Average Class Length: 30?60 minutes
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
With one look at Yoga Escape's classes, it's clear that YogaFit-certified instructor Catherine Albertini prizes yoga's ability to help people de-stress and find a sense of peace. The classes, which sport such names as Gentle Yoga and Rest & Relax, all focus on relaxation and meditation, and they help participants unwind after a long day of sitting at work. Even the beginners' class incorporates seated meditation and ends in a relaxation pose.
Albertini, who welcomes all levels to her classes, emphasizes slow and steady progress and helps beginners acclimate their bodies to their newfound practice. She teaches them how to use props and encourages them to listen to their bodies?just in case their hamstrings start to cry.
Under the high ceilings of a warehouse dating back to the 1970s, the Salem Fencing Club team leads training sessions and competitions for its members and guests. A nonprofit organization, Salem Fencing Club aims to share the honor, chivalry, and respect integral to this historic sport with its community. To that end, they provide classes for various skill levels and organize children's day camps, filling them with lessons, crafts, games, and campfires, during which students are trained to fight the urge to toast marshmallows on their ?p?es. Though the facility is decades old, the sparring space has been updated to include virtual scoring and overhead reel-less systems.
Instructors at Seventh Circle Fitness lead daily workouts designed to increase metabolism. Each short, intense session—modified according to each student's skill level—combines Olympic lifts with cardio and plyometric training such as rowing, running, and jump rope. No two workouts are the same within a 75-day period.
At DEFY Aerial Fitness Studio, exercisers dangle from cascading strips of silk and pull off airborne feats of acrobatic prowess on low trapeze bars during exhilarating workouts. Small groups hover above the ground, stretching limbs into graceful motions that strengthen cores. Instructors also lead workshops that impart martial arts and Parkour techniques, such as vaulting, balancing, and quadrupedal movements that dramatically increase the chances of escaping an orangutan pursuit, unless that orangutan also studied Parkour. In addition to their regular class schedule, instructors host an open gym session that gives students time to practice their skills and further stick it to gravity.
When Honeywood Winery first began in 1933, it wasn't a winery at all, but rather a distillery that produced fruit cordials and brandies. Today, it's one of Oregon’s oldest operating wineries, producing a wide variety of fruit wines and a handful of reds and whites. In all, 50 different housemade wines are available, enough to float a battleship or a houseboat owned by a Rockefeller. And the winery's location in Salem isn't random—its proximity to Willamette Valley grants it easy access to many stalwart vineyards of the area. Visitors can peruse the marketplace for bottles, edibles, and gifts, or head to the tasting room for a complimentary sampling of wines.
Writer Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” This sentiment inspires Evan McDaniel, the certified personal trainer who own Fitness Inspired Training Studios. To propel clients toward their goals both inside and outside the gym, he infuses small-group workouts with a hearty dose of motivation, encouragement, and excitement. McDaniel draws upon fitness-oriented bachelor's degrees and experience working for WebMD to devise an ever-changing lineup of workouts that challenge patrons with bodyweight exercises, cardio challenges, and a variety of functional training tools.
His signature boot camp, Total Training, zeroes in on participants' goals, from slimming down for weddings to gearing up for marathons or thumb-wrestling tournaments. During these 30-minute sessions, exercisers of all levels feed on the moral support of their classmates to heave sandbags, swing kettlebells, jump onto sturdy boxes, and stretch resistance bands. In addition to absorbing fitness and safety tips from the trainers, exercisers receive nutrition coaching, which teaches them how to make healthful food choices and to differentiate between a banana and a Twinkie.