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The 2015 ‘Best of’ Western Washington contest is once again upon us. Our gym has once again been nominated as a contender for best CrossFit Gym, but we need your votes to make it count. Just to nominated is an honor for us, as it is to be up against so many other worthy contenders. But we sure would like to see how far we can take this with a little help from our fellow athletes, family and friends.

Polls won’t close until October 23rd and the winner won’t be announced until November 20th, however we’re asking for votes now in support of our nomination.

Every vote really does count. We do hope you’ll vote.


Please click here to vote.

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Lift Up Luke

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Josh Everett is a close and personal friend of mine. He’s also worked for a great many years on the CrossFit HQ Seminar Staff. Josh is an absolute pillar in our community and an extraordinary loving father. 

In 2013, the CrossFit community rallied together in spectacular fashion to support Josh and the Autism community in his worldwide workout called LiftUpLuke ~ in honor of Josh’s beautiful son, Luke. 

This “competition for a cause” specifically sought to support early diagnosis and treatment of Autism, raise funds for the Autism Tree Project Foundation in San Diego, and most importantly, turn a global spotlight on the measured and severe impact of Autism on families and individuals around the world.

This year, Josh is upping the ante and doubling down his efforts to take the impact of the event to another level. 


On September 19th (THIS Saturday) the event is being rebooted under the more inclusive name ‘Lift Up Autism’. Josh once again has invited us to participate in this charity workout, aptly named “LUKE”. 

Prior to registering on MindBody for the workout this Saturday, please first go to and register yourself as an athlete under our gym (CrossFit Belltown). Should you wish to make a donation, and we humbly ask that you do so, CrossFit Belltown will match your donation up to $20 (per donation). 

See you this Saturday at 930am and 1030am!

As Many Rounds As Possible in 5 minutes of:
4 Power Cleans: (155,105)
24 Double Unders
10 Pull-ups

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CrossFit Belltown will be hosting only one class at 10:30am Monday September 7th in observance of Labor Day. All Bootcamp & CrossFit Basic athletes are also welcome to attend. Additionally, anyone allowed access to Open Gym will also have an opportunity to train.

ALSO, CrossFit Belltown will be hosting track workouts for the next two Saturdays, both on September 5th & September 12th. Both Saturdays will only be hosting a 9:30am track workout at the Queen Anne Bowl PlayField (Address: 2806 3rd Ave West). The gym will be closed on both these Saturdays due to a private CrossFit event.

Happy Labor Day & Happy Fitness!

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CFBT Mariners Field Trip

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Play Ball!

Please join CFBT for our 5th annual 

Mariners baseball game outing 

Wednesday, September 9th 7:10pm 

Tickets are $35 and must be paid for by September 1st.

Please email or see Kendra at the Front Desk for further details.

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Member Spotlight: Rodrigo Lode


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Name: Rodrigo

DOB: April 23rd, 1976

Occupation: Software Engineer

CrossFitting Since: December 2012

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Doing Cindy as prescribed for the first time after 8 months – my first time doing pull-ups in a workout without a band with a better time than when I did with a band. The strength gain difference was clearly noticeable.

Favorite WOD: Mary

Favorite Lift: Snatch for sure. That moment when you hit all your positions and the bar lands perfectly at the bottom of the squat is something to crave for.

Least Favorite WOD: Annie. Anything with double-unders, really. My timing is always off. I was told some folks take up to 3 years to get it…I have 5 months left! Workouts with thrusters or wall-balls would be a close second.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: Hands down – 15.4. The handstand pushups were easy, but those 185lb cleans looked impossible. I had never tried it until then and was inspired by fellow CFBT member Tim A. who got to lift that much for the first time then as well. Got 4 reps total for a 15 lb PR!

Why You Do CrossFit: My whole life was surrounded around soccer. It was the only workout I had ever done, but after dislocating my kneecap for a second time (and having to put it back in place myself), I got into a rather sedentary lifestyle. My brother got into running and I thought I’d give it a shot. I fell in love with it and had done 15 half-marathons and 1 full prior to Crossfit, but I kept getting injured every 2-3 months with 2-3 weeks of recovery every time. My calves would give in and I would have a muscle strain during training or during the race itself. Then I developed plantar fasciitis making it hard to even walk. Doctors and physical therapists told me I needed to develop more strength and my friend Rob told me to stop by CFBT where Nadia and Eric would take care of me. I hesitated since I wasn’t fully recovered yet, but my doctor told me after 6 months of therapy that I was baby’ing my foot too much so I took the plunge and started Crossfit. The plantar fasciitis has not flared up ever since, I ran my fastest half last year (no training, just Crossfit) and my fastest mile ever at 5m52s this year. Running is still part of my life with a race here and there, but coming to gym, seeing friends, working out together, laughing together, seeing everyone get better makes CFBT my home away from home. The lack of strength got me to Crossfit, the people keep me in it!

Favorite Cheat Meal: Burgers! If a place has a burger, I’m checking it out. Ask me about my top 3!

CrossFit Secret: Listen to your body. Sometimes you do need more than your scheduled rest days. Take it! Don’t feel bad about it. You might just PR the day after!

What Do You Do On Rest Days: Bbq, bar trivia nights, movies

What Can’t You Live Without: Family, inappropriate jokes, and bacon

Favorite Vacation Spot: Going home to Brazil is always fun, but Greece was one my favorite vacation spots so far.

