- CrossFit Coach
- National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)
- Poliquin Performance Specialist Level 2 Practitioner
- Poliquin Bio-Signature Modulation Level 2 Practitioner
- Poliquin Advanced Training and Fat Loss Techniques
- USAW certified Olympic weightlifting coach
- CrossFit Certifications: Olympic lifting, CrossFit Kids, Gymnastics, Barbell, Nutrition
- Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) Certified
- Navy SEAL veteran
- Over 25 years of coaching experience
Metal working, physics, spending time in the woods, archery and good design.
Read how Dave Fixed His Bad Back.
We Teach, and We Encourage
At Level 4 we encourage and teach. We help our clients reach their goals and reach further than they thought possible. We got to this point through a lot of trial and error. When we opened in 2002, we were the first CrossFit affiliate.
Robb Wolf and I started working out in early 2002 every morning in my garage. We were lifting weights and learning to use kettlebells. I was focused on rehabing my back and escaping chronic pain. I had realized finally, that I had to fix myself. I started studying anatomy and physiology, focusing on spinal mechanics. I’m an engineer, so I get into all the minutiae. And I’m a retired Navy SEAL, so I understand what fitness means—or at least I thought I did.
One morning Robb mentioned an obscure fitness website he had found – CrossFit.com Finding those CrossFit workouts, incorporating the kettlebell training, studying anatomy and, of course, having Robb redirect my nutrition was the beginning of major changes in my life.
I modified the CrossFit workouts and pushed myself just a little bit at first. With my bad back, I quickly learned proper technique was key. It started as a hobby but it turned into a mission. After a while, I realized: I have something to teach people. I knew a lot about fitness. But more importantly, I knew what it was like to have a broken-down body. I quit my engineering job and opened CrossFit Seattle.
We teach people with a wide range of athletic ability; complete beginners to professional athletes. If you’re physically gifted, almost any kind of training works. For most of us however, details matter. As a coach, training non-experts is more challenging, more rewarding, and a lot more needed. Elite athletes, I’m not going to change their life. But helping somebody regain the ability to run or lift their kids or garden, or be able to ski again? That’s a big deal.
The thing I’m proudest of is the positive learning environment we’ve created here. Encouragement matters. Coaching matters. And being surrounded by examples you can relate to matters.