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

Personal and Team Trainers

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.”

Michelle Dillon, Personal Trainer

Michelle is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has completed the Fitness Professional Program at Mount Hood Community College, adding to her bachelors in Biology from the University of Alaska. She has been a youth sports coach and exercise and nutrition enthusiast for over 20 years. 

As a self-proclaimed dork, mother of two, and spouse to her best friend of 22 years, Michelle loves all types of movement. From dancing, weightlifting, spinning, trail running and Brazilian Jiujitsu—Michelle’s passion is helping others build their confidence and knowledge of health in fitness through fun exercise that people will love so much they make it a priority in their lives. Michelle is excited to guide people of all ages and abilities embark on a new journey of life-long wellness.


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.
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.

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).”

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.”

Maria Mercado, Personal Trainer

Maria is a NASM certified personal trainer as well as certified AFAA and ACE group fitness instructor. She has been a licensed Zumba instructor since March 2012 and loves to bring fun to the class. Aside from Zumba, she also teaches a variety of classes such as HIIT boot camp training, Step, kickboxing, and indoor cycling. Whether you are a novice or experienced in the world of fitness, you will equally get a challenging but fun workout with her.

Robin Rodriguez , Group Fitness Instructor

Robin started out as a member of Lyft Gym in 2018 and just loved all the people that she attended the Aqua Class with so she decided to become a teacher!!! She also serves as a substitute for the cardio dance classes as well.
Her background is in dance and she is a certified REFIT instructor and has been since 2020.
Her love for dance started out as a young girl. Being born and raised in Portland; she attended Jefferson High School and performed all styles of dance like tap, jazz, modern, ballet, African and contemporary.
Her upbeat and positive attitude reflects in her classes and she just loves to see her
students smile and have a great time “dancing” in the pool. Her repertoire has over 60 song choices so you never get the same workout twice! Please come and join this FUN class on Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 at the pool!