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Spring for Fitness!

Though the seven-day forecast shows an abundance of rain (and maybe even a little more snow!), spring is just around the corner. It’s time to march into health and wellness, and update your fitness routine for the new season!


After months of the same indoor routines, motivation can seem sparse, if non-existent. This is the time to get up, get out (or at least plan your upcoming spring excursions), take advantage of Portland’s many green spaces, and the numerous programs/offerings happening at your OAC Club to keep you moving into spring!

Most people are more likely to keep working toward their goals if they vary their routines. That’s why we suggest mixing it up! Make it a springtime goal to try at least 1-2 new things a month:

  • Go walking, or take a jog in a nearby park on the next dry day.
  • Try a new group fitness class, sign up for a personal training package if you’ve never worked individually with a trainer (or just need a bit more excitement injected into your workout plans!).
  • Learn (with the help of a trainer) how to use a new piece of fitness equipment or weights.
  • Train for something specific (like one of the city’s many run/walks or triathlons which usually also benefit a local charity).
  • Join a new training group that meets regularly, where you’ll receive sport-specific advice and group motivation.
  • Join a Weight Management Program for nutrition advice and camaraderie.

February 28, 2011 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Zumba & 1GOAL Campaign Fight Poverty, Support Education

The South African World Cup 2010 and 1GOAL (a campaign seizing the power of football to ensure education for all) initiated a world-wide campaign urging global leaders to help the 69 million children who have been denied an education by the next World Cup (Brazil, 2014).

Singer/Performer Shakira, a 1GOAL Ambassador, asked long time friend Beto Perez (creator of Zumba) to engage Zumba Fitness Instructors in supporting the cause by having them choreograph and taping a dance to the official song of the World Cup 2010, WAKA WAKA (This time for Africa)!

OAC’s very own instructor Orlando Tercero and Nicole Robinson choreographed such a Zumba routine with his class at Bethany Athletic Club to help support the cause. Enjoy the show, and please help support this great organization!

November 12, 2010 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

Foam Roller Workshop Helps Participants Combat Chronic Pain

Muscle knots leaving you tense? Learn how you can utilize a foam roller and other small props to assist with myofascial release and trigger-point massage during this beneficial workshop led by Amy Harris at Bethany Athletic Club on Saturday, November 19 (11:00 am to 12:30 pm).

With regular practice, participants will experience lasting joint mobility, increased range of motion, eased pain/stiffness, and tension relief.

Members pay: $20. Non-Members: $30. Foam Rollers avaible for purchase: $15

For more information, contact: Amy Harris

November 11, 2010 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

Group Kettlebell Training Hits Hawthorn Farm!

Interested in using kettlebells, but not sure where to begin? Try out Hawthorn Farm’s new group class (Thursday, November 18, from 7:15-8:15 pm) led by Eric Quon and designed to teach you how to incorporate kettlebell training into an existing fitness program or create alternative kettlebell workouts.

Prerequisite: A one-on-one session is required prior to attending the class, in order to learn the fundamentals of kettlebells. Cost for the prerequisite session is included in the price of the Kettlebell Training class. Total cost for members: $125

For more information, contact: Eric Quon

November 10, 2010 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

Early Bird Boot Camp at RiverPlace

Get up early for a great workout! 

RiverPlace trainer Kimberly Berg will lead this bootcamp designed for all levels (Starts November 16, and meets on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 am). Each class will include cardiovascular training, interval spurts and strength training, and utilizes both the TRX suspension system and kettlebells for an added challenge. Sessions will take place both outdoors and in the gym! 

Members pay: $99 for 1 session/week, or $180 for 2 sessions/week.

For more information, contact: Kimberly Berg

November 10, 2010 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

It’s Time for Winter Sports Conditioning at RiverPlace!


It’s almost winter, which means it’s the perfect time to start preparing yourself for the snow sports you love! Personal trainer Steph Loughney leads this 60 min class at RiverPlace Athletic Club, which includes six weeks of: strength training, cardio and plyometrics utilizing the TRX system and slide boards to help prepare you for snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing.  Come prepared to challenge yourself in a fun group setting that will raise your winter sports activities to a whole new level! Session begins: November 9, and meets every Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Members pay: $90. Non-Members: $150.

For more information, contact: Steph Loughney

November 5, 2010 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

RiverPlace Adds a “Kick” to Pilates Classes

Pilates Instructor, Erin Karrigan

Want to add a cardio kick to your regular Pilates routine? Join Pilates instructor Erin Karrigan at RiverPlace Athletic Club for a special six-week class (Mondays at 5:30 pm) that incorporates jumpboards into Reformer workouts for an added strength/core/cardio challenge. This class is also great for avid cyclists and skiers interested in ways to stay in shape all season long!

Session begins November 8. Members pay: $108. Non-Members: $168

For more information, contact: Erin Karrigan

November 5, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

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