Dave Thomas

In 2011, Dave had a vision to challenge the status quo of what a gym experience should entail. That fitness should be about development, not destruction. That it should be inclusive, not divisive. That it should be more progressive than just barbells. Since opening in 2011, Dave has coached over 4,500 classes and his philosophies on programming, coaching, and culture have laid the foundation for Performance360 to become what is today, and where it’s going tomorrow. 

How old are you and where are you from?
I am 36 and from McLean, VA.

How long have you lived in San Diego and what brought you here?
I’ve been in San Diego for ten years, and PB for all of them. I originally moved here as part of my old job transfer before I changed courses and went into a career in strength and conditioning.

Why did you decide to open the gym?
In 2011, the landscape of functional fitness was pretty bad.  At that time, if you wanted to use barbells you either had to join a crowded globo gym with no coaching or culture, or you had to join your neighborhood functional fitness gym where programming was underwhelming. I believed there was a better way to do all aspects of the gym experience than were currently being done.

What do you hope to accomplish with members when they join?
First, I want people to feel they made the right decision when they join. Starting from the first time they try the gym to their one thousandth class. Second, I don’t ever want someone to feel like their goal isn’t worthy. We work hard to ensure our culture is one where all goals are celebrated and met with enthusiasm, not just the goals we think you should have.

Describe your own personal philosophies with fitness and nutrition?
Fitness is about ensuring I feel good. Nothing more, nothing less. Nutrition for me is about living a life I enjoy without becoming a glutton, while supporting my physique goals of avoiding Dad Bod.

Are there any personal results or transformations you’ve achieved through fitness that you’d like to share?
For myself, there are many. From shifting from a “what does my body look like” to a “what can my body do” mindset eight years ago. Now, re-defining what the latter means for myself. Less about what’s on my bar and more about how does fitness support my daily lifestyle needs. I’m a big, big believer that there is such thing as too much gym time.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you can share?
You’re ready as you are. Right now.

Where are you going locally to destroy food, and what are you ordering?
Mr. Moto Pizza. Four slices. One garlic knot. Diet Dr. Pepper.

Professional Education:

  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 3
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • OPEX-CCP, Fully Certified
  • Onnit Certified Kettlebell Specialist
  • USA Weightlifting, Level 1
  • Certified Nutrition Consultant, NSCA
  • Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA
  • StrongFit Principles of Movement (Seminar)
  • Nicole Zapoli Gymnastics (Seminar)
  • Gray Institute (Seminar)
  • Iron Core Russian Kettlebell (Seminar)

Athletic/Competition Experience:

  • 4-Year NCAA Division-I Athlete
  • University of Richmond Baseball Team Captain
  • Atlantic-10 Conference Player of the Week
  • 2x NCAA Tournament Participant