Coaches

Corey Uebelacker

CrossFit related certifications and seminars:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Certification
  • FuBarbell Foundations Weightlifting Seminar
  • Invictus Athlete Camp
  • The Movement Fix

My first CrossFit class was in October of 2012.  It’s hard to remember what my first WOD was but I thought to myself this shouldn’t be that hard, oh how wrong I was. I remember I was the last one to finish the workout and was shockedFoto Papalote-8478 copy at how challenging these seemingly simple movements were. Strangely I couldn’t stop thinking about that workout! So, needless to say it only took a couple weeks and I was hooked. CrossFit changed my fitness goals from a vanity focus to becoming a balanced and athletic human. My favorite aspects of CrossFit is the diversity in skills and movements
especially olympic weightlifting. I love the community and camaraderie that comes with being a part of a CrossFit Box. 
I started coaching classes after a couple of years of starting CrossFit and realized I love teaching people how to move their bodies well for lifelong health. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge to help people achieve their fitness goals and accomplish things they may have thought was not possible. 

Emily Uebelacker

CrossFit related certifications and seminars:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Certification

I’ve had a complicated history with working out. I grew up a competitive swimmer but never found much joy in the sport. I have always had a desire to be fit but struggled to find something that kept my interest for very long. When I found CrossFit in October of 2013 that all changed. I loved and still love the wide range of skills that CrossFit provides, Olympic lifting and the gymnastics movements being some of my favorites. There are always areas to improve, always another pinnacle to reach. CrossFit’s broad range of modalities makes learning things outside of the gym easier to catch on to.

As a coach, I thrive on seeing our athletes achieve things they didn’t believe possible. There is such joy in coaching people through their personal challenges and sharing in their victories. I love the endless ways movements can be adjusted for skill level for continued and progressive gains. Everyone comes with different goals and driving motivations, and I enjoy getting to know each member personally. My hope is that we create an environment where people can flourish physically and emotionally.

Katie Walker

CrossFit related certifications and seminars:

  • CF-L1 Trainer

I started CrossFit in late 2016. My son was about 6 months old, and I had just learned I was pregnant with my daughter. After years of “normal” gyms and yoga, I decided it was time to mix up my fitness regimen toward achieving my goals.
Now, after 2 kids and a back surgery (in November of 2018), I’m in the best shape of my life and continuing to climb.
I am excited to continue growing and thriving in the CrossFit community.
My passion is guiding the interaction of diet and exercise toward achieving general health, wellness, and overall fitness. 69352251_872698439769637_7938773865814032384_o
My favorite aspect of CrossFit is the development and implementation of mental toughness. Anyone can walk into a box and push himself or herself to the physical limit by exercising mental discipline. Strength comes with time. Choosing to work harder when you feel like slowing down is a constant battle – and it’s one that you can win every time.
The diversity of movements keeps CrossFit fresh and exciting, and the community inspires both joy and accountability. I love being in the gym, whether I’m coaching or working out. I do my best to share that love with my family and everyone at the gym.

Kelly Knutson

CrossFit related certifications and seminars:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
Numbers have always been my thing…from arithmetic to algebra, I love math.  Unfortunately for most of my young adult life, I focused on the wrong number: the scale.  My workouts were typically mono-structural and involved long monotonous jogging/ellipitcal/etc.  I could keep my weight in a steady range, but no matter how far I ran, my fitness stayed in the same place.  
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I met Crossfit after having a baby and needed something to get my ‘number’ back in the right range.  Somewhere along the way, and several months into my journey, my focus changed.  I no longer cared about the number on the scale… I was watching my strength numbers increase, I was moving faster in workouts, and for the first time in my life… could do a pull-up!  
Five years later and after many more ‘firsts’ I decided to become a coach.  The coaching dream started as a goal to improve my own Crossfit knowledge (selfish I know)… Little did I know that coaching would bring more personal satisfaction than any other job I’ve had.  I get to lead, encourage and inspire our community to conquer their goals each day.  And most importantly get to share some of the many ‘firsts’ within our community.

 

Betka Douglas

CrossFit related certifications and seminars:

  • CF-L1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Specialty Course: Strongman

I arrived at my first CrossFit class over 8 years ago broken emotionally, insecure, overweight, and unsure if I would even survive the hour. I had recently come out as gay and despite feeling like I was finally moving in the right direction, years of suppressed feelings and lack of confidence made me feel small and weak. But as I stuck with it, IBetkaBio found that I was getting more than just a workout, I found self-esteem. As I completed workout after workout, I learned that I was capable of doing things I never thought possible. I saw the power of employing mental techniques to just complete one step at a time, one more box jump, one more squat. I built confidence from doing, and took that confidence into other aspects of my life. In addition, I loved how strength was celebrated in a way that destroyed my conception of beauty standards. I gave up on being “skinny” and celebrated parts of my body that I had hidden for so long. CrossFit gave me life-skills to be a better version of myself. I began coaching because I wanted to help others see this sport as an pathway to change their own lives. I saw an opportunity to help alter the landscape of fitness and how we as a society see strength. Strength is not always visible physically in a CrossFitter- and I love that, but undoubtedly when you meet someone who does CrossFit, you will see strength in their spirit and mental fortitude that says: I know what I am capable of and I have the tools to survive. This is the power that I want to see our community embrace. There is no judgement in this sport, only a place of acceptance and support for you to fully be your best self.”

Betka Douglas joined our staff in August 2018 and currently coaches Beginning Fundamentals here at Renascent. She has her L1 Certification, and is also certified in Strong Man Lifting. She has received extensive training under CrossFit Games Athletes, and has been coaching on her own for 3 years. In addition to coaching, Betka has competed in multiple CrossFit Competitions in the Seattle area as well as Olympic Lifting meets. She has a passion for the human body while working with physical limitations, and is devoted to a teaching style that is rooted in developing solid form and technique first, weight second.