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Abe Moland

“Traveler, there is no path. Paths are made by walking.” - Antonio Machado
ABOUT ME : My journey into physical activity promotion started with a bit of junior high tomfoolery chasing a car on foot and a friend casually mentioning I should utilize that speed in the track team. Eight years of sprint workouts, team building, and injury rehabilitation later a passion for exercise had taken a strong hold. Nowadays I can often be found projecting a problem on a bouldering wall, jumping into some sprint intervals right before a midterm, or enjoying a weekend trail run.
WHY I TRAIN : Not only do I think everyone has an inner athlete waiting to be unlocked, I think everyone has something to gain through a little more activity!  Through time working with patients as an aide at a physical therapy clinic I've seen the incredible changes exercise can make not only in injury rehab but overall health, happiness and outlook. From health gains such as weight loss and blood pressure control to performance gains such as faster times, improved functionality, or improved memory, I am a firm believer of the power of exercise to improve lives, and my goal is to share that power with as many people as I can! Being an endurance athlete myself, I particularly enjoy helping runners work towards their performance goals and am familiar with a range of training methodologies, technique drills, and injury prevention means to push you to your best! The key to truly developing a lifelong relationship with fitness is finding the right set of activities that fit and reflect YOUR lifestyle, interests, and goals, a pursuit I would love to embark upon with you!
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor
  • American Red Cross - CPR, AED & First Aid
  • B.A. Exercise Science, Willamette University
  • Pursuing M.P.H. Health Promotion/M.U.R.P. (expected 2016)
  • Two years clinical experience in rehabilitation exercises with physical therapy patients 
  • Portland State University Climbing Instructor
  • Four years DIII Varsity Track and Field-Sprint Team

PHONE : 509.209.4421

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Brenda Alexander  
"What can I do to help you do what it takes to get what you want?"

ABOUT ME : It only takes desire, determination, consistent effort and time. What is it that you desire? How strong is that desire? What are you willing to do to get it? What is really stopping you?

#1 - Designing exercise programs can be challenging when faced with limiting factors. I learn something from each and every client I work with. First I demonstrate the exercises in a particular sequence, discussing the rationale behind each. Then I allow you to practice mastery independently or with my supervision. I follow up with a review and modifications. Sometimes a completely new program is warranted if you bore easily, plateau or set new goals. Repeat this process again until your goals are met. Sounds simple, yes?
#2 - Motivating is a far more difficult task, for it involves the mind more than the body. Attitude is everything. If you hate exercise, I can make it more fun. However, it is still hard work and only hard work (or prolonged easier work) will produce results. Depending on your genetic factors, this progress may be faster or slower. There are drugs and surgeries available, but they are expensive and carry risks. You can NOT change the fact that your body requires movement to sustain health; you can however change the methods of movement as well as your attitude towards movement.
#3 - Consistency is crucial, for no plan in the world will succeed if you are not consistently following it. Most people need some support. I can only hold you accountable when you are physically with me or by an available attendance binder. I can “check in” on you from time to time, but I can’t MAKE you exercise when you’re determined not to. Hold on to your strong desire and refer back to #2.

THIS IS WHAT I LOVE TO DO : I have knowledge and I have experience. I’ve been “addicted” to weight training and sports and I’ve been more relaxed and casual too. I’ve been able to maintain an active lifestyle regardless of my changing attitudes and circumstances. I’ve had my own small gym and I’ve had nothing but a broom stick and milk jugs. I’ve worked at 24-Hour, YWCA, YMCA and here at PSU.

I love this stuff! I want you to learn to love it too. My ultimate goal is to empower you to take ownership of your health.
Please allow me to offer you my professional services, share my experiences, have some fun and get you moving in the right direction.

  • 7 years as a professional trainer
  • Various ages and populations
  • Lumbo-pelvic stabilization
  • Shoulder and knee rehabilitation
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • YMCA Fitness Testing Specialist

PHONE : 503-261-3907 - Does not accept texts.
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Brendon Miller  
“The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character” – Arnold Schwarzenegger 

ABOUT ME : Good health is the key to living and enjoying life. If you enjoy the competition that participating in a sport offers or exploring the great Northwest, incorporating fitness and healthy nutritional choices helps each of us achieve our goals and enjoy our passions.
I am a driven, energetic and hardworking individual who has an inner drive to compete in sports and enjoy the great outdoors. Through fitness, I have been able to build physical and mental strength that allow me to compete in ice hockey and motocross and enjoy leisure activities like hiking, snowboarding, kayaking, waterskiing and snowshoeing. 
Incorporating fitness into one’s lifestyle offers many rewards, including; improved overall health, increased self-esteem and greater focus. I enjoy the opportunity to work with individuals who are ready to make a change and enjoy the benefits of physical fitness. Together we will build a workout plan that is fun and sustainable.
  • WITS Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cross – CPR, AED & First Aid Certified

