January 23rd, 2002 Eric Larson | Special Section Stories
 

LIFE SAVERS

Health clubs are for everybody!

     
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OMIGOD! Guess what? Those jiggling post-holiday pounds have become a permanent fixture on your hips. And it has been almost a month since you walked around the mall. Worse, you can't even remember your New Year's resolution to lose 20 (or was that 30?) pounds. No fear: WW's office of good timing is here. So make good on your promise to be a smaller, better and more fit Portlander. Make us, and your mama, proud.

 

CASCADE ATHLETIC CLUB
19201 SE Division St., Gresham, 665-4142; 9260 SE Stark St., 257-4142; 2456 E Powell Boulevard, Gresham, 618-4142.

5 am-11 pm Monday-Friday, 7 am-8 pm Saturday and Sunday

Initial: $0-$240

Monthly: $27 and up

Personal training: three free sessions with membership

CLASSES: BodyPump, BodyStep, Body Attack, Pilates, yoga, tai chi, Cycle Reebok, water classes, cardio, abs, line dancing, Silver Sneakers senior fitness program

WHAT YOU GET: Hammer, LifeStrength, Body Master, Nautilus, In Shape, Flex, circuit, free weights, cardio, Stairmaster, rowers, recumbent bikes, tennis courts, racquetball, pools, Jacuzzi, sand volleyball, softball fields, karate room, ballet room, steamroom, sauna, hot tub, child care

THE SKINNY: A remodeling job has spruced up the I-205 club and new BodyStep classes will tighten the waists of this family-oriented joint.

 

CLUBSPORT, 18120 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road, Tigard, 968-4500, www.clubsports.com.

5 am-11 pm Monday-Friday, 7 am-10 pm Saturday-Sunday

Initial: Individual, couple and family memberships range from $200-$600.

Monthly: $62-$124

Personal training: $47 an hour

CLASSES: spinning, BodyPump, Body Attack, NIA, Pilates, step, yoga, circuit training, combo training, basketball, rock climbing, swimming

WHAT YOU GET: Cybex, Hammer, Icarian, Keiser, Stairmaster, Stepmill, elliptical crosstrainers, LifeCycles, Concept II rowers, treadmills, Reebok Body Mills, free weights, basketball courts, volleyball courts, racquetball courts, squash courts, pool, rock gym, child care and much more

THE SKINNY: With its countless services and amenities, it's like going on vacation without leaving town.

 

GIANT'S GYM, 5223 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4776

All day, every day

Initial: No initial fee

Monthly: $29

Personal training: $30 per month for one session a week

CLASSES: Personal training only

WHAT YOU GET: Stairmaster, LifeCycle, Nordic Track, Paramount, recumbent bikes, treadmills, selectorized weight machines, free weights

THE SKINNY: Sparse, local and bulky weight-lifting crowd; going strong for the past 25 years.



GOLD'S GYM, 23500 SE Stark St., Gresham, 667-2290, www.goldsgym.com.

24 hours a day from 4:45 am Monday through midnight Friday, 7 am-7 pm Saturday-Sunday

Initial: No initial fee

Monthly: Start at $39, month-to-month contract

Personal training: First session free, individual trainer fees vary

CLASSES: 60 classes per week: yoga, kickboxing fitness, cycle, ab lab, step and pump, line dancing, step drills and lift, water aerobics

WHAT YOU GET: Hammer, Body Master, Stairmaster, Precor elliptical machines, Stairmill, free weights, basketball courts, boxing room, cardio-theater, power lifting, four lifting rooms with different music preferences, pool, tanning, massage, day care, pro-shop, protein drinks, coffee

THE SKINNY: With access to 600 other gyms around the world, you can prepare for the 12-week body revolution contest, with its $20,000 prize.

