COACHES

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CHRISTINE WELLS

COACH, CO-OWNER

Christine discovered CrossFit in 2009 and thus began her journey of learning and coaching all aspects of the CrossFit lifestyle. As a lifelong sports enthusiast, Christine always had a passion for sport and fitness. She is an avid runner, skier, windsurfer and biker, and she has competed in windsurfing, adventure racing and running marathons. It didn’t take long for Christine to recognize the crossover of fitness between CrossFit and every other sport she loved. In 2014 Christine’s passion for fitness took her to the next level when she qualified in “The Sport of Fitness” as a Masters Athlete at the CrossFit Games. She went on to compete for the next two years in the CrossFit Games, finishing 10th and 15th in her age division.
As a coach Christine listens and understands the individual goals of her students. She is approachable and easy to talk with. She’s successfully coached every level of athlete from business professionals, outdoor recreation enthusiasts, teenagers, moms/dads, grandmas/grandpas and games level athletes. She knows how to help each person remove barriers to help them reach the next step in their lives and careers. Results speak for themselves–most notably the inspired, fit people that find motivation and inspiration from Christine. She believes you can be an athlete at any age and there is nothing that should keep an individual from doing, sharing, creating, and giving whatever is possible in life. She challenges you to find that greater sense of who you are through CrossFit and live the life you always dreamed of.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Rowing
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Nutrition with Robb Wolf
USA Weightlifting Level 1
Olympic Lifting Seminar with Beau Bergener
Nutrition Seminar with Mat Lalonde
Working Against Gravity Nutrition Coach

Karen McCadam

KAREN MCCADAM

COACH, CO-OWNER

Karen moved to Hood River in 1998 and spent her summers immersed in all the outdoor sports the Gorge has to offer. In 2010 she discovered CrossFit which renewed her enthusiasm for fitness and training. In CrossFit she found a community, a challenge and a new passion. With a competitive sports background in gymnastics, ski racing, and olympic lifting, CrossFit was a perfect fit. She quickly found that the CrossFit method complemented all her sports and she found that she could ski and windsurf with even more confidence, strength and intensity. Karen continues to pursue her love of competition through CrossFit. She is a 6-time CrossFit Regionals competitor and a 5-time CrossFit Games Master competitor.
As a professional coach for over 20 years Karen enjoys helping athletes find and achieve their athletic potential. Her coaching experience includes over 15 years of working with high level youth ski racers and over 6 years coaching all levels of CrossFit athletes. Her own experience in sports and competition gives Karen a unique ability to listen to each athlete’s needs and inspire them to set and reach goals they never thought possible.
After 10 years of CrossFit, Karen is a living proof of it’s success. As a CrossFit Competitor she continues to improve with lifetime PR’s and being in the best health and shape of her life. CrossFit has exceeded her expectations as a long-term strength and conditioning program with unbelievable results. She believes it is by far the most fun and effective method to improve and maintain anyone’s fitness level.

CERTIFICATIONS:
CrossFit L3 Trainer (CCFT)
USA Weightlifting Level 1
CrossFit Rowing
CrossFit Gymnastics
Level 3 Professional Ski Instructors of America
Level 3 United States Ski Association Coaching
Level 2 PSIA Children’s Instructor
Level 2 Canadian Ski Coach Federation

Alex Zierden

ALEX ZIERDEN

CROSSFIT & OLYMPIC LIFTING COACH
Alex moved to the Pacific Northwest in the fall of 2017 seeking adventure. Between hiking, biking, snowboarding, and numerous water sports, the Columbia Gorge seemed like it had plenty of opportunities for someone that loved to try new things. Hood River quickly felt like home thanks to the extensive outdoor community and a much milder winter than that of her hometown in Northern Minnesota.

Alex was introduced to CrossFit in early 2013 as a high school senior, just as her participation in team sports was coming to an end. She finds CrossFit to be an exciting challenge due to the many different types of movement to learn and master. Alex was also drawn to the diverse and unconditionally supportive community CrossFit creates. The sport of fitness proved to be a valuable outlet for Alex during her time as a full-time student, working on an undergraduate degree in engineering. She first explored her desire to share CrossFit with others as a coach at CrossFit Aerial Athletics in Duluth, Minnesota.

