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.
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.
When he's not whipping the youth soccer players of the Portland Timbers into shape, Waterfront Fitness's owner Jason Bell heads to the city?s riverside parks to shape up everyday citizens with rigorous athletic drills. He and his team of qualified instructors convene beneath Portland's sky during all but the coldest months, incinerating calories during one-hour boot camps held every morning and evening. These sessions include activities such as strength circuits, Interval training, games, and box fit, which features high-speed punching drills and cardiovascular throwdowns beneath the boughs of mighty park trees. The trainers also provide general and sport-specific personal training for exercisers in search of an intense, highly personalized regimen to build muscle or burn fat.
When Bill Bradley began teaching martial arts in 1989, the term "MMA" hadn't even entered the lexicon. But whatever he might have called the high-energy blend of striking and grappling, he excelled at it. Today, Bradley shares his expertise at Alive MMA as both owner and instructor.
The facility aims to provide the ideal workout space for martial arts practitioners, combining 3,000 square feet of mat space with an MMA cage, a regulation-sized boxing ring, and 10 heavy bags. Next door, a complete CrossFit gym features practical equipment for ever-changing workouts. But the focus on fitness doesn't exclude comfort?Alive MMA also houses a sauna and therapeutic massage room for post-exercise relaxation and pre-exercise pep talks.
When practicing kickboxing, it may be beneficial to visualize a shadow opponent, but a shadow opponent isn’t going to build muscle resistance. During each Fierce Fitness Kickboxing workout, students burn calories and build lean muscle by thrashing a Wavemaster standup heavy bag to the bass pulse of club music. Instructors shout encouragement while teaching self-defense techniques that utilize kicks, punches, elbows, and knees. Fitness and nutrition programs add dietary guidance to Fierce Fitness workouts, helping with weight loss and relationships with neighbors in gingerbread houses.
For the last 14 years, the team of trainers and health coaches at the head of Results Driven Fitness don't just ask their clients to show up to every session, they also ask that they have a great time. Thanks to a range of fitness certifications, they're able to shock clients' bodies into giving up calories through intensive interval-training programs conducted in a fast-paced and entertaining atmosphere as well as therapy and nutritional programs. Blending the core-training elements of boot camp with flexibility-enhancing yoga poses and pulse-pounding MMA instruction, these sessions follow a program designed to mimic the full range of body movements. Sessions also use a veritable playground of quality equipment, such as ropes, tires, and TRX suspension-training rigs.