(photo credit: Lincoln Brigham)

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Member Spotlight: Daisy May

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First name: Daisy May

Last name: Gutierrez

DOB: May 16, 1981

Occupation: Teeth fixer (Dental Hygienist) and Drug dealer (Pharmacy Technician)

CrossFitting Since: May 2013

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Taking my first CrossFit Basics class with Eric and reviewing squat technique. I specifically remember being asked, “What position is that? Dogs do that when they take a poop, let’s fix that”(or something to that effect). Then the workout of the day involved AMRAP squats and push-ups x 10 minutes. It was magical, I improved that squat technique, and I haven’t stopped since.

Favorite WOD: Fran, and anything with double-unders, handstand push-ups, or squat movements

Favorite Lift: ALL SQUATS!!! Back, Front, and Overhead

Least Favorite WOD: Filthy Fifty and anything with wall balls, rowing, or sumo deadlift high pulls.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: Getting a strict unassisted bodyweight pull-up for the first time (+1)– previously never able to do this my ENTIRE life, then being able to do weighted pull-ups the week after.

Why You Do CrossFit: The genuine camaraderie of everyone, we all encourage each other to succeed during workouts and celebrate those huge PRs for one another. For the most part before CrossFit, I worked out on my own at a regular gym and never spoke to anyone-I was not completely satisfied and continued to do the wrong technique and form for years. It was nice to see results, but I never had the connection that I experience here at CFBT. At times during the especially grueling metcons, I take a glimpse around at everyone trying to make it through the workout and seeing that motivates me to do better, not give up. I also do CrossFit because it scares the crap out of me (before and after the workout) and it is a special feeling to complete a workout that seemed impossible then surprise yourself with what you are actually capable of. It’s always a constant struggle to work on my weaknesses.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza and ice cream (Magnolia Ube).

CrossFit Secret: Sometimes, during burpees I pretend I’m a frog hopping and clapping to catch a fly. Also, I like to hum a song during a large number of double-unders it helps me follow a rhythm.

My CF crushes are Brooke E. CLB, and Jon Pera.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: Snowboarding, cocktail beverages, concerts

What Can’t You Live Without: Adventures, music, and family

Favorite Vacation Spot: Hawaii or anywhere with warm water and beaches

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Saturday Morning Track Workout

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CrossFit Belltown will be hosting only one Saturday morning class from 930am-1030am for the following three Saturdays, starting this Saturday June 6th, followed by Saturday June 20th & 27th. For each of these three Saturdays in June, class will ONLY be held at the Queen Anne Bowl PlayField (2806 3rd Ave West). All other Saturday classes will be cancelled on these dates, as the gym will be occupied in hosting a variety of CrossFit-related Seminars.

Note: All athletes, including Bootcamp & CrossFit Basic are welcome to attend our track workouts, however please still be sure to register (for class) online via MindBody.

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Registering For Class

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As of late, there has been a rash of athletes not registering for group classes and Open Gym. This posting is intended to serve as a reminder to please sign up online for any & all CrossFit Belltown classes you wish to attend throughout the week.

We strive to offer classes that are timely and well organized. By neglecting to register for class for whatever reason, it leaves us with no time to plan for how each class will need to be most effectively managed -and- creates a host of other logistical challenges along the way for coaches and athletes alike. So please, register for class!


There is an online one hour registration cut-off prior to the start of each class. Please keep this in mind when registering for classes.

Should you miss the registration window, Please email us directly at to inform us that you wish to attend a given class. Should you encounter a class that is fully booked, please add yourself to the online wait-list and we will make sure you get added to the class of your choosing.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Member Spotlight: Emily Isensee


DOB: 11/15/1987

Occupation: Learning & Development Professional

CrossFitting Since: May 2011

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: I was going to zumba classes at a studio that slowly became a crossfit gym. Some my first WODs took place in the corner of that zumba studio as we listened to the zumba dance music coming from the class in session. It was a weird combination, but a good way to make the transition from zumba to crossfit.

Favorite WOD: Cindy – A good ol’ classics that pushes me every time

Favorite Lift: Clean & Jerk

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with handstand push ups because I just don’t quite have those yet

Favorite CrossFit Moment: The feeling of accomplishment every time I complete an extremely challenging WOD or hit a new PR!

Why You Do CrossFit: To build physical fitness and mental toughness, to better myself, and some days to just purely get my mind off of work.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Fried things – fries, tot, jalapeno poppers

CrossFit Secret: Record EVERY WOD. I have used a pen/paper journal in the past, but now use the MyWOD app. This allows me to better track progress and set achievable goals for each lift/WOD.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: Walk 10,000 steps, check out Happy Hours around Seattle, enjoy a glass of wine with friends, travel, and now study for grad school.

What Can’t You Live Without: Unfortunately, my cell phone.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere warm – Mexico, Arizona, Hawaii, California, etc.

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Saturday Morning Track Workouts



We will be hosting only one Saturday morning class (9:30am) for the next three Saturdays, starting this Saturday March 28th (followed by Sat April 4th & Sat April 11th) at the Queen Anne Bowl PlayField, located at 2806 3rd Ave West. All other Saturday classes will be cancelled on these dates, as we will be hosting a CrossFit-related Seminar each of these three weekends.

Our Track workouts are your opportunity to step outside the gym and put your Fitness to the test!

Note: All athletes, including Bootcamp & CrossFit Basic are free to attend, however please be sure to still register (for class) online.

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