ELEV8 History

ELEV8 was founded in 2007 as the first and only year-round Bootcamp in Tacoma’s historic North End. In a park, with a handful of recruits who met at 5:00 AM 3 days a week, ELEV8’s signature Bootcamp was born, revolutionizing fitness in Tacoma. With the opening of ELEV8’s first studio space in 2009, ELEV8 quickly grew into Tacoma’s premier choice for cutting-edge, life-long fitness. Today our signature Bootcamp offers multiple classes throughout the day, 7 days a week, with locations in Tacoma, University Place, Gig Harbor, Seattle (Lake Union), and Southern California. ELEV8 also provides personal training for individuals, as well as corporate fitness programs for clients such as Amazon.com and K2 Sports.

ELEV8 Staff

Kjersten Salzman
owner, lead trainer

kjersten@elev8fitness.comKjersten Salzman—owner, trainer

Kjersten studied Exercise Science and Sports Psychology at Western Washington University, finishing at the Masters’ level. She also holds certifications with nationally ranked organizations including ACSM, ACE, and NSCA. Kjersten has been training clients for over 10 years, ranging from youth to senior, health seeker to collegiate athlete and everything in between. She currently works with businesses in the corporate fitness realm and athletic teams at the University level. Her areas of expertise include sports performance, sport-specific training, and injury recovery, as well as goal setting and weight loss. She is passionate about helping people obtain their health and wellness goals, and that passion has fueled her mission to ELEV8 personal fitness to the next level.

Rich Thompson
operations, trainer


Rich comes to Elev8 with more than 10 years of experience in business operations, national markets sales, and business management. He started building his passion for fitness when he joined the Cub Scouts at 7 years old, actively participating in Washington State’s largest “high adventure” troop from Cub Scouts on into Boy Scouts and throughout high school. He has continued building on that passion for fitness and the outdoors over the past 20 years, staying active in rock and mountain climbing, soccer, trail running, and other fun family activities with his two kids. Rich’s forward-thinking business savvy combined with his life-long passion for extreme outdoor sports makes him an exciting addition to the Elev8 team of trainers and professionals.

Linda Hannigan

linda@elev8fitness.comLinda Hannigan—marketing manager

A Canadian who studied Fashion Arts & Design and Marketing Management, Linda has held management positions in the marketing field in several industries: telecommunications, fashion, public relations, and advertising. She has over 10 years of experience with national promotions, brand development and gatekeeping, brochures and collateral, market research, and cause marketing. When Linda’s not at ELEV8, she chases around her three small boys, and tries to fit in sprint triathlons and 5-K and 10-K road races.

Janet Lowen

janet@elev8fitness.comJanet Lowen—communications coordinator

Janet has 13 years of experience in the technical communications field and received her BA in English Literature from Western Washington University. She has worked as a managing editor and senior technical editor for Boeing, Microsoft, and Linda Werner & Associates. “What I have realized about myself is that I need accountability and camaraderie to motivate me to exercise. ELEV8 gives me fun people to work out with and someone who’s going to call me to task if I don’t show up.”

ELEV8 Trainers

Emily Bruce (Tacoma)

Emily has been an athlete her whole life and played sports such as basketball, soccer, softball, and track and field. In college at PLU she played lacrosse while earning her degree in Exercise Science. In addition to her Exercise Science degree, Emily has experience in personal training and children’s fitness and tumbling. The main way Emily likes to stay in shape is running. She also plays adult rec sports like softball and lacrosse. When Emily isn’t training at ELEV8 or working out herself, she enjoys her full-time job as a nanny and spending time with her 2-year-old German Shepherd.

Dawn Riley (Tacoma)

Dawn studied at Washington State University and holds a B.S. in Kinesiology. While completing her studies, she interned in the strength and conditioning department, helping train all athletic teams at the D1 University. For the last 5 years she has also been an assistant coach for Charles Wright Academy’s Volleyball program. In her spare time Dawn likes to stay active with her dog, Turkey, and participates in numerous recreational sports. Dawn believes that staying fit is the key to living a long, healthy life and has a passion for educating people about the benefits of exercise and nutrition.

Malia Probst (Hollywood)

Originally from Indiana where she earned her degree in sports communication and minor in kinesiology, Malia now calls LA home. She was encouraged by her dad to stay active, and she has always been an athlete, especially enjoying soccer. Malia started training others at 17 and has worked with the Olympic Development Program. She holds a personal training certification through ACE.


ELEV8 is looking for qualified personal trainers. If you are interested, send your CV to info@elev8fitness.com.