Instead writing a bio for our new website I thought it would be appropriate to share with you my essay about why we’re opening this gym. Although getting to this point was my previous 9 years as a coach, I couldn’t have done it alone so that’s why I state “we’re” opening this gym. Thank you to my family, friends/members, supporters & everyone that has been apart of this journey over the past 9 years. This gym is just as much yours & ours as it is mine.
The following essay was written for the approval of a CrossFit affiliation, enjoy…..
I’m going to get straight to the point; CrossFit has never had such a supporter as the one writing this essay, me, KB Nic! I was given the nickname of “KB Nic” from my CrossFit friends at Rainier CrossFit in 2010 during the Northwest Regionals where I met Laurie & Kurtis Bowler while I worked with the equipment crew. I was operating Northwest Kettlebell Athletics out of Tacoma, WA and quickly became apart of a new family, my CrossFit family and they all quickly found out my love for the iron bowling ball with a handle!
From that point on my life & career had changed. I began educating myself on everything CrossFit & completely changed how I was training my current members, incorporating the CrossFit methods to my Kettlebell programs and greatly enhancing the results of not only my members but myself as well.
I heard about volunteering for the Northwest Regionals during my first CrossFit cert which was in March, 2 months prior, lead by my then current Kettlebell coach for the past 2 years Jeff Martone. I was informed of this CrossFit Kettlebell certification being hosted here in WA state and because of Jeff I signed up ASAP. I learned so much more about not only Kettlebell training but a whole new way to cultivate physical fitness that I had to immerse myself in this culture and hence I immediately found the volunteer sign ups for the Northwest Regionals!
Since then I have accumulated an amazingly huge family of fellow CrossFitters not only here in the Northwest but worldwide, I even spent a week with CrossFit Acapulco and Jeff Martone for a Kettlebell certification a little over a year ago! I now hold my CrossFit Level 1 trainer cert, CrossFit Olympic lifting cert, I’ve taken the CrossFit Kettlebell cert twice which makes a total of 5 Kettlebell certifications, CrossFit Strongman cert & the CrossFit Judges course.
All in all I hold 9 coaching certifications. I’ve volunteered with the equipment crew for the Northwest regionals during 2010, 2011, 2012 and in 2013 I was honored with judging regionals after competing in the 2013 Open for the first time. I’ve been an athlete of Rainier CrossFit since late 2011 combining my kettlebell training with CrossFit & regular strongman practice. I’ve competed in 5 Kettlebell sport competitions over 2 years in which taking at least 2 gold medals from each, I competed in my first strongman competition this past September 2013 and am registered for my first CrossFit team competition coming this January, Cretus Ex Duellum which is a 3-day event held at CrossFit Lynnwood.
CrossFit to me simply means family, a very hard working family persistent on the creation of a larger, stronger family. It always comes back to family. I spent years being a Lone Ranger in the Kettlebell community which wasn’t really a community at all, I’ve never had the relationships in the Kettlebell world as I do in my CrossFit world. When I entered the CrossFit community all I received was open arms & the chance to actually be apart of something greater than myself. That’s exactly why I became a coach in the first place back in 2005, I’ve had my own struggles with weight loss & physical fitness so I knew in my heart that I could help those who struggle as well. These days I know now more than ever that no matter how exceptionally fit you are or out of shape you are we all struggle to become better. That’s why I coach, to create better human beings through the pursuit of physical fitness and with CrossFit & Kettlebell training I’ve seen many people realize not only their physical fitness goals but life goals as well. Shy & timid women turning into strong, outgoing, confident leaders. Overweight & embarrassed men becoming the outgoing, courageous members of society they always wanted to be. The family I’ve been welcomed into is exactly what I want to welcome others into, the largest & strongest family this whole world has ever seen!
Along with regular CrossFit classes, I also plan on continuing my CrossFit style Kettlebell classes. I’ve already been searching for SME’s(subject matter experts) for gymnastics, olympic weightlifting & yoga which to offer specialty classes and to my surprise I’ve had numerous applicants in each field reply to my inquiry.
To wrap this up, for you & for me since all this writing has exhausted my intellectual side, my goals of an affiliate are to create a family that wants to become stronger not only together but grow stronger with the worldwide CrossFit family. We will answer the call to any of our family members no matter what the inquiry, CrossFit has been successful because of the willingness to help each other and put aside our individual needs for the greater good of the community and that’s a real family. Anytime I’ve ever needed help whether it was CrossFit related or not, my CrossFit family has been there for me and I intend on continuing that tradition with my own affiliate.
CrossFit Decimus is a tribute to the tight knit, hard working, community based city of Tacoma, Washington. Tacoma fights hard for its own and has a history of great downfalls which were quickly turned around by every citizen forgetting their own problems and pitching in to rebuild & uplift complete strangers for the greater good of the city, otherwise known as what family does for each other. We stand for the firmness of character & indomitable spirit, which flows through the blood of every citizen of Tacoma. We are the hardest working city with a never quit or die trying attitude and our gym will represent just that, the family that never quits or we’ll die trying to help each other!
There is a big difference between a coach who does something everyday & a coach who does something occasionally, I train myself & coach others everyday 7 days a week, check our schedule! I’m not saying I’m the best coach there is, but I know what I’m doing and how to train you for your goals without getting you hurt or wasting your time & money!
Thats it, I wont bore you with useless crap. But if you’d like to go out for some grilled dead animals and veggies, great & I will tell you anything you’d like to know!
Head Coach/Owner – “KB Nic” Anderson
CrossFit Level 1 trainer
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting trainer
CrossFit Strongman trainer
CrossFit Kettlebell trainer – 2x
Tactical Athlete Kettlebell instructor
IKSFA Kettlebell Sport Coach
IKFF Kettlebell Coach
I am so excited that Nic has taken me under his wing to help me with my new passion in life. I am a new coach and am just trying to soak it all in and improve everyday. I discovered Kettlebells and CrossFit because of the Paleo diet. So, I have to say that the nutrition side of health has driven me from the get go and is something I am very passionate about. I have attended lots of health talks like: Ancestral Health Symposium, Whole9 Seminar (you can see me in the main image on there page. hehe), Balanced Bites Workshop and more. I am excited to officially start my Sports Nutrition education this year and look forward to helping as many clients as possible reach their goals.
IKFF Certified Kettlebell Trainer, Level 1
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
A little about me:
I am a native Californian that was sent to the great state of Washington in 2010 by Uncle Sam. I have been in the Army for eight years. I spent seven years on active duty and am now in the Reserves on active duty orders. I grew up an athlete playing soccer pretty much year around from age 4 to 21. I thought I was in shape and strong until I started crossfit. My journey began back in January 2008 on my deployment in Iraq. While on a treadmill or elliptical machine I always saw a group of people doing these weird movements in a circuit like manner. I was a little hesitant to find out they were doing but too curious not to. To this day I cannot thank this group enough for introducing me to what they called “crossfit”. I have been hooked since day one. CrossFit has changed my life and revolutionized my way of thinking about fitness and nutrition. Along the way I have had some great coaches and mentors; now my passion is to pay it forward.
Favorite WOD: Grace- there is just something about moving weight from the ground to overhead.
Least favorite WOD: I must say Fran, the couplet is simply brutal. Good thing it is a shorter WOD.
Hobbies: Outside of CrossFit?! I like the outdoors and being active; snowboarding, surfing, swimming, paddle boarding, camping, etc. I love going home to visit my family. Spending time with them is probably my favorite thing outside of CrossFit.
My favorite aspect of CrossFit: that it is measurable. If you are pushing yourself, you WILL see results! I also love the community and family aspect to it.
Gymnastic Trainer Certification
Olympic Lifting Trainer Certification
Address: 411 Fawcett AVE
Tacoma, WA 98402
Nic is a great guy and awesome instructor. I recommend his services highly.
I went to Nic's kettlebell clinic and he was awesome! Very informative and made me want to get my own kettlebell!
I have been working out with Nic on a regular basis for about a year now and every workout has been the best! He is very knowledgeable in what he does and very motivating! Love it!
My first interaction with the world of CrossFit began with 4 kettlebell classes that were instructed by Nic. He is an amazing teacher and knows his stuff. I would highly recommend @[100000092678204:2048:North West-Kettlebell] to anyone looking to increase their strength.
My experience with NW Kettlebell was awesome. I received insighful advice for my body type and met my goals under its training curriculum. The group and individual work out sessions were top notch and I took with me many new healthy lifestyle habits.
As an ACE-Certified Fitness Professional, I highly recommend North West Kettlebell as a "true asset" to the Professional Fitness Industry!
Best total body workout and Nic is an incredible trainer, very knowledgeable in kettlebells as well as overall fitness and nutrition.
Highly motivational, professional and downright hilarious! Nic's knowledge base in Kettlebells, CrossFit and nutrition will allow anyone to advance from whatever fitness platform they are currently beginning on. He is comfortable to work with, will push you hard and encourage you all along the way!
Coach Nic is awesome. I took a 16hr Kettlebell workshop from him. I walked in thinking a kettlebell was a door stop and walked out with a love for kettlebell training. He is very knowledgable when it comes to form and technique and knows how to combine his expertise with a great coaching style that makes training fun and challenging. If you're looking for a coach that will teach you how to train with kettlebells or a coach that will challenge your strength and conditioning with a
“By far one of the most knowledgable and motivating coaches out there. Nic will help you achieve any goal you set for yourself, as long as you give him all you’ve got he will move mountains for you. He is the best coach I’ve ever had! I’d recommend him to any and everyone.
“Coach Nic is as good as it gets!! He is truly passionate about training athletes and is always motivated no matter how many hours he has worked that day. He always finds a way to get everyone’s best during every class. He is by far one of the best coaches I have had a pleasure to work with.”