Passengers on the Willamette Queen board the 87-foot sternwheeler at Riverfront Park in Salem and take a journey into the 19th century, an era when paddle steamers plied the waters of the Willamette. Wedding parties, birthdays, and company outings of up to 90 people climb aboard for gourmet dinners and lunches, dancing to live music on the solid oak floor, or sipping cocktails at the full service bar. Passengers gaze at the beauty of the river's tree-lined banks, play poker like an old-timey riverboat gambler, or watch a beautiful turtle wedding happening on the water.
Staffed entirely by DMV–certified instructors, Oregon Driver Education Center has been filling potholes in the knowledge of novice and experienced drivers since 1987. The center's masters of the open road send teens and adults on the path to earning their driver's licenses and maintaining clean driving records with comprehensive DMV drive test prep courses and defense driving classes. With an intimate understanding of the unique challenges facing Oregonian motorists, ODEC also offers an Xtreme Driver Control course that focuses on navigating vehicles through rain, ice, and throngs of rabid snowmen. Additionally, the center's specialty courses teach precautionary practices to medically at-risk drivers.
Aaron Meiggs grew up on a farm outside Independence, Oregon, where he had ample opportunity to work with his hands, an opportunity he loved. Then one day, a severe car accident left his lifestyle in ruin. On good days, Aaron was uncomfortable; the bad days were excruciating. It was only through a therapeutic process called Rolfing structural integration that Aaron's functionality was restored. Rolfing mitigates trauma in connective tissues to help align the body and ease chronic tension. Now Aaron has found a new use for his hands, healing others out of his own Rolfing studio.
Duane West's stake in his construction business is more than just ownership, it's an investment in his hometown of Salem. The three R's in his business's name encompass a holistic approach to household maintenance, calling for repairs, remodeling, and remediation, or the destruction of harmful mold and fungus, to ensure structural soundness. His team's multidisciplinary approach covers stonework, woodwork, demolition, construction, and nearly any other service that could turn a house into a home or a fallout shelter into a walk-in closet.
Equipment: Bench press, squat racks, kettlebells, ab mats, sand bags, pull up bars
Students should bring: Water bottle, shoes
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: The training takes place in an at home fitness studio and class sizes range from 5 to 15 students.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We found that when most people do fitness in a personal training setting, with just them an the trainer one-on-one they are more likely to give up. But when you do personal fitness in a small group setting, people are more likely to continue. They hold each other accountable and develop friendships with people that have the same goals in mind
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
We have had several clients loose over 100 pounds.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
We believe in a positive environment. We workout as a team and encourage each other to do our best.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
This is personal group training. Classes are held in an a home environment [and] range [in size] from five to 15 people to ensure that everyone gets the best possible fitness experience.
The muscle tutors at Fitness Together will work with you to determine your goals (drop pounds, run a marathon, get strong enough to finally confront Douglas) and develop a customized workout plan designed to help you reach your true fitness potential. They’ll supervise your squats, offer nutritional advice, and push you until you see results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—your trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone the trouble zones, and push you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.