Coach Emily Wicklund

HOMETOWN: Santa Maria, Ca

OCCUPATION: Owner/Operator of C5 FIT

BACHELORS DEGREE in Health and Human Sciences with an emphasis in Community Health Education.

MASTERS DEGREE in Nutrition and Human Performance with an emphasis in Sports and Fitness Nutrition.

NFPT: Personal Training Certification and Fitness Nutrition Specialist

OPEX CCP: (on journey)

Throughout my teen and early adult years I dipped my toes in soccer, running, HIIT training, and Bikram yoga. After college I was looking for a new community to advance my athleticism and give me the strength and abilities I’ve never had participating in any other form of exercise. This is where I found C5 FIT (previously CrossFit Five Cities). This is where my love and appreciation for teaching others the art of fitness and health began. It influenced me to obtain my personal training certification, complete my Masters degree, and begin my C5 fitness and nutrition coaching journey shortly after.

In mid 2020, I was presented the opportunity to take on the role of Owner/Operator at C5 FIT and I proudly accepted. It is an honor to help individuals build their confidence while learning to understand and value what their bodies are capable of.

Finally, I believe the answer to everything is either carbs or a good night of sleep.

Coach Kelsey Dunn

HOMETOWN: Newport Beach, CA

OCCUPATION: Emergency Dept. RN, Oncology RN

OPEX CCP Associate Coach
FMS 1 Certified
ACLS CPR Certified

I grew up doing a number of sports; most notably gymnastics, soccer, and competitive cheerleading through the collegiate level. I don't remember a time in my life that fitness hasn't played a major role in my life. When I found CrossFit in 2012, my love of fitness and self confidence flourished and I felt excited to learn more about the world of fitness, health, and wellness.

Through my own personal fitness coach I was able to pursue my goals and qualify to compete on the world stage in the Sport of Fitness for multiple years. I wholeheartedly believe in this method of training and enjoy helping people reach their potential the way my coaches help me. I believe that my nursing career, general positive disposition, and never ending passion for health and fitness has blended together and is best expressed in coaching personal functional fitness. I love working with people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and goals.

I look forward to helping you cultivate your true potential!

Coach Nickole Sutter

OCCUPATION: Human Resources Manager, City of San Luis Obispo. 

CFL1 Trainer
OPEX CCP (on journey)
Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology, emphasis in Exercise Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

I grew up doing gymnastics, dance and cheerleading. When I stopped competing in gymnastics, I began coaching. I coached competitive gymnastics for ten years and also was a Level 4-8 rated Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Judge for five years. Fitness was a huge part of my childhood so I was so thankful to have found CrossFit Five Cities as an adult in December 2011. I competed as a CrossFit athlete for several years, including qualifying three times to compete in a national/global competition, Granite Games in Minnesota as a Team of 3 in the Rx/Pro division.

I have a huge passion for making a difference in people's lives through building self-esteem and self-confidence. Now through coaching and creating individualized programs for my clients, I am able to help them rehab injuries, accomplish goals, and be there during their fitness journey.

I love traveling and spending time with my family and friends! I am also a big fan of hiking, concerts, and taking advantage of all the wonderful wineries around the Central Coast.

Coach Chad Franco



OPEX: Assessment, Program Design, Life Coaching, and Movement Courses.
Movement and Mobility Course
FMS1 Certified
Pendlay Olympic Lifting Course

I played football and wrestled throughout my junior high and high school years.
I began my Fitness Journey at 13yrs old and have been addicted since my first day on the barbell.
I served in the United States Navy right out of high school.

I love playing beach volleyball, traveling, shooting, Fitness (my hobby and passion), and anything active outside in the sunshine.

I took over ownership of CrossFit Five Cities in 2012 (the C5 origins), and then over the years, evolved the business model to what we know today as C5 FIT, offering Personalized Fitness for any and all fitness levels. I have been writing Personalized Fitness and Lifestyle programs since 2014. 

When my older brother first introduced me to the barbell at the age of 13, I had an immediate connection to it. From that day forward, Fitness was ALWAYS part of my life in some form or fashion. Looking back in retrospect, I was always seeking some form of Balanced Fitness. I never wanted to just lift heavy, or "get big". I never wanted to just run or swim far distances. I never wanted to just be flexible and agile. I wanted it all. I was seeking something like Functional Fitness way back then and didn't even know it. This is why I fell in love with the CrossFit methodologies when I was first introduced in 2009. I transitioned to my own Personalized Fitness Program in 2011, and have never looked back.

My WHY for wanting to maintain my health and Fitness; I watched my grandfather spend the last 10yrs of his life in a state of sickness. I watched my father do the same for the last 8yrs of his life until he passed away in 2012 unexpectedly. I knew from early on that I NEVER wanted my life to be like that. Being healthy and fit is a choice. YOU choose what your life is going to look and feel like by the daily decisions you make throughout your life. I invest countless hours of time and energy to ensure I stay healthy and strong, and in turn, have the knowledge and abilities to help others do the same. 

My passion is to help others to be their best selves via proper alignment with; fitness, nutrition, lifestyle habits, sleep habits, stress management, mindset, and obtaining the fine balance between it all throughout their individual journey.

Personalized Fitness is our tool.
Making better humans is our result. 

543 Five Cities Drive
Pismo Beach, Ca  93449

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