Certs: CrossFit Level 2, Kettlebell, Powerlifting, CrossFit Kids, Endurance, Mobility
Athletic Accomplishments: University of Vermont Div 1 Soccer, Boulder Backroads Marathon, Vancouver Half Marathon, Lake Stevens Half IronMan,
1st Place Master's Div Wodfest CrossFit Competition
1st Place Master's Div Bacon Beatdown CrossFit Competition
Ski to Sea
I grew up playing every sport I came in touch with. I'm pretty sure my parents encouraged that as a means to deplete my youthful energy reserves! My love of "The Beautiful Game" brought my focus to playing and coaching soccer from high school through college, until I injured my back and ended my playing career. I continued coaching soccer at various levels, from college level to club level until recently retiring.
After my back injury, I remained active: mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, etc. – and full of pain. I developed so many compensations and weaknesses from my back being bad for so long that I could function, but certainly not in a healthy fashion. I tried several different fitness styles and regimens to strengthen my body and get me back on track, but to no avail. Fed up with lack of results and boring programs, I began digging on the Internet in search of something new. Enter CrossFit. I found it fun, exciting, challenging, different and so effective!
My back pain is a thing of the past. I am stronger, more balanced, and more physically capable than I have ever been ... and in my 40s!
I love the people who come to CrossFit X – fun, hard working, focused, always willing to help others and challenge them in positive directions. We have an accepting, non-judgmental environment that encourages people to work from where they are currently, build patiently, earn and achieve their successes over time as they are technically and physically prepared to do so.
I am passionate about CrossFit, and love teaching our members how to be effectively strong, balanced and pain free.
Certs: CrossFit Level 1, Olympic lifting, CrossFit Kids
Athletic Accomplishments: Baker Lake 50k, Boulder Backroads Marathon, Vancouver Half Marathon, Lake Stevens Half IronMan
As a working mother, CrossFit works well for me because it not only gives me great results, but does so in a short amount of time as well.
I understand the daily struggle among so many working moms to truly “balance it all,” and I believe CrossFit is a great fit for those wanting to find that balance. I also love the example that it sets for my two young children. I cannot imagine a better place for them to be than at a CrossFit gym where they can see people of all ages, and from all walks of life, push themselves and reach their goals on a daily basis. And I love running the birthday parties we offer at the gym!
Fitness and competition have been part of my life as long as I can remember. Being the youngest in my family, I constantly competed with and tried to keep up with my older brother in everything we did. Whether it was getting a goal while playing street hockey or being the fastest one to make it around the neighborhood on a bike, I have always loved the feeling of being active and striving to be the best I can be. CrossFit X provides this for me.
Certs: CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Competitor, Functional Movement Systems Level 2, CrossFit Advanced Kettlebell, CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Mobility
2012 CrossFit Northwest Regionals - Team Competition - 22nd place
I had never played sports in my life - until I found CrossFit. I was hooked back in 2008 and haven't stopped. What I love about CrossFit is it's constantly varied...I'm never bored. And everything I do inside the gym helps me feel my best outside the gym.
Best of all, there is no shortage of smiles, warmth and SUPPORT when you walk through the door at CrossFit X. Our community is the best in town. We want to see and help you achieve your goals. Join us!
Certs: CrossFit Level 1, Certified Public Accountant (CPA). I'll let you guess which one I enjoy more.
2012 CrossFit Northwest Regionals - Team Competition - 22nd place
A friend of mine introduced me to CrossFit X in 2012. I had finally started seeing results from cutting sugar out of my life, and I wanted to take the next step and mix in some exercise. I decided to take the plunge. I had lifted weights sporadically in the past, so I figured I had a little bit of a head start. Turned out that I didn't know how to squat, clean, press, dead lift, or really even do a push up with proper technique.
What started out as a means to an end (getting in shape) transformed into a desire to learn all I could about human movement, particularly as it relates to moving large loads quickly and efficiently.
I took the next step and became a CrossFit coach in 2014. My favorite part of coaching is helping someone have an "a-ha!" moment about a movement. It's fun to have someone leave the gym, sweaty and spent, yet at the same time energized because they know that they just got better at something. It's that kind of experience that keeps someone coming back to they gym again and again.
