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.

Jared Erickson
Rival Fitness


  • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACSM Health and Fitness Instructor
  • Indo-Row certified
  • Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology from Central Washington University and Exercise Science from Seattle Pacific University
  • Currently studying for his Nursing degree from North Seattle College

Always ready and happy to help, Jared is committed to supporting clients in their realization of their fitness potential and goals. His training philosophy coincides with his life philosophy; be active to be active and enjoy the ride. Fitness has always been a part of his life. Whether it’s hiking, skiing, running, riding, multi-sport or strength training; Jared is always ready to Rival it.

1) How long have you been training for?

Since 2004

2) In a nutshell, what made you become a trainer?

I’ve always been into fitness and have been a lifelong advocate of living a healthy lifestyle.

3) Describe your training philosophy. What does “fitness” mean to you?

I really respect the unique individuality of people and likewise my training reflects that. However, as your trainer I expect your very best effort and will not be afraid to push you so that you can overcome your fears and weaknesses to accomplish all your goals, not just in the gym. “Fitness” to me is synonymous with living. They are so intertwined that I cannot be successful with living unless I take care of myself in all its three needs; mind, body, soul.

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 thing I want to know is, “What motivates you? Why are you here? How exactly can I help you? What are your goals, both short and long term? Not just in the gym, but outside the gym? Work? Family? Travel?” Knowing the complete picture and how fitness will play a role for each uniquely designed person will help me develop a training program for you. A huge part of my training practice is assessment. Whether my clients know it or not, I am constantly assessing their needs and adjusting their training program accordingly.

5) What do you like about training at Rival?
Having been at Rival since day one, I knew working here was going to be something special. What makes Rival so unique and special is that Rival strives to make you feel a part of a community. Both members and staff alike have become so integrated in my life it is as if I have a second family – a big happy, healthy family that keeps growing and growing!

Josh Hunter
Rival Fitness
  • ACE certified Personal Trainer
  • Indo-Row certified
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Management from Western Michigan University
Playing numerous sports throughout childhood and into his adult life, Josh has always enjoyed being active. At one point though, he lost his motivation to move, and it wasn’t until high school that he began weight training and athletics, and got his game back! Fitness made a major impact on his life, and his training philosophy is to bring the feeling of courage, confidence, pride, and accomplishment that fitness can bring to those he trains in strength training, speed, agility, mobility, and more. In his spare time, Josh delights in active hobbies such as running and tennis, and he also spends time blogging, painting anime, and modeling.
Ron Moodey
Rival Fitness


  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer,
  • International Kettlebell Fitness Federation Level 2 Coach
  • Tactical Athlete Level 2
  • Crossfit Endurance, Crossfit Mobility,
  • Starting Strength
  • STOTT Pilates trained
  • Pilates Academy International certified
  • TRX Group Training, Rip Training, Sports Medicine courses

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.

Emily Ring
Rival Fitness


NPTI Theory and Practice
NPTI Basic Nutrition
NPTI Kettlebell
NPTI Suspension

Training for SFG I – April 2017

As a health and wellness coach it is my mission to educate on personal well-being, holistic-strength and to provoke higher level thoughts-and-actions. As Emily’s client you will gain body awareness and confidence; by challenging your proprioception to create new neuropathways.

To truly master a skill one must teach others to also acquire the skill. Emily sees herself as a guide for the self: Self-acceptance, self-discovery, self-mastery, and self-love. When we gain the strength to overcome ourselves, we also gained the strength to overcome any obstacle.


Ridge Carpenter
Rival Fitness


  • National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer and Women’s Fitness Specialist
  • StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor, Strength Matters Kettlebell Instructor
  • FMS Functional Movement Specialist Level 2
  • TRX Suspension Training and Functional Training Certified
  • Onnit Academy Durability Trainer
  • Yoga Tune UpⓇ Therapy Ball Practitioner
  • RockTapeⓇ FMT Basic and Performance Taping, RockTapeⓇ Blades

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.

Zach Platis
Rival Fitness


  • W.I.T.S. Personal Fitness Trainer Certified

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.


Darsenio Hunter
Rival Fitness

Darsenio was born in California but raised in the Tri-Cities — Kennewick to be exact. He is ACE Personal Trainer Certified, Precision Nutrition L1 Certified, working on his PN Level 2, and believes heavily that the key to permanent change is through nutrition. His philosophy is simple: When it comes to movement, do what makes you happy and sweaty — but mainly happy. If you truly hate running, then you’re not likely to hit the treadmill at the gym where you’re a paid member. Instead, go with what you like, find a trainer that understands you, listens, and will still push you, and never give up on your goals. Also, nutrition is key. It is more important to him than working out, since — as the saying goes — “you can’t outwork a poor diet.”

Here are some fun facts about Darsenio:

  •  He once held a plank for 53 minutes, loves fun socks and nostalgic t-shirts, and is a lululemon Training Ambassador
  • Featured in Seattle Magazine’s Feb. 2017 lifestyle section as one of “Seattle’s Top Trainers”
  • He once did 501 push-ups in 30 minutes to raise over $4,500 for Breast Cancer Awareness research
  • Favorite Quote – “Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” – Walt Whitman.

1) How long have you been training for?

I’ve been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for three years.

2) In a nutshell, what made you become a trainer?

Honestly, I wasn’t making enough money in the hospitality job that I landed right after graduating college. While waiting for a former girlfriend to graduate, I took advantage of a Personal Training Certification course thinking that I could train a few people on the side for some side income. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would allow me to do what I do now, but I am so thankful that it did.

3) Describe your training philosophy. What does “fitness” mean to you?

My training philosophy is simple, “Stay ready so that you don’t have to get ready.” This means to simply move like you like to, and eat for your goals. “Fitness” is so vague, but to me it means to be comfortable and confident within a healthy body. We all plan to live long lives, but so many of us aren’t realizing the tremendous work it takes over time to do this. It’s not about a three-hour long workout three days a week, it’s about 30-60 minutes of some kind of activity daily, along with daily good nutritional habits, lots of water, good sleep and stress management.

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?

I want to know their history and to sort of pick their brain as to how they think of themselves. Their confidence level and to see how much of themselves are holding them back. I like to play a game called the “5 Why’s.” This allows both of us to really break down a goal from, ‘I want to be leaner,” to “I want to be the best parent for my kids and not end up with a heart attack like my parents experienced.”

5) What do you like about training at Rival?

Training at Rival is great because of the caliber of staff that we have. We have loving, nurturing staff who genuinely care and support the efforts of our members. The coaches all have different specialties and coaching styles that make them attractive to each member in different ways, and that is important when considering a home gym. Our space is small yet clean. Hidden away in Capitol Hill, yet full of great people and tools to get the job done. The classes are also so small that members may feel like they are receiving an intimate experience. I love coaching at Rival and I love our squad that shows up each and every day to get the job done!


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