Meet our Instructors

 
 
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Lisa Wallis

Head Trainer, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness & Spin Instructor
Lisa is an ACSM-Certified Health and Fitness Instructor with a BA in Physical Education from Western Washington University. She has been teaching group exercise for 22 years, including 14 years at St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham where she worked as a health educator and coordinated the hospital’s Worksite Wellness program. Wed to local Donnie Wallis, Lisa made the move to the Methow along with her two children, 11-year old Zachary and 9-year old Stephanie. Thank you, Donnie! An avid hiker and cyclist, Lisa’s enthusiasm for fitness and her passion for people are evident not only in her teaching style, but in that 1,000 watt smile that is sure to brighten your day. Contact the front desk to book a Personal Training session with Lisa and be sure to check out one of her weekly spin classes for a great workout!

 

Geoff Tripp

Personal Trainer, CSCS, ACSM EP-C, CPT, BIO Force Conditioning Coach, TRX

Geoff has always had a love for the outdoors. He began with a love for competitive mountain bike racing, and shortly after joined the cycling team with WWU, cycling competitively through college while completing his Exercise Science and Sports Psychology from Western Washington University. He has since expanded his resume of notable athletic achievements, including three Ironmans, and two 100 mile trail races. For the last 12 years, Geoff has been working for a Seattle corporate fitness center as a Personal Trainer.  He has advanced his career into the role of Senior Trainer and Fitness Center Supervisor; managing a team of 15 personal trainers, and an entire group fitness department.

Geoff holds many specialized certifications which cover a wide array of health and exercise disciplines.  A few of his notable high-level certifications include; Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Exercise Physiologist from the American College of Sports Medicine. Geoff specializes in injury prevention, corrective exercise, functional fitness and endurance training.

Geoff’s family is excited to make their dream a reality and relocate to the Methow Valley.  He shares a passion for this small community and looks forward to bringing his variety of experience to Winthrop PT & Fitness!

 

Alison Naney

Personal Trainer, RRCA Certified Running Coach, NCSA CPT, Licensed Massage Therapist

Growing up amid the wheat fields of eastern Oregon, Alison has always been drawn to open spaces. She spent college under the big skies of Montana, where she rock climbed, backpacked, and eventually combined the two for big adventure-filled days. She found her true love in trail running and ran her first trail race in 2000 and first 50k in 2003. She's been hooked on long mountain days ever since, exploring wild places and challenging her body and mind. Alison made her way to Seattle where she worked at Seattle Running Company introducing others to leading group runs and coaching youth and adult programs while completing massage school at Brian Utting School of Massage. The mountains called, and she began her massage practice in the Methow Valley on the east side of the North Cascades, where she continued coaching and teaching new runners to run with more ease. After a recent stint in Seattle, she’s back in the Methow coaching runners to get stronger, find new limits, and accomplish their goals.

Alison is a NSCA-certified personal trainer, licensed massage therapist, RRCA-certified endurance coach, and runner. Her holistic approach to strength training combines her keen eye for alignment, how the body moves, and individualized workouts. She loves helping her clients reach their goals, explore new limits, and find new confidence in their athletic endeavors and beyond. She can be found traipsing through the mountains for hours with her husband, daughter and Husky in the nearby Cascades.

 

Laura McCabe 

Endurance Sport Coach
This modest, two-time Olympian in Nordic Skiing has won practically every Nordic ski race there is to win in North America, including the prestigious American Birkebeiner. Laura is also an expert climber and runner, and her experience as an elite athlete inspires both junior and masters athletes to reach their full potential.  Laura’s coaching and strength programs are among the most popular classes offered at Winthrop Fitness.  She is also Racing Coach of the Methow Nordic Junior Team.  After the tragic loss of her husband Sean to cancer, Laura is now a single mom to two amazing children, Novie and Dashe.  A revered art teacher and internationally recognized artist, Sean left behind an art legacy that Laura now manages from her home.  To view or purchase art from Sean’s collection, visit www.seanmccabestudio.com

 
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Stacey Williams

Head Yoga Instructor, E-RYT-200
Stacey Williams has been a student of yoga and consciousness for 25+ years. Her primary path of study has been in the Iyengar tradition as taught by Sri BKS Iyengar in Pune, India. Recently she has completed an Immersion in Anusara Yoga and also has studied Ashtanga Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Stacey co-owned 8 Petals Yoga Studio in Bellingham, Washington before relocating to Winthrop. As a recreational athlete, Stacey understands the athletes approach to life. She has herself gratefully used yoga to heal from numerous injuries and challenges over the years, always inviting compassion for self and others in her practice and teachings. All students are invited to attend classes and contact Stacey through the fitness center for private training sessions. She may be contacted at yecats53@gmail.com.

