- Dusty Sulon-Co-Owner/ Coach
- Joseph Dodson-Co-Owner/ Coach
- Arnold Koo-Coach
- Eli Murrie-Coach
- CJ Faust – Gymnastics Coach
- Naomi Fisher – Yoga Instructor
- Paula Demartini – Yoga Instructor
- Dusty Sulon has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Chico State and graduated in 2008. He is CrossFit Level 1 certified and also has his certification in CrossFit mobility/recovery and olympic lifting. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA). He is also a certified personal trainer from the National Association of Sports Medicine.
Dusty’s interest in sport came early as he started t ball when he was 6 and never turned back. His baseball career continued all the way through college. As the years passed he got more and more interested in how to make himself perform better at his sport. In his second year of college he became a certified personal trainer and began training people to help others obtain their fitness goals as well. At that point he switched his major from architecture to exercise physiology and decided that he wanted to study exercise and its effects for his career. He graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in exercise physiology.
After beginning CrossFit while going to school in Chico he moved back to Danville where he found a CrossFit facility and increased his work capacity even more. CrossFit is now his life/obsession and has replaced the one time impossible task of replacing baseball as his favorite sport. Dusty has been coaching clients daily since 2008 and spends his days helping people become happy, healthier and lead more fit lifestyles through CrossFit.
- Joe has had a passion for health and fitness his whole life. He grew up playing every sport imaginable including, soccer, baseball and basketball. Through high school he was competitive in both water polo and soccer making the varsity teams his sophomore year.
After high school Joe began to study emergency medicine and fire science with hopes and ambitions to become a firefighter/paramedic. Through his studies he found a passion for emergency medicine and helping others and has spent the last 7 years as a Paramedic in a busy 911 system.
While helping others through Emergency Medical Services with their acute and chronic illnesses and injuries, Joe’s own physical conditioning had been steadily declining. Determined to find alternative methods of fitness and not wanting to become another victim of an unhealthy lifestyle, in 2008 Joe stumbled across the sport of CrossFit and has never looked back. He is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer as well as a CrossFit Kids Trainer and has been helping his clients achieve their fitness and wellness goals through CrossFit. Joe has found that the correlation between his love of EMS and his passion for CrossFit fit together perfectly.
Arnold has been active in the sports and fitness world ever since a young age. Growing up, he competed in the USTA tennis league until the end of his high school career. After graduating from the University of Oregon in 2012 with a degree in General Science and a minor in Chemistry, Arnold returned home eager to pursue his excitement for both fitness and healthcare. He currently works as a histotechnician but has found a real passion in focusing on his Crossfit career.
Arnold’s crossfit career began back in college where he grew tired of the routine trips to the school gym (bench press 4x a week, no joke). Then in 2012, he stumbled upon videos of people engaging in crazy exercises on Youtube. Feeding his curiosity, he joined a membership to Eugene Crossfit before ulitmately returning to the Bay Area, where he unknowingly would find his second “home” at Crossfit Danville….. the rest is history.
Currently Arnold is Level 1 Crossfit certified and coaches Fundamentals along with a Stretching/Mobility class. As a teacher and student of the Crossfit program, he is constantly amazed by the self improvement and positive nature that Crossfit develops in every person that steps through the gym door.
Eli found CrossFit in 2009 and has become healthier and happier than he ever has in life. Shortly after starting, he received his L1 Certificate in 2009 and later on completed the L2 coaches prep course and the mobility course.
After growing up a big kid weighing over 330 lbs. he had never found any gym routine or nutrition plan that stuck or helped him get in shape. In early 2009 after running his first (and also last) marathon, Eli was approached by one of his coworkers who said they were opening a CrossFit gym and wanted him to try it out. The first few months were rough, not being able to do a pull up or even a push up, but with caring friends and dedicated coaches it was easy to stick with it and get him in better shape than he has ever been in his life and do things he never thought at all possible.
Eli’s passion for CrossFit is in the motivation that you get from the community around you. Being able to help someone achieve potential that they didn’t imagine possible is why he coaches. Eli has been a coach now for 4 years and is excited for the move to Danville to help its members lead a more healthy and fit lifestyle.
Our gymnastics coach, CJ Faust, had a 15 plus year gymnastics career as an athlete. He was a 4-year letterman at UC Cal Berkeley, a member of Cal’s 1997 NCAA Division 1 national championship team and started pbars, pommel horse and rings. He was also named 1997 Most Inspirational Gymnast by his teammates. CJ has an award named after him called the Christopher James “CJ” Faust award that is still in existence today.
CJ also was a volunteer men’s gymnastics Assistant Coach at Cal from 1998-2000. He went to Diablo Gymnastics School in San Ramon and Cal Bear Rec Club growing up. He was the head coach of the boy’s competitive gymnastics team at Diablo Gym during college (1994-1998).
CJ started Crossfit in April of 2011 at Paradiso Crossfit while living in Los Angeles. A former Cal gymnast teammate turned Hollywood stuntman talked him into trying it out with his stunt buddies back then and he hasn’t looked back since. CJ has been an active member of Crossfit Danville since we opened our doors in 2012.
Naomi Fisher- RYT 200: Naomi has been an avid CrossFit member for over five years. She found the love for practicing yoga four years ago and became a certified instructor in 2012 through Corepower Yoga in Berkeley. She found yoga to be the perfect complement to Cross Fit’s physical and mental intensity, she loves to share it with the Cross Fit community. Naomi currently teaches a one hour Vinyasa style yoga at Cross Fit Danville and regularly practices Bikram hot yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and loves a good heated flow class.
Engineer by day, Yoga teacher by night. Left-brained, numbers lady, Paula Demartini always thought yoga was ‘not for her’. It seemed too ethereal, too hippy. Any free time in her busy schedule could not be wasted with ‘stretching’. But as the work load and pace of life increased, she was drawn more and more to the practice of yoga.
Then she found it….Nothing.
Even if just for a few brief moments, her mind would be quiet. Peace and sweaty Savasana. Mindfulness, that carried into her everyday life. Balance of vocation and vacation, left-brain and right-brain, yin and yang. Now this yogi engineer treasures the opportunity to share the gift of yoga with Crossfit Danville.