Jacqulyn McDougal, Nisa Windsong-Frazier, and Dr. Jen Bogus co-founded Soul Pilates and Wellness to combine their talents for bodywork, fitness, and naturopathic medicine. Jacqulyn specializes in therapeutic massages, using deep-tissue and neuromuscular techniques to dissolve tension and lingering resentment of your successful cousins that is stored in muscles. In Pilates classes that use either mats or a wall-mounted piece of equipment called a SpringBoard, Nisa helps guests build core strength using full-body resistance exercises. Finally, Dr. Jen uses naturopathic medicine to treat ailments such as allergies, chronic pain, and debilitating fear of the zoo. The three founders of Soul Pilates and Wellness also offer group fitness classes such as yoga and Zumba.
At Escape to Yoga, the teachers love when a beginner musters the courage to give a class a try, whether it’s yoga or cardio fitness. Their fun, accessible approach to yoga lessens the intimidation factor, especially after students attend a gentle hatha class, during which they’ll learn the basic poses, proper alignment, and the most-stable pose for practicing on the wing of a flying airplane. The more fast-paced vinyasa-flow classes add a cardio aspect to get participants sweating while simultaneously helping them feel calmness spreading through their bodies, and the studio also hosts barre fusion and other calorie-attacking cardio sessions.
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.
At The Fit Corps, certified personal trainers welcome beginners and experienced athletes alike for group classes, personal training, and health coaching. During group classes, exercisers push their limits in circuit and strength training with heavy battling ropes, kettlebells, weight lifting, full-body functional suspension training, and more. They also move to fluid rhythms in Zumba or stretch out in yoga. In the gym’s space, members can lift weights and work on their core exercises.
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.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members of all ages and lifestyles to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With convenient 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess, address, and accomplish their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a results-oriented personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
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.