There are only a few things I truly love in this world- my wife & children, my ginormous family, eating & drinking delicious things, and CrossFit Loft. I seriously think I have the best job in the world on every front. Every day, I get to run a small business that creates a powerful and dynamic platform for individual change. I get to get up in the morning and facilitate a team that helps people PLAY (read: workouts). Fun!! I am privileged to be able to help people have fun and get in shape for a job.
I grew up living in many places in the US – mostly in California and at times in a converted school bus. I am the eldest of seven and will reliably give it to you straight when asked. I LOVE learning but passing on value by teaching is even more fulfilling for me. Whether I’m seeking out the humans that are the best fit for our gym, training our staff or working directly with our current members – it’s my job to help us/you/them create habits and choices that trickle into the rest of their lives. Eleven years into this CrossFit fitness “stuff”, I am humbled daily by the opportunity to do what I do.
I grew up participating in team sports but generally loathed physical activity. I took any opportunity to bury myself in a book instead. After having children, I realized that my sedentary lifestyle was going to have a negative long-term impact. I decided to get more active. The personal challenge of CrossFit coupled with the unbeatable community had me hooked.
Always wanting to know and understand more, I decided to get my coaching certification. After my family’s move to Seattle in 2014, I was fortunate enough to be able to make coaching my part-time career. I enjoy training and competing, but absolutely nothing beats the joy of helping people out-perform their own expectations for themselves.
GYM: From soccer to national level horseback riding to running marathons to Ironman triathlons to HIIT to CrossFit, my athletic resume is evolving. Life without sports is foreign as I’m passionate about making and tackling big athletic goals.
As I searched for ways to get stronger, I found myself spending a lot of time at the gym going and back and forth between a video on my phone and working out. My frustration lead me to trying out my first group fitness class. That’s when I fell in love with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). The fast paced workout has taken my endurance to a whole new level. Specifically improving my strength, cardio and marathon time by 31 minutes.
I quickly became a coach in hopes to inspire others to be the fittest version of themself. As a HIIT coach, I believe in every athlete, of all fitness levels from straight off the couch to pregnancy to professional and motivating them to move. Whether it’s taking it up a notch or customizing, I like to meet everyone where they’re at each and every day. Many clients have told me that I describe difficult workouts with a big smile and many jokes, making it all seem doable. It is, everything in HIIT is doable.
TAN: Born and raised in Orinda, CA 94563. I dream about sunshine, beach vacations, running with sunglasses and a solid base tan, regularly.
LAUNDRY: Through all of my goals, personal training clients and HIIT coaching, I’m a mom. What fills those “extra” hours are the loads and loads of laundry and meal planning for my active family. I would not be where I am today without the encouragement and support of my husband and Loft member, Joel, two beautiful girls and my french bulldog Taco. All of us can be found, at the Loft.
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Group Fitness Instructor
I started CrossFit in 2004 after breaking my fibula playing rugby for UC Davis; I realized if I was to continue playing at a high level I needed to get bigger, faster and stronger. I began obsessively researching strength and conditioning programs and when I stumbled onto CrossFit (one of my team mates from Santa Cruz who was an All American mentioned it to me). It took the best ideas from everything else I had been researching and put them all together.
I have been CrossFitting ever since and the perfectionist in me continues to research other strength and conditioning programs so I can keep stealing all of their best ideas and mold it into ours. I believe this is the true genius of CrossFit; it is all about pursuing functionality using whatever works and dropping what doesn’t. What that means is I am not limited to some trendy fitness fad. CrossFit not only allows but encourages change and adaptation to the program. We continually evolve and improve as we learn. This method has served me well over the years as I have now competed in the CrossFit Games 4 times, once as an individual and for several years as the Coach and Captain of the Jet City CrossFit and CrossFit Loft Teams. Over the years I have coached around 20 athletes who have competed at the CrossFit Games.
My obsessive nature has given me an insatiable thirst for knowledge related to how the human body moves. As such, when I am not scheming up new workouts, I work as a Physical Therapist at Biojunction.
