The Forest Hills Golf Course has been a golfing destination for Portland residents since it was first built back in 1927. The course, just 26 miles west of the city, is spread across 100 acres of rolling terrain inundated with mountain views. Before rounds, players can warm up on practice facilities that include a bunker, driving range, and four putting greens. Once you've hit some balls and given a pep talk to your putter, it's time to hit the pine-tree lined course, where you'll encounter sand traps, water hazards, and doglegs. For a sneak peak, Forest Hills' website provides a comprehensive layout of the course.
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.
The My Premier Dental Group of America dental network links patients to private practices throughout the Pacific Northwest. All the dental professionals within this network independently own their practices and are trained in the latest technologies. They perform everything from preventative checkups to maintain oral health, porcelain veneers to correct smiles, and sleep-apnea-device fittings to help patients sleep better than a baby who just completed his taxes.
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.
After an eight-year career in minor-league baseball, Coach Victor Hernandez went on to instruct hitting in 1986 at Eastern Oregon University, where he helped the team set most of its hitting records that still stand today. These days, Coach Vic teaches youth baseball players the same philosophies that penned EOU into the record books. At his indoor facility, he perfects students' hitting techniques in a professional batting cage furnished with a Home Plate pitching machine that lobs baseballs at speeds of up to 90 mph. The multitalented pitching apparatus can throw fastballs, curveballs, sinkers, sliders, change-ups, and kitchen sinks with a slight rising action, emulating various in-game situations with pinpoint accuracy. Softball players can also hone their hitting fundamentals similarly with the cage's Atec fast-pitch softball machine.
During one-on-one or group sessions, Coach Vic unveils the elements of a homerun swing, including proper stance, bat grip, and load. Through a series of drills, he gets batters to focus on proper hand action through the hitting zone and teaches them how to repeat the motion in every swing. As an all-around baseball player himself, Coach Vic can also instruct pitching mechanics.