OUR TEAM

CrossFit SLU is run by a team comprised of a plethora of different individuals from different athletic experiences. There a two important factors that each of the staff possess: 1.) a passion for strength & conditioning, and 2.) experience in what we teach. We’ve been in the trenches, so to speak, doing what we ask our athletes to do. We also understand that fitness is an ever-evolving process. We ask questions and continue to learn and so should you.
Learn from our experiences, question the knowledge, and let’s build together!
 
 

TRAINERS

Andrew Bueno

Director of Training, Head Instructor, Co-Owner

ABOUT ANDREW

AB enjoys coffee, watching Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-Fi films, shoes, the Oxford comma, and beef. He suffers from a slight Napoleon Complex and some sort of attention deficit disorder, which he credits to his ability to teach multiple people at once. Speaking of which, he’s a big fan of Napolean pockets.

Andrew started CrossFit in 2006 and was put through his first official CrossFit workout “CHRISTINE” with Coach Dave Werner at CrossFit North (now Level 4 CrossFit Seattle), the first-ever affiliate and he has been working on his fitness mainly using the CF methodology since! Appreciating all styles and schools of through, AB continues to learn from different methodologies and coaches, and considers himself a student first and foremost.

When not in the gym Andrew enjoys hanging out at home reading blogs about upcoming movies, watching said movies, and spending time with his lovely girlfriend. And his dog Appa the Frenchie. Collecting shoes (specifically the Nike SB Kostons) and backpacks is one of his favorite pastimes. Someday he’d like to travel, but first he has to get over the laziness that accompanies planning the trip and deciding what to pack.

HIS CERTIFICATIONS

  • Landmark Forum – Seattle WA, June 2014
  • StrongFirst Girya Kettlebell Course with Andrea U-Shi Chang and Zar Horton – Seattle WA, April 2014
  • CrossFit Online Judges Course – March 2014
  • CrossFit Advanced Kettlebell Trainer Course – Seattle WA, February 2014
  • FuBarbell Weightlifting Seminar with Diane Fu – Seattle WA, February 2014
  • Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli and Nate Helming – Seattle WA, October 2013
  • Move Better Live Better Coaches Clinic with Dr. Ryan DeBell – Issaquah WA, July 2013
  • Dan John Intervention Seminar – Tacoma WA, April 2013
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainer Seminar with Dan Hollingsworth – Bellevue WA, April 2013
  • CrossFit Online Judges Course – March 2013
  • The Outlaw Way Training Camp with Rudy Nielsen, Spencer Arnold, and Elizabeth Akinwale – Renton WA, February 2013
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer Seminar with Josh Everett – Portland OR, January 2013
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Seminar with Jeff Martone – Seattle WA, December 2012
  • USA Weightlifting Club Coach Certified with Mike Conroy. Seattle WA, August 2012
  • Erin Okonek Olympic Lifting Seminar – Marysville WA 2012
  • Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli – Poulsbo WA, October 2012
  • Lululemon Athletica Ambassador (Pacific Place). Seattle WA, February 2012
  • Ido Portal Equilibrium Workshop. Tacoma WA, November 2011
  • CrossFit Running Trainer Seminar with Dr. Nicholas Romanov. Bellevue WA 2011
  • Romanov Academy Technique Specialist. Bellevue WA 2011
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer Seminar with Sean Lind. Snoqualmie WA 2011
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility Trainer Seminar with Dr. Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli. Sumner WA, September 2011
  • Gymnastics Bodies Seminar with Christopher Sommer. Scottsdale AZ, May 2011
  • Alexander Method Self-Myofascial Release Certified. Seattle WA, January, 2010
  • Starting Strength Seminar with Mark Rippetoe. Redmond WA 2010
  • CrossFit Level 2 (Test Subject) – Puyallup WA 2010
  • Burgener Olympic Lifting Seminar – Seattle WA, October 2008
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course. Santa Cruz CA, February 2008
  • Pavel Tsatsouline Relax Into Stretch Seminar – Seattle WA 2007
  • Gold’s Gym Assistant Fitness Manager – Seattle WA, 2006-2007
  • Ashmead College Personal Fitness Instructor Program (ACSM) – Seattle WA, 2005/2006
 

Tony Lau

Business Owner, Master Planner, Rocket Scientist, Dog Whisperer

ABOUT TONY

The traveler, the Tonytail™, the tagline: “I’ll make you famous,”. Hailing from the sunny state of California, his aerospace career brought him up to the NW where he trained with AB. The two of them then decided to reopen up Foundation CrossFit in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Because of this man, CFSLU and FCF aren’t just gyms, but Think Tanks meant to eventually change the world.

