OUR TEAM

COLLABORATORS, NOT DICTATORS

Here, we are humble, yet we are also self-aware of our market. You will not find a more diversely educated group of professionals than your team here. As an independent gym with no corporate backing or partnership, knowledge acquisition and continuing education is not a punchline to us, it is vital to our survival.

But more importantly, all of us here started out as you. Someone sizing up this gym trying to decide if it was worth it. We became members, part of the community fabric, and saw such amazing personal transformations that we became coaches so we could help others do the same.

Every one of us is a person trying to be the best human we can be. We are your collaborator, not your dictator. We’ve all been through the trenches of fitness and life and have come out the other side, better for it.

We may come from all walks of life but we are united by the same WHY:

To help the common person do uncommon things. To help you Become More. 

Performance360 Coaches

The P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC) Program

Coaching at Performance360 is one of the toughest coaching positions to obtain, and the onboarding process is extremely thorough. Owner Dave Thomas created the Performance360 Fully Certified Coach Program that develops coaches in the following areas:

  • 2-Year Apprenticeship as a Performance360 member displaying elite proficiency and understanding of movement.

  • 90-Day Internship with 30 days on the floor.

  • 90% passing grade of a three-part comprehensive written, verbal and tactile exams. 

The end product is a coach that is highly trained, can relate to exactly what we ask of our members, and display knowledge across many disciplines.

P360 Coaching Staff

Additional education includes:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS)
  • OPEX
  • USA Olympic Weightlifting
  • Onnit Academy Specialists
  • USA Powerlifting
  • USA Sports Performance
  • Functional Range Conditioning (FRCms)
  • Dr. John Berardi’s Precision Nutrition
  • Power Athlete HQ
  • StrongFit Principles of Movement
  • Competition Weightlifting & Powerlifting Experience
  • International Powerlifting League (IPL)
  • Nicole Zapoli Gymnastics
  • Kabuki Strength Movement Systems 
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
  • Gray Movement Institute
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • NPTI Nutritional Coaching
  • ERY-T 200 Yoga
  • Happy Back & Mobility
  • CPR and First Aid

MEET YOUR PARTNERS

Dave Thomas Performance360 Coach Trainer

Dave Thomas, Owner & Coach

Dave had a vision to challenge the status quo of what a gym experience should entail. That fitness was much more than competing in a workout. That it was a way to prepare for life. Dave believes a life worth living demands you show up everyday and compete tooth and nail. With scars come lessons. With lessons, eventual success. An NCAA athlete and teammate of Bryan, he is a true believer of self enlightenment through physicality and prefers action above talk. The progress of our community falls upon his shoulders, and he takes that responsibility with obsessive self expectation. Dave leads from the front line with conviction to provide success for all who enter.

Certifications/Education:

  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 3
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • OPEX-CCP 
  • 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 Baseball Athlete (2000 – 2004)
  • University of Richmond Baseball Team Captain (2004)
  • 2x NCAA Tournament Participant (2002, 2003)
  • 1x NCAA Super Regional Participant (2002)
  • Atlantic 10 Player of the Week (2004)

Bryan Pritz Performance360

Bryan Pritz, Owner

A former professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox, Bryan is the Swiss Army knife of the gym, equal parts operations and athlete. Bryan is the member liaison as well as one of the best overall performers in the gym, his natural talents conquered only by unwavering commitment to the task at hand. Bryan studies human mentality and brings that leadership to our daily landscape and his own philosophy. He believes ability trumps limitation and that our physical output is solely determined by our mental input. Excuses, like fear, are not real. He is the grease in the wheel at P360 and without him, the engine stops.

Certifications/Education:

  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 2
  • Nicole Zapoli Gymnastics (Seminar)

Athletic/Competition Experience:

  • 4-Year NCAA Baseball Athlete (2000 – 2004)
  • 7 Year Professional Athlete, Boston Red Sox (2005 – 2011)
  • All-American, NCAA (2001)
  • 2x NCAA Tournament Participant (2002, 2003)
  • 1x NCAA Super Regional Participant (2002)
  • University of Richmond Baseball Team Captain (2004)

Julianne Russell P360 Coach Personal Trainer

Julianne Russell, Head Coach

Get to know Coach Julianne

Julianne is the genuine article, has medaled in multiple lifting meets, and one of only a handful of USAW Level 2 coaches in the country. A consummate teacher through and through, Julianne has experienced all of the failures and successes that come with physical transformation. There is nothing at our gym that Julianne cannot coach, no difficult experience she cannot speak to, and no person she cannot reach. Julianne is the glue that binds Performance360 and the gasoline that’s doused on the fire, daily.

