COACHES

  • Dustin Gaffney – CF level 1 Coach

    Born to a Sailor and Marine in New Orleans from an early age I was forced to be an outside kid as were most in my generation. Long before Nintendo and Netflix, I spent most days after school climbing trees and building strategic defensive positions, also known as forts. I played almost every organized sport available growing up and was a regular practitioner of Taekwondo starting at the age of six. I graduated Gulf Coast High School in Napes Florida and after one last summer on the beach I joined the United States Air Force. After four years of life in the military I rejoined the civilian ranks and quickly fell into career that often interfered with my Muay Thai & Brazilian Jujitsu training addiction. My career moved me from Dayton Ohio to Phoenix Arizona where after a year or two of pool side laziness, and one shoulder surgery, I had conditioned myself to do little more than a brisk walk let alone jump back into to kickboxing. My girlfriend at the time had started Crossfit at a local affiliate and I was concerned that she would soon be able to not only out lift me but most likely kick my butt! I had read about Crossfit and had some experience with Olympic lifting and weight training, I had been able to do pull ups and hand stand walks from an early age, how hard could this Crossfit be I thought? My Girlfriend (now fiancée) purchased me a punch card good for 10 visits and I was determined to complete 10 classes in that month! 30 days later, 9 holes on my punch card, buckled knees, sore hamstrings, aching shoulders, and a back that felt like an over stretched rubber band, I was not only humbled, I was hooked! Within months I was running 3-5 miles and setting personal records daily. My athletic body came back and has only improved daily in my fitness journey. What I love most about the journey are the people I’ve met along the way, the Crossfit family that I have been accepted into, and the health that Crossfit has afforded me. I’ve been encouraged at every turn to be better and to help others do the same. When I was offered an opportunity to obtain my CF Level 1 and coach and Crossfit Insidious I was enamored and overjoyed to become a part of such an awesome box!

    “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are not limits. There are only plateaus; and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee

  • Rochella LaRue – CF Level 1 Owner/Head Coach.

    As a youth growing up in Colorado, I was always active and had a lot of interest in sports and fitness training playing several team sports (basketball, volleyball and fast pitch softball) during high school. I moved to Arizona at the age of 18. After marriage and three children though, a sedentary lifestyle took a toll on my body (I had experienced four herniated disks in my mid and lower back and was facing inevitable back surgery). In the spring of 2010 I found Crossfit. After a free one week trial I was hooked. I had finally found what I had been looking for and what numerous trainers were unable to provide for years, encouragement, motivation and an awesome community of hard working individuals. The workouts kicked my butt and yeah I cried several times but I somehow became something I never thought I could be, an athlete. I have been with CrossFit since 2009 and my love and appreciation for the sport of life became so strong that I decided to train and motivate others the way I was trained and motivated myself. Shortly after obtaining my CF Level 1 certification I had the privilege of being a CFL1 trainer at East Valley Crossfit gaining hands on experience as well as professional guidance from seasoned olympic lifters and CrossFit instructors. In January 2013 I branched off as a personal trainer opening what is now CrossFit Insidious. I love what I do and I am very greatful for the opportunity of showing others what brought a huge change in my life.

    “I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” -Vincent Van Gogh

  • Tara Dalley – CF Level 1 Coach

    Growing up I was always active. Soccer, soft ball, basketball, cheerleading/drill team, etc. I was a gymnast for 12 years and used that as a foundation to all the other sports I did. I spent my late teens and early 20’s as a ski patroller, but stopped everything in my mid twenties when I was pregnant with my oldest son. I spent a year after his birth trying to lose the weight that I had gained. Not only did this send me headfirst into the world of nutrition, but also into new forms of activity; such as yoga, marathon running, etc. It was during my stint of running, and being diagnosed with heel spurs, that I found CrossFit. The absolute moment that clock counted down, I was hooked. I started training daily, then twice daily, then started competing. It was when I realized how much CrossFit had changed me; not only on a physical level, but on a deep, personal “how I look at life” sort of change, that I realized I wanted to coach and help others the way that my coaches had and continue to help me. I am completely in love with CrossFit, with the people that I get to work with everyday, the community that I get to be a part of, and the humbling experience of watching people push past limitations that they have had and completely thrive where they, or others, have told them they couldn’t. My goal is to continue learning all that I can, so that I can share it with all of you.

  • Andrew Lucero – CF Level 1 Coach

    I was interested in and participated in various sports at a young age, and had been part of an athletic team through high school. Originally attending college for a degree in Architecture, I realized that though it may be a degree I’m able to obtain and a profession I’m able to do well in, I did not have a passion for it. When I finally realized that my passion was in the health and fitness world, that’s where I discovered my love for fitness as a whole. I became a certified personal trainer through the NSCA in 2013, graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Wellness in 2014, and do have long-term career goals to become a physical therapist. However, my journey in CrossFit did not start until 2015.

    I became interested in competing in Spartan Race events in 2015, and after years of the traditional gym setting, I realized that with the knowledge I obtained through school and new goals I wanted to achieve, I had to try something new. The years of experience in a traditional gym made my transition to CrossFit relatively easy, but this new drive to excel in Spartan Race competitions, CrossFit competitions, and master not just one thing but be great doing everything from heavy weightlifting to bodyweight conditioning is what keeps that CrossFit fire burning within me. I received my CrossFit-Level 1 Certificate in April 2016, and look forward to developing my strengths and talents as a coach and as an athlete

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