Rival Personal Training Team

All Rival personal trainers are all professionally trained and certified through nationally accredited organizations. The team is your personal resource for tips and guidance to ensure that your training experience at Rival is effective, safe, and specific to your individual needs goals.

Get to know the personal training team below.

Ron Moodey
Rival Fitness


Ron began professionally training clients in 2008. His fitness journey has included studying barbell training, kettlebell sport, endurance training, pilates, and bodyweight movements.  Ron programs workouts and regimens based on each individual need. He prioritizes acquiring strength, quality movement, developing new skills, and enjoying the process. He is an excellent listener, and will keep you motivated to continue, even when it is difficult. You will see your goals reached, and have fun doing it.

Ridge Carpenter
Rival Fitness


Ridge began his training career in New York, he developed an early attachment to movement and functional strength training via the classic methods of barbells, kettlebells and bodyweight calisthenics, and has since expanded his practice to include suspension and sandbag training modalities. He believes everyone has a right to a physical culture, that strength is a skill inseparable from safe movement, and that both strength and movement should be practiced and refined daily.

Ridge wants a few things for his clients–first, to move well (and, it follows, to move often); second, to develop strength and capacity on top of that movement base; and third, to apply those foundational attributes to improving the quality of their life in whatever way may present itself (which ways, it can be asserted, are limitless).

1) How long have you been training for? I’ve been a trainer for five years now.

2) In a nutshell, what made you become a trainer? The main reason I entered the training world was to try and help other people derive the same lifestyle benefits from physical culture that I have–It’s not just about lifting weights!

3) Describe your training philosophy. What does “fitness” mean to you? “Fitness” has become an annoying catch-word, but to me it really means the ability to perform a task. What’s your task? We’ll start there. One more thing: as a teacher told me, the only time ‘fitness’ comes before ‘health’ is in the dictionary.

4) What are some of the things you like to learn about someone when taking on a new client? What types of practices do you use to help them achieve their goals? With new clients, I like to learn a bit about who they are, where they’re coming from as an individual and how that relates to what they want to get done here in the gym; in other words, we need to identify their point “A” and their point “B.” I’ve found that most folks haven’t entirely figured out both, as our goals usually center on “I want to stop being A” or “I want to become B,” so our initial conversation is a bit of a team effort at finding the missing piece.

5) What do you like about training at Rival? Training at Rival is great because it’s free of gimmickry! We’re not selling you a product or a canned method or slogan, we’re actually looking to give you the mental skill set to make the best of any program or implement.

Sam Pak
Rival Fitness


Starting out with a passion for Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting, Samantha eventually shifted her focus from weightlifting to a practice of general movement. For the past several years, she has been studying under the Ido Portal Method, a practice that explores the potential and depth in human movement.

On any given day, you might see her hand-balancing, weightlifting, dancing, or doing gymnastics strength – the list goes on. Her training approach is to help build one’s movement complexity through the development of strength, mobility, and body awareness.

Zach Platis
Rival Fitness


  • W.I.T.S. Personal Fitness Trainer Certified
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

Zach’s approach is centered around the time-tested idea of traditional weight training. Form is king, results come from a routine that focuses the work where it needs to be and keeps people free from injury. Shoulder health, one of the biggest issues in gyms everywhere, is especially important in his workout programs. So many physical fitness routines don’t last, whether due to injuries, lack of interest or perceived benefit – that’s what Zach seeks to overcome with his training style. The fundamentals of weight training are not only crucial to developing a strong workout routine, they also yield the best results.

1) How long have you been training for? I have been into fitness and weight training for six years. I have been a personal trainer for ten months.

2) In a nutshell, what made you become a trainer? What made me become a trainer was the love for weight training and wanting to share that love with other people. Also, I’m a people person and being able to help someone better the lives is very rewarding.

