All of our personal trainers and strength coaches hold a minimum of a four year degree and are certified through nationally recognized organizations. We have a broad range of specializations including nutrition, jumping, sprinting, basketball, soccer, football, softball & triathlons.
This educated training staff prides itself on a commitment to continued education in order to bring the client the latest in sports performance training.
Katie grew up in Spokane and graduated from University of Oregon with her BS in Human Physiology in 2012. She came back to Spokane where she received her MA in Sport and Athletic Administration from Gonzaga University. She joined the U-District team in 2013 and has been coaching track & field just as long. She’s now the Girls head track & field coach at Ferris High School. Katie is a mom of two and runs the SLAM (strong like a mother) class in addition to Boot Camp and Straight Speed classes.
Justin is originally from Spanaway, WA and moved to Spokane to attend Whitworth University where he earned his Bachelors of Arts in Kinesiology with a Minor in Athletic Coaching. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a USA Weightlifting (USAW) Level-1 Performance Coach. Justin is the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Spokane Shock. He also runs our MAX Performance and iTrain classes. As well, He trains local high school and club teams.
Garret graduated from Eastern Oregon University with his Bachelor’s in Physical Activity and Wellness and a Master’s in Teaching. Garret also has his national Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification. He played college basketball at EOU and has also played at the professional level. Garret has experience coaching the game of basketball at the collegiate and high school level, as well as individual and small group basketball skill training. He has many years of experience in the strength and conditioning world and has worked with middle school, high school, collegiate, and even professional basketball players. Garret is a dedicated coach to help his athletes be the best they can be both on and off the court.
Alex earned his BS in Kinesiology with a Minor in Strength and Conditioning from Washington State University in 2015. He went on to earn his MS in Exercise Science from Eastern Washington University in 2020. Alex competed for one year as a collegiate swimmer at Concordia University Irvine before attending WSU. He is now a competitive triathlete and runner with two Ironman finishes, multiple marathons, and a lifetime of endurance sports experience. Alex specializes in triathlon and endurance training, and loves sharing his passion for all things multi-sport with others, both new and experienced. At U-District, Alex is a personal trainer and teaches Speed and Agility while also coaching after school strength and conditioning at Gonzaga Preparatory School.
Chad earned his BS in Exercise Science from Eastern Washington University with a Minor in Coaching. He played two years of basketball and two years of track at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. At Clark he was the captain of both teams and excelled in the high jump and 400m as a two time All-American. Chad then transferred to Eastern for his last 2 years of track where he high jumped 6’11” and was ranked 31st in the nation. Chad runs our Jump Academy and specializes in sports training for youth, high school, and college. He is currently working toward completing his Master of Science in Exercise Science.
Ian is from Bainbridge Island, Washington and graduated from Gonzaga University in 2022. While at Gonzaga, Ian was a member of the Cheer team, where he was able to travel to the NCAA basketball tournament with both mens and womens teams. During this time, Ian developed an interest in strength training and coaching which led him to earning his CSCS. Ian is an Aide and Trainer at U-District, with the goal of pursuing strength training in collegiate athletics. While not at work, you can find Ian lifting weights, hiking, or skiing.
Mike graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in Business and completed his Master of Arts in Servant Leadership at Gonzaga. He played basketball for Gonzaga’s Elite 8 and Sweet 16 teams, earning WCC Defensive Player of the Year and All-Academic Team honors. In 2009, Mike completed a 40-week mentorship program in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute.
Mike is a licensed Sports Nutritionist and has been an Adjunct Professor for Gonzaga University since 2010, teaching health, human movement, and nutrition classes. Mike specializes in Sports Performance training and is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Gonzaga University.
Karice is a certified level 1 & 2 Ashtanga, and CYT200 Hatha yoga teacher.
She has taught yoga for 20 years in various settings in Spokane area, but loves the mix of people she gets to teach at the U District.
Her passion is sharing yoga with people young and old, who never dreamed how much yoga could enhance their lives, let alone let them touch their toes! As an avid marathon/ultra-marathon runner, showing other athletes how regular yoga practice can keep them strong, healthy and injury free is a true gift.
Her recent focus is studying pain relief and yoga’s place in healthcare. Helping patients take control of their bodies and their pain through movement. She is excited to learn more about how yoga can assist people in their recovery journeys.
When not teaching yoga at the U District, or running miles around the PNW, Karice is the Office Manager of a local Environmental Laboratory. She loves gardening, Triathlon training with her husband Will, and playing with their 4 dogs.
Baylee grew up in Yakima Washington and has been in Spokane for about 10 years now. She graduated from EWU in 2015 with my Bachelors in Exercise Science. Baylee is currently in the PTA (Physical Therapist Assistant) program at Spokane Falls and will be done in June 2023. She has been on the U-District team, wearing many hats, for 7.5 years. Soccer is her passion and she loves strawberry milkshakes!
Heather moved to the Spokane area about 4 years ago and has made this her home with her two young daughters. Heather played basketball and softball for Oakland Tech in high school and has since become a Certified Personal Trainer with a specialization in women’s fitness. She is currently working on her masters Degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Washington University. She hopes to become a Certified Athletic trainer along the way. In her free time you can catch her in the gym or at the Beach!