SoLa prides itself on having “Great Coaches?"

We believe great coaches have the ability to go beyond the movements and connect with their athletes. We call this the “deeper side of coaching,” which is developing an awareness of your athletes’ potential, building trust and creating an atmosphere of success.

The deeper side of coaching is about establishing and nurturing a strong relationship between an athlete and a coach. And we would argue that this relationship is the foundation of our true goals as coaches: to improve the lives, health and happiness of our clients.

Meet Our Team

Dave Appel

Founder and Coach 

CJ Martini

CrossFit Level 1 | CrossFit Judging Cert

Years CrossFitting: 
4 years

What do you specialize in?: 
I love grinding through long chippers and testing my engine.

What are you passionate about?:  
Motivating others to reach their true potential.  Whether your goals are big or small; finding the wall and treating it like a hurdle is key.

What do you love most about coaching your members?:  
Seeing their successes.   There is no greater joy than seeing someone accomplish something they never thought they could before.

What is your athletic background? Any notable accomplishments?:   
Varsity athlete in Tennis in high school.
8+ years in a nationally recognized competitive LGBT softball league
05 Gay Softball World Series Appearances.

How did you end up as a CrossFit coach? What path brought you here?:
I started CrossFit in 2014 while in Salt Lake City, UT at Brickwall CrossFit.  I was bored with the normal gym routine and needed someone to keep me from being distracted.   I instantly was hooked.   I moved to San Jose, CA in 2015 and started working out at CrossFit Silicon Valley.   I was leading their competitor focused members with finding local comps and was sponsored to obtain my CF-L1.   I started coaching instantly and the rest was history.  I moved to Chandler, AZ and began coaching and competing under Tribal CrossFit while facing athletes from well known gyms such as CrossFit East Valley and Zero Machine CrossFit.   These top tier athletes from other boxes, allowed me to hone my skills and push myself harder to become a better individual and coach for our athletes.

What do you do when you’re not CrossFitting?
Softball Tournaments, Traveling and Exploring Austin.

What's your favorite quote?:
Everything’s going to end, otherwise nothing would get started.

Is there anything else you want people to know about you? Funny, interesting stories you’d like to tell?
I have lived in a lot of places and have experienced life.   Never allow fear to become a factor in choosing you happiness – both in and outside of the box.  
Looking to compete? No matter the level, come talk to me and let’s make moves!