Behind the Desk: Meet Our Front Desk Staff

Posted October 13, 2018

Whether you’re checking into a class, need a spot on a lift, or have questions about equipment, our front desk staff is here to guide you through all things Rival.




Q: What’s your favorite class at Rival?

A: TRX Strength or Triple Threat, because both of those classes have so many varying components.

Q: What brought you to Seattle?

A: I’m originally from Baltimore. I spent my college years in the Air Force on the east coast. My very first mission was to Seattle, and I fell in love with the city right away. So when I knew that I wasn’t going to re-enlist, I knew that I wanted to pack up and move to Seattle. So that’s just what I did. I enrolled in Seattle Central Community College to hopefully eventually transfer to University of Washington to study journalism.

Q: What do you love about Rival?

A: Rival is very reflective of the neighborhood. Capitol Hill is a very vibrant place, so I love that. I love the members here and the general family-like atmosphere. It’s such a tight-knit community. I love our space, especially the open-training space of the



Q: What’s your favorite movement?

A: The Deadlift is kind of my signature move. Since I’m so short, I can pull a pretty significant amount of weight, and so I use progressive training principles to keep my numbers up. I also love Power Cleans and GHD work.

Q: What brought you to Seattle?

A: I grew up in Eastern Washington in the Columbia Basin and then I studied visual journalism and art at Western Washington University in Bellingham. After college, I moved down here to work for the Seattle Reign FC. After my time with the team, I began working in gyms and eventually joined Rival in the spring of 2017. Then I became a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM in January of this year.

Q: What do you love about Rival?

A: Our community, first and foremost. I’ve met some of my best friends here and I love seeing how other members help each other feel welcome and confident. We also have some of the best equipment and take very good care of our space. We put a lot of care into making sure everyone feels safe, empowered and like this space belongs to them. I hope our members see that and know how much we appreciate them.



Q: What’s your favorite exercise?

A: I’m loving cycling lately. I find myself more often just cycling by myself, but I’ve been meaning to take the cycling classes here sometime soon.

Q: What brought you to Seattle?

A: I’m originally from Virginia. I lived in Florida for four years, which is where I met my boyfriend. We moved to the west coast for his job in March of last year. I’m in school right now at the Art Institute of Seattle for video game design and I graduate this December. I’m also a group fitness instructor and have been teaching classes for ten years.

Q: What do you love about Rival?

A: For me, it’s camaraderie. Not just in the classes, but members talk to each other between classes, and that doesn’t happen too often in a lot of gyms. Also the instructors help build that by knowing everyone’s name and introducing people. There’s a real authentic sense of community here that’s hard to replicate.



Q: What’s your favorite class at Rival?

A: I love taking Tabata because of how fast-paced it is.

Q: What brought you to Seattle?

A: I moved here from Charlotte, North Carolina, in February. I came for the coffee, beer, mountains, and water. But what was more appealing to me was how people here are so eclectic, progressive, and generally just very kind. I starting coming to classes at Rival early on through Classpass and then started teaching classes here in the spring.

Q: What do you love about Rival?

A: I love meeting new people here and getting past the, “Hey, how are you?” small-talk kind of thing. The community here is great. I enjoy taking gym-friends out of the gym for happy hour or to go to a show. Especially since I’m still new to town, Rival has been a great place for me to build friendships and explore Seattle a little more.



Q: What’s your favorite movement?

A: Probably the Hanging Leg Raise.

Q: What brought you to Rival

A: I’m actually from Seattle. I went to Bishop Blanchet High School and now I’m currently half-way through getting my personal training certification with NASM. I ended up at Rival because I was looking to get some more work experience at a gym before I start training.

Q: What do you love about Rival?

A: I love how modern and hip our space. The space is very opening, welcoming, and has a great energy.



Q: What’s your favorite exercise?

A: I love core work, especially Russian Twists and traditional crunches.

Q: What brought you to Rival?

A: I actually took over my brother Mike’s shifts here after he graduated and moved away last fall. It ended up working out perfectly because I live so close by. I’m in my senior year at UW right now majoring in psychology and sociology. I’m in an officer program right now with the US Marines, so after I graduate I plan on pursuing that. I’d join up with infantry and hopefully eventually end up in special forces.

Q: What do you love about Rival?

A: It’s really not an average gym. There’s definitely a lot more of a sense of community here. People actually talk to each other here and then hang out with each other outside of the gym too.


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