The Jet City Team


Coaching is something we take very seriously at Jet City. Our CrossFit coaches are all Level 1 trainers, most with additional credentials in other areas of expertise. Beyond that, they are all regular people with families and wide ranging interests, just like our members. They understand the challenges our athletes face, not only with form or strength, but with getting to the gym and balancing the rest of their lives with doing what they love. Jet City coaches understand you, because they are just like you. 


Laura Taylor

Owner / CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Laura remembers when she first started focusing on fitness. She would go to a big impersonal gym, take a few classes, and work out on the machines: one day arms, the next day legs. At one point, she also took up running and remembers working up to three miles in 30 minutes.

Then her brother found a blog recounting a journalist’s first week of CrossFit. If the journalist survived, her brother said he would give it a try. Both of them were hooked immediately. It was fun and different, and the workouts were constantly changing, not stagnant. She saw progress right away, even on things she wasn’t focusing on. Although she wasn’t doing much running, she did a 5K in under 23 minutes. Although she no longer was bench pressing regularly, she could press 30-40 pounds more than before.

Hunkered down as a software developer by day, one of her favorite parts of being a coach is watching new Jet City clients get excited about CrossFit. After that, there’s no end to what they can accomplish.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Mobility, Catalyst Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 Coach (pending), Starting Strength, EMT

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Whitney Wilson

General Manager / CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Whitney has always been athletic, but health issues and injuries prevented her from being consistent. She was intimidated to try CrossFit at first, and would come to the gym in her jeans to watch everyone else work out from a safe distance. After watching people push themselves and cheer each other on she decided to give it a shot – and she was hooked! She loves coaching because CrossFit changed her life. No matter the injury she had, she could still work out; no matter the day she was having, the community made her feel better, and the coaches taught her that she could when she felt like she couldn't. Who wouldn't want to pay that back?! This is also the first time that she’s ever been able to work out consistently regardless of any limitation/injury, and she has the coaches and CrossFit to thank for that. She also recently went through the CrossFit Adaptive Course to grow her coaching knowledge for people who have injuries and limitations!

Whitney loves coaching because she loves helping people. As an EMT she helps people every day and has always lived off the work/life philosophy that if she can brighten one person’s dark day, she can go home happy. When she’s not at Jet (which is rare) she loves skiing. Whether it rains, snows, or is sunny she likes to be on the slopes during the season as much as she can. She also loves cooking and baking, and eating what she cooks just as much! When the weather is nice she loves to take her dog and cat on walks around the neighborhood (yes, her cat is leash trained) and disc golf. Above everything else she like spending time with friends, sushi and pizza. She loves pizza.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, EMT


Ric Brewer

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Prior to nine years ago, physical fitness was not exactly part of Ric's vocabulary. About 60 pounds overweight with several health issues, a comment by his mother about how "portly" he'd become prompted him to begin hitting the gym. A year after that, with only nominal success, he was introduced to CrossFit and a transformation. It wasn't just the exercises and routines that contributed, but the sense of inclusiveness and camaraderie that drove him forward.

As a coach for the last 6+ years, this sense of wanting to help others meet their goals still motivates him and he finds inspiration in seeing others accomplishing things they thought they would never do.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Kids, StrongFirst KettleBell


Allison Gaboury

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Allison took her first CrossFit class in January 2013, after months of Coach Stacy telling her that it was the coolest thing since sliced bread. She jumped in with both feet and has had a blast since then. Allison has been involved with sports since she could walk; ranging from softball, dance, gymnastics, track, ultimate frisbee, and flag football. She loves competing, and since concussions are minimal in CrossFit, it is her sport of choice now. Allison always looks forward to workouts with handstand push-ups. Allison is currently a Doctorate student of Physical Therapy at the University of Washington.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Anatomy, CPR/AED


Stacy Wikle

Strength / CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Stacy discovered CrossFit in 2012 when her personal trainer sent her to Jet City mistakenly thinking it was a boxing gym. Fascinated (and a bit intimidated) by all the people jumping on boxes, she decided to stick around for the opportunity to kick some ass. Since then, CrossFit has become a way of life for her because she gets to lift heavy shit with an awesome community she loves.

A treehugger at heart, Stacy's coaching style is laid back, goofy, and welcoming. She loves being able to show people that just because one doesn't fit society's standards of "fitness", it doesn't mean you can't hang with the fire breathers. Her goals are to teach her clients not to judge their body by its type and to push themselves for better (and heavier!) things. Her favorite thing about coaching is watching people do things they never thought they'd be able to do. 

When she's not at Jet, Stacy likes go camping in her teardrop trailer, cheer on the Seahawks, and listen to AC/DC with her wife and their dog.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Strongman

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Zach Kaylor

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

In his free time, Zach likes long walks on the beach and the smell of fresh sea salt. Zach, AKA Gronk, grew up playing multiple sports, but never quite found his true passion until college. In 2011, during his freshman year, he took his first CrossFit class and was immediately hooked by the speed and efficiency of the workouts, and the strong welcoming community. Zach dreamed of being a coach to motivate others to become healthier and stronger versions of themselves.

