TRISTAN HOYLE - COACH
My passion for CrossFit originally started as a way to improve myself in other sports. My coaches indicated that I should start a more intense strength and conditioning program, and CrossFit is what was recommended to me. Over time, CrossFit quickly started to outpace the other sports I was playing as my primary athletic goal. Two years after starting, I shifted all of my focus and time towards becoming a better CrossFit athlete which soon led into my search for knowledge and improvement in the coaching realm. I've been doing CrossFit for 7 years, and coaching for 5.
Some of my favorite movements include: muscle-ups, clean & jerk, and the snatch. I am not a fan of handstand walking and thrusters.
Currently, I'm hoping to complete my B.S in the next year, as well as obtain my CF-L3. Outside of the coaching realm, I am trying to qualify for Regionals in the next 4 years!
DILLON MCDOWELL - COACH
I had been wandering aimlessly from machine to machine at local gyms working inconsistent intervals for years. I'd go for 3 days a week for a couple weeks, then not see the inside of the gym for a year or so. One day about 5 years ago, a couple of my friends finally convinced me to try CrossFit out. One class was all it took for me to realize that the community, coaching and positivity of CrossFit was exactly what I needed! I've been hooked ever since!
My favorite movements include: cleans, pull-ups, kettlebell swings, double-unders, deadlifts, GHD situps, toes-to-bar, I actually like burpees...
My least favorite movements - not really dislike, but handstand push-ups/walks and snatches/overhead squats are my kryptonite.
My dreams are to keep exploring, learning and getting stronger.
JEFF BIALOS - COACH
AKA "OLD MAN STRUMPH"
I have been a lifelong gym rat and been doing CrossFit for 6 years now.
One of my favorite movements are preacher curls, but I can't stand man-makers.
One of my biggest goals and dreams would be to do a 1-arm pull-up.
CARMALITA DEETON - COACH
My CrossFit fitness journey began back in 2014. Recovering from an eating disorder, I knew I needed to make a change in regards to my health and fitness. A group of friends invited me to CrossFit and I have never looked back.
My favorite movements are overhead squat and the snatch.
My least favorite movements are thrusters and wall balls.
My goal is to continue to be the best version of me and teach other young girls and women that it is ok to be strong and healthy. Media feeds women and young girls the false idea of beauty and finesse, and it is crippling to the mental state of women. My goal is to change that.
SHANE MYRICK - COACH
I have been part of team sports my whole life, playing hockey, tennis, and running in high school and college. When I moved to Seattle in 2014, I joined a CrossFit gym, looking to stay active, but ended up switching to Felix a year later. At Felix, I found the part of the sport that I now enjoy the most: the community.
After being a member for some time and seeing myself grow, my friends encouraged me to look into teaching. So I now get to help others and give back to the same community that has helped me improve over the years.
My favorite movements are cleans and squats. My least favorite workouts usually include snatches but my biggest goal is to hit my first body weight snatch.
ERIN WHITE- COACH
Fitness has always been a constant in my life in some way, shape, or form. To me, the time when I am sweating and challenging myself, is a time when I feel invincible and strong no matter what the day has brought, and that strength carries over into other areas of my life. That feeling and passion is something that led me to my journey of being a coach. I wanted to empower others to find that. I have been coaching strength and conditioning for 7 years but really discovered CrossFit about 2 years ago, and from then just hooked! One of the many things I love about CrossFit is the community and the fact that you are always challenged with something. There is always something to work on.
Favorite moves: Love the Olympic lifts, most of all clean and jerks.
Least favorite: I want to say that I don’t really dislike anything, but it’s true! I would say muscle ups and snatches are the things that are most frustrating for me. But the fact that they are weaknesses of mine actually fire me up even more to just keep working at them.
My goal is to continue to become the best athlete, coach and best person I can be. I want to empower others, especially other women and girls that it’s ok to be strong! I hope to inspire others to find their own strength through movement and a healthy lifestyle.
DYLAN BEGNAUD- COACH
I have always loved sports – baseball, wrestling, jiujitsu, but I didn’t find my passion until I first stepped foot into a Crossfit box. I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie, pushing myself daily, and extending my limits through higher weights and more complex skill movements.
Since starting Crossfit, I have also found a new interest, which is coaching others. I decided to get my L1 certification and started sharing my passion for fitness with those around me. You can always find me in the gym early in the mornings, always willing to help someone out!
EMILY BASKIN- COACH
I earned my Masters in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in 2010, and I see CrossFit as a magic bullet of a health promotion program for people of all abilities and backgrounds. Swirl CrossFit with the right dose of athletic mentality and the craft of coaching together, and somehow I fell in to my dream role.
I was introduced to my first CrossFit-like metcon with a doozy of a 9-minute workout in 2010 and began coaching in late 2011. Growing up, I looked forward to gymnastics practice, weekend soccer games, and watching strongman competitions. After co-captaining my college soccer team at James Madison University in Virginia, and earning All-American Strength and Conditioning honors in my senior year, I was searching for a new active outlet to fill the void. I have found that CrossFit elicits the same excitement, and much more. I am thrilled to be able to share my joy of movement, help challenge you to discover your own inner beastly athlete, and together prove that anybody and any body can be powerful, strong, and confident.
My favorite movements are back squats and snatches.
My least favorite movements are wall balls and partner deadlifts
CrossFit Level 1, 2, & 3
CrossFit Football, 2018 Power Athlete Symposium
USAW Sports Performance Level 1
2017 & 2018 USAW Nationals lifter (weightlifting)
Cara Heads Slaughter 12-week Coaches Academy
RON SABLE - COACH
AKA "HMFIC, CAFFEINE & HATRED"
I've been doing CrossFit for about 10 years since 2007 and a coach for 7 of those.
I love back squats.
Running, cardio and moving fast are not my friends. I am plagued by injuries, but I still try to do something here and there.
I enjoy watching people grow. Whether it's getting stronger, faster, healthier, whatever the case is - that's my favorite part. I enjoy the teaching and meeting new people. I dream of crushing my enemies, seeing them driven before me and hearing the lamentations of their women.
DAVID ISRAEL - OWNER
I've been doing CrossFit for about 9 years now, and I'm for sure no Rich Froning, but I love it nonetheless. You can find me in the class with everyone else learning how to move weight and getting my butt kicked! On a side note to all of this, "I LOVE SOUR PATCH KIDS AND I CAN NEVER GET ENOUGH ICE CREAM."
My favorite movements are toes-to-bar and you can never go wrong with a little bench and some bicep curls.
I hate anything that gets my heart rate up and I loathe burpees.
I'm living out my goals and dreams right now. #GOBLUE
POTATO - CHIEF MORALE OFFICER
AKA "TATER TOT, TATERS & SWEET POTATO"
I was born in the gym, like a boss. If you rub my belly, I will guarantee you a PR. I'm an independent woman whose fashion rolls with the season. You can find me in the lounge area watching V-SAUCE with my dad to keep my brains on par with my brawn.
My favorite movements are dancing for treats and running to greet you.
I don't like being teased with fake treats nor being crushed with weights.
My ultimate goal is to one day become strong enough to open the door for myself to use the bathroom.
Photography by Allison Bolgiano