Coaching Staff

If you’re looking for a fitness community that is friendly and encouraging, but will also push your limits and help you reach your personal goals, then look no further than Face Your Fears Athletics. Our family is ready to welcome you! Call now at (661) 282-7750 or stop by our gym at the address below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

BEN DE LA TORRE | Owner & Coach

My journey in fitness was ignited in late 2007 and its fire has been fueled by a passion for helping others achieve their very best. I obtained my B.S. in Kinesiology at CSULB just prior to moving to the Santa Clarita Valley. During my 17 years of training I have attained experience in the full spectrum of fitness. From training at a physical therapy clinic to working with elite level collage athletes, youth golf athletes, pro athletes, & High School CIF champions. Developing the right program takes a deep understanding of the body & mind that I've strive to learn as much as I can about. At FYF Athletics, we strive to show that Functional Fitness and strength training is meant for everyone. Our facility proudly serves Santa Clarita, Saugus, Newhall and Valencia athletes and is meant for beginners and experienced individuals alike.

JACOB BUCKENMYER

Coach: Jacob grew up in Southeast Missouri, where he wasn’t very athletic until high school. In high school, he discovered swimming and became all-state in both the 100m backstroke and the medley relay events. Following high school, he decided to attend a school that had no swimming program, so I was at a bit of a loss of what to pursue athletically. After a few years in college I was introduced to Functional Fitness by a close friend. I immediately and enthusiastically dove into the world of competitive fitness. When he graduated college he moved to California to pursue a career in acting, but has been lucky enough to find opportunities to pursue and coach my other big obsession, Fitness, between acting jobs. Fun Fact: It’s a dream of mine to play Gaston in the stage musical version of Beauty and the Beast (if you ask, I can bust out a few bars for fun)

SLADE BARBOSA

Coach: “Once a member that evolved into a coach, I have enjoyed working out side by side with everyone and it only gets better by being able to coach them along the way now ”From a young age I always enjoyed playing sports but wasn’t always in the best shape. Around the age of 20 I entered the world of functional fitness and went from playing mainly competitive Ice Hockey to much more. Through functional fitness I became a “jack of all trades” starting with Collegiate Lacrosse, Triathlons, Ultra Endurance sports and more. Every day I look to push myself and others to keep achieving more!

NICHOLE GARRETT

Member Relations: Nichole has a passion for fitness and for helping others. She has planned events since her high school days and loves interacting with our members and our community. She may be behind the scenes most of the time, but FYF wouldn’t be what it is today without her. Feedback is always welcome, so let Nicole know if there’s something else you’d like to see at FYF

Dixon

Welcome our official GYM DOG, Dixon. Don't let his looks fool you. Dixon puts in work and then some logging at least 20 miles a week on the road and hitting the gym working as our welcoming party. He can sometimes be pretty ruff on our members, but like they say, its a dog eat, dog sleep, dog play world and we just live in his. Keep an eye out for his special guest appearances.

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