Deborah is a StrongFirst SFG1 Kettlebell Instructor, Ground Force Method Certified, and an ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She focuses on small group kettlebell classes to increase comaraderie and accountability with all of her students. "When we work together we effectively push each other to our maximum potential." 


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Meet Coach Deb

I started my fitness journey in March of 2016. A couple friends and I had the idea of gathering and exercising a few times a week. We had a mutual friend that conveniently had the perfect space that we were able to rent out for a very reasonable rate. And there we started. We simply showed up and decided to work. We had no idea what we were doing, but, we did it. No excuses. We tried many different avenues of fitness but I fell in love with the idea of group fitness and strength training, specifically kettlebell training. I took an 8 hour CrossFit kettlebell seminar taught by Zack Filer in Oct 2016 which opened the doors to my love for kettlebells. I loved what I learned, but I knew that CrossFit was not the direction I wanted to go. As I continued to research, I found StrongFirst. I immediately knew I found the right path. I took the 8 hour StrongFirst SFG Kettlebell Course in Portland, OR. in Jan 2017 and started training for certification almost immediately. As the months passed, I continued to lead our womens fitness classes, I passed my Group Fitness Certification exam in April, and in September 2017 I passed my SFG1 Certification and became a StrongFirst Instructor. 

I started Kettlebell Rebellion early in 2018 and we started training in what we lovingly refer to as The Courage Corner (aka my garage). I am always looking to continue my education and 2018 is no different. On April 15, 2018 I got my Ground Force Method Certification, and looking forward I have my eyes (and heart) set on getting my SFG2 Certification in December. I also started a Women specific coaching certification called GGS1 (Girls Gone Strong) that I will write more about in the blog section over the next months. Since most of my students are women, I really felt this was an important certification for me to take. I want the best for all of my students and the more I can learn throughout the years through continued education, the better coach I can become, and the more I can pass that information on. I believe learning is a lifelong journey. I don't intend to ever stop. 

Family life is super important to me. I have been married to the love of my life, my husband Lee, for over 23 years and we have 6 children, ages range from almost 8 - 27. We live in McMinnville, Oregon in a big old house with 4 of our youngest kids, one dog, and many smaller animals that the kids have collected over the years. My hobbies include urban gardening, collecting house plants, and although these are just hobbies now, I am a Certified Aromatherapist (2001) and have been a life long herbalist. I am also a little obsessed with Jiu Jitsu...If you talk to me, you already know this. I have been training since March 2017. Luckily for me kettlebell training and jiu jitsu training go hand in hand and complement each other like PB&J.