Coaches

Coaches

Meet the Founder...

Logan Gelbrich

Born in Santa Monica, Logan feels right at home coaching at DEUCE Gym. With a background in collegiate (University of San Diego) and professional (San Diego Padres) baseball, Logan is used to high performance, heavy workloads, and accountability.

Luckily, Logan was blessed enough to work with world renowned strength and conditioning coaches, sports psychologists, and nutritionists during his career. It’s during this time that the seeds were sown for the belief system that led him to both the CrossFit Games and Strongman Nationals. These experiences guide his coaching today.

Forever a “student of the game,” Logan is always looking to strengthen and question his understanding of humans. Today his work includes his best selling book, Going Right: A Logical Justification for Pursuing Your Dreams, and diverse offerings of education in leadership and group dynamics via the 'Hold the Standard' Summit, online education, and consultancy.


Certifications

CCFT
CrossFit SME Staff - Strongman
NLP Master Practitioner
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
CrossFit Football
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Powerlifting
BIRTHFIT Coach

Home Gym

DEUCE Garage (Venice)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @functionalcoach

Email: logan@deucegym.com

DEUCE Garage

Juan Guadarrama

Juan is a local first generation Latino SoCal kid whose passion for sport started with soccer playing in the U.S. Developmental Academy. Sport opened up many opportunities such as playing soccer at LMU. His hunger to push himself and make an impact led him to the Officer Candidate School with the USMC. Along the way, he became an EMT, got married and had his first child.

Eventually his love for THE PROCESS evolved to fully embracing coaching strength training. Juan stands for athletes to discover and maximize what’s already inside. His teachings are based on discipline, character development, and a champion's mindset. Juan Guadarrama represents a proud husband, father and coach.


Certifications

CrossFit Level 3
CrossFit Conjugate Methods
CrossFit Strongman
CrossFit Football
NASM – CPT
USPA Coach

Home Gym

DEUCE Garage (Venice)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @jlguadarrama

Email: juan@deucegym.com

Emily Stanwyck

Emily has been an athlete for more than 20 years with a broad array of sports and disciplines. Her most significant athletic experience was her time on the University of San Diego Women’s Rowing team. The intensity, competition and accountability of being on a crew is what drew her to CrossFit. Her love for CrossFit that stemmed from rowing taught her that it is through pushing yourself past a breaking point that you find just what you are truly capable of, both mentally and physically.

This discipline, strength and power drew her to the sport of Strongman thanks to Logan. Emily contributed greatly to the Strongman 101 program at DEUCE Gym, leading over 10 graduating classes through the course. She competed in and won California's Strongest Woman Competition in 2016, which sent her to Strongman Nationals later that year.

In 2018 Emily became a mom and has since carried an even deeper sense of connection, inclusivity and compassion into her coaching. With a commitment to her community, Emily strives to make DEUCE Gym one of the most memorable parts of your day.


Certifications

CrossFit Level 2
BIRTHFIT Coach
CrossFit Strongman
CrossFit Powerlifting
CrossFit Football
DNS Exercise 1

Home Gym

DEUCE Garage (Venice)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @emilystanwyck

Email: emily@deucegym.com

Nick King

Nick ran track in high school, played 7 seasons of college soccer and briefly moonlighted as a trapeze instructor, but his path to becoming a coach at DEUCE really started the day he walked in the gate of the gym, interested in doing an intro. He was a member first, with no intention of coaching, but the mix of performance, community and lifestyle proved intoxicating. After being a member for 5 years, he decided to peek behind the curtain to see what the coaching development program looked like. The rest is history.

Nick leads the Gymnastics and Weightlifting specialty courses at DEUCE Gym.

He also loves slinging atlas stones.

He still hates burpees.


Certifications

Home Gym

DEUCE Garage (Venice)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @n_louis

Email: nick@deucegym.com

Lacey Fema

Lacey was born and raised in Wisconsin but made her way to the West Coast fall of 2018. While growing up on a farm, she spent most of her childhood being active outdoors.

She started ice hockey in 3rd grade and has continued to play since, participating in traveling teams and receiving Honorable State Mentions in high school. She also competed in Track and Field, making two appearances at the State Meet in relays and pole vaulting.

