Downtown Athletic Club has towered over downtown Eugene since 1985, its three historic buildings housing more than 100,000 square feet of fitness amenities and community services. Corridors open into stretches of sports courts—including basketball, handball, and racquetball—and forests of cardio and strength-training equipment. In private studios, certified instructors lead a variety of fitness classes, such as yoga, martial arts, and personal training. Meanwhile, in an onsite lap pool, coaches oversee swim lessons and aquatic aerobics, and host adult swim teams.
In addition to fitness services, the center strives to create a communal relationship among its members with its abundance of social services. Childcare professionals conduct an interactive and educational state-certified preschool, along with a wide range of themed summer camps. Throughout the week, the center holds special events for its adult members, from book clubs to wine and beer tasting at its onsite, rooftop restaurant The Ax Billy Grill. Every Saturday night, the grill invites guests to carouse to live music while sampling selections from its menu of wine, beer, and American grill-style fare. For high-brow affairs, the center's expansive banquet facilities open up for weddings, private parties, and members-only games of freeze tag.
Kipsters Gymnastics, Dance & Fitness keeps all 11,000 square feet of its facility humming with activity. In Gym A, older kids and adults bounce on eight personal trampolines and tumble across gymnastic beams and mats, while younger gymnasts practice on the pintsized trampoline and rings in Gym B. Safety-minded instructors guide dancers of all abilities through ballet, jazz, and hip-hop classes amid two dance rooms. A toy-filled playroom keeps siblings entertained as their brothers and sisters participate in tumbling, cheer, gymnastics, and trampoline classes in the main gym. The playroom's two viewing windows also let parents keep an eye on all their kids at once, eliminating the need for stuffed animal informants.
Kipsters' year-round classes and spacious facility aren't just for kids; parents can hook into the center's free WiFi or enjoy an adult beginning ballet and hip-hop classes for students 15 years and older. As the ultimate gift to caretakers, Kipsters presents weekly Parents' Survival Nights, which free up four hours of uninterrupted date time on Friday nights.
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The corporal coaches at CrossFit from the Ashes lead individual or small-group sessions composed of heart-pumping cardio and strength-training routines. Designed around the 10 cornerstones of physical health, CrossFit training enhances the heart’s ability to tick and strengthens various muscle groups for improved flexibility, agility, and bear-wrestling skills. Weightlifting gracefully converges with nimble gymnastic movements and fast-paced cardio throughout each session, with instructors guiding clients through circuits of drills, such as back extensions followed by rowing or push-ups and sit-ups complemented by sprints. Athletes complete each session within the confines of CrossFit’s spacious warehouse gym that was initially zoned for painting to-scale models of Manhattan. Currently sessions are scheduled on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the afternoon and evening.
If bootcamp only conjures images of people working out and sweating hard, you may not have been introduced to the way it's done at Absolute Fitness. Though trainers here are definitely all about workouts that focus on developing core strength and conditioning, enrolling also means you get a full body-composition analysis and other perks, like custom meal plans. During class, you might find yourself running on ladders, pulling on resistance bands, or swinging Kettlebells?whatever it takes to help you reach your goals. A huge selection of class times is available and outside of those sessions, you also get gym access to work out on your own or to learn to identify each dumbbell by smell.
The trainers at International Fitness have one goal: to help their clients achieve healthy lifestyles with internationally influenced exercise routines. The roster of classes includes Indian yoga, Brazilian-influenced Zumba dance classes, and Western weightlifting. In addition to leading group fitness classes, the instructors can map out training and nutrition plans to help clients meet their fitness goals. The sessions can include climbing the gym's rock wall to build lean muscle mass or demolishing the gym's rock wall to prepare for a career as a bulldozer.