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.
Equipment: Three swimming pools, spa, Nautilus weights, Precore cardio eqiupment, gymnasium, sauna
Students should bring: Swimsuit and towel
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 25+ people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Bring new swimmers to the facility to see the pool before the day of their first lesson.
Q&A with Denise Croucher, Aquatics Director
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Swimming is a great fitness tool that people of all ages can enjoy. It's the one sport that positively cross-trains for every other sport, as well as a sport that can be enjoyed your entire lifetime. How many football players are still playing in their 60s, 70s, 80s?
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
Although it is important to work hard to make improvements, working to the point of actual pain usually means injury, which is never a good idea.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
Learning to swim is both fun and functional. Classes are focused on making the process as fun as possible while continuing to move the students to becoming competent swimmers. We have high expectations for our students but want to keep lessons fun enough that they will look forward to returning.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We offer programs for swimmers of all ages and skill levels, from triathlon training to pre-competition training. We also have a USA club swim team—the LaCamas HeadHunters.
East Side and West Side Athletic Clubs offer pampering for all bodies, ages, and fitness types with facilities packed with swimming pools, racquetball courts, childcare centers, and cardio decks. Group fitness classes make use of the studio space and include high-energy Zumba or relaxing yoga, with water aerobics taking place in the indoor pool or the high-pressure showers. In addition to workout amenities, guests can take advantage of bountiful spa and relaxation services including massages, acupuncture, and a full-service hair salon. Each of the three locations has its own personality and offerings. See the full list for each location here.
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.
Check out Pacific Northwest Pilates in Portland and put an end to "putting it off".
It's certainly time you stopped reading about this gym with its amazing restaurant and finally came in for a bite.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home at this gym.
Find out all the different ways you can sweat when you enroll in a hot yoga class at Pacific Northwest Pilates.
Strengthen your body and fitness endurance with a high-intensity kickboxing class.
Have fun at aerobics classes with the satisfaction of knowing you are burning calories.
Dance along to your favorite songs and learn some new moves at Pacific Northwest Pilates' Zumba class.
You'll be amazed by the results your body achieves with their fabulous circuit training.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.