The Xtreme Edge gleams with row after row of cardio machines and a wall of free weights that would put Popeye's personal collection to shame. These are the tools that students use to help tone muscles and burn fat in high-intensity bootcamp classes. Beyond that, there's little you'd find in a typical gym. Flashing lights and pulsing music give the Zumba classes a palpable energy, as 75-foot screens display videos of Paul Bunyan?sized exercisers doing Zumba. Spin classes take place in a "theatre studio" that makes participants feel like they're biking through the great outdoors. You can also hone coordination in yoga sessions or exotic Bollywood dance classes. A team of experienced personal trainers is on hand at the gym to augment the enjoyability of these endeavors by motivating students and sharing pro tips for fitness and nutritional lifestyle changes.
Since 1998, the instructors at Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo‘oko‘a—Hawaiian for “School Of Hula Where Everyone Is Family”—have carried on the traditions of their native language, song, and dance by teaching the hula to generations young and old. Hula illustrates a story through dance and music, often accompanied by a ukulele, guitar, or drum. Newcomers start out with the basic hula steps and movements, learning Hawaiian vocabulary and songs to prepare them for advancement to more complicated movements and a steady diet of only poi smoothies. Other classes teach students how to strum the ukulele and dance the tahitian brand of hula.
While for some people the idea of getting into golf shape sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, for Matt Averill it?s an all-consuming passion. As both a teaching professional and a personal trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Matt possesses a broad perspective on teaching the game of golf?one that sees beyond simple swing tweaks to consider the physical shape of the person swinging the club. His golf-specific training gym, Matt?s Fit. Fore Golf, focuses on this approach. Inside, golfers work hard to improve such biomechanical attributes as balance, flexibility, coordination, and brute strength, aiming for substantial gains in shot distance and control. The training methods also help players avoid injury caused by overuse and tugs-of-war over a lucky putter.
Matt devises and oversees a personal-training regimen for each student, helping him or her reach their goals through such exercises as squats, short-burst sprints, and explosive jumps. Matt is also a student of his own techniques and a testament to their effectiveness, as he competes nationally in Long Drive Championships and boasts a personal best drive of 407 yards in competition.
Ataraxia Wellness Concern borrowed their name from an ancient Greek term used to describe a state free from worry or preoccupation; a state, which in their belief, can be attained through the power of laughter. With their laughter-yoga curriculum, the Ataraxia crew share a therapeutic art form that was created in 1995 by Madan Kataria, MD. Although Dr. Kataria was living in India at the time, his method for self-induced wellness has spread to 65 countries around the globe.
Instructors use eye contact and their own chortling bellows to induce laughter without cracking jokes or hiring one to three stooges on staff. They blend childlike playfulness with yogic breathing, working in themes such as disco dancing or pirates to stimulate the body’s natural release of endorphins and serotonin. In addition to considering it as a form of emotional and psychological catharsis, they believe laughing may also help improve cardiovascular and pulmonary function since laughter itself can be an aerobic workout. Even if their students aren’t in a laughing mood, they encourage them to come and chuckle anyhow, as just faking a chuckle can be enough to trick the body into feeling better.
Some people never use their brain to its full potential, whereas others stretch their brain far beyond its potential—and try to take over the world. At Power Brain Training Center, certified brain-education trainers fuse traditional Asian mind-body practices with the principles of neuroscience to create a curriculum that teaches adults and children how to properly manage the power of their brains. The center utilizes its own five steps of brain education to help people reduce stress, improve concentration, lose weight, and have those long-awaited telepathic conversations with their pets. The trainers use a combination of physical exercise to amp up blood circulation and mental-fitness exercises to help the brain become more adaptable. Mindful breathing and confidence-building exercises work to release negative emotions and refresh the brain. Finally, the trainers teach their pupils to implement the principles of their training in daily life to help students master and control their brain's potential for good.
Coach Mike Ford is no sissy. Since he was 12 years old, the dedicated athlete has been taking on extreme feats of strength and endurance that many people would never even dream of attempting—undertaking off-road triathlons, sweating through 35-hour nonstop workouts, and running 10-K races with a 50-pound log tied to his back. But when he attended his first CrossFit class, he was surprised and humbled to find that he was left exhausted by the short, intense, and challenging workout. Intrigued by this innovative program and determined to improve, Mike immediately started his own CrossFit gym in his garage.
Today, Beaverton CrossFit has expanded into a bustling CrossFit gym, where Mike, his wife Christine, and their staff of certified trainers conduct classes throughout the week. Drawing from an arsenal of dumbbells and pull-up bars, coaches lead CrossFit's signature high-intensity workouts within their well-equipped, no-frills facility. They vary routines each day to prevent muscles from becoming bored and passing notes to the bones, and motivate students throughout the routines with constant encouragement. The Beaverton CrossFit team participated in the 2012 and 2013 North West Regionals CrossFit games, where students and coaches alike placed among the top athletes, with Mike Ford taking 13th in the Masters Division in 2012 and in 2013, and coach Brian Miller taking 1st in the Northwest Regional CrossFit Games in 2013.