Mike Salvanera

Barbell Director

Mike Salvanera

Barbell Director

Biography

Always being fairly active through basketball and martial arts from an early age, I let college and working multiple full-time jobs get the best of me. My Fitness journey began back in 2011 when I stumbled upon a CrossFit gym in the hopes of getting back into shape. I fell in love with the camaraderie amongst the community that CrossFit had. After a few months of being an everyday “CrossFitter”, I was then given the opportunity to receive my CF-L1 after which I began to coach small group classes. Little did I know then that this was going to be the start of something life-changing for me.
Early on, I realized that to get really good at CrossFit you had to have great body awareness. This is where Olympic Weightlifting came in. I felt like 80%, if not more, of CrossFit involved moving a barbell or some sort of weight. I then decided to fully engulf myself in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting by joining a world-renowned Weightlifting gym. Coaching CrossFit classes at 5am and 6am, heading to work right after, then driving through LA traffic after work to train in Weightlifting for 2.5-3 hours was pretty much my life for a solid 3 years. I learned so much about myself not only physically, but mentally those few years. The amount of time and dedication you have to put into the sport further solidified for me the value of hard work which I still carry with me today.
I joined the Tribe back in 2015. Not too long after I had joined, Warren presented me with the opportunity to take over the Tribe Barbell Club program. Every day I feel truly blessed to be able to share my knowledge with a number of athletes. In regards to Olympic Weightlifting, the Snatch and Clean & Jerk can be quite intimidating to the novice lifter. For me, if I can help an athlete get over their fear of picking up a barbell while also having them move in a safe and efficient manner, then I know I’m doing my job as their coach. It’s truly rewarding and fulfilling being able to help people set and achieve their goals.
Outside of the gym I pride myself on being a “jack-of-all-trades” and really testing my limits in terms of fitness. If I’m not throwing down weights in the gym you could probably find me out near the beach going for a long run, riding my bike down PCH, in the pool swimming with Deep End Fitness, or on the mats sharpening my skills in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I believe Fitness is a life-long journey. Let me help you start yours :)!

Certifications

  • USAW L1 – Sport Performance Coach
  • USAW L2 – Strength/Power Development & Program Design
  • DBC L1 – Intro to Biomechanics
  • DBC L2 – Assessment & Program Design
  • DBC L3 – Sports Performance/Athlete Development
  • Prior CrossFit L1 (2012-2017)

Experience

  • CrossFit Coach (2012-2017)
  • USAW Weightlifting Coach (2012-Present)