Our Coaches

Nadia: Owner and Head Coach

I have been an athlete most of my life, started gymnastics at age 5, and focused on the sport for 10 years. During that time I also got involved with soccer, swimming, softball, diving, cheerleading and dance. After high school I began to workout in the gym, doing the standard bodybuilder type routine. You know the deal, day 1: back and bi’s, day 2: chest and tri’s, day 3: legs and shoulders, throw in an hour of cardio and there you go, 2.5 hours later I was done with my workout. Then in April of 2006 I found CrossFit.

I’m gonna be honest, at first CrossFit scared the crap outta me! The workouts are tough physically as well as mentally.  I avoided CrossFit for awhile, until an old gymnastics injury resurfaced.  As a result I was unfortunately unable to run, and was a bit freaked out as I used to be a cardio junkie.  I started incorporating more CrossFit workouts into my training and realized a change in the shape of my body. I noticed a decrease in body fat and an increase in strength and endurance- all of this without hours of cardio and weight training.  I was also in better shape than when I was a competitive gymnast.  How could this be happening? Needless to say it was from that point on I was sold.  I decided to learn as much as I could about CrossFit, I watched the videos, read the journal articles, learned the Olympic lifts, and got certified.  That is when I realized this I wanted to do; help people reach a new level of fitness.

In April of 2008 I became a Level 2 CrossFit Trainer and was also selected to join the CrossFit Headquarters traveling Seminar Staff.  Most weekends I travel across the country (and world) teaching at CrossFit Trainer Courses.  I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the country, along with most of Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore to teach people about CrossFit.  In 2010 I had the honor of traveling to Afghanistan to train our troops stationed there.

Certifications + Credentials
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2  Trainer
CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
CrossFit Level 4 Coach
CrossFit HQ Training Staff
CrossFit Nutrition Certified
USAW Club Coach
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Level 2
CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Certificate
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Trainer Certificate
CrossFit Defense Trainer
CrossFit Striking Trainer
Olympic Weightlifting Clinic with Mike Burgener
Olympic Weightlifting Clinic with Greg Everett
National Academy of Sports Medicine certified Personal Trainer

Athletic Achievements
1994 National Gymnastics Competitor
2007 CrossFit Championships – 3rd place
2008 CrossFit Championships – 4th place
2009 PNW Regional Qualifiers – 9th place
2010 Washington State Sectionals – 6th place
2010 PNW Regionals competitor
Mt. Rainier’s Strongest Man and Women 2010 – 1st place (120 and under weight class)
2011 CrossFit Opens (PNW) – 11th place
2011 Reebok CrossFit PNW Regionals – 20th place
2012 Reebok CrossFit PNW Regionals – 19th place
2013 PNW Regional Competitor
2014 Dariotis Olympic Lifting Competition-2nd place, 53kg class
Qualified for 2014 American Open
2015 Dariotis Olympic Lifting Competition – 1st place, 53kg class
2015 National Masters Gold Medalist – 53kg class, 35-39 age group
2016 National Masters Gold Medalist – 53kg class, 35-39 age group
2016 World Master Weightlifting Championships Gold Medalist – 53kg class, 35-39 age group
2016 American Open Qualifier (53kg class)


Kipping Pull Up

Individual Standards for Regional Workout 5, Amanda

2012 CrossFit Games WOD Demo

100 Pull Ups in 2:53



Live and Breathe It

I love this Game

Sleep and Caffeine


Coach Burgener with Nadia and Dave


WOD Demo from L1 Course

Coaches Prep Warm Up

Eric: Director of Operations and Trainer

I am proud to consider myself a new Pioneer of a now decade-old movement being touted as one of this century’s greatest awakenings – CrossFit; a simple yet profound approach to Fitness that forces us to step outside our comfort zones and demand more from ourselves than we ever thought humanly possible.

With 15 years of athletic experience in the coaching and competitive realm, I take great pride in leaving no stone unturned in helping my clients achieve their individual goals.  Through my knowledge of sports nutrition and exercise physiology, my mission is to coach you to look and perform better in every aspect of your life. Call it a ‘no worries’ mindset and a ‘no bullshit’ policy; with the right attitude and the proper guidance and direction, anything is possible.

This is CrossFit Performance…the School of Fitness.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
USAW Club Coach
CrossFit Mobility Trainer Certificate
CrossFit Endurance Trainer Certificate
CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Certificate
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Trainer Certificate
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, American College Sports Medicine
B.S., Kinesiology – Health Promotion and Fitness, University of Texas.

