We specialize in all levels of health and fitness, from beginners to experienced athletes who need sport specific training.
Charith is a former aerospace electrical engineer who decided to turn his passion for fitness and healthy living into a career. The professionalism, ingenuity and attention to detail that defined his work as an engineer also defines his approach to fitness training. He is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Weight Loss Specialist. His work in the gym is known internationally. In his native Sri Lanka, he is known as a “Fitness Guru” and has been featured on the popular TV program “Rise and Shine.” He also writes regularly for the Daily Mirror there.
After graduating from Wichita State University in 2007, Charith became an aerospace engineer for two of the world’s leading aerospace companies. His work required him to be highly analytical and systematic. Taking that same approach to fitness, Charith developed a unique, highly effective personal-training philosophy and program that maximizes body fat loss while building muscle and increases speed, power, and endurance.
With the added responsibilities of owning a growing company, Charith’s availabilities for training clients is limited. However, he is very much involved with the day to day operations of the company and making sure the clients are receiving a remarkable personal training experience every single visit!
Matt Duncan developed a passion for fitness from playing football throughout his childhood and high school days. From many years of hard work he attended University of Charleston on a football scholarship and graduated with a bachelors in wellness studies and fitness. He believes in basic barbell movements as well as simple lifestyle changes to help with each client’s goals.
Born in the greater Seattle area, Colin was raised to live a very active lifestyle. Growing up with two brothers, competition became his first nature. He started off playing baseball and skiing at a young age. As soon as he got to junior high, opportunities to play new sports opened up his eyes to new ways of competition. Each quarter he was able to try out a new sport, joining the school tennis, football, wrestling, and baseball teams.
When high school was over, he was looking for new ways of competing. He found a mixed martial arts gym and started training in the arts of Boxing, Muay Thai, and Jiu Jitsu. After training for five months he decided to try out his newly learned skills in a submission wrestling tournament, winning first place in his division. From that point on he was hooked, competing in every tournament he could find, as well as in an MMA match. A new opportunity rose for Colin and he was offered a job as the head MMA and Jiu Jitsu coach at the gym he was training at and he gladly accepted the position. Training people of all skill levels and bringing the team to tournaments all around the Seattle area, Colin really loved seeing how each of his students was incredibly happy over how they have progressed throughout their time training with him.
From then on, he wanted to find a way to further extend his passion in fitness. He decided to go to school at Lake Washington Institute of Technology to learn about the field of Personal Training. After becoming certified, he quickly found a job in the fitness industry and has greatly enjoyed every moment of changing lives through fitness.
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In 2016 Jennine received her Bachelor's in Exercise Science from East Tennessee State University, where she played Division-1 Softball for four years. After graduation, she decided to continue her athletic career and moved to Seattle in order to play elite women's rugby. Jennine currently plays for the Seattle Saracens and the Atavus Academy rugby teams. In August of 2017, Jennine won the Club 7's National Championship with the Atavus Academy team following an undefeated season.
Sports and fitness have always been a huge part of Jennine's life. Growing up, she discovered her passion to help people feel better and guide them towards success. Jennine believes that there is an athlete inside everyone, and she tries to bring that out while training. Her ideology consists of basic movements built around her client's goals.
Nate developed a passion for fitness after he was hit by a car at the age of twelve. He went through many months of therapy and training in order to relearn even the most basic skills, such as walking and talking. His passion to help others drove him to obtain an B.S. Exercise Science degree from Georgia Southern University. Now he enjoys sharing what he has learned through the years to help others obtain their personal health and wellness goals.
Nate believes in a well rounded workout routine that will provide consistent results and help people in achieving their overall fitness and wellness goals. He enjoys living an active lifestyle and working towards personal fitness goals. With his time working as a character performer at Walt Disney World, he has experience working with people from around the world and uses his uplifting spirit to keep clients energized and excited.
Max was raised in Santiago, Chile in a community that didn’t value physical fitness as much as here in the United States. When he immigrated to the Northwest in high school, he immediately joined the swim team where he exceled in distance swimming. He is now completing an Associate’s degree in Personal Training at Highline College. In addition to working with many staff and faculty clients at the college, Max worked at 24 Hour Fitness in Bellevue and interned at Grit City Fitness and Performance in Tacoma.
Max’s passion as a fitness trainer is increasing his clients’ enjoyment of life by making them stronger and more mobile and energetic. He loves putting circuits together because this keeps the workout both challenging and interesting. In his programs, he includes mobility, stability and balance and he stresses form when exercising to prevent injury. Everything he does in his sessions translates to real world applications: tying a shoe, unloading the dishwasher, playing with kids, and becoming more active outside the gym.
“They don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care” -Michael Boyle
From starting dance at a young age, to competing state-wide in track and field, Hannah has always loved exploring movement. In September 2016 she completed the 200 hour yoga teacher training, which has helped strengthen her own practice, and elevate her teaching. She began personal training mid 2017, after working in a gym, and realizing her purpose as a fitness instructor. She has also taught Crossfit, bootcamps and other fitness classes. Other passions include hiking, Crossfit, video games, food, and animals. “I believe fitness should be fun and challenging! I want you to realize your body's potential, and celebrate the journey. There is no secret formula, you work hard, and sometimes you just want to quit. That's where I come in. Together, we can improve your strength, endurance, speed, balance, or whatever your own goal may be.”
