David Yandel

Head of Operations/Co-Owner

David Yandel

Head of Operations/Co-Owner

Biography

Coach Dave Yandel is a Co-Owner and Head of Operations and has been CrossFitting for four years. Specializing in mobility and injury prevention, gymnastics, Olympic lifting and nutrition, Dave loves helping others and showing them how CrossFit can change their lives for the better. “CrossFit changed my life,” he says. “I didn’t know it at the time, but I was in a dark place. I was an LE Officer. The job was full of negativity. I dealt with the worst of the worst and saw some horrific things day in and day out. When this is all you see, you begin to believe that the world is a bad place. When I joined CrossFit, I entered a new world. A world of belonging. I was instantly welcomed with open arms and never felt judged.”

Dave credits the CrossFit community and support of the people around him with making him feel like he had a new family. “CrossFit became my ‘3rd place’ as well as my passion. I saw how CrossFit helped me and I saw how it was helping others, too, seeing and hearing such amazing stories. The best part was, no matter where in the world I was, when I dropped into a box during vacation, I received that same warm welcome!”

One of the things that Dave loves the most is the ability to coach someone to achieve what they believed was once impossible and make it possible. “I love watching that transformation take place within someone,” he says, “where they become more empowered, more confident and believe they can achieve anything! These small changes and beliefs, then helps them achieve more happiness and a more fulfilled lives! This is why I love what I do.”

When not in the gym, Dave loves watching movies with his wife Corian and exploring new places. “We enjoy camping and just recently took up hiking. Also, I would consider myself a ‘foodie’ as I love to cook, eat and try new foods. I consider myself to be a bit of a wine connoisseur – I really enjoy wine tastings.”

Dave’s passion is evident to all who meet him. “I do what I do, and wake up every day with a smile on my face because I love showing people how they can overcome negative outside influences,” he says. “Showing people to believe in themselves and giving them inner strength and encouragement. I believe that I was put on this earth to help others and to change their lives. I believe CrossFit is the way I can fulfill this purpose.”

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • USA Weightlifting level 1
  • USA Weightlifting level 2 Sports Performance