NPTI Staff

Arik S. Wiest, MS, CSCS, NKT, FMS

NW Director

Portland/Bellevue Campus Instructor: Physiology, Posture Movement Analysis, Nutrition and Fitness Business
10559663_4407132792628_4560550879297512712_nArik is a graduate of the University of Oregon. He graduated with his Bachelors degree in Exercise and Movement Science with a minor in Biology in 2001. He then graduated with his Master’s degree in Human Physiology, with a concentration in Biomechanics, in 2003.

Arik is an advanced certified Neurokinetic Therapist, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), SKOGG Kettlebell, and a USRowing level III Advanced Coach. He has over 15 years in the fitness industry ranging from correctional rehabilitation, instruction at the community college, university and post secondary levels, coaching at the high school and collegiate level, personal training, corporate wellness and the exercise physiology for the REX Wellness Center in Raleigh, NC.

In addition the the NPTI NW Director and Portland Lead Instructor, Arik, is the owner of the fitness consultant business EveryBodies Health. He is a regular presenter for local health and wellness groups, organizations and media.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
—Andre Gide

Jenna Hussey, MS, CPT

Instructor: Nutrition

Profile PicJenna has carried strong enthusiasm and dedication towards health and fitness with her for over ten years. In college she duel degreed in Kinesiology and Psychology at Washington State University and went on to run her very own personal training and nutrition consulting business in Noosa, Australia. Soon after, she discovered that the key to one’s success is just as much in the mental aspects of fitness as it is in the physical. She set back off to school and earned her M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Miami University of Ohio in 2015. Since then she has consulted as a mental performance coach for competitive athletes, and previously served as a subject matter expert for the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Her most recent role was working as a Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Expert with the U.S. Army to train soldiers and DA civilians on mental performance skills. In her free time, Jenna enjoys weight lifting, photography, and listening to the Tim Ferris podcast. Her goal is to empower the people she works with so that they may feel competent, motivated from within, and ready to face any challenges that lie ahead.

Kevin Ryan, BS, CSCS, 

Instructor: Anatomy/Posture and Movement Analysis

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 As a health and wellness educator my passion for fitness is rooted in helping people live their lives to the fullest extent. Whether someone desires to peak their athletic potential in sport, go for a day hike on a whim, or improve their general health. I want to help others discover they are capable of more and be able to act on that strength.

My inspiration originally started in bodybuilding, moved into triathlon and ultimately led me to kettlebells and the functional fitness community. Along that path I felt it necessary to learn from professionals in order to understand how our bodies are able to adapt and improve. The lessons I learned through school and athletic injuries provided me with an array of tools to assess and modify programs for the goals people wish to achieve. I like to say everything we do in the gym is to make other activities easier and a whole lot more fun.

My interests range from bike touring, competing in kettlebell sport, swimming and enjoying the wonderful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. When not playing I’m more than likely found spending time with family and friends or researching ways to be a better educator and coach. I’m consistently motivated by those who have passion and share it with others.

Gavin Ray BS CPT

Instructor: Program Design/Anatomy/Practical

gym-ad1As a college athlete at the University of Washington, my passion for strength training was nurtured under coaches who would push us past our limits. As a national level Men’s Physique competitor in the NPC, I developed a calculated approach to exercise programming for aesthetic results. As a trainer of more than 5 years, I recognize that my clients are not necessarily competing and don’t need to be the strongest, but want to find a way to make physical fitness fun, amazing results achievable, and advanced concepts in training and nutrition understandable.

My philosophy of training is simply: “I want my body to do what I want it to do when I want it to do it.”

While the core of my training is for strength, strength and looks don’t define my clients’ “what” they want from their body. Therefore, offering new challenges, incorporating functional fitness in an aging clientele population, corrective exercises, and making fitness fun are all integral to my success as a trainer.

In my free time, I’d like to say I’m out hiking or something, but I couldn’t find a picture of that to accompany this if I tried. I love music festivals or staying inside and painting and playing guitar. I like to stay fit for the times I DO do outdoor activities–long runs, recreational sports, etc., but primarily I like to learn all I can about fitness to pass along the most valuable information to the people in my life.