Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
East Side and West Side Athletic Clubs offer pampering for all bodies, ages, and fitness types with facilities packed with swimming pools, racquetball courts, childcare centers, and cardio decks. Group fitness classes make use of the studio space and include high-energy Zumba or relaxing yoga, with water aerobics taking place in the indoor pool or the high-pressure showers. In addition to workout amenities, guests can take advantage of bountiful spa and relaxation services including massages, acupuncture, and a full-service hair salon. Each of the three locations has its own personality and offerings. See the full list for each location here.
Chef Thu Ha Dinh and her eclectic team at fuAsian merge flavors from a variety of Asian cuisines. Whether they're helming a cooking class or whipping up well-crafted meals for diners or catered events, the chefs use handpicked natural ingredients, creating dishes that ooze earth-culled goodness and each write polite thank-you notes to the ozone layer.
Trainer's Club's 13,000-square-foot facility provides a variety of machines and classes for visitors to magnify muscles and enhance endurance. The one-month membership includes unlimited access to group classes, such as tai chi, yoga, boot camp, and driver's education for unicycles. Flex arm candy on the free weights, work blood pumpers on the cardiovascular machines, or practice balancing or juggling skills with the exercise balls. Increase flexibility and strength by sampling the Pilates group course and personalize the fat-blasting experience with the personal-training session, led by a trainer of the client’s choice. The gym also provides a sauna, a steam room, and fully stocked locker rooms to relax and refresh in after a difficult breakup with body fat. Natural lighting, tall ceilings, and the lack of fluorescent lighting give the workout warehouse a small, community-gym atmosphere.
IM=X (Integrated Movement Xercize) fuses the muscle-toning techniques of Pilates with resistance and plyometric jumps for a more athletically geared workout. Limbs will be lengthened during two private reformer sessions, in which a certified instructor familiarizes clients with the reformer equipment, bending physiques to reach their individual fitness goals with ample personal attention.
Equipment: CrossFit, strongman, boxing, top-of-the-line functional equipment
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel, fitness attire
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Let your coach know of any injuries or concerns before class starts.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We provide personal guidance for your goals, including nutrition, scaling, and exercise modification. But the real secret to your success is our community of supportive students and mentors. We foster a welcoming, family-like atmosphere, infused with humor, challenge and encouragement. Our gym is a place you'll look forward to, and that will empower you with the motivation to succeed.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
The biggest mistake I see people make is searching for short-cuts, gimmicks or easy results. Of course fitness can be simple, but simple isn't necessarily easy. I see too many people go from one method to the next without allowing proper time for success. Find what works for you, and make small adjustments from there. Consistency is the key.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
We constantly vary our workouts so you'll never get bored and you'll be less likely to plateau or over-train. So every session looks a little different. However, some consistent features of our sessions include a general warm-up followed by guided mobility and stretching. Then we move on to a coached skills learning session and a workout of the day (WOD) with strength training and metabolic conditioning. Sessions conclude with a cool-down and mobility, along with goal-tracking and social time.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
As we enter our 10th year of training, we were originally one of only a few Portland area CrossFit gyms, back before most people had ever heard of CrossFit. We are also expanding our accessibility to become Portland's first and only 24-hour CrossFit gym. Our veteran coaches boast decades of combined training experience, to provide each individual the guidance they need to be safe, confident and successful, regardless of injuries or current fitness level. As of this spring, our new location is housed within a 60,000-square-foot warehouse, yet we maintain hands-on and community driven classes by capping most of them at only 12 students. We also offer more than just CrossFit. We have workshops devoted to boxing, strongman techniques, yoga, and endurance. Students may take advantage of open-gym time outside of class, as well as personal training sessions.