 

JUNGLE GYM FITNESS CENTER, 4246 SE Belmont St., 236-2442; 8524 SE 17th Ave. 872-8989, 1904 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens, 397-2500

5 am-10 pm Monday-Friday, 10 am-8 pm Saturday, 10 am-6 pm Sunday. Hours may vary

Initial: No initial fee

Monthly: $29

CLASSES: Cardio, combat cardio, spinning, step aerobics

WHAT YOU GET: Hammerstrength, Cybex, Strive, Flex, Maxicam, Stairmaster, Gauntlet, elliptical steppers, child care and more for additional fees.

THE SKINNY: An Oregon-owned and -operated gym chain with a comfy community vibe.

 


LLOYD ATHLETIC CLUB, 815 NE Halsey St., 287-4594.

5 am-10 pm Monday-Friday, 7 am-7 pm Saturday-Sunday

Initial: $40-$150

Monthly: $34-$80

Personal training: $40-$60 a session

CLASSES: NIA, cardio-kickboxing, The Lift, yoga, strength and conditioning, step, Pilates, Silver Sneakers

WHAT YOU GET: Cybex, Olympic free weights, Precor elliptical trainers, Precor treadmills, LifeFitness treadmills, LifeCycle, Stairmasters, tanning, massage, saunas, steam rooms, therapy pools, computerized fitness and nutrition analysis, deli, pro shop

THE SKINNY: A variety of different shapes populate this old-school local sweat factory.


LOPRINZI'S GYM, 2414 SE 41st Ave., 232-8311, www.global-fitness.com.

5:30 am-10 pm Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-5 pm Saturday, 8 am-5 pm Sunday

Initial: No initial fee

Monthly: $27-$40

Personal training: No fees

CLASSES: Aerobics, yoga, stretching, abs and back

WHAT YOU GET: Nautilus, stationary bikes, stairsteppers, treadmills, rowing machines, free weights, outdoor pool, steam room, sauna, massage

THE SKINNY: No-frills gym attracting local boxers, wrestlers, body-builders and health buffs for over 50 years. .

 

MAVERICK SPORTS CLUB, 2025 NW Overton St., 228-2626.

5:30 am-10 pm Monday-Thursday, 5:30 am-9 pm Friday, 7 am-7 pm Saturday-Sunday

Initial: $20.02 with 12-month contract (for a limited time)

Monthly: $39 (doesn't include yoga, Pilates or NIA), $54
(with yoga, Pilates and NIA)

Personal Training: $50 a session.

CLASSES: 75 a week: NIA, mat Pilates, Ashtanga yoga, power yoga, hot yoga, spinning, kickboxing, boxing, weight training, specialty classes: Fierce and Speed

WHAT YOU GET: BodyMaster, Precor elliptical, Stairmaster, special yoga workshops, boxing gym, free weights, hot yoga studio, massage therapists, Adidas apparel, Adidas pro shop, cafe, juice bar, supplement drinks, free parking

THE SKINNY: As the newest club in town, Maverick matches its sleek name to the urban attitude and holistic approach to
fitness.



MOUNT HOOD ATHLETIC CLUB, 2049 E Burnside St., Gresham, 669-0225.

5 am-11 pm Monday-Friday, 8 am-8 pm Saturday, 8 pm-6 pm Sunday

Initial: No initial fee

Monthly: $35, $15 for additional family members

Personal training: three personal trainers, no additional cost

CLASSES: Approximately 65 a week: swimming aerobics, aerobics, cycling, spinning, dance, yoga, kickboxing

WHAT YOU GET: BodyMaster, Nautilus, free weights, swimming pool, massage (additional fee), racquetball, kids club, juice and coffee bar, massage therapy available

THE SKINNY: Nice, wholesome, family-oriented gym.

 

NELSON'S NAUTILUS PLUS DOWNTOWN (Formerly Princeton Athletic Club), 614 SW 11th Ave., 222-2639, five additional locations.

5 am-10 pm Monday-Friday, 7 am-7 pm Saturday-Sunday

Initial: $151

Monthly: $41

Personal training: $22.50-$35 a session

CLASSES: 39 a week: yoga, cardio-kickboxing, spinning, circuit training

WHAT YOU GET: Stairmaster, elliptical trainers, crosstrainers, treadmills, stationary bikes, free weights, indoor running track, lap-pool, two giant hot tubs, steamroom, tanning, his/her dry saunas, $27,000 worth of new Nautilus equipment and a new aerobics facility

THE SKINNY: Everyone from bike messengers to WW staffers roots for one another in this low-key atmosphere. Beware of the low ceilings.

