It’s the new year and that means it’s time to get your butt in gear. Sometimes the only motivation you need is knowing where to go. In an effort to help you fulfill those resolutions you declared as the ball dropped, Neighborhood Notes has compiled a list of local, independent gyms, plus we’ve even listed which locations offer free trial passes.
Find one in your neighborhood and make good on your best intentions.
East Portland Community Center & Pool
Under Portland Parks & Rec control since 1998, amenities include an indoor basketball court, bouldering wall, and a spacious, LEED-certified aquatic area with a four-lane, 25-yard lap pool, a leisure pool with two water slides, and a hot tub. The fitness room has free weights and machines as well as bikes, treadmills, ellipticals and stair climbers, plus personal training is available. Drop-in group exercise classes include Nia, Zumba, cardio, pilates, yoga, water aerobics and more. With plenty of pass options, the center is extremely family friendly and affordable. Daily drop-in passes are $5.50 (with discounts available for seniors, teens and youth).
East Portland Community Center & Pool, 740 SE 106th Ave., 503.823.3450
The Green Microgym
Self-proclaimed to be the "world's first electricity generating gyms," The Green Microgyms really are green. With three locations (Sellwood and Alberta are open 24 hours, 365 days a year), each gym offers "members a completely green gym" experience by capturing the energy from a workout and repurposing it to power the building. Or as the gym's website states: "The energy bar one member just ate powers the ceiling fan for the next three hours." But, what about putting in some sweat equity in at home? With gym founder Adam Boesel’s UpCycle Eco-Charger, you can turn your stationary bike into a means to generate electricity. Power your home via pedaling thanks to The Green Microgym, which is continually striving to reduce the impact of your footprint, on more than one level. One day free trial (except Belmont where tours are available by appointment).
The Green Microgym Sellwood: 7703 SE 13th, 503.933.2230; Belmont: 828 SE 34th, Studio B, 503.313.6216; Alberta: 1237 NE Alberta St., 503.933.2230
West Coast Fitness
A locally owned, independent club since 1994, West Coast Fitness expanded yet again in 2013 adding a new Kenton/Arbor Lodge location to compliment its Alberta digs (opened in 2003) and original St. Johns gym. From boxing to group cycling to senior programs, each location has numerous programs every day, and one membership lets you access to all three clubs. And after a strenuous workout, there are plenty of extra services to help you relax while the kids are being looked after by club babysitters (St. Johns location only). If you’re at the St. Johns or Alberta gym, indulge yourself with a massage or tanning session, or hit the relaxation room, which features HydroMassage beds and sauna rooms. Plus, the St. Johns club has a steam room and light therapy room while the Kenton location is open 24 hours a day. Looking to kick your feet up even more? Rent a movie from the club's other business, Videorama (“Portland's oldest and largest independent video store”), which is right next door to each location. Five-day free trial.
West Coast Fitness St. Johns: 7522 N Lombard St., 503.283.5404; Alberta: 2640 NE Alberta St., 503.288.4500; Kenton/Arbor Lodge: 2310 N Lombard St., 503.688.5130
Lloyd Athletic Club
Locally owned for more than 30 years, you'll find all the gym standards for weightlifting and cardio workouts at the Lloyd Athletic Club, but if you're into racquet sports, Lloyd features seven racquetball and three squash courts where you can challenge others during league play. Group fitness classes like boot camp, cycling, yoga, pilates, dance, Zumba, lifting, tai chi and plenty more will keep you busy, while other activities include senior programs, personal training, massage therapy, and nutritional counseling. Plus, there's a pro shop and a beverage and snack bar for those post-workout protein shakes or even a beer, if you feel you deserve it. Three-day free trial.
Lloyd Athletic Club, 815 NE Halsey St., 503.287.4594
Formerly Giants Gym, the down-to-earth gym redubbed itself Hollywood Fitness to better reflect the community in which it resides. It still remains locally owned (since 1983) and open 24/7. Adding more service-oriented training options and lowering monthly fees to $19, you can enjoy all-hours access while avoiding the packed weight rooms and exercise classes that you might experience at a chain club. That said, the club still offers everything you'd expect from the big guys: personalized training, free weights and machines, nutrition counseling, and other programs. Group fitness classes include yoga, circuit training, Zumba, boot camp and more. There's a bike rack inside, free parking and workout towels available, and the staff will even allow your obedient, leashed dog inside to adoringly watch you sweat. Free trial passes available.
