A CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Wendy has been an athlete her entire life, competing in basketball, track, kickboxing, and Jiu Jitsu. Her passion for sports and competition led her to become a certified personal trainer, CrossFit Level 1 trainer and obtain her Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition. Wendy opened her first gym in Taft four years ago because she wanted to share her passion for fitness and nutrition. Wendy is now a partner in Next Step CrossFit where she continues to share her passions by training others in CrossFit, Cardio Kickboxing, and nutrition.
VERONICASANDOVAL Veronica is our Lead Instructor and is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and also certified in CrossFit Gymnastics. She has been doing CrossFit for over 3 Years. As a CrossFit competitor and Law Enforcement Officer, Veronica understands the importance and impact of fitness on an individual’s life. In her law enforcement role, Veronica has learned that you need to be prepared for the unpredictable. She has taken this experience and has applied it to her training style creating workouts that cover a wide range of movements designed to build strength and endurance while burning fat and increasing lean muscle mass. When you work out with Veronica, it is certain that you will be pushed to your limit.
A Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, Ryan has a Minor in Physical Education and Kinesiology from California State University, Bakersfield. He spent 13 years in the US Navy, over 12 years as a Navy SEAL, including 3 years as an Advanced Training Instructor, and 6 years in Law Enforcement. Ryan started Crossfit in his garage over 7 years ago and became a Level 1 trainer 2 years ago. He has over 20 years of coaching, teaching, and training experience, including 3 years as a Navy SEAL Advanced Training Instructor. Ryan found Crossfit when he was preparing to enter Law Enforcement and has found that it is the best physical training system for military, firefighters, law enforcement, athletes, and anyone who wants to be in the best shape of their lives.
Sara is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. She was a Medical Assistant for several years, then became a stay at home mom with four children. Over the years, the constant cooking and lack of exercise resulted in Sara becoming overweight. A year ago she walked into Next Step CrossFit and met Wendy and Veronica. This meeting changed Sara’s life and led to her newfound passion of CrossFit and weight lifting. When she first started doing CrossFit, Sara weighed 215 lbs, and she is now 15 lbs away from her goal weight. Sara became a CFL-1 trainer to help others who are facing the same challenges she did. She uses her personal experience and training to show others that they can achieve their goals through hard work, dedication, and discipline.