The workouts at Drenched Boot Camp get the blood pumping, the muscles working, and the fat burning in less than an hour. Each 45-minute high-intensity session is created and guided by Julie Arts, a National Academy of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainer and certified TRX suspension trainer who has the motivational prowess to power students of all skill levels through a challenging yet rewarding class. Her sessions at JJ Jump begin with a jump in the bounce house to get students' bodies warmed up, stretch out muscles, and wiggle into tight workout shorts. Julie then leads her charges through 25–30 minutes of obstacle-course races, squats, pushups, and burpees. The trainer happily modifies the workouts to make sure beginners and injured students are comfortable. After a five-minute cool-down session, students can strut out of class with a new sense of confidence and a souvenir jar of their own sweat. In addition to helping individuals reach their health goals, Julie has spent four seasons with Team in Training in order to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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.
CrossFit's series of functional movement exercises can be scaled to the abilities of everyone, from grandparents to athletes, making it one of the most democratic fitness methods in the world. The trainers at CrossFit Happy Valley use everything from jump boxes and gymnastics rings to kettlebells and pull up bars to lead an ever-changing regimen of simple, yet highly intense functional exercises that hit all ten fitness domains, including endurance, strength, flexibility, and agility. The team also provides inspirational encouragement every step of the way, as well as cultivates a supportive community of students who push each other to succeed.
Inside a 2,000-square-foot studio with wood floors and natural light, the certified instructors of Karma Yoga & Fitness guide groups through restorative breathing exercises and asana. They lead classes for students of every experience level, from athletic Vinyasa flow to meditative Yoga Nidra that aims to diminish tension and anxiety. Prenatal sessions and Baby and Me classes deliver special health benefits to mothers, and children?s yoga classes kick-start healthy habits at a young age.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
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.