PERSONAL TRAINERS

Zach Platis

My mission is to challenge the status quo of what is means to be a personal trainer. To make strength training fun and exciting. To create confidence in the gym.

What I love about training is watching my clients progress. Not just in strength, but also the confidence they gain inside and outside the gym. I love creating friendships and a community through fitness.

I worked as a restaurant manager for years, but found my love for fitness and chose to pursue a coaching career. I started strength training in 2011 and have never looked back. I have been a Vegan for 26 years and enjoy breaking the stereotype that Vegans can’t build muscle.

I’m an avid road cyclist and recently started playing tennis. I enjoy going to concerts and I’m a fashion enthusiast. Plus I love finding new Vegan restaurants and food.
One of my favorite exercises is the Turkish Get Up. The get up is great because, it’s a full body strength exercise. It’s also good for balance, mobility and is great for shoulder stability.

Certification/Education

W.I.T.S. certified professional fitness trainer. Currently working on my CES (corrective exercise specialist). Five years of personal training experience.

Jamie Webster

Do it with passion or not at all. 

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” – Roald Dahl

Surrounded by athletics my entire life, I’ve worked with all types of coaches. The ones over the years that really resonated with me, and pushed me to get me where I needed to be— that’s always stuck with me. I love to motivate. I love to be a part of someone’s journey to better themselves. I feel so lucky to get to be a part of it. 

I was a gymnast as a young girl, played soccer and lacrosse in high school and was a four year Division I College Lacrosse player at Virginia Tech.

Outside the gym I’m all about the dogs, photography and combining both of those together and getting outside! I love to create: art, workouts. It feeds my soul. 

The push up is my favorite exercise.  In every form. I love all of the different variations. I love geeking out and trying to find new types to try & work into my classes/programming. 

Certification/Education
  • Master of Science in Health Promotion, Major in Sports, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Sociology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist | In Progress
  • ACE Functional Training Specialist
  • ACE Certificate of Personal Training
  • Animal Flow Level 1

Jacob Freeman

First and foremost is to discover the real reason for the desired change, which at first can sound like ‘I want to lose weight’ or ‘build muscle’ or ‘get into a better routine.’

I love training because it’s a great way to tie the knot between the extrinsic and intrinsic motives.

Everybody has an idea of what fitness can do to improve their lives- sharper focus, mental clarity, and increased productivity. Reduced aches, pains, and better sleep. Improved confidence, vitality, and overall physical well-being. 

I enjoy helping people discover their unique preferred training style, drawing from a variety of sports and disciplines to find what best suits the client for long term results.

This is key to establishing long term motivation and adherence to a more fitness-oriented lifestyle. 

My favorite exercises include all movements that help maintain mobility.

Certification/Education
  • NASM certified since 2017 and former competitive USAPL powerlifter.

Ron Moody

My mission as a Strength Coach is to make meaningful strength training accessible to everyone, so that they are motivated to continue, learn about quality movement, and enjoy the process and long-term results. 

Coaching others is a highly positive experience of giving to others. Even after a long day of tiring work, the resulting feeling is positive and enjoyable. It doesn’t really feel like work, but rather helping your friends get and feel better. 

I spent years in construction management. But on my own time, I was always the trainer to my friends. I was constantly working on creating the “perfect program” for any person or circumstance. Eventually I made the switch to make this my career, and I love what I do.

I enjoy beach activities (except long walks), making and eating great food with friends. 

My favorite exercise is the deadlift. It uses the most muscle, has great results on posture, and it feels like an enormous accomplishment for whoever succeeds at lifting their potential. 

Certification/Education
  • NASM. Many individual coaching and anatomy workshops.  

Mitch Lee-Peterson

Fitness is a never-ending journey, and I strive to give my clients confidence and instill good habits for them both inside and outside of the gym.

My favorite part of training is building confidence in my clients and seeing them begin to genuinely enjoy our workouts. There is no better feeling than seeing them grow in not only their strength and physical ability, but also as more confident and happy people.

I was once an international fashion model! I travelled the world for 4 years for more companies, designers, and products than I can remember. During this time is when my interest in exercise and nutrition began to peak, soon leading to me moving back to Seattle to start my training career.

After becoming a trainer, I realized that I had an interest in Nutrition as well as Fitness so I went back to the classroom to acquire a NASM FNS certification so that I can better instruct my clients (and even myself) to a healthier and more positive diet.

I have many interests, including (but not limited to) playing music on my guitars and drums, hanging out with my dog, reading fantasy books, binging my favorite shows on Netflix and even playing video games with my friends.

My favorite exercise is the bench press. It’s a classic compound lift known worldwide, it can act as a culmination of upper-body strength to both test and show improvements made physically and mentally. While people expect it to be something that relies solely on all-out strength, it also incorporates just as much in terms of stability and stamina – making it much trickier than meets the eye.

Certification/Education
  • NASM CPT – Certified, Fitness Nutrition Specialist – Certified NASM

Kate Kulaga

My mission is helping others find their love for fitness and get them feeling strong and confident in all areas of life. I have a background in pilates, group fitness, weightlifting and boxing.

I love the day when my clients start to see results in how they feel (and look!). The day they didn’t want to show up, but do, and still give it their all. The day we make a breakthrough with form or go heavier on a lift after days of effort. Seeing how training affects my clients in all parts of their lives is what makes helping them achieve physical goals all the more worth it. 

One of my favorite pastimes is exploring the city and new hikes with my pup, Roo. I try to make it to the water or mountains weekly, and when it’s not as nice out, you’ll find me trying new dinner recipes.

My favorite exercise is the hip thrust. As a lower body compound exercise,  it’s one of the most effective lifts for recruiting the posterior chain, and strengthens the glutes, hamstrings, hips, and quads, and stabilizes the pelvis, hips, and knees. Over time, performing the hip thrust can improve not only glute, core, and leg strength, but also improves bone density and joint alignment.

Certification/Education
  • Certified Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer (4 years practicing; NASM in progress)