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.
Sneakers pound the grass during shriek-filled games of tag. But this isn’t recess, it’s Portland Fit Camp, and the jubilant players aren’t children but women sculpting muscles during the intense, outdoor adult version of the classic game. With a max of 24 campers, the sessions have an intimate feel, and their participants are fueled by their collective energy and the motivational training of a certified instructor. For five days a week for four-week sessions, the groups meet in the park for muscle-shocking routines that change daily to avoid plateaus. Core-based, functional exercises such as agility ladder drills, air squats, and hill sprints are all taught to students, who break the traditional workout routine with games of tag or games of capture the flag taped to the squirrel’s back.
Once a hostage to fad diets and poor body image, Emily Johnson turned her life around by embracing fitness. Today, the certified personal trainer and her team motivate clients of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels through Portland Fit Body Bootcamp’s 45-minute co-ed classes offered five mornings per week. Exercisers jump, sprint, and moonwalk across the gym’s floor, calling on suspension trainers to tone muscles. High-intensity cardio exercises promote maximum fat and calorie burning for lean physiques, while core and flexibility work keeps posture straight and limbs agile.
Though they didn't always know it, Katie Maclaskey and Noelle Bertram have been complementing each other's fitness interests for much of their lives. As children, they sharpened their motor skills on the slopes and by the surf, respectively: Katie tackled snow sports while Noelle jogged, rollerbladed, and steered soccerballs across California's beaches. Their families owned neighboring restaurants, yet the girls didn't personally connect until they met on a run and realized their shared enthusiasm for exercise. When they both moved to Portland years later, they decided to combine their knowledge and drive to lead other women toward better physical health.
As certified personal trainers and owners of Adventure Boot Camp, Katie and Noelle invent their own workouts within the renowned franchise. They might craft outdoor obstacle courses, cardio circuits, or core-tightening drills for their students, but the encouraging spirit of their lessons never varies—the Lake Oswego Review lauds the "atmosphere of enjoyment and achievement" that pervades every camp session. In their leadership roles, the girls also continue to play off of each other's strengths for their clients' benefit. Katie has earned her ISSA certification as a nutritional consultant, and Noelle is a Sivananda-certified yoga instructor, which means they can show students how to simultaneously cook and balance atop a head of cabbage.
When Amy Ramage wrote her five-year plan in 2006, she knew she wanted kids and a body that could dominate at a fitness competition. A few years passed and two beautiful children arrived, but she was no closer to her fitness goal than before. So she decided to get serious, training for her first competition while helping other moms get in shape.
Knowing firsthand the struggles of raising young children, she designed her gym, Fit for Excellence, to be mom friendly. Childcare is available during boot-camp classes, and a 12-week Haute Mama program teaches moms how to workout when they can’t leave the house. Alongside two other trainers, Ramage now leads both co-ed and women-only boot-camp classes, with personal-training sessions available for an extra fitness boost. Her team also helps aspiring fitness competitors get in peak physical condition and prepare for the mentally exhausting long-division portion of competitions.
CrossFit Stumptown's staff of professional CrossFit coaches and experienced trainers help clients of all ages and fitness levels work toward goals with a diverse range of classes. Constantly varied workouts keep the body guessing and provide an ever-changing look at muscles without peering at Popeye through a kaleidoscope. A maximum of 30 students meet in each of the schedule's wide range of sessions, which are lead by multiple coaches. The CrossFit regimen combines gymnastics, weightlifting, and mono-structural movements to build stronger bodies at one's own individual level while swinging kettlebells, carrying sandbags, and learning how to shoo nosy forest rangers with bear crawls. Trainers also employ ropes, medicine balls, and obstacle courses to work students' muscles.