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!

 
 Photo by Holly Knauft

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.

In my spare time you can find me shopping the farmer's market, taking a hot yoga class, hiking the Wallowa Mountains or trying out a new restaurant dishes - I do love my food!

 
 Photo by Holly Knauft

Photo by Holly Knauft

DUSTIN BROWN

CrossFit Level 2 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!

 
 Photo by Holly Knauft

Photo by Holly Knauft

Nikki Sharp

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

CrossFit Kids Certificate 

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.

 
Gregg Petcoff.jpg
 

Gregg Petcoff

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

I joined the local CrossFit affiliate in Philadelphia late in the spring of 2014. Eleven months later I moved West to Walla Walla (perhaps in search of double-unders?) where I continued training, and eventually earned my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate in August of 2015.

CrossFit presented me with an opportunity to, in effect, change my life.  For me it’s become not just about the training, but also about my sleep habits, recovery process, and eating habits including doing my best to stay Paleo! This is my way of life now, made possible by the training and even more importantly, by the community that keeps you going on those rough days and is right there for the fist-bump when you rock a WOD!

A swimmer in college, I now work in a collegiate setting as the Sports Communications Director at Whitman College in Walla Walla.

 
Sonja Rootvik.jpg

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!