 
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Bree Dillon

Yoga Instructor, RYT-200 Julia McCabe, RYT-500 Tiffany Cruikshank (in progress)                I'm a yogi, athlete, anatomy geek and an unapologetic problem-solver. With 15 combined years of teaching and practice I've come to trust yoga as a potent and timeless solution to keep me sturdy, body and mind. Teaching challenges me to listen to, recognize and respond to my students differences. Yoga with me makes sense in your body based on how it is designed and challenges your physical and mental limitations so you can experience the freedom you desire. 

 

LOTTY EKBLAD

Fitness Instructor
Lotty grew up in Southern Vermont spending lots of time both Alpine and Nordic skiing. She has worked as a Sherpa guide for youth outreach programs on both the East and West Coasts, and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family. Lottie enjoys hiking, gardening and skiing in the winter. Lotty is also a popular instructor of our noon circuit class.

 
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Lindsay Picolet 

Pilates Instructor
An internationally certified Pilates instructor, a former dancer and a fitness instructor for over 25 years, Lindsay has trained athletes in all forms of movement from professional ballet dancers to bodybuilders. Initially trained in the Classic method of Pilates, Lindsay has traveled from New York to London to evolve and vary her teaching methods. She has acquired over 1000 studio hours of practice including extensive experience with both mat and Pilates equipment. Her innovative style and challenging mat workouts draw a loyal following at Winthrop Fitness.

 

CHRIS GARNER

Fitness Instructor
Chris is enthusiastic about fitness at any age and loves leading our OPEC class as well as instructing residents at Jamie's Place nursing home. Chris is a Yoga instructor with 200 hours of training in Iyenger Yoga with Aadil Palkivala of Seattle Yoga Centers and 100 hours of Flow Yoga training with Shiva Rea. You will also find her subbing in for Spin Cycle.   

 
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Lisa Whatley

Yoga Instructor, RYT-200, RN, IBCLC                                                                                                     Lisa is our newest yoga instructor and a longtime nurse, lactation consultant, and women’s wellness educator. She recently completed Yoga Alliance certification by Yahweh Yoga in Tempe, AZ and continues to study the Anusara Universal Principles of Alignment. Lisa’s professional and family life are very “Yang” (outward, high energy) and so her yoga practice is intentionally very “Yin” (inward, stillness). Her classes bring awareness and balance of energy along with alignment precision for safety in the postures. Join her to gain new awareness of your miraculous self!

Lisa is a Nebraska girl who married a Kansas boy and moved to the Emerald City (Seattle) on their 1st anniversary. On their 25th anniversary they moved back over the Cascades to the Methow Valley where Trent teaches Design Tech/Construction/Welding for MVSD. Trent & Lisa have 3 children – Mikenna (a college grad living in Oregon), Lukas (attends high school at the amazing ILC in Twisp), and Malaki (their littlest wild boy at Methow Valley Elementary).

 
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Mark Wolf-Armstrong

Personal Trainer, NCSA CPT, CAFS, and course completion in TRX for Seniors, and NASM Female Fitness Specialization

Since 2007, Mark has held the credential of Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Anthropology from Kent State University.

Mark enjoys many sports including bicycling, skiing, backpacking, running and swimming. He and his wife, Maggie Coon, are both exuberant about jumping in any alpine lake they come across, regardless of temperature.

Mark believes strength and functional training are both fun and satisfying, and are very important to health, independence and lifelong enjoyment of any sport or fitness program. He is fond of saying that the only good exercise is the one you keep on doing. Mark has been working with individuals for many years to help them reach their strength and conditioning goals through purpose and persistence. He is especially passionate about working with people who want to maintain their fitness as they (we all!) age.