Lacey’s career as a professional fitness trainer started at a local YMCA in 2011. She taught GroupX classes ranging from women-on-weights, strength training, bootcamps, HIIT, basic stretching classes, and her personal favorite, Ab Lab. She managed clientele in other departments and programs as well, such as the 12-week-introductory program and leading the Teen Night workouts. Additionally, she has experience in basic tumbling and gymnastics. More often than not, you will find Lacey performing hand-stands or hanging from the pull-up bars.
Lacey naturally demonstrates lots compassion and empathy for her clients. “My ultimate goal as a coach, is to teach you every thing you need to know so that you don’t need me anymore! I’ll teach you how to move correctly, safely lift, and to fix your posture. I want to help you create self-sufficiency, confidence, and discipline in the way you approach health and wellness.”
She loves to encourage her clients to try challenging, fun, and playful ways of training to make fitness more exciting and enjoyable. All while still maintaining safety, effectiveness, and getting after results.
Shireen was born and raised in Orange County California. From an early age she would follow along to her mother’s jazz and modern dance classes. She continued her dance education through high school. While she grew up in a very healthy and active family, she always struggled with her weight and self-confidence. After gaining the notorious freshman 20 during her first year of college, she decided to to make a change. She poured a lot of her free time into researching evidence-based weight management strategies that were fad-diet and pseudo-science-free. It was during this time she learned about how empowering strength training can be. She continued dancing by delving into the world of swing dancing (aka: Lindy-Hop).
After Shireen graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A in Sociology, she decided to pursue her passion for fitness and movement to help others. She eventually earned her Personal Training certificate through The American Council on Exercise and spent two years studying Pilates at Fullerton College.
After years of dance and the subsequent injuries that follow that passion, she realized the importance of conditioning and injury prevention for specific types of movement. Shireen prioritizes deep core training as well as hip/pelvic and shoulder health. In addition to dance, she is also passionate about strength training an encouraging more women to recognize their strength. She plans on working towards a Strength & Conditioning certification as well as a Pre/Postnatal certification in the near future.
Outside of work, Shireen likes enjoys swing dancing and reading comic books.
Christian, originally from Phoenix, Arizona, is currently in his fourth year at Seattle University studying Sports and Exercise Science. Since a young age, he has been a competitive athlete, but it wasn’t until he entered college that he developed a deeper interest for the science behind training. He has competed in many different sports from baseball, tennis, powerlifting, cross-fit, olympic weightlifting and now jiu jitsu. Because of this background, Christian knows what it takes to be competitive and to continuously push oneself. While his current physical training is primarily focused around becoming better jiu jitsu athlete, he still loves to implement the powerlifting and olympic weightlifting movements into his training. He focuses on moving efficiently and feeling healthy in all areas of life. Christian understands that exercise is not only helpful physically, but also psychologically and he is enthusiastic about training.
Taiyo was born and raised in Japan and spent most of his time on the tiny island of Okinawa. It is an island lifestyle that is known for it’s longevity and peace. That is where his love for fitness began. The Okinawan diet and lifestyle coupled with exercise is why Okinawa is home to the oldest and healthiest people on earth. I enjoy being able to take what I’ve learned there and bring it to Transform 180 Training. He believes that participating in fitness can change anyone’s life for the better and it can be fun.
“Sports and living an active lifestyle has brought me great joy and being able to pass that knowledge on is very fulfilling.”
Taiyo began training 3 years ago with overweight military personal and collegiate/pro basketball players in Japan. When he isn’t in the gym, he enjoys hanging out with friends and relaxing. Nothing beats a barbecue on Sunday with loved ones and friends!
Having been raised by parents who were marathoners and triathletes, Jill’s interest in movement and wellness started early. In her childhood and teen years she was running wherever she could and participating in whichever sport the season had to offer. When it came time to figure out a career it only made sense to do what came natural and continue in the health and wellness arena. Jill completed a B.S. in nutritional studies at Penn State University and since has been in the health industry in varying forms from public to private sectors for 12+ years.
In her personal fitness quest she is runner at heart, a yogi in soul and a force to be reckoned with in the weight room, in imagination but definitely in progress. Jill believes in the basics and throughout her years of movement has found there are pieces from various fitness modalities that when combined together create that edge.
Jill loves working with those new to fitness, those who struggle to keep consistency with their routines or those who want to learn proper form and get more ideas for their workouts. Jill’s goal is to make it fun and empower you to take charge of your health.
Trever Quitugua is a former student athlete playing baseball through out high school and college. Trever graduated with a Bachelors in Science degree in Exercise Science and has a passion for training athletes and empowering people to reach their fitness goals. He then became a Strength and Conditioning coach and received his certification as a Performance Enhancement Specialist. He has been training for 4 years as coach and trainer. Trever is a well developed and experienced trainer. He is experienced in Sports Performance with all land sports and several water sports, Olympic Weightlifting, and Powerlifting. Trever is a very versatile trainer and trains year round for different events that inspire to help and train along side his clients of different backgrounds.
Andrew grew up in New Hampshire and was a multi-sport athlete throughout High School. He played Hockey in addition to Lacrosse at a competitive level and eventually went on to play Lacrosse at Northern Vermont University. He has always had a passion for training and fitness but did not pursue it as a career until 2017 when he completed the Personal Training Certificate Program at Bellevue College. Andrew spends his time in the gym focusing on aesthetic development with an emphasis on lean mass. He has experience with weight loss after successfully losing 60lbs. himself. He hopes that through his career he can help others live happier, healthier, and longer lives.