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THE Blue House Fitness STORY

Anton & Courtney Fero owners of Blue House Fitness

Anton & Courtney Fero - FOUNDERS

IT ALL STARTED IN A BLUE HOUSE It all started in our garage, in a blue house here in North Portland. It was an experiment more than anything. Could we actually build a community from something so small? Could we build on something so simple? We always wondered if the grassroots approach still worked. If the garage could be a gateway into something more. To the idea that fitness and family go hand in hand, that people are more valuable than profit, and that there should always be someone to pick you up when you fall. For us, health and fitness is more than just CrossFit. It’s a family.

Starting in our garage reminded us just that, and 3 years later we have a slightly larger family, but our values remain the same; humility, hard work and connection. HUMILITY I embrace feedback, I seek to understand and I never avoid what must be said. HARD WORK I pay attention to the details, I embrace long term habits and I put in the work over time. CONNECTION I am part of a community, a family even, I am honest and I believe together we go further. The reason we believe health and fitness shouldn’t be a privilege, but accessible and approachable to everyone, is because that is exactly how we were invited in. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our first coach Aush Chapman, helping us gain access to this world of CrossFit. The methodology is proven — it truly creates the fittest people on Earth, and fitness is a super power to extend your quality of life and resilience for the uncertainty ahead. CrossFit is our foundation to build health & fitness, which means we use constantly varied, functional movements and high intensity to help you meet your goals. Don’t worry, intensity just means keeping the stimulus in every workout so you’re always making progress. The beautiful thing about this type of workout is we can scale to meet you where you are. Fitness looks different for everyone, there is no one size fits all and progress won’t happen overnight. We focus on every member’s individual goals, by creating a bespoke program that establishes long-term habits, founded on how you sleep, eat, move, recover and ultimately manage your time. Being approachable means a community you can see yourself in, and that’s been a huge focus for us this past year as we continue on our journey to make everyone feel welcome to take that first step. We also know the barrier of time and money getting in the way of progress. We offer a variety of memberships and intensives that help us meet you where you are. If you want to better yourself and your community here in North Portland, and you share our values of hard work, humility and connection, then we are here to serve you.

OUR coaches

Anton Fero coach at Blue House Fitness

Anton Fero

OWNER
(he/him)

Anton was born outside of Seattle and has lived all over the country over the last ten years. Anton attended a performing arts school in NYC where he met his partner Courtney. Anton and his family have lived in PDX since 2016. They started Blue House Fitness in their blue house in 2017. He is extremely passionate about health and wellness. You will see him training most mornings at the gym.

Current training and partnerships- He is working with a consultancy called Just Capital Quotient to develop how Blue House can be a sustainable gym by building a measurable triple bottom line: Financial, Social and Environmental impact. They are also assisting with expansion opportunities. Two Brain Business is also mentoring us through day to day operations.

Courtney Fero coach at Blue House Fitness

Courtney Fero

OWNER/FINANCE
(she/her)

Courtney has been a part of Blue House since it began in the garage of her Blue House. She keeps the back end of Blue House running through her favorite pastime…problem solving! She values family and community and you will likely meet her and Anton's awesome daughters if you live locally.

Sam Cathcart coach at Blue House Fitness

Sam Cathcart

Operations Manager/Coach
(they/them)

Sam is an Oregon native with roots up and down the West Coast. In 2017, a very persistent friend dragged them to their first CrossFit class in Ashland, OR. Sam was instantly hooked, and fell in love with the sport and the sense of community it provided. They also loved the way it decreased their anxiety, and improved their overall health and confidence.

They’ve been working out at Blue House since 2018 and started Bespoke training with Coach Brian in 2019. Sam is passionate about helping people achieve their health, wellness and fitness goals. As a non-binary coach, Sam is inspired to serve the LGBTQ+ community and is proud to join the Blue House team. Certifications CF-L1 CPR/AED Certified

Jamie Carroll coach at Blue House Fitness

Jamie Carroll

Event Coordinator
(she/her)

Jamie is originally from Eastern Washington and grew up in the Tri-Cities area. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2017 and has been teaching high school French for the past four years. In college, she found lifting and indoor cycling, which both helped grow her passion for fitness.

