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Spartan SGX Coaches

Building better humans

Ty Rawli​n​son​

Ty Rawlinson has been a personal trainer for over 10 years, with a background in rehabilitation and working with a chiropractor doing physiotherapy. Ty's passion for the Spartan experience, developing trainers, and helping clients realize their fitness goals has motivated him to train for and obtain the Spartan Level II SGX coaching certification.

Ty has led the charge in creating a local community of dedicated Spartan enthusiasts.

Ty's education and certifications include:

  • Spartan SGX
  • SGX Level I
  • SGX II & SpartanFit
  • Spartan Edge
  • Spartan Obstacle Specialist- cert of completion 
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine:
    • Corrective Exercise Specialist
    • Performance Enhancement Specialist
    • MMA Strength & Conditioning 
  • National Personal Training Institute 
  • National Exercise & Sports Training Association
  • National Holistic Institute - Massage Therapy
  • AAS Criminal Justice
  • CPR Certified

Christie McKiernan

Christie completed her first Spartan Race in April of 2017, barely. She took almost three hours to finish the San Jose Sprint, had to do nearly 200 penalty burpees, and is pretty sure she’s the only person to fail the non-obstacle of the starting corral wall. For some inexplicable reason, 2 ​days after her near-death experience with a Spartan Sprint, Christie signed up for the Monterey Super, but this time, she decided to train for it. It was then that she met Coach Ty and his Mission Peak Spartan community, and the rest is history.

In the past two years Christie has completed nearly 30 races, including her first Ultra in October of 2018. It’s not an overstatement to say that Spartan has changed her life. Since that first sprint in San Jose Christie has lost over 50 lbs, rekindled her love for being an active athlete, and most recently, has become a certified personal fitness trainer and Spartan SGX Coach.

In becoming a Spartan Coach Christie hopes she can teach and inspire other people to push beyond their perceived limits and help them learn to overcome the literal and metaphorical obstacles that life puts in their path. Her approach to Spartan training and coaching mirrors her approach to life. She embraces the Spartan pillars of grit, resilience, and teamwork as guiding principles both on the course and off. Her obstacle specialties are grip strength, grip endurance, and advanced obstacle technique. 

Her certifications include PFT from NESTA, SGX Lvl1 from Spartan, and CPR/AED from EMS Safety.

When Christie isn’t climbing over walls or trying new ways to conquer Twister, she can be found exploring the world of virtual reality where she’s a Content Strategist for Oculus, yelling at the TV during hockey games, or getting overly excited about the nearest dog walking by her.

Carlos Dominguez

Carlos stumbled onto Spartan Race in 2013 and began training for his first Spartan Race at AT&T Park in San Francisco in 2014. Carlos became hooked after that and started his Spartan journey. In 2016, Carlos decided to quit his job as an EMT and become a personal trainer focusing on core strength and movement. In 2017, Carlos decided to become a Spartan SGX Coach and currently does one on one, small group, and group training at Fit Zone in Milpitas, CA.

The Spartan Community is what keeps Carlos inspired and willing to give back by sharing his knowledge and helping others conquer their own obstacles, be it, Spartan or in Life. Carlos's motto is "No matter what, keep moving forward." He adopted this motto through failing to finish his first Trifecta in October 2015 at the Spartan Race World Championships in North Lake Tahoe. In 2017, Carlos completed his first Trifecta at the same place he had failed once before.

On his off time Carlos enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, trail running, listening to podcasts, watching UFC fights, watching documentaries, running Spartan Races, and also making time to volunteer for Spartan Race.

Carlos is certified through National College of Exercise Professionals (NCEP), Spartan SGX and SOS, and CPR Certified through American Heart Association.

"No matter what, keep moving forward. AROO!"

Terrence Hanserd

Terrence’s competitive nature and hunger for new fitness challenges, led him to complete a 2X Spartan Trifecta his first year. His new found passion for Spartan has led him to become a personal fitness trainer and Spartan coach. Whether in group training or one on one, his goal is to help his client’s develop into a healthier version of who they are. He is highly driven and loves to motivate and encourage others and is a strong advocate for self-health and wellness.

Terrence is the founder and CEO of Livinproof365 which represents health and fitness 365 days of the year. Livinproof365 focuses on the physical and mental preparation for staying disciplined to live a healthy lifestyle.

