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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Peter is from the island of Guam and moved to Seattle in order to pursue his degree in Sports and Exercise Science. Having gone through a weight loss experience of his own at a young age, he realizes the importance of exercise in one’s life and how that can change the way people feel about themselves and others. From Rugby to Cross-Country, he has participated in a wide variety of sports that allows him to understand the different dimensions of fitness and the way that they can be applied toward a healthy lifestyle. Peter is a competitive powerlifter but still enjoys training outside of his comfort zone and exercising in different ways. His training style revolves heavily around muscle building, stability, and learning how to move healthy in all hours of the day. He values the mind-muscle connection and how that applies to every exercise that you do. Look for him if you’re seeking to strengthen your body and find out fun ways to exercise!
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
Courtney is a certified personal trainer, National Physique Committee competitor, and a former NCAA soccer player. Sports, fitness, and exercise have always been part of Courtney’s life. Through sports she discovered she is a natural leader who loves nothing more than making those around here better. She pushes her clients to work harder than they think they can work, and takes joy in seeing people do things they never thought possible.
She made her health a top priority and has achieved so much. She now uses this knowledge to make the lives of others better. To show them how much they can improve their life if they are willing to focus and work hard. She will be with you every step of the way, helping you up when you fall, and taking joy in your success.
Courtney’s devotion to every client does not cease when they achieve their goals. Even after you achieve things you did not think possible, she will be there helping you maintain your progress, and setting even loftier goals. She is not just a coach, or a trainer, she is a person that invests in people because she truly cares. If you want somebody to be there on your journey, Courtney will be a wonderful guide.
Kara was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has had a passion for health and fitness her whole life as she started playing a variety of sports at age five. Kara fell in love with Volleyball in the third grade and played year round from 6th grade through her first two years of college, in addition to varsity Track & Field through high school. When she decided to step away from volleyball she fell in love with learning about how to train herself to be physically fit on her own without sports, which eventually streamed into wanting to help others do the same.
Kara is currently finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Bryan University. She is very passionate about helping people learn how to improve their strength and performance in the gym and daily functions in their everyday lives. Kara believes that everyone has an athlete inside himself or herself’ and that everyone can learn to be a healthier and happier individual. Kara also has a deep interest in nutrition believes it is a key component to one’s overall health and longevity.
Jack started his fitness journey, in his early teens as an attempt to improve his performance on the track. As a Shot-Putter, the goal was to improve his strength, muscle mass and power production. Focusing on mainly compound movements (Squats, Bench, Deadlift, Overhead Press, Rows, Pull-ups), Jack added hundreds of pounds to these lifts. By adding weight to the bar, he added lots of muscle mass, improved his strength and increased his power production. He then was able to continue his throwing career at the University of Washington, where he threw Shot-Put for four years. This is where my love for strength training started and continues to be a passion, to this day. After College, Jack was able to earn my CSCS and Started working at Driveline Baseball, where he worked as a strength coach. Working with Athletes ranging from High School level to Professional, which was a invaluable experience.
Jack’s Passion however involves both nutrition and strength training for the general population. Helping people reach their goal in an efficient manner, based on evidence based practices. Evidence based means creating a program that takes literature from science and practical experience to reach your goal. Teaching the client what are the most important factors to reach their goal and what they don’t need to worry about. Setting the client with a great foundation to progress on the rest of their life. This ensures the client learns the principal fundamentals and ignores the fads that grow in the fitness industry. This can include losing body fat, improving strength or building muscle mass.
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.”
James has a passion to help guide people in their fitness journeys. He’s wholly empathetic of the struggles individuals may face when it comes to losing weight. He has successfully lost 60 pounds himself while battling Hypothyroidism. His challenges have pushed him to continually seek knowledge and improve his educational background so that he is always on the leading edge of research in fitness and nutrition.
James loves strength training and believes teaching others how to lift will ultimately inspire confidence and allow his clients to become conscious of their strengths within, physically and mentally. His methods consist of resistance training, kettlebells, and injury prevention. He is currently Certified with NASM and continues to educate himself with companies such as StrongFirst, Onnit, John Rusin FHT, and many more.
Austin is like many people who have struggled with their weight growing up. He never wanted to take his shirt of at sport practices or go swimming with friends. He was embarrassed with his lack of self-confidence. He now believes that everyone is capable of achieving self-confidence.
He started working out in his teens. Unaware of how to approach fitness, he wasted time and energy without any direction. He saw very minimal results this way. When he finally buckled down on research and experimentation with his own body, training, and nutrition, he saw his largest transformation. His circle of friends began seeking his counsel and advice after witnessing his changes. He became their leader in a sense, and when he saw them change too, he fell in love with personal training. Austin’s hobby quickly turned into a career.
A message directly from Austin: “I have worked with tons of people from all walks of life, ages, genders, lifestyles, and careers. They haven’t only transformed their bodies, but also their lives. I’m able to teach you how to overcome and tap into a part of you that you didn’t know existed. This journey is not just a physical transformation, it’s also mental and emotional. Along the way, challenges will arise that you never realized you could overcome.”
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.
In 2015, Dan received his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from Western Washington University where he competed as a horizontal jumps athlete on their track and field team. He is currently enrolled in the Sport Science and Coach Education Master’s program at East Tennessee State, a program he will have completed by May of 2019. Following his track and field career, he moved onto compete as a powerlifter and most recently, a weightlifter.
His expertise lies within strength and conditioning, something highly applicable to all individuals and goals. He has had the opportunity to work with youth, working on long term athlete development, to individuals with goals unrelated to athletic performance (body composition, general health, and rehab post injury), to professional athletes that include: USA bobsledders, Italian skeleton riders, and weightlifters. He was fortunate to have been closely mentored for many years, allowing him to develop his ability to program design, hands-on coach, and grow as a coach to a diverse group of individuals.
Dan understands that training should be structured and consistent, with the goal to maximize results with each workout. The fitness industry is littered with misinformation, making it important that we as trainers guide our clients away from nonsense and stick to proven training principles. He believes that resistance training paired with an appropriate nutrition program will allow for the most meaningful change for nearly every client and goal. This includes: changes to body composition, improving strength, and health related goals. He demands excellence from his clients and with consistency and hard work, you will almost certainly surprise yourself.
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.