PERSONAL TRAINERS & COACHES
Nick Olson – Fitness Director, Master Trainer
Bio –My education and years spent in sports led me to a 10 year career in Personal Training which further blossomed into 3 years of CrossFit coaching. I’ve been a multi-sport athlete throughout my life; I’ve had an intense passion for weightlifting since high school and an even stronger desire to help people become stronger and more fit in their personal journeys. My goal is to help people find the confidence and knowledge needed to live a long and strong healthy lifestyle. I find great joy in helping people overcome their self-limiting beliefs and achieve feats they may never thought possible! I believe that any person is equipped with the knowledge of fitness, nutrition, and recovery is equipped with the tools to lead a healthy and successful life.
I’ve spent years with my head in the books and being in the trenches of many modals so I could bring the best possible methods to any person I may meet in hopes of helping anyone achieve the goals they may have. Train intelligently and train hard.
- CrossFit Level 1
- NASM: CPT, PES
- Strength and Conditioning
- Rapid Fat Loss
Life Quote – “Train hard, be consistent, and bring the intensity. The end result is you will become a stronger version of your old self. ”
Michelle Kuiv - PT Manager, Master Trainer
Bio – Michelle has been a multi-sport athlete throughout her life and has been a cheerleader since 2004 including experience at the college and professional level. With a desire to help people and a love for physical activity she attended Pacific Lutheran University and majored in Kinesiology with a minor in
BSPE Kinesiology, Minor
SportPsychology, Pacific Lutheran University
USASF Level 2
NFHS Coach Certified
Portland Trail Blazer Stunt Team Member
Cheerleading, Stunting, Tumbling, & Dance
Flexibility, Mobility & Functional Movement
Core Strength & Balance
Training philosophy: “More good, less bad. Healthy habits & small achievable goals compound together to create great success. Anyone is capable of anything with continual progress and hard work.”
Gary Engelgau – Master Trainer
Bio – I’ve been involved with sports my whole life and I was required to lift weights when I played sports in high school. I was instantly hooked on lifting weights and wanted to make it my life and help change other people’s lives. I graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Kinesiology and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. I have been a trainer for 13 years and the best part is seeing client’s lives improve through fitness; whether it’s their golf game, getting off of medications, or helping clients become pain-free.
BS Kinesiology from Oregon State University
NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- Sports Performance
- Injury Prevention
- Injury Rehabilitation
- Strength and Muscle Mass Increase
Life Quote: “Everything works, nothing works forever”
Rachel Schneider – Trainer
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Minor in Human Biology from Western Oregon University
- ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
Areas of Expertise:
- Flexibility and Mobility
- K-12 Physical Education
- Strength and Conditioning
Training Philosophy Quote
“The more I run the more I love my body. Not because it’s perfect, far from it, but because with every mile it is proving to me that I am capable of more than I ever thought possible.” “The more I run the more I love my body. Not because it’s perfect, far from it, but because with every mile it is proving to me that I am capable of more than I ever thought possible.”
Austin Blount - Trainer
Area of Expertise
- Strength Training (Men and Women)
- Body Movement Breakdown
“You are never done improving; strong basics are your keys to success.”
Ryan Gillihan - Trainer
- Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, Minor in Psychology | Oregon State University
Area of Expertise:
- Corrective Exercise
- Post-Physical Therapy Injury Rehabilitation
- Preventative Exercise
- Strength Training
- Body Composition Adjustment
Training Philosophy Quote:
“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” – James Anthony Froude
Casey Davis – Trainer
Bio – Fitness professional from Portland, Oregon. What started as a personal journey to better myself turned into a passion and career in the fitness industry making my love for fitness and helping others a perfect match!
I specialize in bodybuilding and physique enhancement, hypertrophy training/programming, body recomposition, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and nutrition.
I have spent the last 5 years as a trainer dedicated to learning as much as I can about correctly building muscle, losing fat, proper nutrition, and general fitness and I’m continually pushing to learn more. I have attained certifications, attended seminars, and classes under some of the most highly respected fitness professionals in the industry.
There is no better feeling than helping others accomplish their fitness goals and the reward that comes with touching and changing lives. I have helped many clients with reaching weight loss goals, muscle gain and strength goals, as well as helping multiple people attain a top 3 placing in bodybuilding shows.
It doesn’t matter where you start. Take that first step and let me help you reach your goals!
International Sports Science Association (ISSA)
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Training Philosophy: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
Hector Alcayde - Head Coach
Bio – Hector, also known as “Hecky,” has been with CrossFit Explosion and Boom Fitness as our head coach since 2013. He graduated from Pacific University with a BS in Exercise Science, obtained his CSCS, and graduated from East West College of the Healing Arts to obtain his license in massage therapy shortly after.
Hector competed as a tennis player all throughout his high school and college years. After tennis, he competed in powerlifting as a 148lb lifter for several years before he found CrossFit. He says he built a good strength foundation and a strong sense of mechanical awareness in powerlifting, but always had an itch to jump into a CrossFit WOD when watching his fellow CrossFitters in the middle of a heavy lift. He fell in love with CrossFit because he says “it makes me feel athletic again being able to perform all the different movements other than lifting heavy barbells (even though that’s fun too). I love that it’s not easy and that it promotes hard work and consistency. The community is strong here and everyone puts forth their best effort to become fitter and healthier each day.”
Currently, Hector does the programming for CrossFit Explosion, along with his fellow coaching team, giving the best program to fit the needs of the community they serve. Hector puts a strong emphasis on proper and consistent mechanics before the addition of intensity because staying injury free is the key to progress.
Bachelor’s in Exercise Science Motor Behavior
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
NSCA – CSCS
Strength and Conditioning
CrossFit, Powerlifting, and Olympic Weightlifting
SportPerformance and Soft-Tissue Manipulation
Weight Loss and Muscle Building
Training Philosophy: “Stay positive. Stay fighting. Stay brave. Stay ambitious. Stay focused. Stay strong.”
Brett Walker, Member
Ann Wurgler, Member
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary depending upon diet, body make-up, and intensity of workouts.
Wayne Richards Member
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary depending upon diet, body make-up, and intensity of workouts.*