Fitness Instructors

  • Sarah Chandler

    Yoga
    Yoga Instructor

    Practicing yoga since the mid 90's, Sarah was inspired by a friend who thought she could benefit from yoga while she was pregnant, since then she has explored many different types of yoga and has enjoyed them all.

    Sarah loves how much we can benefit from yoga practice - the change of our self. She believes our bodies love exercise. And after taking her class, you’ll see that when we take care of our bodies; our bodies take care of us.

  • Erica Chang

    Yoga
    Yoga Instructor

    Erica has practiced yoga since 2010 and recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification with Pamela Higley at Samdhana Karana Yoga. She has also completed the Yoga Behind Bars training and volunteers at Remann Hall, teaching yoga and meditation to youth.

    With yoga, she has found a melding of the best things in her life: spirit, athleticism, sweat, breath, laughter, community, and rhythm. Her goal as an instructor is to offer a space to explore, allowing others to become curious about what they are capable of as they leave a little stronger, a little softer and a lot more balanced.

  • Mary Chen-Johnson

    Yoga
    Yoga Instructor

    Mary's devotion to yoga rests in part on the giving nature of it. That is, the more yoga is practiced, the more gifts it bestows. Her focus is on yoga as a map to wellness: the physical practice of building strength, flexibility, and balance may also translate into a metaphor for everyday life. This is also her focus in teaching. She enjoys creativity in yoga sequences--sometimes incorporating dance elements that provide similar benefits--and a relaxed class atmosphere in which laughter is encouraged.

    Practicing yoga since 2002 and undergoing teacher training through Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2006, Mary has been guided by teachers including Joseph Le Page, Lilian Le Page, Ellen Shaffer, and Joyce Anue and continues to attend additional training when she can. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    Yoga Teacher Training - Integrative Yoga Therapy, E-Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hours, Unnata Aerial Yoga, Pranayama, Mudras, Pranic Healing, Therapeutic Applications of Yoga Asanas

  • Matt Coleman

    Fitness
    Front Desk Supervisor, Route Setter, Climbing School Instructor, Fitness Coach

    USAC Route SetterMatt Coleman has been climbing since 2010; as a lifestyle it has taight him to be humble as well as has taken him to cool places around the northwest and meet amazing popele in the community. His favorite climbing areas are Squamish and Smith Rock and is quickly getting to know other climbing hotspots of the west coast. Matt give back to the community of climbers through trail maintenance and access projects as well as promoting climbing to people with disabilities. In his own words "all people should have an opportunity to experience the freedom of being outside".

    When not climbing Matt is very active; he is committed to biking (both for commuting and fun), camping, and testing microbrews. Don't be surprised if see Matt whizzing by on his bike, he's probably going climbing.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    USAC Level 1 Route Setter

  • Samitha Hendrickson

    Yoga Strength
    Youth Instructor, Yoga Instructor

    I fell in love with climbing during my college years up in Bellingham, WA. I have been climbing off and on ever since that 1st day climbing outside over the water with friends. The best parts of climbing are not only the workout and fitness, but also getting to know others and building friendships. I enjoy sharing this hobby with friends and family and bringing a new experience to them.

    When I am not climbing in the gym you can find me teaching yoga, painting, hiking, working with kids, and traveling. I love to be outside whether it is a walk to the water, running on trails, or rock climbing with friends. If you see me in the gym feel free to come on over and chat or climb with me. I love meeting new people at the gym! I hope to see you on the rock wall!

  • Liza Higbee-Robinson

    Yoga
    Yoga Instructor

    Liza’s yoga practice began when she was 19 years old, a college student and long distance runner looking for a counter-activity to help her body with recovery and healing processes. She found that, and so much more. As a beginner, Liza found yoga to be very difficult, often uncomfortable and even painful; yet, she appreciated the ways that yoga challenged her, not just her physical strength and flexibility, but also her mental focus and her emotional response cycle. Yoga gradually transformed Liza from being a person with severe perceived limitations and finite comfort zones to one willing to go out on a limb and move through discomfort in order to learn more about herself and grow. Liza views yoga as a constant unfolding and remembering of who we are, inviting us to peel through and shed layers of insecurity, doubt, shame and fear that we’ve accumulated throughout our lives. Yoga is a healing art, requiring us to simply show up for ourselves and be real with ourselves.