Shortly after discovering the sport of CrossFit in early 2017, she received her CFL1 and began Coach’s Prep online before moving to California where she would begin her journey through Coach’s Prep in House at DEUCE Gym.

Since coaching GPP at DEUCE she has also been heavily involved with Strength 101 and 202 and is now competing in the sport of Powerlifting, as well as local CrossFit competitions.


Certifications

CrossFit L1
BIRTHFIT Coach
Precision Nutrition L1

Home Gym

DEUCE Garage (Venice)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @laceyfema

Ben Smith

Ben, originally from Indianapolis, IN, has spent the better part of the last decade traveling the world. A graduate of the United States Military Academy and former Army Ranger, Ben’s love of fitness was nurtured through his work as a soldier. Always a leader, Ben is most comfortable in the role of teacher, coach and mentor. The ability to have a direct impact on the lives of others is what fuels his work, development and happiness. An empathetic approach to military leadership, daily interaction, and fitness has given Ben an uncanny ability to meet people where they are.

Following his departure from the military, and a short-lived corporate career, Ben decided to commit to his truest expression - a life of connection, compassion and love. DEUCE Gym became his sanctuary, his home, and his creative outlet. Ben’s desire to see others succeed was fostered, and his ability to impact others, sustained. Open and authentic, his past has become an example for others and given them permission to show up wholly and realize that it was never really about the fitness.


Certifications

NASM CPT
CrossFit
Strongman
Precision
Nutrition L1

Home Gyms

DEUCE Garage (Venice)
DEUCE Backlot (Hollywood)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @benveesmith

Email: ben@deucegym.com

Meredith Miller

Meredith loves coaching anyone that is willing to work hard and have fun! She believes that training is an amazing tool that improves our mental, physical and emotional health. Throughout her 20+ years of coaching, she has experienced first-hand how training builds strong communities, friendships and unstoppable teams.

Growing up in Texas, Meredith started coaching football players in the weight room when she was a senior in high school. As a student-athlete, Meredith earned a degree in exercise science while playing softball for Baylor University. Meredith has the wonderful opportunity to learn from top-level coaches and mentors of various disciplines. She works with high school to Olympic athletes that compete in a variety of sports. Those experiences have shaped her into the coach she is today.

Meredith values being part of a team whose players are intelligent, highly motivated, creative, and always finding ways to grow. She has found her family in DEUCE Coach's Prep, where she continues to develop her coaching skills. Meredith takes great pride in teaching Strongman 101 at DEUCE Gym. She agrees with fellow SM101 graduates that is it the most fun you will ever have training! Meredith also has the honor of leading the strength and conditioning programs for two local fire departments in the South Bay.

Meredith believes that keeping things simple and trusting the process are keys to success.


Certifications

Home Gym

DEUCE Garage (Venice)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @meredithmiller_17

Vin Santangelo

Originally from New York, Vinny graduated from the the United States Air Force Academy in 2006 with a degree in biology. While serving on active duty overseas, he began coaching fitness as a physical training leader and continued as a part-time CrossFit coach before pursuing a full-time career in strength and conditioning upon separating from the military in 2011. Since then, he has honed his craft and expanded his coaching practice with an open-minded approach to learning, driven by curiosity and accountability.

A lifelong athlete, he has competed in various sports including soccer, basketball, swimming, volleyball, track and field, weightlifting, powerlifting, functional fitness, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He also has a deep-rooted passion for the outdoors, exploring the backcountry, mountaineering, canyoneering, camping and getting in/on the water whenever he can.

Vinny has experience coaching in both group and individual settings, remotely and on-site, with a variety of goals ranging from general physical preparedness to high-level sport performance. His diverse approach incorporates physical and mental training, nutrition, lifestyle development, breath work, mobility, and recovery methods for a balanced program based on each individual’s needs. As a student of life and sport, Vinny is always eager to learn and apply new knowledge and experience to optimize his own performance and that of his athletes. He is passionate about development on all levels, encouraging his students to continually explore the edges of their current abilities, while challenging them appropriately to expand their peak potential.


Certifications

Home Gym

DEUCE Garage (Venice)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @vinthecoach

CJ Maldonado

Born and mostly raised in NYC, CJ has always looked at the world through an empathetic lens. Never interested in being the center of attention, he grew up with the mindset that success was helping others achieve their potential. He has been involved in organized sports for over 25 years as a player and a coach, achieved a degree in biological sciences, helped train marine mammals, dove with sharks in the middle of a desert, made a film in a cemetery, and once played a cop on "All My Children."

