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 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.
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.
CrossFit Clackamas hosts challenging functional movement programs for muscle mavens at all fitness levels, from sports stars to sofa spuds. The four-week 14-session course meets in the morning and evening during the week, leaving time for strict work schedules and hectic hustling or bustling. Each program begins with a mandatory fitness assessment and also includes nutritional support and a complimentary brochure about the dietary wonders of olives.
After dancing with the Portland Trail Blazers dancers and leading a high-school dance team to two state titles, fitness instructor Holly ultimately founded Aspire Total Fitness. There, she and her staff teach trendy fitness classes such as barre, Zumba, TRX, and Insanity. Many of the instructors are also certified to teach Les Mills classes, including challenging GRIT workouts. All sessions take place inside a modern fitness studio with top-rated equipment, soft wooden accents, and ceilings high enough for Paul Bunyan.
Equipment: Three swim pools, Spa, Nautilus weights, Precore Cardio, Gymnasium, Sauna
Students should bring: Swimsuit and towel
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 25+ people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Bring new swimmers to the facility to see the pool before the day of their first lesson
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Swimming is a great fitness tool that people of all ages can enjoy. It is the one sport that positively cross trains for every other sport as well as being a sport that can be enjoyed your entire lifetime. How many football players are still playing in their 60s, 70s, 80s? Go to any Masters Swim Meet and there will be lots of seniors swimming.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
Although it is important to work hard to make improvements, working to the point of actual pain usually means injury, which is never a good idea.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
Learning to swim is both fun and functional. Classes are focused on making the process as fun as possible while continuing to move the students to becoming competent swimmers. We have high expectations for our students but want to keep lessons fun enough they will look forward to returning each class.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our offer includes youth levels 1-3 group swim lessons as well as our Parent & Tot class.