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Trainer Spotlight – Devon Johnson Porter

This month we got a chance to talk to FHC’s longtime personal trainer extraordinaire, Devon Johnson Porter! She’s a weightlifter, a mom, and a literal rock star! Read on to learn more about her.

How did you first get interested in fitness? What made you decide to make it your career?
Exercise has always been a mood stabilizer for me. Trail runs and walks in the forest calm my overactive mind leaving me feeling focused and energized. Fifteen years ago after bouncing from desk job to desk job I found myself depressed and over weight. I decided I was forever done with sitting and focused on a career that allowed movement and change. I chose personal training as I loved weight lifting and wanted to share the feeling of empowerment that I achieved when I felt strong.

What do you specialize in as a personal trainer?
Over the years my personal training specialties have ranged from weight loss, strength conditioning and rehabilitation. I took a special interest in the rehabilitation aspect of strength training and pursued a degree in massage. The combination of strength training and massage allows me to fully service my

When someone wants to learn how to weight train, I always refer them to you. You are the queen of weights! What is your favorite lift and why?
I appreciate the compliment that I’m the “queen of weights.” Sometimes I get competitive with myself, especially if I’ve plateaued on weight gains. To answer your question about my favorite lift, it would have to be an Olympic lift. I’m really into snatches and clean and split jerks. They are technically challenging and work the whole body. I’ve been able to really develop upper body strength because of these lifts. There is also a challenge of overcoming the fear that this lift brings out mentally. This is really true when you are pushing yourself on weight. In your head your like, “ will I land this or will it land me-haha!”

You have a young daughter. How do you manage to prioritize your family time with work and your own fitness goals?
I prioritize my fitness as a mom and business owner by making sure I work out before the workday. That means I get up early. I’m not saying I’m a morning person but I workout early. Working out before the workday ensures it gets done, allows me to consistently exercise five days a week, it calms and focuses my mind for the day and it extends the time I have for productivity on other tasks. It sets the day
for success. I can see the non-morning folks rolling their eyes now! But in all seriousness, I’m able to balance the work, family, personal interest parts of my life by getting an early start. I also give myself a break when I can’t get everything done. Each day I write down the top five goals I want to accomplish and whatever didn’t make that list gets forgiven. It wasn’t the priority that day and that’s ok.

Outside of the gym what do you do for fun?

Outside the gym my interest range from art, baking, entertaining and music.
I’m currently in an all female modern rock band called, Revolution Red. We perform in the
Seattle and surrounding areas. It’s a lot of fun and feeds the artistic part of my personality.

Member Spotlight – Kevin & Terry

This month’s Member Spotlight focuses on Husband and Wife duo Kevin Curtin and Terry Mac. They do a lot of fantastic charity work with Toys for Tots. Learn more below!


You both have very full careers, what do you do?


Terry is a licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician. I’m an attorney handling family law cases (divorce, child support, alimony, parenting plans) in King County.


How long you have been together? How did you meet?


We have been together since 2011. We met through a mutual friend on Facebook. Both of us grew up in the NYC/Yonkers area, but we never met until we wound up living 6 blocks from each other here in Seattle.


What is Toys for Tots all about?


The objectives of the Foundation are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas. For three months each year (October-December) in over 800 communities covering all 50 states, members of the community drop new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes positioned in local businesses.  At Christmas, Coordinators, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute the toys to the less fortunate children of the community.


Why your passion for this cause?

We remember how much fun it was going to toy stores when we were kids, and we want to help make sure every kid gets a toy at Christmas.


You have been members for about 5 years. What made you choose and stay with FHC.  What does FHC mean to you?


We chose FHC because it is a very comfortable place to work out, it’s very community-focused, and it’s very supportive. We have gotten to know and like the staff and being able to work out at FHC is the best kind of health insurance we know.


Member Spotlight – Jane Dore

Jane Dore joined FHC over a year ago after working with Personal Trainer Adriana Medina to prepare for the Washington State Physical Abilities Test (PAT) she had to pass in order to enter the Police Academy.  She is 54 years old and patrols downtown Seattle.  When Jane was in her 40’s she earned her black belt in Taekwondo, proving that you can achieve new goals and overcome challenges at any stage of life.

Jane carries the values instilled in her by her parents, Mary and Fred Dore, both deceased, but in their day, they were big community builders who lived their entire lives in Seattle.  Before Jane’s mom passed away she started the Dore Foundation (  Part of the mission of the Foundation is to give back to others.  Along with Adriana, Coach Manny Dunham helped Jane train during her process of becoming a police officer. Because Jane wanted to give back through her family Foundation, she gave this year’s donation to Manny and his non-profit Nomad Boxing Club.  What a gift for these young kids that could not afford to participate otherwise.

