Gabriel Tungol | "Coach G"
Co-Owner & Head Coach
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) | National Strength & Conditioning Association
L1 Sports Performance / Strength & Conditioning Coach | USA Weightlifting (United States Olympic Committee)
CrossFit Specialty Course: Aerobic Capacity Trainer
Adult & Pediatric First Aid + CPR + AED Certified
Freestyle Connection Movement Seminar | 2013
Master of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health | 2012
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Bates College | 2006
Head Coach | CrossFit Queens, New York City | Jan 2013 - Mar 2016
While hard training & persistence in education have enabled us to grow as athletes into our healthiest, fittest selves to date—infinitely more remarkable has been discovering the transformative impact of facilitative coaching and leading a community of athletes engaged in their own journeys.
On the surface, daily training is about improving movement and correcting dysfunctional position, increasing unbroken gymnastics rep maxes, cutting seconds off WOD times and hitting PR lifts; but when all the noise dies down and the ruckus is over, effective coaching entails cultivating athlete knowledge of self.
Understanding how our athletes operate and execute highly-challenging tasks under the rigorous demands of evaluation, competition, and occasional setbacks is critical to our efficacy. Our devotion as coaches lies in the craft of eliciting optimal performance from our athletes throughout the course of their training trajectory while they constantly acquire new skills, develop greater body awareness, wade through periods of training frustration, accomplish things they previously thought impossible, and calibrate their compasses to stay on the path to achieving their target goals. Every session is a single step into a broader macro training vision, and athletes grasping this context is what makes our approach successful. Our athletes become stronger, fitter, faster, more proficient, and less injury-prone. We increase their capacity to train smarter, harder, and more efficiently.
There is no falsifying the dedication and passion we bring to the box every day: just like our athletes, we come ready to put in work. We are humbled daily by the fact that there is always more work to do to make our athletes better, and we stay hungry to ensure that we are relentless about accomplishing our task.
Kendra Preuninger | "Coach KP"
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Weightlifting L1
I got introduced to CrossFit in 2012 when I was a sophomore in High School; our weight training coach had us doing CrossFit style workouts once a week. I gradually changed my main hobby/sport, putting an end to my collegiate basketball career early, and it was when I received my Level 1 in 2013 when I truly realized that CrossFit would change my life. I love it because of the people I have met through the community: I have witnessed weight loss journeys and positive life changes that I am so grateful of which to have been a part.
I am stronger now than I have ever been and I can move & use my body in ways that I thought I would never be able to! I wanted to start coaching CrossFit to help people achieve their fitness goals just like how I have mine and give them proper guidance on how your body should move and how CrossFit will help you live as a more functional athlete & human being in your everyday life.
My favorite thing about coaching is seeing an athlete get a personal record of some sort, whether it is a PR on a strength movement like the back squat or a strict pull-up or acquiring a new skill. It is awesome to witness as a coach, knowing you helped them achieve that milestone. My goals for coaching are to help athletes become the best they can become while living a healthy lifestyle.
I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Tectonic CrossFit and this community of athletes. When you meet me for the first time, don't be shocked when I say, "Hello athlete! What's your name?"
Amy Kosaki | “Coach Kosaki”
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
I started CrossFit in 2012, looking for an avenue to stay healthy & fit. I love a good challenge and CrossFit provides me with opportunities for growth and development both in & out of the box.
I enjoy playing soccer, getting outdoors, and spending time with my husband and our 4 children. Coaching CrossFit allows me to share health & functional fitness with others. I absolutely love coaching. I am passionate and dedicated to motivating, encouraging, & educating athletes. My favorite aspects of CrossFit are the community atmosphere & watching others achieve things that they never imagined were possible.
I look forward to seeing you in class!
Darciane Barbieri | “Coach Darce”
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
I started doing CrossFit in December 2016. My husband had just moved to Vancouver, WA from Brazil, where he used to do CrossFit. We found Tectonic CrossFit in the neighborhood and I decided to check it out with him. I still remember that day; it was a cold morning, and we were freshly arrived to the United States. We met Coach Gabriel early in the morning & decided to get started.
