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.
Name: Emily Corso
Hometown: Sitka, Alaska
Pronouns: She/ her
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, bent press, and chin-ups.
Favorite song/musical genre to workout to: Bon Jovi, Sia, Missy Elliott
In 8 words or less tell us why you lift: To find out what I’m capable of.
Name: Paige Raven
Pronouns: They/ them
Hometown: Missoula, Montana (Monfuckingtana!)
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.
Name: Matt Leavitt
Pronouns: He/ him
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Tell us a little about yourself: I like to create in just about every medium, from austere, minimalist sculptural installations to crass, juvenile cartoons. Past lives include Civil Engineer, Zen monastic, band geek. Fantasy alternate lives: gymnast, lounge singer, stonemason. I do clay and gardening. My favorite flowers are Pacific Coast Hybrid irises. Gotta catch ‘em all.
Athletic background: Tee-ball, Softball, swimming, soccer, Taekwondo and tennis… are all activities my parents signed me up for as a kid that I quit within a single season. I hated being made to do stuff, was (and still am) easily bored, and did not like competition (losing, specifically). My first voluntary athletic commitment was a summer of drum major training in high school. That turned out to be an isolated incident, but I thrived while I was at it. Throughout my twenties, off and on, I worked out at gyms on my own, and ran some. I enlisted at a Zen monastery on a whim, having had no meditation experience, and suddenly was meditating for hours every day. I discovered joy, curiosity and relief in focusing my awareness on sensations in the body. This put a new spin on exercise. I wanted to understand and not just do, and could gain understanding through simple observation of my own senses. I felt empowered to take care of myself, regardless of what other resources were available. I’ve gradually come to understand how crucial regular exercise is for maintaining mental wellbeing. That, and the community aspect of weightlifting at a space like Bold & Badass, have led me to finally make a long-term habit out of exercise. I’ve now been regularly weightlifting since 2014.
What made you want to be a coach: A coach of mine told me I’d be great at it!
Favorite food: Chocolate chip cookies
Favorite exercise: Hmmm… at this very moment… box jumps. Ask me tomorrow.
Favorite song/musical genre to workout to: House-inspired 90s hip-hop/dance.
In 8 words or less tell us why you lift: Mental and physical health. And it’s fun.
Name: Becky Pawlik
Pronouns: She/ her
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Tell us a little about yourself: I am an eternal nerd for health science, rehabilitative exercise, modding video games, Dungeons and Dragons, and cats. I have a degree in Public Health Education and Exercise Science from Portland State and work part-time as a Physical Therapy Aide. In my spare time I am doting upon my two kittens, playing a mad level 6 Bard/Paladin Halfling, or listening to online lectures about whatever subject I’m into that week.
Athletic background: Competitive gymnastics, competitive cheerleading, first degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won, yoga, baseball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, partner acrobatics, weightlifting, and fire dancing.
What made you want to be a coach: Exercise science inspired me to treat my body well. I saw not just physical changes, but changes to my own mental state, the feeling of being in my body, and to my social atmosphere. I was always athletic, but had never viewed physical activity as a kind thing to do for yourself; it was just something I did. Once I started to teach others how to move without pain and without the fear of a tortuous experience, I began to see them change in these ways as well. I have been a part of the healing of many people through movement and it blows my mind every time, whether through a gym or in the clinic. Also, helping someone successfully close a diastasis is a fucking magical experience. Coaching is the gift that keeps on giving, our bodies are meant to move!
Favorite food: Poutine and Poke
Favorite exercise: Deadlifts and planks!
Favorite song/musical genre to workout to: Talking Heads, and sometimes fantasy speed metal
In 8 words or less tell us why you lift: Because it’s FUN!
We are always on the lookout for great coaches and interns! Please contact Coach Emily with any questions and to learn more about available positions (please specify which position you are interested in).