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Our Instructors

Garett Renon
Owner | Head Trainer
Garett  Renon
  • Badass
  • Thinks sleeves are bullshit
  • Can win a fight using only his beard
It is far better to be a warrior in a garden than it is to be a gardener in a war.—Unknown

Garett is the head trainer at CKO Seattle. He is a level 1 certified kettlebell instructor and holds current certifications in both StrongFirst and Strength Matters. In addition, he is an ACE certified personal trainer, is Functional Movement Systems (FMS) certified, is a martial arts enthusiast, was a competitive triathlete. He is even a published author.

Garett graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2005 with a mechanical engineering degree. After graduation, he spent seven years as an engineer for the Department of Defense specializing in weapons effects testing. While that job may sound cool, Garett was miserable. He felt he was nothing more than another cog in the big government machine. So Garett left his secure government job to chase after his passion of fitness. In July of 2012, Garett opened CKO Kickboxing.

Garett is committed to researching all elements of fitness and nutrition. He specializes in the very efficient and effective functional movement training methods, employing everything from kickboxing to kettlebells to barbell training to yoga! Empowering others is his mission and he does so with genuine passion. He is a motivator, always pushing you to work harder, push further and reach new limits!

BOOK WITH GARETT

Garett is available for private training by appointment only. Contact him at Garett@CKOKickboxing.com or fill out our contact form for more information.



Jessica Renon
Owner | Head Trainer
Jessica   Renon
  • Mean right hook
  • Best friends with Luke (her dog)
  • Loves her MacBook more than Chipotle
The only person holding you back is you.—Normani Kordei

Jessica is the head trainer at CKO Seattle. In addition, she is a USA Weightlifting certified coach, is Functional Movement Systems (FMS) certified and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. She is also one the owners of CKO Kickboxing Seattle.

Jessica graduated from Duke University with a masters in mechanical engineering. She joined the Navy, where she was a member of the 2010 Navy triathlon team. She has always been an avid fitness enthusiast. She started teaching spin class and boot camp inspired classes in 2009. Jessica has competed in many triathlons, as well as five half Ironmans.

Jessica teaches a mean class on the kickboxing floor and can be found leading a number of small group sessions. If you are looking for a personal trainer to help you transition from physical therapy to the gym, Jessica is your gal.

BOOK WITH JESSICA

Jessica is available for private training by appointment only. Contact her at Jessica@CKOKickboxing.com or fill out our contact form for more information.


Joshua Cannaday
Instructor | Trainer
Joshua Cannaday
  • Used to be in a goth band
  • Artist. Has an art degree and loves ceramics
  • Dog Father. Adopted his first dog and now wants to adopt them all
Do. Or do not. There is no try. —Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

Josh is a certified personal trainer, kettlebell coach and group fitness instructor at CKO kickboxing in Shoreline. During the last several years, Josh has gone from a person who really didn't like exercise to someone who really needs it in his life. Now he is helping others gain the same deeper understanding of fitness and movement.

Josh is passionate about sharing the knowledge he has gained about movement, strength, and fitness with his community. He also believes that fitness is the gateway to making us feel better in all the endeavors we take on in the world. He believes when we have confidence in our body and what it can do, it breaks down barriers and allows us to live our fullest lives. You may find Josh crawling and rolling around on the floor at the gym, swinging a kettlebell or hitting the heavy bag. Feel free to ask him about it!

CERTIFICATIONS: PFT (Personal Fitness Trainer) W.I.T.S. 2014 SMK Lvl. 1 Kettlebell Instructor, Strength Matters 2016 O.S. Lvl 1 Original Strength 2017

BOOK WITH JOSH

Josh is available for private training by appointment only. Contact him by filling out our contact form for more information.


Jen Kostanich
Instructor
Jen Kostanich
  • Fit & fabulous at 45
  • Obsessed with the 80s. Goes by the nickname, Jen Fonda
  • Furbaby momma
I never lose. I either win or learn.—Nelson Mandela

Jen teaches kickboxing and boot camp classes at CKO. She also received her personal training certification last year through the W.I.T.S. program. Jen has been into fitness her whole life and was a member of nearly every gym in Seattle at one point or another. She hadn’t really dedicated herself to taking it to the next level until she walked in the doors of CKO in 2012. With the support of CKO, she lost 15 pounds, got strong, kicked and punched her way out of depression and went on to teach classes herself in May of 2015.

As your trainer, Jen will always encourage you to sweat and have fun, embracing the discomfort zone during your workout. That’s where you make real progress. She believes fitness and good health are a lifelong journey and any setback can be turned into a comeback!

Jen is a native of Seattle, attending Seattle area schools since kindergarten. Currently, she is a 3rd grade public school teacher in Ballard. She has been teaching kids for 18 years. She has a husband, three stepdaughters, a dog and a cat with their own Instagram page and she lives in Edmonds.


