The coaching staff at CrossFit Cypher is here to help you meet your goals and achieve an exceptional level of health and fitness. Please click below to meet our coaches!

ALFREDO MENDOZA — Cypher Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
  • A.A. Math and Science, Contra Costa College
  • Certification of Achievement:  STEM Program, Contra Costa College

Coach Alfredo’s journey into CrossFit began in 2017.  He has been involved in various sports at a young age, beginning with soccer in the Richmond and San Pablo youth league.  As a kid, he has always aspired to be the best and to compete in everything he can. He idolized various professional athletes and fell in love with the thrill of winning and losing in competition and participating.  There is almost no sport or activity he would love to be a part of. He loves watching various sports and considers himself a sports junkie. In high school, he ventured out to join cross country, football, swimming and more.  And in college, mix martial arts fell into the mix as well. Since then, he has remained consistent with his weight training and focusing on staying fit and healthy.

Forward a couple years and he found himself missing the adrenaline rush of competition and facing a new challenge.  CrossFit was something he did not have in mind and did not even know much about. Finally, he took a chance at CrossFit cypher and booked a No-Sweat Intro.  He quickly embraced the challenge to learn various movements and improve his strength. He became passionate for what Cypher values are and the positive impact CrossFit Cypher can bring to every individual.   

Coach Alfredo seeks to inspire others to challenge themselves physically and mentally because he believes the greatest feeling in the world is when one discovers their untapped potential for mental perseverance and strength.  Being a sports fanatic, he believes that everyone has a bit of World Series or Super Bowl moment within them, that special “Awe!” moment of achievement. His hobbies include dancing and performing, outdoor activities like running with his dog and fishing, and home garage projects.

AMBER DAVIS — Cypher Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • B.S., Psychology, Sonoma State University
  • M.S., Organizational Psychology, Alliant International University
  • CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
Coach Amber’s journey into CrossFit began in 2015. This was the most recent link in the chain of many sports and exercise related activities she has enjoyed throughout her life. During her earlier years she was most commonly found playing soccer, while in high school she also participated in lacrosse, polocrosse, basketball, and volleyball to name a few. Upon entering college she was introduced to weightlifting. This new found interest has captivated her ever since. Concurrently, while staying true to lifting weights, she also found an interest in running, cycling and swimming. In fact, it was during a run that I was solicited by Mauricio to try CrossFit, and the rest — you can say — is history.
 
Coach Amber also has a full-time job working for the State of California. In her spare time, she enjoys making ethnic cuisines from scratch, reading, kayaking, and exploring new trails with her dog, Ara.
DIEGO DELGADILLO — Cypher Coach

 

 

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Coach Diego Delgadillo started training CrossFit on January 6, 2014 at CrossFit Cypher. He liked it at first as a hobby, but as time went on he saw that it had the potential to be a lifestyle and career for him. Diego studied and learned as much as he could about each of the foundational movements, despite the fact that it was all taught in English, and he did not understand any of it. But thanks to God and his family at CrossFit Cypher, Diego has been able to steadily improve his English, and throughout that process has worked tirelessly on becoming a better person each and every day.

After two years of learning about CrossFit and fitness as a member, Diego had the opportunity to talk with the Cypher Owners about his future. They asked him about his goals and what he wanted for his future. When he spoke about his passion for sharing his experiences and helping people through CrossFit, that was when the doors opened for him to become a Cypher Coach. It has been one of Diego’s greatest goals, and he enjoys helping other people so much, as they have constantly supported him along the way as well. Diego wants to continue working every day, striving more and more to achieve his own goals, and being a role model and Coach to help others do the same.

DON GILBERT — Cypher Coach


  • CrossFit Cypher Nutrition Coach
  • Healthy Steps Nutrition Certified
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • B.A., English, UC Davis
  • M.A., Urban Education
  • CPR/AED/First Aid Certified

Coach Don began training CrossFit in the Winter of 2014, but prior to that he was a competitive swimmer and NCAA Water Polo player. He  began swimming at an early age, joined his high school Swim and Water Polo teams, and went on to play Water Polo for the University of California, Davis. Upon graduation, and after moving to the Bay Area, Don was searching for a physical outlet that provided the same competition and dedication as Intercollegiate Sports. He discovered CrossFit after watching a video a friend sent him online and immediately fell in love with it. For Coach Don CrossFit Cypher has become like a second home. In addition to teaching full time he spends most of his time outside of the classroom in the gym. His interest include cooking, physique training  and helping members reach their nutrition and fitness goals. Don hopes to expand on the idea of marrying lifestyle and fitness into one with the hope of showing people that fitness is a constant mindset that shouldn’t be turned on or off depending on if you are in a gym or not.

LESLIE MACEDO — Cypher Kids Head Coach & Co-Owner

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach
  • CrossFit Kids Certified
  • B.S., Health & Sport Studies, Miami University
  • 2016 USAW American Open: 69kg lifter – Sn 71 kg | C&J 96 kg

Leslie has always been passionate about athletics, movement, and health. She traveled to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for school on a softball scholarship, where she majored in Exercise Science and minored in Coaching. During her collegiate career, Leslie thrived in the weight room and thoroughly enjoyed working hard on to improve her strength, which resulted in Strength & Conditioning All-American honors from The National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2007. With power behind her swing, Leslie became the first Miamian to top more than 100 career RBIs and finished her career as one of Miami’s most prolific offensive players.

