Meet Our Trainers
Vive Fitness Co-Owner, Personal Trainer
A former collegiate XC/ track athlete and current competitor, Laura is a runner to her core. While you will most likely hear the latest track-geek stats (and tales of toddler motherhood) between sets, no mileage will be forced on you. A personal trainer since 2004, Laura pulls from her extensive fitness knowledge and experience to create an effective training plan unique to each client. At the heart of Laura’s training philosophy is the belief that fitness can enhance anyone’s wellbeing and act as a key component to leading a happy and balanced life.
How do you unwind after work? Family dance party in our kitchen.
Favorite Portland bridge? Hawthorne. I love the constant flow of activity over, under and around this bridge.
Vive Fitness Co-Owner, NSCA Personal Trainer + TSAC-F, Red Cross Certified CPR & First Aid + AED, Strong First Kettlebell Instructor (SFG-1), Animal Flow Instructor, TRX Coach, DVRT Master Instructor.
The first person in the door and the last to leave, Evan has a unquenchable desire for knowledge in the Health & Fitness field. Whether its a TRX Coaching Qualification in San Francisco, a Strong First Certification in L.A. or a DVRT Master Trainer's Summit in Las Vegas, Evan is constantly going the distance to reinvent and polish his training and coaching techniques.
On weekends, you’ll find Evan hiking Dog Mountain with his shiba inu Samurai or cheering on the Michigan State Spartans.
Favorite high-end dining spot: Ox for skirt steak.
The ultimate hike: Cascade Head Trail near Lincoln City on a clear day.
Go-to cocktail: Whiskey and Pok Pok drinking vinegar with a splash of club soda.
Personal Trainer, DVRT Master Instructor, Red Cross Certified CPR & First Aid + AED,
On the surface, Kaitlyn is a goofball—showing off her latest white girl dance moves and sporting the flashiest footwear she can find. However, hidden beneath her persistent smile is a fiercely competitive spirit. A born-and-raised Portlandian, Kaitlyn is an adventure seeker, exploring new hikes and restaurants in her free time. She believes that enjoying life is key to achieving a sustainable, well-rounded health, encouraging clients to seek variety in exercise, food, and thought.
Best workout fuel: Kale smoothie with almond butter, apple and ginger.
Favorite Portland bridge: The Fremont—the view of downtown at sunset is remarkable.
Biggest pet peeve about Portland: Over-confident bike commuters.
Nick was born and raised in the Portland metro area. He went to PCC Rock Creek for two years and later earned his personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
A few fun facts about Nick— he is an avid Sci-fi/fantasy reader and had is own operation farming hazelnut orchards.
In 2011 Nick’s life was charged from a horrific car accident where he suffered two ruptured discs, three bulged discs and two compression fractures — or simply put “he broke his back!
Unable to work for 3 years he was told by doctors he would need a rod attached to his spine and that he would need pain medication for the rest of his life.
Instead of taking that as his reality he began researching health, fitness & rehab theory literature and build a program around to not only bring him back to his base line— but to make him stronger and more durable than even before his accident.
It was a long slow process but after 3 years of work he could deadlift 450lbs! He was able to return to farming but quickly decided that he could bring more meaning to his life and others through a career in health & fitness. He believes fitness is all about quality of life and anyone no matter what point they are beginning from can drastically benefit from diet and exercise!
Certified Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer
Ryan has worked in the health and fitness field since 1998. His first exposure to personal training occurred while attending Western Washington University. Since receiving a BS in Exercise/Sports Science, Ryan has worked as an Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer with clients of all ages, experience levels, and varying degrees of physical health. He has earned several industry recognized certifications, while furthering his education through scientific and health-related workshops and conferences.
Ryan takes a wholehearted approach to his training methodology. He is devoted to providing an effective and efficient function and science-based training program that is structured around his clients. This includes learning and sharing current health and fitness research, and reapplying it in a practical and sustainable way.
