Your success team

We’re here to help you reach your goals and live your best life!

Samantha Ritchie - Coach and Owner

Growing up Samantha never considered herself an athlete. She played recreational soccer and a season of volleyball, but never played any high school sports. While in college, she lived a fairly active lifestyle going on hikes, playing in the intramural volleyball league on campus, and going snowboarding, but never specifically trained for anything. After a breakup, she took up long-distance running to help cope with overwhelming emotions. She soon developed a love for running and eventually fitness. Samantha found CrossFit unexpectedly and immediately knew she would love it. Right away she recognized that she would love to coach CrossFit, too, so when the opportunity presented itself to get certified as a CrossFit coach she jumped at it.

Samantha loves being a CrossFit coach because it allows her to play a role in helping people get healthier and realize their true potential.

Contact: sam@crossfitaptos.com

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • CrossFit Gymnastics

Kony Fillippou - Coach

Kony found CrossFit when she moved from her homeland in Greece to Aptos after marrying an amazing guy and following him to the other side of the world. Since a very young age, she’s had a talent in almost any sport she played. She started with gymnastics and spent most of her school year on a basketball court and helping her school and college win four consecutive championships. She then started playing on the women’s pro league basketball division in Greece, but stopped so she could focus on her studies in Industrial Design, Computer Administration and Film Production, eventually earning her BA.

After working some years in creative departments in the advertising industry, she always felt as if something was missing in her life and felt compelled to help others in need which took her to Denmark. She volunteered in a drug-rehabilitation center. She soon took an executive post and stayed for seven years. In 2009, she moved back to Greece and started working in an alternative/holistic clinic close with doctors who treated patients through exercise and nutrition only.

In 2010, after getting married and having an awesome son, they decided to move back to where she first met her husband on a business trip to start a new adventure, find CrossFit, get her Level 1 Certificate and start coaching. She was excited about the opportunity to be mentored by Zac, Michele and Heather. While in Greece, she attends Olympic Weightlifting and gymnastics classes with the coach of the National Greek Gymnastics team.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Jason Boudreault - Coach

Jason lives in Aptos with his wife and three kids, two active boys and an adorable little girl. He has always lived an active lifestyle competing in pole vaulting in high school and playing football as an adult. He was a gym rat who looked up to his older brother who competed as a bodybuilder in Canada.

He began to get disinterested in the gym life and looked for other ways to remain fit. He began running and spent a lot of time exploring Nisene Marks State Park and running 5 k’s, 10 k’s, half marathons and full marathons. His older brother soon told him about this crazy workout program that he was doing called CrossFit. Jason saw the transformation it made in his brother and son, and he decided to give it a try.

From that point forward Jason was hooked. He loves being able to share what CrossFit has done for him and hopefully inspire others. He feels that getting to be part of a person’s journey toward a better, healthier, and stronger self is a true honor!

Qualifications:

  • Crossfit Level 1 Trainer

Logan Vanderpool - Nutrition Coach

Growing up in Santa Cruz as an avid dancer and year-round softball, basketball and volleyball player, Logan has been an athlete her entire life. After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 2009 and moving back home to Santa Cruz, Logan reconnected with local fitness-industry friends and was swayed by their adamant recommendations that she “HAD TO TRY CROSSFIT!” She was instantly hooked and competed in her first CrossFit competition—the regional qualifier for the Games with the CrossFit 831 team—merely months after learning the Olympic lifts. She solidified her commitment to this amazing fitness program by becoming a Level 1 trainer in 2010 and began her coaching career at CrossFit 831.

Logan spent the first half of 2016 solo traveling through Central and South America and truly experienced how broad the CrossFit community reaches visiting more than 10 gyms through Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Peru. She has returned home more excited than ever about coaching CrossFit and supporting the local Santa Cruz/Aptos Community to continually strive to improve fitness and health.

Logan has had the amazing opportunity to coach at a number of gyms throughout the years including Studio 831, CrossFit Santa Cruz Central, CrossFit West/CrossFit Ready in Santa Cruz, and Sin City CrossFit in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is passionate about providing beginners the support they need to become confident CrossFitters, as well as pushing the seasoned veterans to master their fitness potential.

Logan is extremely excited to be part of the talented staff at CrossFit Aptos and part of the enthusiastic community here.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • Registered Dietitian (RD)

More Staff coming soon!