Bethany Athletic Club

★★★★☆
  • 15320 NW Central Dr

    Portland, OR 97229

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  • 503-690-2100

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Staff at the front desk is friendly. They pretty much acknowledge members. I recommend Zumba with Orlando!! He really rocks the room with high energy and mucho enthusiasm. I really don't care about free Q tips or hair spray like in

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★★★★★

Staff at the front desk is friendly. They pretty much acknowledge members. I recommend Zumba with Orlando!! He really rocks the room with high energy and mucho enthusiasm. I really don't care about free Q tips or hair spray like in

Pros: Nice Gym Equipment

Cons: Only Good Teacher is Orlando!

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Before you sign up, negotiate a termination that doesn't force you to pay for extra months after you leave--for any reason.

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★★★★★

Before you sign up, negotiate a termination that doesn't force you to pay for extra months after you leave--for any reason.

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My husband, my two children, and I have been members of BAC for over a year and I love this gym. Yes, it is a bit pricey but we use so many of the programs that it really makes the membership fee more than worth the price. \r
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★★★★★

My husband, my two children, and I have been members of BAC for over a year and I love this gym. Yes, it is a bit pricey but we use so many of the programs that it really makes the membership fee more than worth the price. \r
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I have moved around quite a bit - NYC, Chicago, San Fran., Seattle, Houston... well you get the idea. I've been a gym member for over 20yrs so now that I've given you my reference point, here we go:

My friend is a long time member here so I tagged along on her free guest passes a couple of times to see why on earth this gym is so expensive. For monthly membership due of $75+, I honestly expected to be WOW-ed. A previous reviewer mentioned this place reminded her/him of Tualatin Hill Rec Center - I have to say that it's not THAT bad, but it did remind me of an OLD and unpopular Bally's club (some clubs are popular so they get updated while others are pretty much ignored by the Bally's management).

Their group exercise room is horrible; there is no dedicated ceiling (it opens up to the track) making the acoustics WORSE than any community rec center or YMCA so you can't understand what the instructor is saying (imagine a fast food drive thru... multiply that by 5).

When you're walking/running on the track, the cooking smell from the cafeteria drifts up there (depending on what they're cooking, it'll make you either hungry or nauseated). Their yoga and some other classes are offered in a walk-in closet size room right next to that little cafe (what idiot designed the building's layout anyway?)

The pool, jacuzzzi, sauna, etc area is VERY underwhelming (I've seen better set up in a downtown apartment building). The women's locker room is moldy smelling, dingy and not all that clean.

If I had any doubt on my first time there, my 2nd visit confirmed my first impression: very, incredibly disappointing and they can NOT justify their ridiculously expensive membership fees.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have moved around quite a bit - NYC, Chicago, San Fran., Seattle, Houston... well you get the idea. I've been a gym member for over 20yrs so now that I've given you my reference point, here we go:

My friend is a long time member here so I tagged along on her free guest passes a couple of times to see why on earth this gym is so expensive. For monthly membership due of $75+, I honestly expected to be WOW-ed. A previous reviewer mentioned this place reminded her/him of Tualatin Hill Rec Center - I have to say that it's not THAT bad, but it did remind me of an OLD and unpopular Bally's club (some clubs are popular so they get updated while others are pretty much ignored by the Bally's management).

Their group exercise room is horrible; there is no dedicated ceiling (it opens up to the track) making the acoustics WORSE than any community rec center or YMCA so you can't understand what the instructor is saying (imagine a fast food drive thru... multiply that by 5).

When you're walking/running on the track, the cooking smell from the cafeteria drifts up there (depending on what they're cooking, it'll make you either hungry or nauseated). Their yoga and some other classes are offered in a walk-in closet size room right next to that little cafe (what idiot designed the building's layout anyway?)

The pool, jacuzzzi, sauna, etc area is VERY underwhelming (I've seen better set up in a downtown apartment building). The women's locker room is moldy smelling, dingy and not all that clean.

