Gretchen Leigh

My foray into strength training started in 2012 at Lewis & Clark College, when the football players I was RA and statistics tutor for saw me struggling through some fitness routine from Shape magazine and offered to teach me how to bench instead. For many years prior I had struggled to varying degrees with a restrictive eating disorder, and while I was situated firmly in "recovery," I knew that I was working out as a way of fighting with my body and trying to force it to be different. After making friends with the bench press, I quickly ditched the pink dumbbells and dedicated my time instead to learning how to squat, deadlift, and otherwise bro out with the best of them. Somewhere along the way, I started to see lifting weights as a way to have fun while watching my body change in ways that made me feel healthier, happier, and more at home in my own skin.

After graduating with a psychology degree and a QMHA certificate and beginning my career in Sex Education with She Bop, I got my start in personal and group training at Training for Warriors PDX, where I found the confidence and support to compete in my first powerlifting competition. After competing in the APA/IPF Worlds competition in Fall of 2016, I made the switch over to training at CrossFit Magnus full time to focus on Olympic weightlifting. Since making the switch, my athletic career has taken off, and I currently compete multiple times per year across the sports of CrossFit, powerlifting, and weightlifting. I am delighted to offer my skills and perspective as a coach, educator, queer person, eating disorder survivor, and multi-sport athlete to the Magnus community..


National Council for Certified Personal Trainers, 2016