Wendy Judkins

My favorite saying at CrossFit Snohomish is "You had me at hello." Which is literally what happened
for me.


I have always been a person who enjoyed running but never considered myself an athlete, even after running four marathons and several half marathons. I felt like something was missing. During my training, I would run past the Vales house when they were still operating CFS in their garage. I would slow way down just so I could watch what was going on - lifting weights, box jumps, jumping ropes and a lot of grunts, groans and laughter. After reading a newspaper article about Charity Vale, my interest grew in finding more out about CrossFit.


After years of working out on my own (at least that is what I thought I was doing) I decided to give CrossFit a chance. On May 24, 2011 (yes, I remember the exact date) I walked into CFS and Jeff Vale said "Hi, how can I help you?". At the time I had no idea how he and CrossFit would change my life. I can clearly remember my 101 classes - pull ups with the black band, dead lifting only a PVC pipe and the fear of having to climb the rope. Two years later, I could complete numerous unbroken pull ups, dead lift one and half times my body weight and easily climb the rope (socks are the secret).


My improvements were a direct result of the physical training provided by the Crossfit Snohomish coaches as well as the emotional support of the CrossFit Snohomish community. I knew the benefits that CrossFit provided me and I knew it was time to payback. I wanted to help others that found themselves in the same situation I was when I started and pursue coaching, completing my Level 1 certification in June 2013.


I am proud to be a part of CFS family were everyone cares for you, cheers for you and even feels your pain for you. Each time I walk into CFS, I am excited to see what will become of the "unknown".

Casey Stein

Back in 2002, my 3-year-old daughter said to me: "Daddy, you're fat!" I realized she was right. So I decided to change right then. I started running the next day. Over the course of the next 6 years I proceeded to spend TONS of time running, riding and swimming. I ran a half-marathon, a full marathon, a half-Ironman triathlon and a couple of Olympic-distance triathlons. I rode my bike 21 miles to and from work a few days a week. In this time I became "skinny". Then one day, while riding my bike home from work, I was hit by a drunk driver. The crash broke my collar-bone, herniated on of my discs and caused multiple abrasions that I still have scars from. Needless to say I was off the bike and laid up for a while. In that time I stumbled across CrossFit on the Internet. I was unable to do any of it since I was still far from being healed. But I read all about it and decided that it was what I needed to be doing. In March 2008 I ran across CrossFit Snohomish. I started training there with Jeff and haven't looked back.


I believe that CrossFit isn't just a bunch of random workouts, but is actually a way of life. Doing CrossFit has made me significantly stronger both physically and mentally. I now realize that I can do anything I set my mind to. As a trainer my goal is to help other people come to the same realization.

Andrea Stein

I started crossfitting with nothing: no stamina, no muscles, no knowledge of olympic weightlifting, literally at ground zero. Though I was a high school and college athlete I was in a pretty miserable state. With a goal of completing a marathon my husband talked me into joining crossfit. Nervously I went. Day after day I showed up. Every single day I was given the most skilled training without judegement, but rather encouragement. I learned quickly not only were my trainers cheering me on, but so was the rest of the class. Month by month I made progresses and eventually felt confident enough to enjoy myself and appreciate the WODS. Now, there's nothing I love more than my most feared moves, olympic weightlifting!


As a trainer I look forward to showing you, especially women, there's nothing to be scared of. I wasted years of fitness gains listening to my husband's daily stories of his workouts thinking there was no way I could do that. As I learned, anyone can crossfit. Everyone has the ability to reach their goals, and make new goals they didn't even realize were possible. It takes special trainers to be able to lift you up to that place. I have been fortunate enough to "grow up" at Crossfit Snohomish where I have been shown what top notch trainers emulate and I will do so for you as well.

Matt Nuttbrock

I was first introduced to Crossfit in 2009. At that time, I joined a Crossfit gym for about a month and during that short amount of time, I quickly realized that Crossfit was for me. I ended up quiting that gym but continued to do the WODs from the main site. I enjoyed the WODs but missed the competitiveness of working out in the gym with other Crossfitters. I joined CFS in December of 2011 and haven't looked back.


CFS has literally changed my life! It's not just about learning the proper lifting techniques, the positive encouragement and motivation, but also about nutrition.


I grew up playing sports all through high school and a couple of years of baseball at Linfield College in Oregon. I have found that I still have that competitive drive and Crossfit is a great way to satisfy that drive. I currently work as a Firefighter for Snohomish County Fire District 7 and I truly believe that Crossfit enables me to perform my job at the best of my ability and I'm able to compete and perform with guys half my age.


As a coach, I try to make each and every WOD somewhat enjoyable! I enjoy teaching proper lifting techniques, and little "tricks of the trade". The greatest thrill I have though is when somebody reaches a PR that they never thought they could reach. To see that look on their face is priceless and is worth every minute spent in the gym.


