Coaches

Monty Enriquez

Before Monty found CrossFit he was aware that he needed to start a fitness program, not because he wasn’t active but because he was approaching the big 4-0 and knew that to enjoy sports he had to condition himself.

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Monty has always enjoyed sports and recreation through out his life.

Between the ages of 36 and 38 he tore his MCL in both knees within 9 month’s of each other. 4 month’s later he broke his foot surfing and had to have reconstructive surgery. After rehab he was aware that he needed to condition himself to prevent these injuries. He then started the traditional fitness program that he did in his early 20’s when he was a reserve firefighter for Santa Barbara County Fire which was an hour of lifting weights and running 3 days a week. Six month’s into his program he was introduced to CrossFit from a friend who was visiting from New York. He watched a few videos on the main site and decided that the next day he would try the WOD. It was 10 Sprints for Time.(He had not gone all out like that since high school) The next day he felt sore in every area of his body. A couple days later he did “Cindy” ( a 20 minute workout that consists of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 body weight squats in as many rounds as you can) Eight minutes into the workout he was shot and was gasping for air. He thought he was fit but realized how much he was not. Monty slowly turned his garage into a CrossFit box. Introduced to CrossFit at the age of 39 in late 2007 he is in better shape now than he was in his 20’s.

The best thing he did was subscribe to the journals. There is a vast array of knowledge. The 2nd best thing he did was go to a Level one Cert. The Lectures and hands on experience were top notch!

Monty is passionate about CrossFit and would love to pass on that knowledge to the community, the knowledge of Health and Wellness.
Some people just need to be shown the way and that’s what were here for!

Certifications: CrossFit Level One, CrossFit Level Two, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Mobility, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach


Ciara Enriquez

What I love most about CrossFit is the amazing optimistic energy I feel from my weekly work outs.

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I started doing CrossFit with my dad in my garage back in ’07. Sadly, I worked out very irregularly not sticking to it at all. Being so young, I didn’t appreciate the benefits of CrossFit and came to find it so annoying because it was all my dad ever spoke and breathed about. I started rebelling against it, developing the thinking that “working out was unnecessary, I’ll just stick to being active” “I’d rather surf and be out in the sun than be in that garage killing myself”.

It wasn’t until a few life events that I came to fall in love with CrossFit for myself (not my dad) and really came to appreciate it. With so much going on in my life, I was starting to lose my positivity and my natural way of viewing life with the cup half full. Wanting to make some changes in myself personally, I wrote a few goals down at the start of the new year. The top goal on that list was “to feel good and be positive again.” So that next week I gave CrossFit a try once again, but instead of “doing this cool thing that my dad’s into” I did it for myself. That work out killed me. But I felt amazing after. I decided I was no longer going to be a flake in life so I stuck with it. Just two weeks later I felt a tremendous difference in my well being and my work outs were improving so fast. I felt myself getting stronger, building stamina, and waking up refreshed once again. This motivated me to keep on sticking with it.

Now, I find myself wanting to coach others and feel the amazing benefits. I went from being completely against it to not being able to live without it. I know how it feels to not do CrossFit and I will never be at that place again. CrossFit is MY hour during the day where I focus on myself and push myself and meet my challenges. “Working out” is not a natural thing for me to do but having some “myself time” is definitely a necessity.

My main reason for wanting to coach others is to experience their joy when they reach their goals and do things they never imagined they could. The joy of helping someone to do an air squat below parallel, a real push up, or even their first pull up and seeing their facial expression when they reach their goal is one of the best feelings ever and I cant wait to experience that with whoever is willing to share that with me.

I now realize that “working out is completely necessary, especially if I want to be active” and “being in that garage killing myself makes my time out surfing in the sun way more enjoyable”.

Thanks for reading my novel.

Certifications: CrossFit Level One, CrossFit Olympic Lifting


Alika

Aloha, my name is Alika Ho’omana, I’m 31 years young.

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I was born on O’ahu, raised on the Big Island, living here in Kailua Kona for 20 years. I am happily married for 7 Years to my BEAUTIFUL high school sweetheart U’ilani Ho’omana. We have been together since we were 15! And together we have an AMAZING 6 year old son named Pohakule’a Waimaka’ala’okekoaha’aha’a Ho’omana.

Coming from strong Hawaiian roots, immersing myself into my culture, I started learning about the meanings behind Hawaiian markings and patterns of old. At the age of 13, my love for this came out in my drawings/tattoo art that I created for my family. Who would’ve thought years later, that this passion for my culture would grace me with the honor to draw exclusive designs for the Ironman World Championship from 2009 to today!

