Head Coach/Owner Marcel Mandagaran:

Nickname: Merk

CERTIFICATIONS:

– Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Cert 

-Level 2 CrossFit Trainer Cert
– NESTA Personal Trainer Cert

– CrossFit Kids Cert
– Mobility & Movement Cert

– Aerobic Capacity Cert

       Marcel Mandagaran was born and raised in Grants, NM. His parents own and run a business that is both a hair salon and a fitness gym. So naturally his passion became all about fitness and health. He’s a black belt in Karate, as his Father also runs a Karate business in the community. He grew up playing sports, mostly basketball and baseball. He’s been a personal trainer for nearly 10 years. He came across CrossFit about 6 years ago and never looked back. 
 Slowly he had family join him, then later a few friends and of course a few other gym rat stragglers. Quickly he put his Business Associates Degree into good use and created his own CrossFit affiliate. With his help of family, friends and phenomenal coaches, the New Mexico affiliate remains an enthusiastic box.

They currently live in Burbank, California where his wife, Jesi Mandagaran, is building her career as an Actress. Together they’ve recently opened up their second location in the city of Burbank.

Favorite Quote: “It’s not about how hard you can hit, its about how hard you get hit and keep going. That’s how winning is done.”-Rocky Balboa

Favorite CF workout: Amanda, because I love Snatches and Muscle Ups.

Favorite CF movement: Snatches because they are the most difficult to master.

Favorite movie: Rocky because he’s the Man.

Favorite Superhero: The Ninja Turtles because I used to pretend to be one when I was little.