Coaches

Welcome to CFFW!

 Margi

Owner, Gym Manager
CF-L1, Olympic Lifting Certificate, CF Masters Course, CF-Scaling Course
Margi (pronounced Mar-GHEE, like the butter) has been CrossFitting since July 2010. She hasn’t been a lifelong athlete (gasp!) in fact she was more of a “fitness sampler”. She tried a variety of different workouts and eventually got bored after about 3 months and moved onto the next thing. Kick-boxing, hot yoga, Body For Life, aerobics, power walking, long distance running, circuit training, bootcamp, at home DVDs….you name it she tried it. After giving birth to her second son she realized things had to change (it wasn’t pretty!). She made the scary choice of joining CrossFit Tacoma with her husband Derek, who had joined about 6 months prior and wouldn’t stop talking about his thrusters and snatch. She loved Crossfit so much she convinced Derek to open Crossfit Federal Way in 2011.

She loves the community and competition she finds at CrossFit and loves the fact that CFFW has a variety of members and is welcoming to all newcomers. CFFW has members of all ages and fitness levels including teenagers, grandparents, pregnant women, athletes with previous injuries and more. Margi loves coaching and using her educational background to help people learn even the most technical movements. She had to learn all of the CF movements and nothing came easily. She has lots of tips and easy cues to help with form and technique.

She’s married to Derek and together they are a dymamic CrossFitting duo. She likes to spend time with Derek and their two sons, dog Murph…. 10# of pure badassness, travel, read, and go shopping. Margi graduated from Central Washington University with a BA in Spanish and graduated from PLU with an MA in Education. She recently retired from her teaching job to run CFFW full-time. She’s at the gym nearly every day. If you need anything at all just ask or email her at margi@crossfitfw.com.

Derek

Owner
CF-L1, Olympic Lifting Certificate, EMT-B, ACE PFT Certificate
Derek is a lieutenant for the Tacoma Fire Department. He loves to play and watch soccer, go fishing, travel, and spend time with friends and family. He’s very passionate about CrossFit, nutrition, and his hair.

Derek’s favorite WODs are anything with a heavy deadlift and his least favorite movement is handstand push ups.

 

 

 

Trever

CF-L2
Trever is a former professional hockey player who has been CrossFitting since 2012 and took his L1 Cert while living in NYC.  CrossFit has been a great new way to train and build new relationships along the way.  Trever enjoys playing and watching most sports, especially when his twin daughters Kayla and Khloe are playing.  He also loves drinking Starbucks with his wife Dija and going on beach walks with his dog Rx.

Trever’s favorite WODs are anything with handstand push ups and he’s not crazy about WODs with rope climbs.

 

 

Leona

CF L-1

Leona has been Crossfitting since January 2014. She wanted to try doing something different than the regular global gym back/bis and chest/tris routine. After dropping into CFFW for her first WOD “Helen”, she was hooked. “I remember my first time at CFFW and I was there 5 days in a row! Then I remember both Trever and Eric forcing me to take the weekend off to recover” HAHA.

Before CrossFit, she was a competitive swimmer for 17 years. She swam at San Diego State University ’09-’13 and graduated with a BA in Social Sciences. During her swimming career she was state Champion and broke the record in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM. She also qualified for the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in 2008 and 2012 where she placed 12th overall in the 100 meter backstroke. Leona now works at the Federal Way Costco (Come say Hi!) and loves to train and eat donuts and ice cream with her boyfriend Ron =)

What she loves most about CrossFit is the competitive energy and the physical/mental results it brings! She loves that with CrossFit, you will always have a weakness and will always have something to work on! Her favorite WODs are anything with wallballs, box jumps and snatches. Her least favorite movements are ring dips, burpees, and most of all running!!

Michael

CF L-2

Michael has been actively involved in CrossFit since 2012 and received his CF-L1 back in 2012 in Southern California. Michael loves CrossFit because of the community atmosphere and the way that it can change all aspects of people’s lives. Michael enjoys watching and playing almost all sports and is a die hard Los Angeles Dodger fan. He loves coffee, traveling, and exploring new places with his wife, Megan.

Michael’s favorite WOD is Amanda…but really anything with muscle ups!

Shannon G.S.

CF-L1
Shannon has been CrossFitting since CFFW opened in Spring of 2011. Before joining CrossFit she was a distance runner and lifted weights from time to time. After her first WOD she was hooked on the variety of the workouts from day to day, mastering new skills and the fact she always left feeling like she had the best workout ever!

In her spare time Shannon is a counselor at Stadium High school. She maintained her love for running by coaching middle school track and cross country but has decided she loves coaching at CFFW more! She loves helping people master new skills and fall in love with CrossFit.

Her favorite movements are overhead squat, hang squat snatch, sandbag runs or sled pulls and becoming proficient at movements involving bars or rings. Her least favorite things (which she tries not to avoid) are WODS containing deadlifts, rope climbs or handstand pushups and rest days! On the weekends you will most likely find Shannon anywhere that serves a good margarita.

Shannon O.

CF-L1, USAW Sports Performance Coach
Shannon has been CrossFitting since January of 2013. She loves CrossFit because the time she spends at CFFW is the best part of her day and she never thought she’d love working out.  She loves seeing how strong, healthy, and happy people get when they commit to  making positive change in their lives through CrossFit.  Shannon believes that CrossFit is for everyone!

When Shannon is adulting, she works in the buying office at REI, but in her spare time she hangs out with her husband and dog, rides her bike, goes hiking, and watches horror movies.

Shannon’s favorite WODs are anything with heavy cleans, snatches, and jerks.  Her least favorite WODs usually have running in them.

 

Allison

CF-L2, EMT-P
Allison has been enjoying CrossFit since May of 2011. She has always enjoyed being active, but was definitely hesitant in starting CrossFit. Why? Because she had heard about how much fun it was, but she was scared to be the new kid in class who didn’t have a clue what was going on. Well, one day Allison decided that she was being silly and needed to get over her fears and start having fun while getting in shape. Allison has been a regular participant in workouts at CFFW ever since that wonderful day. She likes CrossFit so much that she became a coach in October 2011. She loves introducing people to CrossFit and helping them get past those initial fears of taking on a new challenge. She firmly believes that CrossFit is for everyone.

Allison’s favorite WODs are any workouts where the people working out achieve goals that seemed impossible. Allison’s least favorite WODs are any workouts that don’t involve smiling and sweating at the same time. Good thing that never happens with CrossFit!! Wanna know more about Allison? Stop in for a workout and meet her in person.

 

Kelly

Yoga instructor, Level 1 YogaFit
It used to be that Kelly was too energetic and impatient for yoga, giggling in class and looking at the clock to see if it was almost done. Then she had children and what she thought was a fast-paced, energetic life was nothing compared to raising two kids.

Working out at the gym, including yoga, became more important than ever to her well-being. Thanks to Amy Dill, Derek, and Margi for making it possible to bring yoga to CrossFit; it melds her two favorite things in life: adventure by scaring the crap out of herself with challenging Crossfit WODS, and then bringing herself back to center, increasing flexibility and balance with yoga, so she can be a better parent and human being.

Yoga at CrossFit is fun and welcoming to all levels of ability. Come work on your flexibility, balance, and breathing/mindfulness, and see how that will help your future WODS! Carpe diem!