Our Team

Brendon           Dallas          Ruben        Kari         Deana         Nick

Brendon Mahoney


Brendon’s coaching philosophy draws upon his experience as an elite track athlete. After earning All American honors, competing in the 2004 Olympic Trials and winning multiple ACC titles, he joined the Nike Farm Team in Palo Alto, CA to train for the 2008 Olympic Trials. Brendon found CrossFit after numerous injuries sidelined him from competition. Through CrossFit, he has recreated himself not just as a stronger runner but also as a functional and more capable athlete. As a busy husband, father of three and owner of multiple businesses, staying healthy and being strong isn’t a choice. It’s a requirement. Taking time for himself not only keeps him healthy, it’s also a time to de-stress, remove the clutter from his mind and refocus on big picture items in life. Health, fitness, strength; these qualities have all become paramount to his success. Their impact is the reason he became a coach and opened a gym more than 5 years ago. Everyone needs to experience the FEELING of being strong, mobile, capable and self-sufficient. It’s the ultimate freedom. Brendon founded CrossFit San Mateo in February 2010. He currently serves in the Army National Guard.

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Dallas Walden


Dallas Walden grew up playing many sports from a young age and on through high school. While playing high school baseball he sought the guidance of a High Level Trainer specializing in Powerlifting. After 2 years in college he felt prior to finishing his education he needed to serve his country. In 2005 he joined the U.S Navy in pursuit of becoming a Navy SEAL. While in the Navy he served 2 tours stationed on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Throughout his preparation to enter the SEAL program he was introduced to many different training methods including CrossFit. During this time he sustained a foot injury that withheld him from continuing the SEAL program. Once out of the Navy he went back to school to play baseball and began using CrossFit as his primary training program. This allowed him to gain the size, strength and power he needed while keeping the agility and athleticism required. During this time he had an opportunity to play in a Pro-Scout Baseball League in Arizona. Shortly after, he was approached with an offer to take his learned and experienced expertise and coach at a baseball training facility here in the bay area, at which time he opened a CrossFit Gym to train baseball players. He owned and operated CrossFit South San Francisco for 4 years. While at CrossFit SSF he trained a variety of fitness levels from beginners to MLB professional and minor league athletes. He has also coached in a corporate setting and knows the primary health and fitness needs of the corporate employee. Not being satisfied with merely coaching, he began competing in local competitions around California. More recently he was invited to compete with a semi-professional fitness league team with hopes of becoming a professional athlete on a Grid League team. Today Dallas is able to draw from his previous experience to train and influence athletes of all levels, with an emphasis on proper gymnastics and barbell movements. Outside of the gym Dallas enjoys spending time with his wife of eight years, Judy and their daughter Georgiana. Some other hobbies include: riding motorcycles, backpacking and trekking, reading and ocean swims. He also volunteers at ‘The Jericho House” in Brisbane, teaching CrossFit to recovering substance abuse and criminal behavior men.

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Ruben Lugo


After serving in the United States Marine Corps for seven years Ruben Lugo was introduced to Crossfit by a friend/coach at an affiliate in San Jose, Ca. While enlisted in the Marine Corps he was accepted to a special duty, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group. While attached to MCESG Sergeant Lugo provided security for U.S. and foreign government personal in U.S. embassies around the world. In addition to providing security Sergeant Lugo was the Training Non Commissioned Officer for his detachment, which required him to make sure his fellow Marines were physically fit for combat. Sergeant Lugo was also selected to be a part of the security detail for Secretary of State Hilary Clinton when she visited San Salvador, El Salvador. Ruben Lugo was reluctant to try Crossfit out, but gave in after noticing a plateau in his training at a global gym. He was also hesitant to join because three months earlier he ruptured a disk in his lower back, which was still bothering him. After his introduction workout he was hooked. Through Crossfit and his coaches programing Ruben was rehabilitated and able to put weight on his back. Ruben always loved working out with friends/family and giving advice to help them improve. As his love for Crossfit grew so did his willingness to help others. Ruben turned his garage into a gym and began to train with friends and family. Ruben wanted to take his passion to the next level by getting Crossfit Level 1 certified and becoming a coach at a local affiliate. Ruben has years of experience in personal training, semi-private training, small and large group classes, Olympic weightlifting, working with collegiate and national level athletes, weight loss, muscle gain, and working with clients who have injuries. Certifications: Crossfit Level 1 Trainer USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach Crossfit Powerlifting Trainer Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist CFST – Level I

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Kari has been doing CrossFit for just a little over a year, and most recently has been working on regaining strength and mobility after welcoming her son into the world in April 2015. Kari has a background in Human Resources, office administration and brings organization and structure to Alpha Project’s communications and events. Helping her husband run their businesses and being a mother of 3, she makes sure her time in the gym every day counts. She values the positive effects this commitment has made on her life. She often calls it her only “me” time which is probably why you’ll see her enjoying every minute. Having a family of 5 makes her a great resource for new ideas for healthy family meals and ideas on how to better meal plan for yourself or prepare for the week ahead for your whole family.

