Who is Debbie POTTS?

Debbie is the Owner, trainer, and coach of a unique personal training & small group training boutique private fitness studio in downtown Bellevue, WA.  Fitness Forward Studio offers amazing total body efficient workouts in 30 or 50 minutes using a  variety of tool including free weights, TRX, Rip Trainers, sandbags, kettlebells,   medicine balls, wall balls and more plus we implement Pilates mat, yoga, functional strength movements, and sport specific exercises into our workouts.

Debbie’s specialties

personal, small group and group personal training, mobility training, functional strength training, TRX suspension training, STOTT Pilates, Yoga, Rehab training, Metabolic  Testing, The WHOLESTIC Method coaching, Nutritional Therapy and USAT Triathlon coaching.  She focuses on training trainers and her clients the proper form, alignment, and muscle recruitment as she educates all individuals to tune in and focus from the inside out.



The WHOLESTIC Method programs and Fitness Forward Studio training provides clients with all levels the best results and to avoid injuries in the least amount of time- while having fun and enjoying the journey!  Debbie believes in training clients to improve performance for life and sports with her “The WHOLESTIC Method” program – training clients to focus not only on their exercise but also their nutrition, sleep, stress and movement. Debbie also is the host of “The WHOLE Athlete” podcast available on iTunes and the author of “LIFE IS NOT A RACE” available on Amazon.

Can You Help Me Lose Weight?

Debbie also leads her The WHOLESTIC Method Transformation program for groups or individuals to help clients transform to become healthier versions of themselves from the inside out -as well as a more efficient fat burning machine.  Debbie coaches clients in person or online and has weekly check-in calls as she guides them to eliminate gluten, commercial dairy, soy, corn and peanuts (plus limit/cut alcohol and caffeine) for 21-30 days.  The “WHOLESTIC Method” coaching involves clients on the eight WHOLESTIC Method elements: nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, sleep, movement, hydration, digestion/gut health and happiness!  The coaching package may include the personal training for local clients or online coaching to become a “WHOLESTIC Athlete”.

What is Debbie’s Athletic Background?

Debbie has been a competitive athlete for most of her life.  She has been a top age group triathlete and runner as well as a 15 Ironman finisher, 5 times Ironman Hawaii World Championship qualifier and multiple Boston Marathon qualifier.  She coaches client’s individually online metabolic efficiency, running, trail running, cycling and triathlon events.  You can check out her race results here http://www.athlinks.com/athletes/41680626/Profile

What are Debbie’s qualifications?

Debbie has been in the fitness industry for twenty-five years and has continued to learn even more over the years.  Debbie’s continuing education and certifications grow each year including

CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach
Newton Natural Running Coach
STOTT Pilates Mat training
Yoga Fit and Shakti Yoga training
Superhuman Certified Coach
NASM Certified Personal Trainer & CPT Externship Mentor
USAT Level One Certified Coach
METS: Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist

Debbie POTTS Journey

I have been in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, instructor, and triathlon/run coach for over twenty-five years but I have also struggled with my body weight and health even though I am a competitive endurance athlete completing many marathons, 50k trail run races, cycling events and long distance triathlons. After being in the fitness industry since I was in college, I started to see a pattern with not only myself but many clients struggling to lose weight and get healthier even though they exercised consistently. I was not able to help clients by just training them one to three times a week. I started to think outside of the box and get curious why we are told certain guidelines and rules to lose weight, reduce the risk for heart disease and diabetes. What we were being told didn’t make sense to me as a trainer, coach or athlete. How do I burn fat when I exercise and train when I am supposed to eat every few hours? Why do I feel hungry after I ate a banana, orange juice, and oatmeal? Over the years I started to read up on the Zone diet and then later the Paleo diet. My journey began with what I label now as “WHOLESTIC Method” approach with eight elements to improve fat loss, health and performance. I started to do my own research and listening to podcasts with people like Sean Croxten’s, Ben Greenfield and Jimmy Moore.


In 2012, I started pursuing my journey to become a “WHOLESTIC Athlete” coach and educator first with the “Superhuman Coach” certification program with Ben Greenfield and then continued my education in metabolic efficiency and low-carb eating. As my journey began on the nutrition and health side of a coach, I was becoming a competitive age group triathlete (Ironman distance) since 2001, marathoner and long distance cycling events. I loved training and racing endurance events. I also opened up my own boutique fitness studio in 2010. As I was learning about adrenal exhaustion, heart rate variability and leaky gut… I soon found myself feeling and experiencing many of the red flags for stage three adrenal fatigue in 2012.After competing and setting my best times at Ironman Canada then 70.3 world championships then Ironman Hawaii for my fifth time followed by another marathon then, a 50k trail race while running my own fitness business with crazy hours…my body from the inside out was exhausted. Hormones were plummeting, my weight skyrocketed and my body could not take any sugar including fruit without getting a headache in five seconds. My journey from metabolic efficiency, low carb eating and how to coach clients to become fat burning machines shifted to how to recover from Adrenal Exhaustion. I was living and operating daily for a few years with adrenal fatigue. At the same time of co-hosting a podcast “FIT FAT FAST”, I started sharing my story and challenges I was dealing with to our listeners as well as writing about my research findings on Adrenal Fatigue. I was not the only one struggling.  Now I am the host of my own podcast called “The WHOLESTIC Athlete” to help athletes of all levels improve their performance in life and sports by working from the inside out.


Many listeners and clients could relate to my story…being tired but wired all day, wide awake at 2 am muscle fatigue during workouts, depressed, rapid weight gain, bloated belly, and skin rash. I searched for a practitioner to help me but I went to six doctors before I found help with the Kalish Method and another local naturopath. In 2014, I became a certified CHEK Institute Holistic Lifestyle Coach level one and plan to continue to level three. In 2014, I also started my own podcast called “The WHOLESTIC Athlete” to expand the topics of metabolic efficiency and low carb living to the elements of being a “WHOLESTIC Athlete”.  We cover tip and tricks to improve fueling, training, and performance that we don’t hear in the mainstream media. What I have experienced in my journey as an endurance athlete and business owner is common among so many clients and friends…endurance athletes from burning the candle at both ends as well as busy parents trying to do too much in the day. Adrenal fatigue or exhaustion is a common battle but undetected. Most doctors do not do the lab testing and treatment plans necessary to help individuals with symptoms of adrenal fatigue. My recovery has taken almost three years to heal my adrenals and hormonal system. What I have learned for myself is what I help clients with now for fat loss, health and performance with my “WHOLESTIC Method”. We need to start from the inside out to heal our body. Make a shift in your lifestyle, mindset, and habits if you want to heal from adrenal exhaustion, hormonal imbalance, thyroid and more areas by working with a practitioner or HLC coach that you connect with.



Join my mission to take care of ourselves from the inside out. Become a “WHOLE Athlete” by listening to my podcast on metabolic efficiency tips, fat loss strategies and health tricks for endurance athletes of all levels. Fuel, Train, Perform…Maximize your performance in endurance sports and in life by making yourself metabolically efficient with The WHOLESTIC Method. Your host, Debbie Potts, is a certified Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist, CHEK HLC Coach, Superhuman Coach, USAT Coach and NASM CPT. Debbie is a leading fitness professional for twenty-five years who owns Fitness Forward Studio in Bellevue, WA. Debbie is an avid long-distance endurance runner, cyclist, and triathlete who revels in the continual search of ways to maximize the power and limits of human endurance by making the body as metabolically efficient as possible. Come along for the ride, you’ve got nothing to gain but health! Debbie Potts NTP, NASM CPT, MET, USAT & CHEK HLC.

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