Swing was created by personal trainer, Luke Wilson, who saw a need for proper strength training in San Francisco. With over 18 years of experience, working with various types of clients in his personal training practice, Luke noticed a common problem. Group exercise instructors weren’t teaching proper form and alignment. As a result hard working individuals looking to improve their strength and conditioning would end up with knee problems, spinal misalignments, shoulder impingements and poor movement patterns. At Swing, our main focus is you. We keep classes small, capping attendance at 10 people, so that we are able to provide more personal attention and instruction. Every coach is a certified Personal Trainer and certified Kettlebell Instructor because proper education is paramount to the success of every student.
Meet Swing Kettlebell School’s creator and coach’s.
Luke Wilson has been at the forefront of the fitness industry for over a decade. He started his fitness career in 2001 in Santa Barbara, California, and in 2011, opened his first gym, PUSH Athletics in San Francisco. Working closely with many of the city’s elite trainers, Luke has shared and expanded his knowledge to help mold over 500+ clients.
Luke has earned a BS in Kinesiology, is a ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, CSCS, retains certifications in HKC (Hardstyle Kettlebell Training), RKC (Russian Kettlebell Certification) Level 1 and 2, functional strength trainer (IHP), yoga instructor, boxing instructor (Prime Time Boxing), martial artist (Eskabo Daan), trigger-point therapist and myofascial release practitioner.
Heather Parks, a former collegiate distance and track athlete, has had a lifetime passion for fitness and recreation. With over five years experience and named San Francisco’s Most Inspirational Trainer in 2017 by Equinox, Heather achieved her Personal Trainer Certification in 2012 along with becoming a Tier 3+ Trainer at Equinox (San Francisco).
Heather has a B.S. from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer as well as a graduate from the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI). Her other certifications include Kettlebell Athletics L1 Coach, TRX and ViPR, Pre-Post Natal and Precision Nutrition L1.
A NASM certified Trainer, JON MERRITT grew up competing in karate, soccer, and long-distance running. “Sports taught me the need for strength, flexibility, endurance, and focus.”
As a lifetime martial artist, Jon has competed in MMA, kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
“It is my pleasure and honor to be a personal trainer. I feel a strong connection to movement as it has played such a significant role in my own life. Seeing clients reach their potential through proper coaching and their own perseverance is exciting and rewarding.” Says Jon.
Ryan Eckert, former all-conference NCAA track and field athlete, has worked with a diverse range of clients over the last 5 years in a variety of rehab and training settings. This background has provided him with the knowledge of how to modify and adapt exercises to optimize results of people seeking improvements in both their everyday and athletic lives.
Ryan has a B.S. in Human Biology from UCSD and is currently finishing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at UCSF. He is a certified in strength and conditioning from NSCA and holds a Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC).