Owner / Coach


  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer


  • Certified Trainer for CrossFit Gymnastics
  • BA in Kinesiology and Sport Psychology from CSULB


Born and raised in Kona, Hawaii, Axel started coaching in 2011 here at CrossFit Signal Hill and has been with us since its inception. He has been a major contributor to its steady growth and has now accrued over 5,000 hours of coaching experience. He obtained his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate in 2011, became certified trainer for CrossFit Gymnastics in 2012, and graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2014 with a Bachelors in Kinesiology and Sport Psychology. Additionally, he has proven a tough competitor at the national level in Rugby and Football. It was during his collegiate rugby career where he met the founder of CrossFit Signal Hill, Phil Sarris, one of the Strength and Conditioning coaches for the CSULB Rugby Team, and had recruited Axel as partner.

Axel has years of experience helping hundreds of people with is personal training, group training and conducting youth fitness programming. He continually strives to become a better coach and athlete, using his Aloha spirit to positively affect those around him and leads his clients with his coaching philosophy, “Failure is never fatal, success is never final…it’s the courage to continue that counts!”

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