Coaches

Quint Fischer – Head Trainer

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My journey into physical improvement began as a sophomore in high school when my oldest brother brought me to the gym to prepare for the upcoming lacrosse season. From there, weight training and fitness enhancement have become focal points of my life.

I discovered CrossFit in December of 2007 and began coaching in August of 2008 at Primal Fitness in Washington, DC. I would later serve as an Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit coach at Balance Gym from July 2010 to June 2012. Most of my time in DC was split between coaching and working as an intelligence analyst at INTERPOL Washington.

I have coached a variety of people ranging in age, skill level, and sport — from weightlifters to CrossFitters and roller derby jammers to congressmen. In 2009, I coached Christy Phillips to a sixth place finish in the CrossFit Games. I have coached three separate weightlifters to qualifying totals for the American Open (Leah Fae Cochran, 2012; Courtney Larson, 2014; Nick Hurndon, 2014). For the past two years, I have been the strength & conditioning coach for the WFTDA World Champion Rose City Rollers Wheels of Justice. I am a firm believer in strength development, mobility, structural balance, movement quality, and loud music.

Certifications/Seminars:
CrossFit Level 1 – October 2008
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance – October 2010
USAW Level 2 Advanced Sports Performance – June 2016
Functional Movement Screen – April 2012
CrossFit Football – August 2014
OPT CCP Assessment (in progress)
OPT CCP Program Design (in progress)
Kelly Starrett’s Movement & Mobility – January 2010
Robb Wolf’s Paleolithic Nutrition – January 2010
Greg Everett’s Olympic Weightlifting – January 2009

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Contact Info
Email: qfischer@crossfitmagnus.com

Nick Hurndon – Owner

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Nick is a hardened Marine veteran born from eagle blood and apple pie sweat. He started his fitness endeavors as a competitive high school power lifter and wrestler. In the world beyond high school, he continues to pursue health and fitness as a competitive CrossFit athlete and Olympic weightlifter, as well as a recreational hiker and runner. Nick was introduced to CrossFit in 2009 when walking through the streets of DC he witnessed a skinny, malnourished Quint struggling to deadlift his bodyweight. Nick likes kittens, sushi, Blood Meridian, and back squats. He firmly believes that you can lead a horse to water and make him drink it and that transcendentalism is the key to a happy life.

Certifications/Seminars
CrossFit Level 1 (CrossFit Fort Belvoir 2010, CrossFit Reykjavik 2015)
Whole9 Nutrition
Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification (HKC) Instructor – 2013
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance – 2013
CrossFit Football – 2014

Contact Info
Email: nhurndon@crossfitmagnus.com

Whitney “Tatty Munster” Griffin

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Whitney “Tatty” Griffin started with CrossFit Magnus as a sponsored athlete in 2012. Tatty played roller derby at an elite level for eight years and was a member of the 2015 WFTDA International Champion Portland roller derby team, the Wheels of Justice. Her interests in proper movements lead her to begin shadowing Head Coach, Quint Fischer for a year while she was still working in the beauty industry. Tatty has been on the Magnus coaching staff since her career change in 2014 and is now the gym operations manager. You’ve got her to thank for anything in the gym that’s organized and/or labeled.

Tatty struggled with weight loss/gain over the course of her first 25 years. In 2010, she made the most important change in her life yet: she cleaned up her diet and was consistent in following a meal plan. Over the next year, she was able to lose 50lbs which left her thinner, but not stronger. That’s when she found CrossFit Magnus and weight training. Since retiring from roller derby, Tatty has found a new place for her competitive nature which is competing in  local CrossFit team events. You can bet she will continue to push herself as an athlete as well as a teammate.

Tatty loves working out, coffee, and animals. End of list.

Certifications/Seminars
CrossFit Level One – 2014
CrossFit Football – 2014
MobilityWod – 2016

Tim Mercer

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I’ve been around sports my whole life! I played baseball starting at age 4, and moved on to football and other sports during elementary school.  I started working-out in the weight room when I was 12 years old and at age 16, started competing in powerlifting.   I have a deep understanding of sports, fitness and training. I’ve also gained and lost weight multiple times, so I understand the struggles of people who battle weight gain.

