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Brittany started her fitness at an early age here in Salinas as a competitive gymnast. She continues competing in gymnastics throughout college. After college and a little break from finessing, Brittany decided that she wanted to continue her journey of getting physically stronger. Unfortunately going to the regular gym was cutting it due to lack of data and knowledge on what to do.

Brittany came across CrossFit after some researching and felt like it was everything she was looking for as getting finally getting coached and getting data-driven results. This is what made Brittany fall in love with CrossFit. But one of Brittany’s favorite things about her CrossFit journey has how much she learned and improved her overall lifestyles like sleep, nutrition, and stress management.

After 8 years of competing in CrossFit and working under some of the best CrossFit and Sport Nutrition coaches, Brittany felt like it was her duty to share as much knowledge she could with others.

And Makers was born. From beginning, Makers was created to be safe and welcoming to all. No matter the background or past experiences. As long as you want to learn and grow in your fitness and lifestyle, that is all that matters!

Brittany Malone | Owner

meet your support team

Eddie Takashima

CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, CPR, AED, First Aid (National CPR Foundation)

How did your journey with CrossFit begin?
Being an avid cyclist (road and mountain) and gym goer since my youth I always thought I was rather fit, but then my wife Monica dragged me to my first functional fitness class which left me humbled, lying on the ground gasping for air. I wanted more.
I fully embraced CrossFit to reignite my hobbies, incorporated its methodology and further trained to compete in endurance events (Triathlons, half marathons, adventure races). With a renewed interest in fitness, I further gained an appreciation for Olympic weightlifting, rucking, and CF competitions. Over a decade later, I continue to enjoy my CrossFit journey constantly learning and growing as a father, coach and athlete, sharing its life enhancing benefits with my family, friends, and community.

What is your spirit animal:

Why do you love coaching CF:
Bridging the gap to a healthier and sustainable lifestyle is the goal for me as a coach and watching individuals achieve personal milestones along the way, make it all the worthwhile. When I witness individuals increase or maybe regain some general physical preparedness, I feel like I’m helping to make his/her lifestyle that much more improved over time. That’s the most rewarding experience for me as a CrossFit coach!

Chris Whitlow

CrossFit Level 1, CPR certified, HSN Nutrition Coaching Certification

How did your journey with CrossFit begin?

I was a runner and into fitness & sports. My brother introduced me to Crossfit and we would do bodyweight circuits. I instantly fell in love. Eventually, I took the plunge and joined a gym. A decision I will never regret. After several years of wanting to coach, an opportunity arose and I seized it. I have been doing CrossFit for over 9 years and still have the same passion that I did when I started.

What is your spirit animal?
A cheetah!

Why do you love coaching CF? I love how it feels and the sense of accomplishment I get when I achieve my fitness goals. But what I love more, is helping someone else do that. Pushing people beyond what they thought they were incapable of doing is very rewarding. I enjoy being a part of the CrossFit community, because it builds people up, gets people doing new things, and helps people to live better lives. It’s my goal to get people to focus on what they can do vs. what they can’t do. By doing so, I believe they will be better physically and mentally.

John Bryce

CrossFit Level 1

How did your journey with CrossFit begin?
My physical/health journey started after high school. I was overweight all the way through high school, I began to run and workout in a “globo” gym to address my weight and health. Through my college years I begin to get involved with cycling, both road and mountain biking; watching my first Tour de France was the clincher. I then started to compete in running road races, 10k and 1/2 marathons, as well as triathlons and biathlons.

After my children were born, I told myself that I wanted to get in the best shape of my life so that I could enjoy and participate in their lives; this included everything from snow skiing, water skiing, coaching my son’s little league an soccer teams. Now my next great motivator is to stay in shape and have a long healthy lifestyle to enjoy my soon to be grand son’s birth.

What is your spirit animal? A dolphin

Why do you love coaching CF?
I love coaching CF because it provides me an opportunity to share my joy in improving our health, bodies, and developing healthy sustainable lifestyles. The progress exhibited by our members and the joy that brings to them makes it all worthwhile for me.

Ashley Dorado

CrossFit Level 1, CF Gymnastic Course (TGC), CPR Certified

How did your journey with CrossFit begin?
Before starting CrossFit I was an avid runner. I ran 7 half marathons and was seeking to build some strength/build muscle. I trained in a global gym for about 5 years. I was introduced to CrossFit by a friend who is a current member here at Makers. After 4 months of attending classes 6 days a week, I decided to get my CF Level 1, because that is how much I loved it! CrossFit has changed my life, but coaching has built it. I have taken the CrossFit Gymnastic Course (TGC) to better and improve my coaching.

What is your spirit animal?
My spirit animal is a Labrador (dog) because they are loyal and always willing to help and work.

Why do you love coaching CF?
I love coaching CrossFit because I get to make a difference in someone’s life each day. I also get to create amazing friendships with each member and help them better their health.

Erica Ramirez


How did your journey with CrossFit begin?
My journey with CrossFit began in 2016, a year after my oldest son was born. I needed to do something to improve my physical health to be the best possible version of myself for my son and myself. I remember driving by a CrossFit gym and seeing women lifting barbells, and I was instantly inspired. I thrived from the sense of community and the outpouring support and learned that this was generally the culture of the CrossFit community across the WORLD. My passion for CrossFit grew when I saw what it was doing to my physical and mental health, all while having fun and addicted to the adrenalin of the workout and amped about what the next day’s workout will feel like.

What is your spirit animal?
A Wolf!

Why do you love coaching CF?
When I coach the 5:30am class, I love seeing how motivated and dedicated our members are while the rest of the world sleeps. It motivates me to get my workout in too. But the main reason I decided to coach is because Makers CrossFit coaches had a huge impact on my health and wellness. I hope to be that and do that for others as well.

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