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Leon Aldrich

​Leon got an early start on his athletic endeavors when his father brought him to his first karate class at age 3. Later, his passion for athletics led him to pursue a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts. Shortly after graduation he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. While attending college, Leon worked as manager and eventually assistant director of a University wellness program. He also began training and coaching in Mixed Martial Arts and went on to compete in two professional MMA fights.

In 2004, Leon was introduced to the CrossFit methodology and began experimenting. CrossFit exposed some major weaknesses in his training and changed the way he trained his clients. Leon is a CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer as well as an A.C.E certified personal trainer. He has attended the Paleolithic Solution Nutrition Seminar, CrossFit Running and Endurance Sports Seminar, Kelly Starrett’s mobility seminar, Dan John’s seminar and his education continues on a daily basis.

In February of 2009, Leon moved to Tacoma, joined Tacoma Strength where he soon began coaching. Leon is now a co-owner of Tacoma Strength and Conditioning and continues to coach at both gyms. He also recently became the assistant varsity baseball coach at Clover Park High School. Leon has over 10 years of personal training and coaching experience. Over the years his interest in athletics has evolved into a dedication to fitness and total health and longevity. Nutrition, sleep, exercise and lifestyle are all equally important pieces of the puzzle. Leon cares deeply about the health and happiness of his clients, many of whom have become his friends. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Front Desk - Craig O’Hanlon

Craig O'Hanlon limped into Tacoma Strength in January 2011 after losing a bet with himself. He was Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, at least that's what his medical tests said. He jumped in head first. Leon taught him the basics of CrossFit and introduced him to the Paleo & JERF (Just Eat Real Food) Movement. The rest is history. In his first month at Tacoma Strength, Craig dropped almost 40 pounds and won the Winter 2011 Clean Eating Gym Challenge. Read the rest of his amazing story.

As a French Classical Chef School Graduate and former Executive Chef and General Manager, Craig now offers Hero Support to the gym members of Tacoma Strength. Don't know how to cook? Contact Craig. Wondering about Paleo? Contact Craig. Looking to spice up your cooking game? Contact Craig. Got an item for the weekly newsletter? Contact Craig. Got an idea for a great social gym event? Contact Craig.

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Dr. Jared Williamson, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Jared N. Williamson received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Baylor University in 2008. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CrossFit Level 1 certified and he is trained in a variety of manual physical therapy treatment techniques.

Jared is a 13-year, 5-time combat veteran and former Army Ranger. He most recently served as physical therapist and director of human performance and rehabilitation for the Rangers of 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. While there, Jared's focus was on injury prevention and keeping Rangers fully mission capable by blending rehabilitation seamlessly with physical performance training.

Jared loves the Pacific Northwest and is proud to make the South Sound his home. Biking, hiking, and training at the gym are favorite past-times, and you're likely to see him biking the Burke-Gilman, Sammamish, Chehalis, or Foothills Trail, hiking the Snoqualmie Mountains, or training at the gym.

Andrew Davis

I started gymnastics when I was a wee tyke and competed through college at Michigan State University. I coached recreational gymnasts as well as advanced gymnasts for many years during and after my career.

I found CrossFit in 2008, received my level one certification in 2009, and the varied workouts have kept me coming back ever since.

I enjoy working core strength and programming cardio style workouts with dynamic movements. Come and play. It will be fun!

Amanda Sprinker

I grew up in Tacoma playing all types of sports all through grade school. In high school, I narrowed it down to swimming, wrestling and water polo. Living off the endorphins of constant practicing and great team mates, I made several trips to state in all three sports, was the first female to letter in wrestling at Stadium and captained both swimming and water polo. I decided I loved water polo the best and went on to play Division 1 for the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. My junior year, I decided to study abroad in England, where I joined my university’s water polo team where I whipped the boys into shape (they just won’t ever admit that!) and was top scorer for the girls. When I was State-side again, I decided to join the rowing team because I always wanted to row. I absolutely loved being on the water despite being up before the sun.

I joined CrossFit because despite my love for playing sports, my favorite practices were in the weight room where I could see myself improving with every rep. I joined Tacoma Strength in October 2012 where I was immediately hooked! I love pushing myself and others to do more than they ever thought they could do. In addition to coaching at Tacoma Strength, I am also the head coach for Stadium High School’s girls water polo team and assistant coach for Stadium High School’s girls swim team. If you ever catch me out of the gym, it would probably be at the pub watching English Premier League soccer and international rugby!

Jo Ann Lucas

Jo Ann came to Tacoma Strength in 2009 and was hooked immediately. Trust me, she looked like a deer in headlights but she kept coming back. Jo Ann has always tried to maintain some sort of physical activity through out her life. She was mainly a social long distance runner before cross fit. She has done numerous events for Team in Training, Leukemia Society. Jo Ann has an Olympic Lifting Certification and plans to take more CrossFit certifications.

Since being involved with CrossFit she has seen a transformation with her physical activities and overall health. She has always had lower back issues with her job but now she no longer has that issue.

Jo Ann values the CrossFit community and loves to push you to accomplish your goals with a smile.

Maria Rodriguez

Maria was born in LA but truly grew up in Tucson, Arizona where she discovered yoga as a college student. She practiced Ashtanga every day, sometimes twice a day which inspired her to pursue her fitness journey. After she graduated college with her bachelor in fine arts with an emphasis in sculpture, she moved to Washington to be with her now husband in Tacoma, Washington. Here, she finally got certified in yoga all while discovering what CrossFit had to offer. Tacoma Strength is where she was introduced to a deeper love, powerlifting. Maria is now certified in USAPL as a powerlifting club coach. She teaches a variety of strength classes in Tacoma as well. Her fitness career is always growing as she's always striving to become a better instructor, personal trainer and coach.

Jordan Coby

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