As a citizen of “Track Town USA,” Jeff West has vast experience with all varieties of endurance athletics. An accomplished rower and rowing coach, Jeff balances triathlon training and ultra-distance running with volunteer work as a firefighter and paramedic. At The MultiSport Advantage, Jeff leads a team of coaches as they work with and challenge athletes. Up to eight cyclists hook into the CompuTrainer system, riding against each other in classes that help max out aerobic capacity and refine the economy of one’s biking motion. The center’s custom-made TRX apparatus can also accommodate eight athletes, helping them build dynamic strength by blending body-weight exercises with plyometrics and BOSU balls. The center’s metabolic testing identifies the baseline and limits of an athlete’s capacity, and helps trainers craft a plan for the triathlon students. Triathletes can also rent wetsuits that will keep them dry during the traditional Gatorade and kombucha bath they receive after crossing the finish line.
Nowadays, the term “martial arts” conjures up images of flashy Hollywood kicks, championship trophies, and prismatic collections of ranked belts. Many often forget, however, that the martial arts are tools for self-defense. The instructors at McKenzie Martial Arts eschew the glamour and instead focus on teaching students how to protect themselves, encouraging participation from the entire family. They lead kids, teens, and adults through a range of disciplines, including Bruce Lee’s street-level jeet kune do, Gracie jujitsu, and weapon-centric Filipino kali and escrima. During each lesson, they’ll equip students with gloves and padded weapons and let them put their newfound skills to use in a ring or mat-covered training room. Family members, meanwhile, can watch their kin square off by meditating to the point of omnipresence or simply nabbing a spot in the comfortable viewing area.
The pain-management and internal specialists at Well Balanced Acupuncture share a common goal—helping their clients heal and find balance. To do so, they use traditional Chinese-medicine techniques, including acupuncture, cupping, and herbal remedies to promote well-being. These techniques can help treat health concerns that range from sports injuries and allergies to digestion problems and anxiety. Herbal-medicine treatments can also target infertility by using acupuncture and herbs to increase blood flow, thereby stimulating the ovaries and boosting fertility. Jesse Liberty brings his background in human physiology and experience working with athletes to Well Balanced Acupuncture, where he incorporates Chinese-medicine techniques with western modalities to help clients with any ailment, whether it's a sports-related injury or insomnia or allergies.
In 2011, Brandon Richardson became a Class A PGA Instructor and a nominee for the Oregon Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year award. These prestigious accolades did not come easily; they were the culmination of more than two decades of teaching and professional play that included stints on the Nationwide Tour. As Golf with Freedom’s founder and director of coaching, Brandon's coaching style allows golfers to grow and develop as a golfer within an environment free of judgment or evaluation, creating a sense of calm toward misbehaving 9-irons. His programs—which range from private coaching classes to small-group and women-only workshops—aim to increase one's ability to self-coach by making swing adjustments on the fly or subbing in a stunt double for help with a particularly difficult lie.
The technicians at Simply White specialize in whitening teeth, first painting them with a whitening gel, then accelerating its work with a beam of blue light. However, the bleaching gel doesn't have to work via peroxide. The technicians' love of nature shows through in the potted plants that adorn their homey, chartreuse-accented office and in their natural whitening gel. Their organic formula, combined with blue accelerator light technology, is applied to teeth for 15-30 minute intervals. Meanwhile, the blue light works to accelerate the chemical reaction, for a result that can brighten teeth up to 10 shades. Their slightly stronger peroxide formula, meanwhile, can strip away up to 14 shades of staining.
Among the forests and hills of the Willamette Valley, Highway 58 Golf Range fills with the staccato pops of launching golf balls as golfers there practice every aspect of the game. Guests tee their range balls up year-round on either natural-grass tees or covered mats, sending the balls soaring toward Mount Pisgah in the distance. A short-game area allows for focused practice of near-green finesse, complete with a putting green, a chipping area, and a bunker where golfers perfect saves and practice guessing how many grains of sand are in a jar to win it.