Kyle’s fitness journey truly began in 2010 when he started training Crossfit, under Fran Mason. Before that he had been ‘working out’ in the conventional style of following magazine routines and whatever someone would tell me at the YMCA. Crossfit opened his eyes to the fun of training and the near limitless potential of the human body. Today his own training has evolved into a more open practice. Pursuing higher level gymnstics skills, practicing capoeira, and trying to be the best mover mover. His education is similarly diverse, with certifications from Crossfit and NSCA, and dozens of seminars from specialists in movements, gymnastics, olympic weightlifting, and posture. You’ll see me coaching classes, running workshops, and working one-on-one. Or playing with his dog, or anyone’s dogs, for that matter. Or making and consuming massive amounts of food.
CERTS: NSCA certified trainer. CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, USAW Level 1
Jen is a native Midwesterner, a recent transplant to Seattle and a lover of all things yoga (and now all things Crossfit). She found yoga in 1998 when she moved to Chicago after college. She fell in love with the physical challenges of yoga, along with yoga’s ability to help her feel more at home in her body. She was also turning into a gym rat, getting certified to teach Spinning and Pilates. So why not add in yoga? She fell into teaching yoga in 2003 while in grad school for journalism. While the journalism career didn’t really pan out, she found herself at home teaching yoga. She completed her 200-hour certification in 2006 at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago and has been teaching at health clubs and yoga studios ever since. Her classes are playful, fun and give students the opportunity to engage in whatever is needed for their bodies on any given day. She hopes to give Crossfitters the mobility, balance and connection to breath needed to really excel in workouts and in daily life. Jen is super-pumped to be offering yoga at Rocket Crossfit and started doing Crossfit herself (along with her husband Eric) in February 2014. When she and Eric aren’t at Rocket, (which they are, every day) they are at home trying to tame both their yard and their bunny. One of which is very cute.
Certs: CrossFit Level 1
Kelly discovered Crossfit through sport specific training for ultimate frisbee. Yes, frisbee! It’s a grueling endurance sport that she’s played at the elite level for the past 9 years. She fell in love with Crossfit from the first 3,2,1 GO- the intensity, challenge and community sold her. Over the last 9 years, she’s worked at and helped start many gyms, competed at the Regionals level of Crossfit for a few seasons and earned a handful of world championships for the USA in ultimate frisbee. Recently, she’s transitioned from the strength and conditioning world to clinical settings, working in rehabilitation, an d heading back to school to prep for a Physical Therapy Assistant program while still coaching Crossfit part time. She also coach local high school girls and boys teams in ultimate frisbee. If she’s not coaching, she’s either studying, working out or playing with my two dogs, Lota and Lily!
CERTS: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, Concept 2 Rowing, CrossFit Endurance, Functional Movement Screening Certified, CrossFit Powerlifting , CrossFit Defense, CrossFit Kids, Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED
A lifelong resident of the Pacific NW, Azur has spent much of his life working and playing outside. Healing from a major knee injury sustained while playing competitive Ultimate frisbee, led him to study movement and the philosophy of movement through yoga and massage. Ten years later he is still passionately intrigued by the complexity of the mind/body connections, different styles of learning, the pursuit of health, and the facilitation of positive change through physical practices. He graduated from Brian Utting school of massage in 2004, completed the personal trainer and yoga certification at Vera Whole Health in 2010 and is currently completing the 2 year teacher training in Anusara influenced yoga at Seattle Yoga Arts. His classes reflect his love of anatomy, the alignment of form and function, the complexity of balance, and a combination of strength and relaxation. Azur uses yoga as a great compliment to your crossfit training. Our yoga classes help you to integrate and refine your strength and leave you feeling relaxed, lengthened and smiling. We combine core stability, deep stretching, balance, and breath, to a soundtrack of weights hitting the floor! Which is to say, this is not a quiet, sing lullabies to your inner-child kinda yoga, it’s ass-kicking athletic yoga done in a crowded and noisey CrossFit yoga. While laughing. Just how we like it. We refine and practice movements, increase your range of motion, discover areas that are limiting your movement and give you the tools you need to feel better, move safer, and play harder!
