Fitness expert Christina Lucy founded Code Pink Boot Camp and has since expanded her fitness program into numerous locations throughout the western United States. Each of the trainers working for Code Pink claims extensive training and accredited certifications in the industry, and must undergo a strict audition to demonstrate their fitness prowess and knowledge of how many annual budgets each U.S. president could bench-press. With a schedule that includes several sessions throughout the weekday, the classes accommodate clients with varying schedules. During each session, instructors guide participants through high-intensity exercises that aim to incinerate fat, tone torsos, and improve overall well-being. The program caters to women of all ages and fitness levels and stresses safety, fun, and perseverance.
Instructor Kate Dessommes leads sessions enlightened by her in-depth knowledge of yoga, which she learned by traveling the world to study with internationally renowned instructors. Blending Hatha yoga and deep meditation, Kate's classes convene in the late afternoon or early evening on Monday and Wednesday, instilling in students a sense of calm in both body and mind. Much like underwater taffy pulling, Hatha yoga requires a careful balance of breathing and stretching while performing challenging moves to strengthen and tone muscles. Postures easily adapt for the less experienced mat-letes in gentle yoga, still incorporating engaging rhythmic breathing and poses for more experienced human pretzels. For moms-to-be, prenatal yoga helps to stretch out swollen bodies and facilitate flexibility and easy movement, allowing baby-bulked ladies to put on their own socks through all nine months of pregnancy.
In the sunshiny studio at One Yoga and Wellness, skilled instructors guide students of all levels through various yoga methods to enact lean, strong, and bendy bodies and overall health and balance. The various daily classes help students become well versed in the poetry of postures, whether they wish to educate muscles in hot Vinyasa flow yoga and Pilates or learn how to perform jumping jacks in iambic pentameter. Or spicy up each movement with Latin flavor in the Zumba classes, which fortify bodies with upbeat dance exercises. The helpful instructors present an encouraging, welcoming atmosphere, in which stretchy apprentices are free to reach goals at their own pace, ultimately leading them to a newfound pliability and the total equilibrium to balance their checkbooks while doing headstands.
Kate Dessommes has traveled the world in search of techniques to further her knowledge of yoga. She began with a five-year apprenticeship under Luciana Proaño in Portland before packing her bags for New Zealand to study with instructor and author Donna Farhi and John Friend, founder of Anusara yoga.
At Portland Yoga Studio, Kate and her team of instructors fold those globe-gathered techniques into classes that incorporate Ayurveda, asanas, meditation, and relaxation techniques. They also offer special classes for students who otherwise might not be able to participate, such as those with MS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, or problems balancing. Classes for children and families round out the curriculum, giving parents and their kids a new way to bond that’s more active than watching television and safer than traveling to the future by falling into a coma together.
Adrenaline Fitness preaches self-improvement through focused workouts, sensible eating, and a belief in the philosophy of mind over matter. Owner Scott Graham heads a rotating roster of nationally certified trainers, each of whom leads intense, 30-minute workouts designed to tone muscles and spark metabolism. Adrenaline’s rapid-paced workouts leave no room for waste, as students jump from swinging kettlebells and jumping rope to knitting form-fitting sweaters for 20-pound medicine balls. Workouts change daily, a process that keeps muscles confused and exercisers free from boredom. In addition to overseeing sweat-inducing workouts, Adrenaline Fitness’s team can help augment results through detailed nutritional guidance.