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

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2  Trainer
CrossFit Level 3 Coach
CrossFit Level 4 Coach
CrossFit HQ Training Staff
CrossFit Nutrition Certified
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 Champtionships – 4th place
2009 PNW Regional Qualifiers – 9th place
2010 Washington State Secitionals – 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 Regionals (PNW) – 19th place

Media

Kipping Pull Up

Individual Standards for Regional Workout 5, Amanda

2012 CrossFit Games WOD Demo

100 Pull Ups in 2:53

WOD 1

WOD 2

Live and Breathe It

I love this Game

Sleep and Caffeine

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Coach Burgener with Nadia and Dave

GHD

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.

Certificates

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
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

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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.

Certificates
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Trainer

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.

Certificates

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

KarlaKarla: CrossFit Trainer

I have always been a very active person and I love playing almost all sports.  I grew up playing Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Softball at my high school. My parents allowed me to pursue any sport that I wanted and I did just that.  I was fortunate enough to grow up on a lake so swimming, water skiing, tubing and wakeboarding came easily to me.  I also enjoy snow skiing and snowboarding.  I am relatively fearless when it comes to snowboarding and that came back to bite me in 2007 when I broke my low back and ruptured a disc in a snowboarding crash.  As I laid on the snow for about 35 minutes unable to feel or move my legs and promised myself that I would never take another day in life for granted.  I was fortunate enough to come away from that injury with extensive rehab and full use of my legs.

I must admit that I was nervous when I started CrossFit in December of 2012.  It was a sport that intimidated me, but I decided to give it a try anyway.  I wanted to have a reason for my fitness and this seemed like the perfect lifestyle for me.  After playing collegiate sports, I spent years competing in triathlon but wanted a different goal for my fitness, so CrossFit it was!  One week into CrossFit I was hooked and going at 6:00AM 4-5 days a week.  Fast forward a year and I have my Level 1 Certificate and strive to inspire others the way I was inspired.

I am a Sports Chiropractor by profession and spent some time as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Colorado before moving to Seattle.  I love coaching CrossFit because it instills functional movements into the young and old alike.  In a society where upwards towards 90% of people sit all day at work, teaching people how to move properly is one of the best gifts a coach can give.  I appreciate working with people who may be overcoming an old injury and finding ways to teach them how to move differently and more effectively to avoid future injuries.  I enjoy helping and encouraging people find their potential.  In my life, I am always striving to be “Better than Yesterday” and I encourage others to do the same.

Certificates

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
RocDoc Level 1&2
Strong First Kettlebell

Athletic Achievements

2013 CrossFit Open Competitor
2013 Bacon Beatdown
2013 SSCF Christmas Throwdown
2010 ½ IRONMAN finisher
2009 Marathon finisher
2008 Livestrong 100 mile finisher

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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.

Certificates
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Trainer

Katie_FSKatie: CrossFit Trainer

A native of Washington, I grew up in sunny, central Florida. I swam, did gymnastics,
and cross country before becoming a sporadic globo-gym attendee, signing up for spinning classes, tai-bo, boot camp, 5Ks and half-marathons and eventually becoming a personal trainer and a fan of 3 sets of 10. Moving back to Washington for grad school, I did the only thing I knew-signed up for a globo gym and worked out from time to time. Being in medical school I would tell patients to exercise and
stay active but found it hard to listen to my own advice after exhausting days of
school, work, tests and clinic.

In 2010, I moved to Richmond, Virginia to set up my practice. It was there I was asked if I’d be interested in teaching CrossFit. Having no idea what it was, I said “sure!” A few weeks later I was in a converted garage in what is now, CrossFit
Midlo, learning to overhead squat, kip my pullups, throw my body forward on a
GHD machine, and what a “no rep” meant. I loved it. The athletes motivated me,
my coaches motivated me, the workouts were always challenging, and most of all I
wanted to be there.

I returned to Seattle in 2012 and signed up at a CrossFit gym within a week of arriving. Last year, I opened my own naturopathic medical and acupuncture clinic
and despite the demands of being a small business owner, going to the gym is never
in question. Every year I’m fitter than the year before, I’m mentally stronger and
more confident. CrossFit has made my life better. As a coach and a physician, I seek
to empower peoples’ ability to achieve their goals, improve their health, and change
their lives. CrossFit is an amazing vehicle for self and life improvement.

