About Bold & Badass Fitness

We're a community for those who want to live a badass life, but might not fit in (or enjoy) a more traditional gym atmosphere.
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Oh sure, we have barbells and high-fives galore. But unlike many “bro” gyms, we’re body-positive, LGBTQ friendly, feminist, and nerdy to the core.

B&B coaches work with members to

  • set exciting and achievable goals
  • provide guidance
  • check-in on their progress frequently

Additionally, our community of BADASSES provide support and help each other stay accountable to their fitness goals. We’re proud to teach both the physical AND mental skills necessary to bring out your inner badass.

Coach Emily

Coach Emily

Head coach

Name: Emily Corso

Hometown: Sitka, Alaska

Tell us a little about yourself: I’m a book nerd, meditation junkie, and cat-lover. I have a liberal arts degree in Comparative Religion from Reed College. I enjoy powerlifting, gin and sodas, and cute cats. I was an undefeated professional cagefighter, formerly ranked #11 in the world as a flyweight. Though I’ve stepped back from MMA, I’m currently ranked #1 in Making Dad Jokes Before You’ve Finished Your First Cup of Coffee.

Athletic background: Jiu jitsu, powerlifting, and MMA (pro)… with some boxing, wrestling, muay thai and other combat sports thrown in.

What made you want to be a coach: What I enjoy about being an athlete is having the opportunity to test myself over and over, to see what kind of stuff I’m made of. I’m a different person now than when I was mostly inactive: I’m happier and more optimistic, I sleep better, I socialize more, and I have rock-solid confidence in my ability to handle anything that comes my way. And strength training makes a particularly effective vehicle for this kind of transformation. And while I enjoyed being a professional athlete, I made the switch to coaching so that I could help others find out what they’re capable of too. I love being a strength coach because I get to encourage and challenge others to be their best selves– and give them the tools to help get them there.

Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese. Pastries. Red meat.

Favorite exercise: Bench press and chin-ups.

Favorite song/musical genre to workout to: Bon Jovi, Dropkick Murphys, Sia

In 8 words or less tell us why you lift: To find out what I’m capable of.

Coach Paige

Coach Paige

Assistant coach

Name: Paige Raven

Hometown: Missoula, Montana (Monfuckingtana!)

Pronouns: They/ them

About me: Since birth, I have had the uncontrollable urge to move and be active.

Athletic Background: My instinct to be active later turned into a passion for the outdoors. I spent time in outdoor schools and survival trainings. I have spent months at a time out climbing, backpacking, kayaking, and mountaineering. I loved these activities but they were not enough to satisfy my drive. After enjoying the intensity of rugby, I found my true calling, roller derby. I began my derby life in Missoula, MT where I put on skates for the first time in 2010. In an effort to raise the level of my derby commitment, I moved to Portland, Oregon in 2013. In Portland, I have skated on the Heartless Heathers and The Wheels of Justice.

What made me want to be a coach: During my time in athletics, I found that players were consistently being injured. I thought that it was because we were in a full contact sport and it was bound to happen to us all. I also suffered from a significant injury, and the process to recovery was long and painful. This inspired me to speak with doctors, physical therapists and trainers to learn how to prevent these types of injuries in the future. I then watched teammates and friends subject themselves to the same injuries. I felt compelled to learn more about keeping myself and others safe on and off the track. That’s when I embarked on a path to better health, which ultimately led me to become a Coach.

Favorite Food: raspberries and chocolate ice cream.

Favorite Exercise: pull ups.

Favorite song/musical genre to workout to: Yeah yeah yeahs.

In 8 words or less tell us why you lift: To release my inner Popeye.

Coach Karen

Coach Karen

Assistant Coach

Name: Karen Goetsch

Nickname: [PENDING…]

Hometown: Fremont, CA

Tell us a little about yourself: I’m a perpetual list maker. I walk everywhere. I’ve lived in four states and traveled through most of the rest of the US. I’m an artist. I probably screen printed the shirt I’m wearing.

Athletic background: As a kid I was a competitive gymnast. Since then, I’ve done track and field, played soccer, trained Capoeira, and done some partner acrobatics. I was unsure about strength training when I started because it seemed so unlike anything else I’ve done, but it makes me happy and I feel powerful.

What made you want to be a coach: I love helping someone do something hard and realize how strong they are. Form and safety are also really important to me. I’ve injured myself too many times for pushing too hard or not having someone to watch my form and keep me from doing something “easier” that’s really just unsafe. I want to be there to prevent those kinds of injuries and to find ways to work out safely around them.

Favorite food: Thin crust margherita pizza with fresh ingredients and berries (all the berries).

Favorite exercise: Deadlifts and handstands

Favorite song/musical genre to workout to: I completely tune out whatever music is on. If I’m working out alone, I probably forgot to put any music on. You might need to remind me about it.

In 8 words or less tell us why you lift: This is the strongest I’ve ever been.

Coach Allison

Coach Allison

Assistant Coach

Name: Allison Lambert

Hometown: Ligonier, IN

Tell us a little about yourself: I love to laugh, snuggle my wiener dogs, and I feel most alive when I’m at a lake. I can’t keep a plant alive to save my life. I am a recovering perfectionist, and love to help others embrace their humanity as well! I have deep-seeded desires to make this world a better place and to have dessert every night.

Athletic background: My family’s bonding activities were always over sports- basketball, tennis, golf, water skiing, etc. I lived and breathed volleyball throughout high school and college until I had a career-ending knee injury. My crazy work schedule and stress as a high school teacher led me to love and embrace the weight room. We’ve been BFFs ever since!

What made you want to be a coach: Fitness can be overcomplicated and intimidating – yet its value for empowerment and boosting confidence is unmatched! I wanted to help make fitness and strength training approachable for everyone and help people learn how to fit it into the craziness of life. I believe every workout is an important investment in yourself, and I wanted to help people laugh, stay safe, and discover what they’re capable of in the process.

Favorite food: THANKSGIVING.

Favorite exercise: Deadlifts! And barbell curls.

Favorite song/musical genre to workout to: 80’s music.

In 8 words or less tell us why you lift: Confidence, empowerment, stress-relief, and feeling in control!

We’re hiring!

We’re accepting new interns! Please contact Coach Emily with any questions and to learn more.

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