***While owners Lacy and Christina will have their dogs in the gym and offices, we respectfully ask that you keep yours home, unless you have a service animal. Our dogs will be restrained so as to not be a distraction or interfere with your workout. If you would like to visit with any of them, please ask their respective mom’s before approaching them.***
Lacy Davis, Owner
Hey! My name is Lacy. I am writer, podcaster, a lifting coach, and a nutrition coach.
Every day, I work with clients of all body types who are new to fitness because the gym has never felt like a place for them. I have built a business based on the idea that anyone who wants to get behind a barbell should have a place to give it a try. To be honest, I truly don’t know if I’d still be alive had I not been given the opportunity.
Growing up, I was an indoor-kid. I wasn’t into physical activity at all and was much more comfortable reading books in my room than breaking a sweat on the playing field. I felt awkward in my body and school gym classes were a complete nightmare that I made up every excuse possible to not have to participate in. In my 20’s I developed a myriad of eating disorders, coupled with compulsive cardio addiction and body dysmorphia. I had a truly obsessive urge to shrink myself, and even when I knew my habits were so, so wrong, I didn’t manage to actually change them until I found myself behind the barbell.
The day I started to lift was the first step in my journey to actual, real wellness. With EVERY step into my gym, I moved forward. I stopped restricting my food. I stopped binging. I stopped purging. I started taking rest days from exercise. I started to believe I didn’t need to be thin to be special or valuable. I started to see friends more, to share meals, to enjoy food and to get outside of my own self-deprecating thoughts.
The process took years, but today I have a positive and supportive relationship with my body. Lifting weights was the thing that helped me decide to stop fighting it.
My recovery has given my life purpose. It gave me my blog, my podcast, my memoir, my coaching practice, and my gym. I am so humbled and honored to help people on their lifting journeys, because I know how mightily it has helped me with mine.
Christina Cabrales, Owner
Hi! I have spent my life focused on the details: in restaurants, finance, program and project management and building furniture. I have designed and built stuff with my hands, crunched numbers, worked in start-up environments, tracked metrics and goals, created and delivered technical trainings and mentored people to successfully crush their goals.
2016 was a year full of reflection, personal and professional exploration and discovery for me. Unexpectedly, that journey led me here, to utilize my organizational and people skills to get Liberation Barbell up off the ground and to keep it and the client experience here 150% awesome!
Unlike Lacy, I grew up outdoors and playing organized sports year-round, everything from swimming and basketball to tennis and rugby. Post-college and as an adult I struggled to find something I could latch on to in order to stay active. I tried rock climbing, running, biking, hiking and spent coutless hours at traditional big box gyms. And while all of those were and some continue to be rejuvenating and challenging experiences, they didn’t quite fit the bill. It wasn’t until I was introduced to lifting heavy weight in 2012 that I really connected to my body and was able to own my size and my strength in a way that made me feel powerful beyond measure. I am excited to now be doubling down on something that makes me feel amazing!
I am grateful to be where I am now and to have the opportunity to share my experience with others and to become a part of something so powerful, rather than stand on the fringes watching.
Alex Lannon, Coach
Alex of Fat Chance Coaching wants to live in a world where moving and nourishing your body has nothing to do with morality. As a Health at Every Size Personal Trainer and Health Coach, she focuses on dynamic movement and functional fitness.
When they are not powerlifting, you can find her performing with her queer electro pop band GAYmous or cooking delicious vegan meals. As a long time activist and counselor, Alex is especially excited to work with lgbt clients, fat folks, vegans, punks, survivors, those in eating disorder recovery and anyone who feels alienated by the mainstream health and fitness movements. Find out how to get pumped and feel pumped at email@example.com and follow @fatchancecoach on Instagram.
Hi, my name is Bèa and I’m the old girl and Chief Furry Officer here at Liberation Barbell! I’m a sweet, introverted 9-year-old who was rescued by my moms when I was about 4 ½ years old, it’s quite a story and I can tell you all about it if you ask. I love laying in the sun, eating vegetables, hiking, and running the MOST! Outside of that I’m a pretty chill lady who loves people, kids, and babies. I can be kind of shy with new people and men, so I prefer it if you let me to come to you. I can get a little overwhelmed and back away if I’m approached too quickly by new people. Can ya’ feel me, I know I’m not alone in this big world full of extroverts!!!
Hi, my name Birdie and I’m the Chief Excitement Officer at Liberation Barbell and Bèa’s new little sister. I’m a sassy and outgoing girl who was rescued by my moms at 9 months old. I’ve been growing up quickly and recently had my 1st birthday! I’ve been very busy learning all the rules in dog school so I can be an awesome gym dog and hopefully, if my mom is right about how smart I am, a service dog in the future. I love roughhousing with my big sister, playing with my flirt pole, naps, and doing anything I can think of to get more food! I especially love strawberries that my mom picks for me in the backyard.
Hello! My name is Tortellini AKA Tort, Tortie, or ‘Lini man’ and I’m the Chief Morale Officer at Liberation Barbell. I’m also the newest addition to the pack and the youngest pup in this furry bunch. I am a babe of six months old, if you can believe it! I was rescued from Luvable Rescue in Eugene, OR when I just passed the four month old mark.