I would like to thank Jeff and Charity for giving me the opportunity to become part of this great Crossfit family.

Shawn Shannon

I've always been active with a variety of outdoor activities and obsession with rugby. I came to CrossFit looking for a way to break through the strength and fitness plateaus that seemed to plague me through years of trying. Some of my successful rugby teammates did CrossFit and thought I'd just try it for a few months, get the knowledge and do it myself. Very quickly I broke through those previously unattainable plateaus and found the amazing CrossFit Snohomish community was a unique blessing not easily found. I've even accomplished things I only thought were only Fat Fella Fantasies; unassisted kipping pull ups honestly didn't seem possible. CrossFit's given me that ability to see my potential is as big as I'm willing to go.


The CrossFit methodologies have proven themselves highly successful and I found myself reading and watching everything I could find. Really intrigued in how virtousity translated into so much more capability. Realizing that there is nothing to hold me or anyone else back. As a trainer I really love finding ways to help a person "play above themselves." That point that they accomplish something they didn't know they could. Whether it was a movement or pushing through for one more rep when any other day they would walk away. I want to help people identify those physical and mental barriers and crush them like a bug so they can accomplish what they never thought they could.

Ben Harnetiaux

I have never been what I would consider an athlete. Played sports when I was a kid, but did not continue into high school or college. I have spent my adult life gym binging…you know what I mean: 4-6 months “ON” working out and getting stronger, and slightly lighter only to have some small event derail me and find myself for the next 4-6 months talking about going to the gym while I get weaker & heavier. UGH.


In 2008 I stepped on a scale and saw a weight that (finally) was not acceptable. I joined a new gym, hired a trainer and worked my butt off for a year often spending 2 hours a day, 4 days a week there. It was paying off, but something was missing…


In early 2010 someone introduced me to CrossFit…and I began to follow the main site for my workouts. Many days I did not even know what movement they were talking about and would have to YouTube it. The gym did not have much of the equipment (or space) needed for CrossFit, and I got frustrated. I also got all kinds of looks like “what the heck is that guy doing???”


Finally in Sept 2009 I joined CFS. Wow, was that an eye opener! My fitness level was much lower then I thought it was. UGH again! It was a challenging first few months physically & mentally…but I knew right away that this was the program for me. Concise, intense, well rounded, and controlled were all pieces to the puzzle I had been missing. And one other…the most important of all: Community. I was in a box filled with people just like me. Adding this in combination with a new nutrition plan and coaches that helped me understand the how’s & why’s of my workouts has taken me to the next level.


Fast forward 3+ years and I have never felt fitter, healthier or more confident then I do today. I have been blessed to join the coaching staff of CFS and hope to help you find what you are looking for.

John Grose

I have always been athletic, playing sports through high school and college and staying active.  I always had a gym membership and continuously tried different workouts and exercises over the years to increase my fitness level.  After a number of work related injuries and multiple surgeries, I had Doctors tell me I needed various surgeries that would have severely limited my activity level.  I tried incorporating more functional movements into my workouts and some Olympic lifts.  They were good but I still found myself struggling to keep the workouts interesting and stay free from injuries.


I tried CFS after my wife had joined and saw great improvements in her fitness.  She is a competitive runner and told me it was something I would enjoy.  It was great.  The coaches were all welcoming, supportive and knowledgeable.  I had set lifting goals that I had hoped to meet through CFS.  I was surprised how quickly I was able to meet and pass my goals.  I enjoy the constantly varied functional movements in the group setting.  The community at CFS is awesome and supportive of everyone.  I not only look forward to completing the wods myself, but also seeing my friends at CFS complete them.


Crossfit is unlike anything else by incorporating Olympic weightlifting gymnastics and more. It can take your fitness to a level you may not have thought you had.

Chris Kenney

May of 2011 is when my world completely changed for the better due to Crossfit Snohomish and the wonderful community of people I was introduced to. My drive to find a program that worked for me all came about when I saw a picture of myself that was taken without my knowledge on Easter that year. I have to say that what I saw of myself on the outside was not what I knew was on the inside….that is when I knew it was time for a change. After a conversation with my wife Katie Kenney about the type of program that I was interested in trying she told me of this magical land of Crossfit that she had tried in the past. For me, it sounded like it fit the bill perfectly so I signed up for my first 101 class in what I didn’t know at the time would end up changing my every day habits completely.


Now, almost 4 years later, I find myself as a Certified Level 1 trainer (who would have thought) and doing WOD’s 4-5 days a week regularly. Not only has Crossfit changed my life but my entire family as well. My kids attend the Crossfit Kids program and absolutely love it and look forward to it every week. Some of our closest family friends also have stemmed from this great group of people, I wouldn’t change a thing. The thing I love the most about Crossfit is that it is something that I can actually see myself doing regularly for a long time to come. My age and my looks may fade over time but that doesn’t mean my fitness has to as well. ☺

Spencer Cannon

Hey everybody my name is Spencer Cannon, I’m 24 years old, a professional Firefighter and have been doing CrossFit for 14 months now at a home gym. I was first introduced to CrossFit by my girlfriend’s father who showed me how out of shape I actually was! I've always considered myself an athlete with a background in wrestling, football, swim and dive. Ever since I was a kid I’ve been walking on my hands, doing back flips and lifting weights, so when I found CrossFit, I immediately realized that this was for me.


