Zee Brod eats, sleeps, and breathes his passion of CrossFit. The Sport of Fitness has affected his mind, body and soul allowing him to pursue his passion and leave his job of eight years to help and lead others on the path to an amazing healthy life. Zee has a vast athletic background being involved in sports all of his life. He was a star point guard in high school and then discovered his love of the weight room. An avid gym rat, Zee worked with several trainers and was very close to opening a personal training business several times. However, when Zee found CrossFit his true calling was found and he decided that every day, every workout, every person, caused the rest his life to fall into place. Zee is a CrossFit Level 1 Coach, USAW Level 1 Coach, an Underground Strength Coach, CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified, WITS certified, and has an Olympic lifting certification from Charles Staley.
Brian Jaffe has found his truest, best self through CrossFit. Driven by the constant pursuit of excellence and motivated by his unwavering passion, Brian has realized his goal to help make people better. Brian has been active most of his life, playing intramural basketball in college but grew tired of hitting the regular gym routine. Brian then discovered CrossFit and something inside of him changed as he was provided the proper channel to express his passion for health and fitness. Brian is a nutrition enthusiast who believes that a sustainable healthy lifestyle begins with proper diet. Brian has a B.A. in Business Administration from the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, is a CrossFit Level 1 Coach, USAW Level 1 Coach, an Underground Strength Coach, CrossFit Olympic lifting Certified and is Charles Staley Olympic lifting certified.
Nikki has always had a love for sports and competition. Even as young child she would play and watch sports as much as she could; however, it was not an easy road to play them as by the age of 10 she had 3 open heart surgeries and suffered significant hearing loss (thank god for much advanced technology on hearing aids J). Knowing how fortunate she is as a survivor, she realizes how lucky she is to just be in the arena, win or lose. Throughout her life she has played soccer, trained and competed in Kung Fu for 8 years, even going to China twice for extensive training. She is an avid runner who has completed several races, including a Marathon. Nikki found CrossFit almost 4 years ago when she moved out west from Washington DC to pursue a Visual Effects career. She has been a dedicated athlete and competitor ever since. While she still has a profound love of the arts and continues to paint, draw and sculpt any chance she gets, CrossFit is her passion that has given her wings, and there has been nothing more rewarding than to be a part of such an amazing community. Coaching is a way for her to give back to the CrossFit family she has gotten so much from. She wants to show people there is an athlete in all of us. By beating the odds herself, she knows that no matter what obstacles stand in your way, they can be broken through! Nikki is CrossFit Level 1 Certified, CrossFit Gymnastics Certified, CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified, CrossFit Power Lifting Certified and has an Olympic Lifting Certificate from Charles Staley.
Andrew was born and raised in Visalia, CA and has been playing sports since he can remember. He started getting really into weight training and working out consistently when he was 13 years old. At age 19 Andrew moved to San Diego to play football and to earn his degree in Kinesiology as well as personal training certifications from ISSA and NSCA. After college he was a personal trainer and Boxing coach at San Diego's premiere boxing club. He also participated in Jiu Jitsu tournaments to help stay conditioned and fuel his competitive nature.
Wanting a change in his life Andrew moved to Los Angeles in January of 2012 and was immediately introduced to CrossFit by one of his friends. From there he earned his Level 1 CrossFit Trainer certificate and has never looked back! Andrew loves CrossFit because it gives you that same feeling as you get when you compete in sports. Besides that, it is always challenging, and no matter how good you think you are, you can always be so much better. He has personally changed so much because of CrossFit and the change that he has seen in so many other people is unexplainable. He has always had a passion for fitness and helping others, and he hopes to do this through CrossFit for the rest of his life.
Tom Berklund first began his journey with CrossFit in 2011 and has been hooked ever since. Fitness and sport have always been a big part of his life, but CrossFit has helped him to become a more well-rounded and motivated athlete. Tom is also a trained Broadway dancer and has found his abilities and body awareness in this regard to have helped him become proficient in his weightlifting technique. He finds coaching and guiding others to become healthier a huge inspiration for his own self-improvement and is very excited to be a part of the Cave CrossFit team. Tom has a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan in Theatre. He was awarded his CrossFit Level 1 in 2013 and his NASM PT certification in September of 2014.