Our Training Staff

We offer personal trainers space to train their clients. (click their name to see more)


¨The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.¨ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Christen Conner

NFPT Personal Trainer


Christen's Bio

Christen has been a part of the fitness industry for over 20 years. As an athlete, she has competed in sports such as Swimming, Olympic Weightlifting and as a NPC/INBA Figure Competitor. She has been a Certified Personal Trainer for over 10 years and has worked with clients of all ages and fitness backgrounds.

Style of Training

The benefits of Strength Training (such as bone density, strength, lower bodyfat, heart health, stable blood sugars, stress relief, etc) cannot be underestimated and is the basis of her program with clients. She uses a well-rounded approach customized for each client based on your goals, current and past fitness background, limitations/injuries etc. 

Additional Services Offered

Along with Personal 1 on 1 training sessions, Christen offers Online Customized workout programs for more independent/advanced clients, help with nutrition/macros, and
Cardio recommendations based on client’s goals.

Dakota Competition

Dakota Ushigome


Dakota's Bio

Dakota has been a trainer, and competition coach for over 20 years. She brings her own twist on training and nutrition to her clients, specifically customized to the individual’s goals. Known as “The Transformer”, Dakota, a former national-level competitor herself is known as one of Portland’s best coaches for bikini, figure and physique competitors with a huge track record of success. She is also a posing/prep coach for Team AlphaStarr. This expertise can translate to ANYONE who is wanting to look their ultimate best. “Aesthetics is about achieving the body you’ve always dreamed of and I know that nothing is impossible. Anyone’s dream can come true!”

Behind every successful woman, there is a village of others who have supported, guided and believed in her. In my life, it started with my mother, and my grandmother. And from there, the list is endless. So, here is a thank you to all women. We are beautiful, strong, and come in many shapes, sizes, colors. To all of the amazing women out there, a shout out to you. Remember…other women are not our competition, they are our allies. Have a wonderful day

Experience and Certification

Interests and Achievements

Ryan Achenbach

Owner Valley Strength and Fitness

Specialties & Certifications