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Chris Coach - editChris Ball

Chris is the Owner and Director of Training at WCSC. He is a CrossFit Level 1 Coach, Certified Olympic Lifting Coach, and Optimum Performance Training Associate Coach with over 7 years of CrossFit training, and 5 years of coaching and nutrition counseling experience. Before moving to Ventura to coach at WCSC, Chris spent 13 years on active duty in the Air Force.

Chris found CrossFit in 2007 while working in the Air Force at the Pentagon.  He was bored with the standard gym workouts and was looking for something that would push him to be the best athlete that he could be. CrossFit allowed Chris to become not only a better athlete and stronger person, but it also met the physical demands that were needed to be in the military. During his time in the Air Force, Chris worked as a squadron Physical Training Leader. During his time in the Air Force he ran two military CrossFit affiliates, CrossFit Bolling in Washington D.C. and CrossFit Camp Eggers in Kabul Afghanistan.

Chris is looking forward to bringing his love of sports and healthy living into the lives of his clients.


Ryan CoachRyan Snider

Ryan Snider is a CrossFit Level 1 Coach, USAW Certified Sports Performance Coach and Optimum Performance Training Associate Coach with a Bachelors degree from CSUCI, who has been training at West Coast Strength & Conditioning for over 4 years. Starting as a graduate level assistant coach with Buena High School Basketball, he worked his way up to the main assistant  JV basketball coach; helping run summer practice, tournaments and the summer freshman orientations, along with his normal in game responsibilities. Ryan spent the next five years as a coach going to clinics across the country learning from such basketball greats as Coach K, Bob Knight, Roy Williams, Sean Miller and John Calipari.

Ryan found CrossFit when his good friend showed him these “crazy” workouts that did not really look all that hard but always ended up leaving him in a heap on the floor. After one workout, he was hooked. Starting at the YMCA was not easy, trying to do Olympic lifts with metal weights or trying to hang rings from the cable crossover machine often got Ryan in trouble. Shortly after that, West Coast SC came calling and Ryan took one look around and found new place to call home.

Ryan does not just find enjoyment in coaching but in participating in the sports of Basketball, CrossFit, and anything else that allows him to show his fun but competitive nature.



Darla Hoffman

Darla is NCCPT certified, a nationally qualified bikini competitor, and has been a fitness instructor and personal trainer for over 6 years. She began her fitness journey after her first child was born and became the owner of a local mommy fitness class where she helped women get their bodies back after having babies by leading classes in the parks. She later began teaching Bootcamp style classes and personal training at a local gym. She has helped many people gain strength, endurance and feel good again in their bodies.

Darla was a WCSC member for 3 years and is very excited to be back. While at WCSC she was able to lose all her baby weight after having her second baby and enjoyed the competitive workouts that pushed her to go a little faster, lift a little heavier and challenge her body like never before. She feels no other Crossfit box around can compare to the amazing coaches, great facility and encouraging community of people at WCSC.
In 2015 Darla won first place in a National Physique Competition in the bikini division. She competed to learn more about how to transform her body and help others reach their own fitness goals. If you are looking to lose weight, gain strength, get a bikini body or just have a lot of fun while working out, then make sure to try a Hyperfit class with Darla!


Jason Havelka

Jason Havelka is a CrossFit Level 1 Coach and CrossFit Striking Certified. Jason is currently a Ventura County Deputy Sheriff who started CrossFit 1873, a law enforcement affiliate that focuses on improving the fitness of all Ventura County
Sheriff’s Employees. He is the team captain of the VCSO’s Baker to Vegas competitive running team. Jason has been competing on the Baker to Vegas team, representing Ventura County, for five years.

Jason is a former Division-1 collegiate athlete. He played tennis at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He was a USPTA certified Tennis Professional and the Head Tennis Coach at Sunset Hills Country Club for 7 years. He has trained for
and competed in numerous races including half marathons, trail races, and mud/obstacle races. During his free time Jason enjoys other physical activities including surfing, mountain biking, and basketball.

Jason began training with WCSC over four years ago. He believes that the results of the high-intensity sessions have given him improved performances in competitions and races each year, and hopes to show clients that this type of training is beneficial to everyone.


MikeH-CoachMike Harding

Mike Harding is a CrossFit Level 1 Coach. Before joining a CrossFit gym, Mike followed the CrossFit mainsite for several years, and eventually recruited co-workers, family members, and friends to join him in partaking in the many benefits of CrossFit. Mike also has experience in sports such as swimming, water polo, snowboarding, surfing, and triathlons, as well as participating in events like the Ragnar Relay Race, Santa Cruz Island Trail Run (23K), Tough Mudder type events, and the inaugural Endeavor Challenge.

In his spare time, Mike is usually putting out a variety of fires, mixing cocktails that may or may not be Paleo, wrangling a small child (soon to be plural), and can often be found in various air or ocean apparti. Mike enjoys bacon, mud, unusual weapons, handstand push-ups, and large bodies of water. He strives to be able to squat as effortlessly as his two year old son.

In addition to his CrossFit knowledge and fitness experience, Mike can also probably help you out if you injure yourself, are on fire, or lock yourself out of your vehicle while training at WCSC. Mike enjoys demonstrating that with proper fitness your mind will be your only limiting factor in life’s challenges. Additionally, if you need advice on which CrossFit shoes to purchase, Mike is your guy (he’s tried them all).