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THE SoLa CrossFit STORY

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

COACH

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

OWNER & HEAD COACH

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

COACH

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!

CJ Martini coach at SoLa CrossFit

CJ Martini

COACH

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

COACH

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.

Lauren Knobloch coach at SoLa CrossFit

Lauren Knobloch

ATHLETE EXPERIENCE SPECIALIST

Jess Appel coach at SoLa CrossFit

Jess Appel

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Robert Montoya

Level 1 CrossFit Trainer
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrtion
Coach

Robert been doing CrossFit for two years and functional fitness for about four. He loves coaching because he loves seeing athletes find more of their true potential, especially when they get that "Ah-ha!" moment and a new skill or technique clicks. His favorite movement to train is probably the back squat but the Olympic lifts are also really fun to coach. When not in the gym Robert is an avid reader and has actually collected every printed piece by Kurt Vonnegut.

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