Rocky's Team

Rocky's Fitness Center is home to the best Certified Personal Trainers on the Central Coast. All trainers are NSCA, NASM, or ISSA certified. The National Strength and Conditioning Association, The National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the International Sports Science Association are the three top certification associations in the personal training field — the gold standard. Regardless of which excellent trainer you work with, a scientifically designed program will be created to get you closer to your goals by boosting your metabolism, decreasing the likeliness of injuries, and increasing your strength and function in your day to day activities! Rocky Snyder has assembled an elite team of personal trainers with a variety of expertise and personal experience who bring their unique style to the Rocky approach.

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Rocky Snyder

Owner, Director of Fitness, Jedi Knight of Motion

CSCS, NSCA-CPT, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Applied Functional Science, TPI-Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, USA Weightlifting Coach

Rocky, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is an accomplished and avid surfer, and well known as a regular on KSCO with his Surf and Ski report three mornings a week since 2002, and on KPIG FM every weekday morning since 2013. Rocky has written three books on sports conditioning: Fit to Surf, Fit to Paddle, and Fit to Ski & Snowboard. He has also written numerous articles for fitness magazines and has been the co-host of the Fathers Are Forever radio program, and the co-host of the Hour Local Sports on Wednesday nights on KSCO. Rocky is a seven-time award winner of Santa Cruz’s “Best Personal Trainer” award. Rocky lives with his wife and two children in Aptos, California. For more about Rocky, go to Rocky’s Story.

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Dana Snyder

Owner & Director of Operations

Dana comes to RFC with a passion for supporting the family business. She applies the skills she acquired as a school teacher, professional organizer, and mom to support the gym and staff in many ways. Dana enjoys working with RFC’s amazing staff and clients, and loves joining in workouts on the fly. One of Dana’s favorite past times is family time with Rocky, Madison, Jack and the family dogs, Max and Molly.

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Leisl Ludington

Public Relations Administrator

Leisl has passions for helping people, promoting health, and practicing fitness. She is excited to be bringing those to her work here at RFC. An Iowa native, Leisl and her family moved to Santa Cruz and have loved the active lifestyle this community promotes. When she’s not in the gym, you can find her in or on the water, hiking, reading, writing, spending time with her family, or baking! 

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Brian Parselle

Strength and Movement Specialist

Brian is an NASM-CPT. He started his career as an air navigator in the Royal Air Force and later in civil airlines where he learned the importance of timing and precision. He spent several years as a competitive runner which started a passion for fitness and solid training technique which continues to this day. When computers replaced navigators on aircraft in the early seventies he joined the enemy and became a techie. Tennis became his sport which together with bad training technique and control probably led to his having both hips and both knees replaced. Realizing that he had been the source of his own misfortune and that after surgery and therapy there was very little help to recover back to normal life, he trained and certified with NASM as a personal trainer in order to help others from making the same mistakes or to recover from them if they did. At 76 years old Brian may be one of the oldest trainers around but he leads 8 senior PEP classes a week at Dominican and also the younger set at the Total Body Conditioning classes. “Working with Rocky has been a wonderful experience“ quotes Brian, as it provides access to the latest and best advice and help in his field. Brian is also qualified by NASM as a Senior Fitness Specialist, has finished the NASM corrective exercise course and is qualified by Z-Health.

  • COVID-19 Update

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    In response to the Shelter in Place order for Santa Cruz County, RFC is committed to:

  • keeping business as usual via online training for all clients
  • closing the studio to the public
  • keeping our trainers fully employed
  • keeping you up-to-date with email content as needed
  • Thank you for your continued commitment to RFC!