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Member Spotlight: Kelsey Johnson

Name: Kelsey Johnson

DOB: April 19, 1991

Occupation: Registered Nurse on a cardiac unit at Swedish Medical Center

CrossFitting Since: I’ve been CrossFitting since 2009. I initially started it to help rehab my knee after ACL surgery, and have been hooked ever since!

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Doing Fran RX for the first time — it took me just over 12 minutes to complete. It’s still as painful now as it was back then!

Favorite WOD: Helen; I enjoy pretty much any workout with running involved. Yeah, yeah, you can call me crazy.

Favorite Lift: Clean and Jerk

Least Favorite WOD: Diane; or any workout with HSPU’s — one of the downsides of having long, dangly arms!

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Doing the OPEN each year. It’s been so fun to watch the open season evolve over the years and to watch people achieve what they formerly presumed impossible.

Why You Do CrossFit: I do CrossFit to be able to do my job and things I enjoy outside the gym to the best of my ability. CrossFit makes me a better overall person — teaching me to set goals, push past my limits and is the best stress reliever out there. In addition, I CrossFit to be a part of an incredible community that is so much bigger than myself. I enjoy surrounding myself with positive, like-minded individuals who push me way past my comfort zone. I’ve been a member of several CrossFit boxes and I continue to be amazed by the camaraderie and support I encounter.

Favorite Cheat Meal: CHOCOLATE is my biggest weakness. You could say I have a bit of a sweet tooth.

CrossFit Secret: Always make sure you are having fun and there for the right reasons. Also, learn to listen to your body and don’t be afraid to take some time off if you feel burnt out — more often than not your body will appreciate it and you’ll come back feeling more refreshed and motivated.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: If I can’t make it to the gym it usually means I am working a 12hr shift at the hospital. But, in my free time I love anything outdoors — I am always looking up new hikes to do in the PNW. I travel often. And am a huge foodie and love trying the new restaurants. Oh and shamefully watch the Bachelor on Monday nights!

What You Can’t Live Without: My Lululemon pants, which you will find me in 95% of the time. And Lavender essential oil — my favorite remedy for any ailment, to put in my baths or make a room smell refreshing!

Favorite Vacation Spot: Cape Town, SA. But essentially anywhere with the ocean nearby is all I need.


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Holiday Schedule



CrossFit Belltown will have limited class-times on the following days:

(Annual Holiday Party)
Morning and afternoon classes only. 430p-730p classes cancelled
(Christmas Eve)
Gym Closed – NO classes
(Christmas Day)
Gym Closed – NO classes
Gym Closed – NO classes
(New Years Eve)
1030am class only. All other classes cancelled
(New Years Day)
Gym Closed – NO classes
1030am class only. All other classes cancelled
930am class only (PARK WOD)
All other classes cancelled
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Thanksgiving Hours

CrossFit Belltown will have limited hours between Wednesday and Friday of this week.
Our Thannksgiving schedule is as follows:
Wednesday November 25th
6:00am7:00am & 12:00pm classes only. All other classes are cancelled.
Thursday November 26th ~ Thanksgiving
Gym Closed
Friday November 27th
12:00pm class only. All other classes are cancelled.
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Name: ‘Ben’

DOB: January 9, 1978

Occupation: Security Director, City of Seattle

CrossFitting Since: February 8, 2011

First Memorable CrossFit Experience: My first day, back in 2011, when Crossfit had not fully reached the mainstream. I joined based on the recommendation of a friend, not really knowing what I was getting into. Prior, I had been a member at every globo gym imaginable and was used to that format. When I arrived at CFBT (the old location) I took stock of my surroundings. The welcome desk looked like it was fashioned after a WWII nazi-killin’ bunker, and the decorations included Eric’s hand-skin motif that really made the place feel homey in a “Silence of the Lambs” kind of way. Nearby sat an antiquated wheelbarrow stacked with hundreds of pounds of dumbbells used for workouts. Other than some barbells and bumper plates, that was about it. After surveying the equipment, I was suspicious that this wasn’t going to be the predictable 20-minute elliptical ride followed by 155 minutes of curls and bench press that I was used to at the local Fitness Emporium. Turns out I was right. The scaled 5-minute, green-band-assisted version of “Cindy” that we did nearly killed my ass. I loved it. I may have even bragged to a few friends about this hard-core workout I crushed at Crossfit. I think I also met Nadia for the first time that day. I was trying to stretch a hamstring and had my foot propped up against the wall. I happened to look over and saw Nadia standing across the gym. Her gaze met mine and suddenly she gave me a look that made my soul turn black. I quickly turned away in fear, and that is when I noticed the sign. The one that explicitly stated to keep your feet off the wall. I learned a valuable lesson that day. One that I will now share with new members: CFBT takes a lot of pride in their gym. Do not f**k with the aesthetic. Seriously. Nadia will cut you. To that end, many agree that CFBT is the most beautiful gym they’ve ever seen, and it has been a pleasure watching Nadia and Eric’s vision be realized over the last several years. But I must say, even if the classes were held by the dumpster out back, I would still show up. The programming is incredibly smart, and the coaching is informative and motivating.

