Danita Rigert has spent more than 19 years teaching gymnastics to boys and girls of all ages—many of whom went on to win state championship titles. At Rigert Elite Gymnastics, Danita and her staff of coaches teach youngsters of all experience levels in gymnastics, ballet, and cheer classes and lead competitive boys' and girls' teams. The gym is packed with professional equipment, including a 40-foot tumble track and an above-ground pit.
Armed with a degree in health and social science and years of experience coaching volleyball and CrossFit, trainer Lindsay Edgerton ensures CrossFit Mt. Hood's clients reach their fitness goals with dynamic workouts influenced by gymnastics, weightlifting, and functional movements. Designed to mirror a person's daily movements, such as getting in and out of a car or wienermobile, CrossFit-based workouts utilize varied exercises to increase strength and stamina. To cater to all students, she tailors her workouts to suit students' individual fitness levels.
For Angie Cherry, yoga was just a workout that helped her stay flexible while running. She practiced yoga like this for more than five years before discovering her passion for the form’s meditative side. Once she gave herself over to the full experience of yoga, she discovered even more benefits; not only was she able to calm her mind and receive a great workout, but she was also able to diminish her chronic allergies. With this newfound enlightenment, she decided to become a teacher to help others achieve a similar marriage between their bodies and minds. After achieving her 200-hour certification, she founded Body Bliss Yoga, where she hosts five different types of yoga classes and private lessons up to seven days a week. She also hosts nonyoga events in her space, such as occasional women's self-defense seminars and candlelight vigils for candles snuffed too soon.
The Greek city-state of Epídavros was a site of healing renowned through the ancient world. Practitioners believed that the body could not heal if the soul was not healthy, and offered holistic health services intended to treat both. Following in this tradition, owners Tara and Don opened the Epídavros Center for Wellbeing.
Guests expand and align their muscles through a range of yoga classes including Hatha, gentle, and restorative sessions geared toward individuals with sore or troublesome backs. Silence drapes the studio during mediation classes, and aerial-yoga classes allow students to feel, if only for a little bit, the sensation of weightlessness normally felt only by astronauts and guys who get their suspenders tangled in forklifts.
Running, lacrosse, bodybuilding, rock climbing, wrestling, skiing, triathlons—and that's not even the whole list. For more than a decade, fitness fanatic and Crossfit Level 1 certified coach Ty Holbrook has provided training for seemingly every athletic endeavor on the planet. Now, as the owner and head trainer at CrossFit Cimmeria, Ty continues to boost clients' performance with personal training, workout plans, and group classes, such as kickboxing and boot camp. More than just muscle, Ty also trains his brain by doing constant research and remaining up-to-snuff on the industry's latest trends.
At CrossFit PDX, Level-1 certified CrossFit trainers lead participants through intense, constantly varied workouts that incorporate functional movements to improve speed, strength, flexibility, balance, and other physical skills. Routines can be modified to each individual’s fitness levels, so anyone can participate, regardless of how many pushups they can do or how far they can shot put a cantaloupe inside a supermarket. The classes constantly vary to keep the body challenged and participants engaged and incorporate a mix of weight lifting and cardio elements.