Thank you, Jane, for investing in our next generation. When Jane commits to something, she puts herself into it.  She surrounds herself with positive people and atmosphere that helps her reach her goals.  I asked her a few questions.  Read on.

What made you decide to become a police officer?

Ever since I was a kid I could visualize myself as a police officer. My favorite TV shows were SWAT and that motorcycle cop show, “CHIPS”.  My dad was a criminal lawyer and was later Chief Justice of the WA State Supreme Court. A few of my siblings had also gone to law school, so I just figured that was my destiny too. In high school (thinking I had an interest in law), I use to take the bus downtown to the courthouse and for fun sit in on criminal trials. However, LOL…I didn’t piece it together until many years later that when I was in the courtroom I was more interested in the Corrections Officer’s and Police Officer’s uniforms than listening to what the lawyers were saying.

What is one of your greatest obstacles?

Honestly.. myself!  Sometimes when we want to reach a goal we doubt ourselves. I think that’s a normal human reaction. I’ve always been athletic, but when I met Adriana she literally taught me how to use the weights and weight machines based on my body type. She designed a work out plan increasing whole-body strength tailored to the physical test I had to take. Sometimes you need that boost/cheerleader to help you get to your goal. Working with Adrianna and Manny also helped me get mentally prepared.  Manny asked me how many sit-ups I had to do on the test and I told him 38 sit ups in a minute. Manny’s response was, “Good!  Now do 50!” and Adrianna started the timer. At the test at the academy I actually did 52.

What you have overcome and how did you achieve it?

No matter what your goals are I’ve also learned that it’s important along the way of reaching a goal to network and ask people for help. I remember one morning running at the Lower Woodland track by Greenlake.  There was this very tall athletic man and I could see he was working with a trainer running sprints.

I didn’t know it at the time, but the male was training because he was trying out for the Seattle Seahawks. At one point they were taking a break so I casually went up to the trainer and introduced myself and told him I was training for the police academy. I joked around and asked if he had any tips for me to increase my speed and he said he did!  He then spent a few minutes talking with me about my form at the start line. He said I could pick up a few seconds just positioning my body a certain way.  It worked! I increased my sprint speed by 3 seconds which gave me the full points on that part of the test.

I think it comes down to a few things.  When you are reaching for a goal remember that if it was easy everyone would do it.  And then.. I always remember what my dad told me. “You can do anything for a short period of time”.  So, when I doubt myself or get tired of training or anything in my life that I’m struggling with I just remember, this too will pass. I can do anything for a short period of time.

Pictured Left to Right: Adriana, Manny, Jane

Member Highlight – Reena

Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself. What do you do for work? What your family is like?

I lead a product management team in analytics at Tableau software, helping people see and understand their data. My husband and I have a four-year-old son and have our hands full between work.

How do you balance work life, home life, and still make time for the gym?

I bike to work and other places (though it’s getting harder as my son gets bigger!) and sneak in workouts whenever I can – between meetings, at lunch, and when my husband takes my son to swim class on the weekends. I figure half an hour is better than nothing!

What role does fitness play in your life? Why do you come to FHC? Is it your self care time, do you come for the community, stress relief, etc?

To me, being active is part of having balance in my life, physically and mentally. Although I had worked out regularly before having a child, once my son was born and I went back to work, I found it hard to get into a routine. After I started at Tableau, I signed up for ClassPass and tried the FHC noon classes. FHC was very welcoming, and Lilian gently convinced me to become a member.

If your present-self could give your past-self any advice when you were a brand new mom, what would it be?

Enjoy every moment and get as much sleep as you can!

Outside of the gym what do you do for fun? What are you passionate about?
I want to instill a sense of adventure in my four-year-old and encourage him to try new things, whether it is oysters (not a hit), swimming in nearby Portage Bay (great way to cool down these hot summer nights),  or skateboarding (we both want to learn more!) Pre-kid, I traveled a lot (favorite trip: bicycling through Italy & Croatia) but have been staying closer to home now.  We’ve explored all the nearby islands and try to get in short hikes or fun at the beach. I enjoy yoga and love reading, mainly literary fiction, food & travel writing, and sci-fi.

