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Alejandro Matias

“Add what is useful, discard what is not, and create what is uniquely your own" -Bruce Lee


Alejandro resized 2About me: As an Applied Health and Fitness major and a Theatre minor at PSU, movement and the ability to do so has always been a strong passion of mine.  Having 15 years of Martial Arts experience, I found the value of building a strong foundation at a young age. Since childhood, I’ve been captivated by human movement, finding much joy and solace in it. My fitness life has consisted of Kung Fu, Capoeira, Muay Thai, Hip-hop, Dance, Yoga, weight training and calisthenics.  I hope to one day reach a full understanding of the optimal methods of human movement and functionality. 
As your Trainer, I hope to focus on methods that will help you become more mobile, flexible and stable to prevent injury and promote longevity, while steadily progressing to reach your fitness goals. I encourage functional training methods and exercises that utilize resistance, be it weights, elastic bands or body weight.  I believe everyone can do their best at whatever level they may be, and that exercise can actually be a very fun and positive experience.
Hope to work with you soon!


  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Certified 


Phone: 702-232-2081




Andi Dittakavi

“Let fitness enrich your life and help you achieve your goals" 


Andi balancing on bars.

About me: I grew up in California, and moved to Portland, Oregon a few years ago. I attended Westview High School here in Portland. Fitness has always been a passion of mine growing up. I enjoy challenging myself and striving for consistent improvements. Fitness has always played a significant role in my life and helped in showing me the meaning of an achievable path when actions are taken in a disciplinary way that support a desired outcome. It has helped me understand that the things we desire or want to work towards in life are not as far off as our minds project them to be. Improving in the fitness area of my life has helped me develop a bundle of confidence that transfers over to every other part of my life. I believe fitness, no matter the goal should enrich your life and not take over it. My mission is to help as many individuals become the most confident, fit, and self-believing version of themselves by assisting them in becoming stronger and fit. . 

Training Philosophy: My goal is to help you enjoy your training, get you excited about your workouts, and help motivate and challenge you to strive for improvements that you didn't know was possible for yourself. Fitness has been enriching my life for years and would like encourage this lifestyle to you as well.


  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED 


Phone: 503-750-2685



Ashley Knight

“The strongest factor for success is self-esteem: believing you can do it, believing you deserve it, and believing you’ll get it.”


Ashley on a hike

About me: Hi, my name is Ashley, I am a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at Campus Rec. I love being creative and learning and trying new things. I am a very-hands on person, during my spare time I love doing crafty things like crocheting, drawing, and I want to have a home pottery studio someday. 

As I began learning about how fascinating the human body is, the more I wanted to learn about how to keep the body happy, lead to the more that I wanted to share my knowledge. I understand the struggle of trying to implement a healthy lifestyle, trust me! I know what it is like to not know where to begin, what to do next, or if I’m even doing it right. I like doing a mix of exercises using circuits. As I like to be creative and try new things, I like to find different ways to be active. I am passionate about utilizing functional movements as a foundation for long term success in activities of daily living. I am also interested in working with Pre-and Postnatal clients.

My goals as a personal trainer are to number one, make exercise fun and enjoyable! Number two, I want you to know I'm in this with you. If you are new to the gym or need someone to help keep you accountable and motivated, I'm your trainer.


Now, are you ready to challenge yourself?  


  • ACE-Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cross-First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
  • AFAA-Group Fitness Instructor 


Phone: 503-318-3813



 Brenda Alexander

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

Brenda Alexander in the weight room

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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Chris Loveless

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there." – Bo Jackson


Chris Loveless smiles for the camera on the Rec Center court.

About me: Born in southern California and raised in the Portland metro area, my life has been centered on physical activity and competition. I attended Westview High School in Beaverton, Oregon where I captained my Varsity Football, Wrestling, and Lacrosse teams. I am now in pursuit of my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and later plan to continue my education to become a physical therapist. Now that my life has moved away from competition I occupy my time outside of school by staying outdoors and being active. As of now I most look forward to snowboarding, mountain biking, fishing, disc golfing, basketball and Netflix.
My background as a multisport athlete provides me with various perspectives on activity, movement, recovery, and the different ways health can be achieved. The knowledge I can provide spans from rehabilitation of strength, balance, and stability to high performance/ competitive training. Keeping exercise fun and constantly progressing is how I stay focused and motivated.

Training Philosophy: Choo! Choo! All aboard the Gain Train!
My goal is to help you create the best athlete possible. To go from underachieving to exceeding expectations.  This means establishing sustainable habits, creating a strong mind-body relationship, and working toward a well-rounded level of fitness. This is how one can truly maintain quality of life no matter their age or current health. Let’s get better together!