If I had any doubt on my first time there, my 2nd visit confirmed my first impression: very, incredibly disappointing and they can NOT justify their ridiculously expensive membership fees.

Pros: none - I really can't think of one good thing

Cons: everything about this gym sucks

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Staff at the front desk is friendly, but not any of the rest of the staff. They pretty much don't acknowledge any members. The classes are so so. Most of the teachers are tired and dull. The only exception is Zumba with Orlando!! He really rocks the room with high energy and mucho enthusiasm. I really don't care about free Q tips or hair spray like in another review. Not a family club, as there are no activities for school aged kids. The outdoor pool is a baby pool. Women's locker room is smelly and vanity area can be really dirty in the AM.

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★★★☆☆

Staff at the front desk is friendly, but not any of the rest of the staff. They pretty much don't acknowledge any members. The classes are so so. Most of the teachers are tired and dull. The only exception is Zumba with Orlando!! He really rocks the room with high energy and mucho enthusiasm. I really don't care about free Q tips or hair spray like in another review. Not a family club, as there are no activities for school aged kids. The outdoor pool is a baby pool. Women's locker room is smelly and vanity area can be really dirty in the AM.

Pros: Nice Gym Equipment

Cons: Only Good Teacher is Orlando!

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I have been a member at BAC for more than two years, and I have a 4 and a 7 year old. We have had a great experience with this club. The management does have problems connecting with the members, this is true. They had to start charging for a class that used to be free, and they didn't go about it very well and ended up alienating many of the members. However, the staff is ALWAYS extremely welcoming and friendly. I feel very at home there, and I am there nearly every day with my kids. The swimming instructors are excellent, their karate program with Guido Fischer is excellent. My daughter loves the playroom and the staffers there. When we go there in the evening, I take my daughter to the playroom, my son is 7 so he can play in the basketball court with the other kids, who are usually playing wall ball or two square or some other game, until his karate class starts, and I can do my own workout. If it is a beautiful day, I can go running outside. There is a park nearby that I like to run through. I take a shower without needing to bring shampoo or towels thanks to their towel service, and I can use the steam room etc. I feel very pampered there and it makes exercise a pleasant part of our routine. The pool is clean although on the cold side. The restaurant needs work, but hopefully that will happen in time.

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★★★★☆

I have been a member at BAC for more than two years, and I have a 4 and a 7 year old. We have had a great experience with this club. The management does have problems connecting with the members, this is true. They had to start charging for a class that used to be free, and they didn't go about it very well and ended up alienating many of the members. However, the staff is ALWAYS extremely welcoming and friendly. I feel very at home there, and I am there nearly every day with my kids. The swimming instructors are excellent, their karate program with Guido Fischer is excellent. My daughter loves the playroom and the staffers there. When we go there in the evening, I take my daughter to the playroom, my son is 7 so he can play in the basketball court with the other kids, who are usually playing wall ball or two square or some other game, until his karate class starts, and I can do my own workout. If it is a beautiful day, I can go running outside. There is a park nearby that I like to run through. I take a shower without needing to bring shampoo or towels thanks to their towel service, and I can use the steam room etc. I feel very pampered there and it makes exercise a pleasant part of our routine. The pool is clean although on the cold side. The restaurant needs work, but hopefully that will happen in time.

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I love this club, if it had tennis I would love it even more. The hygeine is incredbily, the walking track is superb, the classes are fun and varied especially the Zumba with Orlando, one doesn't even realize one has moved ALL the muscles and burned a ton of calories it is SO FUN. The service is great with member appreciation events and daily great attention. The spa is amazing. The bistro food is divine. Overall an amazing value for our area . My husband and young adult male family members love all the weight room and other classes so this really appeals to all ages, genders, and interests.

