- Tom Bender is 55 and his athletics background comes from gymnastics in high school and college. He's owned an automotive repair business and is a professor at 2 colleges. Tom is a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for LA County. He's put Reserve Recruits through Crossfit workouts at the academy, and has been doing Crossfit for about 4 years. In 2015, Tom opened the doors to Crossfit Descendants with partners Marco Arredondo and BJ Seely. He has both his CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Gymnastic Level 1 certifications.