I’ve coached athletes in multiple sports, and I am a coach at my core!  I love helping someone learn to deadlift properly, get to a healthy body weight, or learn to see themselves differently in the world.  I strive to combine the fury of the vikings with the compassion my Norwegian grandmother showed every single day on earth, while working to help others become better versions of themselves.

Check out my website, and my Facebook page for more info about me.

Qualifications/Certifications/Seminars
B.S. Eastern Oregon University, 2007
Certified Powerlifting Coach, USPA, 2015
CrossFit Football, 2014
Certified Personal Trainer, NCSF, 2013
Level 1 Sports Performance Certification, USAW, 2013
Paleo f(x) Attendee, 2014 & 2015
Balanced Bites Nutrition Seminar, 2012

Specialties
Powerlifting
Weight Loss
Paleo Nutrition
Athletic Performance
Interval Training
Metabolic Conditioning
Strength Training

Contact Info
Tim@redbeardbarbell.com

Kayla James

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Ever since I can remember, I have been a part of some kind of team — whether it be basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, swimming, field hockey — I’ve dabbled in it all. Once I got to Oregon State in 2009, I was playing lacrosse but still wanted to get workouts in on my own. It was then that a friend introduced me to CrossFit. She started bringing me to a local garage gym. But it wasn’t until summer of 2010 that I joined a sanctioned CrossFit gym back in my hometown of Los Gatos, California, and I drank the Kool Aid.

I continued CrossFit up until January of 2014 when Quint convinced me to start competing in the sport of Olympic weightlifting. I was a bit hesitant at first, but was hooked after my first meet in March three months later. Sure, I may have bombed out, but the experience of the meet itself was unlike anything I had ever done before. And I wanted more. I mean, if anything, I needed to redeem myself!

During my training, I decided to take my passion for weightlifting and exercise and turn it into my career as a coach. I quickly fell in love with every aspect of the job and hope I can help you reach all of your fitness goals.

Certifications/Seminars
CrossFit Football – August 2014
NETA Personal Trainer – July 2014

Neville Chu

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Neville began his journey in athletics through martial arts and roller hockey in southern California.  After quitting both to be a better student and an overall better Asian, he quickly became a fat couch potato and gained tons of weight as a freshman in college.  In the summer of 2002 between his freshman and sophomore year, Neville made a decision to lose 20 pounds and ended up losing 25.  He has been passionate about helping people achieve their physical best ever since.  Neville found and fell in love with CrossFit in 2008 while working as a personal trainer and competed in the Southern California Regionals in 2009.  After Regionals he made the switch over to Olympic weightlifting hoping to improve his technique and efficiency in CrossFit workouts, but fell in love and never switched back.

Neville took his passion for helping people further and received his doctorate in physical therapy in 2012 from Boston University and now works at The KOR Physical Therapy in Beaverton, OR.  It is his belief that there is no better formula for good performance than movement efficiency + strength + vanilla bean ice cream.

Qualifications:
Doctorate of Physical Therapy – Boston University, 2012
1 year residency in IOMT – 2013
USAW Level 1 – 2012

Adam Robinson

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Weaned on almond hulls and taco truck food while growing up in rural Northern California, I developed a passion for fitness while playing football in high school. (Un)fortunately, I also developed an affinity for food (see above). After high school, I gained a significant amount of weight, and shortly after seeing a picture of myself looking rather rotund, I decided it was time to learn how to eat and train properly.

I have traveled a few different paths in my fitness journey. I first traveled the bodybuilding path and trained in this fashion for roughly five years. I began extensive research into nutrition and the best ways to achieve a lean and healthy physique. Now, I spend my days toiling in the depths of squatting, bench pressing, and deadlifting in my never-ending pursuit to lift something heavy, and set it back down. I firmly believe in becoming the strongest version of yourself you can be, while taking a sustainable and healthy approach to your dietary habits.

All of the information I’ve gathered in my fitness pursuits allows me to help my clients (you!) achieve their goals. From helping turn a client into a pro bikini competitor, to helping four people qualify for World Championship Powerlifting competitions, I know I can help you achieve whatever your little (or big) heart desires.

Certifications
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist
ISSA Strength & Conditioning

Awards
3rd Place High Desert Classic Bodybuilding (2012)
2nd Place APF Kabuki Strength Winter Classic (2015)
1st Place APA Kabuki Strength Fall Classic (2015)
1st Place APA Kabuki Strength Summer Classic (2016)