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.
Muddy Buddy is a six to seven mile off-road race where partners take turns biking, running, and overcoming a series of five obstacles. At the race start, one team member takes off running and the other mounts a spoked steed. At the first obstacle, the rider will drop the bike, complete the obstacle, and begin running. Once the runner arrives, he or she will tackle the obstacle, find the team bike, and begin peddling. Teams will continue in this leapfrog fashion throughout the course, cumulating in a down-and-dirty crawl through the infamous mud pit before crossing the finish line together to begin their lives as official, legally-sanctioned salamanders.
CrossFit Clackamas hosts challenging functional movement programs for muscle mavens at all fitness levels, from sports stars to sofa spuds. The four-week 14-session course meets in the morning and evening during the week, leaving time for strict work schedules and hectic hustling or bustling. Each program begins with a mandatory fitness assessment and also includes nutritional support and a complimentary brochure about the dietary wonders of olives.
U.S. World Class Taekwondo employs award-winning instructors to teach students martial arts and self-defense skills. During kids? martial arts classes, instructors split their time between bolstering tots? motor skills and increasing their self-respect and discipline. The adult classes combine combat techniques, self-defense moves, exercise, meditation, and, on occasion, dodgeball.
At Natural High Rafting, they lead guided rafting and fishing trips on more than 12 of Oregon’s scenic and coastal rivers, including the Deschutes and Clackamas. The fishing trips also seek out fish by species, often encountering monsters such as steelhead, trout, and coho and chinook salmon.
Since 1977, Cascade Athletic Clubs have distinguished themselves from typical gyms with their vast array of amenities, which range from big-screen TVs to a seasonal waterpark. In their fitness studios, instructors boost students’ flexibility during Pilates workouts, lead seniors through age-appropriate workout techniques during Silver Sneakers classes, or teach students how to dance to fast-paced music during Zumba. The dedicated team of personal trainers, meanwhile, help athletes stay motivated on a one-on-one basis, and tailor their regimens to individual goals that range from weight loss to preparing for an upcoming marathon. For independent workouts, athletes can play pick up games on the gyms’ basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts or swim laps in the indoor salt-water pools. They can also bulk up with Life Fitness machines, free weights, and Stair Masters designed to build strong enough leg muscles to conquer even the most daunting out-of-order escalator.