Nick Ferrara


As a young teenager up through High School Nick was an all-around athlete from playing Football to Basketball, running Track and Wrestling. Just after moving to California from Florida in March of 2014 he took his first CrossFit class and instantly was hooked. With his new found passion for CrossFit and knowing what it has done for him, he decided he wanted to help others reach their fitness goals. After getting 2 years of CrossFit under his belt from one of the 1st and most experienced CrossFit Trainers in Oakland he took his Level 1 Trainer course. Beside CrossFit Nick is an avid Obstacle Course racer, he has already completed 3 Spartan Races, 4 Tough Mudders and 5 other smaller mud runs but plans on completing at least 4 more Spartans and another Tough Mudder by the end of the year. Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

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Deana Pena


When she’s not CrossFitting, you can find Deana salsa dancing, soaking up the sun rays, or coaching others in her transformational life coaching business. She spends much time absorbing information to enable her and her clients to leap into their next level and live their most thriving, authentic lives. Deana catalyzes transformation in her clients by helping them shift their thoughts and, therefore, their emotions. In mastering this, she knows people then master their lives. With the use of daily habits, and practices, a deeper dive into understanding their values and their genuine openness of wanting to live an authentic life, Deana provides the mentoring and support for her clients to embrace, embody, exude and experience who they truly are. In helping her clients focus on their well-being and alignment, she provides a foundation of clarity in which they confidently and naturally attract that which they want in their lives. She has gone from dreading her life, to absolutely loving it, and she would love to help you love yours, too! Reach out to her to learn how you can bust through your barriers and breakthrough to the true You.

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Judy Bio Pic- B&WJudy Walden


From a young age health and fitness has been a hobby and passion for Judy Walden. At age 12 she began training in a Korean martial art called Kuk Sool Won. This became her primary focus outside of school into her 20’s. Once reaching a brown belt level, the road to earning your black belt in Kuk Sool is a long one, testing 8-10 times over the course of 2-3 years. Each test is hours of intense physical labor and metal focus, before a panel of black belt judges. At age 16 she earned her first-degree black belt, became an assistant instructor and started teaching Kuk Sool Won. Doing this she discovered fulfillment while instructing others in something she was passionate about.

Freshman year of college she began working at a Fitness Club and started weight lifting. Working out became a lifestyle; She enjoyed watching the different people come through, observing their transformation as they strived to stay consistent and disciplined. Her interest in weight training and staying fit formed a new avenue to use her desire to teach. The owner and head trainer of the gym allowed Judy to begin shadowing her during training sessions, encouraging her to become a personal trainer. After becoming a certified personal trainer Judy continued to shadow and observe her mentor to broaden her scope of knowledge in the field.

In 2007 Judy married her husband, Dallas, and moved to San Diego where he finished his 4 years enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While in San Diego she continued to pursue a personal training career and starting working at a Women’s Fitness Club and Spa. While there, her primary focus became Ladies Boot Camps. She immediately fell in love with the camaraderie and relationships built while training a group of women, witnessing how a woman’s self image and confidence would catapult after a short time of doing boot camps. Whether they thought it was unlikely to ever do a pushup, run more than a mile, or feel confident in a cocktail dress, each woman reached something that seemed intangible at one time. Since 2007 Judy has continued to enjoy teaching women’s boot camps.

December 31st 2014, Judy and Dallas welcomed their daughter, Georgiana. Having a baby brought a whole new set of challenges when it came to staying in shape and losing weight. From hormones going crazy, lack of sleep, slowed metabolism while breastfeeding to low thyroid, Judy met her own set of obstacles on the journey to get back into her old jeans. She remains eager to pursue her fitness career, continuing to help other women overcome these same challenges!

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Do you want to join our growing team?

We are looking to add a talented, self driven and energetic person to our team. We take great pride in the community that we have developed here at CrossFit San Mateo. We believe our athletes deserve only the best from their coaches. If you care as deeply as we do about helping others to lead healthier and happier lives, you will be a great for our team.

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