    In 2013, while living in Spain, she began her first yoga teacher training, only to return prematurely to support her dad as he fought terminal illness. She sought out a second teacher training upon her return home, and ended up joining one of her very first yoga teachers, Melissa Longfellow in her Power Vinyasa teacher training in Bellingham, WA. Since completing that training, Liza has taught over 1,000 hours of yoga right here Tacoma, WA, the town she grew up in. Her teaching is informed by Power Vinyasa, Rishikesh Hatha, Anusara Yoga traditions, among others. Her classes are originally crafted, energizing, full-body explorations. She aims to get you into your body and aware of your breath, with a mind that is untethered to past and future moments, and open and curious about who you are and what you are capable of right now. She encourages her students to practice from a place of self-honoring at all times.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    Registered Yoga Teacher Training - 200 hour

  • Heidi Krotzer

    Yoga
    Yoga Instructor

    Heidi received a 500 hour certifications at Pacific Yoga Teacher Training and is well-versed in alignment-based vinyasa, pranayama, philosophy, anatomy and Sanskrit. She never stops learning and continues her education with her mentors as often as humanly possible.

    Heidi's classes focus on understanding the "why" of yoga. She believes that "effort for effort's sake" isn't necessary to find comfort and ease in a posture, once we know how to get there. Learning functional movement, while maintaining the integrity of the asana is the key to growth on the yoga mat. Learning to adapt and change the patterning in the body is the key to healing from past or current injuries to the mind, body and spirit. It is pretty common to find laughter and student engagement in her classes--how else do we learn?

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    Pacific Yoga Teacher Training - 500 hour

  • Patrick McCabe

    Pilates
    Pilates Instructor

    After taking his first session of Pilates Patrick could not leave the studio. He was hooked due to the fact that he had more range of motion and better control than ever before. In 2007 Patrick received his Pilates certification. In 2008 he received another certification from PhysicalMind institute, as a continuing education course.

    Patrick tries to add function and every day connections to his classes. Whether he is referencing a route on the rock wall, or going into a lecture about the mechanics of running, you can use what you learn very quickly. His classes are open to all ability levels, and have each students abilities in mind. For a strong educational and moving experience, check out the Pilates class today.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    Initiation 101 - Pilates PhysicalMind Institute
    Group Ride Instructor - Body Training Systems

  • Allison Stephens

    Strength
    Strength Instructor

    Allison Stephens has been a fitness instructor since 1998. She's taught many types of classes including indoor cycling, kickboxing, step aerobics, and outdoor boot camp. At Edgeworks, her cycling class is focused on building endurance, strength, and power that easily translates to outdoor cycling as well as many other adventures - including rock climbing!

    When she's not on her bicycle, Allison can be found playing the park with her 4-year old daughter, walking her dogs, or tossing a frisbee.

  • Rebeca Wadsworth

    Yoga
    Yoga Instructor

    Rebeca has been practicing yoga since 2002 and started teaching in 2003. Rebeca teaches a flow style with the emphasis on alignment, pranayama and self study. Rebeca has received her 200 hr through YOGAFIT and 200 hr YOGAMAZE with Emissary Amy Petty and is RYT with Yoga Alliance.

    Her other passion is photography. You can find her photographs under her business name: eugeniagordienkophotography.com, Instagram: @photo_eugenia, FB: Eugenia Gordienko

    Her intention as a yoga teacher and photographer is to seek and forge a connection through mind and body where we can explore diversity with honor and grace.

  • Jake Wiborg

    Strength Fitness
    Front Desk, Youth Instructor, Climbing School Instructor, Fitness Coach

    Jake was born and raised in a forested enclave in Tacoma. From a young age he developed a love of the natural world and a strong sense of wonder. His curiosity led him to Cresciano, Switzerland, where he climbed on boulders for the first time in 2006. Soon he had his own rock shoes, a stiff crash pad and a chalk bag which had “Amore a prima vista” stiched to the side. Running, hiking, skiing, surfing, mountaineering, skydiving, and a wealth of other flow states round out his affinity for movement—none of which he does particularly well but all of which he experiences with profound joy.

    His non-climbing interests include writing, training program design, lucid dreaming, Kurosawa films, cuisine no one else will eat, obscure British hip hop, The Zen Works of Stonehouse, laughing for no reason, light painting, and rolling around on the ground with his dog. He loves a solid high-five with good reverb, so make sure you help him practice when you see him!