Meet Lindsay Brentin

You teach Barre, POUND, Zumba, and SBZ (am I missing any?). Which is your favorite to
teach and why?  Strong by Zumba is my favorite at the moment. I love seeing participants push themselves through HIIT sequences to the beat. The music motivates them to get an extra rep in, move their feet a little faster, and jump an inch higher. If you regularly find yourself syncing up your exercises with the BPMs of whatever is playing on the gym speakers or in your earbuds, I recommend checking SBZ out!
What do you hope your students take away from your classes? A feeling of accomplishment for showing up, moving their body, and (almost certainly) trying something new.
You are also a nurse in the geriatric department. What do you enjoy about your job? I learn something every day!
Outside of fitness and work, what do you do for fun? Hiking, reading, checking out breweries around town
You always bring such positive joyous energy to class. Can I have what you’re having? Seriously though, is there a secret to your inner radiance? I am genuinely excited to get away from the world for bit whenever I go to or teach a class. Once that music starts, I feel like everything that demands my attention during the day – errands, news headlines,  notifications from cute animal profiles I follow on social media – stops at the door. I’m there to have fun, get loud (yelling affirmations and singing are great options), and be present with other human beings. Also coffee.

Meet Tim

We got a chance to chat with one of our most experienced trainers, Tim Beauchamp. Learn more about him in and out of the gym below!


You’ve lived quite a full life! You were an officer in the army, earned a degree in biology, coached tennis and skiing, and competed internationally in triathlons and Judo (just to name a few). Of all your vast experiences, which were the most formative for who you are today?

Probably living in Germany in my twenties and early thirties, where I competed in both judo and triathlon, as well as doing a lot of skiing and ski mountaineering in the Alps.

What’s next on your bucket list?
I’d like to get back to learning Argentine tango and finally learning how to windsurf.

What role does music play in your life?
I have been playing the guitar for over 50 years and singing even longer than that. I still take lessons from a guitar teacher, and two years ago started studying with a vocal coach. I need to get out and perform more, and I am currently working on a couple of CDs. Music is a fundamental part of my life.

Is there anything your AREN’T good at?
Yes, answering questions like this one! Actually, there are a lot of things that I am not good at, but if they are important, I try to work at getting better at them.

Can you tell us more about your Strength & Conditioning 111 class?

While it is impossible to create a one size fits all class, this class serves a bunch of constituencies. At its core, it is a great morning wake up and warm up, starting off with unweighted calisthenic movements, then going to barré techniques and then lightly weighted full body exercises. At this point, the class breaks off with some people choosing to do cardio on the many machines at FHC, and others working on weight lifting programs, with my assistance. I’m available during this period for any questions you might have about weight lifting or other conditioning modalities and will set you up with beginning and intermediate weight lifting programs that you can follow on your own. In the last ten minutes or so of the class, the members re-assemble for some ab exercises and a cool down stretch. While this class was initially designed for seniors, it can be adapted and adopted by anyone seeking to up their strength and conditioning.

You have a lot of experience working with seniors. What advice would you give someone in regards to fitness as they progress in life?
It is crucial to work hard to maintain muscle mass and mobility as we age. It gets harder as we get older, but it is vital to living a higher quality life and is not as insurmountable as many people seem to think.

Ivy & David – June Class Bingo Winners!

Meet David and Ivy, two delightful FHC members! We got a chance to chat with them about their experience completing our June Class Bingo Challenge.

(The goal was to take one of each of the group exercise classes we offer during the month of June to win a free month of gym membership. Spoiler alert, they both won!)

-What were your favorite classes and why? Do you think you’ll be back?
1. My favorite classes this month were boxing and ab lab. Boxing was such a fun way to work out; getting to be focused and aggressive and angry was super fun and different. Ab lab was difficult but attainable and nicely specific on that one part of the body.
-Who was an instructor that you really enjoyed?
2. Three of my favorite instructors were Tyler Hutchinson, Neal Haley, and Lo Shdo. Tyler has a refreshing and straightforward motivational style that really appealed to me in Ab Lab. Neal was fun, encouraging and had great exercises in Bootcamp. And Lo is friendly, relatable but also badass and pushes you in her classes.
-Was there a class you took that you weren’t expecting to enjoy, but did?

3. Personally, I was not excited about barre. I didn’t know anything about it and thought it was basically just ballet, which made me pretty nervous. But it turned out to be one of my favorite classes. It’s focus on specific movements and small-yet-difficult adjustments were at once meditative and also demanding. Far from being just ballet or overly-feminine, it was graceful and contemplative and generally great.