Certificates

CrossFit Level 1  Trainer
Doctor in Naturopathic Medicine*

Athletic Achievements
2013 Team competitor Gorilla Games

*Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Lia-coach bio picLia: CrossFit Trainer

I got in the habit of trying to stay healthy and fit from a young age. Early on, my family and I were engaged in some bad habits and this led to poor states of health. By 3rd grade, I was overweight and my doctor raised a red flag to my parents. I was lucky enough to have them support me in undoing those habits, and I started my journey to getting fit and healthy. By now, staying fit is so much a part of my life that I feel like something is missing if I’m not active. (Yes, even on vacation, which some people think is crazy!)

In high school I was involved in varsity sports year round. In college I was focused on academics and stayed fit as best I knew how, but I missed the camaraderie and competitiveness of team sports. After college I started doing bootcamps and kick boxing to keep motivated, but in 2010 I found CrossFit at CFBT. CrossFit is a humbling experience, but I love the challenge and the community aspect certainly keeps me going.

Another really wonderful benefit I’ve gained from practicing CrossFit is the feeling of greater independence. Getting stronger has boosted my confidence in so many aspects of my life. And this is a truly amazing, intangible gift that I hope to help others experience as a coach at CFBT. That, and of course having a little fun while we’re at it :).

Certificates

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

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Kelly: CrossFit Trainer

I recently uprooted my life in Chicago to experience the west coast! My husband of 4 years and two dogs tagged along for the adventure and so far it’s been quite a ride! Leaving my old gym was unbearably hard. I knew it would be impossible to replace but that there were other boxes out there for me to find and invest into next. Luckily, I discovered CrossFit Belltown! I now have the honor and pleasure of coaching the CFBT community and couldn’t be more thrilled.

I discovered CrossFit  through sport specific training for ultimate frisbee. Yes, frisbee! It’s a grueling endurance sport that I’ve played at the elite level for the past 6 years. I really enjoyed CrossFit from the first 3,2,1 GO- the intensity, challenge, competition and fight. However my coaching passion didn’t grow until I met Rudy Tapalla and trained at CrossFit Chicago. Rudy’s contagious coaching style got me hooked and inspired me to start on the path of becoming a coach. After a long interning process, then assistant coaching and finally lead coaching, I haven’t looked back.

My experience at CrossFit Chicago was truly amazing. I feel in love with sport, it’s community and all movements used in CrossFit. (Excluding thrusters…) In the past 4 years, I worked part time and then full time at CFC, competed at the Regional level and have participated in many seminars and certifications for further my knowledge. Coaching is a big passion of mine; like Carl Paoli says, I truly want athletes to ‘move like you care’. Not only does it make you more efficient and quick, but it will also provide a healthy longevity for athletes and their lives.

Certificates

Concept 2 Rowing Certified
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Certified
Functional Movement Screening Certified
CrossFit Powerlifting Certified
CrossFit Kids Certified

Athletic Achievements
2011-2014 CrossFit Open Competitor
2012 CrossFit Regional Team Competitor
2010 USA Ultimate Beach Worlds USA Team Qualifier, Gold Medal
2010-2014 USA Ultimate Club Championships Ultimate Frisbee Competition Qualifier (5th place highest finish in 2013)
2014 World Flying Disc Federation World Ultimate Club Championships Qualifier

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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.

Certifications
USA Weightlifting Club Coach
USAW  Referee
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified
CrossFit Nutrition Certified
CrossFit Gymnastics Certified

Athletic Achievements
Masters gold medal at the 2002 California Weightlifting Championships
Medalist at the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008 National Masters Weightlifting Championships
Gold Medalist at the 2014 National Masters Weightlifting Championships
Two-time medalist at the Sedona Marathon 5K race
Individual gold medalist and two-time team bronze medalist at the 2010 NW Ergomania indoor rowing competition

 

flagBrian: Head Gymnastics Trainer

Growing up in Florida my passion was always water sports. I learned to swim and walk at pretty much the same age. I learned to surf at the age of four. As I got older I played varsity tennis and soccer for my high school, but still enjoyed surfing the most. For me, there was nothing like paddling out into a hurricane swell in late August and catching the biggest wave in the set.

