Dr. Pond’s life took a turn toward sports medicine in the year 2000 when he suffered an MRI confirmed labral tear in his right shoulder while pursuing a passion in competitive rugby. The options posed to him were a) get the shoulder surgically repaired or b) stop tackling people and having fun. He chose c) develop a demanding and experimental shoulder stabilization routine and continue to play pain-free. It was the success of this experiment that inspired him to pursue a degree that would give him the opportunity to share that same level of success with as many people as possible. Now as a sports chiropractor in Seattle, Dr. Pond is a resource to coaches and athletes who seek an alternative to injury care beyond rest, ibuprofen or surgery.
Dr. Pond graduated from The University of Western States with a doctorate in chiropractic in 2008. He continued his education at UWS to achieve the additional degree of Certified Chiropractic Sports Physican and serves as the team physician of the Old Country Iron Club’s Competition Team.
Dr. Pond does his best to practice what he preaches. He was recently featured as a competitor on Steve Austin’s televised competition- The Broken Skull challenge. He earned his IKFF rank of Master of Sport in the #70 kettlebell snatch sprint set last year and he competes in the Crossfit Games Northwest Regionals ever year as either an individual or team competitor with Team Old Country Iron.
Positions: Lifestyle Coach, Iron Club Intern
I fell in love with weight training at age 12. I played football and wrestled all through high school and into college. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and have continued to educate myself on a daily basis for the last 10 years. I have trained over 10,000 private sessions and group classes. Along with being a fitness coach to others, I also strive to be a better athlete than I was when I was younger. Over the past 10 years I have competed as a bodybuilder, a submission wrestler, and a Crossfitter. I practice what I preach to the fullest. Fitness imitates life.
Position: Head Coach/Co-Owner
Zach Filer is the Head Coach and Program Designer of Northwest Strength and Performance and Iron Club Athletics. While Zach has a substantial list of credentials, he takes the most pride in the success of his athletes and the countless hours of personal training and group coaching he has acquired over the course of his career. While some may say that he spends more time under the fluorescent lights of the gym than the sun, Zach feels it necessary to lead by example, working tirelessly toward improving himself as a coach and dedicating himself to those who entrust him with their training. Preaching the incomparable benefits of “rack time” (even for a coach), Zach continues to seek training under the most respected coaches and organizations in sport and strength in order to enhance all areas of his program.
Some of Zach’s most formative experiences as a coach have been working with organizations such as Jeff Martone’s Tactial Athlete, Pavel Tsatsouline’s RKC and has traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to study under living legends Sergey Rudnev, Sergey Rachinskiy and Sergey Mishin at the IKSFA Elite Training Camp to achieve his Kettlebell Sport Coaching Certification. Zach has also attended multiple seminars with barbell guru Mark Rippetoe and remains in contact with many other coaches in the Strength and Conditioning field.
Zach serves on the CrossFit Kettlebell Instructor Certification staff under Jeff Martone and travels to other gyms and even across borders to lead his own IRON101 seminars. Recently Zach was promoted to a Lead Seminar Instructor for Jeff and now leads Crossfit Kettlebell Instructor Certifications solo up and down the West Coast and Canada.
Though Zach frequently competes in the strength and fitness arena in order to keep his perspective fresh, he is a self-proclaimed part-time athlete and full-time coach. Through all of Zach’s endeavors, he constantly works in the best interest of his athletes, the success of whom he holds as his highest priority.
Instructor and Certification Staff positions:
Position: Assistant Head Coach
Marissa has been training in the fitness industry for 5 years; her recent experience includes personal training, assisting in the running of a Strength and Conditioning facility and traveling to assist with Iron Club Athletics Kettlebell and Strength and Conditioning Seminars. Marissa has been coaching many more years in a variety of sports including; basketball, soccer and track and field.
Marissa is currently the World Record Holder in two One Hour Kettlebell Marathon disciplines. The most recent is in the One Hour Kettlebell Long Cycle Marathon. On October 18th, 2014 she set a world record with the 20kg (44#) kettlebell, completing 661 Reps unbroken in One Hour. The second record was in the One Hour Kettlebell Jerk Marathon. On October 20th, 2012 she crushed the former World Record when she jerked a 35# kettlebell for 712 reps without ever setting it on the ground. Marissa’s other kettlebell merits are listed below.
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