Our Fitness Trainers
Allison began her career in holistic health by first spending 15 years as a competitive gymnast. Her passion for teaching soon grew and lead her to pursue an exercise science degree from Georgia State University, while working part-time as a gymnastics coach and a fitness professional. After the birth of her two beautiful boys she soon discovered the state of her health had drastically changed. She began to question her experience of modern medicine and how it was working for her. Soon after she started to become fascinated with holistic practices and how the body has great potential to heal itself naturally. This lead her to study master-level courses in holistic health, nutrition, exercise science, and rehabilitation with the CHEK Institute in San Diego, CA. By learning how to gradually change her nutrition and lifestyle, she was able to overcome asthma, digestive problems, and chronic inflammation, just by changing what she ate and how she moved. Feeling personally empowered by her experiences, she began sharing her knowledge with clients, and as a result, formed Pure Energy Wellness in 2004. Allison has now been a fitness and nutrition professional for almost 20 years and her experience with each client has shaped her practice to become what it is today. Most recently she’s completed her Movnat certification, a comprehensive, holistic and mindful approach to the full range of natural human movement abilities. She’s currently offering classes and private sessions focusing on natural human movement skills in the gym and out in nature. “I love connecting with people, helping them feel better, providing them with tools they never knew they had, developing self awareness around food and movement. Thank you for your curiosity on how to be the best self you can be! I look forward to helping you help yourself.”
B. S. in Exercise Science – GA State University, CHEK Holistic Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach Level 1, 2 and 3, CHEK Exercise Coach (Scientific Core Conditioning, Scientific Back Training, Advanced Program Design, Equal But Not The Same – the science and art of training females), Movnat Certified Trainer, Gymnastics strength training. To learn more about what I do please visit my website.
Andrew Rager is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Andrew’s 13 years of experience has exposed him to a wide variety of sports injuries, post-surgical procedures, and athletes of all levels. During this time he has worked with Nike Wellness Center, Nike Snowboarding, Nike Skateboarding, USA Basketball, and the Portland Trailblazers. Andrew has developed a large skillset enabling him to take athletes from injury/surgery through return to sport/activity. Utilizing his knowledge of functional assessment, rehabilitation, and training he has specialized in filling the void from end of rehab to full activity that exists for some athletes. By identifying and addressing discrepancies and dysfunctions to restore balance and efficiency to help reach your goals and prevent injuries. Andrew follows one of the quotes from Bill Bowerman “If you have a body, you are an athlete”.
Dr. Brad Farra, D.C. CCSP, CSCS
Dr. Farra started into practice in 2008 after graduating summa cum laude from Western States Chiropractic College. Dr. Farra grew up in the Portland area and spent 6 years in the US Navy as a helicopter rescue swimmer and EMT. With an evidence based approach and a focus on rehab, Dr. Farra strives to get his patients better as quickly as possible. Dr. Farra is certified as both a chiropractic sports physician and a strength and conditioning specialist. He uses a wide range of treatment tools that include class 4 therapeutic laser, graston technique, soft tissue manipulation, rehab, nutrition, and others. Dr. Farra provides expert guidance in both injury recovery and prevention strategies. He will work with your trainer or coach to make sure that your training program will allow you to recover optimally and prevent future injury. Patient education has always been a focus for Dr. Farra, helping you understand your injury and minimizing chance for re-injury. In his free time, Dr. Farra enjoys mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, running, triathlon, mountain biking, and skiing.
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Brian is a Certified Personal Trainer through the NSCA, a Level-1 Weightlifting Coach with USAW, has a degree in Health and Fitness from Spokane Community College, and has been officially in the fitness industry since 2011. His interest in health and human movement started as a kid carrying stones, flipping tires, and throwing hay bales on the family farm in eastern Washington. Lifting weights in the shed and hiking around the countryside turned into training for high level competition in ice-hockey and CrossFit as well as multiple other sports.
Brian believes that every individual’s fitness needs or goals shouldn’t differ by type but rather by degree. This means that all humans should be able to perform movement patterns where they push, pull, squat, hinge, twist, or propel themselves, and do so without pain. The dosage may differ but the necessity of quality movement patterns is universal for everyone. His knowledge anatomy and physiology paired with years of training and coaching clients of all ability levels including obese, collegiate athletes, elderly, and everything in between makes him capable of creating a specifically tailored pan for any individual with any training goal. Be prepared to enjoy yourself during each training session.
