As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Everything at Step In Studio is designed to make visits fun, engaging, and healthful?right down to the floor. Unlike hard, unyielding surfaces, the studio's O'Mara sprung floors reduce the impact of exercise, helping increase physical longevity and decrease joint stress. During Nia classes, students practice a blend of martial arts, yoga, and dance techniques for an exhilarating experience that benefits their minds, their bodies, and the feet of their future dance partners. The studio's friendly, experienced instructors also lead sessions in Ananda Yoga, a smooth and meditative practice.
There once was a time, not so long ago, when riding horseback was a necessary skill for simply getting around. That time may have passed, but trainers such as Mel Lueck still see plenty of value in mastering the equestrian arts.
The owner and namesake of Lueck Stables LLC, Mel leads a team of instructors who work one-on-one with students of all ages and abilities. In a typical lesson, riders are first paired with a horse that suits their size and skill level. Then, they get acquainted with the animal by practicing basic grooming and handling skills and learning where the "On" button is located.
Run by an energetic husband-and-wife team, Banks Country Fitness CrossFit is a gym dedicated to functional fitness. Here, lifts, pushing, and squats are paired with gymnastics movements and weight work, giving the entire body a full workout. The CrossFit discipline is known for featuring a different Workout of the Day each day, preventing students from growing bored or hitting fitness plateaus. Clients can work out individually or as a team as they burn fat, boost their metabolisms, and build muscles as hard as month-old bagels.
When he isn't at his gym or steering a helicopter through commercial and instructive flights, owner Jake Maslin coaches high-school and college-level lacrosse teams, channeling his own experiences in competitive sports to condition players. He also draws on the discipline ingrained by his service in the military, a resolve that fuels his passion for communal CrossFit workouts.
Their inclusive group ushers total beginners and regulars through a vigorous but rewarding fitness regimen guided by 10 core values, such as honor, honesty, and leaving no one behind. The tenets all bespeak a tightly knit atmosphere that underlies each new Workout of the Day, pushing members through every last rep and away from ice-cream stands. Techniques from Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and sprinting merge to form challenging routines with movements that are scalable to all fitness levels.
The three Oregon Athletic Clubs welcome members into an oasis of healthy living, each developed to encourage those aspiring to wellness to reach their fitness goals. In addition to cardio and weight equipment for solo workouts, personal trainers tailor workouts to meet individual goals and lead group yoga and Pilates sessions to strengthen and flex physiques. As parents pedal into shape in the cycling studio or unwind at the onsite spa, kids can caper about or discuss their investment portfolios in the childcare center.
At each location, patrons can practice not drowning in the indoor pools and then retire to relaxation at the locker-room saunas. The Hawthorn Farm Athletic Club invites members to splash into the outdoor pool and lounge on the lawn and patio. To refuel for the day’s cartwheel quota, the clubs’ restaurants dish up light fare including salads and paninis.