World Class Coaches

ABOUT US

At Stratum Fitness, we don’t believe in quick fixes or shortcuts. Our dedicated coaches build athletes from the ground up. That means developing a fitness regimen that will benefit you for life. We know what it takes to be a success, and we’re in it for the long-haul. Are you?

  • Blake Bender

    Owner

    Blake has a diverse athletic background that began as a competitive gymnast and soccer player. At 12 years old, he received his first gym membership and has been a self-proclaimed “gym rat” ever since. After years of competitive athletics Blake began looking for new ways to challenge himself, physically and mentally. It was his curiosity that led him to Functional Fitness.

    “CrossFit opened my eyes to a whole new side of fitness. Coaching and ultimately opening my own facility was a natural progression for me. I’ve always had high athletic ambitions and positioned myself to learn from the best. Now, at Stratum Fitness, I can pass on the same knowledge and expertise that those experiences provided me.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
    • CrossFit Powerlifting
    • OPEX Coaching Certification Assessment
    • OPEX Coaching Certification Program Design
  • Eric DePaula

    Owner

    Since the age of five, Eric’s been breaking a sweat playing basketball, soccer, and even golf. He learned early on that weight training could dramatically improve his performance in these endeavors. In college his passion for health, fitness, and training grew exponentially and he continues to pursue personal and professional strides.

    Eric is a CrossFit Level 1 coach who specializes in movement and mobility. “I am a firm believer that to truly identify the nuances of good movement versus poor movement, you have to hold yourself accountable first.” No matter your goals (fitness, finances, or family), accountability is key.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
    • OPEX CCP Assessment, Program Design, Lifestyle Coaching, Nutrition & Business Systems
  • Tricia Moore

    CrossFit Coach/Conditioning & Endurance Coach

    Coach Tricia Moore has been an endurance athlete since high school and regularly runs marathons competitively – consistently placing top 4 in her age division. Her most recent finish was a 3:19 marathon at age 39.
    But she discovered a whole new athletic pursuit at age 40 – CrossFit. A friend introduced her to Stratum Fitness, and when she met the coaches she “knew immediately how intelligent and dynamic they were. I knew they were the best, and I wanted to eventually coach here,” she says.

    In addition to coaching, Tricia has been an active participant in the San Diego triathlon community, the UCSD Masters Swimming program, and she has ridden in more Century rides than she can count.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Level 2

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