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.
The body has the capacity to heal itself. If Kelli Scott could teach her clients at Starfire Family Clinic one thing, it would be that. Whether placing acupuncture needles along their meridians, explaining the benefits of Chinese herbs, or easing stress from their muscles with shiatsu massage, she keeps that principle in mind. But she also tries to make it stick in her clients. Throughout each of her treatments, Kelli teaches people to listen to their bodies, to note signs of disharmony, and to try to heal themselves before those imbalances grow into major problems. And yet, inspired by the holistic healing properties of ancient Chinese medicine, Kelli draws on her extensive medical-school training and time spent volunteering in Nepal as an acupuncturist to deliver thoughtful care to each of her patients.
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 senior horses at The Horse Sense Riding School non-profit organization all arrive as rescues or unwanted steeds in need of a home. The indoor stable's positive, welcoming environment is a direct reflection of instructor Kat Barrett, whose unconditional love for equines began when she started riding at the age of 9. Since then, her passion has evolved into a career teaching the English and Western disciplines of horseback riding. Though proper technique is a focus of Kat's lessons, the true values she passes along are far less tangible, ranging from teamwork and communication skills to compassion—something she clearly has in spades.