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CrossFit West Seattle is proud to employ some of the most experienced and talented CrossFit coaches in Seattle. Our coaches are dedicated to keeping you safe, helping you achieve your goals, and making sure you have fun!

Danielle Ullmann – Affiliate Owner and Head Coach

Danielle is a finance guru by day and the owner of this fine establishment/CrossFit coach/athlete by all other hours of the day…..well, she does sleep and have a tiny bit of a social life, and two adorable puggles who you will often see running around the gym.

She began doing CrossFit on her own in a global gym back in 2009 following the CrossFit.com workouts of the day. She would spend her evenings googling the movements of the workout and if the global gym did not have the right equipment to complete the workout, she kept researching until she found the appropriate alternative. Everyday at the gym, people would give her the stink eye like this girl is crazy! So, Danielle joined the CrossFit community in November of 2010 and has been hooked ever since.

She became Level 1 certified in October 2011 and immediately began her coaching career following an intensive internship program at her local box. Her love and passion is helping fellow athletes grow and develop at the gym along side of herself. She is constantly challenging herself to become a better coach and athlete. Nothing has stopped her yet!!! Not only is she a CrossFitter but she has completed a couple half iron mans, qualified for the Boston Marathon, and you can find her back country skiing in the winter months. Just this past summer Danielle earned her Level 1 USAW Sports Performance Coach Cert.

Sabrina Johnson – Head Programmer, CrossFit Coach, and Yoga Instructor

Sabrina spends her days architecting and her evenings at the gym, sometimes with her beloved fur babies Freya & Floki. Sabrina fully believes in the “magic” of CrossFit. CrossFit is more than what happens within the walls of the gym – it’s about constantly pushing yourself, stepping out of your comfort zone, trying new things, not giving up, gaining confidence, and most importantly, encouraging fellow humans to be their best. Her passion is programming to create the fittest and most mentally tough members around and suffering alongside them.

With a background in collegiate soccer, Sabrina enjoys pushing her body, competing, and suffering with others. However, after getting a bit burnt out from 4 years of intense training, she decided to take a break from all things competitive and completed her 200 hour yoga certification. Yoga taught her acceptance, listening to your body, and slowing down – but it wasn’t long until she was looking for something new. Sabrina started CrossFit after an opportunity to teach yoga at a local box, CrossFit West Ames, presented itself, and she took it. And she fell in love.

Sean Lay – Crossfit, Olympic Weightlifting, and Gymnastics Skills Coach

Coach Sean is passionate about fitness, especially Crossfit. It is a dream come true of his to be able to share his passions with like-minded individuals and help them reach their goals. He also enjoys creating workout programming specific to an individual’s goals and needs as this poses its own challenges and requires a level of creativity and flexibility. However, when everything comes together and the results come through, he really just loves it! Sean enjoys taking care of his fitness and bettering himself through all types of challenges!

Sean’s certifications include: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1); USAW Weightlifting Coach (USAW-L1); CrossFit Programming Course; OPEX Programming: Principles; OPEX Programming: Mixed Modal Athletes; OPEX Coaching Certificate Program (CCP); and ISSA Nutrition Specialist.

In his spare time, Sean enjoys hiking, taking his dog, Minion, to the park, and spending time with friends–especially, working out with friends!

 

Owen Kanaga – Crossfit Coach

Owen is an L-1 Crossfit coach and enjoys fitness as it helps him manage stress and feel good physically, emotionally and socially with all the people he loves to see at the gym! He also really enjoys the challenge of working on mastering new skills and trying to get better.
As a coach, Owen wants to help people achieve their goals.  The gym is a super important place to him that helps him stay happy and health and he wants to be a part of helping to create that experience for others.  Owen has had the benefit of some great coaches and wants to try to pay that forward to others. Owen also enjoys coaching because although “I am NOT the world’s greatest (or even generally that good) Crossfit athlete, I feel it is important for members to be able to see themselves in their coach and recognize that we all have strengths and weaknesses and are all working toward something!”

Outside of Crossfit, Owen works as a healthcare consultant for Kaiser Permanente. He is also a dog-dad and amateur woodworker/handy man around the house. Owen’s favorite pastime?? Peeing outside…”There is nothing greater in life” – Coach Owen, 2020.

Craig Willcox – Crossfit Coach

Straight from Liverpool, England, Coach Craig is a welcome addition to our group of talented coaches. Coach Craig says the best part of coaching is seeing someone listen to advice and seeing them get it. It’s great seeing the moment when it “clicks” and you can see you’ve just improved their game.

Chris Hewitt – Crossfit Coach

CFWS very own story success story! With no clue what he was getting into, Chris signed up for the foundations program to find out what all the hype was about. After drinking copious amounts of Kool-Aid and fueled by a desire to expand on what his expert coaches had already taught him, he decided that coaching was the next step in his CrossFit journey.

Chris has his L-1 CrossFit certification and is one of our veteran OG coaches, having coached at CrossFit West Seattle for going on over six years! Chris has a keen interest in mobility and scaling workouts to make sure any athlete can complete any WOD. Chris’ favorite part of CrossFit is the gratification people get from a good CrossFit workout – if you seek fun, excitement and maybe even a little country music; look no further!