I’ve been doing CrossFit about 5 times a week ever since. There are many things that make me love CrossFit. Besides all the improvements in my fitness, there is this connection between athletes in the box — people motivating one another. It makes your heart vibrate. You want to see people giving their best and accomplishing things they’ve never done before.
I have always considered myself highly disciplined when it comes to my fitness. I love that CrossFit gives me endless new challenges, from my first pull up to my first set of 5 unbroken, double unders, and hitting new numbers in strength. It is so exciting. Today I’m doing things which seemed impossible a year ago, and Tectonic always makes me want to become better. My goals, too, are different now, and that is the beauty of CrossFit: no matter your fitness level, you always will have something to improve.
Becoming a coach gives me the opportunity to share my lifestyle, my passion for fitness, and especially my experiences with nutrition with others. I am pursuing a career as a nutritionist, and I want to help people understand how valuable it can be to eat healthfully in order to improve both training performance and quality of life. I believe everybody has immense potential, and I want to be a facilitator — helping them to live their best life.
Ashley Creason | “Coach Ash”
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
I grew up playing soccer and volleyball in recreational leagues & high school athletics, and in college, I became involved in rock climbing as part of my job at the campus gym facility. Upon graduating, I attempted working out on my own by following programs like Insanity, taking Zumba classes, or using machine equipment at the local gym. I found I could commit more consistently to a class with other people than when trying to do workouts on my own — but I found myself looking for more variety than the spin, Zumba, & kickboxing classes being offered. I could never commit to one fitness regimen for very long.
In 2014 I got a mailer from a local gym that was adding CrossFit classes. After taking the introduction classes I was hooked. I had never really lifted weights seriously before and I couldn’t do a pull up or a handstand; now I can deadlift more than 300 pounds, and I can do both pullups & handstand push-ups. CrossFit gives me the variety, community, confidence, & competition that I love.about fitness, training, and sport.
I want to use my coaching to help others accomplish more than physical changes in their outward appearance. I love seeing athletes push harder than they thought they could, tackle new skills, build confidence, & grow more motivated. CrossFit always creates room for more progress, physically & mentally, and as a coach I want to acknowledge, support, & guide peoples’ potential — a process that is inspiring for both coach & athlete.
Greg McDonald | Mobility Coach
Yoga Alliance Certified (RYT)
My studies in yoga began in 2009. My teaching style marries breath work, meditative moments, and various styles of yoga to promote vitality within the energetic and physical bodies. I am passionate about gently inviting health-promoting movement into daily life, and I especially enjoy sharing Kundalini inspired concepts.
My passion for yoga revolutionized how I ultimately redesigned my life and wellness. Teacher training became the natural progression for me, and I left 17 years of professional work in graphic design in order to become a vessel to share the wisdom that brought me relief from chronic back pain. I look forward to helping Tectonic’s strength & conditioning athletes achieve more optimal position & movement mechanics in training, develop improved range of motion and body awareness, recover intentionally with facilitated stretching & relaxation, and carving out time & space to mindfully recenter themselves.
I am a family man & coffee lover.
Jenessa Stark | Mobility Coach
Yoga Alliance Certified (RYT)
I'm a Pacific Northwest native, yoga teacher, passionate home cook, dog mom, and wellness entrepreneur. After discovering that yoga, meditation, and proper diet helped to manage my anxiety and relieve my physical pain, I aimed to help others discover these essential life tools.
I completed yoga teacher training in 2013 and have continued studying through workshops and shadowing teachers with focus on Ayurveda and nutrition, adaptations for older adults, and anatomy and physiology. A 10-hour advanced yoga teacher training in 2017 added to my toolbox with world-class approaches to flexibility & inversions.
My intention with every class is to guide with precision, and without force . A hatha yoga alignment-based approach to postures and movement is engrained in everything I teach, and helps to ensure that strength, flexibility, and mobility are achieved organically. By stretching our physical edges, our body awareness, energetic stability & mental tolerance naturally increase. Along with these benefits comes less risk of injury and more functional mobility for everything in life. This is what I feel called to share with Tectonic's athletes.