As a father of six, taking time to be fit to keep up with my kids is motivation to continue with CrossFit, but more than anything, it's the sense of community that keeps me coming back.
A word to our new members: If you are just starting CrossFit X, don't go out and buy a bunch of new clothes after your third month. Big rookie mistake. It’ll be a waste of money; those new clothes won't fit for long.
Certs: CrossFit Level 2, Kettlebell
Full disclosure: I was the fat kid... not athletic (though I did consistently read several grades above my level). I started CrossFit in 2008 at Xplore CrossFit in Seattle. I got my first taste of CrossFit through a co-worker. Not only did we get our Workout of the Day, we had to walk up/down three flights of stairs to get between the gym and the lockers. I discovered CFX when I moved to Bellingham in 2009.
I love CrossFit X because of the community, the constant challenges to not only get stronger but to improve your skills and form, and the amount of different physical challenges: gymnastics, kettlebell, strongman, Olympic lifting, powerlifting and more.
I enjoy coaching because I get a vicarious thrill when those I am coaching achieve a personal record or goal for themselves. I love that I helped get them there.
Certs: CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Olympic Lifting
4th Place Master's Div Bacon Beatdown CrossFit Competition
I started CrossFit September 2010 because I was bored with the running three times a week, and frustrated with the back/chest/bicep/tricep routine that never worked for me. Once I started CrossFit X, I was hooked, not only on the variety of workouts, but mostly on the community and ability to compete on a daily basis. I have yet to leave the gym feeling like I didn't get a workout. Did I mention the community? I love the people!
My sports background is as a competitive swimmer. I started swimming in middle school and continued through college. I find competitive swimming and CrossFit to be similar in the great community aspect as well as the competition you find during every workout.
I started coaching at CFX in May 2012, and have since completed a one-day CrossFit Oly lifting cert, Jon North Oly Seminar, and the USAW Sports Performance Coach Certification. I love coaching at CFX! Witnessing athlete growth is rewarding, but better yet is when an athlete overcomes a big obstacle. I love being able to encourage my fellow athletes at CFX.
Certs: CrossFit Level 1 , CrossFit Gymnastics
Athletic Achievements: Lafayette College Div 1- Track & Field, Swimming & Diving 1 full marathon, 10+ half-marathons (and counting)
I have always been involved in sports. Growing up, I was a gymnast and was highly competitive until I was 17. After "retiring" from competition due to an injury, I coached and spent my summers working at a gymnastics camp. In college, I was a pole vaulter and a diver.
After college, I started running and discovered roller derby. I played and coached roller derby for a few years. After years of participating in many diverse athletic pursuits, I couldn't just go back to the gym, and was in search of another outlet. I joined a friend at X-camp and before my first day was over, I knew I'd found it. CrossFit was fun, challenging, and in no way boring. The coaches were encouraging and the community was so welcoming. A year and a half later, I decided to put my gymnastics background to use, and got certified.
Gymnastics movements require not only strength, but also body control and awareness. I love helping people to improve and to see the many applications that gymnastics has both in and outside of CrossFit.
Join Lis' Gymnastics Class on Thursday nights at 6:30pm.
Certs: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
I started CrossFit in 2012 after 10 mostly inactive years. I followed my wife Ari to a local box and had the misfortune to encounter ‘Fran’ as my very first CrossFit workout. Fran nearly killed me -- I naively thought I could complete 45 reps of Thrusters at 95#, was forced to finish the workout with an empty barbell, a heavy band for pull-ups, and it still took more than 15 minutes! I wouldn’t say I was immediately hooked, but after I’d recovered (probably a week later), I went back, then again, then again. I quickly found motivation and inspiration in the other members of the gym -- seasoned crossfitters 10-20 years older than me, who crushed me in workouts day after day.
What I’ve learned since then is that even as I’ve improved - almost beyond my own comprehension - is that those seasoned CrossFitters can still crush me in workouts, but we’re all much fitter, healthier, and happier due to the work that’s brought us all to our current levels of performance. CrossFit has transformed Ari and my lives in a slew of positive ways both physical and mental, and in quality of life.