Alex has found that being capable through fitness gives her confidence in tackling life’s challenges and ultimately, makes her a happier person. As a coach at CrossFit Viento she hopes to share that feeling of empowerment with others.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

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ASHLEY ARMSTRONG

CROSSFIT & GYMNASTICS COACH
Ashley has been active all of her life. She was a competitive gymnast as a kid and spent weekends hiking through the mountains in Colorado. She has dabbled in diving, dancing, racquetball, lacrosse, swimming, rock climbing, and skiing. She’s taught bootcamp, kickboxing, trekking, step classes, coached gymnastics for kids and adults, and was a certified personal trainer. Seven years ago she found her passion when a friend invited her to try CrossFit. “Cindy” was her first WOD and she’s been hooked ever since! She is a certified Level 2 coach and coached for 5 years at CrossFit Juneau, Tongass CrossFit, and CrossFit Upshot. She is CrossFit Kids and Gymnastics certified as well.

Ashley moved to Hood River in June 2019 from Baton Rouge, LA. with her husband and two daughters.

CERTIFICATIONS:

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Kids Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer

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ROBIN PIATT

CROSSFIT KIDS COACH

Robin is an OG at CrossFit VIento, and our newest CrossFit Kids coach. She has held CF Level 1 and CF Endurance Certificates, and while she has coached all ages, her passion is working with and training young children. Her dedication to health and fitness shines through with her commitment to introduce essential skills that, if started at a young age, will benefit throughout the life of each young athlete. The focus of her instruction is on the fundamentals of our sport: safe movement, dedication and hard work, community and fun! In her “spare time,” she and her husband are busy raising their three children on a farm in Mosier and is a public health dentist in the Gorge.

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Lorraine Lyons

ROWING COACH

Lorraine discovered the Columbia River Gorge in 1990.  The beauty and all that The Gorge offers called her name until 2007 when she moved here.

She discovered Crossfit in 2015. As a result, her passions have become nutrition and how it affects workouts, body composition and health overall.   She became a Working Against Gravity Nutrition Coach helping clients reach their health and diet goals. Another passion is rowing.  Lorraine became a Concept2 Rowing Coach certified by Dark Horse Rowing.

In 2018 she left her corporate career of 17 years to follow her fitness passions.

She enjoys learning and inspiring others to learn.  She believes that staying active and remaining strong will make for a longer and stronger life in all aspects.  It is never too late to change habits and become healthier!

"It is health that is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver." — Mahatma Gandhi

CERTIFICATIONS:

Working Against Gravity Nutrition Coach

Concept 2 Dark Horse Certified Coach

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CURTIS DODSON

HQPT PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Dr. Curtis Dodson is a physical therapist and Co-Owner of Headquarters Physical Therapy, a company that focuses on helping people maintain active lifestyles without medications or surgery. Curtis specializes in the treatment of athletes of all skill levels. As a D-1 college football player at Oregon State University as well as having over 15 years experience as a competitive powerlifter, Curtis understands the demands of training. Injury should not halt progress or keep you from reaching your goals. Curtis believes in providing individualized, 1-on-1 care at each session that is geared toward empowering individuals to take ownership over their recovery. Curtis is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a Certified Sleep and Recovery Coach with a special interest in circadian biology and sleep science. Besides injury rehabilitation and performance coaching, Curtis has helped many clients specifically optimize their sleep and recovery practices to enhance their mental and physical performance.

HOW TO GET STARTED:
Don’t hesitate to reach out! Curtis will provide you with a free phone consultation to learn more about you and your specific needs and discuss the appropriate service options to help you reach your goals.

Feel free to email Curtis at Curtis@headquarterspt.com or call 503-610-9281 ext 701

To learn more about Headquarters Physical Therapy, you can visit our website at www.headquarterspt.com

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