Cody Looney

Cody Looney | Owner & Coach

Cody is the owner and Head Coach of CrossFit Advantage. He spent 12 years as an Operator in the Military and has worked in the Strength and Conditioning industry for 14 years. He attended the CrossFit Level 1 Course and affiliated his gym in 2008.

Cody is a passionate teacher and educator. He specializes in coaching athletes and coaches how to teach, see, correct, and improve movement and performance. He has been featured in the CrossFit Journal and on CrossFit Radio, was the Media Director for the NW in 2011, was Master of Ceremonies at the NW Regional in 2012, and runs an Affiliate Leadership Course working with Coaches and Owners on their abilities and skills as gym owners. He also spent 3 years as the head Strength and Conditioning Coach for two local High School Basketball and Wrestling Programs.

Cody has been working with CrossFit Weightlifting since 2010 and has over 16,000 coaching hours. He currently leads Courses in the Northwest as well as around the world including Australia and Asia.

– CrossFit Weightlifting Lead Instructor and Regional Head Coach
– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
– CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
– CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
– CrossFit Advanced Weightlifting
– CrossFit Olympic Lifting
– CrossFit Mobility
– CrossFit Gymnastics
– CrossFit Kettlebell
– CrossFit Strongman
– CrossFit Competitor’s Course

Sarah Griffin | Gym Manager & Coach

Sarah is on a journey to become the woman she was destined to be. Sarah joined CrossFit Advantage in 2013 and fell in love. Everything she thought she knew about health and fitness was blown out of the water. She began to realize that she didn’t want to be skinny, she wanted to be FIT. Over the next few years she would reprogram her diet, nutrition, and exercise on a mission to transform her life. Her journey to live a healthier life began to extend beyond the walls of the gym and into her career, relationships, faith and long term goals.


In 2016 Sarah left her corporate office job to pursue her passion of CrossFit. She started working at CFA and interning to become a coach. Sarah hopes to inspire others through her personal story and blog. She truly enjoys every moment at the gym, encouraging others while working toward her personal fitness goals.

– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
– CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
– CrossFit Weightlifting
– CPR certified

Brian Hill

Brian Hill | Coach

Playing sports and being active has been in Brian’s blood for as long as he can remember. From basketball to BMX and weightlifting to wake boarding, he enjoys them all. Looking for something to keep those competitive juices following and to challenge himself physically following high school, he found CrossFit. In 2008 Brian joined Cody Looney at CrossFit Advantage and started coaching there soon after. Brian also enjoys the competitive side of CrossFit and has been a part of CrossFit Advantage’s 2010, 2013 & 2014 Regional Teams.

Brian loves the challenges CrossFit puts you through everyday. Seeing and helping people over come those challenges and other obstacles in there lives through CrossFit is what keeps him coming back to the gym everyday.

– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
– CrossFit Weightlifting

Coach Matthew Benedix-Forester

Matthew Benedix-Forester | Coach

Matt grew up playing team sports like basketball, football and soccer. He also wrestled and has coached wrestling. Matt has been doing CrossFit since 2010 and coaching with CFA since 2012.

– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Jason Conover

Jason Conover | Coach

Jason truly believes that life is a team sport. He originally started coming to CrossFit classes for self-improvement, but it was the community that kept him coming back. As an athlete, Jason loves that the coaches seem truly invested in seeing him become the best version of himself. As a coach, Jason gets the opportunity to give that back. He is amazed by the positive changes people can make in their own lives with an hour of hard work and a take-control mentality.

– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
– CrossFit Weightlifting
– CrossFit Gymnastics
– CPR Certified

Coach Jim Shepherd

Dr. Jim Shepherd | Physical Therapist & Coach

Jim’s initial exposure to CrossFit was treating injured athletes in his clinical practice as a physical therapist. From the other side of the fence he witnessed the proverbial fire that burns inside each athlete. Jim admired the devotion and commitment they were making to live a healthy lifestyle, especially as members of a society that is in a continuous struggle to find a healthier way to live. His curiosity eventually got the better of him and he started CrossFit in 2014. His only regret is that he wished he had done it sooner.

As a coach who has extensive background knowledge and experience with movement, biomechanics and rehabilitation of injuries, Jim brings a unique perspective to the table when he coaches or teaches the mobility class. Blending his perspective with being a CrossFit athlete lets him see potential movement faults and injuries from both sides. He sees it, he gets it and he is committed to helping each athlete become a better version of themselves while protecting their longevity and ability to continue to CrossFit for years to come.

– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
– CrossFit Gymnastics
– CrossFit Weightlifting
– Doctorate of Physical Therapy
– APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist
– NAIOMT Certified Manual Physical Therapist

Mike Bee

Dr. Mike Baginski | Physical Therapist

Prior to starting CrossFit, Mike was searching for a fitness program for long term health and wellness. He spent years dabbling with weight lifting, marathon running and cycling but always led to physical plateaus, apathy and repetitive injuries. In his search for something new, Mike first tired in CrossFit in 2009 and was immediately hooked with everything it had to offer. During that same time, Mike was starting his career as a physical therapist. By being able to train himself and treat CrossFit athletes early on helped him to specialize in manual orthopedics and sports rehab. Mike brings his clinical and CrossFit knowledge when teaching Mobility class to help athletes address specific movement faults for injury prevention and optimal performance. His passion is in educating and finding solutions so everyone can stay active for a lifetime.

– Doctor of Physical Therapy
– Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

Coach Robert Whitney

Robert Whitney | Coach

Robert has been member of CrossFit Advantage for the since 2011. About a year after joining CFA, he found his love for coaching. Robert enjoys coaching the Wolfpack Weightlifting class, encouraging them to perform at their best and achieve goals they once thought were impossible. He also enjoys competing at local CrossFit competitions. He’s participated in six competitions over the past few years and can’t wait to get more under his belt. One of Robert’s favorite things about the CrossFit community is the camaraderie between the athletes of all gyms all over the world. He enjoys dropping in at other gyms and getting to know other athletes.

When Robert is not in the gym, he’s spending time with his wife Melissa and their two kids, Jordynn and Luke. They also have a bit of a “zoo” that includes a dog, cat, turtle and four chickens. Robert and Melissa believe in living an active lifestyle and take pride in their nutrition. Robert enjoys cooking for his family and following the Paleo diet. When they aren’t at home, they’re traveling together, camping, hiking and being outdoors. For the past three years Robert has coached his son’s Little League team and also participates on a Men’s Softball and a co-ed Kickball team.

– CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
– CrossFit Gymnastics