As a coach, I’m passionate about the idea that everyone can improve their fitness in every measure, even as they age. I see it every day in the members at CrossFit X, both young, and not so young. We routinely witness PRs in lifts, new gymnastics skills acquired, and personal-bests in benchmark workouts from members in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond. Small, incremental improvements in quality of movement translate into dramatic, visible changes, sometimes in a matter of days, or an hour. This is what drives me to come back day after day - CFX is a warm and wonderful community of people who are constantly improving and extending their lives!
Cert: Level 1, Masters Coach (WIAA), and 24 years of Prep Coaching Experience (Football, Basketball, and Fastpitch) in Washington State and Michigan.
Athletic Accomplishments: Varsity Track - USMA @ West Point, Football @ Walla Walla Community College, Football at Western Washington University, and Varsity Track @ Western Washington University.
I started playing sports at a very young age because my dad was a High School coach and I attended every game and practice he coached. I was a gym rat, field rat, and diamond rat. I carried that onto playing as many sports as possible in high school and playing two sports in college (football & track). Upon entering the 'Real World' of work my athletic career ended and my exercise regimen suffered. I endured 15 years of limited mobility and extra weight despite coaching High School sports like my father.
When I started CrossFit in October 2010 I was 50 pounds overweight and woefully out of shape. Over the course of the first two years of CrossFit the staff and members of CFX were genuine and sincere as I began my journey of getting 'Fit!' It was because of the great coaches of CFX that I wanted to coach others to overcome the obstacles of convenience and really attack life.
The struggle of doing something that seems impossible (CrossFit) takes commitment and great coaching. I wanted to become a CrossFit Coach to inspire and help others to make the impossible possible. I can think of no better place to help others in the journey of wellness and fitness than being with my tribe at CrossFit X. I consider it a privilege to coach at a place like CFX where people matter.
Certs: CrossFit Competitor, Crossfit Level 2, Crossfit Olympic lifting certified
3rd place Masters div Bacon Beatdown
1st 2009 ATV B Vet class Hannegan speedway
3rd 2009 ATV B Vet class Hannegan speedway
I didn’t do much athletically after high school football and wrestling, went directly into the work force at 18. Had children at a young age and my work has taken me all over the world.
My brother and his wife started CrossFit in 2007 in Montana and had ask me to check it out as I was self-programming to stay in shape to race ATV’s on motocross tracks. I never would bite and thought it was really kind of ridiculous. After I had won my championship in 2009 I knew I needed to do more to be in better shape, the younger folks racing were getting way faster and it was way harder for me to stay out front. I called Travis and met with him at the Barkley box late in the year of 2010. He felt I was in good enough shape to throw me in the mix, knowing my biggest struggle was going to be learning form. From that day forward I took 1 day off a week for the first couple years, I parked my ATV’s in the barn and never raced again. Not because I wasn’t able but because how CrossFit made me feel and how strong I became and the results where consuming me.
CrossFit became my focus; I needed to learn all of it as quickly as I could. This lead to my level 1, which lead to 3 different Olympic lifting courses with some really well known and accomplished Olympic lifters. And many CrossFit competitions from Washington state to Montana.
Now that I have learned the movements, worked extremely hard on form and patience, I spend a little more time every day at CrossFit X to watch all the other people on their own journey. That’s probably what drives me today to be better. Being able to watch a person move and explain to them what I see and how to correct it, then watching the results and responses.
I'm am honored to have learned at CrossFit X and even more so being able to coach here.
Olympic Weightlifting Coach
USAW Sports Performance Coach
Dylan has competed for several years and holds a 274 kg competition total. That's over 600 pounds between his Clean & Jerk and Snatch! He trained under Danny Camargo, the U.S. Senior International Coach, and has brought that knowledge to the CrossFit world coaching athletes in Denver CF boxes as well as remotely with individualized programming. He has a wealth of Olympic lifting knowledge and coaching experience that he will be sharing with our athletes.
Dylan's classes are held Monday/Wednesday from 6-8pm.