PHONE : 971-732-4318

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Charlie Arellano

“I may never be the strongest, I may not be the fastest but I work the hardest!”
INTRODUCTIONAloha! My name is Charlie Arellano and this is my 3rd year attending Portland State University. I am from the island of Oahu, Hawaii and Hawaii was where I started my journey into fitness. Coming from a small state, let alone island, people would either do sports or they would do drugs and alcohol. I fell under sports because I love to exercise. Throughout my life I’ve played Football, Basketball and Wrestling. I’ve participated in Fun Runs, Group X classes (Zumba FTW), Cross-Fit and placed 3rd in a bench press competition. I was also a former Vice-President of the Kickboxing Club held here at the Rec Center. Living a life of health and fitness is important to me and influenced my decision to become a personal trainer so I can promote to others how to live a healthy lifestyle. I love the idea of high intensity! The foundation of my workouts is based off of my athletic background. However, this does not mean that everyone is going to get the same workouts since it depends on the individual that I am training. From beginners to advanced, I will do my best and try to make sure that everyone walks away with something new to add to their training. All in all, I want everyone to have a phenomenal workout.
ABOUT MEGrowing up I was a couch potato who played video games every day. I drank soda like it was water and stuffed my mouth with pretty much anything. I was really overweight at this point in my life and I knew I had to do something about it. Luckily, I lived in a neighborhood where a lot of my friends had an active lifestyle. One day, one of them persuaded me to join Pop Warner football and let me tell you now, I was scared! After a few practices I wanted to quit but my friend constantly told me to “Finish what you start.” So, I stuck to it because I wanted to be athletic like him and I didn’t want to be a quitter. I told myself, if I wanted to be like him, I had to keep my eyes on the PRIZE. Without a doubt, that prize was definitely worth it. With that being said, I believe anyone can achieve their goals either by themselves or with the help of a friend and the thought of never giving up. This is where I come into play. I could be that friend and give you that little spark to help jump start your training and to motivate you into achieving your healthy lifestyle just like my friend did for me.
  • B.S in Physical Activity/Exercise (Expected 2015)
  • Red Cross CPR, AED, Firs Aid Certified
  • WITS Certified Personal Trainer

PHONE : 808-382-2095
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Gabe Feit

"If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?" - Rumi
INTRODUCTION : Are you new to the gym and looking for some guidance and support?  Or have you been going to the gym for years and want a new perspective?  Maybe you're somewhere in the middle.  They are all good places to be!  Just reading this bio means you have made the choice to address and improve your fitness in some manner.  Good decision! The path to physical fitness is a journey that can transform your body and mind.  It presents itself differently to everybody, but one thing is for sure, it takes hard work!  

Why do it?  Aside from disease prevention and physical health, those old chestnuts.  Exercise encourages the brain to produce chemicals that help us deal with stress (norepinephrine) and make us feel happy (endorphins).  Exercise also helps improve cognitive function and alleviate depression.  Not to mention how good you'll feel when you look in the mirror!

ABOUT MEMy philosophy is that even hard work should be fun!  Idealistic?  Yes.  Unrealistic?  No WAY!  I love to play!  From organized sports such as ice hockey and soccer to weight lifting to frisbee in the park.  It is so important to have fun...   Seriously!  Playing encourages curiosity and helps us problem solve.  It strengthens our connections to other people, the world around us and perhaps most importantly, ourselves.  

I am a nurturer by nature.  I love to help people become the best version of themselves.  In the gym this translates to a focus on helping you achieve your goals through a combination of guidance, external motivation, helping to keep you on track and overcome personal challenges.  College is a time of exponential growth that often leaves little time for play.  But the benefits couldn't be more relevant to a student's needs.  Even the act of working out regularly, keeping a schedule and tracking your results are skills that transfer directly to college and the rest of life. 

The path to physical fitness is right in front of you.  You have already taken the first step.  Let's work our way down the path together for a bit!  

