Introducing the Beach Cities Fitness team
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Zak and Tarrah Kepner
Beach Cities Fitness is located in Dana Point, California. Our philosophy is based on a holistic approach to health; we integrate functional movements at varying intensity, while also providing an environment for lifelong education and personal growth in a community setting. The primary service we provide at Beach Cities Fitness is our coaching. Our belief is that every service that we offer is delivered by a professional coach who is in your corner from day one to day 5,000 – guiding you through personal training, group classes, specialized programs, nutrition counseling and lifelong fitness. We genuinely care for our athlete’s health and wellness. We recognize each individual’s ability and potential and work with them to achieve the best possible version of themselves. Our goal is always to provide a fun and friendly environment while promoting self discovery, sportsmanship and an optimal nutritional lifestyle. We are dedicated to a holistic approach for health, fitness, wellness and personal growth, and we are committed to building lasting relationships and challenging our athletes to pursue better quality of life.
A FEW OF OUR BELIEFS:
– Everyone has their unique goal, no matter how big or small they may be, each are treated the same.
– Whether you’re a serious athlete or new to fitness, this is a community where each has a place to thrive.
– Everyone can help each other; the competitor motivates the beginner, and the beginner reminds us of our roots.
– Our goal is to make those that are willing, able to do what your body was designed to!
Head Coach, Owner
Equipped with a bachelors in Exercise Science, I set out on a quest to discover what fitness really meant and how I could deliver it to others and keep it fun at the same time. In 2007, I was introduced to CrossFit by a mentor of mine and was blown away at what I learned. I spent the next couple of years training clients on an individual level. Not long after, I jumped on board the group fitness train. Since then, I have traveled the world and lived abroad, gaining my CrossFit certification as a Level 3 coach and even participating in the Latin American regionals and CrossFit Games in 2012. Since 2013, I’ve been calling SoCal home with my superstar wife, Tarrah (mom, nurse, AND coach), and our three bundles of energy: Branson (6 yrs), Nolen (4 yrs), and Keanna (1.5 yrs). In 2014 we opened Beach Cities Fitness (CrossFit Dana Point) and fulfilled our common goal: To build a space to teach CrossFit fundamentals, create an environment of community networking, and practice healthy living and wellness through mind, body & spirit.
Bachelors in Exercise Science from Sacred Heart University; 2006
Pain-Free Performance Specialist Certified (PPSC) Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3)
CrossFit Gymnastics Certified Trainer CrossFit Scaling Course CrossFit Judges Course (2015, ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19, ’20, ’21, ’22)
Attended Ben Bergeron’s Affiliate Excellence Seminar 2018
FormerLead Coach and Co-Programmer at Dynamis CrossFit, Carlsbad, CA
Former Head Coach/Programmer at CrossFit Muscle Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Former Coach at 7 Mile Strength and Fitness (CrossFit 7 Mile), Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Resistance Training Seminar with Charles Poliquin Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli
Vanquish Performance Enhancement Olympic Lifting Seminar
Strength and Conditioning Clinic with Jason Gusic (Westside Barbell)
Personal Trainer/Coach, 15 years of various fitness industry experience.
Former Division 1 collegiate football player: Four time letter winner and 2 year starter on Sacred Heart University’s Division 1 FCS football team
2012 CrossFit Games Competitor, Team CrossFit 7 Mile 2012 Latin American Regional Champions CrossFit Games, Team CrossFit 7 Mile
Completed the 2010 Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlon (1.5 mi swim/7 mi run)
Completed over 10 Sprint/Olympic Triathlons
Current Lululemon brand ambassador.
I was born and raised here in Southern California. I am the oldest of three with two brothers and love traveling and finding adventures where ever I go. I played a few sports growing up including softball, soccer, surfing and cross country/track and field. I played at Dana Hills high school and was lucky enough to be awarded a scholarship to run Cross Country at Pepperdine University. I would have to say it influenced my health and fitness journey tremendously!
