MEET OUR DEDICATED STAFF

Erik Frederiksen/Manager and Coach

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Coach Erik spent 12 years of his life learning how to train himself, and others for the mental and physical challenges of combat as a United States Marine Infantryman. While he was serving, he was certified in Combat Fitness, Combat Lifesaving, and the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program where he achieved the rank of Black Belt Instructor. Now, he wants to use the same lessons he learned to prepare people for the obstacles in everyday life. He is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), CrossFit Level 2 Coach, CPR/AED certified and is in his last semester for his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science.  He is motivated by the family he feels privileged to have, the amazing people he gets to meet, and looks forward to helping you achieve your health and fitness goals. 

Elizabeth Estrada/Head Coach  

Being raised by her dad and brothers, she had no other option than to be an active kid. Liz started doing bicep curls when she was in forth grade because her brothers told me to, and she wanted to be strong so that one day she could beat them up herself. 

Liz wrestled for 3 years in  high school, making it to the men’s CIF and placing 3rd at women’s CIF championship. She went to Citrus College earning her AA in Kinesiology and Physical & Biological Sciences while competing in Pole Vault, Javelin, and hurdles for 3 years. She transferred to University of La Verne, earning a Bachelors Degree with honors in Movement and Sports Science. At ULV Liz met her Strength and Conditioning Coach who introduced her to the sport of Olympic weightlifting.  She loves the mental and physical challenge of weightlifting, and strives to motivate athletes to reach beyond what they think is possible. 

 

Jaime Salazar/Coach  

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Jaime is originally from Santiago, Chile where he attended University of Chile and Fernando Gonzales Academy. He grew up in a skiing and snowboarding family and developed his love for sports and fitness as a soccer player. He played in the minor, college, and amateur leagues in Chile. He played Inline hockey and tennis while in college but found his passion for lifting weights in high school after designing his own workouts and interval trainings in globo-gyms. Jaime found his love for CrossFit when training for his first Spartan Race. He was immediately hooked and knew that he wanted to teach other people to love fitness as much as he does. When he's not coaching, Jaime works as an Architectural designer of functional gyms.  He is extremely grateful to be part of the CrossFit 213 coaching team.

Nate Pontius/Coach

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Despite being an all-state track runner in high school, it wasn't until Nate entered his second deployment as a Marine serving in Afghanistan that he realized the utmost importance of being physically fit.  Nate spent his free time surrounded by weights. Nate dedicated his heart and body to the study of physicality. He first began with the typical body building movements, and then had an eye awakening experience with his first CrossFit workout. CrossFit allowed his programming to transform into something even more versatile and beneficial, than the standard body building technique, and helped to improve his overall health and fitness, as well as his survival skills.

Nate is certified as a personal trainer, nutritionist and a CrossFit coach.  He's studied mixed martial arts, taught boxing, gymnastics and hand to hand combat. He hopes to provide everyone he trains and coaches the most efficient and effective movements from each of these disciplines, as well as learn something new from him each class.

Rachel "Goose" Szakmary/Coach

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Rachel Szakmary aka “Goose” has been an athlete and coach throughout her life- competing in everything from Crossfit, olympic weightlifting, swimming, rugby, triathlons, tennis, basketball, ocean rescue, track and lacrosse.  

Rachel has coached Crossfit and olympic lifting since 2013 in both Boston and on the Westside in Los Angeles.  She is a 3x Regional Team Competitor having placed in the top-10 in the Northeast, and competed in the highly competitive California Super Regional in 2016.  She has concurrently competed in Olympic Weightliftingfrom 2013 to 2016qualifying for USA American Open, and Nationals Meets in the 69kg weight class. 

 Rachel was a college lacrosse player at UNC-Chapel Hill and on the USA Developmental National Team.  Rachel also competed in the Women’s Premiere League for Beantown Rugby Club as a wing for two seasons and was invited to USA National 7s camp in 2008.

When she coaches she always wants others to feel, welcomed, challenged and eager to achieve their full potential!