In his spare time outside of CrossFit, Chris enjoys skiing (and of course, apres-ski as well), mountain biking, and wrangling his wolverine-dog hybrid, Lumi.

 Josh Sorenson – Crossfit and Aerobic Capacity Coach

Born and raised in Wyoming, Josh has been active for most of my life. He has always enjoyed playing sports like basketball, softball and football. He was introduced to fitness during his high school years and did the traditional globo-gym formula. While attending college at the University of Wyoming, he was frustrated with not making any progress. Not only with weight loss, but also not getting stronger and not improving his overall fitness. Around Dec. 2010, he was introduced to Crossfit by his sister…his first workout was “Angie,” and it was hard and he was sore for a week! 10 years later, he still enjoys it! After a couple of years, Josh liked it so much, he decided to become a CF coach. He got his CF L1 certification in 2012 and L2 certification in 2016. In 2016, Josh moved out to WA for job opportunities in the IT field, and found CFWS/Functional Fitness West Seattle. He has been going for 4 years, and looks forward to more years as the community is second to none. When not coaching, Josh is an IT professional by day at a healthcare company based in Downtown Seattle.

In addition to his normal coaching certifications, Josh wanted to expand his knowledge and further help people. In 2014, he got his CF Gymnastics Certification and in 2019, his Aerobic Capacity certification. Josh also wanted to get better at the competition aspect of CF, so in 2018 he got his CF competitors certification. When Coach Josh isn’t toiling away at the gym working out, coaching or working; he’s most likely out on hikes as there’s plenty of places to go here in Washington! In addition, he enjoys swimming, biking and binge-watching good shows on Netflix. Gotta find a time to relax!

Jessica Engel – Crossfit Coach

Jess has always been drawn to strength and fitness She believes it is in our DNA to move our bodies and push ourselves–fitness leads to healthy bodies as well as healthy minds. As a woman, Jess really values strength in many forms and physical strength makes her feel empowered! There are few things that Jess loves more than picking up a heavy barbell and challenging her capabilities.

Jess loves helping people meet their health and fitness goals. Coaching is so rewarding to Jess because she gets to connect with people, see their progress, and celebrate wins along with them. She loves pushing people outside their comfort zone and helping them see they are capable of amazing things. Jess is currently pursuing her L-1 Crossfit certification and is also certified in Scuba Diving (hey that’s fitness, right?). Though not a nutrition specialist, Jess has been pursuing a primal lifestyle for almost 10 years and has a wide array of knowledge she loves to share with people!

Outside of Crossfit, Jessica is a full-time Water Quality Planner for King County, which she describes as a profession tree hugger that helps develop programs that lead to bettering the environment. Not surprisingly, Jess LOVES the outdoors and when not in the gym she is doing some outdoor activity–snorkeling, SUP’ing, outrigger canoeing, snowboarding, backpacking…and the list goes on! She also loves cooking, hanging out with her two adorable/obnoxious cats, and cheering on Chicago sports teams with her (also Chicagoan) husband, Mike!

 Brittany Bowhall – Crossfit Coach Intern

For Brittany, fitness has always been an integral part of her life. From starting soccer at the age of 7 and playing through her collegiate years, staying healthy through physical activity and staying mentally stimulated through competitiveness has been second nature. Hailing aaaall the way from upstate NY before making her way to Seattle, Brittany was introduced to CrossFit back in 2013 while leading her city’s chapter of Team RWB. A local box offered to host RWB for free for a Hero WOD and despite dying her way through Armistice, Brittany was hooked. She loved the feeling of community and competition that CrossFit brings together and she realized lifting heaving things makes her feel pretty badass!

Brittany is currently working towards her L-1 certification and is excited to coach as seeing people achieve their fitness goals brings her so much joy. As much as she loves lifting heavy shizzz herself, watching the look on others’ faces discover that they can lift heavy stuff too is priceless and rewarding. Moving 2600 miles away from all that she called home to a completely new city was scary, but Brittany found friends and community at CrossFit West Seattle—she hopes she might do the same for someone else as a coach!

In her time outside the gym, Brittany works for UW (go Dawgs!) as a victim advocate, helping students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence. As you might imagine, the job can be stressful and working out at the gym helps keep balance in her life. In her down time, Brittany enjoys convincing people to love cats through her two cat ambassadors (Burt and Ernie), taste-tasting IPAs during her cheat days off keto, beachcombing, hiking, and taking in all the PNW has to offer!

Karlie Causey – CrossFit Coach and Sports Doc

Karlie joined Crossfit West Seattle after she built out her new sports chiropractic office; Fuel Spine and Sports Therapy, within CFWS. A West Seattle local for the past 2 years, it only made sense to become a part of the community and the neighborhood that she loves; and she’s not looking back!
As CrossFit West Seattle’s resident doc, she can often be found helping people with additional mobility work or corrective/rehab exercises before and after class. She is a junkie about proper movement patterns and her main goal is to help athletes continue with exercise and functional movement well into their golden years. Karlie is L1 certified and has also taken the CrossFit Mobility course with Dr. Kelly Starett. She has a masters in sports medicine, a CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist-the highest certification of its kind) and is a CCSP (Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician). In her free time, she enjoys playing beach volleyball and can often be found down on Alki in the summer months.