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My Crossfit Crush

By Jennifer Johnston, February 6, 2018

I have a crush on CrossFit!

I never thought I would be the girl to say that as I only imagined CrossFit was for young, hot and of course already athletically ripped people..mostly men to be exact. My narrow tunnel vision of CrossFit did not even put it on my radar of things to try. Now, mind you, I have a few trips around the sun under my belt and have made many attempts at all kinds of different workouts to see what made sense. I found myself not feeling like anything was the right fit.  Big box gyms are just so BIG. I really wanted a personal training atmosphere but near my house in North Portland. Every decent option seems to be across town or downtown. Until a few months ago.

Late 2017,  at a client’s housewarming for their new beautiful home that I met Anton Fero, owner of CrossFit Blue House.  Anton, along with his wife and adorable daughters, and I struck up a nice conversation. The Fero’s had recently moved to Portland and process of renovating a building to open up a CrossFit space in North Portland, which they had be running out of their home garage.  Anton’s energy and excitement for CrossFit is intoxicating.  He graciously described how the programs are scaled for every person based on their ability.  He promised me that there were people older (and less in shape than myself) that he has personally seen the transformation of, that attended his CrossFit gym. Anton generously offered me a trial class so I could see what it was all about.

Just a few weeks after the opening of the new CrossFit Blue House building I went in. Desperately ready to gain strength and tone up, I thought for sure I would be out of my league. I was wrong, wrong, wrong. Talk about fun, different and challenging.  I have continued to go to CrossFit Blue House ever since. Trainer Brian Loveland is probably the nicest, most patient and knowledgeable trainer. His calm demeanor, witty humor, combined with ability to patiently show you, as well as help you with every move through scalings the proper way. That style is right up my alley. I NEED someone who is patient at 5:30am!

Never in my wildest mind did I think I would be doing power snatches, start working on my handstand push up, or split jerks…but I am. I may whine through it, but I am doing it. I feel great everyday that I go and can see my small but incremental performance gains.

Doing deadlifts
Assault bike, handstand push ups and deadlift during open gym


CrossFit Blue house offers a variety of classes. They include CrossFit kids, vitality (for the extreme beginners and those wanting a slower individualized workout), olympic lifting, open gym times to practice all your moves, and general participation class.

For more information about CrossFit Blue house or to obtain a free class, please visit their website at


Come join me for a workout and maybe you develop a crush on CrossFit as well!



Jennifer Johnston

Principal Broker licensed in OR & WA

Jennifer Johnston has been a Real Estate Broker since 2001, and is a proud resident of Portland’s University Park, living in the house that her mother grew up in. She understands the power of home and putting down roots. Being a native of the Portland metro area, she received the benefits of learning about great neighborhoods, trends and hot spots. She is a 5 star rated agent on Zillow, Trulia and Yelp and multiple years 5 star award winner with Portland Monthly Magazine and is a recipient of 100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents in Portland award. Jennifer’s goal is to have synergy with her clients. She wants you feel like you are house hunting or house selling with a trusted and experienced friend, and that your journey will be stress-free and as agreeable as possible. Jennifer believes in spending quality time with her clients and really getting to know how they love to live, so she can help serve them and find them their new home. In addition to providing residential real estate services to her clients, Jennifer’s background experiences are artistic and entrepreneurial. She started and ran a restaurant guide for several years after leaving a Program Manager position at NIKE. She developed and organized the International Gourmet Dinner Club, a dinner club which consists of individuals expanding their culinary palette and cooking skills while making new friends who are also passionate about food through monthly theme dinners. When time allows, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music from the 70’s and 80’s and doing something that releases some creative energy. Her paintings have been shown in galleries, commissioned by local collectors and she is a major donor for Cascade Aids Project. Certified Relocation Specialist
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