Emily L. is our Member of the Month! Emily is recently out of UCLA and is currently working with kids to be the next swimming sensations!

Emily loves coming into the gym with her mom, Marina, in the mornings at 6 AM or Saturdays at 7 AM to do the partner workout. She is always in good spirits when she comes in, even when she is still tired from just getting out of bed. Emily always comes in and pushes herself in the workouts and is always working on moving better. She enjoys workouts with running, squats, and lunges and you can tell why when you watch her crush a workout with those movements in it.

We have always loved when Emily came home from college and now we have her forever! Congratulations Emily for a well-deserved Member of the Month!

When did you join Croga?
I joined Croga in June 2022.

What were you doing before for fitness?
I have been running long distance off and on since about 2015. And about three months prior to joining Croga, I got into weightlifting and that was one of the reasons I joined Croga.

What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
I remember my first workout had something to do with Olympic lifting of some kind, maybe Hang Power Cleans. I just remember being really exhausted afterwards because I had been neglecting my cardio for a couple months and I was so winded after my first workout at Croga. But I must have loved it and the people because I’m still here!

What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
I am physically stronger, and I love the feeling of being able to lift or carry weights that I couldn’t before. The other day, I was carrying a heavy bag of candles from the mall to my car, and I told my mom that a year ago I probably could not have carried the bag in a suitcase carry for as long as I just did. I have also noticed that I am much more confident in myself physically and mentally since joining Croga and working out consistently. I love who I am when I have worked out that week.

What days and times do you come to Croga?
I usually come to Croga at 6am on the weekdays and the earliest classes on the weekends. Occasionally, I show up in the afternoon because I didn’t have the will power to wake up at 5:30am that morning. I do not have set days and I just choose whichever workouts I like best and what works with my schedule the best for that week. I tend to show up for 6am Powerlifting each Wednesday.

What’s your favorite WOD?
Anything that involves weighted lunges or weighted back squats. I always feel very strong when I am performing those moves. Although recently, I have come to love box jumps as long as they do not contain burpees.

What’s your least favorite WOD?
Anything to do with wall walks, wall pushups, or generally being upside down. Not my favorite. I lose my good rhythm or groove when I have to go from upside down to right side up. And I think I’m scared of falling on my head.

“The Emily” WOD! What would it be?
Something to do with squats or lunges. I actually really loved that one workout Cody programmed with back squats and running. It was FT: Run 800m, 20 back squats, Run 800m, 20 back squats, Runn 800m. I know that’s an unpopular opinion because our class was small that day, but it combines two things I’m good at, running and back squats.

What’s your favorite post-workout routine?
In the morning, I usually have a Celsius and chat with whoever is in the kitchen while I make myself breakfast. My breakfast is almost always some combination of eggs, a bread carb, and fruit with the occasional breakfast meat like chorizo or sausage. Usually, I chat with my mom who I work out with and then whoever else is in the room. While I eat, I like to play the NY Times Connections because my parents and I play it and compare results at the end of the day.

What’s your biggest fitness goal for this year?
I just wanted to feel stronger, and I think I have achieved that. A more tangible goal was probably to be lifting heavier than I was last summer in 2022. I took some time off from lifting during my last year of university and I came back to Croga in June of 2023 having not touched a weight or seriously worked out since January of 2023. I wanted to bench press and squat heavier than before and I can now squat about 20 lbs. more and bench press about 35 lbs. more than last summer.

What do you love about this type of fitness?
I love the community. Working out by myself at a gym with my headphones in and ignoring world was originally how I planned to be lifting weights, and then cardio would probably be an afterthought. I never saw fitness in my 20s as a place to find community, inspiration, and friends. But, that is what I love most about Croga. The community and the people. I can get a sense of good peer pressure to perform my best and push my limits when others around me are doing the same thing. I tend to come with my mom, Marina, and we help each other to push our limits. And classes are more enjoyable when surrounded by that community that is encouraging, friendly, and makes me want to be better. I could be working up to a new 1 RM back squat at 6am while also getting television show recommendations and encouragement simultaneously. I also love this type of fitness because it encourages me to get out of my comfort zone and type new things. I would never program myself kettle bell swings, box jump overs, the assault bike, or pushups. So, Croga really helps me diversify my workouts because all those movements are good for my physical health and I would not explore them otherwise.

What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Croga? 

It can be intimidating to start working out or weightlifting for the first time, especially when it seems like everyone knows what they are doing except for you. However, if you give it some time and lots of literal physical effort, I think most people will find they love moving their body and that the people at Croga are a friendly and supportive community.

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David Musgrave



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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