about crossFit amped
Here at CrossFit Amped, our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our fitness program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience.
Not only are our coaches CrossFit certified and experienced in training, but they are avid CrossFitters themselves. They are dedicated trainers who want their clients to become faster, stronger, and better functioning athletes.
At CrossFit Amped, we make sure that CrossFit is fun and non-intimidating. We are here to foster a community that supports and pushes each other. Our program focuses on all ten components of optimal physical fitness: Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility and Accuracy. It is never the same and never boring!
Amped Bellevue Coaching Staff
Robert Sax | Owner & Coach
I'm from Portland, Maine- born and raised. Went to Springfield College in western Massachusetts and got my Bachelors in Science in Exercise Science and have my CrossFit Level One, CrossFit Football, and CrossFit Kids Certification.
I moved up to Seattle right after I graduated because I heard it was a great place to live, and two years later, I owned a CrossFit gym and am a part of the greatest community of people that I could ever possibly imagine.
I love CrossFit workouts. They're much better and different than anything I've ever done before. Having constantly varying workouts means never getting used to doing the same thing over and over. And having a group of people that always push and encourage you to do new things is by far better than any workout or exercise program I've ever been a part of.
I've played sports my whole life and CrossFit has made me a better athlete, even now, in my later years. If I had it earlier in my life, I would have been twice the athlete.
Kevin Chen | Coach & Manager
Fitness is my jam and CrossFit is my passion! I love CrossFit because it has created a community that focuses on helping people of all ages live healthier and more active lives.
One of my favorite things as a coach is being able to make positive impacts on each member's health and fitness. As a coach, I am caring, energetic, and loud at times. I aim to make each class fun, competitive, and I hope that each athlete comes back stronger and more confident than the last time.
Outside of CrossFit I love to eat, travel, hike, snowboard, and hang out with friends and family.
Al Veitas | Coach
Through CrossFit, I was able to lose a fair amount of weight. I lost about 60 pounds in 5 1/2 months by doing 100% strict Paleo and two WODs a day. I was also in high school, so I had time to do that.
My philosophy has always been that you want to stick to technique. You need that well before you start putting weight on the bar. Good technique keeps you from hurting yourself, increases longevity, and keeps you out of the nursing home!
Levi Dempsey | Coach
I started my Crossfit journey in 2008, having arrived here by way of a road of years in the martial arts (Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Ba Gua, and Capoeira), and the intense desire to not get fat. The emphasis on technique and form before intensity, and the supportive yet challenging nature of the group classes, and beginning nutritional knowledge drew me in. One day, while helping another member work on pull-ups, she exclaimed how that was the first one she had ever done in her 63 years on this earth, and she was floored and ecstatic. It was a life changing event I was witnessing, which in turn changed my life. I became motivated to become a coach and help more people make dramatic positive changes in their lives. I began coaching in 2010, which lead me to take a CrossFit Gymnastics seminar, which got me hooked on the movements and strength of gymnastics. I began to practice on my own, and took classes at a circus school to learn even more. In 2014 I was accepted as a coach for the CrossFit Gymnastics Seminars, which is one of those great jobs that just feeds your passion. I work hard to bring that knowledge to my everyday coaching, and always coach like I would want to be coached. Which means I will ALWAYS be on your case about better body position, safer movement, and correct technique. Speed is one side effect of excellent technique. Fitness is another.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: WOD stands for “Workout of the Day.” Each day the workout will be completely different than the day before. Before you start the WOD, your coach will go over all of the movements and discuss the way the workout will work- For Time, AMRAP (As Many Rounds as Possible), etc.
A: If you’re new to CrossFit its a good idea to start off small and grow as your body gets used to the workload. It also depends on your fitness level, but its always better not to bite off more than you can chew!
A: Always bring a comfortable pair of sneakers (the flatter the better), a water bottle, and a towel if you’d like. Comfortable clothing that you can move around in freely is advised. Other than that, a good attitude and willingness to try something new and challenging.
A: The recommended weight is anything that you can control with good form and feel comfortable using. The prescription for the day is simply a challenge set by the coach but is by no means a requirement.
A: “Big” is obviously relative, but a massive growth in muscle requires more work than just starting a new exercise routine. Your body will certainly change, but nothing drastic. All physical changes take time with the human body and its easy to pick up on it and alter anything that is proving to be unfavorable. Coaches at Amped can help you with any goals you have towards body composition.
A: If you’ve never done CrossFit you can expect a format of training that you probably have never done before. Some days are longer, some are shorter. Some are heavy, and some are light. Its always different. Constants at Amped are an encouraging environment, supportive family and challenging workout! Those who have never done CrossFit are usually required to take our beginner class to help them learn how to do the movements that we use weekly. An individual may “test out” if they have a strong weight lifting background but must be approved by one of our coaches first.
A: Depending on your abilities you can “test out” with a coach to determine one’s cognition and application of the movements we do in CrossFit classes.
A: Depending on the injury and your doctor’s recommendation it is almost always possible to exercise while injured. Our coaches are experts at modifying workouts and catering them to someones personal needs. At Amped there is a large amount of space and equipment providing an opportunity for all individuals, regardless of injury or drawback, to perform the workout of the day.
A: Children are always welcome at Amped. We have an area for children to play, watch movies, play XBOX Kinect or sit and read. We also have a discount program with AKP (Adventure Kids Playcare) on the adjacent corner of our city block. Many parents use their services during their hour long workout.
A: If you are a guest at Amped you might as well get used to being part of the family! If you come in and try CrossFit, you’re one of us. If you CrossFit elsewhere but drop in, you’re one of us. That’s just how it is as Amped. We thrive on energy and always love newcomers, so don’t be shy!