Meet Hieu

How long have you been working at FHC and what’s your favorite part about it?
I’ve been working at FHC since September 2018. My favorite parts about it are the people I get to meet and know, including my co-workers. Also, it’s very nice to be working in a place with such a positive atmosphere again. I’ve worked a lot of really rough jobs in my time with very unpleasant folks and working environments.  
I heard you were in the Peace Corps. That’s amazing! Where were you living and what kind of projects were you working on?
Thank you. I served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine from 2011-2013. I was living and working in a small farming village in the Carpathian Mountains of Southwestern Ukraine. This region is called Zakarpatska (Transcarpathia in English). I also traveled throughout Ukraine working on different volunteer/aid projects, so I got to see a lot the country and its people. In my Transcarpathian village, I taught English at the one school. Outside of this day job, I worked with other American, Ukrainian, and German volunteers in education based aid projects combating xenophobia, promoting women’s rights, and a lot of youth development/mentoring projects for boys and girls. I worked with a lot, a lot of kids during my service. I also worked on some projects in health education and trained kids on how to plan and execute their own environmental conservation projects in their local communities. I helped implement some of these youth mentoring programs alongside Ukrainian NGO’s in orphanages and refugee camps housing Afghan and Somali children who fled the conflicts going on in their home countries. Many of these kids were trying to get to the European Union to find a better life, but were detained at the border; sometimes interrogated and tortured by border police. They got stuck in western Ukraine and could not go back to their home countries because they would be killed.
You obviously have a big heart for people and a love for travel. What’s next on the horizon for you?
You know, it’s funny you put it like that. I always thought of myself similar to the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz who lacked a heart. Hahaha. I suppose I’m drawn to people and traveling because it allows me to observe and learn about all the facets and complexities of humans and their condition. But I’m by no means an extrovert. I need to recharge alone in isolation and reflect. What’s next on the horizon? San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Spain, Drangarnir in the Faroe Islands of Denmark, Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I kinda just want to travel somewhere where no one speaks English and/or any other languages I speak and try to live and work alongside the people there to figure it all out. I’ve found these to be the most rewarding travel experiences for me. 
What are you studying in school right now? 
I’m studying a lot, a lot of chemistry. It’s very challenging, but the ultimate goal is to become a Medical Laboratory Scientist so I can one day apply to work with Doctors Without Borders to serve those living in conflict zones around the world. French and Arabic speakers are highly sought after, so I guess I should travel somewhere where these languages are spoken to learn them. 
Outside of work and school what do you like to do? A little birdie told me you’re getting pretty good at boxing!
That little birdie flatters. I’d like to buy that birdie a drink! Hahaha. I’m an alright, beginner. Yeah, I like learning boxing from Manny here at FHC. It’s been a lot of fun. Back in the day, I was obsessed with martial arts, combat sports, self-defense, and all that jazz. It’s been really great to get back into some of it again alongside other gym members here. I like running, hiking, and strength training with calisthenics. Before I came to work at FHC, I could never afford a gym membership. Overtime I learned how challenging and effective a workout one could get with just using their own body weight, some creativity, and basic physics. I also enjoy reading, a lot! Some of my favorite genres include dystopian sci-fi, psychology, applied sciences, economics/personal finance, philosophy, mysteries, graphic novels, and classics like Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Steinbeck, Cervantes, and the like. Here’s my 2019 summer reading list:
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
1984 by George Orwell
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
God: A Human History by Reza Aslan
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust 
Yikes! I should probably read up on organic chemistry to prep for next school year.

Member Spotlight – John Hottovy

John Hottovy has been a member of Fremont Health club since 2014.  He joined Fremont Health Club because he was looking for a local gym with weights and that offered classes.  However, it gave him much more.  A few months after he joined, he met his future wife who at the time was working at FHC.  Four years after meeting at FHC, they married and both feel very lucky that Fremont Health Club brought them together.
John goes to the gym to stay healthy and feel good.  Exercise has been an important part of his routine, and he appreciates the neighborhood feel of Fremont Health Club.  He really enjoys the views and the extra space that the new location of the gym provides.  When John is not at FHC, he manages a local restaurant.  He also loves sports, cooking, and walking his dog Millie through the neighborhood.

Tyler Hutchison

-When and how did you first get involved in athletics? What first drew you to baseball & basketball?
I was first introduced into athletics at the very young age of 4 years old. My dad bought me a little baseball outfit, a ball and the rest was history as they say haha.
-What can someone expect when they take a class of yours?
I like to keep the energy nice and high in my classes so expect a lot of energy out of me. I’m always trying to get the most out of every participant in my classes so I like to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere where people feel comfortable. In my classes you’ll always find me bouncing around and making sure everyone is executing the moves safely and effectively.
-You are also a NASM certified personal trainer! How might you be able to help our members that are interested in personal training? What can they expect from training with you one-on-one?
I love the group training environment but my passion lies within one-on-one personal training. My training style is always based on what my clients goals are. I like to run through an initial movement assessment just to see how somebody’s body moves in space. From there we discuss goals and I map out a workout plan from there.
-What do you like to do outside of the gym?
My training schedule is usually pretty crazy so outside of the gym I really enjoy just relaxing. Outside of the gym you’d most likely catch me grabbing an acai bowl and catching up on some of my favorite shows.
-Word on the street is you can juggle while on a unicycle. Any chance you would demo that in one of your classes?
Once I procure a unicycle I would love to demo my skills for one of my classes!