Date:October 22, 2012

Zach Filer

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.


  • Tactical Athlete Certified
  • Crossfit Kettlebell Level 2 Certified
  • Crossfit Kettlebell Level 1 Certified
  • Crossfit Level 1 Certified
  • Crossfit Barbell Certified
  • Crossfit Olympic Lifting Certified
  • Crossfit Football Certified
  • Crossfit Nutrion Certified
  • IKSFA Kettlebell Sport Perfomance Coach Certified


Instructor and Certification Staff positions:

  • Old Country Iron’s Kettlebell and Strength and Conditioning Seminars: Lead Instructor
  • Crossfit Kettlebell Level 1: Instructor
  • Crossfit Kettlebell Level 2: Co-Instructor
  • Tactical Athlete Kettlebell Level 1: Co-Instuctor