Photo by Holly Knauft

Photo by Holly Knauft

SHANE ORCHARD

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

CrossFit Mobility Certificate

CrossFit Weightlifting Certificate

Finding CrossFit was not only a turning point in my life but was also the change I had been looking for my entire life.  I have always lived an active lifestyle that included hiking, kayaking, wakeboarding and mountain biking to name a few, but I wanted to become stronger as well. So after spending years at the local 24-hour gym and not seeing the results I was after, I took a chance and became a member of this incredible lifestyle we call CrossFit. The physical and mental results, along with the lifelong friendships made while at the box, has made it the best decision I have ever made and one I will never regret. Helping people live a healthy and active lifestyle is my passion!

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Photo by Holly Knauft

AMY LOCATI

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

A native to Walla Walla, I grew up doing manual labor on my dad’s farm, so I am well versed in hard-work and grit – two things integral to life and CrossFit. My athletic background comes from years of gymnastics, dance and cheerleading. I started CrossFit in 2012 when our small town opened it's first box. CrossFit taught me to love and respect my body and my muscles. As a coach, I feel a responsibility, especially to other women, to show that being strong is something to be proud of.  Picking up a heavy barbell, listening to loud music, and working out alongside my friends is the best part of my day.  

Nutrition is a huge part of my life (that's my main job!) and I encourage anyone to stop and ask me questions if they need quick advice or just want some new ideas. In my spare time you can find me in my kitchen cooking, shopping the farmer's market, taking a hot yoga class, or camping/hiking in the Wallowa Mountains.

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Photo by Holly Knauft

DUSTIN BROWN

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Brand X Method Trainer

I am a 3rd generation Walla Wallan that grew up playing three sports in high school: basketball, baseball, and football. I went to LCSC on a Baseball scholarship where I got a small taste for long arduous workouts, which at the time I hated. I later transferred to and graduated from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, married my high school sweetheart and moved back to Walla Walla to start a family.

After 5 years of struggling to get pregnant, my wife and I decided to take the route of adopting children. The adoption process was arduous and we fought for 2 more excruciating years before finally bringing our son and daughter home from Jamaica. The stress and focus on my children led me to neglect taking better care of myself and I gained over 40 pounds. I attempted to keep up with them, but at 245 pounds and obesely overweight; I needed a change. I tried every specialty weight-loss program and tried an overwhelming concoction of pills and powders that never produced lasting results, and wasted hundreds of dollars. I joined multiple gyms and fitness programs but couldn’t find anything that I enjoyed enough to stay committed to.

In 2013, after many invitations from my friend Alex to come check out a “CrossFit” box, I finally gave in. I walked into a cold warehouse where multiple people were swinging sledge-hammers and blasting rock music while others huddled under a propane heater. I later learned they called it the “Ice Box”, and for good reason. As cold as the warehouse was,  I never felt a more warming embrace from a community of strangers. I realized a new love for fitness within this mix of strangers and friends who embraced my inability to do most of the movements. After 6 months I dropped over 45 pounds and gained a new energy for life. The love and support I received from the coaches and the CrossFit community gave me the desire to get my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate in 2013. A few years later, I’m still getting my butt kicked and loving every minute of it!

CrossFit to me is a lifestyle! It helps me handle the mental health side of life by giving me an outlet for all the stress life throws at us. It’s a safe place to go and workout without being judged, and in fact, being encouraged daily to keep going even when I want to quit. I love to coach because I am passionate about the success of each individual that steps into the Box.

My goal is to use CrossFit as a tool to help better people’s lives as a trainer and coach. Helping people realize their value, potential, and ability is one of the most rewarding things. I love being there to give those who are willing to commit, the necessary tools for success.

In the near future, I want to bring fitness to the children in our community through a CrossFit Kids class. I want to help show each person that walks through our doors, regardless of age or ability level, how to fight to be the fittest person that they desire to be!

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Photo by Holly Knauft

Nikki Sharp

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer 

I am a licensed counselor who found CrossFit to be a perfect way to be more gameful in my life. The first CrossFit workout I ever did was a modified version of a classic benchmark called “Angie”. This saucy dose of push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and squats nabbed me[Nikki Sharp] hook, line and sinker. One of my strengths is mental toughness, which I believe trumps physical toughness at times – my body might want to quit, but my mind never lets me give up. This ability has led me to great successes not only in CrossFit but also in endurance style workouts. I have completed various marathons, duathlons, and the local Badger Mountain 50 mile run.

I have a thirst for continued improvement and education, which led me to immerse myself in learning as much about CrossFit as possible.  I have attended numerous specialty classes to broaden my experience, including the Iron Country Kettlebell Instructor Course, and the Invictus Athlete Camp, where I got to learn from some of the world’s top CrossFit athletes.

