Coaches

Aaron Gonzalez-Coach/Owner

I moved to Devine in the 6th grade so I've considered it home for me ever since. I played baseball and football for the Warhorses and graduated in 2004. For 7 years I was in the medical field as an x-ray tech where I had the chance to meet and help different people everyday. I'm currently working as a Real Estate Agent. I found CrossFit just like most people, I heard about it, watched videos, researched prices but still nervous about going. After meeting the owner of Stone Oak CrossFit one day I decided it was time that I just went and got it over with. Needless to say, I fell in love with everything CrossFit is about. From the moment I walked in the door I met new energetic fun people, not just my own age but older, younger, people who've been active all their lives and people who had never lifted a weight in their life, yet everyone shared that one goal... and that's living a healthier fitter lifestyle. CrossFit is not about being better than everyone else but about being better than you used to be and I truly believe that's why the camaraderie of the CrossFit community is so strong. I've been a crossfitter since 2012 and my passion to help and meet new people has led me here. I look forward to growing a stronger, smarter, healthier community one day at a time.

Jeffrey Rodriguez-Coach/Manger Of Equipment

I'm 24, I’m a Local 67 sheet metal apprentice, and I have one son: Liam Alexander Rodriguez. I started CrossFit in early 2013 and if I had to choose a favorite movement it would be the ring muscle up or any Olympic lift. I enjoy workouts with some barbell cycling and gymnastics or anything that makes your soul hurt a little bit. I love embracing that pain cave, that's where real athletes are created. I get inspired when I am able to help someone hit a new PR and seeing everyone cheer and yell for them. Being a coach is great because the athletes look up to you and want to learn from you. Not only am I helping them learn movements and skills but I'm helping them achieve a healthier lifestyle and feel better about themselves.

Caitlyn Pompa-Coach/Manager of Public Relations

I'm a mother of two, Kyra and Kaleb, and work a full time job as an Administrative Assistant at Circle C Services, Inc. I've been a CrossFitter since 2013 and its done so much for me, not only physically but mentally as well. I've always had a love for working out (mostly running) but CrossFit has given me back the confidence that had seemed to have gone missing and made me an all around happier person. My favorite movement would have to be the clean or the snatch. I love heavy workouts where I can throw the bar around, I may not be the strongest but there is something so empowering to me about lifting weights and feeling strong. I love coming in and getting lost in a workout doing things I never thought were possible. Most importantly I love the camaraderie, there is such a big family atmosphere surrounding us at the box that it makes coming in and working hard together that much more fun! You can always count on someone to be there cheering you on. I coach because I enjoy helping other people do things that surprise them. People are always coming in thinking that CrossFit is intimidating or impossible so it always makes me really happy to witness people overcome what they at one time thought was impossible. I feel that when other members succeed, then I succeed! It's a great feeling knowing that I contributed to reaching their goals. In the future I look forward to continuing to better myself mentally and physically and grow with my CrossFit community. The hardest part is getting started so I always encourage people to come in and give it a try, you might fall in love just like the rest of us!

Ashley Smith (Henson)-Coach/Manager of Supplies

I moved to Texas in August of 2013 when I went active duty in the Army. When I moved here, I didn't know anyone in the area except for my work friends. I wanted to branch out and meet new people, as well as get in shape (I'd been an active runner for a while, but I lacked the strength you gain from weights). I googled the place nearest me, and discovered CrossFit in San Antonio. I quickly fell in love with CrossFit at that gym, and soon moved on to get my Level 1 Certificate. I then started coaching while also competing in Power Lifting. I moved to Devine in April of 2015 when I got engaged to my now husband, quickly found 411 CrossFit, and I've loved it ever since! I've never felt more at home or comfortable with any sport as much as CrossFit. The camaraderie you feel in the classes and the motivation that each member offers you as you complete a WOD together is completely different from any other sport/workout, and that is what I love about it!

Alex Benavidez-Assistant Coach

I’m 23, I have an Associates degree in Liberal Arts and I’m currently in Physical Therapist Assistant Program. I’ve been doing CrossFit for 3 years and 3 months. My favorite movements are the overhead squat and the snatch. I really enjoy heavy workouts with quick pace and low reps (dare I say maybe a little running and rowing incorporated too) because I’m a bigger person I’m able to throw around some heavier weight. Also, I love to work on my endurance/tolerance, I find it the most important quality about my fitness and hope to help others gain the same qualities too. What inspires me most about CrossFit id the look/feeling of fulfillment when finishing a workout, meeting a goal, learning new abilities, and the competition. I want to be a Coach to guide others towards a healthier lifestyle. It’ll also challenge me to continue studying/researching the human body and the impacts of exercise. I’m very unorthodox, weird, and can be strict from time to time. I’m not one to waste too much time. I’m also very open, any questions/concerns/comments on life/fitness/emotions, I’m there to help. I may not always say what you want to hear but I’ll try my best to sugarcoat what you’ll need to hear. I really love coaching and focusing on SAFETY. As a future physical therapist/physical therapist assistant my passion is teaching form and patience with workouts. Prevention is the best medication. I fell in love with CrossFit because it helped save me from a dark time in life. I never knew how much exercising would adjust my attitude. I always worked out but being in a community where others challenge you to be a healthier person like CrossFit does, well it’s the ultimate way to transform yourself.