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★★★★★

I love this club, if it had tennis I would love it even more. The hygeine is incredbily, the walking track is superb, the classes are fun and varied especially the Zumba with Orlando, one doesn't even realize one has moved ALL the muscles and burned a ton of calories it is SO FUN. The service is great with member appreciation events and daily great attention. The spa is amazing. The bistro food is divine. Overall an amazing value for our area . My husband and young adult male family members love all the weight room and other classes so this really appeals to all ages, genders, and interests.

Pros: wonderful service , clean , zumba with Orlando, bistro and s

Cons: parking

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I first joined I signed up for personal training & got stood up 3 times in a row. I just gave up on the idea of personal training & just got bored with the club. It is high quality machines just not enough & if you want to relax privately in the pool without kids in the summer, forget it, that will never happen. The prices are also too steep & you never quite get to enjoy the entire gym anyways.

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★★☆☆☆

I first joined I signed up for personal training & got stood up 3 times in a row. I just gave up on the idea of personal training & just got bored with the club. It is high quality machines just not enough & if you want to relax privately in the pool without kids in the summer, forget it, that will never happen. The prices are also too steep & you never quite get to enjoy the entire gym anyways.

Pros: The amenities and cleanilness

Cons: staff, crowds, price

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They have very unreasonable policy, that kids under 7 must be put in the stroller to track with you on the track (so do kids under 7 must be put in the stroller to go to kindergarten????????), and kids under 7 are not allowed in the woman's lock room which has the steam room and sauna room, even the kids just going in take a shower. so if you have kids under 7 you probably don't want to join this club, because you never get chance to go to the steam room and sauna room.

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★★☆☆☆

They have very unreasonable policy, that kids under 7 must be put in the stroller to track with you on the track (so do kids under 7 must be put in the stroller to go to kindergarten????????), and kids under 7 are not allowed in the woman's lock room which has the steam room and sauna room, even the kids just going in take a shower. so if you have kids under 7 you probably don't want to join this club, because you never get chance to go to the steam room and sauna room.

Pros: thumbs down

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If your not interested in going to a dirty meat market gym, then Bethany Athletic Club is for you! It's extremley clean, well maintained, and has nice staff. It does not feel stinky or grungy at all. It has ammenities such as towels, lotion, q-tips, hair driers, lockers with built in locks. All the things that other gyms sometimes lack. Plus there is state of the art equipment and a sports bar and spa! Also there is a towel boy there that is kinda hot! Hey, whatever gets you to the gym right!?

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★★★★★

If your not interested in going to a dirty meat market gym, then Bethany Athletic Club is for you! It's extremley clean, well maintained, and has nice staff. It does not feel stinky or grungy at all. It has ammenities such as towels, lotion, q-tips, hair driers, lockers with built in locks. All the things that other gyms sometimes lack. Plus there is state of the art equipment and a sports bar and spa! Also there is a towel boy there that is kinda hot! Hey, whatever gets you to the gym right!?

Pros: everything

Cons: price not for everyone

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This is one of the best athletic clubs that I have been to in a long time. It is extremely clean and well maintained. All the staff are friendly and greet me by name. I love all the classes they offer and the have a lot of programs to cater tp the kids that are around. They support all of the members they have a member board that welcomes all the new members who just joined and then the board also include what they call superstars which are members and kids that have done great things in the clubs such as taking a bunch of classes or lost a signifcant amount of weight. They also have a great support staff of personal trainers. I love this club and all of it amenaties.

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★★★★★

This is one of the best athletic clubs that I have been to in a long time. It is extremely clean and well maintained. All the staff are friendly and greet me by name. I love all the classes they offer and the have a lot of programs to cater tp the kids that are around. They support all of the members they have a member board that welcomes all the new members who just joined and then the board also include what they call superstars which are members and kids that have done great things in the clubs such as taking a bunch of classes or lost a signifcant amount of weight. They also have a great support staff of personal trainers. I love this club and all of it amenaties.

Pros: Staff, classes, services, amenities

Cons: not many

 

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