TEAM

COACHES

It takes significant experience, dedication, and expertise to coach at Twenty Pound Hammer.

The Rest of the Team

The rest of the team working to make your experience the best it can be.

  • STEVE AMOROSO Founder

    Steve provided the initial spark that brought the Twenty Pound Hammer team together. His extensive coaching experience attracted many of our founding members, with whom he had formed meaningful relationships over the course of his 15 year coaching career. Steve believes fitness is an evolving lifetime journey. Depending on a person’s current goals and function, their fitness can and should evolve over time. His goal in opening Twenty Pound Hammer was to create a community of like-minded folks who believe in hard work, a shared sense of community, having fun, and understanding the role fitness has in their lives.

    After playing an integral role in our start up process and coaching through the gym’s first year, he was accepted into the Seattle Fire Department’s Recruit Training program. After graduating from Recruit School, he left Twenty Pound Hammer to focus on his wife, two young sons, and his firefighting career. We wish him the best of luck with his new career!

    Qualifications

    • OPEX Level 2 (In progress)- Program Design, Assessment, Nutrition
    • OPEX Level 1 Associate Coach- Program Design, Assessment, Nutrition, Life Coaching, Business Systems
    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
    • CrossFit Kids
    • Poliquin Personal Trainer
    • Washington State K-12 Health and Fitness Professional Teaching Certification

    Seminars/Workshops

    • Catalyst Athletics Olympic Weightlifting
    • Robb Wolff Nutrition
    • Eric Cressey Shoulder Assessment, Corrective Exercise, and Programming
    • Ido Portal Movement X
    • MoveNat Power and Agility
  • MONICA OLSSON Founder and Head Coach


    I grew up in Woodside, CA, where I played team sports through school and competed in equestrian show jumping. I was introduced to CrossFit shortly after moving to Boston in 2010 to pursue a Master’s degree in theology. In addition to being enthused by my own athletic progress, I came to appreciate CrossFit’s capacity for helping people push past their perceived limitations, and wanted to be in a position to help facilitate that process for others. The OPEX coaching certification has allowed me to integrate my athletic and academic tendencies, and I loves using both to help members grow in fitness and understanding. Health and well-being reach far beyond the physical, and I love connecting with our members to help them live balanced, authentic lives both in and out of the gym.

    Qualifications

    1. CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
    2. CrossFit Rowing
    3. CrossFit Gymnastics
    4. OPEX Level 1 Associate Coach
    5. OPEX Level 2 In Progress: Assessment (Theory), Program Design (Theory)
    6. Catalyst Athletics Olympic Weightlifting Seminar
  • ERIC DAGG Founder (Non-Coaching)


    I discovered CrossFit in 2007 and instantly became a fan. After several years of doing CrossFit workouts on my own, I joined a local affiliate and was hooked. The sense of community and healthy competition among the members was amazing and inspiring. I saw first-hand the benefits that a sound gym with quality instructors can provide.

    In college I rowed varsity Crew, where I first gained my passion for health and fitness. Recently I discovered a new passion in fitness nutrition. Twenty Pound Hammer is my way to explore this new interest and help people lead healthier lives.

    I have a Precision Nutrition Level 1 coaching certificate and am hard at work on the year long program to earn my Level 2 certification.

    I will be helping CrossFit Twenty Pound Hammer with the back office operations. Additionally, I will be working with clients to help meet their goals via nutrition coaching.

    Outside of the gym, I coach youth sports teams for my both kids. If I’m not watching or coaching youth sporting events, then I’m usually spending time with family and friends. I also love being outdoors and especially enjoy skiing in deep powder.

  • ROSS ROSEN Founder (Non-Coaching)


    I’ve been addicted to exercise since I was a kid. As an adult, I thought the only exercise for adults was running. But as the world’s worst runner, it wasn’t a lot of fun. Then I discovered CrossFit and realized there was another path. I’ve been hooked since.

    Although I’m not a coach, I’ve got a lot of business experience which I’ve used to help Twenty Pound Hammer. I’ve spent over 25 years building new markets for startups – as a software engineer, a product manager, a marketing executive, a sales leader, and as a founder and CEO. I’ve been part of wild successes, moderate successes, and outright failures. When I got the opportunity to apply my startup experience to a field I love, I jumped at it.