While working with the Ironman World Championship I was surrounded by many athletes who inspired me to get out swim, bike, run, but most of all be active. When I began my triathlon journey I was 265 pounds! Which means I was at an obesity weight for my height of 5’7”…..and so it began. In 2009 I participated in my first Triathlon, the 70.3 Honu Ironman Triathlon. After completing that I was so pumped!! In my head “I can do ANYTHING!” From there I entered every possible triathlon race there was on the island and in the process of training, I went from 265lbs to 200lbs. I felt great and participated in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 70.3 Honu Ironman Triathlon amongst other smaller Olympic distance triathlons. After completing the 2012 Honu Triathlon I was offered a spot in the 2012 Ironman World Championship Triathlon. A great opportunity I could NOT pass up! My goal in finishing this grueling course was not to compete, but to enjoy this journey and inspire people to live an active lifestyle.

In the mist of the triathlons, back in 2010 I was introduced to Crossfit. I thought it could be a great way to complement my triathlon training. It wasn’t at all like I thought it would be. My mobility was poor, I had a very difficult time getting full range of motion from having shoulder and knee issues from childhood. With this being said, I wasn’t fully committed to Crossfit for the first 1.5 years, just doing a few days here and there. However, that wasn’t until I noticed that with minimum triathlon training and more strength training at Crossfit, my bike time dropped by 20 minutes!! It all made sense and that’s when I upgraded my membership to unlimited package. At this point I was only doing Crossfit with very little triathlon training. Knowing that The Ironman would be my longest swim, bike, and run, I had no choice but to keep focused on what I wanted to accomplish. Crossfit helped my strength and conditioning to carry me through my 13 hours (plus tax) with absolutely no problems! This Ironman race was an incredible, life changing experience not only for me, but for my family and friends as well. A local boy changing his lifestyle to be healthier and with that being happier AND competing in the Ironman has touched many people on our island.

My latest journey began on June 4th when an inspiring friend of mine asked me to run along side of him on his mission to run across the United States to raise money for families affected by Hurricane Sandy. This journey ended 72 days, 3550 miles later on averaging 50-55 miles per day running!! Our mind is a powerful thing! Upon my return home to Kona, I began coaching here at Crossfit Kona. I love the atmosphere that all the athletes/members create as well as the great staff! I am here to share my knowledge and to assist everyone in achieving his or her goals one step at a time. I take great pride in helping others accomplish their goals and to become better then the day before.

This is much bigger than me and a passion welled inside of me to help our community.

Through my passion for my culture and health I WILL do everything I can to inspire, motivate and empower the men, woman and children of Hawai’i to strive for better health through fitness, nutrition and culture! Sharing my “I can do ANYTHING” outlook on life with all I come in contact with!! MAHALO!

Certifications: CrossFit Level One, CrossFit Level Two


Lynsey

My name is Lynsey and I love CrossFit and bacon and rap music.

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I moved out to the Big Island in January 2012, after graduating from Northern Arizona University. Relocating to Hawaii was a huge leap of faith for me not only because I had never been and had no friends or family here but also because I am an avid mountain biker, snowboarder, trail runner, disc golfer and adventurer. Moving to the Big Island was a big change in lifestyle for me, I was sad at first not being able to do a lot of the adrenaline pumping activities that I loved so much but then I found CrossFit and I’m the strongest and healthiest I’ve ever been!

CrossFit has been an amazing journey for me, when I first got involved I had never touched a barbell and could hardly press 15 pounds above my head, now I can confidently press over 100 pounds. I love CrossFit because it’s empowering and challenges me against myself and gets me excited to strive to perform better everyday both in and outside of the box. I love the people and community of CrossFit Kona and I’m stoked to be running the CrossFit Kids program here and introduce the concepts of wellness and fitness to our youth.

CrossFit is for everybody.. at every age.. at any level of ability, remember: “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway”

Certifications: CrossFit Level One, CrossFit Kids


Mac

Playing team sports at a young age, Mac eventually strayed from athletics through high school.

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In late 2007 he began college and with it rekindled an interest in fitness by taking a weightlifting class. Truly the class was no more than a membership to the gym on campus, with required attendance to receive a credit, and no real instruction.

In early 2008 Mac began to find some direction with the help of some friends and began a generic bodybuilding split. This continued for several months. By June 2008 he had been introduced to a friends offseason weightlifting cycle for a collegiate football program. The program yielded great success and was the first introduction of heavy squat volume, Olympic weightlifting, and comprehensive full body exercise he had seen thus far. Upon completion of the program Mac knew he needed to look for something more. It wasn’t until May 2009 at age 20 did he discover Crossfit and begin training on his own. Realizing he was lacking both intensity and quality instruction after the first few months, Mac started training at Crossfit Will County in Illinois. This training continued successfully until September 2011 when Mac made a move to Hawaii to begin training as a helicopter pilot.

In Kona Hawaii, Mac continued training using Crossfit methodology and eventually joined Crossfit Kona in February 2012. He achieved a level one certification in October 2012 and started coaching the very next month.

He finds immense joy in helping others achieve their goals, and often says that nothing is more satisfying.

Certifications: CrossFit Level One