Trainers

Meet the coaches of BPLA
Owner/Founder
Kyle Flynn

After playing Football and graduating from the University of San Jose State Kyle moved his focus from the gridiron to the Fitness field. He began working as a Personal Trainer where he found his passion in assisting and coaching others in reaching their fitness goals and creating a healthy lifestyle. Kyle’s fitness and athletic experience comes from 16 years of Football. At San Jose State, Kyle played Safety under Keith Burns and prides himself on being a part of “The Code”. While at San Jose State Kyle was also mentored and coached by Strength and Conditioning Coach Ben Cobian who has been a huge part of Kyle’s success and growth in the Fitness Industry.

Kyle is certified through IFPA, IGNITE 360, TRX. 

General Manager/Head Coach
Sean Flynn

After years of playing multiple sports growing up Sean worked and played his way to receive Division 1 scholarships in both Football and Basketball. After graduating from San Jose State University where Sean played Football, he moved into coaching and personal training. Sean has coached at LA Harbor College, Long Beach City College, and San Jose State University. Currently Sean is the Offensive Coordinator and Strength Coach at Long Beach City College, in addition Sean teaches in the Kinesiology department. Since Sean started coaching in 2011 he has helped numerous kids receive scholarships and continue their education at 4-Year Universities.

Sean holds a Masters of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Athletic Performance.

Personal Trainer / Coach
Dave Loftstrom

One of the most passionate trainers in the game, Dave is a South Bay born and raised athlete and has spent his life playing/coaching sports in the area. Dave come from a huge family and is one of 8 kids! After playing and coaching competitively at the high school and junior college level, and while studying Health and Fitness at El Camino College, Dave left early for an opportunity in the corporate world where he spent over 5 years before returning to his true passion of helping others through fitness. Coach Dave has years of coaching experience at all age levels, and is a certified Personal Trainer through the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association along with his Russian Kettlebell Certification.

Director of Operations/Certified Nutritionist
Lindsay Drennen

Lindsay attended UC Riverside on an athletic scholarship where she was a three year starter and three year captain of the Women's Volleyball team. After graduating with a B.A. in Sociology Lindsay went on to pursue a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has spent her professional career helping others to become the best version of themselves. Lindsay is excited to help guide clients through their health and wellness journey though the avenues of empowerment coaching, health and wellness coaching as well as through creating personalized training programs for clients in the beginning stages of their fitness journey. 

Throughout her professional career Lindsay has coached high school volleyball in the South Bay and has created strength and conditioning programs for local high school programs. 

Director of Athletic Development/Personal Trainer/Coach
Charlie Pogue

After years of playing sports around the South Bay, Charlie decided to make his passion for competition and health a career. Graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Wellness, he is dedicated to motivate a healthy lifestyle to everyone who walks through the doors. Charlie gets his athletic experience from years of playing baseball, competitive swimming, as well as ocean racing. In addition to the exercise field, Charlie is a Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguard and a certified EMT. He prides himself in promoting an atmosphere where everyone is an athlete and should be treated like one, no matter the current level of training. Charlie has 5 years of experience in youth training as well as personal training for adults. He emphasizes functional training, where every exercise and rep is chosen for a specific reason pertaining to the individual being trained. Whether it is sports specific training, losing weight, or just staying healthy, he will be there with you every step of the way. 

Charlie is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Personal Trainer, National Sports Performance Association as a Speed and Agility Coach, Functional Movement Screen, and Russian Kettlebell Company 

Coach
Shannan Hokama

Shannan attended Chaminade University of Honolulu where she was a 4-year starter on the Women’s Softball team. She graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor is Psychology. After college Shann’s passion of helping others lead her to become a Behavioral Interventionist for children on the Autism Spectrum. She is now getting a Credential from CSULB in Adapted Physical Education with a goal to individualize and promote fun physical activity for students with disabilities. 

In December of 2015 Shann decided to try one of BPLA’s 30 day Challenges, and was hooked ever since. After 4 years of being a member, Shann now co-coaches classes, helps with the day to day operations of the gym, and is constantly looking for ways to improve the member experience at BPLA.

Personal Trainer/Coach
Chris Schmeiser

After years of playing many sports such as baseball, soccer and competitive rock climbing, after graduating high school from south bay faith academy Chris found his passion in fitness and nutrition where he has attained becoming a primal health coach through primal blueprint and is certified through NSCA’s National Strength and Conditioning Association. Chris is also is a former nationalist in competitive climbing, former ninja warrior obstacle course tester and current spartan race athlete.  Chris’s passion for people and their health drive him every day to help people feel confident happy and feel proud about themselves.

