THE The Vent: Human Performance Center STORY
Breanne N Cochran - OWNER
My passion comes from my people. Helping clients achieve goals they never thought possible gives me motivation everyday to continue to educate and develop myself as a coach. I was an athlete all my life, two sports in college and never once thought I would be a coach for a living. After graduating college in 2008 and no jobs to be found, I decided to go back to school and pursue my Personal Training Certification. After six months and thousands of hours of practical and technical training I was an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer.
I worked as an independent contractor in for six months before pursuing a job at Mavericks Gym in Ventura, CA. Throughout the years at Mavericks my certifications expanded, USA Weightlifting, IKFF- kettlebells, CrossFit Level 1, among others. My position continued to increase, manger of group training classes, PT Department Manager, Owner of CrossFit 5171, and finally Fitness Director for the whole facility. One thing never changed, my love and passion for changing people’s lives. The years at Mavericks taught me a lot about being a trainer, managing people, building a business and the role I could play in the Ventura Community. What’s next?! I will continue my work and study as a fitness coach, this type of work brings out the very best in me. I am also pursuing a new dream, to provide the best educational fitness facility for the people of Ventura County. I have a big vision, big goals and you all will be the first to know when the dream starts to become a reality! In my free time I enjoy beach volleyball with the amazing women of Ventura on our amazing beaches. I love to study and read anything self-improvement: to really motivate people to do their best I believe I have to constantly be striving to reach mine. Birthdays are my favorite, especially both of mine! My family is the source of my strength and work-ethic, and enjoy spending vacations visiting them. There’s a rumor out there I love donuts and my drink of choice is tequila…but you’ll have to experience that for yourself!! My favorite quote comes from a sports movie (of course!): “It’s supposed to be hard! If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” -A League of Their Own
AJ was born and raised in Southern California. He was involved in sports and athletics from a young age. In addition to the typical baseball, basketball and soccer team sports, early on he found a love for extreme sports. Sports like surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross. It wasn't until after his teenage years that he gained interest in going to the gym. He began following the typical bodybuilding routine.
While desperately trying to gain as much mass and view as many bodybuilding videos as possible, he found himself bored of the routine and ready to try something different. That’s when he discovered the world of Crossfit. After a brutal first WOD there was no turning back. Fast forward a couple months, AJ was already at a Crossfit Level 1 seminar, excited about the possibility of not only improving his own fitness, but also having the opportunity to coach others. Now, five years later, he admits he still falls more in love with Crossfit each day. After moving to Los Angeles from Ventura, AJ began coaching at Dogtown Crossfit in Culver City. He was there for three years, and in that time he expanded his coaching toolbox greatly. While at DT, he learned from there team of high level coaches. He also expanded his education by taking the Crossfit Power Lifting and Crossfit Strongman seminars. He is still continually striving to be better. AJ is always seeking further education on coaching while also improving his own Crossfit abilities. In early 2017 he moved back to Ventura and began rooting himself in the strength and conditioning community. Outside of the gym, you can find AJ at the beach surfing all year round, on the mountain snowboarding in the winter, and taking advantage of everything that living in California has to offer.
Tyler grew up in Camarillo, California and began playing team sports at the age of 5. Unfamiliar with the term offseason, growing up Tyler rotated through football, baseball, and basketball throughout his high school years. Tyler played baseball for two years at Oxnard College and went on to graduate from California Lutheran University in 2018. Immediately following graduation, Tyler accepted a coaching position with the Adolfo Camarillo High School Baseball Program.
His passion for coaching immediately took off from there. In September of 2018, Tyler was introduced to Bree, AJ, and Lori at The Vent Human Performance Center. Bree offered Tyler an internship position and his interest and love for the sport grew from there. Once a part of the team, Tyler finished his CrossFit Level 1 certification and began to independently coach his own classes. Since then, Tyler has earned The Ready State 101 and 102 certifications and is currently working on the Power Athlete HQ Level 1 methodology course. Using expertise from his accumulated training, Tyler currently holds the position of Strength and Conditioning coach for the Ventura College Baseball Program. Tyler’s passion is to work with athletes to reach their maximum potential. Through years of personal expertise, Tyler finds the importance of strength and conditioning to play a vital part in an athlete’s personal success and in injury prevention. At The Vent, Tyler looks forward to meeting new athletes and being a part of their fitness journey.
VENT TEENS COACH
Certifications: CrossFit Level 1
The Ready State 101 and 102
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certificate in Exercise Nutrition
California Youth Soccer Association Category E
The woman that I am today exists because of fitness, Crossfit and the coaches and community at The Vent. I am confident, strong and have been given an opportunity to serve others - which is my calling.
I played sports as a kid – soccer and netball – but I did not connect with the experience or the teams in the way that I have connected with group exercise and CrossFit. I was always the last kid picked because I wasn’t good at ball sports – my hand eye coordination and spatial awareness are still areas of weakness to this day. My relationship with food was unhealthy and I struggled with feelings of self worth until my early twenties.
I started my journey into the fitness world in 1994. I learned about nutrition and joined an old school gym. This was my first experience with group fitness and weight lifting and I fell in love. My journey since has been one that has followed many of the changes and trends that the fitness world has experienced. I became a group fitness instructor in 1996 teaching aerobics. I added a step aerobics certification in 1997. From there I taught classes at my gym in South Africa and learned more and more. I even participated in step aerobics competitions – talk about a blast from the past.
When I moved to the US in 1998 I continued teaching group classes at Mavericks and added various certifications to the mix: Spin, Body Pump, Body Combat, Body Step, GRIT and an AFAA personal training certification. It was at Mavericks that I met Bree and was introduced to CrossFit. Bree changed my life – as an athlete and a coach. She introduced me to the concept of mobility and the idea that I could and should squat below parallel. She gently coaxed me into the world of CrossFit and encouraged me to pursue my certification so that I could share my love and passion for fitness with the teen crowd. (By day I am a high school English teacher and teenagers are my jam.)
My journey into fitness has been both physical and emotional. I would not be the confident, enthusiastic, well rounded adult that I am today without being fitness -it truly saved my life. My mission in life is to bring others into a relationship with fitness that empowers them and improves their whole life – physically, memtally and emotionally. I love watching the teens that I work with and the people that I workout with, support, uplift and empower each other. There is no better feeling than watching someone hit a personal best and strut out of the session feeling like their best self.
You will catch me working out at 5 am (during the school year) – I am one of those crazy people. Any spare time I have is spent reading (usually 5 books at once), going to the movies, listening to P!nk or walking my four crazy dogs. I love deep conversations with small groups of people and knowing the stories of the people around me.