  • 5 years in Olympic lifting
  • 10 combined years of varsity level athletics 
  • Knee Rehabilitation


  • WITS Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer & First Aid Certified


Phone: 503-270-8275

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Dillon Hines

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today" – Malcolm X


Dillon lifting weights at Campus Rec

About me: I am from right here in Portland, but I’ve spent the last five years in Eugene, Oregon attending the University of Oregon. In my time there I became a personal trainer and found my passion for fitness and exercise. I’ve always been an athlete myself, but through personal training and coaching strength and conditioning for the club Women’s rugby team at Oregon I found my love for coaching others and for finding the best ways to make people feel and perform better. My ultimate goal is to be a collegiate strength coach, but the opportunity to train a diverse group of people here at campus rec is absolutely invaluable for me as a developing coach and human being. I’m ready for whatever challenge you have for me!

Training Philosophy: My training philosophy is that everyone is different, but anyone can benefit greatly from training. Training can vastly improve your health, performance, mood, and overall quality of life whether you are a competitive athlete or someone who has never stepped into a gym. Training should always be completely personalized to an individual to help them do what they do better, even if that is just living. I love and welcome training anyone and everyone because I believe that no matter what, anyone can improve themselves and enjoy the mental and physical benefits of exercise. 


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Oregon (2012-2017)
  • Applied health and fitness: fitness and exercise major, Portland State University (2016-)
  • 2 years personal training experience
  • USA Weightlifting competitive athlete (2016-)
  • Oregon Ducks club weightlifting athlete/vice president (2016-2017)
  • Oregon Ducks women’s club rugby strength coach (2016-2017)
  • Lincoln High School wrestling (2008-2012)


  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting level 1 sports performance coach
  • American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED


Phone: 503-753-1722




Evan Cox

“If you're afraid to fail, you'll never succeed." – Dan Gable


Evan Cox stands in front of tree with arms crossed.

About me: I was never the biggest, fastest, or most coordinated kid on the field, but that never stopped me from being active. I never excelled in any of the team sports I tried, so when my mom signed me up for wrestling, I was timid and afraid. I will never forget the feeling I had after my first match, where I first felt empowered by the realization that I was no longer afraid, and because of that, I could finally succeed. It is this lesson that has stuck with me after all these years. In addition to teaching me valuable lessons about life, wrestling also sparked an interested in health and fitness that has persisted to this day. I enjoy training for the most optimum balance of strength, endurance, mobility, and flexibility, and I believe finding that balance is crucial regardless of your current fitness level. I enjoy working with anyone seeking to become better versions of themselves, no matter what your goals are. Whether you are an experienced athlete or someone stepping into the gym for the first time, I will help you get there! I remember what it was like to step into a situation feeling anxious and unsure. With me, you’ll get the knowledge and support you need so that you’ll feel empowered to keep reaching your health and fitness goals.


  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Mobility & Flexibility
  • Corrective Exercise - shoulder/hip/knee rehabilitation, stabilization, and strengthening


  • National Academy of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine - Corrective Exercise Specialist 
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid Certified


Phone: 971-221-7547

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Gabe Feit

 "If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?" - Rumi


Gabe Feit lifts a barbell in the weight room.

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 me: My 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

Hannah Fields

 "For things in our lives to change, we must change things in our lives." 


Hannah with her dog

About Me: Engaging in fitness completely transformed my life when I was in high school. I went from being insecure about myself and trying to take up as little space as possible, to feeling confident and believing in my own capacity as a human being. I started off doing mostly cardio, but as I broke through my fears of the weight room and started lifting I truly found my voice. I found that I had space to think and develop a new relationship with myself. As I grew as an athlete, I began to take more healthy risks in life and found that fitness is truly my passion.


Working out is so beneficial for not only your physical health, but also your mental health. It’s amazing to see the changes in your body but it’s equally as amazing to see how getting active can change your mental state. I believe that the two go hand in hand.


As your trainer, I want to help make your fitness goals attainable and your fitness journey a positive experience. It can be absolutely terrifying stepping into the gym for the first time or even trying a new exercise- but my goal is to be there and make that more comfortable for you. Not only that, but I’ll be there to motivate you to lift heavier, to jump higher, to keep going and to help find a plan that best works for YOU.



  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cress CPR/AED
  • B.A Community Health Education with a Psychology Minor (Expected 2019)


Phone: 925-330-0160


Justin R. Hager

 "First move well, and then move often." - Gray Cook


Justin Hager portrait

About Me: Think of me as your local guide to the land of Wellbeing. Ultimately, this is your trip, but I’ll be here to ask questions to get a better understanding of what you’re interested in and what motivates you, help you to explore, minimize your risks, and offer accountability and support.
I specialize in calisthenics (Gk. kalli-, beautiful + Gk. sthenos, strength) and skill-based strength training. My background is in Integral Yoga, which is a multifaceted approach to mind-body training that incorporates meditation, breathing practices, mindful movement, and cultivation of qualities-of-being such as kindness and compassion.
I’m working towards certification as a Health and Wellness Coach through the American College of Sports Medicine endorsed program Wellcoaches, and eventually coach certification through the International Coach Federation. I see Personal Training and Wellness Coaching as complementary, overlapping disciplines of mind and body.
I know that lifestyle change is difficult and it takes positive social support, empathy, and accountability to grow the change – all of which I will provide as part of our Trainer-Client relationship.
Training Philosophy: My training philosophy is based on mindful movement. Focusing solely on reps can easily lead to breakdown of form and increase risk of injury. Quality and ease of movement beats higher quantity of poor form. 

