Writer Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” This sentiment inspires Evan McDaniel, the certified personal trainer who own Fitness Inspired Training Studios. To propel clients toward their goals both inside and outside the gym, he infuses small-group workouts with a hearty dose of motivation, encouragement, and excitement. McDaniel draws upon fitness-oriented bachelor's degrees and experience working for WebMD to devise an ever-changing lineup of workouts that challenge patrons with bodyweight exercises, cardio challenges, and a variety of functional training tools.
His signature boot camp, Total Training, zeroes in on participants' goals, from slimming down for weddings to gearing up for marathons or thumb-wrestling tournaments. During these 30-minute sessions, exercisers of all levels feed on the moral support of their classmates to heave sandbags, swing kettlebells, jump onto sturdy boxes, and stretch resistance bands. In addition to absorbing fitness and safety tips from the trainers, exercisers receive nutrition coaching, which teaches them how to make healthful food choices and to differentiate between a banana and a Twinkie.
Physiq Fitness is a shining new workout center—almost as shiny as the silver medal it won for Best Fitness Center and the bronze medal it won for Best New Business in the Statesman Journal's Best of Salem 2012 awards. Inside the modern facility, strength machines, cardio machines, and free weights stay at their posts 24 hours a day, waiting for members looking to boost muscle mass or crack stubborn walnuts. Certified personal trainers hang out, too, calling upon their years of schooling in science and human biology and their expertise in strength and cardio training to lead clients through tailored workouts and nutrition programs. Strength-training and sports-training sessions tackle sport-specific workouts that help increase power, stamina, and agility. Additionally, Physiq's boot-camp sessions challenge groups with a slew of conditioning exercises, calisthenics, obstacle courses, and drills designed to help boost performance levels during sports and full-contact spelling bees. Clients can replenish incinerated calories with healthy shakes from the in-house juice bar.
Trainer Kavan Woodcock knows that a new mom trying to regain her figure shouldn’t follow the same exercise regimen as a football player looking to boost his power. So, at Underground Strength and Conditioning, they turn their clients’ specific goals into personalized workout and nutrition plans that utilize targeted exercises. Additionally, for clients with more general fitness goals such as improved strength and sustainable calorie burning, they offer metabolic-conditioning classes centered around strong man-style workouts that incorporate tires, sledgehammers, and ropes.
Throughout all their training and group classes, Underground’s staff focuses on efficient workouts that value safety and proper instruction above all else. This is to ensure that clients stay safe while they improve their overall fitness, gain confidence, and build supportive relationships with fellow exercisers and empathetic kettlebells.
Junkyard Athletics whisks exercisers to healthier lifestyles with a flexible schedule of challenging interval-training regimens and ever-changing workouts. Leading contingents through a series of indoor and outdoor exertion, muscle-forging instructors consistently baffle bodies with new routines that utilize available surroundings, such as grassy fields for sprints or jungle canopies for fresh-fruit retrieval. Lasso nomadic strength fibers with taxing sessions of tire dragging, jump squats, and weight training, or prepare for upcoming locomotive-pulling events with resistance-band sprints. Classes are designed to cater to all levels of fitness, and typically last about an hour.
Gold's Gym opened more than 45 years ago and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. Exercisers can mark regular attendance on the gym floor, where they can hop on a cardio machine, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, or stick with lifting huge, heavy pieces of metal and commercial chest freezers. Both Eugene and Springfield host group fitness sessions, infusing class styles such as Zumba, Pilates, yoga, boxing, and cycling sessions with an inspiring dose of camaraderie. Similarly, included boot-camp classes lead students through military-inspired workout regimens, much like a drill sergeant leads his recruits through daily jazzercise routines. Each session combines resistance training, plyometrics, cardio, and abdominal work as instructors inspire students to pursue their fitness goals.
Kipsters Gymnastics, Dance & Fitness keeps all 11,000 square feet of its facility humming with activity. In Gym A, older kids and adults bounce on eight personal trampolines and tumble across gymnastic beams and mats, while younger gymnasts practice on the pintsized trampoline and rings in Gym B. Safety-minded instructors guide dancers of all abilities through ballet, jazz, and hip-hop classes amid two dance rooms. A toy-filled playroom keeps siblings entertained as their brothers and sisters participate in tumbling, cheer, gymnastics, and trampoline classes in the main gym. The playroom's two viewing windows also let parents keep an eye on all their kids at once, eliminating the need for stuffed animal informants.
Kipsters' year-round classes and spacious facility aren't just for kids; parents can hook into the center's free WiFi or enjoy an adult beginning ballet and hip-hop classes for students 15 years and older. As the ultimate gift to caretakers, Kipsters presents weekly Parents' Survival Nights, which free up four hours of uninterrupted date time on Friday nights.
Downtown Athletic Club has towered over downtown Eugene since 1985, its three historic buildings housing more than 100,000 square feet of fitness amenities and community services. Corridors open into stretches of sports courts—including basketball, handball, and racquetball—and forests of cardio and strength-training equipment. In private studios, certified instructors lead a variety of fitness classes, such as yoga, martial arts, and personal training. Meanwhile, in an onsite lap pool, coaches oversee swim lessons and aquatic aerobics, and host adult swim teams.
In addition to fitness services, the center strives to create a communal relationship among its members with its abundance of social services. Childcare professionals conduct an interactive and educational state-certified preschool, along with a wide range of themed summer camps. Throughout the week, the center holds special events for its adult members, from book clubs to wine and beer tasting at its onsite, rooftop restaurant The Ax Billy Grill. Every Saturday night, the grill invites guests to carouse to live music while sampling selections from its menu of wine, beer, and American grill-style fare. For high-brow affairs, the center's expansive banquet facilities open up for weddings, private parties, and members-only games of freeze tag.