After I graduated from Pepperdine, I had a myriad of different jobs. I would call this my “growing period.” I learned a lot about myself, what I wanted to do, and even met my one and only husband and best friend, Zak. We had a bunch of adventures together including living in the Cayman Islands for 2 1/2 years! We even adopted our furry pup, Tugger from Cayman.
You know what they say, first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the gym! We opened CrossFit Dana Point in 2014. Inspired by Zak and his ability to follow his dreams, I went back to school to pursue Nursing. I became a registered Nurse in 2017. And somewhere in there we had our first baby boy – Branson. Next came our fearless Nolen, then the lovely Keanna. As our family grew, so did our gym community. And I couldn’t be more thankful and proud of what we built.
I have been happy to play more of a role at Beach Cities Fitness as both a coach and personal trainer. I believe in continuing to learn and grow into my better self and promise to do the same for my patients and members.
Bachelors Degree in Business Administration – Pepperdine University; 2007
Registered Nurse; 2017
CrossFit Level 2 Certified (CF-L2)
CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)
Certified Pain-Free Performance Specialist Certified (PPSC)
Basic Life Support, CPR
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Pepperdine Womens Cross Country Scholarship Recipient 2003-2007
Pepperdine Womens Cross Country Team Captain 2006, 2007
Pepperdine Surf Team 2007
I am a proud USC Trojan alumna (Fight On!) with a degree in Neuroscience and a Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Sciences from University of California, Irvine (zot zot). I found CrossFit in 2017 as I started training for a career in public service and discovered more than just a fitness routine; I found a family. Beach Cities Fitness is a community of like-minded individuals who are all invested in each other’s journeys and progress towards completing their goals. As a CrossFit coach, my priority is to ensure my athletes have a safe and enjoyable experience while pushing their limits. I believe it is important to know the goals of my athletes and what drives them to keep coming back for more. I have competed in several local group competitions and encourage all members to experience the CrossFit community both within BCF and with other local gyms. Together, we will work towards your goals and have a great time along the way!
Bachelor’s Degree in Neurosciences – University of Southern California; 2013
Master’s Degree in Cognitive Neurosciences – University of California, Irvine; 2017
Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Neuroscience – University of California, Irvine; 2019
CrossFit Level 2 Certified; July 2021
CrossFit Level 1 Certified; January 2019
Pain-Free Performance Specialist Certified (PPSC) California Certified Emergency Medical Technician
2022 CrossFit Open Quarterfinalist
2021 CrossFit Open Quarterfinalist
I was born in Virginia Beach, VA, moved to Baltimore as a baby, and moved out to sunny SoCal in 1992. I grew up on the softball field. Moving to California meant we could play year round! During my 14 years of fast-pitch softball I traveled to many states, internationally, and hosted tournaments where we played teams from all over the world. After a couple injuries and some time off, it was time to find new ways to exercise. Around 2010, I starting working out with a trainer who did CrossFit style workouts at her home gym. This allowed me to learn a lot of the movements and terminology before I ever stepped foot into a CrossFit gym. Eager to learn new things and push myself harder, a mutual friend brought me to Beach Cities Fitness (at the time we were named CrossFit Dana Point) for a Saturday partner WOD in 2016. I’ve been a member ever since. After 3.5 years at BCF, coaching just happened organically for me. When I’m not sweating alongside all the athletes at BCF, you can probably find me either on the golf course or the softball field. I play slow pitch softball two nights a week, and I picked up golf about a few years ago. I’m looking forward to growing and pushing myself both as an athlete and a coach – how about you?!
Bachelor of Arts in Economics; 2008 California State University, Fullerton
Classes in General and Sports Nutrition, Kinesiology, and Yoga
CrossFit Level 1 Certification
Private Softball Trainer/Coach.
Winner of a dance-off with a stranger in Vegas to “Thriller”
Shot a 85 in golf (I’ve only been playing a few years!).
