Meet our Team

Mychal Pham - Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
B.S. Kinesiology – San Jose State University
USA Weightlifting – Coach Level 1

Although Mychal was sold on the competitiveness and methodology of CrossFit, he was was most excited about sharing a complete fitness regiment that can help all types of people.  Leaving his P.E. Teacher job behind, he opened up a fitness gym called "Grudge" because he never wanted people to forget where they started from.

Tait Nguyen - Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
B.A. Art – CSU Northridge

Tait shares a story like most people: Prior to CrossFit, he had trouble sticking to any type of workout program until he found Grudge Fitness. It was the programming, coaching, and constantly varied workouts that kept him interested.  Tait has since completed his internship for a Coaching role and is currently personal training oncoming clients helping them achieve their goals.  His super charming lumberjack smile and personable coaching approach helps new people learn how to CrossFit less intimidating. 

Michael Shioji - Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Originally from Hawaii, Michael completed his post high school education in the mainland and is now serving as a Doctor of Pharmacy at the Long Beach VA. During school, Michael began CrossFit and never looked back. After finishing school and beginning his career in Southern California, Michael stumbled into Grudge Fitness and gelled right away with the Grudge FamBam. Coach Shioji's coaching style can be summarized as personable, attention to detail, and always bringing a smile to the gym. 


Ben Todd - Coach

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
BS Kinesiology - CSU Fullerton

A former baseball and soccer stud athlete, Coach Ben found his calling when he stepped foot into Grudge Fitness. Cherishing the ability to test his physical limits while working with (or against) others around him, he knew CrossFit was the way to go. The fitness philosophy and community aspect was a win-win situation, so becoming a Coach at Grudge Fitness was always tinkering in the back of his mind. After completing his bachelors degree at CSUF, he finally took the plunge and furthered his education by becoming CrossFit Level 1 certified. 

Brenda Espinoza - Intern

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (Pending)
Licensed Massage Therapist

Fitness is life. She's always happy to share her experiences, tips, and spreads as much advice as she can. Currently, Brenda serves as one of our Personal Trainers to help newcomers transition into our CrossFit Group Class. Don't be shy, say hi.