Athletic Achievements
Texas Crew, Lightweight Eight collegiate rower, U.T. Austin, 1997-2000.
Distance runner and competitive Tri-athlete, 1990-1996.
Member of the 2010 CFBT Affiliate Team


Meg: CrossFit Trainer

I started my ninja training early when I began practicing Shotokan karate at age six. I was a student for eight years, until I could no longer advance in rank without attending a Special Training that required Death and Dismemberment insurance. Unfortunately, a 14 year-old could not qualify for such insurance, so I got bored and moved onto fastpitch softball. I pitched on competitive teams for twelve years, which enabled me to travel all over the United States and ultimately earned me a scholarship as a starting pitcher at Division I Portland State University.

Upon graduation, in an effort to stay active, I committed to running a full marathon which required fundraising and a five-month training program. I hated it, and it was years until I (begrudgingly) ran again. Shortly after, I got a full-time at job Boeing, my first office job. I was leading change efforts to resolve operational issues, and it was incredibly stressful. After work, I would relax with a martini and TV marathon on the couch. In only a few months time, I had gained twenty pounds and was low on energy.

Being an athlete, I remembered that working out actually gives you energy. I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer.  After a few months of three-hour-long workouts, I’d dropped the weight and loved the way my body looked. I can’t say that I was stronger or more fit, but I looked and felt great. Then, after one year, my personal trainer unexpectedly left the gym. I panicked!

Nadia had just started coaching CrossFit at this particular gym, and Eric, complimenting me on the intensity with which I approached my workouts, suggested I try it. I went to one class, performed a scaled version of the infamous Filthy Fifty, and was hooked! It required the mental toughness I’d learned practicing martial arts; it reignited the individual competitiveness of facing down a batter from the pitcher’s mound ; it reawakened my love of sport.

Within six months I was in better shape than I’d been in my entire life, even better than age 23 with six hours of collegiate practice daily under the guidance of dedicated strength and conditioning coaches. (Did I mention yet that classes are only an hour?!) Wanting to perform better in CrossFit, I started eating better, sleeping more regularly, and finally, for good, quit smoking. From then on I have believed in the capacity of CrossFit to bring health and real, functional well-rounded fitness to everyone, made accessible regardless of physical ability through infinitely scalable movements. As Nadia and Eric opened CrossFit Belltown, I earned my Level 1 certification so that I could contribute to this community that I wholeheartedly believe in.

CrossFit has taught me to love and respect my body. As a coach, I feel responsible to other women  as a role model, to demonstrate that giving your body the capacity to carry you vigorously through life is beautiful. My hope is that women of all abilities find confidence in their strength, and my dream is that the social paradigm regarding women will shift from objectifying women for their looks to honoring women for their power.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Trainer
CrossFit Mobility Trainer Certificate

Athletic Achievements
2012 CrossFit Opens Competitor
2011 CrossFit Opens Competitor
2010 CrossFit PNW Regionals Affiliate Team Member – CrossFit Belltown
2010 CrossFit Washington State Sectional Competitor
2004 P.F. Chang’s Rock n’ Roll Arizona Full Marathon
2003 Portland State Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award
2002 Verizon Academic All-American District VIII Second Team

BIO_Joe PacquingJoe: CrossFit Trainer

I am a proud veteran who had the honor and privilege of serving over 10 years as a US Army Infantryman. I am happily married and have two rough and charming little boys. My wife and I love CrossFitting, snowboarding, camping, spending time with our family and watching our boys experience life to the fullest.CrossFit pushes my limits and challenges me to work harder every day. It motivates me, empowers me and has taught me that I can do more than I ever dreamed possible. My mission as a coach is to help athletes reach their health and fitness goals and realize their true potential. I strongly believe in CrossFit’s methodologies as it has become a huge part of my everyday life. I want athletes to understand and practice the knowledge to move correctly, eat right and inevitably reap the benefits of elite fitness. I am so thankful to Eric and Nadia for this amazing opportunity.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting  Level 1
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Level 2
CrossFit Mobility Trainer Certificate
CrossFit Endurance Trainer Certificate
CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Certificate
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Trainer Certificate


JP: CrossFit Trainer

I hated sports when I was a little kid. Actually, I hated sports as a teenager and young adult too. I was a self-identified ‘fat kid’ until my late teens until I lost the weight… because I started smoking. You could say I was not athletic. When did this all change? When I moved to Seattle from Arizona all the water was a novelty to me, so I joined a rowing crew.
A few months in I was competing in novice rowing events locally. A couple of years in, I was placing in regional rowing events. I quit smoking because I cared about my times. I had accidentally become an athlete.
I somewhat reluctantly tried CrossFit Belltown at Coach Meg’s encouragement a few years ago. After four or five minutes of wall ball & burpee hell in my first-ever WOD, I was hooked. It was so much harder than rowing, and usually (burpees still suck) a lot more fun. Over the years since I’ve always been coming back to best my own scores or acquire a new skill.