Leslie began CrossFitting during the Fall of 2010. The family atmosphere and camaraderie created in class reminded her of working out with her teammates in college. Her passion for strength, health and wellness had been reignited. She became a CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer in July 2013. While she enjoys the competition component of CrossFit, what Leslie enjoys most about CrossFit is the community. She truly believes that anyone who walks in the doors of CrossFit Cypher – whether they are elite athletes, former athletes, weekend warriors, or have never stepped inside of a gym – can accomplish feats of physical strength they once thought impossible. She is always touched by the raw celebrations not only from the individual who may have completed his/her first pull-up, but touched by the reaction of the rest of the Cypher class who witnessed this great feat. This connection and commitment is what Leslie believes makes CrossFit – and CrossFit Cypher – so special.

MAURICIO LEAL — Cypher Head Coach & Co-Owner

  • Cypher Head Coach & Co-Owner
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility Certified
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach
  • B.S. & M.S., Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, UC Davis
  • 2013 CrossFit Games NorCal Regional – 22nd place
  • 2014 CrossFit Games NorCal Regional – 14th place
  • 2015 USAW National Championships: 85kg lifter – Sn 125 kg | C&J 155 kg
  • 2016 USAW National Championships Qualifier

Mauricio began his CrossFit journey during the Summer of 2009. Having a diverse athletic background through HS Football, Track, Swimming, Triathlon, and B-boying, CrossFit was a natural extension, yet still uniquely challenging in its varied and combined demands. His passion for athletics and analytic mind made it all an exciting discovery, and he soaked in everything he could about his new-found obsession.

After earning his Level 1 Cert in April 2010, he took a ‘do-it-yourself’ approach and began a personal training business out of his garage with lots of homemade equipment. Shortly thereafter he started a group class in a local park, and then partnered with a fellow trainer to grow the community even further. After doing it outdoors for some time, Mauricio was ready to take his coaching and community to the next level, and took the leap to a CrossFit ‘box’ by founding CrossFit Cypher.

Mauricio constantly drives and encourages clients to experience and express themselves through movement as they simultaneously embark on a very personal and communal journey through health and fitness. Having coached over 3000 hours of CrossFit classes, and having competed at a high level in the Sport of Fitness, he has had time to practice and sharpen his skills. The path to results and success in our community for clients of all levels has never been more clear. CrossFit is changing lives on a global scale, and Mauricio hopes to play an important role in helping foment this revolution of movement and lifestyle. He also hopes to make a unique contribution in helping bring more art and expression into the CrossFit community through his experiences in B-boying (more popularly known as breakdancing).

It would be negligent not to mention Mauricio’s beloved companion – Nova. Nova is a 10 year old puppy, who is a staple at CrossFit Cypher. She supervises, cheers on, reassures, and loves everyone in the CrossFit Cypher Family. Most of all she is Mauricio’s partner in crime and is always by his side.

NOVA LEAL — Cypher Chief of Barketing

  • Canine Good Citizen
  • Certified Puppy Bossing
  • Certified Treat Begging
  • Bed Stealing Certified
ROLAND DONG — Cypher Coach


  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • B.A., Computer Science, UC Berkeley
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • World Taekwondo Federation 3rd Dan Black Belt
  • USA Track & Field Level 1 Coach
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Coach
  • CrossFit Powerlifting Coach
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Coach
  • CrossFit Endurance Coach
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility Coach
  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Coach
  • Massage Therapy & Health Education Certified
  • First Aid/CPR with AED Certified

A Bay Area native, Roland grew up not being particularly athletic. Although he earned the Presidential Fitness Award multiple times in elementary school (which required you to score higher than 75% of your peer group in various physical tests such as push-ups, sit-ups, shuttle run, etc.), that did not translate to athletic pursuits. He did not get formally involved in sports until college at UC Berkeley, where he joined the taekwondo club, competing and later managing the multi-national championship collegiate team. As part of his training, Roland started lifting weights, and fell in love with fitness.

After graduating college, Roland worked in the computer software industry, but also decided to get certified as a Personal Trainer. Additionally, he found the sport of Dragonboat Racing for which he then competed for more than a dozen years, including races in China and Canada.

In 2009, Roland was introduced to CrossFit by a friend who played Golf for Stanford. She invited him to two free “Community Day” workouts before he eventually joined a CrossFit gym in January 2010. Right away, he knew that CrossFit was the future of fitness, and got his coaching certification a few short months later. 

Roland  believes that fitness is for everyone, and that CrossFit is not only an extremely efficient way to get fit, but a fun activity that can improve your life in many other ways.

Outside the gym, Roland is an ice cream enthusiast, spends far too much time on social media, and occasionally binges on Netflix. 

ZACK ZIEGLER — Cypher Coach


   

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • Volunteer Industrial Firefighter
  • CPR/AED Certified

    Zack‘s CrossFit journey began in the spring of 2011 while attending college in Colorado. He can’t remember the exact details of his first workout but it involved running over two miles and a lot of thrusters. Somewhere in the second round of thrusters he started to strip some weight from the bar and was infamously told “Come on Zack! That’s not what CrossFit is about…” He smiled at the coach, kept taking the weight off the bar, and finished the workout dead last.  The feeling of accomplishment after completing a tough WOD and wanting to continously get better was enough to keep him coming back. Not just for the WODs later in the week, but back to CrossFit as a whole after some long breaks due to laziness, injuries, and/or work. He joined CrossFit Cypher in the fall of 2016 after one of those “breaks” and has enjoyed being a part of the community while improving his own health and fitness.  Outside of the gym Zack holds a full-time job in the Richmond area. He enjoys fine dining with his girlfriend in SF, reading, floating, podcasts, and is always learning something new.  Agreeing with Coach Glassman in that the needs for Olympic athletes and your grandparents differ by degree, not kind, he is a big proponent of the idea that scaling IS what CrossFit is about. He’s excited to share his love of CrossFit with members at Cypher and is always up for some CrossFit Games trivia.