    I’ve got two kids, a crazy dog (who you’ll see in the gym), and I love being in the mountains. I used to be more active in them, but these days if I can just get there at all, even for just a two mile hike with my 5 year old, I’m happy. I also love telemark skiing and windsurfing.

  • Beth Ansley Coach

    I grew up in Texas and ended up traveling to the Pacific Northwest for work. I enjoyed this part of the country so much I decided to make it home. While travelling I got curious about CrossFit but thought I needed to “get in shape” before joining a box. I finally decided to try it out to meet new people. After joining I soon realized that my initial thoughts were not true and that this is for ANYONE! I fell in love with the CrossFit methodology, the feeling I got after completing a tough workout and the people I met along the way.

    I decided to get my Level 1 and begin coaching. As a physical therapist, I have enjoyed combining my knowledge of movement and injuries to coaching. I can provide a unique aspect to coaching and help others realize that just because they are dealing with an injury doesn’t mean they can’t stay active and keep getting stronger!

    I currently specialize in treating CrossFitters and other athletes at Arrow Physical Therapy, right across the Ballard Bridge from Twenty Pound Hammer. When I’m not coaching or treating patients, you can find me trying new restaurants, drinking coffee or wine, and hanging with my cat Mr. Darcy.

    Favorite CrossFit movement: the snatch, burpees
    Least favorite CrossFit movement: thrusters

    Qualifications

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
    • Doctor of Physical Therapy
    • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
    • USAW Olympic Weightlifting instruction and training
    • Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certified Level I and II
    • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified (SFMA)
  • Mike Ng Coach

    I began working out with weights along with wrestling in my teens and competing in Olympic Weightlifting in 1997. I started coaching Olympic Weightlifting in 2004 as a hobby and now have now been training people of all kinds full time for over 7 years. And I still love the challenge!

    I guess you could say I live and breathe Olympic lifting. It’s dynamic and explosive; it takes strength, coordination and timing; and on top of that, you’ve got to have focus. It’s endlessly challenging. And yet there are only two lifts: the snatch and the clean & jerk. Olympic lifting involves real-life strength. It’ll help you in other sports, too. This is a sport that builds strength, speed, power, flexibility, as well as general athleticism. Anybody can do it.

    I spent several years working with Thrush Sports Performance Center in Sumner, where I trained under Senior International Coach John Thrush. I really honed in on technique, for sure. But along the way I also learned the art of coaching–when to push and when to back off, how to motivate and how to demonstrate.

    I then found Crossfit through CrossFit Seattle and Dave Werner (Formerly CrossFit North, the first CrossFit affiliate ever). When I first came to CrossFit Seattle, I was pretty much the lone weightlifter amongst all the CrossFitters. It turned out to be a great fit, there I learned the finer points of training for general fitness and working with a diverse range of abilities. The gym valued substance over flash, and did a great job of getting everyday people in all around great shape. Working at CrossFit Seattle also reinforced the importance of including basic strength training in any fitness regime. When you think about it, it’s the base for everything, whether it’s throwing heavy weights over your head or just being able to lift your own body weight off the ground. Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to coach a broad range of people–from beginners looking to get in shape to Olympic caliber athletes; from middle-schoolers to senior citizens.

    CREDENTIALS:

    • Bachelor of Arts Business Administration, University of Washington
    • USAW L1
    • CrossFit L1
    • NSCA CPT (lapsed)
    • Catalyst Athletics L1
    • Poliquin Group PICP L1
    • Ido Portal Movement X Seminar
  • Geoff Meno Coach

    I first discovered CrossFit in 2008, while operating along the Iraqi/Syrian border with a Marine Corps reconnaissance unit. Our gym equipment was little more than sand bags and tires, but we made do. Back in America, I got my Level 1 Certification and began coaching my fellow Marines.

    I left the Marine Corps and returned home to Seattle in 2010. In early 2011, I started coaching, and received my Level 2 Certification in early 2018. Shortly thereafter, I started looking for a new gym where I could learn from different coaches and other athletes. I’ve been at Twenty Pound Hammer ever since, and love it. Thank you for welcoming me and allowing me to be a part of your community.

    Outside of CrossFit: My wife and I met at the UW and now have two kids – a 3 y/o son and a 1 y/o daughter – who keep us plenty busy. Our family enjoys local sporting events, traveling, and getting outside to see all that the beautiful Pacific NW has to offer. When not coaching CrossFit or chasing my kids, I’m a financial advisor with an office at Fishermen’s Terminal.