Fast forward a few years. After college I moved to Seattle and became a professional computer hacker. I had to give up my surfboard for a snowboard and started playing flag football. The very occasional snowboarding trip or flag football game just wasn’t enough though, especially considering I spent most of my time sitting behind a computer. I quickly found my athletic ability and body degrading due to the sedentary lifestyle I had fallen into. I was having trouble sleeping at night. I wasn’t eating right. I just felt plain bad.

Around the same time several of my friends started telling me about this new thing called CrossFit. It sounded scary so it took me a while to actually gain the courage to sign up. I finally signed up and three weeks later I was one of the very first graduates from CrossFit Belltown’s On-Ramp course. It was awesome and I felt great for the first time in years. I quickly realized that my favorite component of CrossFit was the gymnastics. As this new found passion grew, I found myself training along side gymnasts and learning new techniques to incorporate into my CrossFit programming. I found that strict muscle ups, back levers, front levers, support holds and the like all translated into being a better overall athlete. Now I have the pleasure of helping other athletes attain greater levels of fitness utilizing these kinds of gymnastic elements

Certificates

Crossfit Level 1 Trainer

MauraBarclay250Maura: Yoga

Maura began working as a professional trainer while attending college. After graduating from UC, Boulder, she became a professional fire fighter-EMT and quickly learned the importance of correct bio-mechanics and the value of Functional Training. Boulder, Colorado boasted one of the most progressive Emergency Services programs and allowed Maura to gain valuable training and experience with Advanced Cardiology and Pharmacology.

Having won her first natural body building title in College, her passion for fitness led her to continue consulting her fellow fire fighters in health and nutrition, eventually leading her to become a founding member of the Fire Department’s Fitness Committee. After years of anatomy and nutrition self-study, Maura won her second body building title (NPC natural). Her desire to learn more about mind-body led her to LA, where she began her yoga and martial arts training. In LA, she became an ACE CPT and began training private clients, most with pre-existing injuries. This led her to begin self-study in corrective exercise modalities. In 2005, she began to teach Budokon, a mixture of martial arts and Yoga. She became a teacher trainer, earned one of the first blue belts and helped Master Cameron Shayne develop his training manual.

After suffering a martial arts related hip injury, she began to study with Yoga Therapist and creator of Yoga Tune Up® Jill Miller, teaching her first class at Equinox in 2006. Yoga Tune Up®’s unique blend of yoga, physical therapy principles with various stretching modalities helped quickly heal the injury which fueled her passion to teach this effective, corrective format to both Yoga teachers and personal trainers. She helped Jill develop her training manual and eventually logged over 300 class room hours, traveling around the US with Jill, becoming a licensed practitioner and assisting the Level 1 trainings and workshops eventually becoming one of Jill’s first Yoga Tune Up® Integrated teacher trainers. As part of her training, she has had the good fortune to study joint anatomy with Sean Hampton, MPT MSPT PT.

Her love of anatomy also led her to an intensive 8 hour cadaver study called Integral Anatomy Intensive, led by Gil Hedley PhD. This played a large role in winning the opportunity to write her first anatomy manual for the Equinox Pilates National Academy and travel around the US teaching integrated anatomy.

Maura is an accredited continuing educator for the American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, Yoga Alliance and Pilates Method Alliance, an E-RYT, YTU-I and currently in a Yoga Therapist Certification program. 

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.

3…2…1…NAMASTE!

Certificates

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

35448_485849791452277_1400480214_nKendra: Front Desk Manager/ CrossFit Trainer

I’m a third generation farmer from Wyoming, where functional movement is the name of the game. I worked long hard hours on the farm, finishing a 40 hour week by Tuesday noon, with loads of work and a long week staring right back at me. Stamina, strength, speed, and endurance is an absolute nececity for survival on a farm. After I started CrossFit I could haul, dig, build, seed, weed, feed, rake, disk, plant, and plow circles around most; in my spare time I could change sprinklers pipes, walk the dogs, and paint your back porch.

Bottom line, CrossFit has amplified my strength, exceeded my every expectation, and boosted my confidence and health beyond what I thought possible.

Certificates

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified
CrossFit Competitor’s Course
Bronze Level Olympic Weightlifting 

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