  • World Instructor Training Schools - Personal Trainer 
  • American Red Cross - CPR, AED & First Aid for the Professional Rescuer

PHONE : 503.866.2470
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Griff Tovey

“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something...You want something, go get it. Period.” -The Pursuit of Happiness
INTRODUCTION : Fitness can be achieved in many ways. Whether you enjoy swimming, weightlifting, yoga, or dancing, the benefits of exercise are numerous and have an incredibly positive effect on the way that we live our lives. While fitness can be challenging, it can also be extremely fun! My philosophy is “put forth the knowledge, hard-work and dedication and the possibilities are limitless.”
ABOUT ME : My passion for fitness began in my junior year of high school when I received a gym membership for my birthday and began working out on a regular basis. I had previously played organized sports including basketball and swim team but was relatively unfamiliar with weight training. To many of us, a lack of knowledge or unfamiliarity with weights or cardio equipment can make the gym seem both a scary and intimidating place. By choosing to participate in personal training you have taken an important step in ensuring that your fitness questions will be answered and your goals will be met!  Whether you are a novice who has never set foot in a gym before, or an experienced gym goer who is bored with your routine and looking for something new, I look forward to working with you! 
EXPERIENCE : I have been weight training for almost 6 years, and have participated in sports such as basketball, and swim team on a regular basis. I also enjoy climbing and hiking, but am always on the lookout for other fun ways to exercise! 
  • W.I.T.S. Personal Training Certification 
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid 

PHONE : 520-990-2930
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Emily Caffee 

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – W.H. Murray
ATHLETIC BACKGROUND : I grew up in the sports powerhouse city of Pittsburgh, PA and spent my days in constant motion like a little freight train of fury. Inspired by Penguin’s hero Mario Lemieux, I started playing ice hockey at age five – the first in a long line of athletic pursuits that would include sprinting, soccer, and rowing. 

Nowadays, I train as a competitive rower with a local masters crew team. In a sport where you’re moving backwards at full speed in a racing shell barely wider than your hips, stability and power are key. My workout routine includes a hefty dose of strength and endurance work, along with a regular yoga practice and daily mobility exercises. 

TRAINING PHILOSOPHY : Following NASM’s Optimum Performance Training Model, my training sessions are designed to progress clients through stabilization, strength, and power stages depending on individual goals. Workouts consist of functional movements with an emphasis on pelvic, core, and shoulder stability. I also specialize in corrective exercise techniques to address muscle imbalances and aid in injury recovery/prevention. 

Whether you are new to exercise, recovering from an injury, or simply looking to enhance your existing workouts, we can work together to design a program that fits your time, energy, and interests. You can expect to work hard and have fun while developing functional movement patterns that will serve you throughout all life stages!

  • Certified Personal Trainer – National Academy of Sports Medicine 
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (in progress) – National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer – American Red Cross 
  • Pre-Med/Health Science major (graduating June 2016)
  • B.A. Liberal Arts, focus in Sustainable Food Systems, Portland State University (2009)
  • Physical therapy internship in an orthopedic/sports medicine clinic (ongoing) 
  • Future plans: Doctorate of Physical Therapy graduate program

PHONE : 503-421-7365 (text ok)
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Jackie Long 

"Do not exist, thrive"
MY LIFE IN A NUTSHELL : My life has been a whirl of sports, hobbies and interests. At first I had thought this a negative aspect of my personality; that I was never excelling in one area. What I began to realize was that everything is connected; dancing, Muay Thai, Judo, Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Running, Strength Training, Soccer, etc. The movements our bodies can make are the same, and when learned how to do so correctly, we begin to reach our full potential. Many will say it in different ways and countless times, but there is no greater feeling than the act of challenging your physical body and your mind and finding out just how strong they can be. 

WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU : As a personal trainer I can help you achieve these potentials or any goals you might have. Everyone needs a little kick start and motivation to their day and to their life. My personal flair is to show you how to draw power from all potentials and aspects of physical and mental fitness such as strength, endurance, balance and power. 

  • American Red Cross- Standard first aid, CPR/AED.
  • WITS certified personal trainer
  • B.S. Psychology (Expected 2017)
  • B.S. Health Studies: Physical Activity and Exercise (Expected 2017)

PHONE : (530) 588-8934
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JD Newby

“A stranger is a friend you haven’t met yet”
ABOUT ME : “I love long walks on the beach, candle lit dinners, romance novels, and hob knobbing on my yacht…..not”

I grew up playing sports whenever possible, saying I love sports is an understatement.  I enjoy competition and striving to get better.  If I am not studying, working out or playing sports you might find me working on my cars, camping, hiking, or doing something with my hands.  Before I started going to Portland State I joined the United States Navy and became Fleet Marine Force Corpsman.  My experience with the Navy and Marine Corps has inspired me to pursue a future in Fitness and Healthcare.  It also taught me that once you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything.  It is not about how heavy your pack is, but how you carry it. 

