J.B. Fitts

Co-Owner, Coach

2015 CFCC HS-0495
  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1

J.B. has been a member of the Crown City community since 2012. From the day he stepped into Crown City the box has been his “home away from home”. The natural progression for someone who has such a passion for CrossFit and the CFCC community was to join the Crown City coaching staff. Today J.B. not only coaches but is also the co-owner and operator of CrossFit Crown City. Educating and motivating members to realize their potential is J.B.’s daily focus at the box.

Beyond Crossfit, J.B. has a BFA in photography from Art Center College of Design, an MFA in photography from the University of Hartford.

Tom Scoble


  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Certified

Tom Scoble grew up as an athlete: ski racing, lacrosse, soccer and tennis formed the foundation of his competitive years of junior high through his time at UCLA. Tom was introduced to CrossFit in 2009, but didn’t find a home at a box until March of 2010. Since then he has been hooked. After watching the regionals and the Games this year, Tom’s commitment to CrossFit has lead him to want to share it with others in his community. After successfully completing the CrossFit Level 1 Certification seminar, he was eager to begin sharing it with others.
Tom is also passionate about food and nutrition and does one on one nutritional counseling. He owns a successful landscape construction company, Mother Magnolia, Inc. and loves to spend time with his wife Kathleen and their two boys Champe and Griffin.


Max Wilhite

GM, Coach

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  • Certifications
  • Level 1 Certified Trainer

Max Wilhite, aka Sean Penn, is one of the best and brightest to emerge from the smoke and haze of San Marino High. He ran a blistering 40, crushed it on the grid iron, and now enjoys testing his limits as a CrossFit athlete and trainer. Currently he is the head coach of the Glendale High School freshman football program.


Cody Vella

Head Coach

  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Kettlebell
  • CrossFit Scaling Course
  • Bob Takano Seminar

Cody Vella grew up playing competitive sports, Swimming in rivers and hiking the mountains of Humboldt County, CA. This lead to him finding a passion for health and fitness at a very young age. Switching from the typical gym routine to CrossFit in early 2006, he quickly developed a passion for helping others and coaching. In 2009 he moved to Los Angeles to expand his coaching knowledge & abilities as well as pursue the competitive side of CrossFit. Since then then he has coached at various CrossFit gyms throughout Los Angeles area. With years of experience and knowledge in coaching and competition, Cody is committed to helping and impacting as many people’s lives as possible in a positive way.

Jay Shappell


  • Certifications
  • Crossfit Level 1
  • B.S. Exercise Science and Sports Medicine

Jay found a passion for sports at a young age when, growing up in England, he began playing rugby at six years old. That passion followed him to the East Coast where he continued to play at the collegiate level in North Carolina. He received certifications in personal training, and trained his way through undergrad while earning a B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.

Javiel Cardenas


  • Certifications
  • USAW

Javiel has a passion for weightlifting, but before he found this passion, he served six years with the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, this led to a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science. After tiring of laboratory basements he stepped into Crossfit Crown City where he found his obsession for perfecting highly technical movements such as the snatch and the clean and jerk.

As an athlete, Javiel has competed in several U.S.A. Weightlifting meets and is always looking to introduce others to sport of weightlifting. With a keen eye for technical perfection, experience in leadership, and background in healthcare he will guide you to your own path for success.

Michelle Weir


  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1

Michelle grew up with a love of the outdoors and was involved in many activities and sports. She played club soccer and followed her dream of being a Division I athlete to northern California where she played for four years at Saint Mary’s College of California. It was in college Michelle discovered her passion for health and fitness and one of her teammates introduced her to Crossfit. She quickly took to the competitive side of Crossfit and is constantly looking for the best balance between optimizing her health and competitive endeavors. Michelle loves Crossfit for the fact that it caters to people of all fitness levels. She earned her Bachelors degree from Saint Mary’s College in Kinesiology, Sport Management. She currently also coaches the girl’s soccer team at Crescenta Valley high school as well as a competitive team with Crescenta Valley Soccer Club.

Marisa Thomas


  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1

Marisa aka “The Blonde Satan” known for her wicked programming style. She is a level 1 certified Crossfit coach.  She shares her love and passion for Crossfit by coaching our most demanding CrossFit Competition class every Saturday morning.  She has qualified for the Crossfit Regionals and has placed in the top 3 in may local Crossfit competitions.  Her love for fancy shoes, coffee, and Crossfit apparel are her only vices…


Zach Hancock


2015 CFCC HS-0550
  • Certifications
  • CrossFit Level 1

Zach Hancock started training at CrossFit Crown City nearly three years ago. From the beginning Zack was focused on pushing his limits and competing at any and all local CrossFit competitions. He has focused on his Olympic lifting techniques and his work ethic has been stellar. Zack works with a lot of our newcomers who need a lot of support on their foundational movement patterns. He has a passion for working with any and all levels of athletes and creating a dynamic where they feel comfortable and confident taking their fitness to the next level.