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.
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.
The workouts at Drenched Boot Camp get the blood pumping, the muscles working, and the fat burning in less than an hour. Each 45-minute high-intensity session is created and guided by Julie Arts, a National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainer and certified TRX suspension trainer who has the motivational prowess to power students of all skill levels through a challenging yet rewarding class. Her sessions at JJ Jump begin with a jump in the bounce house to get students' bodies warmed up, stretch out muscles, and wiggle into tight workout shorts. Julie then leads her charges through 25–30 minutes of obstacle-course races, squats, pushups, and burpees. The trainer happily modifies the workouts to make sure beginners and injured students are comfortable. After a five-minute cool-down session, students can strut out of class with a new sense of confidence and a souvenir jar of their own sweat. In addition to helping individuals reach their health goals, Julie has spent four seasons with Team in Training in order to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
CrossFit's series of functional movement exercises can be scaled to the abilities of everyone, from grandparents to athletes, making it one of the most democratic fitness methods in the world. The trainers at CrossFit Happy Valley use everything from jump boxes and gymnastics rings to kettlebells and pull up bars to lead an ever-changing regimen of simple, yet highly intense functional exercises that hit all ten fitness domains, including endurance, strength, flexibility, and agility. The team also provides inspirational encouragement every step of the way, as well as cultivates a supportive community of students who push each other to succeed.
Former gymnast and avid downhill skier Julie Ralston stumbled across CrossFit while searching for an exercise routine that would motivate her mind and push her body to the pinnacle of fitness. After achieving her CrossFit certification, attending countless seminars, and co-founding CrossFit StumpTown in Portland, Ralston developed a training technique suitable for customers of any body type, age, or level of ability. Her program offers increasingly challenging reps of lunges, sprints, throws, and lifts, backed up by the positive vibes and friendly support of a community of like-minded athletes. Visitors to the 4,700-square-foot gym won't find treadmills or weight machines, but kettlebells for swinging, pull-up bars for intense upper-body conditioning, and enough open space to halter-break a horse and train it to love CrossFit.