OUR TEAM

Meet the people that are the heart & soul of the Lyft Fitness Community.

Personal and Team Trainers

Antonia Henry, Helping to demystify nutrition and maximize effort
I grew up playing soccer throughout college and afterwards, I hired a personal trainer who challenged me to compete in bodybuilding. After that I was inspired to begin powerlifting and really enjoyed pushing my body to its limits in a different manner. I’m now taking a break from competing to pursue working with people to demystify nutrition and maximize their time and effort in the gym.
Damon King, Head trainer of IN THE ZONE Fitness
He has been involved in sports his whole life, starting with basketball at the age of 3 then moved on to football and other sports during school to playing basketball in college and eventually made a career of playing professional basketball internationally. He has a deep understanding and passion for sports, fitness, and training which has helped him create a structure with his own physical fitness. When not training hard you can find him indulging in a good book, watching movies or spending quality time with his son.
Stephanie Mortensen, Personal Trainer and Health & Fitness Enthusiast

Stephanie graduated in 2014 with a BS in Exercise Physiology, and her specialties include weight loss, exercise as a prescription for health, and sport-specific training. She loves helping people achieve their goals and offering the tools they need to succeed.

Tracy Morris, Fitness Trainer and passionate about helping others
Tracy has been a fitness trainer since February of 2018 and absolutely loves it! She has been working out regularly for 4 years and has learned her passion in life is to help people and make them feel more comfortable with themselves. She grew up in Gresham and hopes to one day open her own gym!
Kris Myers, Personal Trainer for Special Populations and Group Ex Instructor

Kris is a Certified Personal Trainer specializing in Special Populations, has studied Myofascial Release and Manual Stretch Therapy, is a Group Exercise Instructor specializing in Cycling, Yoga, and Aqua and earned an Exercise Science degree.

“Fitness has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, starting in the outdoors with Hiking, Cycling, and Backpacking, I learned to take my outdoor fitness program inside during my offseason which quickly developed into coaching. My passions include empowering people to become aware of their movements and staying active through corrective exercises.”

Julie steagall, Trainer, Massage Therapist and licensed Hypnotherapist

Julie received her first certification in water rehabilitation 28 years ago.  Immediately after, she trained to specialize in stroke recovery. After a year of working exclusively with injuries in the water, Julie realized that fitness could be the best preventative medicine, so she trained and certified to teach water fitness.

Shortly after, she finished Massage school and became a Massage Therapist. Julie is also a licensed Hypnotherapist, a past- and forever- student of Emotional Anatomy, and Body Mechanics.  The body often requires de-hypnotizing of learned, dysfunctional mechanics, in the same way the mind does, of programmed, dysfunctional behaviors.  

 

“Life on this planet is a journey of healing.  The process can be challenging, so we create community and make the journey together.”

Hailey, Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor

Hailey is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, with over 12 years of practice experience. Hailey takes a holistic approach to wellness that encompasses a yoga practice as well as consistent cardiovascular training and weight lifting. As a lifelong competitive distance runner, she has learned the benefit that yoga can have on athletic performance and is intentional about offering poses in her yoga classes that may help athletes of all disciplines. Hailey is currently obtaining an MSW and as a result, brings the values of Social Work to the mat by welcoming people of all walks of life and offering modifications to make yoga accessible to all levels. Hailey practices a variety of styles of yoga including but not limited to Iyengar, Kundalini, Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Jivamukti

GROUP FITNESS AND YOGA INSTRUCTORS

Anita Tomlin, 20 Years Strong with Group Fitness
As a wife and mother of 2 sons, Anita became certified to teach aerobics back in the late 80’s and has been teaching at this club for over 20 years. In 1999 she achieved her yoga certification through Yogafit Inc. She remains active and passionate about sharing her love of fitness with others.
Ashley Lopez, Group Fitness Coordinator, Dancer, & Contortionist
Ashley López is our group fitness coordinator and regular instructor at Lyft Fitness. She holds certifications through the American Council on Exercise, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Johnny G Spinning, Stott Pilates, Balanced Body Pilates, Zumba, Les Mills, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. She’s a professional dancer and contortionist and has toured through over 25 countries internationally and has developed her own teacher training program for dancers: Integrated Dance. When not on tour or certifying other instructors, Ashley loves to share her passion for fitness at the club.
Gary Marcum, Resident Boxing Instructor and Toughman Champ
Gary is our resident boxing instructor and has been boxing since 1987. He’s a Golden Gloves boxer, Army boxer, and Toughman Champion. Gary has been instructing over the past 21 years. He also likes to run, lift weights, stretch. He has 3 kids who are outstanding in their sports of baseball, softball, and basketball and also likes the outdoors and enjoys writing. A passionate instructor and boxer, he doesn’t look at boxing as a sport but a way of confronting his self, whether that’s ego or fear.
Jennifer Warren, Group Fitness Instructor and Motivator
Jennifer is an ACE certified group fitness instructor. She has taught group fitness since 1994 and has worked with Olympic Gym since 2000.  She is very passionate about weight training, HIIT training, Pilates, cycling and running. She continues to study and learn new techniques to challenge her students and she strives to improve her personal fitness to motivate others.
Jill Russell, Yoga Instructor and Community Inspirer
Jill has a passionate desire to serve her community through sharing the teachings of yoga and to demonstrate that yoga can be accessible for anyone.  She has been practicing yoga since 2006 and became a RYT 200 (registered yoga teacher 200-hour) in June of 2016. She enjoys teaching a variety of styles of yoga including, Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Gentle, and Intro.  She welcomes and supports all levels to her classes.
Mary Furness, Aquatics Instructor

Mary has been teaching water aerobics for over 20 years now.  She carries a CPR, Life Guard, and Arthritis Foundation Water Exercise certifications.  She has taught rehabilitation classes in the water for numerous years and enjoys working with clients one-on-one as well as in a class setting.  She teaches a strengthening conditioning class in the shallow water and really targets the older active members.  

 

“Keeping fit after retirement is a priority for me, and engaging in activities in the water with others is my dream come true. My hobbies include anything outdoors, especially photography and gardening.  I try to get in as much traveling in as possible (with a camera of course) and lots of family time.”

Kathleen Rynevich, Yoga Instructor focused on pain relief

Kathleen worked for 32 years as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant for Portland Public School, helping students with motor impairments to improve access to their education all the while raising 3 beautiful daughters now grown! She retired in 2016 with a goal of losing weight and getting in shape (continuing…always a work in progress)! Kathleen began to practice yoga as well as other forms of exercise. As she increased her yoga practice, years of chronic pain began to go away. 

“As my love of yoga began to grow I wanted to share it with others! This led me to take the 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training fall 2018, earning my certification May 2019. I’ve been teaching since spring 2019 and love sharing yoga with my students!”

Barbara Stratton, Senior Fitness and Water Aerobics Instructor

Barbara Stratton has been a fitness instructor teaching for 30 + years, specializing in Senior Fitness and Water Aerobics.  She maintains an ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification and an AEA, Aquatic Exercise Certification. Barbara has been married to her husband for 42 years and they have two daughters.   She lives in Boring, Oregon on 5 acres and has an older home; their “fixer-upper”.

“I love the outdoors, working in the yard, walking, hiking, kayaking, camping, and snowshoeing.   I also enjoy making cards (stamping).”

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