David Lyman, Certified Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine)


David is a jack-of-all-trades in the fitness world. From Yoga and Pilates, to boot camps in the park, to corrective (post-injury) exercise, to TRX suspension training, David has taught nearly every type of fitness class offered at the gyms where he’s worked.

He enjoys working with all ages, from youth athletes needing conditioning in the offseason, to seniors wanting to maintain their strength and independence for a lifetime.

He leads corporate health workshops, and even “coaches the coaches,” having served as Fitness Director over a team of trainers at a Pilates studio in Seattle.

What gives David purpose is taking on “tricky” clients, and being their teammate as they discover ways to work around old injuries, chronic health conditions, and any other obstacles holding them back from the fit and healthy lifestyles they wish to lead.

His recovery from foot, knee, and shoulder injuries gave him an appreciation for complex fitness journeys, and a desire to help others break through their own physical barriers and find success, too.

David advocates for body acceptance-- no matter one’s age, weight, sex, gender, health condition, or ability level. He rejects diet culture and appearance-based gatekeeping in fitness. He firmly believes fitness is for everyone.

In his personal time, David is an avid runner and cyclist who enjoys 100+ mile bicycle rides and has completed the STP, RSVP, and several international bicycle tours. He's a marathoner and open-water swim triathlete. He once spent a year in Honolulu studying advanced fitness techniques while working at a health club-- and barefoot jogging in the sand on his lunch breaks.

A "people person" to his core, David has performed in belly dance troupes, a barbershop chorus, and as a two-time, title-holding member of Seattle’s drag scene. He holds an MBA from the David Eccles School of Business in Utah. He’s lived all over the US and abroad. In-between clients, you can find him training his buff little rescue dog in agility.

Areas of Focus / Experience

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Balance
  • Body building
  • Body positivity / neutrality
  • Boot camp
  • Cardio Pilates
  • Cardio Conditioning
  • Certified Personal Trainer (NASM)
  • Chronic pain
  • Core stabilization and strength
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM)
  • Cycling
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist (NASM)
  • Fitness Tech Writer (Ignifit App)
  • Flexibility
  • Foam rolling
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Heart rate zone monitoring
  • Herniated discs
  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • Hip pain / replacement
  • Inflexibility
  • Knee pain / replacement
  • Maximizing health at every size
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Nutrition Counselor (Lose to Win)
  • Parkinson's wellness
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM)
  • Pilates Mat, Beginner (Pilates Academy International)
  • Pilates Mat, Advanced (Pilates Academy International)
  • Pilates Reformer, Beginner (Pilates Academy International)
  • Pilates Reformer, Advanced (Pilates Academy International)
  • Piyo Pilates Yoga (BeachBody)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post-pregnancy issues
  • Posture analysis and improvement
  • Recess group classes for adults
  • Rowing
  • Running
  • Sciatica
  • Self-myofascial release
  • Senior health
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Sport specific training
  • Swimming
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Trauma informed fitness
  • TRX Suspension Training (TRX)
  • Wellness Planner (YMCA)
  • Weight Loss Counselor (Lose to Win)
  • Weight Loss Specialist (NASM)
  • Yoga (200-hr yoga teacher training)



Progressive Gym welcomes clients with diverse health challenges; however, we are not a substitute for medical treatment by a doctor or physical therapist, and we cannot diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease/injury. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice due to beginning a personal training program. Consult your physician prior to beginning any fitness program to determine if you are healthy enough for exercise.


I take pride in helping my clients overcome any challenges their bodies throw at them. My motto is, "Expect problems, and eat them for breakfast."