Coaches


 

Ryan Turgano

Owner/Coach

Ryan is an active powerlifting competitor, USPA coach and state referee. In addition to powerlifting, he has background in coaching team sports and is the current strength and conditioning coach for the Olympic High school wrestling team. Prior to working with the wrestling program, he coached girls soccer for many years. As a competitor, he has a diverse background that allows him to relate and program sports specific exercises accordingly. Before narrowing his focus to powerlifting, Ryan competed in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, weightlifting, strongman, rugby, soccer (indoor & outdoor), hockey and wrestling.   

Coaching Credentials  Accomplishments

 

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) - Certified Personal Trainer

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) - Corrective Exercise Specialist

  • United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) - Coach and Washington State Referee

  • United States Powerlifting (USAPL) - Certified Club Coach

  • United States Weightlifting (USAW) - Level 1 Coach

  • National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) - Kettlebell Certification

  • National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) - Suspension Training Certification

  • Health Sciences Academy - Certified Nutritional Therapist

  • RMAX - Clubbell Yoga

 

 

  • 1st place at American Powerlifting Association (APA) Kabuki Summer Strength Championship in Open and Submaster 220 raw division and Best Lifter Award

  • 1st Place at World Powerlifting Alliance (WPA) World championships in the Open and Submaster 220 raw division

  • World Powerlifting Alliance (WPA) Submaster world record holder in deadlift

  • American Powerlifting Association (APA) Washington State record holder in squat and bench press

  • Coached 9 lifters to qualify for World Powerlifting Alliance (WPA) Worlds and 5 lifters won WPA world titles in 2016

  • Won 2016 APA Washington State championships at 242 open and submaster drug tested divisions and broke all state records

 

 

 

 

Darleen Tippie

Co-owner/Manager/Coach

Darleen started out never lifting before and found fitness when she was heavier and wanted to make a change.  She first resorted to drastic measures and unhealthy eating habits until she was severely underweight until she found lifting and ever since then she made a change for the better.  She started bodybuilding to put on muscle and had a goal to compete in her first NPC bikini body show.  After her first competition, she transitioned into powerlifting where she qualified for and competed in APA Worlds and broke the Washington state bench record. She has also competed and took first in her first strongman competition.

Darleen currently runs conditioning/hybrid classes, TRX/KB classes, personal training and meal planning to help other towards their fitness goals.   She is also an active member in the APA federation as a competitor and USAPL federation as a coach. 

Coaching Credentials

 

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer

  • NPTI Suspension Training

  • Certified Advance Sports and Exercise Nutrition Advisor

  • USAPL Certified Club Coach

  • USPA Powerlifting Coach

  • Certified Clubbell Yoga Instructor

Accomplishments

 

  • Broke the Washington State bench record at APA Worlds in the drug tested division in the 148lbs weight class (2016)

  • Placed 4th at her first NPC Bikini body show in the 5'6 and above novice division (2015)

  • Placed 1st at her first strongman competition (2016)

 

 

 

 

Alec Jones

Strongman/Strength Coach

Alec is an active strongman competitor through Strongman Corporation, certified personal trainer, and USPA Certified Powerlifting Coach Practitioner.  Alec has been competing competitively in strongman since the summer of 2013, and has his eyes set on his pro card in the 231lb class for middleweight men.  Having admired strength sports and athletics from a young age, Alec competed in baseball, football, wrestling, and track and field (shotput, discus, javelin) through high school.  Upon completion of high school, Alec was quite obese, and sought the guidance from a former wrestling coach, science teacher, and future mentor/friend in making a complete lifestyle change.  Alec recently has undergone a complete transformation, going from 307.6lb to 229lb from August 2016 to August 2017, and has a background in training programs built around hypertrophy/bodybuilding, powerlifting, strongman, and overall strength athletics.  Whatever your goals may be, Alec is committed to helping build the best version of you possible.

Coaching Credentials

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) – Certified Personal Trainer

  • United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) – Certified Powerlifting Coach Practitioner

  • Arizona State University – Bachelor of Science: Integrative Health (Degree in Progress)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accomplishments

  • 2014 Western’s Strongest Viking – 1st place (300lb class)

  • 2014 Strongman Corporation Nationals Competitor (300lb class, open heavyweight)

  • 2015 Sequim Strongman Showdown – 1st place (300lb class)

  • 2016 Oregon Feats of Strength – 2nd place (300lb class)

  • 2016 Florida Platinum Plus Competitor (pro-qualifier) (open heavyweight)

  • 2017 Beasts of the Bay Strength Classic – 2nd place (231lb class)

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Johnson

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Ben is a recent graduate from the University of Washington. He currently coaches strength and conditioning with an emphasis on sport performance as well as (olympic) weightlifting and runs the weightlifting club here at DF. In high school, he was a varsity football athlete on the offensive line as well as a top student, graduating with a 3.85 GPA. After his senior season, he decided to take action over his health losing around 120 lbs in 9 months using methods he learned on his own. He then added 20 lbs of lean mass over the next few years and continues to work on his athleticism and weightlifting ability. His current goals are to qualify for nationals in weightlifting and build up a community of athletes working towards their own sport / fitness goals.

Coaching Credentials

  • USAW Coach level 1

  • CSCS in progress

  • Coaches strength and conditioning with the SKHS football team during summers and remains active on the sidelines during in-season

  • Coaches strength and conditioning for combat sport athletes (pro and amateur)

  • Coaches weightlifter’s from all athletic backgrounds

  • Coached college athlete through tough weight cut, going 9/9 in PL

Accomplishments

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Biology / Physiology at University of Washington -- Class of 2018

  • Lost and maintained 100lbs weight loss for 4 years now without extreme dieting or surgery

  • 10th highest back squat rep max total in high school’s history - 551lbs

  • 2nd strongest total on HS football team - 1151 lbs (back squat, bench press, power clean)

 

 

 

Kim Loney

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Kim ran cross-country and played basketball and softball growing up and into her high school years. Physical activity got replaced with parties and the beach while attending college, and was virtually non-existent by the time she graduated Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in Marketing. Years later after having two children, Kim found herself the most unhealthy she’d ever been. Determined to feel good in her body again, she began focusing on proper nutrition and lifting weights.

After years of consistent training, Kim decided to turn her passion into a career, and earned her Personal Trainer certification. She leads the Strength and Conditioning Boot Camp Class, and is also an active power lifting competitor. Committed to continuing her fitness education, Kim is currently working towards earning her Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor certification.

Coaching Credentials

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer

  • Yoga Fit instructor

  • Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutrition Advisor Certification (in progress)

  • FMT Rock Tape Certified

Accomplishments

  • Bachelors degree in Marketing from Hawai’i Pacific University

  • Competed in USPA sanctioned Northwest Open Powerlifting meet

  • Realized personal weight loss and fitness gains after having two children