CERTS: CrossFit Level 1, LMP, Certified Yoga Instructor
Dan has been a professional firefighter for 26 years. He came to CrossFit in 2008 when he was in charge of the fitness program for the fire department, though he was totally skeptical that you could get a good workout in 20 minutes or less. Since then, he’s done more certifications than you can throw a kettle bell at. (Walking encyclopedia, pretty much. But he’s humble. Sort of.)
Dan has an especially good eye for correct form, and is a massive believer in learning and maintaining form first, and increasing speed and strength only with proper form. Because he’s had back, shoulder, and knee injuries over the years, he has learned quite a bit about the need for correct form, core engagement, and full mobility of shoulders and hips. He’s been active all his life – even winning some bodybuilding competitions way back in the 1990s (see, we’re old around here), but credits Crossfit with having him in the best shape of his life. Even though he’s a “recovering” bodybuilder, he can still be caught doing dumbbell curls on occasion when no one is watching!
He enjoys cooking as a hobby & attended the Northwest Culinary Academy, a Cordon Blue vacation course in Florence, Italy, and quite a few cooking classes locally – using those skills to tweak old favorites into healthier options. A favorite cheat for Dan is Trader Joe’s gorgonzola gnocchi, with a couple minced and sauteed hot links added. Can it really be cheating when it tastes sooo good?!?
CERTS: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Nutrition, CrossFit Striking, CrossFit kettlebell, ACE / IAFF Peer Fitness Trainer, USAW Level 1
Jordan Taylor grew up in Eastern Washington, climbing and jumping on all the things. Once he grew up, he discovered CrossFit, which he’s been doing for about 7 years. As our youngest trainer, his boundless energy wakes people up 3 mornings a week. It’s probably safe to say that he both works out and coaches with more flare than anyone else, which is attributable to the fact that he’s a theater guy through and through. He studied musical performance (opera, specifically) at Boise State, and is now wowing audiences is Seattle. Largely with his shirt off. (We make him wear a shirt when he coaches. But he does sing and dance with great abandon when he coaches. We all do. But he does it well.)
CERTS: CrossFit Level 1
Celia is our youngest coach, but has been with Rocket since we opened the doors, mostly because her parents own it, so, she practically didn’t have a choice. After suffering a herniated disc from rowing when she was 14, she started lifting weights as physical therapy, to rebuild the strength in her back. She excelled at CrossFit quickly, but found her true love in Olympic Weightlifting. After qualifying for Nationals with less than a year under her belt, she took Silver in the Snatch and took the weightlifting world by storm. Earning the opportunity to go train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with Team USA. (No pressure!) She loves coaching CrossFit, and also Olympic Weightlifting. We enjoy her while we can, which is mostly during breaks from college where she is on a sports and academic scholarship, and competes for the National Champion Weightlifting team. (And no, Brady and Alyssa never coach her. They know better.)
Certs: CrossFit Level 1, USA Weightlifting Level 1
Chris is too modest to write a profile for himself, demurely saying “I’m just a fill in coach.” Which is true except for the “just” part. So, we’re making up his bio and we believe it to all be true. Chris has been doing CrossFit longer than most of us. We think that he and his wife found it after having a baby and having to settle down in their super-active mountain biking ways. But they were at a different gym, and when they came to Rocket were blown away that CrossFit gyms could be nice, fun and supportive places. Both he and Shannon became integral parts of the soul of Rocket almost immediately. Before grown-up life, Chris was in the military. We think Navy, something involving boats. It was clearly an important part of who he is, but does not define him. What defines him is how ridiculously nice, generous and encouraging he is. He’s like a “pusher” of “you can do it.” In the gym we joke that he’s a “competition pusher.” He’s always the first to sign up, and encourage you to do something. All sweet and stuff, and then suddenly you’re doing something you didn’t know you could and Chris is just grinning. So he can be humble if he wants, but we’re not. The dude is the nicest guy in the world. Period.