Liz Evans
Instructor
Liz Evans
  • Taekwondo master
  • Collector of ab muscles
  • Elite athlete
Just do it.—Nike

Liz is a part time instructor at CKO Seattle, is a certified personal trainer under the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is a 6th degree black belt in taekwondo. Liz is a retired Naval hospital corpsman and has a B.A. in healthcare administration from Southern Illinois University. Upon retirement from the Navy, Liz worked as a secretary in a cardiac catheterization lab at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Illinois and is currently medical support for the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Seattle.

Even though working for the VA is important to Liz in terms of giving back to a community that has given her so much, her first passion is physical fitness. She has participated in such sports as basketball, track and field, softball, soccer and martial arts. The Navy designated Liz as an elite athlete in 1992, which allowed her to train in taekwondo at the elite level as her military job. As a result, Liz went on to make the U.S. National and Armed Forces national taekwondo teams for several consecutive years before she retired as an athlete in 2001. Liz is determined to bring all she knows about taekwondo to CKO Seattle, aligning with the CKO model to help people reach their fitness goals.


Charmaine Strom
Instructor |Focus Mitts Trainer
Charmaine  Strom
  • Self proclaimed foodie
  • Bulletproof
  • Can recite the alphabet backwards
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you'll never have enough— Oprah Winfrey

Charmaine first joined CKO as a member in 2013. She fell in love with CKO Kickboxing after taking her first class. A year later, she went from being a member to a trainer. When she’s not at the gym she manages a chiropractic and massage clinic. Her passion for fitness started after having her son in 2011.

Char made it her goal to become the strongest, healthiest version of herself to allow her to be a better wife and mother. She loves the combination of kickboxing and kettlebell workouts. Aside from teaching kickboxing classes, she also offers one on one focus mitt sessions.

BOOK WITH CHAR

Char is available for private training by appointment only. Contact her by filling out our contact form for more information.


Rod Finney
Instructor
Rod  Finney
  • Bacon lover
  • Fighter
  • Motivator
I think anything is possible if you have the mindset and the will and desire to do it and put the time in.—Roger Clemens

BOOK WITH ROD

Rod is available for private training by appointment only. Contact him by filling out our contact form for more information.


Jeff Strom
Instructor
Jeff Strom
  • Speed freak
  • Fast and furious. Owned 20 cars since he was 15
  • Hot Yoga enthusiast
If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.—Unknown

Jeff has been an instructor at CKO since 2014. His athletic background is wrestling, lacrosse, and yoga. He enjoys competing in races like the Spartan and Tough Mudder every chance he can. He started weightlifting when he was a freshman in high school, weighing 220 pounds. Through lifting, wrestling and lacrosse, by his senior year he was 165 pounds with 4% body fat. He still lifts two times a week, does hot yoga two times a week and takes classes at CKO two times a week. He enjoys the variety that CKO brings and being able to do a workout he loves while staying in shape.

Jeff strives on eating as healthy as possible while living a fulfilling and happy life. He tries to be kind to all and pass on the knowledge he has learned from studying health, fitness and the everything he has gained from his CKO Seattle family.


Samm Johnson
Instructor
Samm Johnson
  • Pro at mitts
  • All-star coach. Coached gymnastics for 15 years
  • Never misses a Monday workout
It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.—Vince Lombardi

Samantha is an instructor at CKO Seattle. She started teaching in July 2016 after being a member since 2013. She has always had a passion for fitness and coaching. She started instructing at CKO after coaching gymnastics for 15 years.

Samantha graduated from the University of Washington in 2008 with a communications degree with a specialization in public relations. After graduation, she continued to coach gymnastics and worked in the service industry as a restaurant manager, bartender, and server. In 2012, she joined H10 Capital, an executive search and professional recruitment firm in Seattle.

Samantha loves attending and teaching classes at CKO Kickboxing Seattle. She has always loved working out in a team setting and using the passion and dedication of others as her own motivation for self-improvement. She is excited to bring her enthusiasm for fitness to the CKO community.


Brian Jackson
Instructor
Brian Jackson
  • Disciplined
  • Advocate
  • Loves burpies
There's nothing I can't do, just things I haven't done yet. —Ben Drawbaugh

Brian is an ACE certified personal trainer and has been working with both groups and individuals since 2011 to help his community reach their wellness goals. Whether you are a current or former athlete, a weekend warrior, just starting your wellness journey or anywhere in-between, Brian is committed to providing a holistic wellness approach that meets individuals where they are, making health and fitness attainable for everyone.

