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.

Sports Medicine Northwest


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.


  • Tactical Athlete Kettlebell Level 1 Certified
  • Tactical Athlete Kettlebell Level 2 Certified
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Level 1 Participant
Zach Filer is the owner and Head Coach at Northwest Strength and Performance. Zach is also the Chief of Programming and Lead Instructor for the CrossFit Specialty KettleBell Course (crossfitkettlebell.com). He is also a Lead Instructor for Tactical Athlete seminar staff (tacticalathlete.com) and has over ten years of experience in the fitness industry.


Other Instructor positions and Certifications :


Crossfit Specialty KettleBell Course: Lead Instructor and Chief of Programming
Tactical Athlete S3 Courses: Co-Instuctor with Jeff Martone
Power Monkey Fitness Camp: KettleBell Station Co-Instructor with Jeff Martone
Director of Corrective Strength Rehab for Sports Medicine NorthWest
IKSFA Kettlebell Sport Performance Coach (Certified in St. Petersburg, Russia)


To see other training models written by Zach, please visit the websites listed above. Zach brings all areas of his experience to Northwest Strength and Performance. If you have any questions please feel free to email Zach at oldcountrystrong@gmail.com about private athlete or gym programming if you find yourself outside the Seattle area.