After years traveling the globe and working in the fitness industry, Stephen and Antonia Anderson wanted to design a fitness facility that was as beautiful as it was functional. The duo eventually realized this dream, opening The Body Architect within a lofty building with wooden beams, exposed brick walls, and wall-to-wall windows that proffer spectacular views of Portland and Mount Washington. In front of these windows, rows of professional Precor and Cybex machines bustle amid the clang of strength and TRX suspension training equipment. Meanwhile, up on the roof deck, certified instructors conduct a variety of fitness classes beneath the sun, including boot camps, yoga, and personal-training sessions. Additionally, an onsite massage therapist stands by to help untangle muscles or knotted gym socks before or after members unwind in serene spa-inspired showers.
Open seven days a week, World Gym houses the full line of shoulder-sculpting and trapezius-toning strength equipment for aspiring Adonises and Aphrodites of all ages and skill levels. Sweat through a cardio routine on one of World Gym's machines with personal televisions or work out with some fitness friends in any of the available group classes, including expert instruction in Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and extreme dragon slaying. Portland's World Gym stocks tanning booths for fitness mavens seeking to match the Olympic bronze medals they will someday win. If three lunar cycles just isn't enough time to satisfy all shirt-bursting needs, the annual fee (a $39 value) is waived with this deal and memberships may be extended nine more months ($19.99–$29.99/month) before ponying up.
Pilates Baxter Place is a fully equipped studio located in the historic Old Port district of Portland on the waterfront. By day the studio is flooded with natural light and at night by full-spectrum, color-corrected lights. Free parking is available right next to the building.
Equipment: 2600 squaree feet of space equipped with kettlebells, free weights, TRX, bands, med balls, and more
Students should bring: A water bottle, sneakers, gym clothing, and a "ready-to-work-hard" attitude
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Short and long term goal setting, modifications for any age or fitness level, regular evaluations and progress assessments, a lot of fun, and creative and challenging training that will never be repetitive.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
No motivation, incorrect form, no accountability, too much routine, lack of variety in training, unrealistic goal-setting, not fun or interesting, no spotter, ignorance, or no outside encourage and/or coaching.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
Fun, challenging, full-body training relevant to their specific goals. It is not unlike being hit by a mac truck.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Bring a barf bag and come hydrated.
In a mezzanine area flooded with natural light from arced windows, cardio machines stand alongside free weights and strength-training equipment, ready to help exercisers combat calories and stress levels. Instructors, meanwhile, inspire participants to reach their fitness goals during group fitness classes set to upbeat music, while instructors promote a stronger mind-body connection with styles ranging from Yoga, Booty Barre, and Pilates. For more in-depth work, guests can work with trainers certified by the likes of the National Strength and Conditioning Association?and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. The crew also includes registered nurse Maria Glad, whose 12-week and 12-month wellness programs complement the club's fitness activities.
Staffers at the organic, raw-food juice and smoothie bar stand by to whip up a healthy and satisfying snack after workouts, while vapor from the locker rooms? sauna and steam room loosens muscles.
Pure Movement's band of certified fitness instructors tap their years of experience to help their clients hone strong, flexible physiques. Seven days a week, students flood the studio's roomy practice space for morning and evening classes, where they perform conditioning exercises on the studio's ballet barre to target muscles in the seat, abdominals, arms, and thighs. Using a specialized Pilates Reformer apparatus, pupils perform classic Pilates moves against the tension of a system of ropes, pulleys, and strategically timed Hitchcock movie scores; mat-based classes utilize efficient floor work to toughen cores. The friendly instructors provide personalized attention during each group session, accommodating a range of experience levels and fitness goals.