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4th Place World Masters Weightlifting Champion: Lincoln Brigham

snatch lincWith great honor, it is our pleasure to announce Coach Lincoln’s impressive 4th place finish in the 55-59 age group, 77kg division, at the 2014 World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Copenhagen, DK.

Lincoln went 3-for-6, with a PR of 75kg in the Snatch and almost finished with a PR in the Clean at 88kg. His finishing total was 160kg, just 3kg short of his PR, not to mention he was 12″ taller than the winner in his division!

After lifting, Lincoln did what he does best, coached! He was there to help his long time friend and OG CrossFitter, Kevin Rogers, in the 94kg division, going 5-for-6 in his lifts.

Fun Fact: There’s a formula for weight lifting called the Sinclair-Metzler-Malone formula. It adjusts for age and body weight and according to the formula his score of 278 is easily his best performance ever. His S-M-M score at National Masters was 263kg. In 2009, when he lifted in the 94kg class and got his highest total ever of 263kg, it was 239kg. So basically “I’m getting better!” And to top it off, he was 12″ taller than the winner in his division this year!

 tall guy

Lincoln is the tall one in the middle!

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Lincoln and Kevin Rogers

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Member Spotlight: Alex Salerno

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Name: Alexander Salerno

DOB: 8-16-85

Occupation: Product Planner at K2 Sports.

CrossFitting Since: August 2013

 First Memorable CrossFit Experience: The first WOD I completed out of basics was The Filthy Fifty. I slowly chipped away at the 500 reps but by the time I got to the burpees I stopped and just stood there looking at the ground. I couldn’t move and I did not know how I was going to finish the last hundred reps. I was the last one working by this point and everyone kept encouraging me to keep going. Then a few of the people that had just completed the workout came up and started doing burpees with me to help keep me moving, and eventually I finished The Filthy Fifty. That was an awesome and very welcoming introduction to Crossfit Belltown.

Favorite WOD: The Hero WOD McGhee was a recent WOD, and it was the first Hero WOD I have completed as prescribed.

Favorite Lift: The DeadLift

Least Favorite WOD: I thought about this question for a long time and could not come up with a least favorite WOD. If I sucsessfully complete a WOD as perscribed, the time and energy I have put in has paid off and the effort has been positively reinfoced. If I can’t complete a WOD as perscribed it motivates me to keep pushing and to work harder. So I enjoy all of them for different reasons.

Favorite CrossFit Moment: The Crossfit Open was a great experience and one of my favorites. All of the individual competition spaces marked and taped off, and all of the coaches judging each heat. The energy in the gym and the atmosphere was amazing. During the open I set several new PRs and I also completed several new movements for the first time. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to the Open next year.


Why You Do CrossFit: I enjoy the variety of Crossfit and the community of people who participate in the sport. Individual Crossfit athletes compete for their own Personal Records while also encouraging the growth of other athletes. Crossfit Belltown excels at attention to detail and providing people with the knowledge and environment to reach any desired fitness goal. Crossfit and Crossfit Belltown have played a huge part in my life over the past year. I moved to Washington just over a year ago and I found Crossfit Belltown shortly after the move. Over the past year I’ve made great gains in fitness and have also made a lot of great friends. I am very thankful to be apart of the Crossfit Belltown community.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza and Beer.

CrossFit Secret: Keep moving. Even if you slow down, just keep moving.

What Do You Do On Rest Days: I like to go to the beach, barbecue, or just hang out and watch movies.

What Can’t You Live Without: Family, friends, and music.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Higgins Lake in Michigan.


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Labor Day Schedule Changes

Monday, September 1, 2014

There will be a 10:30am and 12pm class only.

Please register for class as normal.

(Basics and BootCamp Members are welcome to attend!)



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Welcome Sabrena!

Please welcome Sabrena! She will be hosting

a ‘Yoga for CrossFit’ class on Wednesday, August 27th at 7:30pm.


CrossFit Bio

One day in 2010, my husband and I were walking down a sidewalk in downtown Kansas City, MO. It was lunchtime and we came upon a place that had the doors open with music playing and a group of people working hard and having a blast. This was my first glimpse of CrossFit. Shortly after that day, my husband and I tried our first CrossFit workout and we were hooked! We recently moved to Seattle and found CrossFit Belltown. Needless to say, we are thrilled to be a part of the CrossFit Belltown community!

