OUR COACHES

 
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MARY DRINKHOUSE

My journey began over ten years ago when I decided to change my life.  I saw a photo of myself and did not recognize the woman in the swimsuit holding my daughter’s hand.  I thought, who is that?  And then it hit me, I did not know myself anymore.  I had been hiding behind baggy clothing and feeling terrible about myself.  

I decided to change and got serious about weight loss, losing 45 pounds with group support, and I slowly started to get back to running.  I wanted to feel like the best me possible!  

Running a marathon had always been on my bucket list so I trained for the Portland Marathon and learned that crossing the finish line of a marathon is one of life’s sweetest moments!  After completing ten marathons in fives years, I was inspired to help other women feel the best they could, and I became a personal trainer and fitness coach to help women build confidence, feel better about themselves, and enjoy fitness and running and clean, nutritious eating!  

As co-owner of K Fit Studio, I love what I do because I love helping people, and I would love to help you!


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TAMMY SALVATO

Seven years ago I was the heaviest I had been since being pregnant, and I was stuck in a rut of eating poorly and rarely exercising – and hating myself for it.  The endless diets and “quick-fix” exercise programs I was constantly trying would work for a short time, but then a few weeks/months later, I would be right back where I started.  It was a never-ending cycle that I couldn’t pull myself out of.   A friend joined a group exercise program for women and encouraged me to go.  It was really, really tough at first.  Then slowly, but surely, I got into the best shape of my life.  I was feeling stronger, both physically and mentally, by the day.

What I realized is that the key to getting and, more importantly, staying healthy is to be in an environment where you’re with others who support and encourage you.  To be in a place where you make friends AND accountability partners.  To have loads of FUN even when you are working HARD and things get tough.

I wanted to be a part of creating just such a place - a place where I knew women would find an incredible community to join while on their fitness and health journey, and as co-owner of K Fit, I've been able to do that.  I am so excited to be able to help other women get healthy and strong and feel amazing!  I can’t wait for you to THRIVE at K Fit!


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SUZY JEFFERIES

I was a desk potato most of my adult life, working in an office looking at computer screens.  There was a time when running provided a great antidote to the desk job, but then “life” happened.  I became inactive and consumed way more food than was needed to sustain my body.  The result was a 60-pound weight gain, depleted energy, and low self-esteem.

I remembered the positive energy running once gave me – so I knew I needed to get active again.  I joined a gym, had my introductory session with a personal trainer, and even signed up for a personal training package, where I started to see some results.  After I used all my personal training visits, I was on my own, just me and the machines.   I didn’t go back.  A few years later, I tried again at different gym – same result.

Then one day I found a community of people who offer encouragement – where the support is ongoing. There is a qualified coach guiding every workout – a watchful eye making sure the moves are done in a way that prevents injury.  There is variety to keep it interesting and enough challenge to see results.  It’s a place where you won’t be sent off by yourself to connect with a bunch of machines.  This place is K Fit Studio. 

I look forward my workouts.  I have more energy and stamina for my day-to-day activities.  I have a brighter outlook and I’ve even lost some weight.   K Fit is a happy place for me.  I feel so privileged to be able to share that happiness as a coach.

 


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GENEVIEVE MOORE

I have been an active human my whole life. When I was a child, my mom couldn't keep me in one place. I was always outside running, climbing trees, skateboarding, and BMX biking. I later focused my athleticism into soccer and played throughout high school.  In college I studied dance and took up bike commuting and touring. I joined the circus and studied trapeze.

Twelve years ago I found the sport of my dreams: Roller Derby, a full contact sport for women. When I started, I could barely skate. As my skills grew for the sport, my strength and conditioning also needed to grow. The higher the level of competition, the harder I had to train. A few years in, I was told I wouldn't be able to compete at the highest level because I was too small, so I started lifting big to gain strength and muscle mass. I'm now addicted to working out and being strong.

The same year I started playing roller derby, I began studying Chinese medicine. I focused my studies on structural diagnosis and injury recovery.  I'm now a certified acupuncturist and herbalist at my business, Sportland Acupuncture, specializing in sports medicine. As a personal trainer and an acupuncturist, I can utilize both both skill sets to work with clients who are recovering from injury and help athletes and active humans strength train to prevent injury.  I'm excited to work at K Fit in an environment that is comfortable for all women and bodies.


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LIANE BURNS

I am a Group Fitness Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer recently transplanted to Portland from San Francisco.  I am an experienced TRX, Cardio Fit, Mat Core, Barre, and Senior Stability trainer.

As a dancer for over 25 years, movement has always been my greatest passion.  I believe we are our best selves when our minds and bodies are strong.

Everyone deserves to move through life with confidence, grace, and strength.  Whether you are new to fitness, returning to it, or looking to take your fitness to the next level, I am here to encourage you every step of the way.  With a little bit of sweat, hard work, and a whole lot of fun, together we can create a plan to achieve your goals.  A happy and healthy life is the best gift we can give ourselves!


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ERIN MICK

I have been involved in athletics and fitness my whole life, and I’ve never been in better shape than I am now! My fitness journey has been a long one, and only recently I finally got out of my own way to be the best I can be!

I stopped wearing baggy clothes, dropped several sizes, and never imagined looking and feeling as good as I do now. While learning how to shed the fixed beliefs that were keeping me stuck, I found out that I really did want to be fit and strong and that I could be if I just let myself go for it!

Feeling strong, alive, and full of possibilities are a few things that being fit has given me, along with the truest sense of freedom I have ever known. My wish is for everyone to share that feeling – that ANYTHING is possible!

I was so excited with my own transformation that I studied to become a certified personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2014 and am continuing to learn. I am also a certified member of the Functional Movement Screen, where the belief is to first move well, then move often - a shared theme in the K-Fit studio.

Staying positive, strong, and fit are important to me and my well-being. We are all on our own paths, and we all need support along the way, which is another reason why I am thankful to have found a great fitness studio that provides a safe, supportive environment that is fun too!

To me, it’s all about giving and receiving support to get/stay healthy, positive, and vibrant in our own unique ways, both inside and outside of K Fit, because THAT is what strong looks like!


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ABBY BLISS WHITE

I am a Health and Hormonal Balance Coach, detox specialist, yogi, personal trainer, clean beauty junkie, and all-around food geek. As the owner of Bliss Holistic Health, LLC, I specialize in helping women balance their hormones, boost their metabolism, lose weight, and feel happy, healthy, and whole again. Based in Portland, Oregon, I assist clients nationwide via phone, email, and Skype.

I provide virtual detoxes and group programs. You can learn more at www.detoxwithabby.com.  My coaching philosophy is based on bio-individuality and my passion is creating lifestyle transformations for my clients by teaching them how to best support their body through proper nutrition and exercise.

I love running, yoga, juicing, and enjoying time with my wonderful husband and two teenage children.