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Craig Howard

Craig Howard

Coach / Owner / Co-Founder

Craig Howard
Craig Howard

Coach / Owner / Co-Founder

Craig has been into fitness for more than 35 years. His athletic background includes competitive water polo & skiing in high school & college. After college, Craig spent many hours in the gym training for strength and size. In his 30’s he caught the running bug and completed many half and full marathons, finally graduating to triathlons.

In 2003 at age 41, he found CrossFit and was hooked. In 2006 he partnered with Jeremy and launched Diablo CrossFit. He loves competition, competes in the Games qualifying events, and qualifying for the CrossFit Games as a Masters athlete in 2011 and 2013.  In 2013 Craig achieved one of his fitness goals by winning the CrossFit Games Masters 50-54 year-old Division.

Craig is passionate about CrossFit for its incredible simplicity, superior efficacy, and amazing results for EVERYONE, including the de-conditioned, the disabled as well as top athletes.

CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Swimming Trainer
CrossFit Strongman Trainer
USAW Club Coach Certificate
CPR, AED, & First Aid Certificate
2011 CrossFit Games Masters, 13th Place (45 – 49)
2013 CrossFit Games, 1st Place (50 – 54)

Jennifer Ismar

Jennifer Ismar

Coach / General Manager

Jennifer Ismar
Jennifer Ismar

Coach / General Manager

Jennifer was first introduced to CrossFit in 2009 by one of her Krav Maga instructors in Chicago and she was immediately hooked. That same year she had the opportunity to compete on the Windy City CrossFit Team at the 2009 CrossFit Games in Aromas, California. She would compete with her team again in 2010 and at the Regionals in 2011. These experiences further cultivated her passion for the sport and she quickly turned her private personal training job into a full time CrossFit Coach position.

Jennifer moved to the Bay Area to escape the cold winters and seek new adventures, and found CrossFit Moxie in 2012 (and later Diablo CrossFit in 2017). She is extremely passionate about continuing education and actively seeks out programs to enhance her skill set. She draws on this wide knowledge base along with her personal athletic experience to coach and motivate others to make lasting lifestyle changes that optimize health and quality of life.

CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2) Trainer
Precision Nutrition Certified Coach, PN1
Opex CCP Associate Coach
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
RKC Instructor (Russian Kettlebell Certified)
Certified Functional Movement Therapist (F.M.S.)
CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer
Carl Paoli Gymnastic Seminar Attendee
Gymnastics Bodies Level 1 Seminar Attendee
National Academy of Sports Medicine CPT
Krav Maga: Level 5 Student, Brown Belt
CPR, AED, & First Aid Certificate

Natalie Talbert

Natalie Talbert

Coach / San Jose Manager

Natalie Talbert
Natalie Talbert

Coach / San Jose Manager

Natalie has a passion for fitness and people. She began her athletic career at a young age and was instantly hooked on aquatic sports. Natalie quickly made the switch from competitive swimming to competitive year round water polo. After completing her high school career as a league MVP, Natalie joined the San Jose State University women’s water polo team. There she played 4 years of Division 1 water polo team and helped her team achieve top 10 finishes in the nation. Natalie spent an unusual amount of time in the SJSU weight room, completely enthralled with the intricacies of this land sport that lent itself to strength and power!

Following her collegiate career, the transition to CrossFit and its competitive atmosphere, only seemed natural. Natalie graduated with a BS in psychology and loves to work with people to uncover their fullest potential as they reach their health and fitness goals. After coaching swimming and water polo for years, Natalie felt compelled to move coaching from passion to profession and started coaching CrossFit. Her devotion to fitness and drive to learn, keep her motivated to improve her education daily in order to serve the members of Diablo CrossFit Moxie. Natalie has her CrossFIt L1 and is in the process of completing her Precision Nutrition L1. She is called to invest in and walk alongside women traveling through their pregnancies, while still crossfitting and maintaining good health.

Natalie spends her time competitively exercising, adventuring with her husband Sam and daughter Azariah, and doing anything active outdoors! She loves good coffee and paddle boarding in Santa Cruz. It is with great joy that Natalie spends her days investing in the members here at Diablo CrossFit Moxie.

CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer
Precision Nutrition Certified Coach, PN1 (in progress)
SJSU D1 Women’s Water Polo, 2008-2012
SJSU Angela Riddle Award, 2011
SJSU Queen of the Weight Room Award 2012
CPR, AED, & First Aid Certificate

Paige Sousa

Paige Sousa

Coach

Paige Sousa
Paige Sousa

Coach

Paige grew up In the Central Valley of California where she dabbled in multiple sports: gymnastics, softball, track and field, dance and basketball. Basketball took over her life around age 13 when she gave up all other sports to focus on it year round. After 13 years of school and competitive traveling basketball, Paige finished up her second and final season of Junior College play in 2011. She immediately entered the coaching world the same year for her former high school girls’ basketball team. in 2012, she was hired as an assistant coach for Modesto Junior College, where she was still attending as student. She spent two years coaching there before leaving to finish her degree.

During this time, Paige began to focus on fitness at a globo-gym; becoming a fan of bodybuilding style training. But without a competitive atmosphere, this soon lost its appeal and she joined a local gym who specialized in training college football players in 2012. It was there she learned how to use fitness to become more athletic and powerful, being introduced to the clean and jerk. (Which is still her favorite lift and first true love.)

When Paige moved San Jose to complete her degree at SJSU, the only similar option of training that let her drop weights and compete with the guys was CrossFit.