Personal Trainer, Life Coach
There’s a new joke circling around Vive Fitness: We may need to set up a cot for Master Trainer and Life Coach, Laura in the back room because….well, she never leaves. One quick look at her credentials—teacher and coach for 15 years, firefighter for seven years, and Master Trainer for over three—and you’ll know this powerhouse runs on passion and heart not only for health and fitness, but also for her clients overall well-being. Whether Laura’s setting up boot camp in a nearby park or taking a quick “dance-off” break to Michael Jackson, she has a contagious energy that inspires everyone around her.
Favorite sports team? Indianapolis Colts
Go-to local brew? Columbia River Brewing
Favorite part of the job? Making personal connections with my clients
WNBF bikini pro and NPC bikini competitor, Amy knows how to sculpt a beautiful physique. Bu health and fitness are much more than what you see on the outside, because your relationship with your body and your relationship with food are equally, if not more important. Amy believes that you can love your body while working to change it at the same time, because fitness should, ultimately enhance your life. not take away from it. If you're ready to take control of your health and fitness, Amy is here to help!
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Personal Trainer and NPC Physique Athlete. Mathew moved to Portland in 2009 for culinary school. Upon finishing his Associates in Culinary Art he pursed his career as a chef in Las Vegas. While in Vegas, as a hobby, he was very active in the gym helping athletes with strength and conditioning in their off seasons.
Looking for a change he moved back to Portland in 2012 where became certified as a personal trainer. 8 months after becoming certified, he set a new goal for himself and decided to do a Physique competition. He realized his goal a short time later and was on stage by October 0f 2013. As of December of 2014 he is hooked and is now prepping for his 4th competition.
Dieting and competing has helped Mathew put all his skills to good use - not only for himself, but for those he trains and coaches.
The news or cartoons? News
Watching sports at a bar or man cave? Man Cave
Three ingredients to make a dinner successful? 1: Salt and pepper. 2: Garlic. 3: Olive oil.
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.
Around the gym, he's typically cracking a joke, or playing a prank, but don't be misled. Nathan takes each client's fitness journey seriously. A personal trainer since 2001, Nathan focuses his approach to help his clients reach their goals. With the certification Corrective Exercise Science from NASM, Nathan believes those with an injury or physical limitation can often continue to exercise and realize their goals through modification and mindful practice.
Nathan also spent time in Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Peru, earning 170 hours toward his 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher certification.
When he's not in the gym you will most likely find Nathan surfing, hiking the Columbia River Gorge, practicing yoga or in conversation over a beer in one of Portland's many brewpubs.
Best brew: Gt's Kombucha
Favorite meal: Super spicy guacamole, seriously.
Ideal vacation: Baja Mexico. Swell pulsing shoulder to head high, no electricity, trading the locals cases of Budweiser for fresh lobster.
Personal Trainer, Strong First Kettlebell Instructor (SFG-1)
Having overcome his own health barriers (as a chronic asthmatic), Brian takes a relatable approach to coaxing out your innate strength, flexibility, and endurance. His broad and diverse range of experience, from long-distance running and cycling, to powerlifting and kettlebell training, allows him to tailor workouts that build upon your current foundation and keep you moving for the long-haul. He believes fitness should be fun, functional and most importantly, practical. What you do in the gym should effortlessly flow into and improve your daily life.
When he's not training, Brian enjoys fermenting krauts and kombucha, hauling his kids around Portland on a cargo bike, and indulging his wife's sweet tooth.
Favorite bridge? Hawthorne. It's an easy bridge to get up and over, with the bonus of having a great view.
Best Halloween costume: Old Spice, "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like"
Three ingredients to make a dinner successful: 1. Butter 2. Butter 3. More butter.
As a trainer thats been with Vive since the beginning, Evan Zener is a true believer in health and fitness, and it shows. With his positive and encouraging attitude, he is motivator, lighting fires under his clients. Evan is a Portland-native who packs a punch—inside and outside of the gym. As a Master Scuba Diver, Evan takes his passion for health and fitness outdoors, dabbling in mountain climbing, cycling, and outdoor adventures with his dog Charley!
Favorite Sandwich in town: The Philly Steak at Taste Tickler
Best Halloween costume: In 2011, when I was Leonidus from 300
Favorite Portland bridge: The Broadway—I don't know why, but I love that bridge