When Brian isn’t coaching or working on his own fitness he is usually hiking, climbing, or exploring Portland.
Dana Katz is the coach and owner of UltraU. She coaches endurance runners using heart rate based training to maximize runners’ potential. Dana is currently coaching first time ultramarathoners, seasoned runners going for the podium and runners trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Nothing thrills her more than minutes dropping off of a perfectly good PR. Dana believes that for every hour spent running, you should spend at least 10 minutes on strength. Through her Strength Training for Runners she is helping all runners get strong, run faster and avoid injury. Dana is a Lydiard Level II Running Coach as well as holding certification through RRCA (Road Runner Club of America). She is also a certified NASM personal trainer and certified TRX instructor. Visit the ultra website for more information.
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Daniel Silver is a client centered Performance Specialist. He has been a Coach for nearly ten years, and in gyms since the age of 12. If anyone can help the gym become more fun, familiar and exciting, Daniel can. After his first few years training, he began to craft a training philosophy, which is in summary: There is no perfect program for everyone, only a perfect program for each individual.
He uses his education in physiology, functional movement, anatomy, injury and pain prevention as well as coaching and behavioral psychology to craft a program uniquely tailored to each client. He takes this philosophy with group classes as well, building a structure that can be modified to each individual as needed. This philosophy has helped him to successfully guide youth, professional and recreational athletes to improved performance in their given sports, as well as helping working professionals rediscover their inner athlete or simply move, look, and feel better.
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David, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a degree in Exercise Science and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, brings a wealth of knowledge to go along with his lifelong passion for sport and fitness. By sharing this knowledge he works to improve quality of life through the promotion of efficient movement and functional strength. Whether you want to get stronger or more mobile, improve your endurance for your next outdoor adventure, or learn how to move heavy weights in a safe way, David can help build a targeted plan to address your goals. With group classes and one on one or buddy training, there are many ways to start on your fitness journey today. When he isn’t working with others in the gym, you can find David completing his own workouts, training for an upcoming power lifting competition, playing basketball, exploring the Northwest’s endless hiking trails, or enjoying a pint at a local brewery with friends.
Hanna Copper found her love for climbing at an early age. Within a year of learning to climb she joined the competition climbing circuit where she was competitive on a national level for 10 years. She has since coached climbers of all ages, looking to improve their climbing technique and ability in one-on-one or group settings. She has experience working with the Circuit Bouldering Gym, Mazamas, Technique clinics for Mad Rock, and individual coaching for competitive athletes.
Jeremy is a graduate of Oregon State University with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science. Jeremy provides a style of training that will help those that are ready and willing to get moving better than they ever have before. It does not matter if you are a couch potato looking to get healthy, an outdoor enthusiast that’s looking to get ready for the next big adventure, or a focused athlete looking to improve their game, Jeremy can provide the training, knowledge, enthusiasm and motivation required to help you meet your goals. In his spare time you will find Jeremy hiking Smith Rock, camping all throughout Oregon and of course, weight training. Check out Jeremy’s website here!
Jessica has an extensive athletic background competing in 5 sports ranging from club soccer since the age of 8 to collegiate track and semi-professional beach volleyball after college. Having gone through career altering injuries, her focus quickly changed from rehabilitation to preventative care. Focusing on dynamic movement and strength training combined with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to work the muscles differently to stay agile and strong with the goal of preventing every day injury from occurring. Whether you’re looking to shed unwanted weight, lift heavier, or simply start from ground zero and build strength, Jessica can help you reach your goals. Jessica is also a certified Barre3 instructor throughout the Portland area.
Joshua Patlak is nationally certified (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer) with thirty years in professional practice. He trains within the full spectrum of health and fitness concerns. For any level of athleticism, results can be improved significantly through working with Joshua. His expertise on form and the body-mind connection can transform your results and achieve any health and fitness goals. The surest way to increase power, speed, endurance and overall strength is to re-learn how to move in very specific ways and to become more efficient. Joshua’s clients state that his knowledge base, teaching techniques, and interpersonal skills have streamlined their results. Are you ready to increase durability, become more resilient to injury, and enhance longevity? Joshua looks forward to meeting you and working together towards your success.
