CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Kids Trainer
CrossFit Movement and Mobility

CPR/First Aid/AED



Mike is the owner of CrossFit Flood.  He is originally from Schenectady, NY.  He has been physically active his entire life, playing many organized sports.  On one level or another he played basketball, baseball, soccer, ran track and cross country, practiced tae kwon do and boxing, and weightlifted.   He joined the Navy on April 27, 1992.  As a Retired Master Chief Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman, he has over 25 years of experience in health and fitness; including Command Fitness Leader for Navy and Marine Corps commands.

He has over 7000 hours of CrossFit coaching experience.


CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CPR/First Aid
2nd Place (Advanced) 2017 Left Coast Rumble


Ryan found CrossFit after finishing his college basketball career at UC San Diego. After a few months of working out without the team atmosphere of college sports and having to figure out workouts on his own Ryan decided to try out CrossFit. After his first workout he was sold and became a member at Flood. Ryan was a member of our community at Flood for 5 years before he felt the tug to become a Level 1 trainer. Ryan’s favorite part of coaching is keeping a fun community oriented atmosphere in the gym where people can take joy in working out and push to accomplish their fitness goals. Ryan is easy to spot in the gym standing 6’10” tall and often being lapped by his wife Alex. Ryan and Alex’s free time is often spent at the gym or with their dog Trigger at the beach.

Amanda Herrera


When I was growing up, I was always overweight. Overeating and unhealthy eating were normal to me. Therefore, I grew up believing I was supposed to be bigger set. After having my two kids, I was over 200 pounds which was the heaviest I had ever been. I wanted to do better and show my kids how to live a healthy lifestyle. So, I began weight lifting at a Globo gym. However, this gym believed women should not lift heavy. This is when my husband urged me to check out CrossFit. I was addicted after the first workout! Since I started doing CrossFit I have lost over 20 pounds of fat and gained muscle. I have also learned what proper nutrition and consistency can do for your mind and body. I got my CrossFit Level 1 certification in hopes of helping others learn how to love taking care of their bodies and discover the best version of themselves.

Alex Wheeler


Alex is a former Randolph-Macon College lacrosse player who is furthering her health and wellness journey as a nursing student. She has been an athlete and has played sports her entire life, and has always loved the competitive nature that sports create. She fell in love with CrossFit when her husband Ryan introduced her to CrossFit Flood. She had been struggling to find a competitive and team inspired gym that motivated her and constantly pushed her physical capabilities. Since beginning CrossFit, Alex has seen the impact that CrossFit can make in people’s lives, and has enjoyed watching physical and mental transformations of athletes in the gym. Alex loves the family aspect of CrossFit and how welcoming the community is. It has inspired her to be the kind of coach who is always welcoming and who is striving to constantly inspire her athletes to become the best versions of themselves.

Jake Straub


Jake’s passion for CrossFit began long before he knew what CrossFit even was. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and his childhood consisted of him playing just about every sport imaginable. From baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, football, to hockey and competitive snowboarding, he loved it all.
After moving to San Diego at 20, he began working at a Fitness Trainer for two years where he was then introduced to “functional fitness” for the first time. His passion for fitness then grew to a passion for service, where he then worked for the next 8 years as an EMT, Paramedic, and now currently a Firefighter/Paramedic for San Diego Fire-Rescue. When he isn’t at CrossFit Flood, you can find him with his Wife and 6 month old daughter serving in
their local church, or outdoors when possible. He believes the biggest investment you can make is in other people. He is currently working on his degree in Fire Technology, and his NSCA Tactical Fitness Certification.

Nikki Ledford

Nikki stumbled upon CrossFit through her love of nutrition and cooking. Her introduction to CrossFit began in 2010 while attending culinary school in Santa Cruz, CA. She loved the physical and mental challenge that CrossFit training provided while also creating a vibrant community of supportive and encouraging friends.
For the past 6 years, Nikki has worked primarily as a Natural Foods Chef, cooking for private clients and events in and around San Diego County.
In 2017 she rejoined CrossFit classes after the birth of her first child and quickly decided to pursue coaching with a Level 1 certification. 
In addition to coaching, Nikki teaches nutrition and cooking classes, maintains a number of private clients, and practices yoga regularly.


The rest of the time you can find her with her husband, son, and big, fluffy St. Bernard, Tiny.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CPR/First Aid



Natalie began her CrossFit journey long before stepping foot into a gym. For years she watched her father do home workouts from the main site, trying some variations herself. It wasn’t until 2012, however, that she started training consistently. Soon, she experienced various coaching styles and techniques. Having coaches help her specifically train her weaknesses inspired Natalie to do that for other people. After years of learning from coaches, Natalie got her CF-L1 with the goal to help every athlete realize his/her own barriers and experience the joy of pushing past them. If you ask her, she will say that as a coach there still is nothing more exciting than seeing an athlete learn a new skill or overcome a recent barrier, no matter how small.