WHO WE ARE
Owner, Founder, Visionary
Ryan Bucciantini is the owner, founder and visionary here at KDA CrossFit. He founded KDA with a simple (but important) goal – to help people in his area move smarter and safer.
“Everyone is a puzzle mentally and physically. Helping athletes push through their limits is one of my greatest drives in life.”
Ryan is a 3 year Olympic Distance Triathlete, has been competing in CrossFit for 7 years, and has been training for ultra-marathons for the last year. He’s also currently coming up on 13 years of Active Duty in the Coast Guard.
Chief Operating Officer & Head Trainer
Christina Sloyer is the COO and Head Trainer here at KDA CrossFit. She specializes in gymnastics, bodyweight movement, and helping her athletes move with ease.
“I love the excited “ah-ha” moments when people make a connection about a movement, or do something they’ve never done before. I love helping people reach their goals – it’s what I was meant to do.”
Coach Christina comes to KDA CrossFit with a lifetime of athletic accomplishments. At an early age, she was a level 6 gymnast. Then she became a division 2 All-American pole vaulter becoming a former record holder in both her high school and college. More recently, she placed 10th in the CrossFit SoCal Regional in 2013, 14th in the world on Team CrossFit Intensify at the CrossFit Games in 2012, and 21st in the CrossFit Northwest Regional in 2011.
“I needed a physical outlet after my post-collegiate track career was ending. I tried a CrossFit the week I moved to Oregon because my new college’s gym was closed and I fell in love and never looked back. I got my Level 1 thanks to CFI in Oregon and ended up at KDA after I moved back to San Diego and decided to help Ryan pursue his dreams of opening a box and changing lives!”
Fitness, health, and wellness are Dan’s passions. They hold equal place in his heart next to the great outdoors. Growing up in New England, he had access to woods and beaches where he would wander and explore. He always wanted to travel to places where the sky opens up and the land towers over him. Dan’s first trip to Yosemite Valley was a dream come true. Bouldering and mountain biking in Southern California became his therapy. Being in the military, he was like a kid in a candy shop. He got to be outdoors, doing cool stuff, and pushing his physical boundaries. That is where he found his passion for fitness, health, and wellness, and where he realized he wanted to help others achieve their goals. That’s what he’s here for!
Dan’s taken that idea and run with with; a sponge for knowledge, he began educating himself on any and all topics relating to health, fitness, and wellness, with a particular interest in working with tactical athletes.
My experience with yoga started when I was searching for alternative forms of fitness due to numerous injuries. In 2014, I injured my knee and had to have surgery, I became fully committed to yoga since.
Since practicing yoga, I have become better at listening to my body and a better human being overall.
I started playing little league football at the age of 9 and stopped after three years of college football playing at Kentucky State University due to a series of constant injuries. I played basketball for one year and ran track for three years in high school. I continued to weight lift and play recreational sports in intramural leagues for football and basketball, but the injuries continued. Now I focus on yoga, calisthenics, and cardio.
I joined the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman in 2009 and I am still active duty.
I love fitness and I love helping others improve their fitness overall. Yoga has been such a benefit in my life that I want to share it with everyone. The awareness and consciousness that comes from yoga not only improves your physical motions, but life in general. It excites me to see people move through their journey.
Yoga kicked my butt the first few times I took a class. I had no idea how intense it could get, but now, it’s my lifestyle.
Resident Gym Pup
Sisu is the resident “gym dog”. His main interests include timidly and cautiously greeting visitors to the gym, sunning himself, sitting on people’s laps pre- and post-workout, and getting lots of love and attention, particularly from the ladies of KDA. Once a scared and malnourished canyon resident, Sisu used to be a seriously flight risk; now he is accustomed to his cushy gym lifestyle and shows off as one of the most muscular and athletic creatures in the gym. He does, however, still have odd quirks like his fears of hats and not being able to see people’s faces.