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.
I was born in Des Plaines, IL and grew up in Waterloo, IA. I played Basketball, Baseball, and Football until I broke my back playing a Football in High School. In 2006 I moved to Ames, IA to study Graphic Design and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University receiving a BFA. I took up weight lifting and other forms of activity as an attempt to stay active and control back pain. In 2009 a good friend and gym buddy of mine asked me if I had ever hear of this “CrossFIT” stuff. He had tried it the other day and BET me that I couldn’t make it through a workout. I accepted his challenge. The next day he cam back to the gym and revealed to me my first CrossFIT workout-Filthy Fifty. I looked at the workout and giggled under my breath. I assumed it would be a breeze. I feel it needless to say but beyond not even possessing the necessary skills to finish the workout, my body just was not used to the intensity. I was instantly hooked.
I went back to Iowa State University for graduate studies in Graphic Design and Human Computer Interaction receiving and MFA. I taught Undergraduate Graphic Design studios, was part of a research team using technology to develop alternative forms of communication for children with cognitive disabilities, contracted as a freelance graphic designer and web developer, and continued coaching at CrossFIT West Ames. After completing graduate school I moved to Fremont Seattle, WA. I still contract as a Graphic Designer and Web Developer, am planning on going go back to school to complete my doctorate, and now am a new-and super excited-coach at CrossFIT West Seattle!
In terms of fitness/CrossFIT I’m big into mobility and gymnastics. I love the feeling of being mobile and being able to control my body with precision. Not to mention, I’m predisposed to having a super tight posterior chain so working on mobility helps me to control pain and improve recovery time. Second runner up is olympic lifting. There isn’t much more rewarding than efficiently moving a lot of weight by practicing proper form. When you hit a solid lift, you just feel it.
I am super passionate about functional health. The physical and mental benefits are outstanding. I have sustained injuries over the years, including a broken back, and I have a deep understanding of how crucial staying mobile is to our physical and mental well being. Being able to share this passion and the knowledge I have gained through my experience with others is more than rewarding to me. It’s necessary. I have also foundA a lot of people who come into the gym underestimate their capabilities. But the reality is, they just haven’t unlocked those areas yet. We all possess so much potential. Through hard work, consistency, and a settled mind we can all work towards molding ourselves into what we want to be. Coaching and guiding individuals to reach levels they never thought possible is invigorating to me. It’s an honor to be part of those “ahh ha!” moments. Those moments when the lights go on upstairs and something just clicks. Here’s to those moments!
Andy has lived his life being active. Starting out his early years playing baseball and basketball, he soon found a love in soccer and played throughout high school and college. After his final years of soccer, boxing was the next adventure that Andy took and went on to have 10 amateur fights, and a love for the sweet science. But it wasn’t too far soon after that he began to experience yoga more regularly and the love in his heart overpowered his desire to hit people in their faces.
And thus came running. Andy had a wonderful time running getting many top 5 finishes in local Washington races, as well as a best, 19th place in the 2013 Seattle Half Marathon. This is where his crossfit story begins. Andy, not always knowing when to slow down, got injured during his training for his first Half, and began to see Dr. Karlie for some support. For 3 years, Dr. Karlie suggested that Andy try out crossfit, and for 3 years Andy said he’d think about it.
Finally, once Dr. Karlie began her own practice at Crossfit West Seattle, Andy thought he’d give it a try, and it was love at first WOD.
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.
CFWS very own story success story! With no clue what he was getting into, two years ago 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 began the arduous process of cramming for and completing his Crossfit Level 1 certification.
Due to his own limited flexibility, Chris has a keen interest in mobility and scaling workouts to make sure any athlete can complete any WOD. If you seek fun, excitement and country music look no further!
Janice here, but I like to refer to myself as J-Nice or…. the CFWS social media queen! I came to CFWS because my most amazing friend talked me into moving to West Seattle and picked out an apartment for me – conveniently that apartment was right across the street from her gym! Though I’ve been doing CrossFit for over 7 years, I instantly fell in love with CFWS. The community can’t be beat! Because I love the members and the coaches so much, it was a natural move to the Queen of social media! I love getting to highlight members through pictures that capture their accomplishments and blood and sweat (no tears yet!) and the Member of the Month. We have the most incredible coaches which I enjoy highlighting through the Coaches Corner. Blogs are a secret passion of mine and I like the challenge of responding to member questions through various blog topics. So fun!
CFWS honestly makes me the best version of myself. I feel like I’m hanging with friends every day- friends that push me to go beyond old beliefs, and old restrictive stories about my abilities. Couple that with getting the inside scoop on such wonderful athletes and being able to share aspects of that with our community… I’m truly the luckiest social media queen out there.
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.
Ruby is the bossy coach in training. Ziggy is the more supportive of the two. You’ll catch them when Coach Danielle is crushing a hard workout.