At Lifestyle Fitness Center, the professional fitness team fosters svelter silhouettes and stronger bodies in a 20,000-square-foot facility brimming with Nautilus, Life Fitness, and Cybex exercise equipment. More than 80 cardio machines test every sinew and bifurcated hoof while the fleet of treadmills lights up glistening faces with personal 15-inch LCD TVs attached to each machine. Enthusiastic instructors lead dancercizers in cardio-intensive Zumba classes, help yogis of all levels twist torsos during yoga classes, and motivate students through an array of aerobics classes designed to roast calories. Exercisers can also enter the 2,500-square-foot cardio theater room for stationary cycling amid audio and video stimulation or recharge with free wireless Internet at the juice bar. The adult-supervised childcare room, with toys and beanbag chairs, allows parents to focus on their workout or to finally get some alone time with the Legos.
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.
A mural of a radiant sun painted in oranges, reds, and yellows covers one of the walls at Portland Power Yoga, mimicking the warmth of the heated room where yoga instructors show ranks of students the proper way to extend their arms as they crouch on their mats. The heat helps facilitate deeper stretching and detoxification as students flow through sequences in 90-minute Basics, All Levels, or Intermediate classes. Instructors condense the same experience into a shorter session during Hour of Power classes and help groups hold extended poses in Yin Yoga, awakening students' connective tissues and convincing nearby deer that they’re actually statues. In addition to regular classes, the studio hosts community workshops with guest instructors and often works in tandem with the bodywork experts at Hara Holistic Health.
5,000 square feet of indoor rock walls outfitted for top-rope belaying and bouldering entertain guests of all experience levels at Maine Rock Gym. Visitors can partner up to climb meandering problems across varying angles and overhangs while staff climbers remain on hand to serve as belayers and to fend off curious mountain goats. Indoor, onsite clinics instruct climbers at introductory or advanced levels, and guides lead outdoor excursions to Maine's granite cliffs and New Hampshire's White Mountains. The gym also sets up a portable climbing tower at outdoor events and orchestrates team-building challenges, which improve communication and problem-solving skills more effectively than trying to teach the quadratic equation through interpretive dance.
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.