Though new to CrossFit, she is excited to be working behind the scenes with Courtney at Blue House and becoming part of the community. Jamie is passionate about personal growth and wellness and is eager to take her first professional step into the fitness realm.

Jesse Dammann coach at Blue House Fitness

Jesse Dammann

COACH
(he/him)

Jesse got into CrossFit in high school after burnout from 8 years of swimming. The movement diversity was a great change in pace and redefined his relationship with physical fitness. He is a self-taught weightlifter now and recently competed at University Nationals. Jesse spends his time outside of the gym building bikes, producing music, and telemark skiing.

Jesse will be focusing on movement coaching and personal training here at Blue House. Certifications Level 2 CrossFit Trainer

Marco Calderon coach at Blue House Fitness

Marco Calderon

FACILITY MANAGER
(he/him)

Marco Calderon started going to Blue house in 2017 in the garage. He loves helping people and being part of the community that Blue House has created. He earned his CF Level 1 in 2019. Marco Calderon coaches the Teens class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, GPP, and manages the facility. Certifications Crossfit Level 1

Miguel Moreno coach at Blue House Fitness

Miguel Moreno Lule

COACH
(he/him)

Miguel found CrossFit in the Fall of 2017 while he was on the search for a good gym to work out. He immediately fell in love with the sport and the supportive community that it brings. After earning his CF-L1 in December 2019, he was immersed in the fitness world and being mentored by some of the best coaches in the industry.

Wellness coaching, group exercise, and he is even a kids trainer where he loves inspiring and helping our young athletes to make fitness more approachable and accessible. In 2020, Miguel Moreno Lule started working here and you can catch him in the evening and night classes every weekday! Certifications Crossfit level 1 (CF-L1) 2019

Kiera Asay coach at Blue House Fitness

Kiera Asay

TEAM SUPPORT
(she/her)

Kiera grew up as a Track and Cross Country athlete, and loved the community and mental clarity that running provided. When she signed her 8-year-old daughter up for CrossFit Kids classes at Blue House, she discovered that a good WOD with good people provided those same wonderful perks.

She is honored to be a part of a gym that is more of a family, one that centers humility, hard work, and connection. One of her favorite times of her day is at the 5:30am class, when she’s surrounded by the strength and grit of the athletes and coaches around her.

When she’s not supporting the team, you can find her doing climate and equity work at Roosevelt High School, hanging with her two kiddos, husband, and puppy, or reading a good book with a cup of coffee.

Tara Benavente

COACH
(she/her)

Tara is from the beautiful island of Guam and grew up as a competitive swimmer, while participating in all the high school sports. She moved to Portland for college, where she played waterpolo, became a TRX instructor, and graduated with a bachelors degree in social work.

Tara met the founders of Blue House when they first moved to Portland in 2016 and came in to Cathedral Coffee where she worked as a barista. She started working out in Anton and Courtney’s garage back in the day, and then became a consistent member of Blue House in 2021. She received her CrossFit L1 certification that year and began coaching at Blue House in 2022. Outside of the gym, Tara works with houseless individuals and manages a transitional housing shelter in St. John’s. She lives with her fiancé Kim, and their cat Snax, in the St. John’s neighborhood. When she is not coaching or working, you’ll find her swimming, surfing, climbing, camping, traveling, and taking photos.

Al Stengrim

COACH
(they/them)

Al is from the frozen tundra of northern Minnesota. They grew up playing basketball, softball, track, soccer and competing in power lifting. They moved to Portland in 2010 after college then obtained a Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies at OHSU.

They currently work at Randall Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric ICU and the Pediatric Transgender Clinic. They have been a member at Blue House since 2019 and received their Crossfit L1 certification in 2021. When Al is not at the gym or work, you will find them backpacking, rock climbing, traveling or riding their motorcycle. They are also obsessed with their cats, Roger and Miguel (not named after Coach Miguel despite what he says).

Jim Tung

SALES REPRESENTATIVE
(he/him)

Jim is a husband, father, Oregonian and lifelong scientist. He's proud to be part of a gym that emphasizes humility, hard work and connection, and looks forward to meeting you and connecting you with Blue House.

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