National Exercise and Sport Trainers Association: Certified Personal Trainer

BA in Sociology

CPR Certified

Peter Tapao

My first Health and Wellness experience started off as a Front Desk employee in Island Gym in 1998 working part time. I was responsible for opening the gym at 4:30am. At that time, I had greater ambitions beyond working at the gym. I wanted to make a living in Electronic engineering, which I was studying at DeVry University in 2002.

After graduation I took a trip to the Philippines where my whole perspective about life changed. The Philippines is a third world country and people are just trying to survive, it's a struggle every day. I watched my people, my own family, who had nothing, happily share what little the did have with me. This was a truly humbling realization and a lesson that changed my life.

After my trip to the Philippines I was motivated to pursue a career that allowed me to follow my new-found passion and purpose of empowering people. Fast Forward to now and I've done just that. I've been a personal trainer and group exercise instructor for 15 plus years, and have many clients who stay with me for 4 – 6 years. I'm very humbled to have satisfied customers and full classes of happy students. I'm continually advancing my career in an effort to build a healthy community, to establish great relationships, and open myself to new possibilities for growth.

Jorge Puga

My journey into the world of Spartan Racing began in 2015, I weighed 240 lbs. I was depressed and tired all the time.

Sept my friend asked me to join him for a 6 mile race but I told him he was crazy. I couldn't run for 2 minutes let alone 6 miles so I told him no.

November 2015, I was asked to run the Urbathalon in San Francisco with my friend and I didn't want to miss out again so I said yes. It was 12 miles. I walked the whole race and not even halfway through it I thought to myself I can't do this. But I did finish it and I felt like maybe I could do these races.

My life changed after that day. I started training (at least I thought of it as training at the time).

In 2016, my friend told me about Spartan Race. I didn't know anything about Spartan Racing but I agreed to run the Monterey Spartan Race. Once I was there, feelings of doubt overcame me. I thought “ what am I doing here?” I had no business running a Spartan Race. It took me 4 to 5 hours to finish that race but I was hooked after that.

My friend stopped doing Spartan Races, but I continued to train for them. I trained by myself but I wished there were others that I could train with. I started looking online for Spartan training and I found the group, Mission Peak Spartans and I emailed them. They invited me to a workshop and it was amazing. I met Coach Nicol and Coach Ty and they welcomed me to the group. They were very supportive and helpful and under their coaching, I was able to greatly accelerate my training.

In 2017, I started training more seriously and doing more races. I wanted to do 1 trifecta in 2017, but I was able to do 2 trifectas. I felt so good about how far I had come with the help of Coach Nicol and Coach Ty and the members of Mission Peak Spartans.

I also became friends with Angel Quintero, a Mexican Elite racer who has mentored me and helped me improve my times. My goal is to one day be up on a podium beside him.

After meeting Angel I became a member of Team Quintero in addition to being a member of Mission Peak Spartans. With the coaching and support from both my teams, I was able to make top 10 in this year’s Spartan Monterey Race.

Now that I have received so much support and help from some truly awesome coaches and runners, I would like to pay it forward. I would love to help others achieve the dream that I am living. I love Spartan racing and everything it stands for and I want to teach and show others how to achieve their dreams of becoming Spartan racers too. I also went from 240 lbs to 165 lbs and I would love to help and motivate others who want to become the best that they can become.

Jessica S

Jessica empowers people to discover their unique capabilities. As a therapist in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation or as a Spartan coach, she uncovers people’s strengths and limitations to deliver customized hands-on training to reach the health you want. Whether your goal is to complete a first OCR fun run or complete an all-day endurance event, there are always strategies to get you where you want to be and go.


  • Spartan Inaugural 24hr Spartan Iceland Ultra Championship, Hurricane Heats, Hurricane Heat 12HR, Ultras, Trifecta Weekends, Age Group and Team Open Heats
  • Goruck Tough, Light, and Starcourse 50 Mile San Francisco
  • OCR World Championships in Blue Mountains, Ontario 2017 and 2018
  • FireFit Endurance Lightening Round Part 1

Certification and Training:

  • Spartan: SGX Coach L2 Certification 2019, Edge Course 2017, Obstacle Specialist 2016,
  • SGX Coach L1 Certification 2016
  • Duke University Integrative Heath Coaching Foundation Certification 2012
  • 200 Hr Avalon Yoga Teacher Training Program 2004


  • MS Occupational Therapy 2009
  • AA Massage Therapy 1000 Hr 2006
  • BA Biology 2001