Our Coaches

Coach Rodrick Lopez– Head Programmer/Coach


CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
B.S. of Kinesiology from California State Fullerton


Coach Rodrick holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from Cal State University of Fullerton. He has been an avid CrossFitter for 7 years and has been coaching for 6 years. He specializes in human movement and nutrition for sports performance as he has a profound understanding of both.

Rodrick has worked closely with world-renowned Olympic Weightlifting coach Patrick Cullen-Carroll. He has been tutored by CrossFit Games level coaches and other top athletes known well throughout the CrossFit community.

Rodrick is equally versed as a group coach and personal coach. Highly experienced and knowledgeable, he can help you achieve your personal fitness goals.

Coach Shawna Norton– Nutrition Coach/ CF Coach


CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Precision Nutrition L-1
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
B.S. Kinesiology
First Aid/CPR/A.E.D Certified


Coach Shawna started her CrossFitting journey in October of 2012. She joined for some “cross training” to compliment her running- at the time she was an ultra-marathoner. She tried to share her energies between the two sports, but eventually, her love for CrossFit won out. She gave up the trails and the extreme long distances and plunged headfirst into becoming the best lifter and crossfitter she could be.

CrossFit introduced her to a love of coaching, mobility, functional movement, clean eating, and a passion for helping others achieve health and movement in their own lives. CrossFit has given her more than she could ever imagine- it has shown her who she is, who she wants to be, and has made her part of an amazing community that is beyond explanation.

Shawna is now a CrossFit coach, holds a B.S. in Kinesiology, and she currently works with clients to provide nutrition and fitness/personal training.

Coach Ashley Mercado– Swim Coach/ CF Coach


CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Flexibility Certification


Ashley grew up playing sports (team & individual) competitively. Soccer, track & field, swimming, softball, weight lifting; you name it and Ashley was there. After 5+ years as a lifeguard and Red Cross Certified Swim Instructor, Ashley graduated with a B.S. in Engineering and found herself sitting at a desk for 40 hours a week. Seeking to continue to lead an active lifestyle and an internal drive to grow mentally and physically, Ashley sought out CrossFit as a new challenge in 2014.

After a couple of years of CrossFit, Ashley had a desire to learn the fundamentals behind CrossFit movements and the methodology to teach others and obtained her L1. Ashley believes that moving well and honing in technique is the key to continued progress as a CrossFit Athlete. After following other competitive training programs, Ashley realized the areas she truly needed to focus on were often overlooked in the programming. She believes in the foundation behind CFT and that as women, we have to focus on what works for us in order to succeed.

Coach Ryan Carlyle– Tactical Coach

Oly – Rugby
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
USAW L1Art of Breath SpecialistTactical Emergency Casualty CareEMT-BBS Marketing & Management
MBA International Business

Ryan is an Olympian (2016) and two-time Rugby World Cup Sevens athlete (2013, 2018). Carlyle also owns 26 international appearances with the National Rugby teams, both for Rugby 7s and 15s. Since making her National team debut in 2011 at the World Rugby Sevens Challenge Cup in Hong Kong, Carlyle has helped the Women’s Sevens achieve many feats including bronze medal finish at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow, Captained the USA Team at the World Universidad Games in Kazan, two medal-winning performances at the Dubai 2017 and Langford 2018 sevens tournaments, a fifth place finish at the Olympics in 2016 and a fourth-place finish at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. In addition to on-field successes, she was an active participant in the program off the field. Ryan was a part of developing USA Rugby’s players’ association and player’s union where she negotiated for the well-being of America’s professional rugby players. Ryan is currently a youth rugby coach in San Diego and volunteers as a mentor for Girls Rugby Inc.  

Prior to professional rugby, Carlyle was a heavily decorated athlete across the American sporting landscape. She played softball, indoor track, basketball and soccer in high school; and was recognized as All-County and All-Region all four years. She is a 3x National champion in Premier Club Rugby from 3 different teams. After rugby, Ryan started competitive weightlifting and competed in the 2020 American Open Series and won the USA Weightlifting online qualifier for the 71kg class in 2021.

Ryan graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports and Entertainment Marketing and In 2014, while competing for her spot on the Olympic Roster, Carlyle received her Masters of Business Administration. She graduated with Honors and was recognized as one of the 10 most highly educated members of Team USA in 2016 during the Olympic Games.

Ryan was released from the National Team program and simultaneously retired from international rugby in December 2018. Since then she became an EMT, worked on an Ambulance in San Diego County for 2 years. In June 2021, Ryan completed a 4 month career academy for the Orange County Fire Authority and is now a Probationary Firefighter in Orange County, CA.