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At West Grove Fitness, everything we do from top to bottom is of the highest quality to ensure we’re equipped to help you reach your goals of a healthy and fit lifestyle.

OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM 

Our team

All of our trainers hold the highest level of expertise trainers can have, which means they’ve been trained in anatomy, physiology, and nutrition. They understand that no two bodies are alike and they will work with you to get you fit at the right pace.

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Matt Paz
Owner

                  Specialties: 
                         Sports Conditioning

                         Group Fitness
                         Weight Management

                         Strength Training

Matt is one of the most profound elite trainers in the fitness industry. With over 13 years of experience, Matt thrives on pushing your limits to achieve maximum results in both personal training and overall health.

Matt holds a BS in Kinesiology, as well as a Teaching Credential from California State University, Long Beach. Being an athlete his whole life, Matt played college baseball and then turned his competitive drive towards endurance races.  He has participated in marathons (such as The Boston Marathon), triathlons, and recently competed in the World Championships (Iron-Man) in Kona.

 

Matt offers innovative workouts to achieve a regimen that is flexible, spontaneous and most of all ENJOYABLE. He provides training that reaches every fitness level from the novice to the professional athlete. Whether you are looking for a fresh new way to exercise, cross train, or get a leg up on your competitor and exceed your current level of fitness, Matt is here to help you reach your goals and motivate you to keep setting new ones.

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RYLEIGH WYATT
MANAGER/CO-HEAD COACH

NASM CPT 

NASM  CERTIFIED NUTRITION COACH

BA Human Biology (Human Performance) 

 

Coach Ryleigh competed as a D1 Rower at the University of Southern California from 2018-2022. She was the first female freshman athlete to be awarded the Strength of Troy in 2019. She played high level her entire life before switching to rowing her senior year of high school. 

 

After graduating in 2022, she joined the WGF team as a full time coach and our office manager. 

Her goals are to help each and every client discover their inner athlete and see their confidence born in the gym spread to every aspect of their life. 

If the sun is shining and she is not training, you can find her at the beach during any free time. 

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WILL BARNES 
HEAD COACH/ CO-MANAGER

Will is a veteran cross fitter with over 14 years of experience as a certified Crossfit Coach. Coach Will began his fitness journey competing in Olympic style weightlifting. With over 10 years of class, small group and personal training experience-he works to meet each of his clients where they are in their fitness journey.

Will's specialty resides in Olympic and Power lifts, while his training practices focus on both strength and conditioning. His goal for each of his clients is for them to leave feeling stronger and more confident than they did when they first walked in. 

ULISSES CARDENA 
COACH 

Ulisses is a Marine Veteran who fell in love with fitness and training others. He turned that passion into helping serve other successful and goal oriented people while building good habits with basic nutrition tips, building strong intrapersonal connection and overall wellness. 

 

He has a Fitness Specialist certification from Orange Coast College. 

 

Uli's goal:  is to help people achieve their best version of themselves through training.  

In any training environment you will run into obstacles, walls of self-doubt, physical and mental fatigue. That is life. Through training, is his belief that we can build our resilience, self-confidence, our motivation and a “yes I can” attitude to get through any obstacle in an outside of the gym. 

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ERIN EARLYWINE 
COACH 

Erin is a mom, triathlete and OCR racer. She's been in the fitness coaching business for 11 years and absolutely loves it. Erin hates training alone and is a firm believer people work harder in groups and thrive when surrounded by others pushing their limits. 

 

She grew up swimming competitively in the Bay Area and moved to Long Beach, Ca in 1999 to play waterpolo. After college, she fell into the corporate grind and completely alienated herself from anything fitness related. Finally after having her first kid in 2006, Erin realized being active was not only mandatory for her to stay healthy and take care of a family, but also she needed to be a good role model. Erin immediately signed up for a local race because she loved to have something to train for and the rest is history. 