Personal Trainer/Coach
Melissa McGoldrick

Melissa played sports and danced all throughout her childhood on the East Coast. Joining her high school band cymbal line - a growing passion - led to joining Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International in 2002. This eventually moved her to California to pursue RCC where she won 2 World Championship Gold and Silver Medals. DCI and WGI is where Melissa also discovered her passion and love for teaching/coaching.She went on to teach up to 8 high school lines and two World Class lines that won World Championships. Melissa taught in San Antonio, Texas before leaving the activity to pursue other career paths.In 2019, Melissa got NASM Certified as well as TRX certified and began training PT clients.She then jumped head first into a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at her home studio, Soho Yoga. The idea of being able to help clients move in multiple capacities is where her passion is constantly growing.Melissa now coaches, co coaching, offers PT, and runs the Yoga Program at BPLA. Melissa is NASM Certified, TRX Certified, 200hr Yoga RYT Certified

Personal Trainer/Coach/ Sales Manager
Danny Giacomini

Danny was born and raised in Los Altos California and shared all his childhood memories with his twin brother Joey.   This included little league baseball, soccer, flag football and daily wrestling matches to decide who gets to play video games first.  Danny was a 3 sport athlete in high school and also involved in the theatre program.  Attending college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Danny found his passion for weightlifting and fitness which has continued now for almost a decade.  Starting off with a focus on powerlifting and then transitioning to bodybuilding, Danny now wants to use his experience to help others find their passion for exercise in whatever capacity that may be. “Seeing the changes in my body and mind after finding the gym has been a major confidence boost for all areas of my life.  I’ve grown stronger than I could have even imagined and I want to show people that they are capable of anything they set their minds to.  My goal is to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves and enjoy the process every step of the way.”

Personal Trainer/ Coach
Mikaela Talbot

Mikaela has always loved being active. She was a dancer for over twelve years and knew just that hour of activity made all the difference in her day. As the world is ever changing, Mikaela has struggled with anxiety and found exercise has truly been the best form of medicine. Not only does exercise strengthen the body and make you feel good, but it does wonders for your mental state. Her goal is to show just how medicinal movement can be and the positive impact that exercise brings to your life. Mikaela is ready to empower her clients to look and feel their best at all times. She specializes in lower body workouts but whether it is about strength and stamina, trying to burn fat, or just getting a great workout in, Mikaela is ready to start this journey with you. 

Mikaela is completing her certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Russian Kettlebell certification.

Social Media Marketing/Personal Trainer / COACH
Chelsea Norcio

Chelsea was born and raised in the South Bay.  She played competitive club soccer through her adolescent years and physical fitness has since remained a staple in her life.

Chelsea was introduced to BPLA in 2017 when she joined her first 45 to Fit Challenge.  Three years lateral—after working in Marketing/Visual Merchandising for 10+ years—she changed career paths to follow her passion for motivating, encouraging and teaching others through fitness as a personal trainer.  

Along with creating customized programs for beginning to advanced fitness levels, Chelsea pours her heart and soul into every person she works with. She has a strong love for kettle bells and she is the perfect mixture of kindness and grit. 

Chelsea is NASM and RKC certified.

Martial Arts instructor/ Personal Trainer/ Coach
Ivana Robles

Ivana was born and raised in Torrance, Ca where she grew up competing in various sports including figure skating and water polo. As a teenager her father introduced her to Filipino martial arts. Shortly thereafter her passion developed for other disciplines. She holds a black belt in Krav Maga has competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and trained at Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand. As a personal trainer at BPLA she specializes in using the martial arts to achieve fitness goals. Through her varied skill set, Ivana doesn't just believe in getting fit physically, but realizing that many of life's obstacles can be overcome with the mental discipline it took her to reach her own goals.

Personal Trainer/ Coach
Jason Tsai

Growing up in the South Bay, Jason played competitive club soccer and tennis until tearing his meniscus in 8th grade.  Always most passionate about basketball, he turned the page post-knee recovery and focused primarily on hoops entering high school and on.  He went on to coach boys hoops at Chadwick School right after graduating from 2014-2022, where he also coached Strength and Conditioning with fellow BPLA OG Mike Farzley.

Jason’s life was dominated by back injuries and it wasn’t until later in life that he discovered a rare spinal deformity that was the root cause of numerous herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, and a host of neurological and musculoskeletal inhibitions.  He dove deep into his own training and self-studied NeuroKinetic therapy, spinal decompression, myofascial release, breathwork, craniosacral therapy, CFR (cranial facial release) and more to conquer his deformity and live pain-free.

Jason is on a path to merge his passion in basketball with his own experience with spinal issues and chronic pain to train any and all people—whether they’re disadvantaged in health looking for unique recovery when all else has failed, athletes looking to take their game to the college or pro levels (has worked and trained with clients at BDA Sports since 2021) via functional movement, or those just looking to regain health, lose weight, and gain strength to live and feel their absolute best.

Jason is a CPT through ISSA and earned his ISSA Elite Trainer status as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Specialist in Strength and Conditioning.