Saul Jimenez

Saul Jimenez, Co-owner & Coach

Saul likes to read and “fool around on the Internet” which may or may not add to his effectiveness as a coach. He’s been known to exercise every once in a while. As a past Outward Bound instructor, ski coach, ski instructor and river guide, Saul has coached in one way or another for over 25 years. After working in the tech industry for several years, Saul opened Mad Dawg School of Fitness in 2006 to help others find their way to fitness through a well-designed strength and conditioning program.

Saul writes the programming at MDSoF. Over the years, he has refined the programming at Mad Dawg, deriving it from an increasing number of strength training resources, including Dan John, Gregg Everett, Louie Simmons, Kelly Starrett, David Weinstock, and Gray Cook among many others.

Saul’s vision is to provide a place where athletes of all levels develop skill, strength, and knowledge about their own fitness and training, which they can take with them everywhere they go. He incorporates many methods to teach movement based on his knowledge of various learning styles.

Training and Certifications:

Contact Saul at saulj at maddawgfitness dot com

Susan Jimenez, Coach

Susan joined Saul at Mad Dawg School of Fitness in October, 2010. Before that, she was a Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant at the Yosemite Medical Clinic, in Yosemite National Park. Susan has had a broad and varied career in medicine ranging from family practice to interventional radiology to supervising medical device studies in Mexico to cancer treatment. By far, the majority of her experience was in the Highland Hospital Emergency Department for 13 years; the acute care public hospital in Alameda County. It operates the most trafficked Emergency Room / Trauma Center in the county. You may have seen the Highland ED in the documentary The Waiting Room.

After leaving Highland, Susan began coaching at CrossFit San Diego, then ran her own CrossFit garage gyms in San Diego and Yosemite. Susan severely injured her back when she was in her 20’s and has learned how to manage chronic back issues through a combination of the right exercise, chiropractic care, good nutrition, bodywork, and active recovery.

Susan is most excited about preventing illness and maximizing health through the creation of healthy behaviors and habits that are sustainable for a lifetime. Her ongoing training in Functional Medicine (FM) is a reflection of her passion. Functional Medicine is an innovative approach to medical care that looks at the root causes of illness and uses the latest medical research to develop personalized care for each patient based on his or her unique environment, lifestyle, and genes. There is a very strong emphasis on nutrition and the development of healthy eating habits. Think: Approaching chronic conditions through nutrition and using ‘Food as Medicine’; The result is a dynamic, effective way to address chronic disease. You may have heard about FM through Terry Wahls, MD and her TED video. More information on working with a Functional Medicine practitioner.

Training and Certifications:

Contact Susan at susan at maddawgfitness dot com

Update as of October 2017: Susan has accepted a Physician Assistant position at the Center for Complex Care, Community Health Alliance, in Reno, Nevada. She’s treating patients with chronic illness with a team that addresses the Behavioral and Social Determinants of Health, as well as the Chronic Illnesses themselves. While she is sorry to leave the Mad Dawg community, she will be able to fulfill her mission to change the way healthcare is delivered with her team in Reno.

Jason Feudale

Jason Feudale, Coach

Jason was the first athlete at Mad Dawg; so he’s been involved with the gym since day one. He competed in both rugby and cycling while in college and he has always been an outdoorsman; he spends his summer weekends as a white water rafting guide for a non-profit that takes at-risk youth rafting.

Jason jumped into CrossFit enthusiastically. He started by doing the CrossFit main site workouts on his own, and was quickly fired from the “Globo Gym” he was attending because his kipping pull-ups caused a rack to fall on him. It must have been fate, because that is what led him to Mad Dawg School of Fitness. Jason survived Saul’s early workouts and competed in the 2nd annual CrossFit Games (2009), where he placed in the top 25 for the NorCal Qualifiers. He continues to perform at the highest level year after year.

With his comprehensive athletic background, his desire and ability to teach, and his enthusiasm to help others reach their goals, Jason is an HUGE asset to Mad Dawg School of Fitness.

Jason coaches Fundamentals as well as Strength & Conditioning classes.

Training and Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • CPR
  • CrossFit Level 1 Coach
Tony Ghanem

Tony Ghanem, Coach

Tony has been participating in one type of sport or another for over 20 years: Competitive in swimming and cross-country in high school, he also trained in martial arts. He enjoys running 5-and 10Ks as well as chasing after his kids. Being an athlete is an integral part of his life.

Tony was first introduced to Mad Dawg School of Fitness by his chiropractor in 2008. He benefited from the program, and he is motivated to share his knowledge and experience with others. Tony has a degree in Psychology and works for a non-profit that specializes in supporting troubled youth with high needs, where he provides crisis intervention and one-on-one counseling for the young people with whom he works.

You’ll usually find Tony coaching the Saturday morning workouts with patience, understanding, ability and a large dose of humor. He makes them an experience not to be missed!

Training and Certifications

  • CPR

Grant Brown, Coach

More soon!

Kris Kruse-Elliott

Kris Kruse-Elliott, Mobility and Stretching Coach

Kris has taught/coached skiing for over 30 years; she was a ski school director in the Midwest (yes, they ski there, and no, there aren’t any “mountains”), and she continues to coach annual ski camps in Colorado, Wisconsin, and on Mt. Hood in Oregon. For the past 25 years, she has trained and raced triathlons and occasionally coached recreational triathletes, runners, and swimmers.

Kris uses resistance stretching, functional movement concepts and mobility work to help the athletes she coaches stay healthy and perform better.

She has trained with Bob Cooley, Tom Longo, and Kelly Starrett. Her goal, when coaching, is to find and focus on the most important functional movement and mobility improvements that will match an athlete’s motivation and goals.

In her spare time, Kris is the veterinarian/manager at a MRI center for pets in Redwood City.

Kris coaches and advises at the weekly Mobility and Stretching Clinics at Mad Dawg School of Fitness (usually on Mondays from 7pm – 8pm). Check the schedule here!. She is also available for Personalized Mobility Training and Stretching by appointment.

Training and Certifications:

  • Board Certified Veterinary Anesthesiologist
  • PhD in Pulmonary Physiology
  • Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Examiner
  • Veterinary Acupuncturist
  • Functional Movement System (FMS) Level 1 & 2
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
  • Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) Level 1 – in progress

Sang Pvongnak, Coach

More soon!