Training
Personal Trainers

All CHF trainers hold college degrees in health-related disciplines, with certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association. CHF also offers Medical Exercise Specialists—the only fitness center in the beach cities to do so—who are trained and educated to work with member’s doctors or physical therapists to ensure the highest quality, effective exercise program.

Jason Bautista

As a Medical Exercise Specialist, Jason manages clients with musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and neurological conditions looking to improve or maintain their functional capacities. 

Jason additionally works with clients seeking weight loss, performance enhancement, or those simply making the decision to “choose how they want to live.” He focuses hard on designing training programs that find the perfect balance between fun and challenging.” 

What Jason values most in life is time with his wife and three boys.

FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

If it was easy, everyone would be doing it!

PERSONAL INFORMATION/HOBBIES

A former public relations professional for Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays organization, Jason is a self-proclaimed sports enthusiast, who can often be found honing his skills on the basketball court or in the boxing ring.

CLASSES TAUGHT

Small Group Personal Training

SPECIALIZATION

Managing medical conditions with exercise, sports-specific agility training, functional/balance training, personal training, body sculpting/ weight loss.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

Medical Exercise Specialist, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, B.S., University of California, San Diego


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Derick Malit

Derick’s training approach focuses on the specific goals of his clients. With his extensive knowledge of functional training, weight loss, sports-specific training, and plyometric training, he can accommodate a diverse clientele. Clients who train with Derick will receive the motivation and knowledge they need to incorporate exercise into their lifestyle so it’s not just a temporary hobby that can be neglected. Derick’s upbeat personality and sense of humor are sure to encourage his clients to stick to and enjoy their fitness routines as part of their overall wellness journey. Derick is a key contributor to our Employee Wellness Program here at BCHD, and regularly energizes us with invigorating circuit training classes.

FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

Combining exercise with a healthy diet and lots of laughter can vastly improve your overall quality of life. The key is just to believe in yourself and be consistent because YOU are the only one who can do it for yourself.

PERSONAL INFORMATION/HOBBIES

Derick is an athlete at heart, and likes to push himself to the max. Outside of fitness, Derick really enjoys being with his family, making people laugh, and trying all types of foods, so there’s never a dull moment!

CLASSES TAUGHT

Circuit Training (BCHD Employee Wellness Program)

SPECIALIZATION

Sports-specific/agility training, functional/balance training, tone/weight loss

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

B.S. in Kinesiology
NASM-CPT


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Lauren Phelan

Exercise should give you the opportunity to stop stressing about life and focus on improving yourself both physically and mentally. Lauren believes in training “smart” without injury, and tailors programs based on what her clients actually do day–to-day. Clients transitioning from physical therapy or cardiac rehab, or who suffer from chronic medical conditions such as Parkinson’s and diabetes, will benefit from training with Lauren. Lauren’s goal is to improve the overall function, strength and stability of her clients, without causing further harm to their already existing conditions. Those with sports-specific requirements can also benefit from a session with Lauren, as she is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National College of Sports Medicine (NCSM).

FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

Make exercise and staying healthy a top priority because it can help us feel better, live longer, and have a better quality of life.

PERSONAL INFORMATION/HOBBIES

Lauren was a competitive gymnast and ranked as highly as 4th in the State at age 9. She has also participated in softball, soccer, basketball, kickboxing, and national-level cheerleading; and currently plays third base on an adult co-ed Softball team. Lauren enjoys weightlifting on her days off. In her limited free time Lauren enjoys walking and snuggling with her little rescue dog.

CLASSES TAUGHT

Kettlebell, Spine Stability

SPECIALIZATION

Post-rehab protocols, strength training, flexibility and balance training, functional training, postural and muscular imbalance problems, sport specific training, and weight management.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness from California State University, Long Beach
  • Medical Exercise Specialist Certification through the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation Professionals
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through NSCA – National College of Sports Medicine


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Aidan Acuff

Aidan Acuff says tongue-in-cheek that his active lifestyle was sparked by frequent kicking and thrashing in his mother’s womb. Never one to take himself too seriously, he enjoys a good laugh as much as a good workout, and shares his infectious attitude with clients.

Aidan’s resume includes 14 years of natural bodybuilding (including a lightweight state championship), a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Psychology. He enjoys the positive daily synergy that involves helping clients realize self-improvement and health. And because of his passion for fitness, Aidan feels like he’s never worked a day in his life.

FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

Injured or elite, there is no physical state from which a person cannot improve.

PERSONAL INFORMATION/HOBBIES

Trivia, Writing, Sports, Fitness

CLASSES TAUGHT

Small Group Training

SPECIALIZATION

Working with older adults
Weight management
Muscle building

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

M.S. Exercise Science
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
ISSA Personal Trainer
TRX certified


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Tanya Rutter

As a Personal Trainer, Tanya draws upon her extensive experience in functional training and Mat Pilates to create fitness programs tailored to individual goals and lifestyle. With her Fitness Assistant duties, Tanya helps members optimize their fitness results by encouraging proper form and technique; showing members new exercises; and orientating members on the use of new equipment.

FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

Tanya believes that even if a member has never been active, or is returning to exercise, it’s never too late to reap the many health benefits of regular exercise.

PERSONAL INFORMATION/HOBBIES

When she isn’t working with members at CHF, she enjoys dance, playing classical and flamenco guitar, as well as supporting human and animal rights.

CLASSES TAUGHT

Mat Pilates and Small Group Training

SPECIALIZATION

With more than 12 years of professional experience training and teaching fitness, Tanya’s specialties include functional and core training, Mat Pilates and improving balance, flexibility and agility to help fight disease and injury.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

B.A., ACSM-Certified Personal Trainer, NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Stott Pilates Mat Certification, TRX, Certificate in Fitness Instruction, UCLA Extension


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Brian Fuentes

Brian was born and raised in Southern California. He connected with fitness early in life through school sports, including basketball and volleyball. It wasn’t until college that Brian started visiting the gym to maintain his fitness. He was immediately intrigued with the variety of different exercise classes, which sparked his passion for training and rehabilitating clients and athletes.

FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

“Kaizen”, Japanese for continuous improvement. There is always something we can do to improve our lives, and it extends beyond just physical health.

PERSONAL INFORMATION/HOBBIES

Basketball, volleyball, rock climbing and hiking.

SPECIALIZATION

Post-injury rehabilitation

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

B.S. in Kinesiology (emphasis in athletic training) and NASM CPT Certified


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Stephen Dilag

Stephen was born at Little Company of Mary in Torrance and grew up in the South Bay. His parents enrolled him in Tae Kwon Do at age 5, sparking his passion for physical activity. He practiced Tae Kwon Do until high school, where he was first discovered football. The sport taught him how to work out, use gym equipment and fight through exhausting situations and challenges.

Stephen fell in love with the workouts and camaraderie and decided to pursue a major in Kinesiology at California State University, Long Beach. While studying exercise science, he spent a lot of time at the gym and played ultimate Frisbee and flag football to keep himself active. Stephen uses the knowledge he has accumulated to help others stay motivated and engaged in a lifestyle of physical fitness.

FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

If an exercise is hard now, that’s another reason to work even harder on it – sore today, stronger tomorrow.

PERSONAL INFORMATION/HOBBIES

Flag football, Jiu Jitsu, Ultimate Frisbee, hiking and poetry.

SPECIALIZATION

Resistance training and rehabilitation

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

California State University, Long Beach – Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science)/ PT Aide Certification and CPR Certification


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Maddie Hayford

Maddie has been a personal trainer for five years and has worked with a wide range of clients. She has a vast experience working in recovery health and has trained clients dealing with orthopedic issues and recovery from heart attacks. She’s als led a variety of exercise groups including circuit boot camps, mobility classes and other classes that focus on breathing and relaxation. She offers personalized workouts to deliver safe, effective routines that are unique to meet her clients’ goals. Maddie is currently completing her Master’s in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

Change can be a difficult journey, but it’s all about creating a sustainable transformation and embracing challenges to get to know yourself better.

PERSONAL INFORMATION/HOBBIES

Maddie loves adventure and trying new things —whether that means training for a triathlon or buying a cookbook and making all the recipes one-by-one, she’s up for the challenge. In addition to trying new things, her more daily routine includes snuggling with her kittens, cycling, and crafting.

SPECIALIZATION

Recovery Training

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

B.S. in Kinesiology from Indiana University, American Council of Exercise Personal Trainer, American Council of Exercise Health Coach, Functional Movement Screening Certification, Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certification


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