The first time you do a double-under, get a muscle up, or clean your own body weight is an exhilarating moment. There’s never a shortage of great members and coaches at CrossFit Belltown to share in your big accomplishments or commiserate when you come up short.
My favorite workouts are the longer slogs like Filthy Fifty- I like trying to remain calm and collected while struggling for what seems like forever. My least favorite is, ironically, rowing on an erg. Regardless I come back almost every day for more.
I never thought of myself as an athlete and I see people join CrossFit Belltown every day who I would imagine don’t think of themselves that way either. Coaching CrossFit is my opportunity to help our members discover just how fast, strong, and capable they really are.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Trainer Certificate
CrossFit Mobility Trainer Certificate

Bret: CrossFit Trainer

Pushing limits is something that I have loved to torment my body (and my parents) with since I was young. When I was 4 years old, I jumped off the roof of my parent’s house into the below swimming pool without knowing how to swim. I almost killed myself in addition to giving my parents a heart attack. That’s when, in an attempt to handle my wild-side, they decided to enroll me in gymnastics – instead of putting me up for adoption. Gymnastic ignited and set my inner athlete in motion.

Throughout the course of my life I have been competitive in soccer, cross country, track & field, diving and bowling (yes, bowling). In college I discovered what I like to call “beer sports” e.g. inner-tube water polo, glow-in-the-dark dodge ball and kickball a.k.a. “keg ball.” After those 4 glorious years I decided to get my athletic life back together. I joined a regular gym and quickly realized how much I hated it. I had no idea ‘how’ to work out. The only thing I knew how to do was sit in the hot tub after wandering the gym aimlessly for an hour.

In September of 2013 I realized I needed a way to calm that wild side and decided to try CrossFit. I was embarrassed at how little I knew about lifting weights but encouraged by how nobody cared. I felt accepted in a community that knew nothing about me and immediately began building my knowledge base and confidence within that community. Gains in strength and conditioning were an added benefit. The decision to commit to overcoming my disdain for weightlifting and embarrassment at how pathetic I thought I looked changed my life. I feel better. I eat better. I have more energy. I am happier and have found an irreplaceable group of like-minded individuals through CrossFit. It enables me to push my limits and challenge myself in ways that I love and need. Work hard. Train hard. Eat a lot of meat. Feel the passion. See the results and love what you become.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Level 1

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Andy: CrossFit Trainer

I first tried CrossFit in 2007 while in college for engineering in Atlanta. At the time I was on the crew team and my friend, who was on the rugby team, invited me to visit CrossFit Atlanta. I don’t remember my first workout there. However, I do remember the workout being tough and exciting–much more exciting than most of the on-land rowing practices. I was immediately hooked.
Throughout the rest of college the crew team didn’t give much extra time for other workouts. I monitored CrossFit mainsite programming and, when I could, snuck in workouts that looked fun. After graduation I was done with crew and I immediately joined a nearby gym. Not long after I pursued my CF L1 and joined the gym’s coaching staff as a novice trainer.
Eventually I made a move from Atlanta to Seattle. Since the move, I’ve lived in a few different neighborhoods. I’ve hiked, camped, and traveled the region. I’ve also been a member of a few different CrossFit gyms. And I’ve also spent substantial time away from CrossFit, instead focusing on olympic weightlifting.
Throughout my entire life, I’ve always loved solving and analyzing technical problems. CrossFit introduced me to the biomechanics and nuances of human movement. I find it fascinating, especially when given the opportunity to help someone become safer and more efficient in fitness and in life.
I have had the distinct honor of joining the coaching staff for a few amazing gyms and I am now exceptionally pleased to be a part of the Belltown team. I look forward to being a positive force your journey, fitness or otherwise.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Trainer Certificate
CrossFit Mobility Trainer Certificate
AIARE Level 1


Lana: CrossFit Trainer

My introduction to sports and physical activity was soccer when I was six years old. I progressed through the sport until I was 15 when I focused my attention onto powerlifting. Brute strength always came more naturally to me than aerobic capacity, so I felt like I’d found my niche. When I was 20, my brother invited me into his gym to do a CrossFit workout. I’ll admit, I thought it was going to be easy. Push ups, pull ups, and squats? I’m strong, I got this. Turns out I didn’t “got this.” Cindy was my first CrossFit workout, and she laid me out. I was pissed that a workout so simple had dropped me so quickly, and that frustration has since transformed into a passion.

Once I started doing the workouts and reading the Journal articles, I realized that someone’s Fran score is only the top of a huge iceberg of information and areas of study. CrossFit, to me, transcends “the pump;” it’s about improving quality of life in people of all shapes, sizes, and ages through preparing them mentally and physically for everything life has in store. This is the mindset that allows people of different skill levels and physical goals to workout side-by-side, learn from each other, cheer each other on, and work together to keep moving the goalpost downfield.

