Gabe Merritt graduated from Whitworth University with a degree in Kinesiology. An ex-collegiate All-Northwest Conference football player, Gabe has a wealth of fitness knowledge and a passion for living an active life. After completing his degree, Gabe continued his education through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and attained a national kickboxing certification. He has been nationally recognized as an Elite Performer for his personal training as well as his leadership and ability to revamp a declining personal training program.
After a successful start to his fitness career, he directed his focus, time, and energy to establish a place where people could receive custom, one-on-one fitness programs, designed specifically for their individual goals. And, thus The Club was formed. Gabe has already touched countless lives, not only with his personal training, but with his work ethic and zest for life. He is committed to the success of his clients and he works to inspire, motivate and hold them accountable so they are able to live life to the fullest.
Jesse Boelk graduated from The University of Puget Sound with a degree in Exercise Science and is a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Jesse began his career as personal trainer in 2002 then advanced as a successful fitness manager and area fitness director. With the experience gained Jesse has developed an inclusive training approach to address the goals of clients of all ages and abilities. This approach utilizes the development and implementation of progressive programing to optimize results and ensure they are maintained.
Ryan Haug brings an assortment of fitness knowledge and experience to The Club. A graduate of Central Washington University, Ryan has his B.S. in Exercise Science with a minor in Business. A former collegiate baseball player, Ryan even managed to take his shot in the minor leagues, playing for the Tri-City Posse of the Western Baseball League (Independent A). He started training at The Club in 2007, where he was the first fitness trainer added to the staff. Ryan brought over 10 years of training experience to The Club when he started, and has filled prominent fitness positions as a Fitness Director and General Manager, overseeing and running fitness facilities. Ryan also holds a certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Derikk Heinrichs, a graduate from Pacific Lutheran University in Exercise Science, has realized that his passion comes from helping people feel great about themselves regardless of what fitness level they are at. After playing just about every team sport growing up, Derikk realized that he thoroughly enjoys extreme sports such as motocross and wakeboarding even. He spends much of his personal time still participating in these sports. Shortly after graduating from PLU, he received his personal training certification from American College of Sports Medicine. Derikk was able to work at both the PRO Sports Club and The Chris Meredith Method before starting here at The Club in 2015. His knowledge and experience is a great addition to our team. Derikk currently holds a certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Zack McVey, a graduate of the University of Puget Sound majored in Political Economy and minored in Business. As an ex-collegiate basketball player, Zack has always held a passion for hard work, fitness, and helping others strive to reach their body’s full potential. After attaining a certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and beginning his career at Gold’s Gym, Zack was quickly recognized for his motivating and up-tempo style by being promoted to head trainer. Zack joined The Club in 2009 and has quickly worked his way to being not only one of the best trainers at The Club, but also one of the best trainers in the Pacific Northwest.
Steven Saner, a Kinesiology graduate of Western Washington University, comes with great experience in working with clients to improve their overall heath. His emphasis is on helping clients achieve both fitness and nutrition goals here at The Club. Steven began his career training at Gold’s Gym and went on to work as a Health Coach for a Bellevue based company called Health Ways. Steven currently holds his certification through American College of Sports Medicine. Using his unique background, Steven started here at The Club in 2012 to help members reach a healthy lifestyle and be able to maintain it.
Klarissa Wren is our passionate DAWG, recently graduating from the University of Washington. While attending UW she was a student athlete, where she competing on the women’s track team. After graduating she studied functional training for athletes and adults of varying fitness levels and abilities. She is currently an assistant track and strength coach at Pacific Lutheran University where she works primarily with jumpers and winter sports teams. Her experiences as an athlete and coach has allowed her to work with many different trainers, coaches and individuals giving her a lot to pull from to create fun and unique ways to work out. Klarissa also holds a certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).