owner of SoLa CrossFit

Dave Appel - OWNER

Dave Appel is the Founder and Head Coach of SoLa CrossFit. After receiving a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a short stint as a physical education teacher, Dave followed his passion and worked in fitness for over 20 years. At the helm of SoLa CrossFit since day one, Dave has been on a mission to create the most exceptional CrossFit in Austin. Delivering outstanding, form specific coaching in a friendly and inclusive environment. Austin Fit Magazine has voted Dave one of Austin’s Best CrossFit Coaches twice and one of Austin’s 10 Fittest.

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OUR coaches

Waleed Alqadi coach at SoLa CrossFit

Waleed Alqadi


Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
Coach Waleed has been doing CrossFit for over 7 years. He is passionate about watching people push themselves and prove they can do more than they ever thought. His favorite movement to train is the Snatch. Waleed has amazing, calming energy and really knows how to make athletes feel comfortable. That combined with his vast technical knowledge enables him to be an amazing trainer for both new and experienced athletes.

Dave Appel coach at SoLa CrossFit

Dave Appel


Level 2 CrossFit Trainer
Voted one of the Best CrossFit Coaches in Austin twice, Dave Appel has a lifetime of experience in fitness. He holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois and has been coaching CrossFit for over 8 years. He is passionate about creating a space where everyone can feel comfortable pushing themselves towards their personal fitness goals. His favorite movement to train is the Thruster.

Dave is an incredibly technical coach, who is skilled at both welcoming beginners and fine tuning top end athlete performance.

Paul DeGuzman coach at SoLa CrossFit

Paul DeGuzman


Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
Paul has spend 4 years coaching CrossFit. Being able to push people past their limits is his favorite part of coaching. He believes most people (himself included) can achieve way more than they think they can, and so it's really rewarding to give people the confidence to break through those limits and see them do it. He loves any type of clean and Holleyman is his favorite benchmark workout.

Outside of the gym he loves hiking and walking!

Gina King coach at SoLa CrossFit

Gina King


Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
Certified Life Coach
As a Level Up coach, Gina brings a strong background in HIIT & Bootcamp style classes to SoLa! She has been in the fitness industry for over 5 years and joined our team from F45. She is passionate about empowering others. She is driven by leading athletes to overcome limiting beliefs and helping push people to go further than they think they can.

She loves showing each athlete in her class that they can achieve anything they dream! Gina’s favorite movement to train is the Deadlift. She injured herself badly doing this exact movement years ago because she didn’t understand proper form and technique. Luckily, her brother coached her through it and showed her how to create connection through her entire body. Obviously a game changer, this experience helped develop her love for coaching. Gina truly believes in each athlete she coaches. She knows that anything is possible and her background in education and psychology allows her to understand how to help athletes remove mental blocks that can prevent improvements in their fitness. She is an incredibly positive and supportive coach who can also challenge your fitness limits.

CJ Martini coach at SoLa CrossFit

CJ Martini


Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
CrossFit Scaling Certification
CrossFit Judges Certification
CJ has been doing CrossFit for over 7 years. As someone who battled through physical/fitness challenges, CJ feels honored to be able to push people past their limits for at least 1 hour of their day! His favorite movement to train is the Clean. As a coach and in life CJ is authentically himself. His style is approachable and easy to connect with.

Whether it’s his playlist or savvy dance moves you are going to enjoy your escape from the day to day and be motivated to push past your limits!

Rudy Rodriguez coach at SoLa CrossFit

Rudy Rodriguez


Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
Rudy has been doing CrossFit for 3.5 years. He loves coaching because he loves watching people do things they never thought they could do. Watching an athlete accomplish a goal and seeing the smile and joy on their face is THE reason he coaches! His favorite movement to train is the Clean & Jerk. Rudy brings an energy and creates a class atmosphere that allows everyone in his class to have fun.

Chris Tennes coach at SoLa CrossFit

Chris Tennes


Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
Burgener Strength Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 Aerobic Capacity Certification with Chris Hinshaw The Gymnastics Course Level 1 NASM Certified Personal Trainer Movement & Mobility Level 1 - The Ready State Chris is passionate about helping people FEEL BETTER! He aids athletes in achieving greater strength and fitness but there are so many other factors involved. Some of the most exciting benefits of training for Chris is waking up with less pain, more functionality and better mental health.

He is super stoked if he can help one person feel better each day. Chris loves to train Power Cleans and Bar Muscle Ups. He has a great ability to meet athletes where they are and help them meet THEIR goals. His own athletic history playing beach volleyball and using CrossFit to heal his own mobility issues allows him to easily connect and communicate with any athlete in his class!

Lauren Knobloch coach at SoLa CrossFit

Lauren Knobloch


Jess Appel coach at SoLa CrossFit

Jess Appel


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