While living on the East Coast, his discovery of DEUCE played a significant role in cultivating the philosophy of his coaching principles and techniques. Believing that the best investment you can give a person is your time and knowledge, CJ’s mission as a coach is to help people achieve goals once believed unimaginable; watching them take those first steps toward the possible and celebrating them as they far surpass their own expectations.

Personally, CJ aspires to always live with the curiosity of a beginner, patience of a veteran, and unwavering belief that Ah-Ha’s “Take On Me” is one of the greatest songs ever.


Certifications

CrossFit Level 1

Home Gym

DEUCE Garage (Venice)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @squeeze_jay

Kimmy Moss

Originally from Northern Virginia, Kimmy is a high-voltage human with a passion for optimal experience. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in communication from George Mason University, where she was a two-sport NCAA Division I athlete (soccer & track), and taught communication courses for four years.

After college, Kimmy spent a decade coaching and teaching in Virginia prior to moving to California. She is an NLP Practitioner, XPT Level 3 Coach, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, and was the 2018 Virginia State High School Coach of the Year, where she led her soccer team to a state title in her second year as head coach.

Kimmy created and currently runs the Breath & Exposure program at DEUCE Gym. Committed to a lifetime of better understanding human perception, Kimmy is enthusiastic about teaching others how breath, exposure and movement can help them live healthier, more peaceful lives.


Certifications

CrossFit Level 2
XPT Level 3 Coach
NLP Master Practitioner
BIRTHFIT Coach
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Sport Specific Application

Home Gym

DEUCE Garage (Venice)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @kimmy.moss

Email: kimmy@deucegym.com

Justin Jarel

Justin’s athletic career began with his first biathlon at age 4. He cried, but finished. From running and biking he moved on and found martial arts, which he studied with Grand Master Bong Soo Han. During his foray into martial arts, he began to connect with the ocean, and since age 10 until present day, he has been a westside LA surfer. This love of the water spread to water sports, in high school playing water polo and swimming, leading him to his first job as a Red Cross swim instructor and water safety instructor. He began working with the Westside Special Olympics at age 18 and continued with them for 3 seasons until he began coaching the Santa Monica High School water polo and swim team as strength and conditioning coach. He was with them through 7 seasons and 1 CIF championship.

During his high school coaching tenure, he found CrossFit and pursued it relentlessly, originally at DogTown CrossFit under coach Dusty Hyland, and then moving to DEUCE Gym after 5 years.

Coaching had always been a side gig for Justin as he was a classroom teacher. When he left the classroom, DEUCE seemed the obvious next step, as it was perfect combination of classroom teaching (helping people learn) and bettering their lives.

He’s enjoying his work at DEUCE and continues to grow and learn.


Certifications

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Conjugate

Home Gym

DEUCE Garage (Venice)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @jjarel

Email: justin@deucegym.com

DEUCE Athletics

Chris Pascual

Chris Pascual’s passion for sports performance was manifested at an early age through baseball. His career extended through to the collegiate level playing at San Diego Christian College while receiving his B.A. Chris currently works with major league athletes during their off-season and focuses on helping every individual enhance their performance by helping them get stronger, faster and improve their overall athleticism.


Certifications

USAW Level 1
BIRTHFIT Coach
CSAC

Home Gym

DEUCE Athletics (Hermosa)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @cpascual6

Email: chris@deuceatheltics.com

Ronnie Lopez

Ronnie was born in Dallas, Texas but calls California home. Ronnie graduated (mathematics) and played collegiate baseball at Chapman University, where he participated in three Division III College World Series. Being part of a winning culture in college, Ronnie approaches everything post-baseball with a winner's mindset, putting high priority on "attention to detail" and "rigorous practice."

He was introduced to functional movement and asked to deeply think about methods of training by Logan Gelbrich. He believes learning is never complete and the key to success as an athlete and coach is adopting a growth mindset. Ronnie is now co-owner and coach at DEUCE Athletics in Hermosa Beach and leads "Weightlifting Fundamentals," a specialty weightlifting program and coach for Project Speed: Speed and Agility Training.


