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Crux Staff

Youth Instructors

J.T. Dean

J.T. Dean

J.T. is our resident Youth Rockfit Instructor, a big kid himself he knows how to make exercise fun! Besides climbing, JT also practices and teaches Martial Arts and American Ninja Warrior training. JT has three kids of his own and a lovely wife who keeps all four of them in line some of the time. JT is a lot of fun and is amazing at keeping kids engaged and active. He also sets some of our bouldering routes and keeps it interesting!

Sam

Sam

Sam is our Youth Climbing Class Instructor and comes to us from Texas. Sam has been a middle school teacher and coach, and enjoys working with kids to help them grow as climbers and responsible human beings. He is a student at the U of O School of Law and plans to use his higher education (like all super heros) for good and not for evil. When he isn’t in the gym or studying, you can find him running or hiking with his dog, Zeke.

Ryan Giffee

Ryan Giffee

Ryan is our Summer Camp Instructor and teaches Youth Private Lessons throughout the year. He is a climber, snowboarder, and musician from Massachusetts. Ryan worked at summer camps on the East Coast teaching Scouts before moving to Eugene. He has been rock climbing for the last three years and is most proud of his ascent of Anaphylactic Shock (5.11b) at Mt. Rushmore.

Zane Watson

Zane Watson

Zane is one of our Youth Instructors. He’s the son of the owners and spent his youth tethered to trees while his parents climbed. He now enjoys spending as much time as he can at the family business. His interests include climbing, reading, and writing. Zane has worked with youth at Crux since 2018 and spends his spare time secretly plotting his coup to take over the gym, and then the world.

Operations

Ryan King

Ryan King

Ryan runs things at Crux. He has been a resident of the Eugene Springfield area for almost 30 years. He spent much of his working career in restaurant management and video production. Over the last five years he transitioned into athletic club management, and in 2019 joined the Crux team. Ryan has two daughters and spends much of his time at dance recitals when not at the gym slaving away.

Marra Watson

Marra Watson

Marra has been an FPI Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Coach since 2003. She specializes in helping people rehab from old injuries by strengthening and instilling proper biomechanics for joint longevity. Marra teaches a  holistic approach to health, emphasizing nutrition, and making a healthy lifestyle fun. Marra does less training these days and more gym management.

Morgan Watson

Morgan Watson

Morgan became a certified Personal Trainer and has been helping people get fit since 2003. He loves his job helping clients reach personal goals, and heal from old injuries. As a mountain and rock climber, Morgan has a well-rounded approach to exercise and conditioning focusing on functional fitness for strength, stability, balance, and stamina. He is certified through FPI and ACE. Morgan is also a certified Lifestyle Fitness Coach as well as a Sports Nutrition & Orthopedic Exercise Specialist through ACE.