Favorite WOD: I have a bizarre, sadistic affinity for “Grindy”.

Favorite Lift: Tie: Back Squat / Deadlift, I believe they will have the best functional-movement ROI over the course of a lifetime.

Least Favorite WOD: If given the option to do 150 wall balls for time, I.E. “Karen,” or give birth to a porcupine that is on fire, I will take the latter, less painful option.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: I’m a reasonably competent pull-upper. So, that.

Why You Do CrossFit: I like the “fitness on demand” aspect of this training… Wanna run a 5K? No problemo. Grandma needs help moving a couch? Got it. Zombies attacking? I’ll be the one pulling myself up onto the shed while everyone below gets eaten.

Favorite Cheat Meal: I’m like a culinary polygamist; I love it all. It’s difficult to imagine cheating on food with other food, so let’s just say red wine & Honduran cigars and move forward…

CrossFit Secret: My favorite workout secret is actually from Coach Joe. A few months ago we had a WOD comprised of several movements that included large sets of burpees. Joe, always helpful, explained that we should consider the burpees “a rest period” before moving on to the other exercises… “a rest period,” he says. It’s an interesting concept. But in my experience I usually get about 6½ burpees in and start planning reasonable sounding injuries I can fake to get out of the workout… Hmmm, I wonder if I can “accidentally” impale myself on that barbell over there… things like that. So, next time you see Joe cycling through 35 burpees a minute just know that he is “resting”. See how that makes you feel about your fitness.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: Typically I am too sore to do non-Crossfit-related activities in my free-time. Thanks, Crossfit.

What Can’t You Live Without: I spend 90% of my day complaining about oblivious people in my way or walking too slow because they are mesmerized by their cell phones. The other 10% of my day is spent hyperventilating because I’m terrified I accidentally left my phone at home or back in the office.

Favorite Vacation Spot: My family owns a beachfront on the Chesapeake Bay in a sleepy Virginia town that is a pretty idyllic getaway. It’s like something out of a Nicholas Sparks book. From what I’ve been told, by other people (not me), who read Nicholas Sparks books.

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CrossFit Belltown Will Be Closed This Saturday In Observance Of CrossFit Endurance Seminar

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Normally we would host a 9:30am Saturday Track or Park workout in lieu of the gym being closed, however we will be unable to do so this Saturday, as some of our very own coaching staff will be attending the above-mentioned seminar, leaving no one to coordinate a group class outside the gym.

Albeit even though our Saturday classes are being cancelled, everyone can now return on Monday to a coaching staff that has been made better and wiser in new and exciting ways.

That said, we encourage you to do the same -Get out of the gym this weekend and challenge your Fitness in new and challenging ways! And if you happen to snap a few candid photos of your efforts, we’d love to see them on Instagram, #CrossFitBelltown #GetOutsideTheGym

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CrossFit Endurance at CFBT


Spend two full days at CrossFit Belltown, Saturday and Sunday October 24th-25th, learning and applying the principles of CrossFit Endurance, as instructed by CrossFit’s very own Subject Matter Experts. This course will provide an introduction to CrossFit Endurance and other factors that impact performance. Attendees will learn about CrossFit Endurance training, programming, nutrition, recovery, and injury prevention and care. By and large, the endurance community is prone to overtraining, and lends credence to the claim that recovery is why we get better, not more training.

The fee for this Course is $595. Payment can be made via credit card or check.

Material Covered:
Running Mechanics
Injury Prevention
Self Myofacial Release
Endurance Athlete Sport Specific Training
CrossFit Endurance Programming

Register here or by scrolling down to the bottom of our MainPage and clicking under ‘October Seminars’.

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best of

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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