Certifications

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
USAW Sports Performance Coach
USATF Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
Certified Speed & Agility Coach (CSAC)

Home Gym

DEUCE Athletics (Hermosa)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @ronnielopez21

Email: ronnie@deuceathletics.com

Kyle Henmi

Kyle was born in Torrance, where he grew up learning and loving the game of baseball. Through baseball he learned valuable lessons such as, hard work, determination, and a will to be the best. He ended up playing college baseball at El Camino College and Azusa Pacific University, where he graduated with a degree in applied exercise science.

From his days of playing baseball, Kyle was introduced to strength and conditioning at a young age. It was training for baseball where he ultimately crossed paths with Coach Logan, who trained him in high school. His love of training and realizing the benefits it has on sport performance gave him the passion and drive to want to learn more. Through his time in college and his internship at DEUCE, he now spreads his knowledge to other athletes so they can also reap the benefits of performing at a high level. He is currently coaching multiple top college and high school players in the country, as well as serving as the head strength and conditioning coach for his alma mater South High School's baseball team. He is also one of the four Project Speed coaches, who look to empower motivated athletes by teaching them the fundamentals of speed and agility.


Certifications

NSPA Speed and Agility Coach
USAW Level 1
CrossFit Level 1

Home Gym

DEUCE Athletics (Hermosa)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @kyle_henmi2

Email: kyle@deuceathletics.com

DEUCE Backlot

Ben Smith

Ben, originally from Indianapolis, IN, has spent the better part of the last decade traveling the world. A graduate of the United States Military Academy and former Army Ranger, Ben’s love of fitness was nurtured through his work as a soldier. Always a leader, Ben is most comfortable in the role of teacher, coach and mentor. The ability to have a direct impact on the lives of others is what fuels his work, development and happiness. An empathetic approach to military leadership, daily interaction, and fitness has given Ben an uncanny ability to meet people where they are.

Following his departure from the military, and a short-lived corporate career, Ben decided to commit to his truest expression - a life of connection, compassion and love. DEUCE Gym became his sanctuary, his home, and his creative outlet. Ben’s desire to see others succeed was fostered, and his ability to impact others, sustained. Open and authentic, his past has become an example for others and given them permission to show up wholly and realize that it was never really about the fitness.


Certifications

NASM CPT
CrossFit
Strongman
Precision
Nutrition L1

Home Gym

DEUCE Garage (Venice)
DEUCE Backlot (Hollywood)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @benveesmith

Email: ben@deucebacklot.com

Homer Parkes

Born and raised by artists in New York City, Homer found his love for fitness at a later age. With a degree in fine art and career as a photographer, the transition to DEUCE was one of necessity. Finding the late-night, hard-partying life of a young creative in New York City too taxing on his well-being, Homer moved to California to pursue another kind of existence.

DEUCE taught Homer the value of hard work and persistence more than any previous experience and inspires him to this day to provide that experience to others. Through Backlot, Homer is determined to expose a less-traditional community to the values of peak physical expression. Combining his creativity and desire to see others succeed, Homer is building a community that feels unique in a market filled with stigma and stereotype. Backlot is for everyone and it is Homer’s goal to use that platform to break the traditional “fitness person” mold and let everyone come to the same realization he did. It’s working.


Certifications

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Conjugate
NCSF CPT

Home Gym

DEUCE Backlot (Hollywood)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @homerhomerhomer

Email: homer@deucebacklot.com

Nick Blauer

Nick Blauer brings 10+ years of coaching experience from various gyms around the world. His passion for studying movement began back home in Montreal, Canada when he first found boxing.

He has since studied under the world's top coaches and athletes, and has developed his specialty in performance coaching and mixed modality training.

With a background in psychology and exercise science, Nick is also a nutrition coach and holds certifications in rowing, gymnastics, weightlifting and functional range conditioning.


Certifications

CrossFit Level 2
FRC Mobility Specialist
CrossFit Kids Trainer
CrossFit Weightlifting Level 2
CrossFit Erg
Aerobic Capacity
CrossFit Gymnastics

Home Gym

DEUCE Backlot (Hollywood)

Schedule

 

Connect

Instagram: @nickblauer

Email: Nick@deucebacklot.com