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.
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.
Running, lacrosse, bodybuilding, rock climbing, wrestling, skiing, triathlons—and that's not even the whole list. For more than a decade, fitness fanatic and Crossfit Level 1 certified coach Ty Holbrook has provided training for seemingly every athletic endeavor on the planet. Now, as the owner and head trainer at CrossFit Cimmeria, Ty continues to boost clients' performance with personal training, workout plans, and group classes, such as kickboxing and boot camp. More than just muscle, Ty also trains his brain by doing constant research and remaining up-to-snuff on the industry's latest trends.
At CrossFit PDX, Level-1 certified CrossFit trainers lead participants through intense, constantly varied workouts that incorporate functional movements to improve speed, strength, flexibility, balance, and other physical skills. Routines can be modified to each individual’s fitness levels, so anyone can participate, regardless of how many pushups they can do or how far they can shot put a cantaloupe inside a supermarket. The classes constantly vary to keep the body challenged and participants engaged and incorporate a mix of weight lifting and cardio elements.
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.