Gym Spotlight: Honest Personal Training

This grassroots Northeast Fremont spin, circuit, and yoga studio combines personal training motivation with physical therapy smarts.

By Allison Jones January 7, 2015

Image courtesy Paisley Meekin


Alaska native Paisley Meekin isn't interested in making you work out so hard you want to puke. She doesn't want you to have unrealistic body expectations, she doesn't want to make you feel bad about your currently abilities, and she isn't into pain in the pursuit of progress. Like the name of her gym suggests, she's all about honesty—seeking the truth about what different bodies are capable of and helping each of her clients move and train safely...while having a rockin' good time.

At her multi-faceted studio in Northeast Portland, Meekin trains folks of all sizes, ages, and fitness levels through small-group circuit classes, heart-pumping spin classes, balance-building yoga, and one-on-one sessions. Meekin is joined by a handful of fun, energetic, and knowledgable trainers like Matthew Barney (spin instructor, U.S. Coast Guard veteran, former pedi-cab driver), Ilea Sullivan (CPT, Krav Maga expert), and Emily Celichowski (CrossFit coach, nutrition nerd, squat master). 

Bottom line? It's a welcoming space that will motivate you, make you sweat, and keep your body safe.


With nearly 40 classes a week, there's something for every body:

Circuit: For a real taste of the Honest PT philosophy, just look at the warm-ups. Anyone with experiences of injury, chronic pain, or surgeries will recognize the first few minutes of circuit classes—they're straight out of the physical therapy handbook. "We start with PT to keep us out of PT," Meekin explains cheerfully. After warm-ups, workouts are always different, with stations promoting high-intensity interval training and a mix of cardio and strength training, all with a hearty helping of personal modifications, encouragement, and wit.

Spin: Honest's bright spin room doesn't have the night-club feel of some other cycle studios in the area, but what it lacks in sex appeal it makes up for with inclusivity, killer playlists, and swanky bikes that let you keep pace with RPM trackers and allow you to clip in with pro shoes or slip into with your sneakers (no $3 shoe rental required). For anyone with joint pain, Honest's spin classes are a killer way to raise that heart rate without that pesky impact.

Yoga: 60-minute gentle yoga classes for every fitness level offer a great counterbalance to the high-intensity circuit and spin workouts. 


Honest Training offers circuit classes only as monthly packages to increase accountability:

  • 2 workouts*/week: $200 a month
  • 3 workouts*/week: $230 a month
  • Unlimited*/week: $250 a month

*These classes can be used for indoor cycling and yoga classes! Want to focus solely on yoga and spin? Snag 10 classes for $180 or 20 classes for $300.


Honest is just around the corner from NE Fremont's brand new wood-fired restaurant Fire and Stone, offering fresh pizza, salads, Italian appetizers, and dinner entrees like roast chicken. They've even got hand-held breakfasts and coffee service starting at 7 am on weekdays and 8 am on weekends, so you can refuel after a morning class. 3707 Northeast Fremont St.

Honest Training
4016 NE Fremont
First consultation is free, call 503-367-6356

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