With an early start in Taekwondo and a smooth transition into swimming by the age of six, fitness and athletics have always been a huge part of my life. While training and working towards that next big race, I always found myself striving to find ways to optimize and better my performance; This became a passion of mine. As I learned more about myself, I found that I loved to help others learn and improve upon themselves and their athletic journeys. I found CrossFit in 2018, and it is safe to say I was instantly hooked! The sense of accomplishment I get from completing WODs (workout of the day) is like nothing I have experienced in the fitness industry. After being laid off due to the pandemic, I needed a restart and decided to get my CFL1 and found Beach Cities Fitness. Not only was it the perfect fit but I fell in love with the community and everyone was so welcoming and supportive! I enjoy working with athletes who look to push beyond their boundaries and unlock new possibilities they never knew they had. On the coaching front, I believe in assisting purpose, confidence, technique, and the right mindset to unlock that ‘anything is possible’ principal in all of us. Outside of the gym you can find me on the golf course, snowboarding in Utah, diving in the ocean, or in the pool with the Underwater Torpedo League!
Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
Current Head Coach – Underwater Torpedo League – Team Irvine DeepEnd Fitness
Tier 2 Certified Instructor Former Aquatic Supervisor – Lifetime Fitness Former Assistant Swim Coach
2nd Degree Blackbelt in TaeKwonDo
BLS & CPR Certified American Red Cross
Trainer/Coach – 8 years of fitness industry experience.
3x Underwater Torpedo League AquaBowl Champion University of Rhode Island Men’s National Club 2011 Swimming Championship Team
Current Ten Thousand Brand Ambassador Athlete.
Gym Manager, Coach
Being born and raised in Southern California I have had a love for sports since high school! I played a variety of sports until college where I found one I loved enough to stick with. I rowed at Orange Coast College for three years and started learning about fitness for the first time. Soon after, I was introduced to CrossFit and found a sense of community in fitness. Believe it or not, I started working as an Admin Assistant at Beach Cities Fitness before I actually starting working out there (and can’t dream of stopping now)! Zak took me under his wing and has taught me so much about CrossFit and how we can use it to help people. I love having the opportunity to learn from a coaching and athlete standpoint. As a coach I am strong on the fundamentals and love to teach someone to do something they have never done before!
Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
Pain-Free Performance Specialist Certified (PPSC).
Skied a double black diamond on fourth day ever skiing
Chipped my tooth with a barbell
Dale found CrossFit in February 2011 at CrossFit Huntington Beach. He was 41 years old, twenty-five pounds overweight, had a high-stress career in finance, a horrible diet and was only 1 year removed from a 27-year cigarette addiction. He was definitely not the image one would conjure when they thought of “CrossFitter.” Think round, red guy waiting for a heart attack. How he changed from that guy to the guy you now see in the gym is nothing short of a miracle (And he owes it all to CrossFit & his lovely wife)!Dale is married to his beautiful wife, Kiki, and has 2 amazing daughters, Cami and Lindsay. He enjoys snow skiing, hiking, obstacle course races, adventure races, and golfing…oh and he’s the singer and lead guitarist of a local rock band…and of course he loves doing all things CrossFit.
CERTIFIED CrossFit Level 3 Trainer 2018
B.S. Biological Sciences, UC Irvine 1995
Adult & Infant CPR/AED & First Aid 2020
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certificate 2013
CrossFit Gymnastics Certificate 2013
CrossFit Goal Setting Trainer 2013
CrossFit Judge Certificate 2022
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer 2013
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer 2011
I was introduced to CrossFit in 2018 when I was 15 years old. I am so grateful to have found CrossFit at such a young age. While I have always stayed active between surfing, swimming, running, dance, roller derby, and martial arts, nothing has compared to my love for CrossFit. CrossFit brings out my very competitive side which pushes me to work harder everyday. After attending Beach Cities Fitness for a couple years Coach Zak and Tarrah encouraged me to get certified and now here I am! Coaching is the absolute best job ever, helping members accomplish their goals and crush workouts is so fun to experience with them. Being a very enthusiastic athlete myself has tremendously helped my coaching by relating to the athlete and wanting to see them thrive. Outside of the gym I spend my time working for Orange County Lifeguards, or adventuring somewhere with my puppies!
Certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
1st Degree Blackbelt TaeKwonDo,
BLS & CPR Certified American Heart Association