Fitness isn't a destination, it's a way of life!
We opened CrossFit NorthGate in 2013 with the intention of sharing our passion for fitness with as many people as possible. We wanted to bring something special to the market and strive to create the best facility, program and deliver the best coaching possible. We are honored to be surrounded by such and amazing community of people who show up diligently in pursuit of their best self!
Ryan has worked in the fitness industry since 1998, and has explored as many areas of sport and fitness as possible, spending a good chunk of his 20s and 30s racing bicycles and triathlons. Shannon has always been an outdoor enthusiast and after finding CrossFit in 2011, has never looked back.
The transformative power of CrossFit has profoundly affected both of us and we love helping people enjoy the same success that we’ve found. It’s going to take a lot of work, but we can help you take your fitness as far as you want to. In this day and age of instant gratification, it’s important to remember that fitness isn’t a destination, it’s a way of life!
Dani was born and raised in Sonoma County. Growing up, she was very active and played competitive soccer and softball through high school. Dani received a scholarship to play division one softball in North Carolina, ultimately graduating with a BS in Sports Science.
After college Dani stayed active by playing recreation soccer and softball. In 2012, Dani found CrossFit and fell in love. In CrossFit, she found many of the things she loved playing competitive team sports, but also found what she was missing (being a well rounded vs. a specialized athlete).
After six years, she still loves CrossFit and enjoys every minute of coaching. To enjoy her fitness, she loves to get out of the gym and you can find her snowboarding, kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking (with her dog Luther in tow!).
Micah is a California native who has also lived in Rhode Island, Washington, and Hawaii. He has always loved sports, athletics and all things physical. Graduating from UC Davis, he holds a BS in psychology and biology. While pursuing a master’s degree, Micah explored the research and clinical sides of psychology and cognitive neuroscience. However, he realized that it was the connection between mind and body and helping others explore this connection that was his passion, rather than the research and grant writing process within academia.
For many years, Micah has been using mixed modal and high intensity interval training to supplement his own athletic endeavors in Hawaiian long distance outrigger canoe paddling, swimming, sprint distance triathlons, skateboarding, yoga, water polo, and weightlifting. Soon after discovering CrossFit and the many areas of sport and health and fitness culture it brings together, he began adding it in to his training and replacing other modes that lay strictly in the polar ends of the performance spectrum. Since making that switch, he has seen huge personal gains in all components of fitness and has witnessed life changing transformations in many others. He enjoys the community that CrossFit helps cultivate for many who feel lost in their efforts to find their own ideal level of fitness and the mutually supportive training environment that it builds at CrossFit Northgate.
Micah has been part of the NorthGate coaching team since 2014. He is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, PN nutrition coach, NKT practitioner; and has an extensive background in gymnastics and a variety of other sports. He loves to teach and help others pursue their goals. He also loves exploring the relationship between physical ability, human potential, and the mind; especially the interplay of those elements in fitness and health. Micah advocates the CrossFit paradigm for all types of individuals, teams and other groups, especially with the scalability of the program and the healthy lifestyle it promotes.”
Elijah was born and raised in Redding, CA and was involved in many sports from an early age. Basketball is the one that stuck, and Elijah played from Jr high, into college.
In 2009 Elijah and his wife Christina along with their two daughters moved to Santa Rosa CA. Fast forward to 2016 – with two more kids and now 40lbs overweight, Elijah found himself constantly tiered, in pain, and upset with his state of health. Feeling too tired and injured to play with his kids, he decided he had to make a change. That year He found CrossFit and is forever changed. Elijah set foot in CrossFit Northgate and hasn’t looked back. He loved everything about CrossFit: the community, the constantly varied movements, and the healthy competition. CrossFit reminded him of the sports that he once loved and what it felt like to be an athlete again.
CrossFit has dramatically changed his life, and Elijah decided he had to be a part of helping to change others. Almost exactly one year after Elijah started CrossFit he received his CrossFit L1 and began coaching at CrossFit NorthGate.