Building Destination CrossFit together with my friends, both in life and in training, marks a point to the ongoing journey of becoming a better, healthier human.

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Photo by Holly Knauft

Sonja Rootvik

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I was born and raised in Walla Walla, and played a number of sports in high school and college. I’ve always spent my summers commercial fishing in Alaska, where I learned grit, manual labor, and the need for functional fitness. I never was satisfied with the fitness industry’s superficial focus on appearance, dieting, and being “skinny”, when I just wanted to feel strong and improve my abilities. In the fall of 2012 I climbed up onto a loading dock and first entered a gritty warehouse gym nicknamed “The Icebox,” and knew I had found what I’d been searching for.

At CrossFit I found a place of acceptance, encouragement, and inspiration, where everyone leaves their egos at the door because each workout is a humbling experience. Anyone, regardless of background or fitness level, gains the respect and support of everyone else they sweat next to during a WOD. We all give our best, see each other at our worst, and cheer each other on like the family we are. Not only does CrossFit train your body, it also trains your mental toughness, calls forth strength of character, and genuinely empowers you for life.

I got my CrossFit Level 1 Certificate in August 2016, and am excited to coach others along the journey to fitness. As a self-proclaimed “CrossFit Nerd” I am continually listening to podcasts, watching videos, reading articles, and gleaning tips from other boxes and athletes in order to broaden my CrossFit knowledge. I know that each body is different, that each person has their own strengths and weaknesses, and I am passionate about figuring out what works for each person and how to help everyone reach their goals. All you need is enough courage to walk in our doors, and I know that your life will change for the better!

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Erika Rootvik

CrossFit level 1 trainer

I have been doing CrossFit with my lovely wife, Nikki Sharp, since 2012.  A few years ago I decided to get my Crossfit L1 coaches certification with my sister Sonja who also coaches here at Destination CrossFit. I love the Destination Crossfit family and the culture of CrossFit in general.  I love Coach Glassman, what he has created, and the direction he is going with CrossFit.  I love the opportunity that I have to share these values and vision through coaching.  I am moved and motivated by the deeper experiences that occur in the box.  I love seeing people do more than they thought was possible and grow healthy and whole on levels that far exceed the aesthetic or the scoreboard.  I believe in building a life of fitness and I am in this for the long haul, expecting to be hitting PR’s when I am a grandma, just like I see my own mom doing.  

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Photo by Holly Knauft

Benj Olson

Crossfit level 1 trainer

I moved to Walla Walla at the end of 2011 and was invited by one of my newest friends and co-workers Bryan Martin to come check out CrossFit. Having grown up playing team sports like soccer, baseball, football and basketball I immediately loved the group mentality at our local box! I did experience CrossFit once in 2008, but this re-introduction and group in Walla Walla quickly made me feel at home and find what I had been searching for in continued fitness and health! 

Here at Destination CrossFit I found a family to make Walla Walla home. No matter where we are in our health and fitness journey Destination CrossFit welcomes you, encourages you, and challenges you. I love the familial atmosphere and support that we have and am proud to be a part of it. Encouraged by the support, I’ve long wanted to step up and coach (officially) and continue to help others in their journey. The opportunity presented itself to finally attend a Level 1 trainer course, and the rest is history! I’m here to help everyone challenge themselves, enjoy their day, and succeed in any way we can while staying safe!

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Photo by Holly Knauft

Genie Huntemann

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I was born and raised in Alaska, where tenacity and drive develop organically as you dodge moose while cross-country skiing through snow drifts on your way to school.  When I was 7, my neighbor recognized my love of rallying everyone to play games outside and took me along to t-ball sign ups with her son. I credit this kind lady with launching my career in organized sports that streamlined into playing soccer in college here at Whitman in Walla Walla.  I’ve had a few hiatuses to other places over the last twenty years, but have spent most of those years in Walla Walla, first as a fifth grade teacher and now for several years teaching English at our alternative high school.

I discovered CrossFit after years of throwing strength into my workouts willy-nilly and without much real enjoyment. Oh how I wish I’d found it long ago! The community is unlike any type of other gym setting. The competition is healthy and inspiring.  The positive power that one walks away with every single day is renewing and builds such confidence that translates to the rest of life. I have coached soccer for years, and love the mentoring piece, so I decided in the summer of 2018 to go for my Level 1 and join our phenomenal coaching staff.  I’ve also dreamed of working a CrossFit program into my high school, especially for my students in recovery and the ones working on harm reduction, as something different that they can call their own. We are starting small and using basic equipment, but I have a handful of students showing up before school starts every day, and I am so excited to see where we can go.

Click here to watch my Athlete Award Spotlight interview.