Love lifting but not cardio?
This class is for you. You will learn how to properly execute the back squat, deadlift, bench press and other strength building lifts while getting in a great workout.
Brand new to lifting? Not a problem. We can get you started no matter what your level. We even have opportunities to compete if you get the urge to give the competition platform a try!
- Back Squat
- Bench Press
- ... and more!
These movements are meant to make you strong. Powerlifting is a combination of strength and grit.
Asher Kondziela (they/she)
Asher grew up in Philadelphia and after a few years in North Carolina and Chicago, she made her way to Portland in 2008. After working in medical device and technology sales, she created a more dynamic career for herself that would fulfill her passion for health and personal connections. In 2012, she became a fitness coach.
She holds a Masters in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. After coaching in several gyms in Portland, Asher saw a pattern of gaps in service to certain communities, and Prism Moves was born as a result to focus on and fill those gaps.
Will Lay (he/him)
Will and Bear Strong Fitness is about helping others find their inner strength. As a coach Will wants to empower clients and help them find the strength they have inside them. Will wants to help his clients be confident, proud of who they are, to love themselves and not let others discourage them from finding themselves. Will is an elite powerlifter and coaches the Lift and Move and Powerlifting classes at Prism.
Rachel Lakey (they/she)
Rachel is a powerlifting and strength training coach at Prism. Five years ago, they fell in love with a barbell and haven’t looked back. They compete at the national level and are currently training for their first pro meet. Rachel is passionate about expanding queer inclusion and representation in powerlifting and is involved in advocacy efforts around the Pacific Northwest. They have two small dogs named Roy and Bandido who often tag along at the gym! Rachel is known for her technical expertise in strength training and competitive powerlifting, as well as her light-hearted humor and unconditional support for her clients. They train clients of all experience levels, from first-timers to elite lifters. If you think you and Rachel would be good fit, fill out their client interest form.
Vanessa Dickens (she/her)
Vanessa has been in the fitness industry for the past 20yrs. From an aerobics/pilates instructor to weightlifting coach. She started CrossFit in 2009 and started coaching in 2010. Vanessa has competed for several years in local CrossFit competitions, Strong Man/Power Lifting and finally settled with Olympic Weightlifting, and currently competes in the USAW Masters National level. She absolutely love coaching weightlifting and gymnastics! Throughout these years she’s never stopped learning, researching, and pushing herself to grow both as a coach and an athlete. Her coaching philosophy is that movement can be JOYFUL, through a trauma-informed lens – it can be healing, movement doesn’t have to look or feel any particular way to make “sense”. Strength, stability, flexibility, balance, power, mobility, endurance- It supports our brains, mental health, cardiovascular system. Movement helps us show up in our lives in the way we want to; hiking with friends, learning new sports, lifting kids. I’ve helped amazing humans strengthen their bodies for the marathon of pregnancy, the trauma and healing from surgery, and for feeling stronger in their everyday routines. In her spare time, she runs around with three crazy dogs, binges on Netflix and eats all the cookies!!
Credentials: L2, USAW 2, Power Monkey Alumni/Weightlifting staff, Brand X Kids, Carl Paoli Gymnastics, Human movement specialist.
CF certifications in: Gymnastics, Kettlebell, Weightlifting, Mobility, Football, Aerobic capacity, Adaptive Training. ACLS/CPR.
3 simple steps to start your fitness journey
Sign up for a free week
Start with a free week of online classes to get to know us, our community, and how we can help you!
Find your flexible program
Engage with our programs and find what you like best.
Crush it and be proud
Find your routine and be amazed by what your body can do.