At Elite Sante Women's Fitness Club, women slim and tone their physiques in a nonintimidating environment outfitted with Nautilus fitness equipment, steam rooms, tanning beds, and more. A gym membership includes unlimited use of free weights as well as Nautilus strength-training and cardio equipment, such as treadmills, stationary bikes, stair steppers, and stationary roller skates (a $39.20 value/month). Members can also attend Wednesday evening core-conditioning classes or sweat away toxins in the steam room. The gym's metabolism test (a $40 value) determines resting metabolic rate and daily caloric needs to help with nutritional planning. One month of tanning (a $30 value) allows for body-bronzing under the warm glow of Soleil Systems' 28-bulb 20-minute beds. Those who opt to pair their membership with a T-shirt and exercise journal (a $30 value) can keep track of their daily activity, nutrition, and prom float ideas for approximately two months. The journal includes a target heart-rate chart and nutrition tips to help maintain personal fitness goals.
The human body is a temple of emotions and impulses that float around like seeds in a thick raspberry marmalade. Today's Groupon will teach you to discipline those seeds in a productive, martially artistic manner with one month of unlimited martial-arts classes at Alive MMA for $49. Since the initiation fee (and initiation paddling) is waived, the value of this Groupon comes to $200.
Since 1977, Cascade Athletic Clubs have distinguished themselves from typical gyms with their vast array of amenities, which range from big-screen TVs to a seasonal waterpark. In their fitness studios, instructors boost students’ flexibility during Pilates workouts, lead seniors through age-appropriate workout techniques during Silver Sneakers classes, or teach students how to dance to fast-paced music during Zumba. The dedicated team of personal trainers, meanwhile, help athletes stay motivated on a one-on-one basis, and tailor their regimens to individual goals that range from weight loss to preparing for an upcoming marathon. For independent workouts, athletes can play pick up games on the gyms’ basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts or swim laps in the indoor salt-water pools. They can also bulk up with Life Fitness machines, free weights, and Stair Masters designed to build strong enough leg muscles to conquer even the most daunting out-of-order escalator.
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.
As its name attests, Yoga Union is all about togetherness, valuing the strength and support of its student community over the athleticism of its members. Although this community is made up of people from all over the city, its roots are firmly planted in the surrounding Mount Tabor neighborhood; many of the highly trained teachers come primarily from the surrounding homes speckled across the scenic countryside. In fact, residents Annie Adamson and Todd Vogt—who would eventually become co-owners of the studio—fell in love with each other as students at Yoga Union, a testament to the close-knit, supportive atmosphere of the studio.
During the nonjudgmental classes, natural light spills in from the windows onto bamboo flooring, illuminating an open space where bodies of all builds and experience levels stretch, breathe, and hone their "Om" yodeling skills in rhythm.