I first tried CrossFit in 2007 in Atlanta. At the time I was on the crew team, and while I don’t remember my first workout, I do remember the workout being tough and exciting–much more exciting than most of the on-land rowing practices. After graduation and finishing crew, I joined a nearby CrossFit gym and pursued my CF L1 to join the gym’s coaching staff.
CrossFit has traveled with me from Atlanta to Seattle, through various gyms, and around other hobbies (hiking, camping) and competitive goals (Olympic weightlifting). I’ve always loved solving and analyzing technical problems. CrossFit introduced me to the biomechanics and nuances of human movement which I find fascinating. Coaching gives me the opportunity to help people become safer and more efficient in fitness and in life. I look forward to being a positive force in your fitness journey.
I grew up in Des Moines, WA by Sea-Tac airport and spent countless weekends and holidays in West Seattle with family. I moved the West Seattle while in school at the University of Washington and have been here for the last 17 years.
My athletic background includes playing all sorts sports growing up but baseball was my favorite. Unfortunately my sports career ended in high school after 4 years of varsity baseball.
After years of monotony working out on my own at home and in globo gyms, I was introduced to CrossFit in 2014 and I haven’t looked back. My interest in coaching grew from organizing long, disgusting metcons during open gym which quickly grew a following and here we are three years later with two Sunday Mash classes.
I’m excited to be part of the Loft community and coaching staff sharing health and fitness with others. I love the community Loft has built and truly think of everyone here as my extended family.
When I’m not at the gym you’ll finding me hanging out with my wife and son and our dog Ruby the Pitbull.
Sports and exercise have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember but its purpose in my life is constantly rotating from fun, required (13+ years in military), physical health, increase quality of life and mental health. In 2018 I reluctantly got involved with CrossFit after I moved to West Seattle and was looking for a gym with a convenient location. Loft quickly became my second home and family. I have not looked back.
Over the past 20 years I have coached youth, middle school and high school football and wrestling, lead the physical fitness program for the UW NROTC and various small units in the Marine Corps. I made the decision to join the Loft coaching team in 2019 as way to give back to a great community! My goal as a coach is to safely push athletes beyond their natural comfort zones to exceed expectations of themselves and of course to have fun and ALWAYS have a good playlist!’
I first fell in love with CrossFit as a member of CrossFit Loft and moved on to become a coach to give back to the community here. I enjoy connecting with members on a personal level and helping each individual find how CrossFit can meet their current needs and goals. My favorite moments in the gym are helping athletes achieve those “A-ha!” breakthroughs in the snatch and clean and jerk.
Outside of CrossFit, I am an engineering services manager by day, Seattle American Pool Association League Champion by night, and carpenter on the weekends.
Born and raised in West Seattle, after returning home from Montana with my newly acquired degree in accounting, I was inspired to counter all the fun I had at school (yeah, I’m a FUN accountant) by getting into a fitness routine. My cousin was really into this thing called CrossFit, so I fired up the Google machine and found CrossFit West Seattle in 2011.
After making some great friends through the gym, discovering my untapped competitive nature, and trying out some new styles of training (I spent 7 years swangin’ kettlebells at my old gym), I decided to check out CrossFit Loft for my next challenge. I took my passion for fitnessing with friends to the next level with the opportunity to coach the HIIT program at Loft.
When I’m not cranking the jams and bringing the energy to the HIIT classes, I’m busy snuggling my Pitbull-Great Dane mix Mack, crunching numbers for an airline, dominating rec league kickball and organizing adventurous outings (Don’t forget- I’m a FUN ACCOUNTANT).
I have been coaching the Olympic-style lifts for 16 years. I have held numerous certifications and taught other trainers and their clients at workshops and certification seminars all over the West Coast and Canada. I love to see people improve and how empowering that process is for individuals.
In addition to coaching, I enjoy competing and was a masters gold medalist at the 2014 National Masters Weightlifting Championships and medaled at the 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2008 National Masters Weightlifting championships. I was also fortunate enough to travel to Copenhagen for the 2014 World Masters Weightlifting Championships and finished fourth. I am an avid photographer and have had photos featured numerous times on the CrossFit.com website.
