I grew up in a small, Eastern Oregon town where, to fight boredom, I played every sport that was available to me. In elementary and middle school, I was the only female player on the football and baseball teams. But being the only girl did not stop me from wanting to beat the boys in all of the conditioning drills. Which secretly when I train and workout my objective is still to move faster than my male counterparts.
As a coach I believe that an athlete’s mind can be both your greatest strength and your greatest weakness. I believe that the power of the mind can overcome physical pain. I often tell my clients to “work hard NOW because you can’t work hard later.” My goal is to train my clients so they never leave Torque thinking, “I wish I had done more.” I encourage my clients to give all that they can in each moment and trust that they did their best.
Fitness has always played a role in my life. I was always active as a kid playing all kinds of sports and enjoying the outdoors in Oregon. After high-school I joined the Army where I was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in North Carolina. This is where Manifest Athletics got its namesake. Before jumping out of the planes we were considered part of the shipping list, the manifest.
My coaching style:
As a CrossFit coach I try to make the workouts fun. I also try to explain the movements and repetition scheme in a way that is easily understood. Offering cues in different ways for different athletes. Not all of us can do all the moments perfectly or Rx, but all of us can CrossFit.
As a personal trainer I have a wide variety of coaching styles suited for my wide variety of clientele. For me this is one of the biggest joys of personal training. Working with many types of personal exercise needs to set and achieve goals, maintain active lifestyles, recover from injuries, and prevent injuries. The benefits of exercise are endless.
I have worked with clients who have wanted a handful of training sessions as an intro into Crossfit. My clients goals are varied and included hiking Mt. Adams, learning how to do Olympic Weightlifting, and be able to balance on one leg for longer than :30 seconds.
I love being a personal trainer and I love people. Being a coach and a trainer is way more than a job, for me it is a lifelong passion.
I have always been driven to work with people and improve their physical condition through therapy and training. In high school I was a volunteer PE coach for fellow students with physical and mental disabilities. I played sports like baseball and football, which definitely require skill, coordination, and agility.
Throughout high school and college I kept up with resistance training for exercise. In the gym I met several bodybuilders who encouraged me to try the sport. I trained and competed in two bodybuilding competitions. Loved the physique and the challenge, but it was not a life-long fitness program.
Although bodybuilding was not for me, I still enjoyed cardio and heavy resistance training. My next adventures were in the outdoors. I have enjoyed racing mountain and road bikes. I love rock climbing and martial arts. Winter brings fantastic sports like skiing and snowboarding. I did my first triathlon in 2011. I performed well… even better than I anticipated and I owe it to my conditioning. I absolutely love exercise and sport!
I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) as well as a Level one CrossFit Instructor (CF-L1). As a health care provider and coach the goal of getting people back to their lives with independence, stability, balance, and confidence excites me.
Maintaining good physical fitness while avoiding injury should be top priority as we get older. Correct body mechanics, along with flexible and strong musculature, is a winning combination for our bodies. This combination builds confidence in our ability to perform each day, especially as we age. I want to help you attain general physical preparedness through sound programs designed to maintain health throughout your years.
Do was born and raised in southern California and started climbing in 2004. He has taught climbing and personal training for 8 years. Do hopes to share his passion for training and community with his new home here in Portland. He can normally be found lurking around Torque or the local climbing gyms.
I grew up in the Southwestern U.S., and moving around as much as I did encouraged me to always try something new since it really was all new. As a child, I did a great deal of horseback riding on my family’s cattle ranch in the White Mountains of Arizona.
I learned how to run for pleasure after years of hating it, how to roller blade which I am horrible at, and how to hula hoop dance because why not. Eventually I taught high school English in Arizona, but my husband and I decided to make our way to Portland. I worked in Social Services for a few years until we had children, and then I became a stay at home mom which was by far the most challenging job I’ve had to this very day.
Unfortunately my health suffered from two difficult pregnancies, so I turned to yoga for rehabilitation. After regaining my balance both on and off the mat, I decided to merge my newfound love of yoga with my teaching background, so I enrolled in a course to do yoga teacher training. After I was certified, I taught for about 7 years in various settings. And then it was time to go back to teaching in a classroom setting. I became a Middle School History teacher, and I started strength training at CrossFit TS. Yoga is a good counterbalance to the strength and conditioning that CrossFit provides. The practice I teach is focused on helping the athletes at CrossFit TS gain the flexibility they need to reach their goals. It’s exactly the type of yoga I want to do personally: relaxed, fun, and sweaty.