Jimmy McCurry Jr. CSCS CES
Owner/ Head Coach
Jimmy is a Woodinville native. He attended Woodinville high school and graduated in 2007. Jimmy wrestled in high school and fell in love with weight training. Through wrestling, he illustrated at an early age his work ethic. In 2007 a new award was created at Woodinville to represent that hard work. Jimmy has the honor of presentingthis award to the most improved wrestler every year, the McCurry award. Jimmy has coached wrestling for Leota Timbercrest and Woodinville.
Jimmy has 13 years experience as a personal trainer/strength coach. Jimmy completed Western Washington University’s Kinesiology program in 2011. While completing this program and working as a personal trainer he went on to earn the gold standard in strength coach certifications, the NSCA CSCS. Jimmy is always educating himself, reading the most recent scientific research, referencing text books from well respected professors and attending seminars regularly. After earning his CSCS Jimmy earned a certification as a corrective exercise specialist (CES) from Kinetic Integrations. Jimmy is currently pursuing certification from the Postural Restoration Institute adding to his breadth of knowledge.
Ellen Smith, CSCS
Coach, Admin Assistant
Ellen Smith graduated from Snohomish High School and Everett Community College (via Running Start) in 2013 and went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Seattle Pacific University in 2016. After being a competitive gymnast for 14 years, she transitioned from competing to coaching. She coached all levels of gymnastics, from age 6 to the college level. Recognizing a growing passion for strength and conditioning, she earned her CSCS in 2018 and became the strength coach for the Seattle Pacific Gymnastics team. Soon after, she was brought on as an assistant coach for the gymnastics team from 2018-2020. Along with her roles with the gymnastics team, Ellen also became the head strength coach for SPU during the 2019-2020 season.
In January of 2019 Ellen enrolled in the internship program here at PP. From there, she began coaching at Progressive Performance part time and transitioned to a full time position in Spring 2020. She has a passion for coaching and helping people increase their confidence through strength training.
Ellen has also participated in many active hobbies and competitive outlets after gymnastics. She started out with running and completed three half marathons between 2014-2016 before finding her true passion in Spring 2017, powerlifting. It wasn’t until September 2017 that Ellen signed up for her first powerlifting competition and she hasn’t looked back since. With a few titles, two national competitions and a state record under her belt, she continues to push her limits and is currently training to get closer to her 1000# total and a 400# deadlift goals. Outside of coaching and lifting, Ellen enjoys reading (big Harry Potter fan!), learning how to play guitar and spending her free time with friends and family!
Emily Rendahl, NASM-CPT
Coach & Community Outreach Director
Emily is a competitive powerlifter, creative mind, horse woman, and coach. Graduate of Woodinville High School, she went on to graduate from Washington State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in French & Linguistics. After reconnecting with an old classmate – Coach Jimmy (having been in school together since they were 9 years old) – Emily made the decision to make her fitness a priority and joined Progressive Performance as a general fitness client. Before too long, Jimmy had piqued her interest in becoming a powerlifter, and she competed in her first meet in June 2018 – there was no turning back after that. Emily has been bitten by the iron bug, and competes several times annually. Emily decided to take her passion for fitness to the next level by officially becoming a full-time coach at Progressive Performance in March 2019. Emily is certified through NASM, and looks forward to pursuing her CSCS credentials in the future. In addition to coaching PPStrength clients, Emily is the Community Outreach Director, Nutrition Coach, and Creative Graphics & Marketing specialist for Progressive Performance. When not at the gym, you can find Emily at the barn playing with her horse Roxie or teaching others how to horseback ride, or in her craftroom creating handmade cards.
Jo Dibbo, Operations Manager
Jo started out as a client of PP much like Emily and wanted to help build the community in any way she could. She came on to help keep PP organized and make sure that all the needs of the gym on the back end are taken care of so that the coaches can focus on what they do best… coach.
Jo has a nursing degree and has 2 lovely teenage daughters. Jo has a background in martial arts and has a brown belt in Krav Maga. You can find her at the gym in the mornings working in the office or working on her deadlifts. She also has a very handsome labradoodle named Winston.
Coach & Official Gym Greeter
Penny is Coach Jimmy’s dog! She loves pets between sets, and isn’t shy about soliciting your attention! Penny is friendly to every new friend she meets – the gym is her home away from home, you’ll likely see her in the gym most days.
We think having Penny in the gym is wonderful, she’s a fantastic addition to our community. We dare you to leave not loving her sweet little face!