Meet Our Team

Danh Dang

Co-Owner & Head Coach 

Danh attended Hawaii Pacific University. He has won multiple National Championships in collegiate cheerleading. It was after college that Danh found CrossFit to fulfill his competitive nature. He has been involved with CrossFit since 2011 and discovered his passion for coaching. Danh has his CrossFit Level 2 Certification, CrossFit Weightlifting certification and his CrossFit Gymnastics Certification. 

Tara Blankenship

Co-Owner & Coach 

Tara grew up in Richardson and is a Berkner High School alumni. She attended the University of Arkansas where she was an All-American swimmer. She received a Bachelors of Science from the University of Arkansas. Tara has always been active in sports and fell in love with CrossFit after her first class in 2013. Since then, she has competed at the CrossFit Games in 2015 and again qualified in 2020. Tara loves to challenge individuals while making working out fun and enjoyable! She has a PHD in Child Development and is currently a Kindergarten teacher in Plano. Tara lives with her husband, Scott and their two dogs Kady and Jimmy. 

Heather Vanacour

Coach & Nutrition Coach 

Heather has been in the Fitness industry for over 15 years, first specializing in postnatal fitness, personal training, and group training. She found CrossFit in 2013 shortly after moving to Texas and has never turned back! She has been coaching CrossFit for over 6 years and has a knack for connecting with clients on a personal level and focusing on achieving their goals! Heather is dedicated to each and everyone that enters the gym and also is a certified nutrition coach working with clients both in and outside of the box. Heather has her Level 2 CrossFit Certificate. 

Gabe Manley

Coach

Gabe grew up in Greenville, TX., a small town right up the road from Plano. He stated his fitness journey in local globo gyms 5 years before he was talked into joining CrossFit by Owner/Head Coach, Danh. In 2017, following a shoulder surgery, his drive to be better and push his body's limits became his goal. His CrossFit journey began and became his new hobby. Learning and growing from all the coaches he now has as peers, Gabe has competed in 3 local competitions to date with 3 podium finishes and looks to continue pushing his limits and aspirations for more. Gabe has a Level 1 CrossFit Certification and brings a big energy and lots of motivation to keep building better bodies daily. 

Chad Gonzales

Coach

Coach Chad has 21 years of fitness experience. He is a former professional volleyball player of 15 years. He started CrossFit in 2011. Since then he has accomplished many feats in the competitive world of CrossFit. Including but not limited too; 3 X's CrossFit Games Masters Online Qualifier, 2020 WOD Godz Champion, 2020 Garage Games Masters Champion, 2018 The Fittest Experience Champion. Chad has a Level 2 CrossFit Certification and a CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification. He brings a high level of energy and excitement to each class.