If she’s not in the studio, she’s usually reading ― devouring as many as 5 books per month! ― or making really good Thai food or crushing bagels, while impressing the masses with her encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture despite indignantly claiming she doesn’t care about it.
Eric likes to incorporate his story into his style of teaching. Eric believes that everyone has their own lens which is created by their experiences in life and strives to connect with people by finding a way to relate their experiences to their progress forward. No matter what life throws you, there is a reason for it. It may be to teach you what your limits are, or to show you that your limits lie further than what you thought they did. Growth and change happen when you're out of your comfort zone. One of his biggest fears is complacency. Never settle, never say you can't.
If he’s not helping to guide you closer to your goals, Eric might stop you on the street to say hello to your dog or regale you with his ability to impersonate at least 5 different accents!
Ryan loves to coach Urban Row at Firebrand because everyone in the room is supporting and pushing each other to work hard and walk out with a sense of accomplishment and feeling like you were glad you came to class. Outside of Firebrand, Ryan’s enjoying time outside, hanging with his wife or cat, enjoying one of Portland’s fine craft beers at a Timbers, Blazers or Pilots game, while listening to Bruce Springsteen, who he’s seen live 10 times!
In her classes, Amanda encourages people to push past their perceived limits and make the changes that are important to them. When she's not in the studio you can find Amanda exploring the city, traveling, or sharing her adventures on her blog ShapinUp.com.
Cody’s well-rounded fitness background allows her to bring elements from different fitness disciplines to keep her class fresh and inspiring. By day, Cody treats cancer for a living and loves how rewarding it is! When she comes home from her 10-hour shift, she loves to hang out with her dog, Jalapeno, and new husband, Matan, dreaming of where they will travel next!