Our Coaches

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Michelle grew up off exit 9 in New Jersey. Lucky girl! She spent every waking hour outside and to this day moved to Seattle for the outdoor factor. As a young child sports were a family affair played all together. In high school she tried and fell in love with rowing making the Junior National Team and representing the USA in 1996. It was at this point that she bought her first barbell. She went on to row in college at the University of Virginia and continued to train post college at the US National Training Center. Injuries ended her team rowing career and she sees general strength and conditioning as one of the greatest tools for injury prevention in both adults and children because it is broad and general and great tool for overall health in our modern more sedentary lifestyles.  Michelle loves to get kids moving and see them have fun along the way.  She now spends most of her time with her two kids, the original Sonic kids.



  • The Brand X MethodTM Basic Kids
  • The Brand X MethodTM Advanced Kids
  • The Brand X MethodTM Youth Barbell
  • USAW (USA Weightlifting) Sport Performance Coach
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ignite! Enrichment Through Exercise (In Progress)
  • International Youth Fitness (IYCA) Olympic Lifting (In progress)
  • Positive Coaching Alliance (In Progress)

Rowing experience:
Junior National Team Rower 1996
#1 Junior Women's 2K score in the country - 1996
Rowed at UVA 1996-2000
Senior National Team Rower 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002

Favorite Food: Steak Bites...and Nutella







Claira grew up right here in Seattle and was lucky enough to be surrounded by family who loved her and loved to move. Her dad discovered Crossfit when Claira was only 7 years old, and she was introduced to this unique and ever-changing world of movement early. She is proud to say she learned to squat well early, and anyone who has met her knows that the squat has a special place in her heart. After hopping around and playing a variety of other sports she started going to a Crossfit gym  (Jet City Crossfit) every weekend with her dad in high school. Under the careful guidance of great coaches Claira gradually became stronger and more fit while simultaneously falling in love with human movement.



  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kids
  • Freestyle Connection Movement Seminar
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Positive Coaching Alliance (In Progress)

CrossFit Games Open 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Favorite Food: Bacon....and Hot Cakes