Although they’re practitioners of different disciplines, licensed massage therapist Jacqulyn McDougal, naturopathic physician Jen Bogus, and Pilates instructor Nisa Windsong-Frazier unite in a single goal: to help others, as they say in their mission statement, "find balance, wellness and vitality." Dr. Jen calls on natural, holistic healing agents to treat conditions ranging from chronic pain to digestive issues. Ms. McDougal, meanwhile, targets muscles with massage modalities such as trigger-point release, sports therapy, and Swedish. In private and semiprivate Pilates classes, Ms. Windsong-Frazier uses mats and springboards to correct postural imbalances and strengthen the body's ability to open beer bottles with its core. Aside from Pilates, the center hosts group fitness classes such as Zumba and Vinyasa yoga.
At Brynn's Barre None Callanetics, owner and instructor Brynn draws on her dance background to create rehabilitative workouts. She splits her focus between strength and safety: callanetics classes condition pelvic floor muscles with exercises that can relieve back and joint pain, for example, and boomer cardio classes mix fun dance choreography with low-impact movements. These sessions strengthen and bend the body with exercises that are designed with safety in mind, and are ideal for rebuilding strength after childbirth.
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.
All of the coaches at 503 West Coast Jiu Jitsu are also active competitors. At 503, they foster a familial atmosphere in which they strive to identify each individual’s personal goals and make it their priority to help them achieve. They lead a variety of combat-style programs, including mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu jitsu, wrestling, muay-thai kickboxing, and boxing for MMA. They also have classes for kids, teens, and women, as well as CrossFit classes.
Shauna's Crash Fitness is a 1,875-square-foot studio that functions as a dance floor during classes. Adding to the feel of the space, disco balls and colorful lights create a fun environment to help get students moving and burning hundreds of calories while dancing to upbeat Latin music. Instructors stand on a raised stage, going through the motions until students get the hang of easy-to-follow cardio dance moves.
After dancing with the Portland Trail Blazers dancers and leading a high-school dance team to two state titles, fitness instructor Holly ultimately founded Aspire Total Fitness. There, she and her staff teach trendy fitness classes such as barre, Zumba, TRX, and Insanity. Many of the instructors are also certified to teach Les Mills classes, including challenging GRIT workouts. All sessions take place inside a modern fitness studio with top-rated equipment, soft wooden accents, and ceilings high enough for Paul Bunyan.