I’ve been a member of Crossfit Dynamix for 3 years. When I first joined I was a proud member of the 11am Lion Pride class. I seldom if ever took classes in the evening. Due to schedule changes I began to take class at 5pm, and that is when I had the great pleasure of meeting Coach Hugo Rivera, whom I know refer to as my friend Whoogs!
In January 2015, I decided to take my training to a new level and sign up for Personal Training sessions. Within the past year Whoogs was patient but persistent (very), always wanting to see me perform at my best and will settle for nothing less. With each Lift and Metcon, he encourages me to “Move Faster and Lift Heavier” :-)
What I love most about Whoogs, is his heart. He genuinely wants the best for every athlete. Hugo can see your potential to do better even when you don’t think it’s possible. Thank you for being a great Coach,Mentor, Friend and Teacher.
T is for talented that you surely are
E is for explaining so patiently
A is for the ability to make the class fun
C is for correcting us when we were wrong
H is for helping us in every way
E is for encouraging us to do our best
R is for rare, there is only one of you!
I started training with Hugo almost 2 years ago. I noticed in class that he is very patient with newbies and I thought it would be helpful to train with him so I can learn all the fundamentals of CrossFit. I didn’t have any specific goals, but as time went on, and I got stronger; I was hooked. Working with Hugo has improved my overall strength, balance and endurance. He encourages me when I’m struggling in a certain area, and never gives up.
Hugo pushes you beyond your mental and physical limits. He programs very rigorous, and a great variety of high intensity workouts, which keeps us all coming back month after month. He is very knowledgeable; when I injured my wrist last year, he helped me modify workouts and continue to gain strength and always kept the workouts challenging and fun.
Hugo knows everyone very well; he knows everyone’s strengths and weaknesses and probably most of our PRs. He enjoys his work and it shows; he is very dedicated to helping all of us get stronger and reaching our goals.
I highly recommend him as a coach and/or personal trainer.
Hugo has been a great coach to work with! He is invested in your progress and genuinely wants to see you improve. When I started working with him, I wanted to work on my gymnastics and strict strength. So far, I have PR’d all of my benchmark WODs, my handstand push-ups have improved tremendously, and I actually feel like I can do pull-ups! Those last 2 have always been a struggle for me.
I love the variety of the daily programming, and he’s always available for feedback (read: I complain, he says suck it up. Just kidding! He gives good feedback). I’m excited for what’s to come!
Rena Eleázar PT, DPT, CSCS
Last year I started working with Hugo for a physical for a job. I had known Hugo from running the 8pm classes at CrossFit Dynamix which I had attended, so I was familiar with him and had a rapport. On our first day we went through my goals and found out what events I was most deficient in. Over the course of the next few months Hugo was able to build up my running and my strength numbers. After the physical I told Hugo I wanted to change my goals and he was able to develop new benchmarks to reach. In the course of a year I went from not being able to run 1 mile to running 3 without stopping and being able to do 100 burpees. Hugo is very approachable and open to the needs of his clients, many times he was able to change my programming depending on the needs of my life. I constantly feel like I am getting stronger and fitter, when I started fitness was like a mark that someone just reached, but through working with Hugo I realized it's an ever evolving goal that you and because part of you life. Lastly, with Hugo you don't feel like a client, he treats you like a friend and cares for you to reach your goals. I know for sure I wouldn't of been able to reach any of my goals without Hugo's help and guidance.
Ashley got me in shape for my wedding! I told her what my goals were, to slim down, get toned and to look amazing in my sweetheart wedding dress, which means I needed my arms to look lean. She gave me a 3 month program and worked with my strengths and weaknesses pushing me to the limit each time. Although I didn't do private sessions with her she was always checking in on my progress and giving me encouragement. By following her program and staying consistent with my diet I achieved the most amazing results and more for my wedding day! Ashley cares a lot about her clients and puts every effort to make their goals come true.
I've worked with Ashley for over three years now. Her intuitive style of training is a special gift that she possesses. She bases our training on my own individual strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Most importantly however, she can spontaneously create a session that will fit the physical and mental needs of her clients affected by the demands of life on any given day. I am a distance runner who was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both hips, however through her training I've managed to stay in the running game; she's helped me to cross that finish line for two marathons!marathons! Ashley is constantly researching her field of expertise and will implement her knowledge into her training to help keep her clients healthy and strong. She is extremely supportive, patient, and encouraging; she has always created a safe environment for me to challenge myself. I have accomplished things in our sessions I never thought I'd ever be able to do.
Anytime you struggle with a movement, sign up with a coach!Before my personal training sessions with coach Ashley, I struggled with my gymnastic movements. I couldn't kip for the life of me and it hindered my progress with moving more efficiently through the workouts. With one, one on one sessions, I was able to string together my pull ups! It felt awesome! And same with my Handstand push-ups! She is wonderful at communicating what you should do with your body and how to connect it with your mind to actually do it correctly!
Lastly, my fabulous clean is all because of her! I love this movement. I dream about this movement. I'm very good at this movement. So glad I signed up to have a one on one session with her!
Her knack for observation and seeing even the minutest of flaws allows both beginners and athletes to benefit from her tutelage. She is an excellent coach who knows exactly what you need to be a healthy active strong person. With Ash you gain confidence and self love as she helps you on your path to a healthier life.
Injuries are no joke, but also no excuse to not continue improving what you can. Ash always has the scaled version and knows when you've been babying that injury too long and it needs to be pushed. She's helped me come back quicker and stronger than ever!!!
Working with Ashley is actually what motivated me to return to the gym after a short absence. Her energy is infectious and her patience is limitless. She is genuinely interested and cares about her clients as people, and therefore has helped me meet and exceed my goals.
Working with Ashley has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences for me. Not only has Ashley worked with me to help me lose 20+ pounds but I was able to fall in love with fitness due to her teaching style.
Having worked with other personal trainers, I can say Ashley is truly the best. She really listened to my goals and helped to keep me on track. She also taught me a lot about clean eating and gave me feedback on what to eat and when to eat it. She is always approachable and is constantly motivating me to give it my best every time we trained.
I am proud to not only call her my coach, but a very close friend as well. My experience with Ashley has truly been life changing, I recommend her without reservation.