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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.

14210 SE Sunnyside Rd.
Happy Valley,
OR
US

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

Established: 1997

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

Q&A with Denise Croucher, Aquatics Director

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?

Although this offer is just for beginners, we do offer programs for swimmers of all ages and skill levels, from triathlon training to pre-competition training. We also have a USA club swim team?the LaCamas HeadHunters.

2950 NW 38th Ave.
Camas,
WA
US

All of the coaches at 503 West Coast Jiu Jitsu are also active competitors. At 503, they foster a familial atmosphere in which they strive to identify each individual’s personal goals and make it their priority to help them achieve. They lead a variety of combat-style programs, including mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu jitsu, wrestling, muay-thai kickboxing, and boxing for MMA. They also have classes for kids, teens, and women, as well as CrossFit classes.

9906 SE Empire Ct
Clackamas,
OR
US

At Pil-oga-robic, flat stomachs are at the end of a carefully formulated exercise equation. Instructors draw from Pilates, yoga, and cardio techniques to compile their signature one-hour workouts, demonstrating the techniques in their loft-like studio for small student groups. They place special emphasis on customization: each class has three levels of difficulty and modifiable actions for any fitness level. They also schedule monthly meetings with their clients to discuss wellness goals, advising on topics from weight loss to enhanced athletic performance. Regardless of their aspirations, guests stand to gain lean muscle, balance, and bendiness from the adjustable routines, which helped earn the venue a Best of Citysearch award for yoga in 2009.

In addition to these classes, Pil-oga-robic hosts more specialized yoga and Pilates sessions. Inversion and aerial seminars allow yogis to flout gravity as they stretch, and summer-time outdoor boot-camp drills test endurance amid the elements. Alternatively, workshops might cover tips for safer trail running, such as monitoring your stride and refusing to stop at Gatorade stations run by bears. Private rehabilitation sessions that incorporate massage and active movement are also available, as well as private customized training sessions to help clients meet specific goals like weight loss or cross training.

1804 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Portland,
OR
US

Though group classes are ideal for keeping up the high-five quota, your private lesson focuses attention like a laser through a magnifying glass as seen through a telescope. Each closed-door class will not only make you sweat, it will help the instructor determine your individual fitness needs and therefore supply you with the knowledge necessary to succeed. Subsequent lessons will help iron out your wrinkling weaknesses and bulk up already present strengths. All of Pacific's impassioned instructors are certified in Pilates and attentive to the individual needs of muscles and their masters. Pilates classes help anyone improve his or her whole health, from muscle to mind, and no previous fitness experience is necessary.

5201 SW Westgate Dr
Portland,
OR
US

When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.

1115 Southeast Stephens St
Portland,
OR
US