Vaz Dera

My interest in fitness was inspired at a very young age. My grandfather was an elite level soccer coach. I was five when I had my first gym class at the gym where he trained his soccer athletes. Although my grandfather trained in soccer, he wanted me to train in gymnastics because he felt that it would provide a solid foundation for any sport. He believed that gymnastics sharpened body awareness different than other sports. Simply put, my grandfather and my parents felt that the skills I would develop in gymnastics would later position me to play my sport of choice in the future. So, I participated in gymnastics training until I was nine.

I began weightlifting at 14 while I was in high school. I learned how to train like a bodybuilder, building muscle and staying lean. After graduating from high school, I got a job at 24-Hour Fitness. Getting that job changed the course of my life, but how I came to get that job is an even better story - one that also changed my life.

On the day I got a job offer, I was helping a friend with her training at 24-Hour Fitness. At the time, I was not a personal trainer but was giving her guidance since it was something I enjoyed doing. The manager of the facility had been observing me and asked me if I was a certified trainer. This started a conversation about my passion for fitness, which led to him making me a job offer.

Looking back, I know that I would not have been presented with that opportunity had I not been helping my friend. That friend became my backbone and became a big part of my life through every step of my career. So much so that I am now married to her.

In 2009, a friend that I trained with introduced me to CrossFit and I was immediately hooked. In 2011, I left 24-Hour Fitness to start my own personal training business. At this point, I had adopted a functional fitness approach and was training most of my clients CrossFit style. I quickly established a large base clientele and was training clients 40 hours a week. This growth inspired me to go bigger and open my own facility. My initial plan was to open a personal training studio but instead, I decided to open a hybrid studio. My studio became CrossFit Array, now known as CrossFit Crescenta Valley.

Since we opened our doors, we have been providing both group classes and one-on-one training. This year, I’ve decided to expand my reach an offer online training. I realized this need based on a request from an interested client who could not train with me face-to-face due to distance. In designing an online program for him, I realized that I could add this method of training as another option for people who are looking for ways to get fit and healthy.


CrossFit Level -1
CrossFit Level -2
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
Aleksey Torokhtiy Weightlifting 

Rubina Vartanians


Rubina was introduced to CrossFit in 2014 during one of her college classes. For the past three years she has been training at CrossFit Crescenta Valley as she implements CrossFit in her every day life.

At the age of three, Rubina enrolled in dance. For twenty one years, she has trained in classical ballet, modern, contemporary, and traditional folk techniques. In 2009, she began to dance professionally and traveled around the United States and internationally to perform in many landmark theaters.

Her love for arts inspired her to study human movement as she obtained a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Kinesiology- Exercise Science from California State University, Northridge. Upon graduating she began to explore the realm of fitness as a mechanism to better herself in and out of the gym. She was drawn to the competitive aspects of CrossFit training. Besides the high physiological demands she began to challenge herself mentally with every workout.

When she is not at the gym, Rubina spends her time teaching, choreographing, and performing. Her passion lies with helping others in achieving what they once believed was impossible. In the near future, she plans to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. 


BS Kinesiology; Exercise Science
CrossFit Level -1
Aleksey Torokhtiy Weightlifting