Congratulations to Kal for being the 2023 Member of the Year!! Kal is resilient in mind and is pretty damn strong as well. Don’t challenge him to a push-up contest, it won’t end well.

I would say just about everyone at the gym knows Kal and has probably talked to him. That is for two reasons: he is always at the gym and he is always very kind and welcoming to everyone. Kal is someone who will go right up to a stranger who walks in and say hello. He is a great example of how we want members to treat the new people who come through the door at Croga Fitness.

We are very lucky to have Kal at the gym. He participates in just about every event or activity that we put on. So whether we are running group classes or running an event he will be there 90% of the days of the year.

Every year Kal has been with us he has participated in over 250 classes a year – a feat that is not easy. You can certainly tell it’s paying off because of the strength and fitness improvements he makes year after year.

We appreciate you Kal! Croga would not be the same without you. We can’t wait to see you continue to crush it inside and outside of the gym.

You’ve made a ton of progress over the past several years, what’s your driving factor?

There are two answers here – a fun one and a serious one, so we’ll start with the fun one. I’m extremely social and a huge fan of friendly competition, so the social atmosphere and being surrounded by extremely driven and athletic people have helped push me to keep coming and driving towards more progress. Trying to keep up with CJ, Taylor, Mark G, Erik, Carmen, Alexxa, and all the rest of my powerlifting and 7 AM crew really motivates me to keep pushing, but Croga really nails the delicate balance between competition and staying friendly and encouraging. I know that CJ will call me weak or small if I’m sandbagging, but he’ll still give me a fist bump at the end and say he’s proud of me. That attitude is embodied by everyone here including the coaches: we’ll give each other a hard time during the workout, but afterward, we’re always in each other’s corners.

For the serious one: the fantastic coaching to help adapt to my mobility and skeletal limitations has been a huge motivator. I can work out alone, but it’s too easy to make excuses without the extra push from our programming and coaches to help me figure out what is a true limitation and what we can push on.

What fitness goal are you most proud of accomplishing this past year?

I have hit – and surpassed – so many of my goals this year that it’s hard to count. Joining the 1000lb club is a huge one, which included hitting a 405lb deadlift (+70lb from 2022), a 270lb bench (+30lb from 2022), and a 335lb squat (+35lb from 2022). Running again, after finally finding the right combination of medicine and movement that would let me. Completing my first partner competition thanks to the push from Carmen. Beating CJ’s time in a judged workout. He’ll tell you otherwise, but the numbers don’t lie.

What are some of your biggest fitness goals for this upcoming year?

I really want to get a muscle-up again at the weight I am. I was able to do bar muscle-ups when I was 30lbs lighter, but putting that much weight on my lifts has cost me the muscle-up. I want to get it again without sacrificing the muscle I’ve gained, and not just bar muscle-up, I’d love a ring muscle-up too! I’d also love to hit a 225 clean & jerk, but I have a ways to go for that!

What’s your favorite way to “use your fitness” outside the gym?

I love outdoor activities, especially if they involve some sort of physical aspect. Golf has been the latest hobby I picked up after our awesome Scramble event in May, and knowing that I can carry my bag and walk the whole course without struggle is great. I also do woodworking, and having the strength to throw around heavy logs and lumber as well as being on my feet for 8-9 hours on a Saturday is really nice.

What’s your favorite gym pump-up song?

Oh boy. This is a complex question with many answers, so I’m just gonna fire off a quick list.

Sea Shanty/Rowing Workout: Valhalla Calling – Miracle of Sound ft. Peyton Parrish

Sea Shanty/Partner Workout: We All Lift Together – Keith Power

PR Song: Bombs Away – Mark with a K

Short and Fast Workout: Speedom – Tech N9ne ft Eminem

Longer Workout: BeastMode – Yellow Claw

Heading to the Gym: Legends Never Die – Against the Current

Christmas Workout: This Christmas (I’ll Burn It To The Ground) – Set It Off

What food could you never give up?

Oh man. Specific food? YamaChan Japanese Chicken Wings. I swear they’re dusted with some sort of illicit substance because I don’t think I’ve ever eaten less than 20 in one sitting. General food? Vietnamese Iced Coffee. I know they’re 300-400 calories each, but they became my Sunday tradition during COVID and now it doesn’t feel like a Sunday without one.

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

I’m a huge Carnivore Pizza fan. My favorite is “The Fridge” from Pizza Chicago in Santa Clara: it has pepperoni, sausage, bacon, black olives, green peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Extremely good.

What’s your favorite adult beverage?

I barely drink anymore, but when I did I basically only drank very sweet drinks. I absolutely love Mead, which is a wine distilled from honey and generally is syrupy and sweet. For about 10 years it was my tradition to drink Mead on New Year’s, and I still get a craving for it around this time.

Otherwise, I got pretty deep into non-alcoholic cocktails during COVID when I wanted the ritual of drinking without actually drinking since I’m more of a social drinker. My favorites are Kin Euphorics and Three Spirit Livener, both of which have adaptogenic mushrooms and other herbs more akin to a tea than an alcohol which give you a similar “buzz” to alcohol but don’t really have the other effects. I love drinking those: they are a special occasion drink that puts me in the mood similar to alcohol but I don’t feel terrible the next day!

If you could have a conversation with anyone that ever existed (dead or alive) who would it be?

I’m not sure I could answer this one because so many come to mind. Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Terry Fox, Barack Obama, and a whole bunch of people with different things to say.

What Hogwarts House are you in?

No question, I’m a Hufflepuff. They’re not the heroes or the villains, they’re not particularly smart or ambitious, but they show up. They’re always there for their friends and they’re always having a good time doing it.

Marvel or DC? Who’s your favorite superhero?

Marvel. DC has some good characters but they take themselves too seriously for my taste. Classic Iron Man is my favorite: rich, handsome, brilliant inventor who saw the horrors of war and decided to put a stop to it. Witty and doesn’t take himself too seriously, until he needs to.

Any shoutouts or things you’d like to add?

Shoutout to my 7 AM crew: Carmen, Alexxa, Julianna, Ethan, Erin, James, Erik, and anyone else I may have missed. You guys make waking up super early bearable every morning and I love you for it.

Shoutout to my Powerlifting crew: Aviv, Mark G, Erik, Tony, Taylor, CJ, Johnny, Richard, Gary, Justin, Ethan, Paul, Mike, and anyone else I may have missed. Y’all push me harder than I could push myself to really hit the barbells hard.

Shoutout to the coaches: Carmen, Julia, Taylor, Nick, and Cody. The programming and support from you guys is unmatched.

Shoutout to my wife: Ann-Marie. For not complaining too much when I take over her sewing studio with barbells and the rowing machine, for not yelling at me when I snooze my alarm at 6:40 AM every morning, and for always being my Saturday morning partner WOD champ.

Things I’d like to add:

I don’t know if I get to do this but I’m going to anyway. HERE’S MY MEMBER OF THE YEAR WOD:

We Are Vikings

For Time, as a partner workout, split however you like

1200m row (row ashore)

400m plate carry (storm the beach with your shield)

100 kettlebell swings (should be sledgehammer hits, but we don’t have those!)

400m plate carry (run back to the ships with your spoils)

1200m row (row back to camp)

Optional but recommended: play the song We Are Brothers by RAVEN feat. Strong Viking as the first song during the workout.

Love you guys and looking forward to smashing our goals in 2024!



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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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