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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.

Brian Loveland coach at Blue House Fitness

Brian Loveland

HEAD COACH
(he/him)

Brian got into the fitness industry through CrossFit back in 2015. And it has been a huge part of his life ever since. It became such a huge part of his life that he decided to get his L1 in 2016 and helped found Blue House later that year. Brian grew up playing baseball, swimming, and dancing. He loves seeing people grow and realize how strong they really are.

Brian has recently leveraged his passion for food and nutrition into nutrition coaching and is the head nutrition coach at Blue House. You can see Brian coaching classes Monday through Friday usually in the morning and middays or by appointment for a nutrition consultation. Certifications CrossFit L1 CrossFit L2 CrossFit Kids Education B.A. University of Northern Colorado.

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.

Jamie Carroll coach at Blue House Fitness

Jamie Carroll

OPERATIONS MANAGER
(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.

Andrew Leslie coach at Blue House Fitness

Andrew Leslie

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
(he/him)

Andrew was raised on the west coast of Scotland, before landing here in Portland in 2017. Andrew worked as a high level snowboard coach and trainer himself and shares our coaching values of empathy, connection, and developing others. He trained as a Personal Trainer back in the UK and is CrossFit L1 Certified.

Andrew also brings a decade of experience at the cutting edge of sports performance from his role in Innovation Strategy at adidas.

Sam Cathcart coach at Blue House Fitness

Sam Cathcart

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

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

Breanna Mizée coach at Blue House Fitness

Breanna Mizée

MEMBER CARE ENTHUSIAST
(she/her)

Bre grew up here in North Portland and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She played sports from kindergarten through senior year in high school, her favorites being soccer and track. In the fall of 2017, two of her friends continuously invited her to Blue House with them every Saturday, and she soon decided to join.

She loved the strong community aspect of Blue House, as well as the competitive and challenging daily workouts. She is passionate about making all of the members in our community feel cared for and seen. Education BA in Child, Youth, and Family Studies

Liz Ruegg coach at Blue House Fitness

Liz Ruegg

PHYSICAL THERAPIST
(she/her)

Liz is a Physical Therapist practicing in the Portland area for over 10 years and gets excited about being your professional guide to healing and recovery. Liz works with a variety of populations from fitness athlete to community mover. As a highly skilled manual therapy provider she has a strong belief in the importance of exercise and movement to meet your life goals.

Liz has experience working with all levels of fitness and recognizes that therapy should be personalized to you. She values creating a collaborative approach to health and wellness, keeping you strong, healthy and moving your best!
Liz loves to climb, be active outdoors, and enjoys many running adventures with her pup Otis. She is a regular volunteer with Oregon Ballet Theatre and STAND the Haiti Project. Ask her more about treating in Haiti!

Certifications
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Education
Chapman University 2010

Andrew Bumbalough coach at Blue House Fitness

Andrew Bumbalough

COACH, RUNNING SPECIALIST
(he/him)

Andrew is a dad, husband, foster parent, and lifelong runner. While at Georgetown University, he was a multiple NCAA All-American in track and cross country. He moved to Portland, OR in 2010 after signing a professional running contract with NIKE. For the past decade he has represented Nike’s Bowerman Track Club running world class times in the mile – marathon.

As the end of his competitive career draws closer, he has been energized by working with athletes of all ages and ability levels.
He is excited to join Blue House and help functional fitness athletes improve their running, build their aerobic base, and gain confidence in the sport!

Credentials
World Championship Team USA Member Boston Marathon, 5th place 2018
Sub 4:00 Miler
5k PR: 13:12

Education
Georgetown University, B.A, M.P.S

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.

Zandr Diaz

COACH
(he/him)

Zandr is originally from California. It was 3 years ago that he and his partner moved to the beautiful state of Oregon along with their 3 huskies. While in Salem, he was introduced to CrossFit by a friend, and he instantly fell in love with the sport.

It turned into his passion shortly thereafter and drastically changed his life. Growing up, he was a competitive gymnast, and in later years, he coached boys gymnastics, so when he learned CrossFit also included an aspect of gymnastics, he was thrilled to know he could still swing from a bar. Knowing CrossFit aligned with his dreams and aspirations, he learned more about it. In the last 3 years, he focused on studying and learning all the facets of CrossFit, took several courses for coaching and development, and shadowed some top coaches in the industry. He soon received his L1 certificate and is well on his way to getting his L2 shortly. As Coach Zandr says, the best project you’ll ever work on is yourself!

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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