 I really enjoy CrossFit because it has the same comradery that the fire station does. As you all know CrossFit has such a mental aspect to it and being around people that are like minded really encourages everybody to strive for new goals.


CrossFit really makes me capable of doing my job better which at the end of the day is all I could ask for. I look forward to working with everybody and accomplishing new goals, PR’s and kicking ass.


val lehtinen

As soon as I walked into CrossFit Snohomish in May 2012, I knew I had found a community that would help me grow, in more ways than I would ever imagine.  When I first came in to 'check it out' a class was in session, and I was instantly overwhelmed by all of the weights and activity happening around me.  Yet, at the same time, seeing and hearing members encourage each other during the workout was something I had never seen before at a gym, and by the time I left I felt more excited than nervous about starting something so new to me.

I never considered myself much of an athlete.  I had done some track and soccer in middle and high school, but beyond that I just tried to stay active into adulthood with hiking, walking, and other various fun things that would come up.  From my mid-teens I was plagued with chronic back pain that would come and go, so I never really felt 'safe' doing much more than what I was doing at the time.  After reading testimonials of people who had success with CrossFit helping them with various problems they were having, I decided to give it a try.  I'm so glad I did.

I think one of the best things about CrossFit is the option to scale any movement to each person's abilities without having to feel that you are 'lesser' for doing so.  Everyone is different! For instance, someone may be using a PVC pipe while another person is using a very heavy weight for a squat movement, and the only thing you will get from the group is support and encouragement no matter what scaling options you are using.  After having major hip surgery to fix congenital dysplasia (I was born with hip sockets that were misshapen), I was able to come back after six months of healing and rehabbing with physical therapy to learn how to walk again, scaling virtually everything to very slowly build up my strength again, but now I am stronger than I ever have been.

One of the reasons I became a coach is so I could give back to this amazing community that has given so much to me since the very beginning.  I get excited every day that I coach, looking forward to being able to help each person safely and efficiently do movements that will make them stronger, healthier, and more confident.  One of the greatest things is seeing someone smile after being able to do something they never, ever thought they would be able to do, and I feel honored that I get to help our athletes achieve their goals.  CrossFit has taught me that we really can do more than we think!


Taylor Mccrosson


Before my introduction to Crossfit I wasn’t much of an active individual.  I’d done high school sports like cross country and swimming, but out of school I could never get into a rhythm with a gym.


Going into a building with mirrors, isolation machines and treadmills never filled me with excitement. When I managed to convince myself to get a membership somewhere I never seemed to find the time to go. Not going filled me with anxiety to the point of me not wanting to have a membership anymore, quite a strange cycle.


In July 2012 I found crossfit, July 2nd to be specific. Once I walked through that garage door my life changed for the better, not just physically, but mentally too.  I quickly lost the 55 pounds of excess weight I was carrying with regular attendance and a slight change in my diet. Getting up in the morning was easier. I felt engaged with a community of incredibly supportive people.


Because of the impact crossfit had on my life there was no question I wanted to share my knowledge with others. I became a coach in February of 2013.


Becoming a coach was another life changing experience. The great people you get to see on a regular basis, the challenges you see them push through, and the resilience they have is truly inspiring.


I have taken speciality crossfit courses in Weightlifting and Mobility.  I received my Crossfit Level 2 certificate in 2015. I’ve pursued other training opportunities and specialty classes like the Crossfit Invictus Competitors Course.  I’ve coached athletes in crossfit events, and weightlifting events. Seeing people reach their potential is such a great feeling.


In addition to coaching, I do the programming here at CFS. While I have a passion for coaching, I am equally passionate about creating a program for all athletes to participate in. I have worked to understand the body's needs, the stimulus required to get the results we want.


The Crossfit Snohomish has been extraordinary in its acceptance of me and my wife Ksenia.


Erik Emerson

I've been doing CrossFit for roughly six years now. Before I started CrossFit I was your typical bench press, bicep curls and treadmill for cardio workout guy.

I Always thought I was in good enough shape to get by. Then I went through the fire academy and realized I was in horrible shape. I knew I needed to make a change. A friend of mine turned me onto CrossFit and I've been hooked ever since.

I've lost over 35 pounds and gained a lot of strength. CrossFit has changed my life. I am now able to push through workouts I normally could have never done which also in return gives me the ability to give everything I have when it comes to my job as a Firefighter.

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