Building self-efficacy in everyone he connects with is the most important thing to him. Brian wants to help people remove the barriers they put up for themselves, to remove the I can’t and help people live I can every day! With a smile, Brian will find fun and challenging ways to help you push your limits, reach your goals, and connect with a community that is looking to make a positive change for themselves and others.


Kris Schmidt
Instructor
Kris  Schmidt
  • Motivator
  • Professional mom. Four sons
  • Outdoor enthusiast
Comfort is a trap, get comfortable being uncomfortable.—Navy SEALS

Kris is an instructor at CKO Kickboxing Seattle and loves to workout in the mornings. Kris' other day job is as a physical therapist and case manager for Kindred Home Health. She grew up loving playing sports and running. She attended Montana State on a running scholarship while pursuing an undergraduate degree in psychology. Kris later attended and graduated from the University of Washington school of physical therapy.

Kris' day begins in the gym, motivating others to work hard and be the best version of themselves. She leads by example, working out towards her own fitness goals. During the day, Kris is working as a physical therapist helping others rehab from knee surgery, recover from strokes, and other health conditions. In the evenings and weekends, you can find Kris cheering on her two youngest sons at one of their various sporting activities. Kris' life revolves around physical fitness, family, being active, staying healthy and being happy. Come join her for a morning class and see what she can do to jumpstart your day. Strong mind strong body!


Kristina Willson
Personal Trainer
Kristina Willson
  • Crafty
  • Kickass leg wrestler
  • Her pet peeve is when people drag their feet (literally and figuratively)
You’ll get nothing and like it! —Caddyshack

Kristina grew up in Hillsboro, Ore, and went to college at the University of Oregon. GO DUCKS! Kristina took a sign language class at U of O and fell in love with it, moving to Seattle to enroll in an interpreter training program. She worked as an interpreter, mostly in college classrooms, for several years. She then went to the Seattle Midwifery School and worked as an interpreter while going through the program. Kristina worked as a licensed midwife for a couple of years after that and then started a family.

Sometime in her 30s she realized how powerful exercise was for her mental health. It definitely helps with her depression. And her people know that if she doesn’t get exercise regularly she becomes a cranky bitch. Kristina also believes that pregnancy is not a time to take it easy. You are training to be a parent and if you have no medical reason to avoid exercise you should keep moving or get moving.

Kristina had done kickboxing before CKO opened but it had been a few years. She became a member the month they opened. CKO is an integral part of my life now. Kristina is healthier in a different way than she’s ever been. Having used personal trainers there she became inspired to get certified. Kristina believes that in order to be healthy and active you have to find what you enjoy. If you love to kickbox, be a kickboxer. If you love cross-fit, be a cross-fitter. If you love long distance running, be a runner. Just move your body! There is room for everyone to be fit and it bums me out to hear people smack talking other people's choices of exercise.

BOOK WITH KRISTINA

Kristina is available for private training by appointment only. Contact her by filling out our contact form for more information.


Carla Wyatt
Nutrition Coach
Carla Wyatt
  • Wants to adopt every dog at the shelter
  • Kettlebell pro
  • Fixer upper
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.—Thich Nhat Hanh

Carla is a nutrition coach and kettlebell coach at CKO Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington many moons ago with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She is board certified in pain management and biofeedback therapy. She has never had a traditional nursing job and has been lucky enough to spend her career teaching folks such things as relaxation skills, mindset skills, healthy nutrition and the power of movement to heal their bodies and minds.

Carla is passionate about health and wellness. She understands that knowledge is important, but ACTION is the most necessary ingredient for change. She is excited to work with people to obtain their health and nutrition goals in a realistic and sustainable way. Carla believes that food should enhance our lives and of course, be delicious. She strives to guide each of her clients towards a positive and healthy relationship with food. She believes that if you work to change your daily habits, you can dramatically change your life. She would also love to swing some kettlebells with you sometime and see pictures of your dogs.

CERTIFICATIONS: SMK Level 1 Kettlebell Coach, Original Strength (OS) Level 1 Coach, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach,MB-EAT (Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness) Certified Instructor, Cornell Center for Nutrition Studies, Plant Based Nutrition Certification, Eat to Perform Certification


Caitlyn Barich
Instructor | Front Desk
Caitlyn Barich
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Front Desk
Nadai A
  • Front desk pro
  • Hat lover
  • Book worm
Nadia has always been active from gymnastics to ballet. She feels that it’s important to be active by finding a workout that you enjoy. CKO Kickboxing is her joy and she found herself wanting to go back to class every chance she could.

She was so motivated by the instructors and staff that she wanted to be part of the team. Nadia finds happiness in helping others around her become active and achieve their goals. Nadia currently attends the University of Washington and she will receive her bachelor's degree in plant biology with a minor in marine biology in 2018.


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Front Desk
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