Hollywood Fitness, 5223 NE Sandy Blvd., 503.281.4776
Matt Dishman Community Center & Pool
The NE Portland Parks & Rec option, the Matt Dishman Community Center offers basic workout facilities like an indoor basketball court, fitness room, gymnasium and indoor swimming pool—featuring six, 12-feet deep lanes and bleachers, it's the only competition pool in the PP&R system. You can find free weights and machines in the weight room and a bank of TVs in front of the cardio machines. Group classes include dance, gymnastics and taekwondo for kids while adults can participate in circuit training, several dance options, pilates, yoga, boot camp, Zumba, boxing, water exercise and more, plus affordable personal training. Lots of pass options make it affordable for families. Daily drop-in passes are $5 (with discounts available for seniors, teens and youth).
Matt Dishman Community Center & Pool, 77 NE Knott St., 503.823.3673
Me Fitness Studios
With 24-hour access for members, Me Fitness Studios’ NE Portland location is broken up into nine different studio spaces with each area specializing in a distinct discipline. From the cardio room to the spin studio, Me offers a wide variety of classes everyday (pilates, Zumba, circuit training) as well as always-available free weights and machines. And what’s a Portland fitness center without a comprehensive yoga program? Offering daily classes, you can also purchase class packs if you’re not interested in a monthly membership—and that goes for some 60 weekly classes and various workshops too. Other amenities include personal training programs (including strength, core, cross, cardio, plyometric, and pilates) and holistic health services (like massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, and dietary coaches). Three-day free trial pass available online.
Me Fitness Studios, 4943 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503.282.7900
Bonus: Portland Community Centers
Portland Parks & Recreation owns and operates 15 community centers spread throughout the city—including Dishman and East Portland above—several of which provide amenities like gyms, workout classes, dance lessons and swimming pools. Here’s a quick rundown of the locations and what each offers:
- Charles Jordan Community Center: fitness center with weights (free and machines), cardio area (stationary bikes, ellipticals, treadmills), group fitness classes (including yoga, pilates, Zumba, aerobics, boot camp, martial arts, classes for seniors), personal training, basketball, volleyball, bouldering wall, locker room. 9009 N Foss Ave., 503.823.3631
- Peninsula Park Community Center: group fitness classes (including yoga, pilates, Zumba, tai chi), dance (ballet, tap), basketball, outdoor pool (summer only). 700 N Rosa Parks Way, 503.823.3620
- St. Johns Community Center: open gym, yoga, tai chi, bouldering wall. 8427 N Central St., 503.823.3192
- Montavilla Community Center & Pool: open gym, basketball, martial arts, outdoor pool (summer only). 8219 NE Glisan St., 503.823.4101
- Laurelhurst Dance Studio: dance programs from children and adults including ballet, jazz and tap—located in Laurelhurst Park. 3756 SE Oak St., 503.823.3195
- Mt. Scott Community Center: fitness center with weight machines, cardio area (stationary bikes, ellipticals, treadmills), group fitness classes (including yoga, pilates, Zumba, boot camp, dance, martial arts, classes for seniors), personal training, basketball, volleyball, bouldering wall, roller skating rink, indoor pools (lap, leisure, water slide, whirlpool, water fitness classes), locker rooms. 5530 SE 72nd Ave., 503.823.3183
- Sellwood Community Center: group fitness classes (including yoga, Zumba, classes for seniors), basketball, volleyball. 1436 SE Spokane St., 503.823.3195
- Woodstock Community Center: Zumba, dance (country line). 5905 SE 43rd Ave., 503.823.3633
- Multnomah Arts Center: yoga, martial arts, dance (ballet, jazz, tap, salsa). 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., 503.823.2787
- Southwest Community Center: fitness center with weights (free and machines), cardio area (stationary bikes, ellipticals, treadmills), group fitness classes (including yoga, pilates, Zumba, aerobics, boot camp, tai chi), personal training, open gym, basketball, volleyball, bouldering wall, indoor pools (lap, leisure, water slide, whirlpool, water fitness classes), locker rooms. 6820 SW 45 Ave., 503.823.2840
We’ll continue our 2014 fitness list with a selection of spin studios, but in the meantime, did we forget the locally owned gym that you frequent? Let us know in the comments below.