One Awesome Team, so Many Reasons…

Our professional staff is ready to help you accomplish whatever your goals are.

We’re the ONLY gym in South Florida with the highest credentials and require continuous professional development to deliver the best possible experience to you.

We’re always available with open arms to talk and work with you to make sure we get you feeling better, moving better, healthier and more fit overall.

Our Experience By The Numbers

36

YEARS
COACHING

50

COURSE
CERTIFICATIONS

20

GYMS TEAM
EXPERIENCE

7

YEARS CROSSFIT
SEMINAR STAFF

Owner | Coach

Santiago Callejas

Certified L3 CrossFit Trainer

Started training CF in October 2010
Started coaching CF in March 2011.
CrossFit Headquarters Seminar Staff
CF Gymnastics
CF Aerobic Capacity

Born in Colombia, raised in Texas and now living in South Florida for 18 years, Santi has dedicated the last 13 years of his life to helping people from all walks of life to live a better life!

He grew up playing soccer and several other sports, and has participated in multiple events such as obstacle course racing, half marathons and local CF competitions.

Santi’s work experience in CF is extensive, coaching at 8 different gyms, helped startup a few and has been the head coach at a couple before acquiring Riptide CrossFit in 2017.

Since 2014, Santi has been working for CrossFit Headquarters, running L1 and L2 seminars, helping coaches and gym owners from all over the world develop their skills and careers.

His main role is to support the Riptide coaching staff, to ensure they deliver the best possible experience and training methodology to our members.

You’ll also see him in the trenches coaching a few classes a week, as well as working 1 on 1 with our members on nutrition and other specific areas of training.

“Riptide is a place for anyone to join a healthy community in the pursuit of bettering yourself, and our job as coaches is to guide anyone who wants to simply be better!”

Coach

Jonathan Torres aka "JT"

CERTIFIED L2 CROSSFIT TRAINER

Started training CF in July 2014.
Started coaching CF in July 2017.

JT, born in Honduras and raised in Massachusetts, grew up playing basketball and ran cross country in high school.

His passion in helping people become a better version of themselves is seen day in and day in his fun and unique ability to connect with our members and bring laughter and smiles to our community.

He finds the most fulfillment in seeing newer folks learn so much about themselves and break through any of their mental and physical barriers!

Coach

Elise Carlson

Certified L2 CrossFit Trainer

Started training CF in June 2011.
Started coaching CF in July 2018.
Athletic Trainer at Miami Country Day School (MS, LAT, ATC)

Elise grew up playing sports (field hockey, basketball and softball in high school). She attended college at Barry University where she joined the rowing team and obtained her athletic training certification in 2009.

She has worked as an athletic trainer for a physical therapy clinic, high school, college and orthopedic office.

Elise started her CrossFit career joining 914 CrossFit in NY in 2011. Upon her return to Florida, she joined Riptide in 2018. I have been coaching with our team since the summer of 2018.

Her love for coaching and helping others has kept her motivated and dedicated to our community and for CrossFit for such a long time!

Coach

Paige Henry

Certified L2 CrossFit Trainer

Started CrossFit in July 2009.
Started coaching CrossFit in March 2009.

Paige began CrossFit in 2009. After her first class she instantly fell in love with it. couldn’t do a pull up, or bench an empty barbell, and become obsessed in the pursuit of bettering herself!

“I learned that if you work your absolute hardest, you will achieve your goals, and that’s something I want to share with each person I coach in the gym. It doesn’t matter your background, skill set, or genetics.”

Paige is also a competitive CF athlete, qualifying and competing in some of the biggest CF events in the world such as, Wodapalooza, Dubai Fitness Championships, and at the CF Games Regional qualifying stages.

Coach

Ben Bisesi

Certified L2 CrossFit Trainer

Started training CF in May 2012.
Started coaching CF in Nov 2014.
Served as Air Traffic Controller for U.S. Navy
Currently working to attain his B.S. in Aeronautics

Ben’s 1st ever CrossFit workout was Murph back in 2012! After finishing up playing football and track, he treated CF as his main sport.

During his early years of CF, Ben focused on performance and competing, and has recently shifted to refocus on moving well and pushing himself on endurance workouts.

His niche and preference for training is aerobic capacity aka “cardio” (especially running) and he’s passionate about helping people hate it a little less ; )

Results That Speak For Themselves

Our client's success is our success. Here are some of the achievements we’ve celebrated with our community.
Olivia Valdes

This place turned into my second home literally after my first class. They’re culture is amazing and besides being an awesome place to meet new people and become part of a community, the workouts and programming are super challenging, encouraging you to become a better athlete every day. I love this box.

Julianah Kayode

Well, I went in for a trial week and never left. I love the atmosphere, coaches and ever evolving workouts that kick my butt and keep me humble. I have tried many gyms over the last 15 years, but I found a home at Riptide. I am in the best shape of my life and I've gained a community of support. I'm excited to see what the future holds at Riptide.

Lexie Millard

10/5 stars! The best thing about this gym is the community. Every class is welcoming and inclusive and everyone is supportive of each other. The coaches set this tone by treating each member like family. It doesn’t matter your fitness level or experience with CrossFit, they will help you reach your goals and push you even further. Going to class is the best part of my day!

Robert Bookbinder

I started at Riptide CrossFit with no previous CrossFit experience whatsoever. The coaching staff immediately made me feel very welcome there and I have been enjoying it ever since. All of the coaches are great and provide all the guidance you could ever possibly want, the social community at the gym is also amazing. I highly recommend this gym!

Gregory Dalla Valle Fonseca

Nate Gonzales is one of the best coaches I have ever met. His ability to teach the technique and extract the best of me has helped me a lot on the past six months. Also, I’ve had the opportunity of a buy in at Riptide CrossFit at the end of 2020 and it was awesome! Great gym and great atmosphere! It’s a shame I don’t live in Fort Lauderdale! Otherwise, Riptide surely would be my first choice of box for training. Thank you!

Philip Muller

This gym sets the bar for great coaching, helpful staff, and friendly members. I love the vibe- the perfect combination of jovial camaraderie and “let’s push ourselves” attitude. I have dropped into CrossFit gyms traveling all over the world, and I always enjoy coming home to the supportive environment at Riptide. Great full-body workouts and top notch coaching.

Robert Cannellos

These guys are awesome – I feel so comfortable working at my own pace and still doing the CrossFit daily cycle. My favorite part is I can work out in the fresh air! I always hear “be careful” when I tell friends I am doing crossfit – I always tell them how present and encouraging the staff are there, they always help with alignments or alternative methods to get the results; been recommending Riptide to all my friends!

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