 

Erin's Goals: To have small personal wins everyday, helps you stay positive and a positive mental attitude is crucial to your success. To inspire one person daily to engage in a healthier lifestyle and get them to pay it forward. 

 

Erin's Motto: Go Hard or Go Home! Your time is so valuable, make it count when you show up. 

 

Education/Credentials:

  • BS in International Business & Finance

  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer & Group X Instructor 

  • MADD Dog Spin Instructor  

 

Some Accomplishments:

Spartan World Championships 2018

Team USA Triathlon 2014-2016

Ironman 70.3 World Championships 2015

NCAA Division I Waterpolo Long Beach State 1999-2003

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AUSTIN CHILDS 
COACH 

Austin is an active athlete and CrossFitter. Growing up in Kansas, he played football and ran track and field throughout highschool. He got introduced to Crossfit and HIIT style training his senior year in highschool and immediately saw benefits from it in his athletic performances personal life.

 

He got his Crossfit L1 Trainer Certificate in 2016 and retook it in 2021. He also is a certified nutrition coach. Austin competes in Hyrox and Spartan events, qualifying for the Hyrox world championships and Spartan Deka Mile and Strong World Championships in 2023.
 

Austin resides in Huntington Beach with his wife Taelyn and lab Flower.

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KATHLEEN HAFELI 
COACH 

Passionate fitness instructor with over a decade of experience, specializing in Olympic weightlifting.

 

As a competitive Olympic weightlifter, Kathleen competes at the national and international level. She is a certified Olympic weightlifting coach dedicated to using her extensive athletic background, including collegiate softball, to push individuals towards achieving their fitness goals.

MYCHAL PHAM
COACH

FREDDY MOORE
COACH

 

Freddy's fitness has always been a huge part of his life. Beginning in high school he competed in football and basketball. His fitness evolved into his time spent serving in our military and ended up using it everyday as he still works as a Firefighter Paramedic. 

 

Freddy owned his own crossfit box until 2019. He joined the WGF team in 2023 after realizing how much he missed the community of a local gym.

As a part time coach, Freddy brings an upbeat and hard working environment into each of his classes. He wants each of his clients to walk out of the gym ready to achieve any goal they set. 

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READ WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT US

“Challenging workouts and trainers that push you to the next level. No matter what your fitness level is Matt and Ryan are there for you each step of the way. The biggest bonus is our community we have built. No judgement just motivation."

- D Milligan

“If you are looking for a place to workout and stay motivated West Grove Fitness is where you want to be. The team atmosphere and energy keep you moving and wanting to come back. Each day (class) is different and focuses on specific parts of the body with the right amount of cardio involved. The trainers are excellent and incredibly knowledgeable and take the time to ensure exercises are done properly. The location is perfect and WGF offers many class times so there are no excuses! I cannot recommend WGF enough....you will be hooked!"

- K Snider

“I tried WGF based on recommendations from some friends who were already members. I belonged to another gym and wasn't too sure that I could find another place that I loved just as much. My first workout was great and I was feeing it days later! After my second workout, I knew I would really love this place and joined! The trainers are amazing and always take the time to help if you aren't sure what to do. They also give you the push and encouragement you need. The people I've met so far have been super nice and working out with them is so fun! The workouts are fantastic and I'm always dripping sweat when I leave so I know I got in a great workout! Getting up at 5 AM to workout at WGF is a great start to my day!"

- S Ammari

“I truly enjoy coming to West Coast Fitness 2-3 times a week.  I travel from Tustin to work out because to me it matters who is running the gym and if my personalized goals are met.  I have done personal training with Matt Paz and also do small group training to the level that is challenging for me!!  My body has changed; my arms and legs are stronger.  At age 48, my arms finally have definition and my legs look much muscular as opposed to tree trunks!  Matt and his team will do what it takes to help make your experience fun, yet work you out to a point that you want to keep coming to improve.  Lots of friends to make here!"

- CJ

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