Our Coaches

Brandi Exarhos (Owner/Head Coach)

Event 2 at the 2012 CrossFit Games Northwest Regionals

Credentials:
CrossFit Certified Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3)
CrossFit HQ Seminar Staff Trainer - CrossFit Kids
Power Athlete HQ: Sport Specific Application
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Mobility
CrossFit Weightlifting
CrossFit Defense
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Adaptive Training
Crossroads Adaptive Athlete Alliance
2012 CrossFit Northwest Team Regionals competitor
AED/CPR certified

Brandi grew up in Wisconsin where she played multiple highschool sports and spent time each summer visiting her grandparents on Bainbridge. She earned her B.B.A from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she also met her future husband, Chris. A career opportunity took her to the east coast for a few years, but after earning her MBA, she and Chris made the move to Washington to plant their roots and raise their two daughters. She became passionate about running and went on to complete 8 marathons before finding CrossFit in 2009. She fell in love with the community aspect of CrossFit, the constantly varied nature of workouts and the exceptional results it produced for so many people. She has over 8 years of experience coaching clients of all ages and abilities, and when she's not in the gym, she can be found traveling around the world as part of the CrossFit Kids seminar staff educating coaches, parents and teachers about how to help kids develop a lifetime love of fitness. She is most passionate about working with teens, individuals with developmental disabilities, and anyone who is committed to making a positive change in their overall health. Go Badgers!


Chris Exarhos (Owner/Director of Training)

2014 Wodapalooza - WOD 5

Credentials:
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
CrossFit Competitors Course
Power Athlete HQ: Sport Specific Application
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Mobility
CrossFit Weightlifting
CrossFit Gymnastics
OPEX CCP - Associate Coach - Assessment, Program Design, Life Coaching, & Business Systems
NCAA D1 Ice Hockey - U of Wisconsin 1994-1997
CrossFit Regionals Northwest Athlete - 2012
CrossFit Games Masters Athlete - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018
GRID Athlete - 2014 - Phoenix Rise, 2015 - LA Reign
AED/CPR certified

Chris has been an athlete his entire life. He learned to skate at 4, started playing hockey at 5, and was an accomplished athlete in golf, baseball, football, and hockey throughout high school. He was also a longtime Globo-Gym weightlifter until being introduced to CrossFit in 2009.  Other accomplishments include completing 8 marathons, as well as numerous half-marathons and 10 mile races. Chris earned a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was also a member of the Wisconsin Badgers Hockey Team from 1994-1997. He had the benefit of training with a highly qualified coaching staff that provided education on weight lifting, a personalized strength & conditioning program, and nutrition advice, all in a world class athletic facility. An untimely broken hand derailed his professional hockey career. As an athlete and coach, Chris’ focus is on proper technique rather than the amount of weight being lifted or moved. His philosophy is simple, “You’re here today to be better than yesterday.” Chris relies heavily on his education and experience as a Division 1 athlete, CrossFit Games Masters athlete, and professional GRID athlete. His coaching style is personalized to the athlete to encourage and instill confidence for maximum results.


Jessica Bratonia (Coach)

Beckham Field USC 2008

Credentials:
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
Hitting coach
NCAA D1 Softball - U of South Carolina 2004-2008
AED/CPR certified

Jessica grew up in Southern California where she started playing competitive softball at the age of 10, which eventually earned her a full scholarship to the University of South Carolina. During college she played catcher and outfield until an elbow and back injury limited her to being a designated hitter. After moving to Washington after graduation,  Jessica looked for something to replace the discipline and competitiveness of softball and turned to running. After completing two half-marathons, she quickly realized that running wasn’t for her and set out to find something to replace it. CrossFit entered Jessica’s life in January of 2013 and she immediately fell in love with the discipline, community and competitiveness with oneself that it brought. Coming from a competitive powerlifting family,she felt like it blended her two loves (lifting heavy and moving fast) in a way she hadn’t experienced before. In her spare time, she is a mother of 3 crazy kids and softball hitting instructor. Jessica is passionate about helping young athletes get to the next level, and anyone else who is trying to become a better, stronger and healthier version of themselves. The best feeling as a coach is watching someone accomplish something they never thought they would be able to do! Oh yes, and GO GAMECOCKS! 


Jennifer Brooks (Coach)

Woodward track WOD

Credentials:
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
CrossFit Kids
Crossroads Adaptive Athlete Alliance
Trigger Point
AED/CPR certified

Growing up by the beaches in Southern California, Jennifer has always been on the move.  She played any type of team sport she could while growing up – including softball, basketball and swimming.  She was even a part of a traveling and competitive jump rope team in elementary school!  Jennifer moved to Hawaii after receiving her Bachelors of Science degree in Special Education from Boston University.  In 2011, while living in Hawaii and looking for something to add to her indoor cycling addiction, Jennifer was dared to try CrossFit.  She immediately fell in love with CrossFit because of the unequivocal energy, attitude, and community that CrossFit embodies.  She views coaching as an opportunity to help others push themselves to achieve their greatest goals and bringing them to the realization of how strong they truly are.  Her favorite classes to coach are the CrossFit Kids classes, where she focuses on promoting the importance of a healthy life style and a positive body image.  Today, Jennifer is a special education teacher on Bainbridge Island and she is also working on her Master’s degree at the University of Washington.  When she’s not CrossFitting, you can find Jennifer playing in the ocean, seashell hunting, and participating in general shenanigans.  


Karen Byers (Coach)

Ragnar Relay 2016

Credentials:
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
CrossFit Kids
Certified USAW Sports Conditioning & Olympic Weightlifting
AED/CPR certified

Karen has been involved with CrossFit for over five years and coaching for over three years.  In addition to CrossFit, she is deeply involved with Bainbridge Island youth and high school sports – working as head coach for the Girls Varsity Basketball program. She previously was an assistant coach for the Boys Varsity Basketball program, ran strength and conditioning sessions for the BHS Girls volleyball program and also coaches 5th-8th grade girls’ basketball with the Bainbridge Island Roots program.  Karen also enjoys weightlifting, running and has been a lifelong athlete who played high school and college basketball along with high school water polo and track and field.  She has run 5 marathons, countless half marathons, relay races and also competes in local and regional CrossFit and Spartan Race competitions.  She is passionate about exposing athletes of all ages and sizes to sports and fitness to help them redefine what it means to be a strong and fit athlete. Karen, her husband, two kids, and Australian shepherd live on Bainbridge Island where they drink a lot of coffee and frequently paddleboard, trail run and enjoy the outdoors.