Its rapid rise chronicled in in Forbes, Men’s Journal, and a parcel of other press, Hiking Yoga has sent massive waves of invigorated bliss washing up and down the west coast since its 2009 founding. Each of its outdoor excursions melds the cardio workout of hiking with the stretching and measured breaths of yoga. Certified instructors lead pupils through scenic vistas, or, in early-morning sessions, impressionistic dreamscapes, as they alternate between heart-pumping strides and yoga breaks suitable for neophytes and the pretzel-capable alike.
Monkey bars, tires, and rings take the place of modern gym equipment inside the stripped-down garage-like facility, where patrons of all shapes and sizes power through the gym's total-body strength and conditioning regimen. The Crossfit technique combines functional movements with spurts of intense exercise to improve agility, balance, coordination, and muscle strength. Each coach's inclusive approach to physical fitness can be tailored to suit each individual's ability level to cater both to serious athletes looking to improve their sports performance and grandparents who need to bolster kid-squeezing biceps.
An actress, model, and featured dancer in the movie Showgirls, Kristen Titko uses dance to cultivate movement and bolster self-esteem. Her exotic adult dance classes help ladies release their inner vixen while also feeling happy with the body they see in the mirror. A veteran of pole dancing, Kristen’s classes emphasize the same sensual moves but without the use of dance poles. Classes integrate elements of modern or belly dancing and host ladies for a girls night out or bachelorette party.
CrossFit Stumptown's staff of professional CrossFit coaches and experienced trainers help clients of all ages and fitness levels work toward goals with a diverse range of classes. Constantly varied workouts keep the body guessing and provide an ever-changing look at muscles without peering at Popeye through a kaleidoscope. A maximum of 30 students meet in each of the schedule's wide range of sessions, which are lead by multiple coaches. The CrossFit regimen combines gymnastics, weightlifting, and mono-structural movements to build stronger bodies at one's own individual level while swinging kettlebells, carrying sandbags, and learning how to shoo nosy forest rangers with bear crawls. Trainers also employ ropes, medicine balls, and obstacle courses to work students' muscles.
Under the guidance of brother and sister duo Bill and Savonn Wyland, instructors lead yoga classes in more than a dozen styles that create a bending buffet catering to casual, first time, and experienced practitioners. Variations of Vinyasa yoga take place every day as part of the weekly schedule, with flow sessions acclimating students to basic pose-work paired with rhythmic breathing, and more advanced classes are designed to build endurance, strengthen cores, or rehabilitate Barbies broken by younger siblings. Candlelight Yin with Restoratives slows down mat-bound relaxation as yogis hold poses for longer periods in order to let go of deep-rooted tensions and target connective tissue around the hips and lower spine. For stretchercisers in search of a fitness-bolstering regimen, Yoga for Athletes shoots to pique muscular strength, flexibility, and lung capacity.
PulsePDX ups the traditional Zumba ante by creating a party-like atmosphere inside an actual dance club instead of a traditional fitness center or dance studio. Twinkling spotlights cast a multi-colored glow on the dance floor, and an in-house DJ spins live tunes as students step in time with fiery Zumba choreography and metronomes taped to their backs. One-hour sessions incorporate traditional Latin-inspired dance moves, including salsa and rumba, while colorful light shows, video screens, and water misters further futurize each class. Leading each session, fun and supportive instructors promote a carefree, calorie-burning environment for dancers of all stripes. Party-ready locations Refuge and Cuda Beach Club host sessions; check PulsePDX's calendar for class times.