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OUR WHY

We created Proa Athletics for the individual who is looking to empower themselves to be better with each choice moving forward....not perfect....just better! We truly believe that you cannot stay the same from day to day. You can improve or you can decline! One way or another the things you choose to do now will have an impact on the future. Luck is minute compared to how well you are prepared and focused. By choosing to get better you will inevitably improve others around you. You have the power to inspire others and we are here to help you do just that!

 

The term "Proa" is a Western term for what is known as an outrigger canoe with sails. We know it as a symbol of strength, speed, ingenuity, and pride. Our founder and owner Christopher Guerrero is a Chamorro from Guam where proa is known more as galahdi or sakman. The ocean-going vessel was known to be one of the fastest by European accounts in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. The proa was built with interchangeable steering capabilities making it a first of its kind to change directions without turning. Maneuverability and innovation are guiding principles for our training methods. We want to enable efficient and sustainable movement patterns to increase performance and longevity. We strive to do the little things correctly every day and use the term "proa" to remember that small things performed consistently over time will add up to large amounts and in turn great achievements!

 

Along with movement, we believe in addressing recovery elements such as nutrition, sleep, and mental strength at the forefront of any level of athleticism. If we can understand and be aware of limiting factors in relation to your nutrition and everyday habitual choices then we can make the necessary plans to get better. With knowledge comes responsibility and with the improved knowledge of helpful nutrition and daily habits, we will naturally do what is right. It is a deep human attribute to live happily and we base our choices every day on what we think is important to us. Know your true why and the choices become clear... not easy.....but clear.   

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The Team

Chris Guerrero

Head Coach/Founder

CSCS, Precision Nutrition, TPI, IOM, FMS, NASM, WMQ, ZHealth 

Chris is a Strength Coach and lifelong learner with a passion for helping others along their journey to improve and get better every day. Education and empowerment are the tools that Chris believes will help achieve your desired outcomes.  Chris has an athletic background in outrigger paddling, baseball, basketball, tennis, swimming, volleyball, and golf. He enjoys coaching the skills necessary for rotational efficiency and power which are highly coveted in most athletic movements. Nutrition, rotation-specific training, and overall athleticism can be called his specialties however Chris naturally enjoys helping others improve at what they are striving to achieve from the physical aspects to mental aptitude. 

Zach Wagonis

Coach

ACE PT

Zach is a personal trainer and coach who has been involved in sports his entire life. He competed in water polo and swimming throughout childhood and as an adult at Palomar College. When he began training others at the University of California in Davis, he quickly found that he loves to help people achieve their goals in fitness and athletic endeavors. Now in San Diego, he’s helping others do just that. He believes that two important aspects of leading a healthy life are to always strive to learn new things and have fun during the journey.

Rachel Wakley

Coach

BS Kinesiology, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Rachel Wakley is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer who recently relocated to San Diego. To her, fitness should be a space where you can celebrate your body. It is the ultimate expression of self love—we give our- selves space to be challenged, but on the other side of that challenge is growth and celebration. Every person needs to be able to experience that. It will change their life. She helps people become more confident, take more risks, and live the life they truly want to live. Unlike most fitness programs, which treat exercise as a punishment, she focuses on connection and the whole person, and reconnects people to who they are.

Connor Smith

Coach/Athletic Trainer

ATC, CSCS

Connor is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Sports Performance Coach with experience working with athletes and clients of all levels. Specializing in sport specific training, quality of movement and understanding individual goals are the key components to his training philosophy. His passion for coaching, genuine personality, and life long pursuit of knowledge will all be used to the best of his ability to not only achieve your goals, but equip and empower you with the knowledge to continue your success. Most recently, Connor held the position of Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Atlanta Hawks NBA team for two seasons. Prior to that, he was an Athletic Trainer for Stanford University's Football, Men's & Women's Basketball, and Synchronized Swim- ming teams. Connor graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.S. in Athletic Training and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at San Diego State University.

Victor Valentino

Coach

NASM, CPT, FST, FMS

Victor has been in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years as a Personal Trainer/Fitness Coach, Pilates Instructor, and Corrective Alignment Specialist. He truly enjoys helping people achieve their goals. Victor is a big believer in having proper alignment for the body to function and work at its optimum capacity. So he’s a big stickler on correct form and really instills in his clients using proper technique to get the best results. Victor is a rehab specialist and has worked with many of his clients over the years, helping them recover from any injury, ailment, or surgery they have had, whether it’s the knee, hip, low-back, shoulders, etc. Victor has helped many of his clients recover post-surgery and get them back to a normal, pain-free function. Victor's father was a gymnast and diver, and from a very young age, he got his children involved in sports and athletics. Victor's passions early in life were soccer, basketball, football and his true passions were In Windsurfing and Skiing. He is still very passionate about skiing and goes quite often over the winter. Overall Victor is passionate about life and helping others better themselves.

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Stronger Together

Contact Us

Locations:

5995 Mira Mesa Blvd. Ste. H

San Diego, CA 92121

Phone:

619-800-4217

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