer and my body was just falling apart. 5 years ago, in between rounds of chemo, I found CrossFit. The diverse workouts kept me excited, the community kept me showing up, and the rest is history.

Motivation & Passion

I truly just want everyone to be as excited about movement as I am. Sure is the competition side of CrossFit fun and exciting? Yes. But there is nothing like discovering the power inside yourself to positively create change within your body, within your life. That feeling from when you’re 6 years old and you make it across the monkey bars the first time does not go away. Whether it’s cross-training for athletics, trying to keep up with your kids, or getting in the best shape of your life at age 50, I want to be a part of that journey for members. That’s why I coach, and that’s why I show up at the gym (almost) every day.


CrossFit Level 2

CrossFit Kids

Carmen Romano


Back Squat: 285#

Front Squat: 225#

Bench: 185#

Dead Lift: 295#

Member of the ROGUE 750# CLUB…woohoo!


I’ve been interested in the human form and movement for as long as I can remember and decided at University to get serious about learning it! I’m a practicing Physical Therapist, fitness coach and mama of three. Those little rascals are by far my favorite and greatest motivation. Some of my interests include: playing the tenor sax, anything water-sport (including sailing), horseback riding, racquetball, dancing, wine tasting …and fun!

Turning Point

I was a boxer and broke my hand in the ring. While I was post-surgical, in my cast and feeling sorry for myself, I started focusing on strength training. After a couple of years and noticeable progress, I decided to try out CrossFit.

Motivation & Passion

When people come together, support one another and get health benefits that surpass conventional outcomes by moving better and working hard..well then we’re on to something. CrossFit facilitates this AND gives an opportunity to all, athletes and coaches alike. Getting someone moving better and proud of their own achievements / progress is my motivator. I may not get them to their finish line, but if there is an opportunity along their journey I can educate, coach and push them, oh…I’m there!


CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 

Bachelor’s of Science Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science

Doctorate of Physical Therapy

“Keep moving, keep trying, keep smiling…you are making a difference.” 

  – C. Romano

Johnny McDermott


Back Squat-350

Deadlift- 405



Work as a project manager for a general contractor by day, and throw weight around at my favorite gym by night. I love working out, I want to share my love for working out with everybody and hope it rubs off. It is the best natural medicine for anything. The more people realize that the happier our lives will be.

Turning Point

I have a passion for sports and working out. I want to share that passion with people, and hope it gives them what it has given me throughout the years. I wasn’t able to do that while working as a project manager, I was blessed with the opportunity to do so at Croga and it has been very fulfilling.

Motivation & Passion

I want to see people live happy lives, and one of the best starts to do that is feeling like the best version of themself. Going to the gym and having fun a few days of the week is a step in the right direction.


  • CrossFit Level 1

Nicolas Tran



As the younger sibling of an older brother who was well rounded in sports, Coach Nick was always surrounded with opportunities to dabble in all kinds of sports. He became a multi-sport athlete in wrestling, track and field, volleyball, and was the captain of his varsity football team. As a result of playing all of these sports, Coach Nick found his love for how versatile the human body is from his football coach.

Turning Point

From then on, he wanted to pursue a career in physical therapy so that he could have the opportunity to help people and guide them down a path of living a longer and healthier life. Coach Nick worked as a physical therapist aide at numerous clinics in San Jose and wanted to broaden his horizons with more hands-on training. He looked at gyms and came across Croga Fitness that had a loving community and the rest is history!

Julia Muller


Deadlift 265#

Bench 137#

Squat 205#

Snatch 105#

Clean 140#

Jerk 150#


I am a fitness forward physical therapist and coach with a passion for helping people move better, feel better, get out of pain, and hit their PRs. Being able to share my PT experience with athletes is one of my biggest joys. I am originally from the northeast (Boston area and central NY state) and started coaching while in grad school. I fell in love with group functional fitness for its ability to challenge me both mentally and physically. The communities were unmatched and seeing athletes of all ages achieve new heights was captivating! I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of incredible coaches and mentors. I also grew up a competitive swimmer for over 17 years and have recently gotten into long distance running outside of functional fitness.

Turning Point

When I first started group functional fitness at various gyms back East, it was the first time I ever felt welcome in a lifting atmosphere as a female. Having incredible female coaches was what kept me feeling safe and welcome in the gym. I never thought I would ever have enough experience or confidence to lead fitness classes. As I started taking more lifting specific continuing education in PT school, I realized that I had the knowledge to be the female role model that I had. I hope that other female athletes can feel confident and a sense of belonging in gym spaces.

Motivation & Passion

I am passionate about supporting people with their fitness across the lifespan. I have specialized experience and interest with fitness during pregnancy, postpartum as well as with geriatrics. I love being able to use my PT skill set in the gym to modify workouts appropriately and help athletes feel like they are still performing at their best. I am too aware of the negative health effects that lack of physical activity can have on all systems of the body and it is my mission to help athletes feel welcome and supported with their fitness journeys.


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Ithaca College and CA Licensed Physical Therapist working at P3 Athletic in Milpitas, CA
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Certified in the Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete (Cert-CMFA) through the Institute of Clinical Excellence
  • Pelvic Physical Therapy trained through the Herman and Wallace Institute and the Institute of Clinical Excellence
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Clinical Health Studies, Ithaca College
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) with Flute concentration, Ithaca College

Cody Rubel

Owner and Head Coach


As the oldest of three brothers Coach Cody’s job growing up was to set the path for his younger brothers and to make sure he never let them get the best of him ;). He was a multi-sport athlete in High School, playing Football, Basketball and Golf, which gave him a well rounded view and background in fitness. Along with his brother PJ, aka “The Brother’s Rubel”, he found CrossFit in 2011 and immediately fell in love with the challenge that each day presented and also how great it was having a supportive community of like minded athletes helping you along and cheering for you to be successful in your pursuit of improved fitness and health.

Turning Point

After a few years of using CrossFit for personal growth, Cody realized that he loved being a leader and helping those newer to CrossFit learn and reach their personal goals. He decided to pursue a certification in CrossFit and the rest is history. He has been coaching full time for since 2014 and is extremely passionate about coaching athletes through workouts and teaching them new skills and techniques.


  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • ISSA Certified – Specialist in Fitness Nutrition
  • Certified Working Against Gravity Nutrition Coach
  • Active Life Coach Awareness Seminar Certificate
  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacit
  • CrossFit Spot The Flaw Course Certificate
  • CrossFit Lesson Planning Course Certificate


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