Coaches

Christine Wells

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 Certificate
CrossFit Endurance Certificate
CrossFit Nutrition with Robb Wolf
USA Weightlifting Level 1
Olympic Lifting Seminar with Beau Bergener
Nutrition Seminar with Mat Lalonde

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 2-time CrossFit Games Master competitor finishing 2nd & 6th in 2015 and 2016.
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 7 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 Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
USA Weightlifting level 1
CrossFit Rowing
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Scaling
6-time Northwest CrossFit Games Regionals competitor
3-time CrossFit Games masters competitor
Olympic Weightlifting workshop with Diane Fu
Freestyle Connection Movement seminar with Carl Paoli
Levels 1, 2, & 3 Professional Ski Instructors of America
Levels 1, 2, & 3 United States Ski Association Coaching Certifications
Levels 1 & 2, PSIA Children’s Instructor
Levels 1 & 2, Canadian Ski Coach Federation

Regan Huckaby

Regan Huckaby

Coach, Co-owner

Growing up in New Mexico Regan played competitive soccer and ran track until her career was stopped short by an ACL tear. With no activities tying her down she moved to Arkansas for a change in pace and scenery. There she met her husband and In 2009 they relocated to Hood River.
In 2010 Regan started CrossFit almost a year to the day after welcoming her son into the world. She was in search of a program that would help her lose the baby weight and fulfill the competitive drive she once had. Immediately she fell in love with the community, pace, and the rush that comes from working hard and finishing something seeming so difficult. It wasn’t long before she found a whole new level of competition in CrossFit and started competing competitively in 2014. As an individual, she qualified for the Northwest Regionals in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and made it to the CrossFit Games in 2014 and 2015, placing 30th and 33rd in the world.
Regan is extremely passionate when it comes to health and fitness, whether that be for her family, her competitive training endeavors, her personal training clients, or coaching CrossFit classes. Her personal success has led her to devote and enjoy her time helping and encouraging others to achieve their goals, reach their full potential and most of all HAVE FUN doing it!

Certifications:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
5-Time Northwest CrossFit Games Regionals Competitor
3-Time CrossFit Games Competitor

Alex Zierden

Alex Zierden

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 1 Trainer

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