 


PARKPLACE ATHLETIC CLUB, 4925 SW Griffith Drive, Beaverton, 644-3900.

5 am-11 pm Monday-Thursday, 5 am-10 pm Friday, 7:30 am-8 pm Saturday-Sunday

Monthly: $49, $70 per couple, $91 for families of three and up--includes training and one hour with racquetball pro

CLASSES: More than 65 a week: tai chi, yoga, racquetball, water fitness, studio cycling, premier senior-fitness program, cardio-theater, aerobics, The Lift, yoga, kickboxing, karate

WHAT YOU GET: Cybex, Stairmaster, Transport, LifeRower, LifeCycle, treadmills, indoor pool, 8 racquetball courts

THE SKINNY: $700,000 upgrade in facilities last year. Get some money in the bank, a couple of kids, and for chrissake put on some pants--you'll fit right in.


HILTON PORTLAND ATHLETIC CLUB, 921 SW 6th Ave., 220-2672.

5:30 am-10 pm Monday-Friday, 8 am-9 pm Saturday-Sunday

Initial: $100

Monthly: $55

Personal training: $50 a session, multiple-session discounts

CLASSES: No classes, aerobic video library

WHAT YOU GET: Nautilus, LifeFitness bikes, Stairmaster, Precor elliptical trainers, treadmills, Concept II rowers, free weights, pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna, tanning, massage, dieticians

THE SKINNY: Frequented by traveling guests and high-ticket business folk on lunch breaks, so think twice before sweating on their brand-new carpet.



POWERHOUSE, 7907 NE Highway 99, Vancouver, Wash., (360) 571-7091.

4:30 am-midnight Monday-Thursday, 4:30 am-10 pm Friday, 8 am-8 pm Saturday-Sunday

Initial: Initial fees vary

Monthly: $39, $57 couple

Personal training: $35-$50 a session

CLASSES: Kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, ab lab, cycling

WHAT YOU GET: Apex weight-training system, free weights, stair steppers, stationary bikes, treadmills, tanning, massage, rehab, esthetician, child care

THE SKINNY: Like a blacklit, edgy, hippy-hoppy MTV dream.


RESORT TO FITNESS, 2741 NE Broadway, 287-0655.

5:15 am-9:30 pm Monday-Friday, 6:45 am-6 pm

Saturday

Initial: Varies with membership type

Monthly: $44

Personal training: Averages $35 a session

CLASSES: 45 a week: Pilates, yoga, NIA, step, light aerobics, body sculpting

WHAT YOU GET: State-of-the-art fitness equipment, weight-management program, child care

THE SKINNY: An all-women club since 1947, members can also go off campus with the different running clubs. Clean up in the newly renovated locker rooms.



THE RIVERPLACE ATHLETIC CLUB, 0150 SW Montgomery St., 221-1212

Full memberships: 4:30 am-10 pm Monday-Friday, 7 am-8 pm Saturday, 8 am-8 pm Sunday. Flex memberships: 8:30-11:30 am, 1:30-4:30 pm and 7-10 pm Monday-Friday, noon-8 pm Saturday, 8 am-8 pm Sunday

Initial: $245-$445, couple or family $345-$595, free for children between 16-23 who live at home

Monthly: $68-$91, family or couple $105-$145

Personal training: Training orientation included with membership, prices vary with membership type

CLASSES: BodyPump, studio cycling, osteoporosis class, allegro Pilates, adventure class, power abs, muscle training, kickboxing, basketball, circuit weight training, hip-hop, step jam, dance tech, dance and stretch

WHAT YOU GET: Cybex, Paramount, free weights, hydrostatic weighing, 2 cardio floors, group cycling studio, indoor pool, indoor running track, squash courts, racquetball courts, basketball courts, volleyball, pro shop, cafe (five-star chefs), concierge, rowing center, Women on Weights program, nutritionist, cardiac rehab, chiropractic, massage, tanning, steam room, sauna, hot tub, and more

THE SKINNY: For monied professionals on the go. If you work out enough, treat yourself to the monthly wine and cheese events.


