Welcome to POINT Gym and Kitchen. We are the owners, Kimberly Alexander and Melissa Sher, two self-proclaimed "adventure-seekers" and avid participants in the wide world of the outdoors. Our vision is founded on a simple truth: Our bodies are meant to do work – to be powerful and expend energy. But we’re not talking about the work at the gym; POINT is not the main event. We do not exercise and eat well just to “be fit” or to “look good.” Our efforts at POINT prepare our bodies for functionality in everyday life, in sport, and also in things we cannot anticipate. We use indoor training and healthy eating as instruments to bring to life our outdoor passions and make the ability to excel in any activity accessible to anyone. With this as our platform, there is never any “end-goal.” The work we do at POINT is a process; not a product.
ABOUT KIMBERLY - Owner/founder/head coach
Hard work, intensity, and tenacity tempered with the ability to laugh at yourself, have fun, and not take life so seriously are standards at POINT and are what drive Kimberly through life. She brings an enthusiasm to her coaching based in the belief that a strong community depends on having positive, fit, and healthy members. Oh yeah… and that moving is fun!
Kimberly’s idea of fun involves anything active, and preferably outdoors. From traditional sports like soccer, biking, and running to other outdoor adventures like SUP, mountaineering, rafting, and skydiving, she is always down to try something new; she knows that it is her diverse training program that allows her to do so many different activities. When people ask her what she’s training for, she always responds with, “LIFE!” … and she cannot wait to share this enthusiasm with you.
Committed to being a well-rounded and knowledgeable coach, Kimberly has completed a variety of certifications, most recently MovNat Levels 1 and 2 and her Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certification. Other certs include CrossFit, Kettlebell, Yoga, Personal Training, Indoor Cycling, BodyPump. She has been coaching in the fitness industry since 2003.
A few other things you should know about Kimberly: 1) She loves bright colors, especially orange; 2) She was a Spanish and Leadership teacher for 14 years and thus has a special place in her heart for tackling the childhood obesity epidemic; and 3) She has a passion not just for the “active” parts of fitness, but also for the nutritional (REAL nutrition using whole foods as the foundation) and emotional parts as well. You can be sure all your needs will be met at POINT.
ABOUT MELISSA - owner/founder/head coach
Melissa is an outdoor adrenaline seeker with main passions in the fields of cyclocross, mountain biking, trail running, rafting, and mountaineering. Okay, so that's a lot of "main passions" but since moving from Missouri to the Northwest in 2008 Melissa can't get enough outdoor adventure. She knows the value of variety in training to improve in a particular sport. She uses strength and agility training to facilitate her performance in each of her endeavors.
Not only does she love being in the outdoors, but she equally loves sharing them and introducing others to this world. Melissa worked for 8 years in the guiding industry, leading groups of people on cycling and hiking vacations all over the United States, in addition to guiding whitewater rafting trips in Oregon and Washington.
Melissa has a special interest in education and helping kids move toward the path of a healthy lifestyle. She spent time in South Africa volunteering for a non-profit, “The Future Factory,” teaching physical education classes to K-8th graders. On the one year anniversary of her trip, she completed a solo 1,000 mile bike ride to raise $1,000 for this amazing organization. She is passionate about the many community outreach opportunities at POINT.
Melissa has been a certified personal trainer since 2008, specializing in high-intensity plyometric training and weight-lifting for the improvement of athletic performance. She is a Level 2 MovNat Certified Trainer and a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
Kim Stout is a certified personal trainer, TRX instructor, running roach, wellness coach, and group fitness instructor. She has been training since 2010 and loves helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. She has a degree in psychology and believes that wellness coaching is an integral part of fitness training. Kim is a native Portlander and a proud mother to a 5th grade boy. She loves being outdoors, CrossFit-style training, running, being on the water, her nieces and nephews, and hanging out with family and friends!
Cate Wade is a true one-of-a-kind personality. A life-long athlete, Cate played field hockey at Michigan State University then tucked away her arts degree to become a personal trainer. She has been working in the fitness industry ever since and loves teaching classes to help people get in touch with their personal power and discover that, through strength training, anyone can become the person they've always wanted to be. You'll recognize her at POINT by her crazy, colorful outfits or as the one on the ice knocking pucks in the back of the net.
Liz Hockett is the biggest bundle of happiness you can fit into a single human body. She is also another life-long athlete with an arts degree in her pocket. While always engaged in sports like soccer and skiing, Liz headed down an unexpected path before she settled on fitness as a career... Liz was an incredible pastry chef! WHAAAT!!! She put down the spatula to become a Physical Therapist and is a force to be reckoned with in the 6am class. We don't know what it is about sporty people that get arts degrees and then end up in fitness, but Liz is another one we're thrilled to have at POINT.