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.
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.
Using their extensive training and diverse backgrounds, A Renassiance's team of wellness professionals aims to help bodies heal naturally. Licensed massage therapists reduce chronic pain and increase flexibility with a range of manipulations that include sports massage, deep tissue work, and lymphatic massage. Meanwhile, the medical staff provides comprehensive family and women’s healthcare. They manage pain with traditional Western chiropractic care and ancient oriental medical practices including acupuncture and smile-inducing origami.
The Sight Shops operated by the Oregon Eye Specialists allow clear-sight seekers to browse a vast selection of designer frames such as Coach ($199+), Elle ($159+), and Armani ($259+), as well as a wide array of sunglasses by Oakley and Maui Jim. These frames boast enough flexibility to ensure proper fit and vision performance, but are also resilient enough to withstand the rigors of perpetual face hugging. To accompany their stylish frames, each Sight Shop exhibits high-quality progressive lenses in a variety of designs including single-lens, bi-focal, and
tri-telescope helmet. The opticians at Oregon Eye Specialists—who are certified by the American Board of Opticianry—can help customers secure specific ocular solutions when assisted by a prescription from any physician. All frames and lenses carry a minimum one-year warranty.
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.
Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Cindy Conlin is sensitive to the pain people can feel. Her experiences interning with Survivors of Torture, healing patients with post-traumatic stress syndrome, and continuing her educating in pain-management training have given her a unique insight into holistic healing. At Nature’s Touch Healing Center, Cindy employs natural, drug-free remedies to aid visitors with everything from relaxation to treatment of depression, chronic aches, and infertility. She consults with clients at the start of each visit, discussing their health history, symptoms and expectations, and the root of the word “stethoscope.” From there, she maps out the most appropriate treatment plan. Cindy’s methods often enlist not just acupuncture, but any number of her specialties in cupping, medical essential-oil therapy, Chinese herbal therapy, and nutrition counseling to encourage the body’s natural healing processes.