Staff

Jose Tienda MS, ATC, CES, FHS, CF-LV1

Coach
United States Marine Corps Veteran

 J.T. has a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the Health Science and Kinesiology Department of The University of the Pacific, to go along with his CrossFit Level One and NASM Certifications. He has been involved in training and coaching his entire life. His level of dedication is showed from his vast knowledge of sports related injuries to sports performance enhancements. J.T. has worked in all 3 majors levels (High School, Collegiate D-1, and Professional N.F.L).

A Message from J.T. :

Coaching is my passion, and CrossFit has given me a forum to unleash this passion on a large scale. I strive to optimize the performance and enhance the lives of all my athletes through CrossFit. Additionally, I believe in fun, and CrossFit Dark Element is fun. My goal for our gym is to be a place where good times and hard work collide head on, forging fun-loving folks into elite health and condition. Join me in the Circle of Awesomeness: Feel Good, Look Good, and Play Good.

 Work Experience:

  • National Football League (NFL) Oakland Raiders: (Intern Athletic Trainer 2012′- current)
  • Stockton Thunder (ECHL) Hockey
  • NCAA Division I University of the Pacific: Baseball, Softball, Volleyball
  • High School: St. Mary’s and Edison High School
  • First Aid
  • C.P.R
  • First Responder

Melita Kautz

Coach

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About: Mel

Melita Kautz is a CrossFit Level-1 trainer and has been a CrossFit Dark Element member since 2010. She fell in love with the sport and developed a passion for helping others achieve their fitness goals through the sport of CrossFit. Mel joined the coaching staff in July of 2011 and is currently completing her Bachelor in Sociology. Fitness has always been a part of Mel’s life: she played sports throughout high school and college and has competed in several high level CrossFit Competitions.

A Message From Mel

I have a sincere passion for health and fitness and enjoy nothing more than the opportunity to help others through their journey of obtaining a happy and healthier lifestyle! CrossFit and CrossFit Dark Element have had such an unbelievable impact on my life. I noticed the impact immediately and decided that this was the journey for me. I was once that individual who allowed my self-doubt to get the best of me and never realized that a lack of confidence was holding me back from my true potential. Somewhere along the way, I forgot how to BELIEVE in myself. CrossFit Dark Element helped me find that belief once again. I once read, “Belief fuels enthusiasm, and enthusiasm explodes into passion. It fires our souls and lifts our spirits.” My passion and enthusiasm for the sport of CrossFit truly lifts my spirits and sets my soul on fire. I cannot express how blessed I am to have found such a wonderful sport and community to be part of!

Certifications 

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certification
  • First Aid
  • C.P.R.

 

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