3) Describe your training philosophy. What does “fitness” mean to you? My training philosophy is mastering the basics. I really like to focus on “heavy” compound movements – like squats, deadlifts, overhead press, bent-over barbell row, etc. – and then really focusing on mastering the form. Perfect the form first, and then the weight will come. Fitness to me means feeling great physically and mentally. I want my clients to gain confidence in the gym.

4) What are some of the things you like to learn about someone when taking on a new client? What types of practices do you use to help them achieve their goals? First, what made them decide to start exercising? Then, if they have specific goals they’re trying to meet, whether it be weight loss, weight grain, or just wanting to feel better. I like to do whatever I can to make training fun and able to keep track of progress. If people see progress, then they get motivated, which makes reaching a goal that much more achievable!

5) What do you like about training at Rival? Training at Rival is great. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. The facility is very well equipped, with a variety of equipment. Whether it’s barbells, kettelbells, RX, or if you want to go wild on a punching bag – Rival has it all. Not to mention keep very clean and well maintained, which I feel is important.


Hannah Elliott
Rival Fitness


  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer
  • TRX Suspension Training Certified
  • StrongFirst Kettlebell Specialist
  • StrongFirst Combat Specialist
  • Certified Rival Fitness Rowing Instructor

Hailing from North Carolina, worked as a trainer and instructor for several years before moving to Seattle in January 2018. She has an extensive background in gymnastics which eventually fueled her passion for functional movement and helping people realize their own potential through fitness, with the focus of moving well and moving often.

Her motto is, “always proud, never satisfied.”

Sean Manseau
Rival Fitness


Sean is the internationally-renowned author of By The Numbers: A Practical Method for Instructing Multi-Modal General Physical Preparedness Training.

Originally from the east coast, Sean attended University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he achieved his Bachelor’s Degree in Depth Psychology and Religious Thought.

CrossFit first peaked his interest in 2005 and in 2007 he became a CrossFit affiliate and opened a small gym in Easthampton, Massachusetts. In 2009, he earned his CrossFit Level 2 Certification.

Eventually, Seattle drew Sean’s attention and he relocated to the Emerald City, where he currently specializes in helping new trainees get strong and learn technical lifts with precision.

Throughout his training career, Sean has taught over 8,000 classes – many of which have taken place at Rival over the past three years. Sean coaches our staple Strength Squad and is available for individual training dependent on scheduling.

Besides being a decorated trainer and all around cool guy, Sean is a talented artist and animator, and has dabbled in interests such as muay Thai, bartending, and creative writing.

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Our InBody520 is a State of the Art body-composition reader which provides in-depth analysis of lean mass, fat storage, and water retention. Training clients benefit from being able to step on the InBody periodically to receive detailed reports on the progress of their goals – whether it be fat loss, muscle gain, or even gained mass in your trunk or extremities.


“I came to Ridge initially for help with rehabbing an ankle injury. I had such a good experience, I returned when I found out I had severe disk degeneration in my low back. Stress and lack of sleep were causing me to suffer an autoimmune flare, and I was depressed and scared.  After physical therapy and plenty of chiropractic, I was ready for training. Ridge has worked with me from day one where I was barely touching my toes to the present where I am deadlifting half my body weight. His patience, sense of humor, passion for kettlebells, and interest in alternative healing have been integral to my rehabilitation. I am forever grateful to Ridge and I would recommend him to anyone, but especially those who need a little extra help trusting their bodies again.” – Kristen A. 

“Zach is very diligent and attentive about ensuring the proper form is used during all exercises, while also using it as a teaching opportunity. He pushes you for a steady pace of improvement and changes up aspects when needed, while always keeping his clients’ goals and health in mind.” – Jacob O. 

“I went from squatting 45lbs to 105lbs. But it wasn’t until three different people complimented me that I knew it all wasn’t my imagination, I was actually making progress! Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy… but I’m always happy after each session. Ron makes the workouts super fun and he pushes me, which I love, but never makes me do something I just don’t want to do. Ron and Rival Fitness ROCK. But honestly, me putting on an outfit and feeling confident is by far the top reason why I keep coming back.” – Ada A. 



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