HIS CERTIFICATIONS

  • Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli – Seattle WA 2013
  • CrossFit Judges Course 2013
  • CrossFit Running Trainer Seminar. Bellevue WA 2011
  • Romanov Academy Technique Specialist. Bellevue WA 2011
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility Trainer Seminar. Sumner WA, September 2011
  • Gymnastics Bodies Seminar. Scottsdale AZ, May 2011
  • Alexander Method Self-Myofascial Release certified. Seattle WA, January, 2010
  • CrossFit Level 1. San Diego CA, November 2009
 

Zeb Hoffman

Hammer Thrower, Coffee Lover, and Father

ABOUT ZEB

Zeb might be XXL, but he can beat you in a foot race (as long as the foot race is only 30 meters). Zeb thinks in meters because he went to Canada once, and he read a sign that said “think metric” and he took it to heart. When he is not challenging people to a foot race or going to the Great White North, Zeb is throwing the hammer for FCF or working with athletes in the specialty programs. His favorite movie is Dead Poets Society. When it comes to his favorite food it’s a tie between the Country Mix at Tweedes and a Chicken Burrito Grande from Gorditos.

HIS CERTIFICATIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli – Seattle WA 2013
  • Hammer Strength Coaches Seminar – Bellevue WA, April 2013
  • NCSA Certified Personal Trainer. December 2010
  • CrossFit Level 1. Portland OR, September 2011
 

Leslie Bower

Supple Leopard, Master Healer

ABOUT LESLIE

A practitioner some forms of Chinese Medicine and CrossFit, Leslie is amazingly proficient at being objective about people’s bodies and how to improve them. Hailing from Boise, ID her favorite movie is The Breakfast Club and her favorite food is Kale. Before CrossFit she was a runner/cyclist/swimmer. When not CFing Les like to telemark and skate ski, as well as farm and garden. She found out that building chicken coops require much strength and stamina, and raising them requires speed, mobility, agility, and accuracy FOR REAL!

HER CERTIFICATIONS

  • FuBarbell Seminar with Diane Fu – Seattle WA, February 2014
  • Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli – Seattle WA 2013
  • CrossFit Mobility Trainer Seminar – Vancouver WA, February 2013
  • EMT
  • Amma Bodywork Therapist
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • BA Spanish/International Business
  • CrossFit Level 1.
 

Jared Scarr

Purveyor of all things craft, Krav practioner

ABOUT JARED

Jared’s childhood dream of becoming a pirate-ninja is still being realized. He trains in CrossFit, self-defense (Guardian Krav Maga) and perhaps soon Parkour. In his free time he reads mystery novels. Someday we hope he becomes the next Most Interesting Man In the World.

HIS CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Online Judges Course 2014
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Seminar – Seattle WA, January 2014
  • Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli – Seattle WA 2013
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach Certified – Seattle WA 2013
  • CrossFit Online Judges Course 2013
  • The Outlaw Way Training Camp – Renton WA, February 2013
  • CrossFit Level 1. Bellevue WA, September 2012
 
 
 
 

Sheena Camagong

The First Lady of FCF

ABOUT SHEENA

Dubbed “First Lady of FCF” Sheena has been there since the beginning. She’s a simple girl that loves life, food, sports and most of all her puppy (and gym mascot) Appa the Frenchie. She might have a small addiction to Nike and Lululemon but that’s different story. When she’s not training or working out herself, you can find her in the gym cheering people on. If you haven’t met her yet, introduce yourself!

HER CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Advanced Kettlebell Trainer Seminar – Seattle WA, February 2014
  • FuBarbell Seminar with Diane Fu – Seattle WA, February 2014
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Seminar – Seattle WA, January 2014
  • Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli – Seattle WA 2013
  • CrossFit Level 1. Bellevue WA, April 2012
 

Anthony Palmieri

ABOUT AP

By way of Miami, AP was a personal trainer responsible for a Biggest Loser program that saw much success from its participants. His day job eventually brought him to the other corner of the United States of America and now he and his dog can be found at CrossFit SLU, usually in the evening.

HIS CERTIFICATIONS

  • FuBarbell Seminar with Diane Fu – Seattle WA, February 2014
  • Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli – Seattle WA 2013
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainer Seminar – Bellevue, WA 2013
  • CrossFit Level 1 – Bellevue WA, March 2011
 

Ryan Salva

“Moonboots”: a man of many tastes

ABOUT RYAN

Mr. Salva is an easy going guy and, like most of the other staff, never thought himself to eventually become a CrossFit trainer. His advice: don’t CrossFit on an empty stomach- especially if the only thing you’ve eaten for the day was a cupcake for breakfast. This gem of knowledge came from his first CF workout that laid him out white as a ghost. Also: still looks like he’s barely 17.

