Vive Fitness Spotlight: Christi Smith-Ryan


Personal Trainer


When NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist, Christi walks into Vive Fitness, the energy rises. Her impressive fitness background—she holds the title of the greatest female athlete of all time at the University of Akron, winning the NCAA Heptathlon Championship in the year 2000 and ranking 5th at the Olympic Trials that same year—and versatile coaching style are just two qualities that make her a valuable member of the Vive team. In addition to helping people of all ages and ability levels reach their health and fitness goals in the gym, Christi incorporates her “train hard and have fun” motto into her position as the head Track and Field Coach at Central Catholic High School. Born in Columbus, Ohio, she fills her free time (how does she have it?) rooting on the Ohio State Buckeyes and exploring Portland with her wife, Nicole. 

Favorite movie: Gattaca

Favorite weekend entertainment: Chicken foot dominoes and Phase 10 battles with friends

Interesting fact: She has rescued three animals: a 13-year-old tabby cat, Ella Bella, a 7-year-old Pointer/Boston Terrier mix, Lola, and a 1-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix, Pepper.