Interests: Mindful Movement, Calisthenics, Behavior Change



  • American Council of Exercise Certified Personal Trainer
  • 200-Hour Hatha I Teacher Training from Integral Yoga of San Francisco
  • B. Sci. Applied Health and Fitness (Expected 2018)
  • American Red Cross Adult First-Aid/CPR/AED



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Justin Porter 

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." -Oscar Wilde


Just Porter smiles for the camera in his play shirt.About Me: Raised in Boise, Idaho, I grew up active playing in as many sports as I could from baseball, football, lacrosse and wrestling. I joined the United State Air Force out of high school and spent the past 6 years traveling and encountering different people from all over the world. Throughout my time in the Air Force I discovered my passion for health and fitness. Once my enlistment ended I moved to Portland and decided to take my passion and knowledge for fitness to help others achieve their goals and become their best self. When I am not training or in class, I like to spend my time trying to better myself through reading, exercise and staying grounded by being outdoors.


My Philosophy: I am a firm believer that movement is the key to our health, whether that is playing sports, running, walking, yoga or resistance training. If you plan on losing or gaining weight depending on your goals, other benefits you will receive in addition to the physiological effects of exercise are increased energy, stress relief and reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases, which are just another reason to stay healthy and active. As a trainer I am here to help you achieve your goals and help you push past your limits. My goal as your trainer is for us to work together and create a program that works for you. Exercise and gyms may be intimidating when you are new to it, but it is my job to make it fun and enjoyable. I am here to answer your questions, educate, motivate and help you live a healthier life. Your best investment is always in yourself!!!  


  • W.I.T.S. Personal Training Certification
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED First Aid
  • B.S. Applied Health and Fitness (Expected 2019)


Phone: 208-515-6772

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Katya Davidson 

“Yo, the sun don’t chill.” —Raekwon


Katya Davidson flexing arm

My approach to fitness through most of my life has generally been finding something you’re not supposed to be good at and then doing that because it’s really fun. It started with climbing tall trees as a kid who was pretty small for her age. In junior high I was the short kid running hurdles on the track team, and at 18 I was fighting forest fires all across the Northwest with a bunch of burly dudes. Nowadays, I’m a relatively small woman pushing a lot of weight around at the gym, and I want to help you take a run at whatever goal you please, too. I believe the best way to adopt and keep an active lifestyle is to approach it from a place of enjoyment (especially if exercise seems a little intimidating at the moment) and to challenge yourself. 


I’m also a realist, and that means working toward your goals will take consistency and resolve as well. But it will be worth the effort. There are so many possible benefits to making exercise a part of your life, from improved confidence and coordination, to better balance and mobility, and even better quality sleep. And I want to do what I can to help you with both parts of the equation: finding the reward and challenge of it, and cultivating the dedication to see your goals bloom.


My biggest passion in fitness is helping more women discover the joy and benefits of lifting heavy things. More generally, I want to help you develop or improve your ability to exercise, and to surprise yourself with what you can do. I can offer you knowledge, understanding and support. Let’s get started!


  • Varsity cross country team all four years of high school 
  • Seven years of yoga practice
  • 2016 FitLife Challenge winner at Fulcrum Fitness
  • Three years running Spartan Race 
  • Strength training
  • Knee and shoulder rehabilitation


  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer 
  • American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED


Phone: 971-313-3411     
Email: (preferred)

Marina Diehl 

“If you talk about it, it's a dream, if you envision it, it's possible. but if you schedule it, it's real” —Tony Robbins


Marina portrait

About me: This journey in fitness was born through my personal quest of creating a body that is strong, muscular, and powerful.  I also plan on aging gracefully, beautifully, sexy, and strong – naturally – helping others to do the same.  Growing up incredibly skinny, and then gaining 90 pounds while pregnant, I’ve experienced the spectrum of wanting to gain weight, not knowing how, and needing to lose weight, again, not knowing how.


In 2013, I was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue and Hypothyroidism and with this I had to make some serious changes in my life. My focus shifted from body image to recognizing the food I ate and type of exercise (or lack thereof) I did, impacted how my body FELT. While it took me close to 2 years to feel human again, it has been a priceless lesson in creating balance, being patient, learning what was right for ME, and pushing through those moments that felt impossible to get through.  


