Abe Williams, Co-founder
I live from spirit, love and beauty. My goal is to have the best possible life filled with all of it: the failures, the wins, the plateaus, the pains and joys, difficulty and ease. My health is paramount to me and I’m working towards “compressed morbidity”. That’s the longest possible aliveness with energy and mobility and the shortest death. This is opposed to what happens now: I see people with progressively reduced mobility as they age and long illnesses ending in death. I’m 43 and want to be continually stronger until I reach my late ages. When I do plateau or decline, I’ll be stronger than I am now. That’s my plan. Some people say it won’t work or doesn’t work like that. Fuck that. I am helping people in their 70’s get stronger right now.
I’m married to a wonderful woman and we made amazing twin 16 year old girls who attend the San Francisco Waldorf High School. There are also 2 adopted Chihuahua mixes who are hilarious.
Owen Dockham, Co-founder
Having supervised over 10,000 one-on-one personal training sessions with individuals from ages 13-90, I can say with confidence that everyone has something positive to gain from our unique, evidence-based approach to exercise at EverStrongSF.
Through my career in the health and wellness industry, I've had the opportunity to help guide people to accomplish meaningful results effectively, without hurting them and without wasting their time doing dangerous or inefficient movements. I firmly believe exercise should enhance one’s life rather than consume it and should never under any circumstances cause injury. That’s why my business partner Abe and I and all of our instructors adhere to the principles of high-intensity training, supervising brief and intense workouts, on a one-on-one basis, in our fitness laboratory, free of distractions.
Outside of instructing at EverStrongSF and running my east bay facility Live Oak Strength, I enjoy playing classical and jazz piano, the outdoors, the company of my beautiful wife Lucy, two pit bulls, Luna and Sophie, and our cat Darwin.
Patrick Ycaro, Staff Manager, Instructor
EverStrongSF is proud to team up with NorCal Strength Studio founder Patrick Ycaro. Fitness has always been a big part of his personal life, but Patrick's true passion lies in training and helping people achieve their fitness goals. And, Patrick’s been doing just that for over 10 years.
Patrick enjoys working with a diverse age groups, and his clients range from 13 to 80 years old. Regardless of his clients’ generational differences or activity level, they all noticed considerable improvements in their strength, endurance, and energy level after working with Patrick.
Patrick has always cited the considerable health benefits of High-Intensity Training. However, when he started training a client with Parkinson's disease and saw significant improvements in strength, endurance, energy level, and motor function, he decided to dedicate his life to helping people gain strength so they can be active for the rest of their life.
Austin Gresham, Instructor
With a background in acupuncture, herbal medicine, and massage therapy, Austin brings a unique perspective to his approach to HIT training at EverStrongSF. After completing an undergraduate degree in Mandarin Chinese and a masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Austin went to China to study acupuncture, herbal medicine, and bodywork. Inspired by the longevity and vitality he observed amongst elderly people who followed this lifestyle, Austin returned to the U.S. with a passion for working with people, especially older individuals, who suffer from chronic pain to help them extend both the quality and length of their lives.
Upon meeting Owen and Abe, Austin found a perfect fit with EverStrongSF. Here he combines his expertise with the safe, fluid movement of HIT. He was especially intrigued by the idea that anyone, at any age, can begin and benefit from HIT without causing injury to their bodies. Austin’s deep expertise in understanding human anatomy allows him to personalize his approach to each individual he works with.
Amanda Weaver, Operations Manager, Instructor
Amanda comes to us with a strong passion for using her knowledge of the human body, psychology, and pharmacology to help our clients achieve their strength and health-related goals through High-Intensity Training.
Amanda’s understanding of healthcare data and analytics allows her to apply her discerning eye to our clients’ training data and to execute personalized adjustments to training protocols, which allows for sustained, positive progress in strength. She has an intimate understanding of the challenges of overcoming physical limitations, since having sustained multiple traumatic, life-altering injuries in a cycling accident. Being temporarily robbed of her strength, Amanda had to re-learn how to train without aggravating the previously sustained injuries or causing new ones.
This personal understanding is a cornerstone of her approach to training. With compassion, consideration, and strong problem-solving skills, Amanda makes it her mission to help others safely overcome their physical challenges through increasing their strength and mobility so that they can live their best (and strongest!) life.