Certifications/Education:

  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 2
  • USA Weightlifting, Level 2
  • FRC Mobility Specialist (FRCms)
  • Power Athlete Symposium (Seminar)
  • Nicole Zapoli Gymnastics (Seminar)
  • ERY-T 200
  • 7000 HR Yoga
  • 100 HR Happy Back

Athletic/Competition Experience:

  • USAW Fortius Halloween Open, Bronze (2017)
  • USAW Juggernaut Weightlifting Open, Silver (2017)
  • USAPL Juggernaut Powerlifting Open, Bronze (2017)
  • USPA Powerlifting Open, Silver (2016)


Brenna Bulach

Brenna Bulach

Brenna is one of the most accomplished female powerlifters in the country, and is the true version of a coach who leads by example. The only personality traits that rival her soft spoken, kind demeanor are her physical strength and ability to commit. She is one of the few USAW Level 2 coaches in the country, is a USPA Raw Powerlifter with IPL Elite Powerlifter ranking and a 5th place finish at the IPL Worlds. Brenna has tested her mettle in the world of competition and come out a winner. An all around athlete in almost every way, Brenna lives a life of fulfilled physical potential and passes on encouragement for those that she coaches to do the exact same.

Certifications/Education:

  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 2
  • USA Weightlifting, Level 2
  • USPA State Referee
  • IPL Elite Raw Designation
  • Nicole Zapoli Gymnastics (Seminar)

Athletic/Competition Experience:

  • USAPL Nationals, 2017
  • 5th Place, IPL Worlds, 2016
  • Medals at multiple USAPL meets
  • Collegiate Volleyball

Chris Hill Performance360 Pacific Beach 92109

Chris Hill

Get to know Coach Chris.

Chris has nearly twenty years under iron and the proud honor of Team USA. He has racked up podium finishes in sport. He has performed anatomical atlas drawings for the human body. He has studied Biomedical Visualization. He has paddled across Channels and competed on Team USA. Chris’ background has forged him many life lessons, and his ability to turn those into training lessons and making athletes better is a skill unique to his outlook. A gentle personality does not hinder his ability to lead with absolute conviction every time he is on the floor.

Certifications/Education:

  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC)
  • USA Weightlifting, Level 1
  • DNS Weightlifting (Seminar)
  • StrongFit Principles of Movement (Seminar)
  • Power Athlete Symposium (Seminar)
  • WeckMethod Running (Seminar)
  • Kabuki Movement Systems (Seminar)
  • Nicole Zapoli Gymnastics (Seminar)
  • Gray Institute (Seminar)

Athletic/Competition Experience:

  • Hawaiian Airlines Molokai Hoe (3rd Place Koa)
  • Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge (3rd Place Masters)
  • Race The Lake of The Sky (2nd Masters)
  • Team USA, ICF Dragonboat World Championships Nations Cup
  • 9 Channel Crossings on Various Paddle Craft
  • 30+ Podium Finishes in Various Paddling Events, Disciplines, and Divisions

 


Lenny Weiner Performance360 Coach

Lenny Weiner

Get to know Coach Lenny.

Lenny is our nutrition coach. His strong belief in the benefits of nutrition come from the physical, mental and emotional progress that occur when one makes healthy eating a priority in their lives.  A student of premier sports nutritionist Dr. John Berardi and three time National Champion IFBB Pro Jeff Willet, Lenny brings a philosophy that nutrition coaching should not be dogmatic or cookie cutter, but rather an individualized plan based on each person’s needs and goals. Lenny’s passion for fitness is contagious and he brings a high level of energy and commitment to all of his students.

Certifications/Education:

  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 2
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Precision Nutrition, Certified Coach
  • USA Weightlifting, Level 1
  • Gray Institute (Seminar)
  • StrongFit Principles of Movement (Seminar)


Pacific Beach Gym Dustin Teves Performance360 Coach

Dusty Teves

One of our stronger male athletes, you would never know it by walking into the gym on your first day. Dusty’s friendly, approachable demeanor makes him a sought after coach for our new athletes. Behind the relatable personality is an incredibly strong athlete constantly learning and pushing to improve. Proficiency in all of the major barbell lifts makes him a sought after coach for our advanced athletes, making Dusty a well rounded coach from which any athlete can improve.

