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.
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.
Armed with a degree in health and social science and years of experience coaching volleyball and CrossFit, trainer Lindsay Edgerton ensures CrossFit Mt. Hood's clients reach their fitness goals with dynamic workouts influenced by gymnastics, weightlifting, and functional movements. Designed to mirror a person's daily movements, such as getting in and out of a car or wienermobile, CrossFit-based workouts utilize varied exercises to increase strength and stamina. To cater to all students, she tailors her workouts to suit students' individual fitness levels.
Anyone is welcome inside The Box—3-46 GRIT CrossFit's workout area—but under one condition: no inflated egos allowed. One of the CrossFit studio's rules of conduct protects newbies from intimidation by requiring every CrossFitter to treat peers with respect, even those novices who can't tear a medicine ball in half yet. After all, a sense of camaraderie is essential to the CrossFit regime. Of course, high-intensity functional movements—think lifts, basic gymnastic moves, running, and cycling—also help too, but the encouragement of friends can make the throw of a kettlebell or flip of a tire seem easier.
CrossFit classes (or workouts of the day) aren't just for adults. Children and adolescents can also partake in the routines. The workouts are less intense, but still incorporate functional movements that make exercise seem fun.
At Revolution Parkour, a dedicated team of instructors teach students the gravity-defying skills of parkour?an intensely physical sport focused on efficiently navigating obstacles such as walls, bars, and whatever else happens to be nearby?and free running. Within a gym drenched in reds, blues, and spots of graffiti-style artwork, they lead classes ranging from beginner parkour to Parkour Fit, which emphasizes endurance and speed with challenging courses. Students balance on beams, vault over small barriers, and swing across bars, building strength and coordination. The staff emphasizes safety, keeping a watchful eye on students, taking the time to teach proper technique, and positioning cushy pads and magic carpets to break falls.
The Greek city-state of Epídavros was a site of healing renowned through the ancient world. Practitioners believed that the body could not heal if the soul was not healthy, and offered holistic health services intended to treat both. Following in this tradition, owners Tara and Don opened the Epídavros Center for Wellbeing.
Guests expand and align their muscles through a range of yoga classes including Hatha, gentle, and restorative sessions geared toward individuals with sore or troublesome backs. Silence drapes the studio during mediation classes, and aerial-yoga classes allow students to feel, if only for a little bit, the sensation of weightlessness normally felt only by astronauts and guys who get their suspenders tangled in forklifts.