Shiloe Melanie AllisonDirector, CrossFit L2 Trainer
Shiloe began her CrossFit career the moment she walked into her first CrossFit gym. Not because the gym itself was special, but the capacity that CrossFit had to cultivate and foster community. Just a few short months after practicing CrossFit, Shiloe registered for the CrossFit L1 seminar being hosted at CrossFit X-Factor in July 2017. After connecting with the owner of X-Factor, Chris McDonald at the seminar, it was an easy decision to switch to X-Factor from her current gym. The focus on excellence in coaching and in performance was exactly the culture Shiloe was seeking for her own development.
A few months into an internship and employment with CrossFit X-Factor, Chris was approached by Alano Club of Portland with an opportunity to partner on what is now Recovery CrossFit. Having remembered a conversation with Shiloe about her desire to work with the Recovery community via health and fitness, he brought the opportunity to Shiloe. It was a perfect fit.
Shiloe grew up in a family where addiction was a common theme. She managed to not find herself with a chemical or alcohol dependency, but it presented itself in the form of a severe eating disorder in her teens and early 20’s. Though Shiloe was able to find recovery from eating disorder, it was a constant source of pain to see her mother and sister struggle with addiction. Shiloe’s mother passed away in April 2018 in relation to extreme deconditioning as a result of alcoholism.
The timing of when Recovery CrossFit came into Shiloe’s life couldn’t have been more meaningful. Given the autonomy to build out the program from the ground floor up, it’s become her main focus and passion. She believes and understands at her core that when you can’t change your mind, you can at least change your physical state. And by changing your physical state, you can eventually change your mind.
In addition to receiving her CrossFit Level 1 in 2017, Shiloe received her NASM Certified Personal Trainer Certificate, and now holds CrossFit Level 2. Shiloe will be going for CrossFit Level 3 by 2019 end. She’s passionate about preserving the integrity of coaching, and that athletes learn and gain knowledge in a safe and fun environment. She runs a tight ship, but in a way that is fun and inspiring for all.
Emily FoxCrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Emily Fox was born in Walla Walla, Wa and was raised in a tiny town you have never heard of called Waitsburg. It's a wheat farming town east of Walla Walla. Her dad is an attorney who still runs the family law practice her grandfather started when her dad was a baby. Her mother was an immigrant from jalisco Mexico who met her dad at a cannery in Dayton, Wa when he was rebelling against working as a lawyer and wanted to play in his rock n roll band and was supporting himself by working at the green giant cannery. Her mother passed away when she was young and was raised by her grandparents mostly as she had difficulty in the home after her dad remarried. Thankfully she had grandparents who made sure her and her two younger brothers had the opportunities to play sports, ski and snowboard, as well as do 4-H where Emily excelled in showing horses and doing rodeo. Emily was on the mountain skiing since the age of 3 and was a full-time snowboard instructor by age of 16. She spent a big part of her childhood on a cattle ranch right on the Touchet river with her two little brothers, always outside running a muck!
Emily moved to Portland in 2011 and very quickly found herself calling this home. She loves animals and worked in veterinary hospitals as a technician for nearly 10 years. Emily is a mom of 3 and is currently hard at work to get her NASM Nutrition Certification and a CrossFit level 1 certification in July. She stays steady on her CrossFit workouts, yoga, and running! Emily is also an avid bicyclist and rides a single speed pretty much everywhere. Since living in Portland she has been a bicycle fanatic and depended on her bicycle as her main transportation commuting up to 25 miles a day for work! Really, don't even get her going on bicycles, she is somewhat obsessed. Emily has a knack for comedy and has even done stand-up. She is a writer and a poet and has done song writing for musicians. Emily also loves to do volunteer work and is often seeking out ways to give back to the community.
Emily will be the first person to express the benefits to her life through CrossFit. She has found her pathway in recovery and life through CrossFit. Emily has been committed to Recovery CrossFit classes since day 1 back in September 2018. Knowing the amazing opportunity being presented to people like her in recovery through the free classes and knew it was exactly what she needed. The amount of strength gained by doing the workouts has been far more than just a physical change. Emily takes on life and her recovery with new found strength and determination on the daily. Emily is so excited for The Recovery Gym and the future for herself and everyone else who will be impacted by the benefits of CrossFit in their recovery and in life. For Emily, CrossFit is her recovery. She has a new love for health and wellness and with this passion she is now looking forward to a career doing exactly what she had hoped and dreamed of, working with people in recovery with a focus on health and fitness. Emily has found it to be a true honor to be a part of The Recovery Gym and The Alano club family. Emily looks forward to seeing you in a class soon!
“I feel such gratitude for life. Finding a physical discipline in my recovery has allowed for the mental, spiritual, emotional parts of me to come alive as never before!”