Ruben Perez

Head Coach/ Owner

DOB: 7/19/87

Born in SF, Raised in Marin County, Resides in Napa.

Baseball: played at Redwood HS, was all league in 2005, played at Solano JC was all league in 2008, Full ride to Abilene Christian University. Played in the Cape Code League in 2009 with the Cotuit Ketteleers. Played in the California Winter League with the Canada A’s. Had a private workout in Scottsdale AZ with the SF Giants.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, NASM, CPR/AED Cert

Started CrossFit Jan. 1st, 2012.  My first W.O.D. was Cindy and has been hooked ever since.

Personal: Enjoys watching baseball, great food, helping others reach their goals, hanging with his Bulldogs “Agnes and Erik”, seeing his nephews, trying to see how much one can change the human body.

“The comfort zone is beautiful, but nothing has ever grown there.”

***Competed in 2013 CrossFit Games NorCal Regionals, with CrossFit Solano

***Placed 30th in NorCal in the 2015 CrossFit Open

***2nd Place 2015 Battle of Boxes in Mexico

***2015 WODapalooza Elite Team

***2015 GRID Pro Day

***2015 GRID Invitational

***2014 GRID Combine

***Rush Club 7

  Liz Tippitt – Coach

Liz started CrossFit in 2014 at Hanscom AFB, and ever since, she has been studying to better prepare myself as both an athlete and a coach.
She has completed the CF-L2 certification this past June, and most recently, the USAW L1 certification in October.
Liz has both a gymnastic and competitive cheerleading background, and her ultimate CF goal is to make Regionals by 2018.


alyxwdts  Alyxandra (Alyx) Gardner – Coach

DOB: 12/03/1989

Alyx grew up in between Napa and Murrieta, California. She was a nationally ranked All-American wrestler, cross-country runner and water polo player at Napa High School. She is the oldest of 5 siblings. She first experienced CrossFit in 2009 but has been coaching and training as a competitive athlete since December 2011.  Alyx became a CrossFit Level 1 Instructor in 2012. In 2014 Alyx naturally gave birth to a 7lb 11oz Archer Lyric Gardner. Since then

Alyx has dedicated herself to becoming the best coach and athlete she can be.

Alyx has competed in numerous local competitions and larger team competitions such as WodGear Team Series, and the Winter Shakedown.

Alyx ran her own Garage Affiliate called Aurochs (Or-Ox) CrossFit from 2013 to 2015. Alyx recently spent the last year working at UFC Fighter Dan Henderson’s Athletic Fitness Center where she was the strength and conditioning coach and Head of Programming.

Alyx is married to Aaron and they have 2 beautiful daughters named Ava and Archer.  In her free time she likes to spend time with her daughters, DIY Projects,  and eating.


 Rich Tippitt – Coach

Richard started CrossFit in 2013 and decided to go all in by getting his Level 1 a month after his first on-ramp.  He has been coaching ever since. First in Massachusetts, then the Beltway, and now in Napa. Since moving to Napa, competing has become his focus and competed in his first competition: Wodapalooza 2017. Richard loves learning and attempting new methods and theories. He now has his CrossFit Level 2, USA Weightlifting Level 1, and the CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1, but still focuses on learning every day.


 Jay Grimes – Coach

DOB: 06/06/1985

Jay grew up in Sonoma and after a few moves around the North Bay, Jay settled back in Sonoma with his wife, Stephanie. He has worked at several Sonoma restaurants as a chef and currently cooks at The Glen Ellen Star. Inspired by his fathers love of CrossFit both Stephanie and he joined their local crossfit gym in 2011. Almost immediately hooked on CrossFit’s focus on community and competitiveness, he never wanted to leave. After participating in every open, since 2012, and several trips to the games (as a spectator) Jay decided to get his CFL1 certificate in 2015. Jay has been coaching at EA’s Crossfit for about a year.  Jay has great respect for anyone willing to put in the work to make themselves and their community better.