We Are Pallas

We are professional followers of crazy ideas. We are Jacks and Jills of all trades. We are outsiders in an industry full of specialists – and that’s exactly why you should train with us.

We encourage crazy ideas.

We’ve been following ours for 20 years. Andrew and Tyson left behind a pleated-khaki life in Raleigh, NC to become Marine Raiders. Over a decade of service, they learned that nothing good comes from being comfortable. Once there were no flutter-kicks left to do, they left the Corps to pursue a new type of discomfort as civilians. Tyson went back to school as a middle-aged man, and joined a rock band. Andrew quit two stable tech jobs to work as a mountain guide.

Megan chose to forgo a cushy career in Los Angeles to follow some jarhead she met climbing in Joshua Tree to the swamps of Camp Lejeune. There, she joined a CrossFit team, earned the nickname “Boulders for Shoulders,” and traveled the country competing against the best in the world. Recently, she signed up for an Ironman 70.3 to learn how to swim.

The best things in our lives have come from stepping outside our comfort zones: the opportunity to serve others, lifelong friendships forged in hardship, and continued self-discovery. We want the same for you. Whatever your adventure, we believe it’s attainable. Commit to a little chaos, and we’ll help show you through. Life’s too short not to send it.

We're allergic to specialization.

The three of us are explorers at heart – we love to try new things. You can probably tell by the fact that our career arcs look more like the flight paths of bumble bees than jets. We’ve also experimented with a broad range of sports. Andrew is a skier, rock climber, and grappler. Megan is a CrossFitter turned long-course triathlete. Tyson is a former Division I football player who now uses his body as a strength and conditioning lab.

You won’t find many companies that program for triathlon, weight-lifting, mountaineering, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. That’s because the fitness industry would have you believe that coaches need 30 plus years in a single sport to be any good. We believe our range of experience, paired with our understanding of physiology, makes us better innovators, and more adaptable to your needs.

The future of sports performance innovation isn’t DNA-derived diets or new lifting techniques. It’s integration: applying training methods from one sport to others; combining strength and conditioning, nutrition, and physical therapy; enabling real-time recovery to drive training load. The information is already out there. It just needs to be tied together. And, as generalists, we’re uniquely positioned to do this.

Meet The Team

Andrew Markoff

Andrew joined the Marine Corps to get paid to do all the things his parents wouldn’t let him do in the backyard. After ten years of running with backpacks, swimming with handcuffs, and lifting little rubber boats up and down to the delight of passing cruise ships, he left the Marine Raiders to try his hand at mountain guiding. Guiding was an opportunity to perfect his only marketable skill, humping heavy rucks, against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada’s pristine granite and corniced ridgelines. Now, Andrew lives to help others become sommeliers of Type 2 fun.

Career Highlights:
  • Marine Special Operations Officer (MARSOC)
  • 2:05 Half Marathon with a 55lb ruck
  • Dive school record holder for instances of swimming induced pulmonary edema
  • Guide for backcountry skiing and alpine climbing trips in the Sierra Nevada and Cascades
Certifications:
  • USA Triathlon Level 2 Certified Coach
  • AMGA Apprentice Ski and Alpine Guide
  • BJJ Brown Belt

Megan Markoff

Megan walked into a CrossFit gym, after Andrew deployed to Afghanistan, and immediately drank the Kool-Aid. By the time Andrew returned, Megan was stronger than his whole special operations team. Though Megan has since traded in her Nano’s and jump rope for a pair of running shoes, swim goggles, and a set of wheels, she credits her time as a competitive CrossFit athlete for changing her life. Her big takeaway: nutrition is a superpower for performance and health – rather than a weight loss scheme. Nutrition can make or break you as an athlete and set you up to live a long and healthy life. Megan has spent the last 5 years helping her clients leverage the power of nutrition in their own lives.

Career Highlights:
  • Wodapalooza 2017, RX team
  • Wodapalooza 2018, Elite team
  • 2017 Indoor 500m Row Heavyweight American Record for 19-29 age group
  • Las Vegas Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon
  • Logan City Marathon
  • F30-34 2022 Ironman 70.3 World Championships Qualifier
Certifications:
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coaching Certification
  • Mac Nutrition Uni Certified Nutritionist

Tyson Stahl

Tyson made his way into the military because he is a large human and had an opportunity to play football at the U.S. Naval Academy. After spending his time playing offensive tackle for a 10-2 Navy Football program, Tyson decided he had not been injured enough and thought the Marine Corps would be another great way to punish his body (and serve his country during the Global War on Terror). Splitting his nearly 11-year career between the Infantry and MARSOC communities, Tyson left active duty to become a high school football coach and bass guitarist in a rock band. It was in coaching that he gained a passion for using the tool of physical training to help people become more personally accountable to themselves and to their communities, toppling mental barriers along the way.

Career Highlights:
  • Bass guitarist
  • Hemingway fan
  • Division I football letterman
  • 6 years of hands-on coaching experience
Certifications:
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach
  • Exos Performance Specialist

Dr. Meghan Helwig

Dr. Meghan Helwig is a sought out Doctor of Physical Therapy in Southern California. She started Primal Strength Physical Therapy on the east coast and then packed up to follow her dream to live and practice on the west coast.

Dr. Helwig graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University. A native of Morris County, NJ, Dr. Helwig earned a finance degree from Villanova University where she was the starting goalie all 4 years for the Division I Big East Field Hockey Team.

Being an athlete her entire life, Dr. Helwig has that competitive mindset and understands the demands on the body. She has numerous “tools in her toolbox” and has combined the concepts, tools and techniques such as ART, SFMA, NKT, DNS, TPI, Rocktape IASTM/Blades, Kinesiology taping, and cupping to create her own unique system. She utilizes these tools and techniques to assess and treat her patients as a whole while uncovering the underlying “Why” behind her patients’ symptoms.

Certifications:
  • PT, DPT
  • Rocktape FMT, Basic & Advanced 
  • Rocktape Rockblades IASTM (Basic & Advanced)
  • DNS A
  • Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) Provider
  • Titleist Performance Institute Medical Provider (MP3)
  • Titleist Performance Institute Fitness Provider (FP2)
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
  • Spinal Manipulation
  • Clinical Athlete Weightlifting Coach Certification

Jen Scott, RDN, LD

As a registered dietitian with a focus in sports nutrition since 2004, Jen combines her love for nutrition and sport into a profession she is extremely passionate about. She meets each athlete where they are at and honors their lifestyle, all while helping them improve their daily diet habits, fueling practices, and relationship with their body and food. Providing evidence-based, applicable, realistic nutrition recommendations is the foundation of her practice.

While Jen works with many runners, ultra-runners, and triathletes, she also helps individuals navigate disordered eating issues as well as Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Celiac Disease.

Jen’s love for running started at 17, and has stretched over 2 decades. She has finished 38 half marathons, 20 marathons, many other shorter distances, qualified for the Boston Marathon four times, and has qualified for the NYC Marathon.

When she is not training for another long distance road race, she is staying active with her three children, 2 dogs, and husband in the PNW.

Certifications:
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Licensed Dietitian
  • RRCA certified run coach

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We offer templated programs for all of our sports.

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