HEATHER ALSCHULER, SAQ AND NUTRITION SPECIALIST
Heather Alschuler comes to Greater Seattle Surf (GSS) with a wealth of fitness knowledge and experiences throughout a long history as a student, athlete, coach and trainer in a variety of environments across many sports. She works directly with GSS coaches on Speed, Agility, Quickness (SAQ) programs tailored to each team’s age and needs. Heather also provides our members with on-going nutrition tips and resources focused on the best ways to fuel the young body for sports.
Heather has leveraged a diverse set of education and fitness experiences to become an expert in health promotion and fitness training. Her passion for fitness and competition began at a young age, where she was a multisport athlete through high school. She went on to become a rower at the University of Michigan, where she earned honors as an all-American and the Big Ten Conference Rower of the Year. She then spent five years on the Canadian National Rowing team, ending as a member of Team Canada in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Along the way, Heather earned a B.S. in Exercise Science and a postgraduate degree in Education, as well as certifications in personal training (NASM), group, and pre- and post-natal fitness. Since moving on from elite sport, she has spent her time coaching rowing and basketball, teaching high school, and developing a curriculum-based rowing program called “Erg Ed” that is used in Physical Education departments across the country to educate students about goal setting, workout intensity, and recreational water access.
Today, Heather is also one of five master trainers for Concept 2/ UCanRow2 group fitness instruction and certifies fitness professionals across the USA and Canada in group rowing instruction. She also works as a personal trainer and teaches group fitness classes. More broadly, she loves helping athletes of all ages and abilities achieve their goals and become the very best athlete they can be. She especially loves to work with young athletes to foster a positive and healthy experience with sport. She believes that paying attention to the little details, such as physiology, nutrition, psychology and the whole athlete is important to make healthy, happy and successful people, students and athletes.
Heather is originally from Kelowna, BC, but now calls Edmonds, WA home. She is mom to three young girls who are already involved with various sports and activities, including soccer.