Former circus performer-turned-Pilates innovator Maria Mankin developed the Grace Pilates method to improve her aging mother’s range of motion. Mankin notes: “‘Begin to love your core’ is our motto—the inside layer of your muscles.”
The brainchild of a nurse practitioner, an RN, and a musician, Health Club aims to bring barbell training to the people—especially people who have struggled with body image or eating disorders. Members have access to both barbell equipment and fellow lifters for support and encouragement.
This bright-hued international chain is proliferating in the Lloyd District, Tigard, Cedar Mill, and West Linn, offering a structured 60-minute interval workout complete with heart monitoring and personal trainers.
Sellwood Yoga’s new, high-energy sister studio offers a range of cardio- and strength-based classes: boot camp, interval training, TRX (total resistance exercise), and barre. “Yoga is the yin,” co-owner Bill Wyland explains. “Align Fitness is the yang.”
The kettlebell-focused Milwaukie gym recently added a Southeast Portland location for its species of cannonball-shaped weights, which originated in Russia and serve as “devastatingly effective” (says Warrior Room) tools to develop strength, cardio capacity, balance, and rotational strength.