Certifications/Education:

  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting, Level 1
  • Power Athlete, CrossFit Sport Specific Application
  • Power Athlete Symposium (Seminar)
  • Nicole Zapoli Gymnastics (Seminar)
  • StrongFit Principles of Movement (Seminar)

Mark Highsmith Performance360 Coach

Mark Highsmith

Bio coming soon.

Certifications/Education:

  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 1
  • Bachelors of Science, Exercise Sports Science (East Carolina University)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) 
  • Georgetown University Strength and Conditioning Intern
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC)

MJ Kafkas Performance360 Coach

MJ Kafkas

Melissa, or “MJ” as her pals call her, is a natural athlete and leader. Growing up competing in both swim and water polo, MJ accumulated a list of accolades and achievement that went all the way through college. Only, you would never know it. As humble as she is competent when it comes to fitness and the gym, MJ is happy to take a backseat and let others have the limelight. Yet, when it’s her time to go, she always performs, pushes, and tends to win. MJ is approachable, yet confident and definitive with her coaching style and from her experience, has something to offer all levels.

Certifications/Education:

  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 1

Athletic/Competition Experience:

  • NCAA Water Polo, SDSU
  • Coca-Cola Player of the Year, 2009

Brenna Bandy Coach Performance360 San Diego

Brenna Bandy

Like Andy, Brenna is OG status around these parts and has been through, and worked to achieve, just about everything imaginable within these four walls. Brenna has overcome personal struggle with self image and come out the other side victorious. A formerly accomplished distance runner, she traded her running shoes for the barbell and is now among our finest all around athletes, getting her name on the wall in every single category of fitness that we offer. Just as quiet as she is hardworking, Brenna loves to work with new athletes and encourage them towards great results.

Certification/Education:

  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 1

Athletic/Competition Experience:

  • 1:48 San Diego Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon
  • 4:10 Las Vegas Rock n’ Roll Marathon

 


Kyle Paton Pacific Beach Gym Performance360

Kyle Paton

A former college athlete and current medalist in the sport of powerlifting, Kyle’s soft spoken demeanor is rivaled only by his intense inner drive to be the best he can be. If something is worth pursuing, it’s worth pursuing excellence in it. This is a basic philosophy that drives Kyle’s actions inside the gym and out, and a lesson he imparts on everyone that he coaches. Kyle is humble, a relentlessly hard worker and an obsessive learner who craves constant betterment in what he knows, and how he can expose greatness in others.

Certifications/Education:

  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting, Level 1
  • Nicole Zapoli Gymnastics (Seminar)

Athletic/Competition Experience:

  • USPA Competition Experience
  • Collegiate Soccer, Baseball 

Andy Mauser Performance360 Coach

Andy Mauser

Andy is part of our Founding Fathers crew, the OG members who joined when we were a cause without many soldiers. He has been with our family since 2012 and in that time, has made some amazing physical progress and developed an in-depth library of experience, coaching cues, and material to better his athletes. A natural communicator, Andy can relate to and impart wisdom to any athlete in his classes, and takes great pride in making all levels feel welcome. He chooses his words carefully, and means them he says them. What Andy might lack in physical presence, he makes up for in personal conviction.

Certifications/Education:

  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 1

Ashley Geary New Member Coach

Ashley Pritz, Phase 1 Mentor

When new members join, it’s important they have a shoulder and guide to help them sort through any questions and needs, and help them discover their purpose and goals. Enter, Ashley Geary. Ashley is soft spoken, yet highly accomplished. She is knowledgeable, yet understanding. With inside knowledge of how the gym is run, the first hand experience of being a new member herself in 2013 and not knowing a single soul, plus the education of four years of membership and P360 Level 1 FCC under her belt, there is no one more perfect to help new members acclimate to Performance360. Ashley has gone through everything that the gym has offered in four years, and she brings with her much experience to help new athletes succeed and feel comfortable. 

Certifications/Education:

  • 5 Year P360 Member
  • P360 Fully Certified Coach (FCC), Level 1