Alyssa Gonzalez-Assistant Coach

I’m 27 and teach 7th grade at Medina Valley Middle School. I currently have 2 children, Kaleb (5) and Uriah (2) and I’m still expanding my family. I’ve been doing CrossFit since 411 CrossFit opened in 2013. My favorite movement is the squat snatch and my favorite types of workouts are the ones where you do not need any equipment, and they can be executed anywhere or any place. The ones where your body, heart and mind, is all you need. Accessibility is my favorite! When I see athletes of all kinds, beginner or expert, young or old, first or last, putting forth such effort and enduring pain in order to better themselves is most inspiring to me. They don’t HAVE to be here. They choose to be here. I aspire to become a coach because of the CrossFitters that have become some of my closest friends. We are all motivating and pushing each other during the WODs and Coaching just seems that much more rewarding. My goals are your goals and although I’m new to Assistant Coaching I love to instill confidence. I love the CrossFit community for the self-lessness that fellow crossfitters have. You can be the last one finishing up the WOD and in CrossFit that’s the person with the most applause.

Jessica Rodriguez-Assistant Coach

I’m 24, and I work as an Insurance Specialist at Airrosti Rehab Centers. I have one daughter, Aubrey Jay and I’ve been doing CrossFit since 2014, but took about a year total off. I would have to say Hang Power Cleans would be my favorite movement and definitely Pistols. My favorite type of workout would have to be a 21-15-9 WOD, definitely with some type of barbell movement (deadlifts/front squats/power cleans), throw in some lateral bar over burpees and wall balls. I love the moderately fast WOD’s, not too fast but not too slow and with a moderate weight. I love to push myself past that mental barrier, the one where you feel like you can’t physically and mentally do anymore because your body is exhausted, BUT once you get out of that dark place and finish, that’s a feeling of accomplishment like no other. What inspires me most about the CrossFit community is the fact that we all have one thing in common and that is to be a better version of ourselves. I love that no matter how much we hurt from the soreness or maybe not like the WOD so much for that day, we always come back the next day and do it all over again. I would like to be a Coach because I love seeing the look on each person’s face when they PR something or do a movement they were never able to do before. I would love to be one of those people that helped someone better themselves, whether it be by helping with their physical appearance or by helping them to become mentally stronger. I’m pretty outgoing, open-minded, friendly and reliable. I love seeing people succeed in their fit journeys and in life in general. I always try to extend a helping hand where and when I can and a listening ear. I’m not too sure what would be my favorite thing to coach or teach a new athlete but the main thing I like to cover would probably be to have good form and proper technique so we can eliminate any injuries from happening. What I love about the CrossFit community is that just like anything else, it's what you put in that helps! For example eating right or pushing yourself, you know all that good stuff! But I love CrossFit. I'm not the type to go to the gym and be motivated to work out by myself. CrossFit helps me push myself, I like the competition part of it too. I never used to be the competitive type but now that I'm getting stronger I love it! I feel like CrossFit is for everyone who's willing to step out of their comfort zone and push their limits. Seeing results is definitely another reason why I love pushing myself and even seeing someone else’s results helps as well. It isn’t easy, but if you are willing to work hard and push yourself, then it does get easier with time and patience and practice.

Liz Ruiz- Assistant Coach

28, Retreat Director at Massage Heights, mother of one: Aadyn Harper, 9 yrs old. My favorite movements box jumps, butterfly pullups and power cleans. Amrap's are probably my favorite type of workout because you have the time cap, the rep scheme/movements and it’s just you against yourself trying to push past your limit to get as many rounds as possible. There is truly nothing in this world like the CrossFit community. It's absolutely inspiring. Since starting CrossFit I’ve seriously made so many wonderful friends who feel pretty much like family.We push each other, we motivate each other. During a competition or even during a WOD at the box you find yourself cheering on your competitors and still wanting to see them do well. I want to be a coach because I know firsthand how life changing CrossFit can be. I believe in it and how beneficial it is. I seriously get teary eyed and chills when I get to witness someone hitting a PR they've been hoping for, finally conquering their fear of box jumps and just doing things they never even imagined doing. Witnessing the changes and watching someone grow in this journey is why I really look forward to being a coach. My love for CrossFit was instant. It was challenging and nothing like I had ever tried before. I felt like I was going to die...I still feel like I’m going to die during workouts but that feeling of euphoria after the clock stops is amazing. You feel like a complete and total badass and there’s such a sense of accomplishment I get after class is over. It’s always challenging, no matter if you've been doing it for 1 week or 5 years. There is no arrival with CrossFit.There is no end. You’re forever trying to progress and get better. It's why I think some people don’t do it because they will never get there. You need a learner’s heart and you have to be willing to walk into the box everyday with your guard down. It's a long journey to a far off destination. 

Manny Garcia-Staff

I’m 26 years old, I am currently a Police Officer in Hondo, TX and a Part Time Student at the University of Incarnate Word. I have been doing CrossFit since about 2014 and love every minute in the box, it’s almost hard to leave sometimes. What I really enjoy about 411 CrossFit is the people who are in the community of our box. No matter your speed, how much you can lift, or how much you weigh, when you walk into those doors everyone, and I mean everyone, is there to support you in the journey to your success. The encouragement and confidence you receive is unparalleled to any gym I have ever been to, and for that matter it carries us beyond our Box community into our daily lives each and every day. To this day I owe a lot of my Career success to the Coaches (Aaron, Jeff and Caitlyn) for pushing me beyond my mental limits, and what I thought were my physical limitations. I walked into those same doors weighing 315lbs wanting a change for myself and to one day be a Police Officer. For an entire year these coaches pushed me, I lost 65 lbs and was accepted into the Police Academy in 2015. To these coaches I owe a lifetime of gratitude. That being said, I thank them and the Community Here at 411 CrossFit. My Story is still being written, where does yours begin?


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