Certified Kettlebell-FMS, Z-Health Practitioner
Lance Coffel has been involved in the fitness industry professionally his entire life. During those 50+ years he has had the opportunity to experience every idea that had anything to do with fitness and believes that Kettlebells are a tool that he can use with any client. Regardless of their condition or experience, he is enabled to help them achieve their fitness goals in the shortest amount of time possible. With Kettlebell’s he can design a workout that incorporates strength, cardio, & flexibility to into every workout. One of the keys to Kettlebell training is the ability to gain fitness at any level in the most efficient manner using the proper balance of high intensity and recovery. This safe workout incorporates functional movement patterns and full range of motion exercises using muscle integration, not isolation. Lance is a StrongFirst Senior SFG Instructor, a StrongFirst SFB Bodyweight Instructor, and a StrongFirst SFL Barbell Instructor. He has WAY more credentials to possibly list here but you can read more about Lance and his business, StrongerU.
As testified by her panoply of certifications (to say nothing of her enthusiastic clients) Meagan embraces her role in the total well-being of individuals. Her other passions are quickly apparent when you meet Meagan: her son Colton and her momentary love affairs with live music. Meagan ran track for four years for the most winningest coach in the Western United States, which sparked her devotion to smart movement linked with community and inspiration. She carried that torch into her part time job teaching Yoga and Pilates while completing her BFA at Oregon College of Art & Craft, which blossomed into her career before graduating. Meagan has instructed dozens of mind body formats and worked with thousands of students and clients since 2003. Meagan is the owner of TRU Footing, mindful movement and holistic healing; helping clients powerfully choose the ground they stand on. She is a Reiki practitioner and teaches corporate wellness to businesses and non-profits in Portland. Meagan’s focus is to increase tolerance and move through temporary discomfort with wisdom in order to reach long term goals with patience and compassion. She places a strong emphasis on creating muscle memory and deeper neuromuscular connection for healthier minds and safer bodies in our functional, day-to-day movements. Meagan believes that with strong bodies and minds we have no problem answering the question, “What if I had to?”
Samara was born and raised in the PNW. Her love of the outdoors started at a young age; camping with her parents all over Washington, bagging peaks in the Cascades with her dad, and running in Track and Cross-Country. She graduated from The Evergreen State College with a degree in Health Science in 2011. Shortly after college she made the move to Portland to pursue a new career. Quickly realizing that a desk job was not going to satisfy her soul she left her job and completed her 200 hour RYT yoga teaching certification. Samara started practicing yoga when she was seventeen and becoming a teacher was the perfect way to transition in to a more active part of healthcare. Currently Samara works full time at a stand alone emergent care facility and is pursuing a degree as a Registered Nurse. Teaching yoga at Evolution is the perfect place to blend her love of medicine with her love of the outdoors. She is so excited to be a part of such an incredible group of people!
Sarah is a native Bostonian who relocated to Colorado where she completed her 200 and 300 hour yoga certifications. Sarah began teaching full-time in 2012 after the completion of her Masters of Toxicology at Colorado State University. With a passion for science and wellness, Sarah moved to Portland in 2014 to pursue naturopathic medicine, Classical Chinese Medicine, and acupuncture at the National University of Natural Medicine. Sarah is a dedicated yogini of over 13 years and has taught over a thousand classes during her teaching career. As future physician and holistic health advocate, Sarah provides an intelligent and creative space for students to thrive. When she isn’t studying or teaching, Sarah enjoys hiking, trail-running, and weight-lifting.
Tommy graduated with a degree in Exercise & Movement Science from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.
Tommy is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor and also serves on the certification boards for both exam committees. He is also certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist and the the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a Certified Health Coach.
Tommy enjoys staying active through cycling, martial arts, hiking, rock climbing, and working out regularly.
Tommy’s mission as a trainer is to foster health and wellness in the lives of all those he works with while helping them realize and achieve their maximum physical potential.
Valerie’s life has primarily revolved around the outdoors. She grew up in the rural area of the Cascades exploring the forest, capturing creatures, and answering the never ending question of “I wonder what would happen if…” This question motivated her to spend a year as part of the Washington State university women’s rowing team. She kept fit and physically active and to this day, she has taken her body through grueling workouts. Climbing was part of the next challenge to her with a personal goal of pushing herself each day. Valerie has completed the Gym Jones Intermediate Seminar.