Certs: CrossFit Level 1
Alyssa has been an athlete since she could walk, which is probably one of the things that drew her and Brady to each other. (They’re married, and run Rocket together.) Having tried, and hated, all team sports, she mostly pushed herself at solo things like skiing, running, biking, swimming and, obviously, triathlons. Back in the old days of velcro high-top sneakers, she taught aerobics, though resisted the leotard and legwarmer look. Alyssa was resistant to CrossFit for several reasons, which gives her perspective as to why others resist CrossFit as well. She also has a very severe neck injury that “should” have left her dead or paralyzed, so she knows quite well what it’s like to overcome and work around, including dealing with the fear and the habit. At “almost 50”, she’s in, by far, the best shape of her life, and believes in CrossFit as a way to build your body, your mind, your spirit – and even your ability to relate to and work with other people. Her favorite coaching challenge is people who think they can’t do it, for whatever reason. She also writes about CrossFit, a lot, so if you want to know more about how she coaches, read her writings about CrossFit.
Alyssa mostly coaches Weightlifting now. And mostly with kids. She loves the power of Weightlifting to help kids find strength and confidence both in and out of the gym. Mostly out, though. So if you’re at Rocket, and hear some kid say “gym mom,” they’re talking about Alyssa.
CERTS: CrossFit Level 1 & 2, CrossFit Kettlebell, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Striking, USA Weightlifting Level 1
A lifelong athlete, he’s always been into lifting weights, running, snowboarding, triathlons and pretty much any other way he could use his body for fun and fitness. At almost 50 years old he is learning how to surf and competing in Olympic Lifting meets. What he loves most about Rocket is helping people find the joy in movement. Finding their own version of strong. He fell in love with CrossFit almost 10 years ago doing workouts in a tiny storage unit/gym up in north Seattle (The humble beginning of our comrade gym Foundation CrossFit). His passion for helping people transform their lives, and for the community that CrossFit can create, led him to start Rocket Crossfit in 2011. When Brady isn’t at Rocket, he can be found at his other job as a Seattle firefighter. His very rare time off is generally spent with his wife Alyssa (who is also a trainer at Rocket,) and their 3 daughters, 2 cats, 12, chickens, dog and 50,000 bees. Or with his nose in a book. And more often than you’d think, he can be found eating ice-cream, chocolate bars and enormous bowls of popcorn.
CERTS and trainings: CrossFit Level 1 & 2, CrossFit Kettlebell and Advanced Kettlebell, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Mobility, USA Weightlifting Level 1, Catalyst Olympic Lifting, MoveNat, Ground Force Method, RKC Basic Kettlebell, and Conjugate Gymnastics.
Genevieve (it’s pronounced the French way) Hicks began her yoga journey in 2002, practicing all 8 limbs of yoga in earnest when she took the Samarya Yoga Teacher Training in the spring of 2012. Her style of teaching yoga can best be described as functional and fluid; shape making with a Buddhist flare. By inviting present moment attention to sensations, she aims to hold space for students to weave mindfulness and movement together.
In addition to yoga, she has been practicing as a physical therapist for over 20 years. Genevieve has taught yoga anatomy, introduction to meditation, and yoga for people of color healing (YPOCH); she has conducted workshops on yoga, social justice and Buddhist related topics. When she is not working as a physical therapist, teaching yoga classes or working out, she may be found practicing with her Buddhist community (in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition) or out in the great outdoors.
Bio coming soon, we promise…..
Raised in Seattle, Lia took to movement at a young age, falling in love with jazz and ballet dance. A lifelong habit of compulsive stretching naturally led her to yoga and partner acrobatics, which she studied with some of the greatest teachers around: Troy Lucero, Richard Freeman, and Lux Sternstein. Recently fired up by doing Blast Off, she is delighted to join the rockin’ community at Rocket, so she’s bringing a great knowledge of what CrossFitters do with their bodies to the yoga that she teaches at Rocket. Lia believes that consistent practice is key, and the body is the ultimate tool to achieve joy and freedom in the mind and spirit. When she’s not at Rocket, she can be found at a dance party in her livingroom, tinkering in the kitchen, or visiting the elves at Seward Park.