Elijah is a CF-L2 trainer and Pn-L1 exercise nutrition coach. He loves helping people take control and change their lives through the power of proper nutrition and exercise.
Elijah has been married to the love of his life Christina (who is also an avid CrossFit athlete!) for 13 years and they have four kids: Makenna, Halle, Landon and Blake. Elijah now enjoys a healthy energetic lifestyle and is able to keep up with them!
Nolan grew up in Santa Cruz California, has also lived in Seattle and Boston. H has always been involved in sports and started gymnastics at the age of nine. He competed in the sport through high school. Although he decided not to pursue gymnastics at the collegiate level, he continued his training and included other modes of exercises as well including rock climbing, yoga, softball, biking and running.
Nolan began coaching recreational and competitive gymnastics in San Francisco seven years ago and has also coached at several gyms in Boston and Seattle. He currently coaches the boys competitive team at Redwood Empire Gymnastics in Petaluma.
In the Spring of 2012, Nolan heard about CrossFit from a few friends and decided to give it a try. Of course, he was immediately hooked and quickly became inspired by the high level of fitness, athleticism and most importantly, the community that CrossFit creates.
Outside of athletics, music has also been a big part of his life from an early age. Nolan actually studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston graduating with a double major in film scoring and electronic production. After college, Nolan decided to continue his career in coaching because of how much he enjoyed working with people and seeing them overcome challenges.
The best part about CrossFit is there is always something to learn and always something to improve, no matter how long you have been doing it.
Teri grew up in Nashville TN, moving to Sonoma County just before high school. Since a young age, she has been athletic, pursuing water skiing, soccer, basketball, and volleyball. Teri graduated from Rincon Valley Christian school in Santa Rosa, where she received a scholarship to play basketball with a D1 college in North Carolina. She transferred to Azusa Pacific University to be closer to home, finishing her basketball career, graduating with a BA in Marketing, and also meeting her husband.
After her senior year of college basketball, Teri took up long distance running but realized it wasn’t filling the void of competition and strength training for her. In October 2012 she found CrossFit and never looked back! She remembers her first CrossFit class by how encouraging the coaches were, how competitive it was, and how the family-like atmosphere was contagious. In 2014 she competed on Team RXD in the Southern California Regional competition. She loves testing her fitness against other people, and has participated in many CrossFit competitions.
In late 2014 she and her husband made the move to Santa Rosa where she took a position as the Sales and Marketing Manager for Hobbs’ Smoked Meats. Teri also assists her dad coaching the Rincon Valley Christian High School Girls Basketball team. Summer 2015, Teri received her Crossfit level 1 certification and joined the CrossFit NorthGate coaching staff! In 2018 Teri became a mom and how sets an amazing example for women for how to successfully navigate fitness while pregnant and postpartum!
“The best part about CrossFit is there is always something to learn and always something to improve, no matter how long you have been doing it. I look forward to helping others be inspired to improve their strength and do things they never thought possible.”
Everyday - no matter my mood or what else may be going on in the world - seeing the hard work, dedication and comradery put forth by our members makes me grateful for our community!
Chuck grew up in Maryland and has been involved in sports from an early age, playing baseball, soccer and wrestling competitively. Chuck joined the Marines at 18, traveled the world, and has been in CA for 13 years. After weightlifting and strength training for most of his adult life, after 28 years I was ready to try something new. In 2013 he walked into a CrossFit box for the first time. It only took one workout to put him on his back, huge smile on his face, and he was immediately hooked.
Helping other athletes at the gym happened naturally for Chuck, his consistency, dedication, work ethic and positive attitude are infectious. Starting to lead classes and coach professionally was a natural next step, and in February 2016 Chuck obtained his CrossFit L1. Chuck finds sharing his knowledge and helping others and helping them develop as athletes very rewarding.
“Everyday – no matter my mood or what else may be going on in the world – seeing the hard work, dedication and comradery put forth by our members makes me grateful for our community!”