Since becoming a member of Diablo Crossfit Moxie in 2014, Paige has become fully intoxicated by the “kool-aid,” despite a traumatic lesson on high intensity with a 1k row time trial on her first day. She competed in her first RX team competition just 4 months after joining. Since then, she has competed in Olympic weightlifting meets and several other local Crossfit competitions in the South Bay Area.

Paige’s background of coaching led her to ditch her original career path of Professional and Technical Writing and get her Crossfit Level 1 certification at the Ranch in 2016. She also plans on completing her CF Weightlifting and USAW certifications in the future. Paige values the community of CrossFit more than anything, believing the power of people sweating together and supporting each other is what truly makes CrossFit more than just a strength and conditioning program.

CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2) Trainer
CPR, AED, & First Aid Certificate

Katie Lindsey

Katie Lindsey

Coach

Katie Lindsey
Katie Lindsey

Coach

Katie has always had a love for sports and coaching others. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she spent 11 years swimming competitively. Not straying far from the water, she rowed crew for 3+ years at the University of the Pacific, where she graduated with a BA in Sports Medicine.

Her love for teaching and coaching began with her first job as a swim instructor and lifeguard in 2003. This continued until she began coaching swimming in 2011. In addition to swimming, Katie also spent 2 years coaching collegiate, high school, and masters rowing.

When she walked in the doors of CrossFit Moxie in December 2009, she was immediately hooked on not only the workouts, but also the community. Her passion for fitness and helping others led her into coaching CrossFit in 2012. Katie has also been a full time competitive swim coach for De Anza Cupertino Aquatics since 2012.

CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2) Trainer
CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer
Russian Kettle Bell Certified (RKC)
American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 1, 2, & 3 
USA Swimming Registered Coach
Lifeguard
CPR, AED, & First Aid Certificate

Richard Guzman

Richard Guzman

Coach

Richard Guzman
Richard Guzman

Coach

In 2011, Coach Guz (no one calls him by his first name) suffered through his 1st CrossFit workout at CrossFit Moxie. He had finished his time as a US Marine and moved to San Jose, CA. Of course he considered himself to be in excellent shape. However, that very first CrossFit workout kicked… his… butt…he was hooked.

From that day forward CrossFit (Nutrition, Conditioning, Gymnastics, and Weightlifting) became his passion. He read everything he could on the subject, watched every video, and even began helping out at CrossFit Moxie in his spare time. CrossFit Moxie soon became his family.

A lot has changed since the day he found CrossFit and CrossFit Moxie in 2011, but his passion for it has only grown. Whether you consider yourself an athlete, soccer mom, arm chair quarterback, or just want to be fit… Coach Guz and the staff here at CrossFit Moxie are ready to help you achieve your goals.

Coach Guz still serves our country in the California Army National Guard as a Combat Medic. He owns a Cane Corso named Kara, enjoys black coffee, kit kats, and tacos.

CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer
NREMT Certificate
US Marines, Sergeant
CA Army National Guard, Sergeant
BLS, CPR, AED, & First Aid Certificate

Sean Ranney

Sean Ranney

Coach

Sean Ranney
Sean Ranney

Coach

Sean Ranney, is a Student at SJSU in the Kinesiology Department Graduating in the Fall with a degree to be an exercise and fitness specialist. He found CrossFit in 2012 while attending Lewis and Clark University in Portland Oregon for Football. When he decided to move back to California and attend SJSU he knew he wasn’t done being an athlete. Luckily he found CrossFit Moxie and since 2013 it has been his home. Sean started as a member and quickly fell head over heels for all CrossFit had to offer. He attended his L-1 seminar spring 2014 in Aromas at the Ranch and that next fall was coaching at CrossFit Moxie. Sean is currently coaching the the Diablo Strong Classes, the RX + class, and CrossFit Classes throughout the week. Moxie is and has been his home, the community and the coaches have all kept him grounded while he finishes his degree.

CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer
NASM PT Certified
Russian Kettlebell Cert level 1
CPR, AED, & First Aid Certificate

Michael Olivas

Mike Olivas

Coach

Michael Olivas
Mike Olivas

Coach

Michael has an extensive background in sports. It began when he was 6 years old playing pee-wee football. Michael continued with football through high school where he also got introduced to rugby and wrestling. Mike was first introduced to CrossFit in 2009. It wasn’t until 3 years later that he was able to fully commit to CrossFit and hasn’t looked back since. His passion grew even further when he learned about the competitive side of CrossFit in 2013 as he entered the world wide open. Michael then pursued CrossFit as a sport and fell even more in love with the community it fostered. He then began coaching in 2015 realizing that helping others grow mentally and physically became the most inspiring part to him. Now nothing makes Michael happier than helping others grow as individuals and representing his home affiliate community at local CrossFit competitions.

CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer
CPR, AED, & First Aid Certificate

Erik Bucholz

Coach

Erik Bucholz

Coach

One of the original founding fathers of CrossFit Moxie, Coach Eric has been here since the beginning. While earning a degree in kinesiology and playing Division 1 football at San Jose State, Eric was introduced to CrossFit as part of his strength and conditioning training. After his collegiate football career, Eric soon became the first employee of CrossFit Moxie as a full time coach. While coaching, Eric has been a member of all of Moxie’s regional teams and spearheaded our Athletic Edge kids camps. Now, in addition to coaching, Eric is a full time police officer with the city of San Jose and continues to embody the Moxie spirit!

CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer
CPR, AED, & First Aid Certificate

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