ABOUT OUR COACHES
COACH & OWNER
PHARMD, CrossFit L2, Advanced USA Weightlifting Coach, Certified International Science of Sports Nutritionist, CrossFit Mobility
Nathan first came across the CrossFit.com programming back in 2007 when a fellow medical resident shared his positive experience with the community. Nathan started performing the workouts from the website, researching the movements, nutrition and lifestyle philosophies, for a better understanding of the exercise and nutritional science at hand. There were no CrossFit gyms (aka "boxes") in his area at the time, or at least within a commutable distance with affordable pricing.
Fast forward to 2009/2010, after acquiring his CrossFit Nutrition Certificate at a seminar with Dr Robb Wolf and Dr Matt Lalonde and his Level 1 training certificate, he decided to join a local box that was expanding rapidly shortly after opening. The experience was life changing, the rest is history. After several years of training and incorporating the lifestyle habits of CrossFit, Nathan decided to slowly start dedicating more time to coaching, eventually going in full time in 2014, also launching his own lifestyle management consulting service utilizing his knowledge of lifestyle choices in preventing and reversing disease (knowledge acquired through his studies and practice as a Doctor of Pharmacy).
In 2015, Nathan decided to pursue dedicated training in weightlifting while continuing to coach CrossFit and eventually weightlifting and strength courses. The decision was multi-fold, firstly his at the time girlfriend and now wife/gym co-owner Snow, became more and more successful with weightlifting and secondly because the snatch, clean and jerk and squats were a growing weak point to his cardiovascular fitness abilities.
Under the coaching of Dave Lussier, and eventually Yasha Kahn, Vasily Polovnikov and James Wright, Nathan worked his way to several American Open Series regional events, Master's Weightlifting Nationals and Master's World Championships, all the while continuously learning about the history and philosophies of weightlifting training. He now dedicates most of his time to his coaching and consulting, incorporating a multitude of weightlifting variations to his programs to improve strength, resilience, build weak points and reduce injury risks.
His coaching and programming philosophy have developed into the mind set of "train today to train tomorrow", as his experience truths mindful consistency and undaunted commitment as the major keys to success. Nathan also holds seminar experience in CrossFit Mobility, Hybrid Athletic Training, Movement Correction, and Injury Prevention/Management.
COACH & OWNER
CrossFit L2, USA Weightlifting Coach, CrossFit Mobility, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, MAT
I learned about CrossFit and functional fitness training in Rhode Island while in the midst of grad school and training for an ironman triathlon. I never felt "in shape" at all up through college (except playing Varsity golf) until I decided it was time to get myself in shape.
Walking into a big warehouse-like box was super intimidating for me at first since I knew nothing about barbells, but I dove headfirst and told myself I would learn new things, and absolutely LOVED it. I became a Level 1 CrossFit trainer in 2012 and since then have been coaching part-time alongside being a graphic designer, formerly a high school teacher before moving back to Oregon in 2016.
Being a new mom, I have switched a lot of my own approach to fitness away from advanced competition and toward longevity and sustainability; while programming, I take into account our clients and their goals...keeping everyone strong, injury free while also making sure workouts stay exciting. I love seeing someone get their first pull up, or PR their clean & jerk, seeing someone get their first box jump, or hearing of our masters athletes reversing osteoporosis and improving their lab results.
The environment of being in this type of gym is by far the most motivating and inspiring place to come to for a workout…everyone here has the same values of “bettering themselves” and achieving more through health and fitness, and the other members here love sharing your accomplishments and help keep you accountable. Allow yourself to learn, try, fail, achieve, fall down, get back up, get out of your comfort zone, and thrive.
Snow is the owner of artofbarbell.com. She was also Fittest Athlete in Rhode Island for the CrossFit Open 2015 and placed 247th worldwide in the 2016 CrossFit Open (27th place in the NorthEast region). She is an Oregon Weightlifting record holder for the 55kg class for snatch, clean & jerk and total, and was a bronze medalist (53kg) for USAW American Open 2016 on team Catalyst Athletics.
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CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Addiction Counselor
I graduated with my Masters of Social Work in 2012 from UNC Chapel Hill and it quickly became my professional and personal experience that there was a deep connection between mental and physical wellbeing. With this ethos, I worked for over a decade in a small Appalachian town within a wilderness therapy program, a niche that works to heal humans through wilderness immersion, physical challenge, mental health therapy, and community.
Ever curious about the people running around the block with dumbbells and wall balls, I found the CrossFit community in 2012. There, I saw a community of people encouraging each other towards wellness. I saw women who were loud and fierce and muscular, who took up space. I wanted to be like that, so away I went and it has been a huge part of my life ever since. For the record, I started CrossFit with no athletic background, as a smoker, and deeply struggling with anxiety and depression. You could have compiled all of my “athletic experience” into about 5 hours up until I graduated from college. All that to say, particularly with the Level Method, wherever you’re coming from, we’ll meet you there.
I understand just showing up to the gym or feeling good about what you do here can be hard. I also understand humans come to the gym with a spectrum of intentions - to have fun, to move, to blow off steam, for community, to compete, to feel powerful. As a coach, I seek to find a person’s intention, then help them get there. I also strive to coach in a way that helps people have a better quality of life and makes a diverse group of people of different ages, abilities, professions, races, sexualities, and gender identities feel welcome and safe.
Currently, I am a therapeutic coach, working with ASD and LGBTQA+ folk as they transition out of therapeutic programs and return home or begin living independently. When not at the gym or working, you can usually find me engaging in social justice activism or making music alongside my best person, Eric, in the wilderness alongside my dog, Larry, or on solo backpacking treks across the PNW.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Vic began his journey into fitness as a wrestler as young as age 5 up through college at SOU. During high school, he competed at State Championships multiple times, placing as a Junior and winning the state title as a Senior. He is a veteran certified in Army Combatives and was in the Army from 1995 – 2011, which included two tours in Iraq; an unfortunate incident of IED explosions in 2010 led to back surgery and eventually retirement from the military.
He found CrossFit in 2015 in Ashland and has since become a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and continued improving as an athlete and as a coach. Vic has completed his Level Method educational training and will be filling in for some classes on the schedule as well as work with some of our OnBoarding sessions.