Now Zach is living his dream as a full time coach and doing what he truly loves. 

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1


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Mike Tappert

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I got into CrossFit in 2012 after getting tired of doing the same thing at on my own for a decade after high school with no change or motivation. My favorite part about CrossFit is the constant challenge and variation. I can do the same workout every 3 or 4 months and it is always the hardest workout I have done, because I get to push myself every time. After 5 years of CrossFitting I had the opportunity to take the Level 1 course early 2017. My goals were to learn to help others improve, while learning more about movement and how to help people become fitter. 

I am interested in pursuing many CrossFit and USA WL certs in the near future. (Mostly after finishing my probationary Fire Fighting year!) I have found helping other people work on their form and fitness has helped my own form and fitness, and I want to develop that as far as I can take it. 

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1


Andrew Garbino

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I was always very active and played tons of sports growing up, eventually shifting my focus solely towards hockey. I had lots of injuries and strength and conditioning experiences which sparked my interest in exercise science. I completed my undergrad at Plymouth State University earning a degree in Sport and exercise physiology. While in college my health and fitness definitely fell apart aside from some recreational hockey, I gained about 25 pounds and my diet was terrible. After graduating I got my CSCS certification and worked as a strength coach for a summer program at a prep school. Not long after that my mom met a woman at work that owned a CrossFit gym and put us in contact. I decided to try out a class and walked into “The Chief”, where I got my butt kicked. Despite almost passing out I returned for another class and I was hooked. I then went on to get my Level 1 and coached at that gym for almost a year until I moved out here to Seattle for school. Being so busy with school I don't have much time for hobbies but I try to get out and play golf when I can or just do things outdoors.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), American Sport Education Program (coaching high school sports)

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Erika Zimmerman

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer / Community Day Ambassador

Erika has been involved in something athletic all her life, karate, basketball, swimming and for two long weeks, hiking.  When she relocated to Seattle she was having trouble finding her groove.  Then a friend suggested CrossFit.  She had never done anything like CrossFit, and pushing 40, she had some doubts.   Asking herself, “How hard could it be?” she got brave, walked through the door at Jet City, and found out.  Early on, she realized that showing up is half the battle.  After several years she decided to become a coach and finds that coaching gives her a front row seat to the amazing acts of courage and determination that happen in our Jet City community.  Our athletes of all shapes, ages and sizes inspire Erika to be a better athlete herself.  Erika has a special interest in coaching newcomers, and non-traditional athletes.  Erika’s love of CrossFit is only surpassed by her love for dogs, football, and carbohydrates.  

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

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Nick Honomichl

StrongHuman

Nick has been doing CrossFit since 2010, and been serious about Olympic Lifting since 2012. He loves to be strong and offers a holistic approach to practical strength. His passion is helping members achieve functional strength applicable to all pursuits outside of the gym and to accomplish what was previously thought impossible inside the gym. Nick is passionate about a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, backpacking, camping, mountain biking and adventure motorcycling. He incorporates all realms of strength training in his teaching including CrossFit, Olympic Lifting, Powerlifting and Strongman. He is a veteran of multiple CrossFit competitions, a multi year CrossFit Open competitor, and Tough Mudder finisher. Nick lives with his wife and dog in Georgetown. He loves tacos, air kicks, anything on two wheels, delicious beers, and lifting all things heavy.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1


Blake West

Olympic Lifting

Certifications: USAW 1

 

 

 

 


 

 


The Survival Team


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Gerri Benedetti

Director of Marketing and Events

Gerri is the Martha Stewart of Jet City.  When she is not getting a PR on her deadlift she can be found cooking, baking and doing most of the behind the scene planning for all of our events.   Delicious baked goods, hot soups and stews are just a few of her talents.  She does the heavy lifting for the holiday party, and lends her creative skills from everything from shirt designs, the newsletter and the newly redesigned bathroom.  If its classy, Gerri had something to do with it. (Bio written by Coach Erika)


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Meggan Davis

Social Media Manager, Photographer

Meggan is a reformed theater nerd turned CrossFitter. She started CrossFit in 2013 because her wife, Coach Stacy, wouldn’t stop talking about it. Her previous fitness experience included dreading the 1-mile run in high school, a couple of confused trips to globo gyms, and eventually some light jogging. Since starting at Jet she’s lost 75 pounds, gained confidence, pride, and (most importantly) strength. Her mission now is to help the world understand that anyway can be fit and healthy - even nerdy theater kids from Kansas. In her spare time she’s a photographer, Vice President of the board of a local theater company, and manager of her dog’s Instagram account. 


Maile Ravary

Client Experience Specialist / "Joy Girl"