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Pat Barber

I’ve been involved with CrossFit since 2003, and I’m still stoked on it 17 years later because I believe it’s one of the most powerful tools in the kit for changing the world. As CrossFit coaches, we get to help people drop the world at the door and get to know their bodies and themselves better than before.

My perfect world — the culture I want to pass down to my three kids — is filled with more resiliency, aliveness, and realness. In this new normal, humans know what’s meaningful to them and don’t get caught up in all the clutter. We’re more comfortable with discomfort because we know that growth comes with some sweat equity. We don’t run away from hard things or shield ourselves from failure or difficulty. We embody the wisdom that anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. We show up and keep chipping away, in service to ourselves and to our community.

I believe in action, in the discipline of doing, in placing energy behind the vision. And I choose to put my energy into co-creating a program that challenges people to embrace difficulty and fall back in love with life by overcoming and unlearning.

Taz Barber

I’ve been CrossFitting since 2009 and what’s kept me coming back for more is the community, the relationships. Connecting with other people through health and wellness has taught me so much about how healing fitness can be to the whole human. What I’ve realized is the line we’ve drawn in the sand between the mind and body or mind/body/emotions isn’t as clean and tidy as we were taught. But also, just sharing the experience of being pushed to mental, physical, and emotional thresholds with other humans can be really healing.

CrossFit has the power to not only help fight off disease and decrepitude but also provide a space where people of all walks of life can come together and do hard things. I believe that difference doesn’t mean dangerous. And, what we do to ourselves, we do to others, and what we do to others, we do to ourselves. This is the mindset I bring to coaching and working with affiliate owners — to create an ecosystem where people feel rooted in community and powerful enough to go out in the world and live full lives.


Chad Vaughn

With over 16 years of experience in competition and programming, I am a 2-time Olympian, 9-time National Champion, Multi-Time International medalist including the overall gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games, and the American Record Holder in the Clean and Jerk for the 77kg weight class in the sport of Weightlifting.

I have been involved in CrossFit since 2010, coaching weekly weightlifting classes, programming for every level of athlete, and leading seminars, in addition to leading weightlifting segments within many athlete’s camps throughout the world. I’ve also written a number of articles for the CrossFit Journal, with more content always in the works. Married to fellow Elite level Weightlifter and CrossFit Weightlifting Coach, Jodi Vaughn, and father to beautiful little Ella.

Coaching and Accreditation History

  • CrossFit Level 2 Coach
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • Developed and Led CrossFit Weightlifting Advanced Course
  • 2-time Olympian
  • 9-time National Champion
  • Multi-time International medalist including the overall gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games
  • American Record Holder in the Clean and Jerk for the 77kg weight class in the sport of Weightlifting

Matt Lodin

I have been a member of CrossFit’s seminar staff since 2011 instructing the L1 and L2 seminars, and a coach since 2005. I began coaching CrossFit in 2009 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in human development from the University of California, San Diego. I am currently the coach/manager of the CrossFit LLC Home Office affiliate in San Diego, CA, as well as my personal affiliate CrossFit Abound.

I have competed at 6 regionals throughout the years, with my best finish at 5th place as both an individual and on a team. While competitive fitness will always be an interest, my true passion is helping the next generation get a head start on their health and fitness. After leaving our former professions of teaching, my wife and I began a Kids and Teens program to pursue that passion. Our goal is to give kids the knowledge and tools they need to build a foundation of fitness to lead happy, healthy lives.

Coaching and Accreditation History

  • CrossFit Level 3 Coach
  • CrossFit Staff on both L1 and L2
  • CrossFit Kids, Masters, Adaptive Training, Dumbbell, Flexibility
  • Coach/Manager at CrossFit Headquarters affiliate
  • B.S. in Human Development from University of California, San Diego

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