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Urban Row

This class is taught by:

Olivia Descoteaux

Olivia’s a tomboy from Boston who, from the time she was a kid, was always more interested in whatever was happening outside and especially if it was something that girls weren’t “supposed” to do, like BMX and skateboarding. In middle school, Olivia settled on running and hasn’t stopped running since and loves the healthy competition that’s inherent in group fitness. In her class, you’ll soon discover that Olivia believes in you at least as much or more than your mom does!

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 Plevin

Eric is a fitness nut with a passion for alternative workouts. He took his love for competitive swimming in high school and brought that passion to mud runs, Rugged Maniac and other obstacle races. A few years ago, Eric was in a nearly fatal motorcycle accident and made it his goal to prove the doctors wrong by finishing the Savage Race just 11 months. Life swings hard, but Eric is swinging harder!

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!

Kelsey Hough

Kelsey was raised on sports and fitness. Growing up she played softball and took dance lessons (everything from ballet to jazz to Polynesian). Kelsey and her dad bonded over sports – and she’s turned that enthusiasm into a career with the Timbers FC.
Kelsey loves a killer leg series and to challenge her classes to outperform themselves. Don’t mess with Kelsey. Not only is she a brainiac who is good at math but she’s also a Double Duck, with a B.A. in Business Admin and an MBA from U of O.

Ryan McAlvey

Ryan’s originally from Michigan and found his way to Portland after moves to 6 states. He loves PDX for the hiking, biking, skiing and all things outdoors —and the craft beer! A lawyer who works as an NCAA Compliance Office at University of Portland, Ryan has a passion for athletics, having been a high school basketball and tennis player and an active outdoorsman.

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!

Cate Wade

Wade-o is a lifelong athlete and it shows in her classes. Departing from the norm, she played Division 1 Field Hockey and currently captains an adult league ice hockey team, where she shows the dudes who is boss. She’s also a NASM-certified trainer and occasional marathoner.
You guessed it. Her classes have an athletic feel to them. She believes the power of her class lies in the people in it, who lead by example and show each other what’s possible. When she isn’t creating in the studio, she’s putting her art-school background to work and watching Boston sports.

Amanda Michelson

Amanda has been teaching a variety of group fitness classes for over 10 years, including cycling, boot camp, running and more. Amanda is a certified personal trainer and health coach and has competed in marathons and triathlons. Originally from the east coast, Amanda attended the University of Michigan and then lived in NYC, SF, Barcelona and now Portland.

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 Steinfeld

Cody’s friends call her “Coach Cody” when she invites them to join her in her grueling personal boot camp workouts. Her love of fitness goes way back to when she was a cheerleader and on the track team in high school, which grew into a lifelong love of weight training and boxing.

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!

In our signature Urban Row class, we combine rowing intervals on water-based rowers with dynamic sculpting exercises for the perfect balance of cardio and strength training. This heart-pumping, sweat-drenched, total-body burn is as fun as it is effective. New to rowing? Don’t sweat it – we’ll teach you everything you need to know.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Dec 16 9:15 am - 10:05 am with Olivia Descoteaux
    at Pearl
  • Sun Dec 16 10:15 am - 11:05 am with Eric Plevin
    at Pearl
  • Mon Dec 17 5:30 pm - 6:20 pm with Kelsey Hough
    at Pearl
  • Tue Dec 18 7:00 am - 7:50 am with Ryan McAlvey
    at Pearl
  • Tue Dec 18 5:30 pm - 6:20 pm with Cate Wade
    at Pearl
  • Wed Dec 19 7:00 am - 7:50 am with Cate Wade
    at Pearl
  • Wed Dec 19 6:30 pm - 7:20 pm with Amanda Michelson
    at Pearl
  • Thu Dec 20 7:00 am - 7:50 am with Ryan McAlvey
    at Pearl
  • Fri Dec 21 7:00 am - 7:50 am with Cate Wade
    at Pearl
  • Sat Dec 22 9:15 am - 10:05 am with Cody Steinfeld
    at Pearl
  • Sun Dec 23 9:15 am - 10:05 am with Olivia Descoteaux
    at Pearl

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