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
USAW Club Coach
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

CrossFit

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
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
USAW Club Coach
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

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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

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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
USAW Club Coach
USAW Sports Performance 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
4th Place at the 2014 World Masters Olympic Weightlifting Championship
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

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

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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