When Amy Ramage wrote her five-year plan in 2006, she knew she wanted kids and a body that could dominate at a fitness competition. A few years passed and two beautiful children arrived, but she was no closer to her fitness goal than before. So she decided to get serious, training for her first competition while helping other moms get in shape.
Knowing firsthand the struggles of raising young children, she designed her gym, Fit for Excellence, to be mom friendly. Childcare is available during boot-camp classes, and a 12-week Haute Mama program teaches moms how to workout when they can’t leave the house. Alongside two other trainers, Ramage now leads both co-ed and women-only boot-camp classes, with personal-training sessions available for an extra fitness boost. Her team also helps aspiring fitness competitors get in peak physical condition and prepare for the mentally exhausting long-division portion of competitions.
Adrenaline Fitness preaches self-improvement through focused workouts, sensible eating, and a belief in the philosophy of mind over matter. Owner Scott Graham heads a rotating roster of nationally certified trainers, each of whom leads intense, 30-minute workouts designed to tone muscles and spark metabolism. Adrenaline’s rapid-paced workouts leave no room for waste, as students jump from swinging kettlebells and jumping rope to knitting form-fitting sweaters for 20-pound medicine balls. Workouts change daily, a process that keeps muscles confused and exercisers free from boredom. In addition to overseeing sweat-inducing workouts, Adrenaline Fitness’s team can help augment results through detailed nutritional guidance.
After the birth of her first child in 2001, Baby Boot Camp’s founder and certified trainer and spin and Pilates instructor Kristen Horler wanted a postnatal fitness program that didn't require her to leave her baby at the door. Her solution was to start a suit of programs just for new and expecting parents where mothers could bond with their infants while soaking up the support and camaraderie of their peers. During Strollfit sessions, certified trainers and Radio Flyers equipped with outboard motors lead ladies through innovative routines that incorporate baby-filled strollers into yoga, cardio, and strength training. For long-term fitness, coaches encourage aspiring runners to break through the tape during the 5K training program, and Kristen's own Nutrition Solutions teaches the benefits of healthy-eating habits during a four-week program designed by registered dieticians.
Though they didn't always know it, Katie Maclaskey and Noelle Bertram have been complementing each other's fitness interests for much of their lives. As children, they sharpened their motor skills on the slopes and by the surf, respectively: Katie tackled snow sports while Noelle jogged, rollerbladed, and steered soccerballs across California's beaches. Their families owned neighboring restaurants, yet the girls didn't personally connect until they met on a run and realized their shared enthusiasm for exercise. When they both moved to Portland years later, they decided to combine their knowledge and drive to lead other women toward better physical health.
As certified personal trainers and owners of Adventure Boot Camp, Katie and Noelle invent their own workouts within the renowned franchise. They might craft outdoor obstacle courses, cardio circuits, or core-tightening drills for their students, but the encouraging spirit of their lessons never varies—the Lake Oswego Review lauds the "atmosphere of enjoyment and achievement" that pervades every camp session. In their leadership roles, the girls also continue to play off of each other's strengths for their clients' benefit. Katie has earned her ISSA certification as a nutritional consultant, and Noelle is a Sivananda-certified yoga instructor, which means they can show students how to simultaneously cook and balance atop a head of cabbage.
Fierce Fitness's Commit to Be Fit boot camp blasts bodies with high-energy kickboxing workouts, interval training, and a nutritional program to impart a well-rounded fitness plan to participants of all abilities. The six-week athletic adventure begins with an orientation, measurements, and body-composition analysis in which torsos scribe essays on shape shifting. Classes consist of routines that are designed to increase endurance and core strength while sculpting and toning limbs in order to deliver pink slips to stunt doubles.
Sneakers pound the grass during shriek-filled games of tag. But this isn’t recess, it’s Portland Fit Camp, and the jubilant players aren’t children but women sculpting muscles during the intense, outdoor adult version of the classic game. With a max of 24 campers, the sessions have an intimate feel, and their participants are fueled by their collective energy and the motivational training of a certified instructor. For five days a week for four-week sessions, the groups meet in the park for muscle-shocking routines that change daily to avoid plateaus. Core-based, functional exercises such as agility ladder drills, air squats, and hill sprints are all taught to students, who break the traditional workout routine with games of tag or games of capture the flag taped to the squirrel’s back.