Coaches

Gabriel

Gabriel Perez

Owner/Head Coach

Gabriel began his coaching career at the age of 12 when he became the assistant coach for a youth football team; within 4 years he was the head coach of his own team at Kare Youth League and continued coaching for another 11 years. From teaching K-5th grades as a P.E. teacher to personally training private clients, Gabriel has dabbled in all types of fitness. Gabriel found CrossFit in 2009 after being sidelined by a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu injury. Once he realized that he could compete in CrossFit, he considered CrossFit his new sport and never looked back. Gabriel graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a B.A. in Counseling Psychology, and was determined to open his own box someday. In November of 2011 that dream became a reality. He has been able to maintain a competitive edge while simultaneously owning his box, and has found himself competing at one of the highest levels in CrossFit. In May of 2012 Gabriel ranked 25th in Southern California, one of the highest populated CrossFit regions in the world. Gabriel takes pride in not only being one of the youngest CrossFit box owners but also one of the most successfully competitive CrossFitters in the Southern California area.
E-mail: gabriel@crossfitnorthpasadena.com

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Corina Powell

Coach

Corina grew up in Wyoming playing sports year-round including basketball, volleyball, and soccer. That is where she says that she learned about fitness and its ability to create a community. First playing as many team sports as possible growing up and then playing soccer at a junior college Corina said all of her closest friends are friends that she’s made either playing sports growing up or here at CFNP. As a coach, Corina says she loves the idea of helping people understand that anyone has the ability to be an athlete and she prides herself on helping members set goals and achieve them. Corina’s favorite aspects of CrossFit are challenging gymnastic movements and odd challenges. In her spare time, Corina is a middle school English teacher and a lover of all things Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.

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Erik Dresner

Coach

Erik was always the oddball nerd among athletes. While his family compulsively played football, baseball, tennis and golf Erik preferred dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, and laser tag. He never much liked organized sports but was a total gym class hero. He found keeping fit frustrating after college: he knew nothing of weight lifting and was quickly bored with running. Then in 2013, a friend told him about CrossFit and he was hooked immediately. He had proper lifting instruction, a workout regimen that was not routine, and a new sport that was anything but traditional. For the first time in his life, he actually loved going to the gym and felt better than he had ever before. Coaching since 2016, he wants to give every athlete in his class the same great feeling CrossFit gives to him. If you really want to get Erik talking, ask him about designing board games, running in OCR(s) or his status as a 1-day Jeopardy champion!

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Gabe Shriver

Coach

As a 3 sport athlete in high school, Gabe found a passion in competition. You’d think that his favorite part of each season was the Friday Night Lig s, or the playoff baseball games, but it wasn’t. Gabe says his favorite part of sports was what happened before anyone ever stepped onto the field. The hours and hours of hitting off of the tee, the hard work in the weight room and the infamous gassers they all took part in is where he found his passion, the art of preparation. With years of accumulated injuries, baseball was taken away from Gabe after high school. Gabe commented on this saying,

“In my mind, I’d thought that I lost my passion, but in reality I was only on the verge of truly discovering it. I had a desire to grow and be stretched to live life to the fullest. The best way I knew how was to train. So I began a transformation of losing upwards of 50+ pounds with the help of CrossFit programming.”

He fell in love with the methodology not simply for the physical aspect, but because of what it was doing to the rest of his life. 

At first I felt a void in training because I didn’t know what I was working towards. I always felt that there had to be a destination towards where we are headed. I then realized that CrossFit is helping me train for life. Not for life a couple of months from now, but life on the outside of the CrossFit walls.” 

Gabe’s mission is to live fully alive for to benefit others, and he knows CrossFit is an amazing platform in order to do so.

“I don’t enjoy working out simply because it boosts my ego or makes me feel strong and cool. I love it because it prepares me for the struggles and battles I’ll face every single day. My hope is that other people begin to see that fitness isn’t only for their body, it’s for their entire life.”

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Javier Perez

Coach

Javier grew up in the San Gabriel Valley playing competitive sports, swimming, and riding bikes with his family. Javier has over 15 years coaching experience and at age 12 he began volunteer as a coach at Kare Youth League. Javier continued to coach year around sports up until his he graduation from Cal State Fullerton. Trying to remain active he competed in Muay Thai and Brazilian JiuJitsu before deciding to give CrossFit a try in 2011 after his brother, Gabe, yes they are brothers, decided to open his own box. From the backyard to the new location on Colorado Blvd., Javier has been hooked to the sport of CrossFit, and loves how it helps individuals reach their full athletic potential. In his spare time Javier enjoys web programming and actually designed this mega awesome site (you’re welcome). Javier loves long walks to the bathroom and everything zombie related. He also feels that CrossFit has adequately prepared him for the impending zombie apocalypse.

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Tawny Drain

Coach

Tawny began her athletic career at the young age of 4 playing tee ball, basketball, soccer, and track. This was largely due to her father being the athletic director of Rio Hondo Prep high school and head varsity coach of the football and basketball teams; along with his connection to Kare Youth League, an after school sports program for children. Unfortunately, at the age of 12, Tawny was diagnosed with a chronic liver disease, polycystic ovarian disease. Among other things, this disease caused an enlarged spleen that was unprotected and she had to stop playing sports which was very difficult to do. Tawny started coaching young girls (ages 6 to 13) at the Kare Youth League in Arcadia. She taught basketball, volleyball, soccer, and softball. Coaching the girls gave her great joy, but due to medications she had to take and a lack of physical activity, over the years Tawny started gaining weight and was unhappy with herself. In the summer of 2011, Gabriel (Tawny’s close friend) called and asked if he could train her in CrossFit. He would not charge her, but rather in exchange for his time, she would be a model of what CrossFit can do for someone. She agreed even though she wasn’t thrilled about it. In the first couple of months, she got hooked and now competes regularly. Within the first year,  she had lost 82 pounds! She was thrilled to be a participating in sports again, and also to be healthy and fit. CrossFit had given her, her life back. Now Tawny enjoys being highly involved in the gym coaching classes and running Bootcamps to introduce CrossFit to newbies.

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Veronica Aguirre

Coach

Veronica grew up in north east Los Angeles and was involved in a variety of sports and teams throughout her childhood. All through college she had memberships at 24 Hour Fitness and the Cal State Fullerton rec center and was a self proclaimed gym rat. She would work out four to five days a week and was constantly on a search for maximum results. In the summer of 2011 she began CrossFit at the CFNP pre site establishment in the back yard of Gabriel Perez. In addition to crossfit Veronica participates in the occasional mud run and eventually began judging then competing in local CF competitions. In the fall of 2013 she took the CrossFit Level 1 training course and passed. This transition seemed like a natural progression to everyone who has trained with her and been on the receiving end of her advice and encouragement. You can now see her at CFNP on average five days a week pushing past her limits and comfort zone. She likes unicorns and bacon but not together, unless that becomes socially acceptable.

 

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Francisco Rodriguez

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