TRI-LEVEL FITNESS, 4815 NE Fremont St., 493-2413, www.trilevelfitness.com.

5:15 am-9:15 pm, classes and personal training mostly by appointment

Initial: No initial fee

Monthly: $40-$70 for classes; drop-in $6.50-$15 a class

Personal training: Averages $50 a session

CLASSES: Circuit training, spinning, sports conditioning, Pilates, yoga, walking clinics

WHAT YOU GET: Rowers, treadmills, stationary bikes, free weights, stability balls, medicine balls, massage, post-rehab conditioning, monthly clinics and workshops, classroom space for rent, nutrition counseling, off-site rides, hikes and snow-shoeing, new tri-athlete endurance training, tai chi coming in February

THE SKINNY: Thirtysomething elite professionals with families. The focus is on personal training aimed at mind, body and spirit. Many long-distance bike riders train here.



24 HOUR FITNESS, nine Portland area locations, two Vancouver locations, 1-800-204-2400

Most locations open 24 hours

Initial: Initial fees vary

Monthly: $25-$49

Personal training: Vary with membership type

CLASSES: Aerobics, yoga, cardio-kickboxing, cycling BodyPump

WHAT YOU GET: Stairmaster, treadmills, stationary bikes, weight machines, free weights; some locations have basketball courts, pools, climbing wall, kids club, pro shop, juice bar, tanning, child care, nutritional supplements; corporate memberships available

THE SKINNY: Clubs divided into "sport" and "fitness" categories, so the crowd always varies. First-timers trying to shed that extra skin might feel self-conscious around all the hard bodies and vanity mirrors.



WEST SIDE/EAST SIDE ATHLETIC CLUB, 555 SW Oak St., 222-7800; 9100 SE Sunnyside Road, Clackamas, 659-3846; 4606 SE Boardman Ave., Milwaukie, 659-3845. Downtown: 5:30 am-8:30 pm Monday-Thursday, 5:30 am-8 pm Friday, 8 am-1 pm Saturday. Hours vary at East Side locations. Call for information.

Initial: West Side $50-$100, East Side $100-$300

Monthly: West Side $37, East Side $37.50-$95.50

Personal training: Vary with membership type

CLASSES: Step, abs, cardio kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, the Lift water aerobics, hi-lo, salsa, karate, tae kwon do, swimming lessons, private Pilates

WHAT YOU GET: Techno-Gym, free weights (rubber-coated), cardio equipment, cardio-theater, floating hardwood aerobics floor, pool, racquetball, hot tub, sauna, steam room, massage, acupuncture, hair salon, cafe, pro shop, child care, camps, Silver Sneakers, senior field trips

THE SKINNY: With 25 years under same local ownership, these spic 'n' span clubs know what they, and you, are doing. They've added Pilates and a new women-only training room to the mix.


WILLAMETTE ATHLETIC CLUB, 4949 SW Landing Drive, 225-1068.

5 am-9:30 pm Monday-Friday, 7 am-6 pm Saturday, 8 am-6 pm Sunday

Initial: No initial fee

Monthly: Averages $87

Personal training: $40-$60, varies by trainer

CLASSES: Spinning, yoga, cardio-kickboxing, circuit-training, step aerobics, water aerobics and more

WHAT YOU GET: Hammer, LifeFitness, Cybex, treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, rowing machines, recumbent bikes, free weights, basketball courts, racquetball courts, indoor running track, pool, tanning, massage, hot tubs, steam rooms, sauna, pro shop, cafe and more

THE SKINNY: With remodeled men's and women's weight rooms, the Portland briefcase brigade is welcome--but hire babysitter: Adults only.


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