Let’s go work out! Everyone is different; there is no one size fits all for training.  I enjoy a variety of training inside, outside, weights, body weight, cardio, games.  We can find out what works best for you and have some fun.

  • Pre-Med/Exercise Science Major- 3
  • Over 12 years of playing organized sports
  • WITS Certified Personal Trainer 
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR/AED/First aid)
  • Command Fitness Leader (Navy fitness specialist)
  • National and State Registered Emergency Medical Technician 
  • Registered Medical Assistant
  • Portland State Student Health Advisory Board Member
PHONE : (503) 896-7578
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Keahi Horowitz

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” – Bruce Lee

INTRODUCTION : What does “fitness” mean to you?  To many, it means being healthy, active, and eating well.  To others, it might mean being able to lift a certain weight.  To still more people, fitness comes with a prototypical body type.  But, this is how other people look at fitness.  Ultimately, the person who should be defining your fitness is you.  You have your own activities and your own interests, which will define what you ought to focus on.  With a little guidance, we can break down your goals to find what you really want, what you really need, and what you are really capable of, which is often more than you think.  Bring your effort and your drive, and I will bring mine.  Together, though the journey may be long and hard, we will find success.  All you need to do is answer a simple question: what does “fitness” mean to you?

ABOUT ME : My training stems from my background and experience.  After years of swimming competitively, I still incorporate in-the-water workouts with weight lifting and other “dryland” exercises.  As a musician, I also understand the importance of proper posture, technique, and both mental and physical endurance.  Now, I am a cellist, swimmer, Taiko (traditional Japanese drum) player, and Chinese Lion Dance/martial artist who is currently in the process of completing his Masters in Music here at Portland State while continuing to pursue scientific interests.  From nutrition to neuroscience and musical performance to physical performance, I continue to look for new ways to understand how our mind and body works, and how to maximize our efficiency.  Of course, everyone is different.  So, I look forward to hearing your perspectives and bringing what I have learned to help you achieve your goals.


  • W.I.T.S. Personal Fitness Trainer Certification
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid for the Professional Rescuer Certification

PHONE : 503.936.4031
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Kristin Spurkland

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”  -William Shakespeare

INTRODUCTION : In working as a trainer, my goal is to help my clients be prepared to meet anything that comes their way with energy, enthusiasm, and ease, be it an all-day hike in the gorge, running a 10K, or a softball game at a family picnic. I believe that health and fitness should be available to everybody, regardless of current fitness status or difficult experiences with exercise in the past. Let me help you feel comfortable, confident, and “at home” in your body.

ABOUT ME : My workout programs generally focus on functional strength and fitness, plus balance, coordination, and stability. In addition to drawing inspiration from my current studies in Fitness and Exercise as a Health major at PSU, I also incorporate my experience with dance and yoga into the gym setting. I like to keep things dynamic, and use a lot of intervals and hybrid workouts (combinations of resistance and cardio work) to increase both strength and cardiovascular fitness while also developing whole-body awareness and integration. My personal fitness routine is centered around my role as a dancer with Bloco Alegria, a Rio-style samba band; I have also recently taken up hula-hooping (kids make it look easy, but it's a pretty intense workout!).

I bring empathy, humor, and strong communication skills to my sessions. I want to assist all of my clients in feeling empowered to take charge of their health and wellness. Whether you were picked last in gym, or are a seasoned exercise pro looking for a new routine, I want you on my team!


  • World Instructor Training Schools – Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cross - CPR, AED & First Aid for the Professional Rescuer
  • B.S. in Physical Activity & Exercise with a Psychology minor (expected 2016)

PHONE : 503.997.0807
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Tenalyn Fontaine

“Fitness can, and should, be fun!”
ABOUT ME : Do you need help getting started on a work-out plan?

Are you unsure of how to use equipment properly, how many sets, and how many reps?
Would you like someone to help motivate you?
Do you find exercise boring?
Hello, my name is Tenalyn. I am here to help you make fitness fun. I’m not going to say it is easy, because it is not. Fitness can be hard work but that does not mean it can’t be fun. In fact I firmly believe it should be fun. I am an American College of Sports Medicine certified Personal Trainer and I am here to help. Fitness is a lifelong goal that I can help you get started achieving. I’ll see you at the gym!