I have been working in the fitness industry since I was 15, first teaching “aerobics” and then progressing to personal training and being an educator for other fitness professionals. I’ve always known that I wanted to help others safely and effectively improve health and wellness through exercise. After receiving my bachelor’s in exercise science and master’s in biomechanics at the University of Kansas, I continued in the business of fitness and accumulated many certifications and credentials, including Pilates and yoga. Recently, I became a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and I couldn’t be more proud of this achievement. CrossFit is a workout, a community, and a culture that allows people to achieve incredible feats of strength and perseverance that they never realized they possessed. I am passionate about CrossFit because never before have I experienced the unique camaraderie and results that come from CrossFit training, and I’ve been in this industry for over 25 years!

Yoga Philosophy

One my favorite aspects of being a fitness professional is to teach people how to achieve performance goals through intelligent movement mechanics. This means different things for each individual, but ultimately we can all benefit by practicing sound movement strategies. In my yoga classes, for example, we practice positions that enhance the performance of athletic endeavors as well as activities of daily living. There is a tremendous transfer of application from yoga postures to daily life. The physical aspect of yoga is not about flexibility as much as it is about mobility, and there is definitely a difference between the two. In CrossFit, we need a special focus on caring for the integrity of the shoulders and hips. We also need to take time regularly to check in with our bodies and explore any restrictions or limitations that could lead to future problems. When I teach yoga to CrossFitters, it’s always with the intent of having fun while tuning in to what the body needs at that particular time for dealing with life’s demands, whether it’s related to performance or leisure.



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Track Workout

 Saturday, August 23, 2014

9:30 and 10:30 am CrossFit Classes will be held at

Queen Anne Bowl PlayField

 2806 3rd Ave W, 98119

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Click here to view the Park website.

(CrossFit Basic athletes are welcome to attend either class)

There will be NO Bootcamp @ 8:30am

and NO Olympic Lifting  @ 11:30am

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Welcome Kelly!

Please welcome Kelly to the CFBT Coaching Staff. She will start coaching classes next week!


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.

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Track Workout



 Saturday, August 9, 2014

9:30 and 10:30 am CrossFit Classes will be held at

Queen Anne Bowl PlayField

 2806 3rd Ave W, 98119

queen ann park

Click here to view the Park website.

(CrossFit Basic athletes are welcome to attend either class)

There will be NO Bootcamp @ 8:30am

and NO Olympic Lifting  @ 11:30am

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Seattle Mariners Game

Join us for a Seattle Mariners Baseball Game!!

Tuesday, August 26th 7:10pm 

Please email us or see Kendra at the Front Desk

 to RSVP yourself and 1 guest.

RSVP Deadline is August 11th.

6:30pm CrossFit and 7:30pm Gymnastics are cancelled.

Please send email to

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Injury Screening

Back by popular demand, complimentary 20min injury screenings by

Airrosti Rehab with Dr. Raymond Sue

Wednesday, August 6th. 3:30-5:10pm at CFBT 

Dr. Raymond Sue has been a practicing Chiropractic Physician in Seattle since 2002. He did his undergrad work in Kinesiology and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. After working as an associate and having his own practice for many years, he made the exciting decision to join Airrosti Rehab , a group of evidence based healthcare providers based out of San Antonio, Texas and the Official Head of Athlete Services for both the Crossfit Regionals and Crossfit Games.

Dr. Sue combines his years of experience in injury rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, soft tissue treatment and his training in the Functional Movement System to help his patients, move better, feel better and most importantly perform better. He regularly provides injury assessments as well as mobility and coaches workshops to the Crossfit community.

When he’s not busy with his practice, you’ll find Dr. Sue enjoying the outdoors and training in the martial arts.

Dr Sue Headshot

Please see Kendra at the front desk to schedule your 20min session.  For more information email us at







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We are excited to announce that we are now carrying FITAID. 

 If you don’t know about FitAID yet, you will now!  FITAID is all natural, certified gluten free and has almost 3 grams of targeted supplements to AID your workouts. With things like Glutamine, BCAAs, Omega 3 EFAs, Glucosamine, B Complex, Vitamins C, D, E, Natural Anti-Inflammatories, Quercetin, CoQ10 and Green Tea Leaf Extract.

You can learn more about FITAID here

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