My Training Philosophy: I have learned that there is no precise template in health and fitness.  We are all individuals with different genetics, goals, and life circumstances - the latter of which is often constantly changing.  The common thread of success is desire, planning, and consistency.  We must be willing to push through the discomfort of growth, remembering that it does get easier.  I will empower you to take control of your fitness journey by teaching you the philosophy behind the program we create together that’s specific for you so you can carry that knowledge forward with you in life.  

As a master NLP practitioner, I will bring your awareness to any limiting beliefs that may be hindering your success and show you how to quickly and easily eliminate those beliefs. Often, it’s not our willpower that is lacking, but our beliefs about what we can and cannot achieve that holds us back.  

I will teach you how to define, refine, and manifest your goals, as I believe we can bring into existence any vision we create for ourselves. I encourage you to dream bigger, live more passionately, and inspire those around you by living up to your potential.  


  • National Academy of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer
  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America – Certified Primary Group Fitness Instructor
  • TRX Suspension Training Qualified 
  • TRX Functional Training Qualified 
  • U Jam Instructor
  • The Association for Integrative Psychology - Master NLP, Hypnotherapy, M.E.R. (Mental Emotional Release) Practitioner
  • American Red Cross – CPR / AED for Professional Rescuers with First Aid


Phone: 503-753-5633     


Ric Newell

"There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who believe there are two kinds of people in this world and those who are smart enough to know better." -Tom Robbins


Ric Newell curling a dumbell.

About Me: Born and raised in Oregon, I’ve spent the last few years living in San Diego and before that, Seattle, enjoying the beach, the ocean, the mountains and everything that the outdoors had to offer. After a move to Portland a few years back and a recent return to school, I decided to take my love for being active to the next level by dedicating myself not only to improving my own physical fitness and health but also helping others to meet their own fitness goals.
I recognize that many people are at first intimidated by the gym or might not share my enthusiasm for being active. My main goal is to assist my clients towards integrating health and fitness into their daily lives, where exercise is something that they look forward to. I also teach Group Fitness, where I get the opportunities to work with participants of diverse fitness backgrounds as well as utilize a variety of different fitness equipment. Whether you’re a long-time gym member or a first timer who has yet to discover your inner athlete, my focus is to provide you with a challenging and engaging program individualized to meet your specific goals and needs.


  • B.S. Health Studies- Physical Activity and Exercise and School Health Education
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Trainer
  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America - Certified Primary Group Exercise Instructor
  • TRX® Group Suspension Training Qualified Trainer
  • American Red Cross - CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers with First Aid
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine- Corrective Exercise Specialist

Phone: 971-570-5594

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Story Heath-McKee

"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy - I'm telling you it's going to be worth it." -Art Williams


Story Heath-Mckee laughing in front of a waterfall.

About me: As a kid, I was always very active; I played sports my entire life. From grade school kickball into college as a member of the PSU Crew and Lacrosse teams. However, I wasn't into so much the logistics of fitness and health until my sophomore year at PSU. I have always loved to be active and compete to be the best, which is why I decided to move my focus from competitive sports to actually training and learning about the body. I became a personal trainer so that I could begin to spread my knowledge and love of health and fitness to others!

I love to be healthy for myself and my life; I love helping others reach their fitness and health goals as well. Nothing makes me happier than to have the opportunity to work with individuals who are motivated and ready to make a life change that will benefit them for the rest of their lives, if done right and consistently. I look forward to the opportunity to work with those who are ready to make a change and enjoy the benefits of physical fitness. Together we’ll build a workout plan and set goals that are enjoyable and fun while still being beneficial and progressive toward improving your fitness and health. I only ask that you come ready and willing to work hard and give it your 100%.


  • WITS Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/ AED 
  • Certified BA in Health Studies w/ Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Contact information:
Phone: 541-380-1268

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Tayler Larson

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind


Tayler Larson headshot

Training Philosophy: 

Fitness for me is about allowing yourself to live the best possible life you can live. It is not a “one size fits all” experience. Every individual has different needs, goals and ideals that can be achieved through the many avenues of physical activity. I am a firm believer that true wellness is achieved when you have both a healthy mind and a healthy body, and when you are able to find a balance of both in every aspect of your life. While fitness is something I enjoy, it is not my passion. People are my passion. Fitness is the method through which I am able to reach out and empower, strengthen, and encourage individuals to be the best they can be. It is my desire to partner with you on your own journey and provide you with the tools you need to become a better and more fulfilled version of yourself.

Experience and Credentials:

  • W.I.T.S. Certified Personal Trainer
  • BS in Health Studies: Physical Activity and Exercise and Community Health Education
  • AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • CPR and AED certified


    Phone: 503-680_8645