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.
Fitness expert Christina Lucy founded Code Pink Boot Camp and has since expanded her fitness program into numerous locations throughout the western United States. Each of the trainers working for Code Pink claims extensive training and accredited certifications in the industry, and must undergo a strict audition to demonstrate their fitness prowess and knowledge of how many annual budgets each U.S. president could bench-press. With a schedule that includes several sessions throughout the weekday, the classes accommodate clients with varying schedules. During each session, instructors guide participants through high-intensity exercises that aim to incinerate fat, tone torsos, and improve overall well-being. The program caters to women of all ages and fitness levels and stresses safety, fun, and perseverance.
Master trainer and former Cincinnati Red Jerymaine Beasley has been recognized by MTV as one of the top 16 trainers in the nation. At Antidote Fitness & Nutrition, he and his staff of master trainers strive to make workouts fun, even hosting monthly events to create a sense of community and support. Jerymaine's team designs personal training programs to address each client's goals and physical abilities, often combining some form of cardio-conditioning, muscle-conditioning, flexibility, and nutrition. At Saturday morning boot camp, fitness seekers engage in group workouts that incorporate a variety of exercises. Camps for kids help little ones realize the importance of exercise and allowing mommy or daddy enough time to fill their three-nap quota for the day.
Inside Imagine Yoga Studio, a picturesque scene unfolds. Sunlight streams through large windows to reflect off dark-wood floors and illuminates the gathering of yogis who stretch between the studio's forest-green walls. An expert instructor leads the room by demonstrating postures during a range of classes. Groups move slowly through foundational postures during Form classes, which encourage proper alignment. Younger yogis can also take advantage of the serene studio with kids' classes, which introduce students aged 2–12 to more than 40 postures, body awareness, and the ability to levitate cookies off the counter.
Founder Gina Stierlin of All Bodies Pilates places an emphasis on promoting health and improving quality of life. Stierlin, a certified Pilates instructor with more than a decade of experience, offers her expertise to students of all fitness levels, leading Pilates classes that use mat or apparatus exercises to tone lesser-used muscle groups. The studio's energetic Booty Barre classes accomplish a similar goal by combining Pilates, yoga, plyometrics, dance stretches, and calisthenics to simultaneously strengthen muscles throughout the entire body. Students of all levels are welcome.