Meet your Team

 

Our team members bring decades of experience in the personal training, nutrition, and therapy realms. We all share a similar philosophy and carry unique passions. Our shared vision aligns us all and contributes to a collaborative culture.

 

 

Brent Lake

When I was 12 years old I decided I wanted to get stronger to help improve my ice hockey ability.  My uncle Guy, a former powerlifter, let me have his weight set that he was no longer using.  My father helped me set up a gym in my basement complete with power rack, vertical leg press, cable pulley and benches!  Since that day I never looked back.  

In 1995 I injured my knees in a college hockey game.  I did continue to train and one day a trainer at a gym talked me into competing in bodybuilding.  Training for bodybuilding taught me a ton and training others for bodybuilding taught me even more.  In 1996 I became a certified trainer and for the past 20 years I have been helping clients reach their fitness goals.  While nothing could possibly make me happier than being with my wife and three kids working with my clients is the greatest job on earth.  

Over the last 20 years I have worked a both large and small facilities, I worked as a strength coach at a New England prep school, strength coach for the Bollettieri Tennis Academy, Personal Training Manager for Equinox and I have learned and grown at each place that I have worked.  I love helping people feel better, move better and look better.  

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Chris Gaines

Obsessed with intention, following one's passion, and living with purpose.  He works with athletes* of all levels in the San Francisco Peninsula.  As a coach, he has worked with high school, college, recreational and professional athletes.  He is passionate about empowering everyone to discover and tap into their highest potential.

Chris earned his degree in Human Biology from Stanford University.  He's earned his CSCS and SFG Level II kettlebell coaching credentials.  Chris has been strongly influenced by his unique experiences in the field of performance, including conducting performance testing for USA Rugby, attending Nike SPARQ Performance Summits, and finally as a Nike Master Trainer.  His firm belief in the importance of continual learning and growth is the driving motivation behind his passion for reading, attending continuing education and signing up for the online courses.

Chris has been competing athletically for most of his life.  Wrestling and football were high school sports that first introduced him to strength training to improve his on-field performance.  Playing collegiate football and rugby became educational experiences for Chris as well.  In the reflective aftermath of a knee injury, he realized that commitment, intention and mental practice were requirements for a safe return to play.  Since college, Chris has continued to compete.  He has played high level rugby, both domestically and overseas, conquered Old La Honda on two wheels and competed in the professional natural bodybuilding world.

Chris has been intimately involved in the personal training and performance worlds for over 10 years.  During this time he had developed a unique training philosophy borne to the connections between courses he's taken and methodologies he's learned.  His practice is based on the ultimate goal of using today's training experience as a stepping stone toward moving more and moving better tomorrow.

Chris firmly believes that each of us is an athlete, and therefore should be able to train with intention, move freely and pursue our highest potential.  Chris enjoys reading, experimenting with recipes, discussing philosophies, hanging out with friends, and spending time with his family.

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Charlie Vanchieri

Health, sport and fitness have been a key component in my family's life. Growing up I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by family members that had amazing abilities in tennis, their talents and work ethic for the sport they loved led them to being able to compete in Wimbledon during their prime.  The most valuable lesson I learned from this experience is 'what you put in is what you get out'.  The efforts we put into bettering our health and improving our athletic abilities directly affect the results and outcomes we strive for.  I was able to take this knowledge and apply it to my own passion, soccer.  Through dedication and effort, I was able to play and compete in collegiate soccer. One of the greatest experiences in my life was the opportunity to travel to Austria and Czechoslovakia and play with some amazingly talented teams.

In 2007, I graduated from college and began my fitness coaching career.  This adventure began in LA and after a few years I moved back home to Palo Alto, CA where I was fortunate enough to train and manage at a top end health club in Palo Alto.  I strongly believe that we all may have similar goals when it comes to our health, movement, weight and strength, but we need to find our own path to succeed in achieving our goals.  Everyone is different and what works for me may not work for you, being able to adapt and understand what will work for you and your body is a challenge that I love.

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Dan Hafner

He has always had a hard time sitting still. Naturally, this led to participating in a variety of sports while growing up. Motivated to continue pursuing athletics after his last year of High School, Dan took his training seriously and discovered the magic of disciplined exercise and nutrition. This led to a successful rugby career at the University of Arizona, where Dan got his B.S. in Biochemistry. Well into his 20’s, Dan found out the hard way that training should be approached thoughtfully and that working smart is far more valuable than working hard. After weathering a storm of injuries and chronic pain, Dan’s current training philosophy was born.

“Movement is the only way to maintain your joint health.

What have you done today?”

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Manuel mendoza

Training on a daily basis as a weekend athlete warrior, while working as a desk jockey, 9-5 Monday - Friday, as a recruiter at a South Bay Technical/Medical College, on the weekends Manuel begin training friends, Mixed Martial Art students and said park strangers that became some of his first clients at Battle Control gym in South San Jose, California. Manuel remains friends to this day with those park strangers and original clients

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NICK WEISS

Nick Weiss is a movement coach who believes everyone should have the ability to move with strength, freedom, and confidence. With a B.A. in Kinesiology from Occidental College, he has worked with injured NCAA athletes to get them back to active competition, practiced physical therapy at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and rehabilitated clients suffering from spinal, knee, and shoulder injuries at Equinox in Palo Alto.

Nick played football in the NCAA and was recently a member of one of the top 10 ultimate frisbee teams in the U.S. “People tend to slow down as they age,” he says, “and my most of my passions have to do with not slowing. I try to keep my life full of adventure.”

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