I earned my L1 in March of 2016 and my L2 in December of 2016. I have been teaching classes since May of 2016 and do my best to create an easy-going energy that makes all my athletes feel comfortable while focusing on their training. I study anatomy, olympic lifting, and sports psychology in my spare time in order to become a more prepared and effective trainer.


Lincoln: Olympic Weightlifting Coach

I am the owner of Gryphon Strength & Conditioning, specializing in coaching for Olympic Weightlifting and CrossFit. My time spent coaching the Olympic lifts dates back a total of eleven years. My CrossFit experience is also quite extensive, dating back to 2005 as a Level Two CrossFit coach.  I have taught other trainers and their clients at workshops and certification seminars all over the west coast and Canada. I also work for Coach Mike Burgener, traveling around the country teaching at his Olympic Lifting Certifications.

USAW Club Coach
USAW Sports Performance Coach
USAW  Referee
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting  Level 1
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Level 2
CrossFit Nutrition Certified
CrossFit Gymnastics Certified

Athletic Achievements
Two-time medalist at the Sedona Marathon 5K race
Masters gold medal at the 2002 California Weightlifting Championships
Medalist at the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008 National Masters Weightlifting Championships
Individual gold medalist and two-time team bronze medalist at the 2010 NW Ergomania indoor rowing competition
Gold Medalist at the 2014 National Masters Weightlifting Championships
4th Place at the 2014 World Masters Olympic Weightlifting Championship
2015 Silver Medalist-77kg class, 55-59 age group

PennyPenny: Yoga

I started taking yoga classes 15 years ago as a way to rehabilitate a shoulder injury from a car accident. Through proper instruction, regular practice and maintenance I became stronger, and as a result my shoulder made a full recovery. This experience inspired my path to help others. In 2005, I completed a 240 hour yoga teacher training, which then led me in June 2006 to start teaching at Home Yoga in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. I wanted to deepen my knowledge of the human body and devote my work to helping people heal through alternative medicine. For the last five years, I’ve furthered my education and have become licensed to practice massage therapy, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

While attending Bastyr University and studying for my Masters in Science in Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, I was approached to teach yoga classes at CrossFit Belltown. I had heard about CrossFit and all of the insanely ridiculously workouts, and I was honestly a bit scared! But, I wanted to better understand CrossFit so that I could tailor my yoga classes to meet the needs of all my students.

I walked into CFBT thinking it was like any other gym – WRONG! This is truly a place where magic happens. You may not realize it in the beginning, but it is…. happening. From the instruction on how to properly move through the movements to the programmed WOD’s, you are being transformed, physically and mentally.

Personally, my yoga practice has improved immensely since I started CrossFit. I now see the combination of CrossFit and Yoga as the perfect balance of strength and flexibility; pushing yourself to ‘your’ edge while simultaneously listening to your body. The two disciplines support and strengthen one other.

For me however, the transformation of my mind is what initially hooked me, and keeps me coming back for more. I leave each session knowing what is possible if you stay with it until the end, and to never give up!

The rigors of CrossFit have taught me I am capable of more than I consciously realize. When I implement proper form and technique, find a pace, focus on my breath, and allow for time to take its course, great things are possible. After a WOD I think, “If I can do this, what else can I do?”

I really value the coaches at CFBT. Whether we realize it or not, we all need coaches in our life to cheer us on and guide us through the proper form and function in order to minimize injury and help us succeed.

CrossFit has now been a part of my life for over two years. I still have more to learn and much more training ahead, but I have a much better understanding of what areas of the body need focus during a yoga class.

My goal as a yoga instructor is to offer classes tailored to CrossFit athletes wanting to improve their flexibility, form and ultimately their fitness.


Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Yoga Instructor
Licensed East Asian Medicine Practitioner & Acupuncturist

Meghan: Front Desk

I was never an athlete. I’m still not sure if that’s what I’d call myself. Growing up, I was shy and clumsy, so I avoided playing sports. Because I’ve always had the genetic advantage of being thin, as a teenager I decided physical activity wasn’t necessary. I continued to believe that until my third year of college when I realized I couldn’t run a mile or do a push up and that being skinny didn’t make me feel better about it. I hit the gym and never looked back. I started with strictly cardio, and then eventually learned the value of lifting weight. The last few years have seen me through a variety of different exercise formats. Pilates, bootcamp, aerial yoga, barre… I love learning new formats and always make a point of trying out whatever is available to me. Thanks to Eric and Nadia, I now have the amazing opportunity to continue my journey with CrossFit and I couldn’t be more excited and fortunate that I’m able to do so at a place like Belltown.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer