CrossFit Trainers

About Charles


Destined to CrossFit

Born and raised right here in Bakersfield, California, I have been a personal trainer since 1998.  Being in the fitness industry, you see a lot of workout fads come and go. Introduced to CrossFit in 2007, I realized this wasn’t just another passing trend and have been hooked ever since.

Finding my Rhythm

Before I became a trainer, I actively competed in downhill mountain bike racing. This is where my obsession to improve human performance began. I wanted to learn how to become faster, stronger, and more explosive when I raced. To achieve this, I started researching how I could get better and implemented what I learned through a lot of trial and error. As my race times improved, I developed programs to improve downhill performance and started training fellow teammates to help them improve their times. I enjoyed training so much, I knew this was my true calling and wanted to do it full time.

Making it Official

My first certification on my quest to become a personal trainer was through AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America). Wanting to continue to learn and expand my knowledge of fitness and health, I attend several seminars a year to keep on top of the latest information. Some of those seminars have included the C.H.E.K. Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach Level 1, Functional Movement Screen, Perform Better Functional Training Series, CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Mobility Certification, CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification, and several other various workshops. I plan to attend more CrossFit seminars in the near future, as well as non-CrossFit seminars in an effort to keep my knowledge base open.

CrossFit for Life

In the fall of 2011, my good friend, John Goyenetche, approached me about opening our own CrossFit gym. On March 20, 2012, CrossFit 661 officially became an affiliate. The gym is the result of a vision I’ve been building for several years, and with the help of John, my vision became a reality. Our business goal is to continue to evolve as the membership grows and the needs of the members become more diverse.

To contact CrossFit 661, call 661.374.4952, email, or visit our Contact page.