Frustrated with traditional workout regimens that led to injury and strain, Michael Skogg learned about kettlebell exercises while stationed in Scotland with the United States Armed Forces. The system he encountered used cast-iron, cannonball-like weights with handles to facilitate a wide range of exercises and provide a low-impact, heavily aerobic workout for the entire body. Michael decided to expand upon this regimen when he returned home, relying on his extensive education in sports injury rehabilitation, personal training, and corrective exercise as he devised a system that would help individuals achieve fitness goals.
At Skogg Gym, Michael stocks the facility with kettlebells that weigh between 9 and 106 pounds and leads classes that consist of sequences of swinging and pressing movements. Over time, these high-intensity movements can help attendees improve their strength and endurance, as well as their balance, flexibility, and ability to throw a watermelon into low orbit.
In her two-plus decades in the fitness industry, master trainer and owner of Miss Fit Adventures Nikki Becker has compiled a pretty impressive resume filled with certifications and specialties. But perhaps her most important attribute is her genuine desire to help others reach their goals.
Using the canyons, mountains, and rivers of the Pacific Northwest as her playground, Nikki along with the Miss Fit Adventures team leads fitness enthusiasts into the wild during rewarding outdoors experiences. The team also leads one-on-one training sessions and fitness classes under the sturdy roof of the Miss Fit studio in Portland, which keeps extraterrestrials from learning too much about human fitness routines.
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.
“We focus on all of our individual students, not just our competitors,” said instructor Jeff Patterson when describing what sets Northwest Fighting Arts apart from other gyms. At Northwest, students can take any of the gym’s classes or customize a package to suit their needs. Instructors specialize in popular martial-arts forms such as muay thai kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and boxing, and they also offer harder-to-find styles such as jeet kune do and kali/eskrima. Though martial-arts classes themselves can provide an intense workout, Northwest Fighting Arts also has strictly fitness classes such as interval training and circuit training.
Welcome to Bridgetown Aikido. We are the place for you to start your Aikido training in Portland, Oregon. Aikido is a non-aggressive martial art, based on the principle of blending with an attack and redirecting it, instead of harming or injuring one's opponent.
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.