I have called West Seattle home since 1986. Husky Deli, Sunfish and Pegasus Pizza are among my family’s favorites, and I know that Alki is best on a cold windy day in the winter. My athletic background includes hiking and skiing since I could walk, a few first place finishes in the 25m butterfly (before I got old enough and they made me swim 50m – yuck), one winless season of softball, 10 years of rowing through high school and college, and CrossFit since I walked into Jet City to see what it was all about in November 2011.
I started coaching by leading the occasional Sunday morning Mobility but quickly realized that it was super fun and started coaching other classes too. My strength is my, well, strength, but after several eye rolls from Bethany and sideways glances from Chelsea, I’ve learned that patience and technique work are extremely valuable and worth the effort. If I don’t show up at Loft, I am most likely in the mountains or working my firefighting job in Kirkland.
I thinks that a lot of people are stronger than they give themselves credit for, and my favorite coaching moments are when athletes surprise themselves.
Wisconsin born, West Seattle has been home since 1971, currently with my daughter and Chessie/Plott Hound rescue pup. Lifelong competitive athlete, I have enjoyed soccer, skiing, track, softball, rowing, and kettlebell. About 9 years ago, I went to check out a CrossFit box with my little sister. We’ve both been hooked ever since. I have coached at the LOFT for about 4 years now but am also currently entering my 23rd year in Professional Athlete Management & Marketing (NBA, WNBA, Overseas). I could be the poster child for “fall 8 times, get up 9….” (the struggle is still real and ever present!) and also very much relate with those who struggle finding balance between work, family, gym, and self-care.
No matter where you find yourself, it is never too late to start again. Anyone who walks through the doors of the LOFT is immediately an athlete. And there is nothing more rewarding to me than to help that athlete push past what they thought they were capable of earlier that day – physically, emotionally, mentally. For me, it’s really about who you become along the journey towards your goals.
I began my CrossFit journey in 2009 and received my Level 1 in 2013. I have been teaching and coaching since the tender age of 16 when I began teaching swimming lessons. I maintained a training focus in my 30+ year career in the Seattle Fire Department and retired as the chief of training. I’ve written training manuals, articles, books, and produced training DVD’s in the fire industry and I currently travel and teach in retirement. I have been married for 30 years to Trish and have two adult children.
I have been a regular member at 5 boxes as I moved around the Puget Sound area landing at the Loft when we moved to West Seattle in 2015. CrossFit helps me be a better human. Since both teaching and CrossFit are positive constants in my life, I figured retirement was a great time to combine them, so I began coaching at the Loft. I truly enjoy coaching and the team atmosphere, generous spirit, and inclusive approach at the Loft. I am excited to be part of it.
Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, I tried many sports and activities that didn’t fit me. I ended up spending most of my time in dance classes and on the marching band field. I never considered myself an athlete until I began at Hoosier CrossFit in Bloomington, Indiana in 2014. It was a big wake-up call that I could feel healthy, happy and motivated to exercise.
I moved to West Seattle in 2015 and was thrilled to find the vibrant community at LOFT, where people love and support each other. I helped with our LOFT kids summer camps and then joined the staff as a Coach in 2018. I love hyping up members during workouts and helping them discover their potential to be better, stronger athletes.
Outside of LOFT, I teach middle school band, perform with bands and orchestras across Seattle, and love playing board games with my friends and family.
A former collegiate track athlete, specializing in high jump, hurdles & javelin, after completing my Health Education & Human Nutrition degrees, I have been working in human performance for a decade.
After several years aimlessly training for random races, triathlons & challenging all my friends to push up contests, a friend urged me to look into CrossFit to satiate my competitive drive & athletic nature.
Introduced in 2012, I have since obtained a few certifications (see below). My love of teaching has touched every aspect of both my personal & professional life. A self-proclaimed fitness-nerd, I am deeply passionate about helping others obtain the highest quality of life for themselves & their families through movement & nutrition.