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 water polo, became a TRX instructor, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Tara met the founders of Blue House when they first moved to Portland in 2016 and came into 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.
Melanie is originally from the UK. She joined Bluehouse as a community member in 2018 and has been the in-house cooking instructor since 2022. She graduated from Kent institute of Art and Design, and following a brief career in the fashion industry, packed a backpack and went traveling. After a few years and some restaurant gigs in London, Sydney and Hong Kong, financing her trip, this third generation baker/chef has never left the kitchen. She is also a full time professor at the McClasky Culinary Institute at Clark College and is ServSafe certified. She loves learning about nutrition, and is currently enrolled in The Baking as Lifestyle Medicine Program at the Sourdough School in Nottinghamshire, UK. When she’s not at the farmers market, cooking or eating with friends, she’s probably drinking coffee and doing something fun outside.
Andy was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and raised on the west coast of Scotland. After living everywhere from Germany to Vietnam, he has settled in Portland for 6 years now with his wife Rachel. He went to school for sports design engineering and has spent the past decade working with different sports brands to help people live healthier, happier and more fulfilled lives. Andy has always enjoyed coaching, from snowboarding and fitness to small business coaching. Outside work, you can find Andy in the outdoors hiking, snowboarding and surfing. Certifications: CF-L1, CYQ Personal Trainer, EXOS Performance Specialist
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: CF-L2
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.
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 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
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.
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.