Aliso CrossFit Coaching Staff


Aliso Fitness has become the standard for coach-led fitness in South Orange County. Our fun, professional team works with individuals of all ages and ability levels.

Brandon Shapiro

Brandon is an owner & coach at Aliso CrossFit, who loves helping members achieve goals they never thought possible.

Helping someone who never dreamed of being able to do movements such as a pull up and then having the opportunity to help them get their first one, is one of the best feelings there is.

Coach Brandon grew up playing all different sports and played soccer in college. Looking for a way to stay physically fit, Brandon found CrossFit.

Once I started I never stopped. The accountability, camaraderie, and competitiveness had me hooked.

I love making new friends every time someone walks in our door for the first time.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Scaling

Ryan Anderson

Ryan is an owner & coach at Aliso CrossFit. He grew up playing competitive Ice Hockey and always strived to be the fittest athlete on the ice. After High School Ryan continued his fitness journey and exercised rigorously in large global gyms, however felt he was missing something in his routine. Following a career path into Law Enforcement he started his six month academy in 2012.

“I can remember doing the Hero WOD “MURPH” on Memorial Day with my classmates and staff. I instantly realized that CrossFit training was the exercise regimen that builds better humans. I have been a member at various CrossFit boxes over the past years but when I walked into Aliso CrossFit I felt at home.”

Ryan started coaching soon after finding Aliso CrossFit. Ryan loves to share his passion of fitness and well-being with all athletes as he continues to grow as an athlete himself.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Pamela French

Pam is one of our great coaches here at Aliso Fitness. She grew up playing every sport for every season. Not till high school and college did she settle on one sport year around, soccer in high school and rugby in college. “I was never the fittest on the field so I trained skills everyday to make up for my lacking fitness.” A fellow teammate in college introduced Pam to CrossFit to help with her fitness and she never looked back.

“I still find things to improve everyday since starting CrossFit in 2010. Having the opportunity to work with others and help them to progress everyday as well is the best thing about being part of this amazing community.”

Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
Advanced Coaching Concepts
Anatomy Certificate
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Lesson Planning
CrossFit Mobility
CrossFit Running
Spot The Flaw
Burgner Weightlifting

Johnna Dionisio

Johnna is coach here at Aliso CrossFit. She comes from a small town in southern Colorado where she grew up playing a variety of sports and always trying new activities. While she was earning her bachelor’s degree in General Exercise Science and Health Promotion, she began bodybuilding and competed for three years. After realizing she wanted to challenge herself based on something more than just physical appearance, she tried CrossFit, and instantly became hooked.

Johnna has been personal training people for almost a decade now and coaching a number of different types of exercise classes.

“CrossFit has changed my life and has helped me accomplish a true balance between exercise, competition, nutrition and sport.”

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Natasha Malyutina

Natasha is a coach here at Aliso Fitness. “If you ask me why I’m so in love with CrossFit the answer would be quite simple – because it has changed my life.” As a former dancer, Natasha wasn’t seriously interested in sports although she was pretty good at sprints and long jumps in her school years.

“Standing next to a barbell, preparing myself for heavy squats, or Olympic lifts makes me peaceful, calm, and happy. I believe it’s never too late to start, no matter what you want for yourself – just to be fit, or simply look good, feel great, or to be able to lift heavy. That’s why I became a coach – to help people feel the same way and be happy and fulfilled achieving their goals.”

“After being physically inactive for a couple of years it was very hard for me to start intensive training. I began CrossFit in 2015 coming three times a week, and now Aliso Fitness is practically my second home.”

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Weightlifting

Roger Huff

Roger is a coach here at Aliso CrossFit. He is passionate about the sense of community, the desire to improve daily on our fitness journey, and the camaraderie amongst the athletes and coaching staff.

Though active as a young adult, wrestling throughout high school and playing ice hockey since I was a young kid, I (like many) found that life got in the way. And in no time at all found that I was no longer the athlete I once may have been.

After trying the “globo-gym” routine time and time again with little to no success, he discovered CrossFit and found that there are many like-minded people who are passionate about improving their health and fitness. The idea that constantly varied, functional movements at high intensity really are the key to improving health and fitness has been a foundation for a renewed sense of well-being and a desire to help others reach their fitness goals.
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Kids Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Scaling
CrossFit Masters
Spartan SGX & Obstacle Specialist
American Heart CPR/AED Certified (BLS Provider)
Orange County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy

Rick DiCarlo

Rick DiCarlo is the founder of Aliso CrossFit. He specializes in general physical fitness, nutrition, wellness, strength, and conditioning.

Although I’m a coach, I always consider myself a student first. I’m passionate about pursuing higher levels of knowledge, skills, and continuing education as a trainer and leader in our community. This helps me share the life-changing benefits of CrossFit to as many people as I can.

Rick was first introduced to CrossFit in 2006 while training with the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. The lessons of commitment, discipline, and fitness that Rick learned in the USMC are the foundation of his coaching methods which he has developed over the years.

Prior to founding Aliso CrossFit, Rick graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. He has served in the United States Marine Corps since 2001, both as an enlisted Marine and as an Infantry Officer, deploying to various locations throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and Iraq.

Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Movement & Mobility
USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
U.S. Marine Infantry Officer
American Red Cross Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certification

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