HIS CERTIFICATIONS

  • Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli – Seattle WA 2013
  • CrossFit Level 1.
  • Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli, Poulsbo WA 2013
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer Seminar, Wenatchee WA 2013
 

Andrea Vittagleo

ABOUT CHERYL

Andrea grew up a competitive gymnast from age 3 through college. Afterward she spent a handful of years coaching gymnastics in a variety of settings when her own training was finished. Introduced to CrossFit by her husband in 2009, they spent a couple years modifying mainsite’s workouts in a globo gym until they moved to Seattle, where they joined a CrossFit affiliate. Having friends at FCF (and moving to Capitol Hill) brought her to our facility.

In her non-gym time she loves doing volunteer work with her dog Theo as a registered therapy team, and part of a group called College Dogs. They travel to universities and colleges in the area and their job is to de-stress people. AV loves seeing Theo enjoying people so much. Andrea is an avid singer and has been involved in theatre since she was a teenager. She also loves to cook yummy food, read true crime book, and drink delicious coffee (SHOUT OUT VIVACE!)

HER CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility trainer certificate – 2014
  • Freestyle Connection with Carl Paoli – 2013
  • CrossFit Kids trainer certificate – 2013
  • CrossFit Gymnastics trainer certificate – 2013
  • CrossFit Level 1 trainer certificate – Seattle WA, July 2012
 
 

ASSISTANT TRAINERS

Mark Butin

ABOUT MARK

Mark-Anthony was one of the original athletes of FCF who started his career at location 3.0. He is also one of the most successful stories that our gym’s walls can tell. He started as someone who wanted to get healthy and along the way became a real competitor. His focus is now on olympic weightlifting.

HIS CERTIFICATIONS

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Colin Bleckner

ABOUT COLIN

Colin has twice sworn that he would never spend another day of his life stuck behind a desk, yet somehow finds himself back in an office, working for an internet startup in San Francisco. Active in sports his entire life, he never enjoyed going to the gym until stumbling across CrossFit in early 2009. He’s been hooked since, becoming Level I Certified in 2010. Colin has finally accepted the fact that he won’t be a professional athlete and has readjusted his long term goals to include preparing for the Crossfit Games Masters Division (2030 or bust!) and hopefully some day being flexible enough to touch his toes tries touching his toes while stretching more often.

HIS CERTIFICATIONS

  • Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli – Seattle WA 2013
  • CrossFit Mobility Seminar – Vancouver WA, February 2013
  • CrossFit Level 1.
 

Sarah Mohr

ABOUT SARAH

Sarah likes running and paleo and has done the Whole30 Challenge multiple times. Although she brings a light-heartedness and a ton of fun to wherever she goes, she is a competitor at heart. “Skinny ******* watch out for the muscle car!”

HER CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1. Seattle WA, February 2014

Robyn Stewart

ABOUT ROBYN

Robyn is a natural-born leader of people- she’s played and coached at various levels of sports. She’s also worked in the fitness industry for years and now lends her talents to our community.

HER CERTIFICATIONS

  • FuBarbell Seminar with Diane Fu – Seattle WA, February 2014
  • Freestyle Connection Seminar with Carl Paoli – Seattle WA 2013
  • CrossFit Level 1. Puyallup WA, 2013
 

Anastasia Mallillin

ABOUT ANASTASIA

Originally from Baltimore, MD, Anastasia moved to the Pacific Northwest for graduate school getting a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health. Seattle has helped her discover a home away from home in the community that is CrossFit (SIDE NOTE: she also discovered how much she misses home cooked Filipino food so if you’ve got the hook up, let her know!). She believes that at the end of the day, life is too short to not smile, laugh and have fun.

HER CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Judges Course 2014

John Grace

ABOUT JOHN

I grew up in Atlanta. I love the south but after high school I headed north to Boston University where I received a BFA in Sculpture. I through-hiked the Appalachian trail in 2005 and then moved to New York City where I spent the next 7 years working in Film and Television. In 2009 I found and fell head over heels for CrossFit. I worked on commercials, documentaries, reality-television, and Indie movies. My wife and I decided in 2012 that we had enough of NYC and moved to Seattle. Throughout the years I have developed more and more of an interest in Climbing. I’ve been able to accomplish climbs on the west coast that I never would have had the ability to do on the east coast.

HIS CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course – Seattle WA, March 2012
 

Kristina Bueno

ABOUT KRISTINA

Having worked at almost every health care facility in Seattle, KB continually strives to improve the quality of health care (and fitness!) for all. Working in every medical business from selling diapers to the elderly, to implementing electronic medical records in a doctor’s office, to clinical intake for Seattle Children’s hospital. When she’s not doing mental WODs during the day, she enjoys working out, eating ice-cream and working out while eating ice-cream. As a former bgirl, she can six-step into a freeze or hollowback, on beat!

HER CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Online Judges Course 2014
  • CrossFit Online Judges Course 2013

Megan Kercher

ABOUT MEGAN

Megan is an awesome athlete and a serious student of the new fitness that CrossFit has brought upon the world.

HER CERTIFICATIONS

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