INTERESTS : I am interested in almost anything fitness related. Some of my favorite activities are: Ultimate Frisbee, Ice skating, Team sports, Tae Kwon Do, running and swimming. I am also interested in Nutrition and Anatomy and Physiology and have taken courses on both subjects. I enjoy reading, watching movies and listening to music. I am also a part of a Medieval Combat group.


  • American College of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cross – Standard First Aid, CPR/AED for the professional rescuer

PE classes: Weight lifting, Tae Kwon Do, Basketball, Fitness Conditioning, Team Sports, Swimming, Tai Chi.

  • November 2003 – July 2004: Sherwood Family YMCA – Lifeguard 
  • July 2004 – July 2005: Griffith Park Family YMCA – Lifeguard 
  • August 2005 – November 2007: Mt. Park Homeowner’s Association – Recreation Aid 
  • December 2009 – Current: PSU Campus Rec - Fitness Center Staff & Personal Trainer

I have experience working with many different types of equipment ranging from weight machines to free weights to calisthenics to stability and BOSU balls, resistance bands and medicine balls.


PHONE : (503) 784-9867
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Tommy Gibbons

 “In order to have what others don’t you must do what others won’t.” 
ABOUT ME: Hello, I’m Tommy Gibbons. I’ve been involved in fitness for 8 years. Everywhere from sports to weight lifting, exercise has changed my life over the past several years, both physically and mentally. Health and exercise are two of the greatest passions in my life; I want to help others along in their journey to bettering themselves, not just their body but their mind as well. Once you start meeting your goals you will realize how much more you can do as long as you stay focused and committed! I currently have my Associate of Arts degree and am working toward my Bachelors in Health Studies with a concentration on Physical Activity/Exercise. 
MY PHILOSOPHY: I am a firm believer that if your heart and mind are in it, the physical part will follow.  We are all capable of molding our bodies to our satisfaction and further. I am here to share my experience and knowledge to help you in your fitness endeavors. I believe in specific measurable goals and all the work it takes to achieve them. I have met many of my personal aims and have seen myself grow beyond what I thought possible. I am ready to devote my time and effort to make sure you reach your fitness goals and stay motivated! My program design will be personally tailored and well-rounded to make sure we are optimizing neuromuscular efficiency by working flexibility, stability, balance, endurance, strength, and power. Are you ready to make the difference?
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine- Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cross- Standard First Aid, CPR/AED
  • Pediatric Plus- CPR, AED, and First Aid

PHONE: 541-212-8439
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Veronique Nyounai-Herrera

“Success is the result of motivation, dedication and consistent effort.”

INTRODUCTION : Committing yourself to your body and health is the greatest gift you can give yourself. The trick is to try various activities, find what you enjoy, and make it a priority. Fitness is definitely not one size fits all! As a trainer, I’m here to push you and help you realize that you are capable of achieving every goal you make for yourself. I’m here to show you just how strong you really are!
ABOUT ME : I have always enjoyed being active. As a kid, I participated in practically every sport there was. This included ice-skating, gymnastics, volleyball, and even horseback riding. In high school, I stuck with basketball and tennis, becoming a tennis captain my senior year. Upon entering college, I quickly fell in love with strength training. I love knowing that I am getting stronger every day and am pushing my body to its full potential. For me, it’s all mental. I know that by pushing myself past my perceived barriers, I am becoming both mentally and physically stronger, and that mentality in the gym, can easily be translated to real life. Anything is possible! With that being said, my approach as a trainer involves nudging clients out of their comfort zones. I start off by understanding how you learn best, create a program that progresses in intensity, and gradually push you out of that pesky comfort zone. 
I believe that a successful trainer is one that is well-rounded and able to relate to clients that have various fitness levels, goals, and interests. The best part of my job is getting to coach a diverse population of clients. No matter where you fall, the number one thing to remember is that in order to achieve the results you desire, it takes dedication, and perseverance. I am here as your coach, friend, teacher, and cheerleader. Let’s work on being the best version of you yet! 
  • WITS Certified Personal Trainer
  • Licensed Zumba instructor
  • AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor 
  • Red Cross CPR, AED, First Aid Certified
  • Pending minor in community health education
  • Tennis player 10+ years
  • Other sports: basketball, volleyball

PHONE : (503) 708-0970
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