Yoga in the Pearl has the best beginner workshop for non yoga people to get exposed to different types of yoga, and gain the confidence to take other classes. It was not intimidating at all.
PROS: Friendly People, Relaxing, Good Workout
CONS: Small Room
The atmoshpere of the Yoga Center was for me, from day one, supportive, encouraging and inspiring...I finally found a teacher who speaks to my particular level of development and helps me to stretch and grow with it in a wy appropriate to my physical condition and my desire to learn more...many many thanks!
PROS: Great service
Mavericks is a great boutique club in NW Portland. I was looking for a club that emphasized classes, and Mavericks does. Excellent cardio and yoga classes and an open workout floor. None threatening environment. Their people are friendly and I feel welcomed. If your looking for a club that seems to care about you, try them out. They give out guest memberships.
PROS: Free Parking
Overall a nice club but far too expensive and the pricing structure is "one size fits all". I guess the advantage in the club is also the disadvantage. Most likely you do not have the time or inclination to use all that is offered and more importantly all that you are paying for. So in other words your paying for stuff that you will never use so you can subsidize the use by others. Why did we pay for an outdoor pool in Oregon, it is only open 3 months out of the year. They have tried to be everthing to everybody which has left us all footing the bill. I was a member for 6 years and just got fed up with the constant price increases and the "one size fits all" approach. When I cancelled, they didn't if try to keep my membership, just said bye. Nicecustomerloyaltyandservice. Enjoy.
PROS: good location, open floorplan, recently remodeled
CONS: too expensive, staff uncaring, pricing structure
The facilities are quite nice, particularly the restrooms/changing area and the aroma/light therapy room (although it can only accommodate 3 people!). However, the gym's benefits end here. The classes are limited, the yoga program has been all but eliminated, parking is a nightmare, and the gym is usually stuffy and overcrowded. The hours are ridiculous ... CLOSED on Sundays (!!) and closed very early on Saturdays. Much of the equipment looks antique. However, the real problem with Resort to Fitness seems to be that its management takes your money and then forgets about you ... they seem much more concerned with attracting new customers than they are with making their current ones happy. I regret signing a contract, and recommend that women explore other fitness options.
PROS: Light therapy, Changing Room
CONS: Hours, Limited Class Options, Price
Most Ballys stick to the basics for their design. Televisions broadcast silently above multiple rows of cardio machines; mirrored walls act as the primary decorative components. But thanks to high-energy television ads and low-impact membership premiums, this national fitness chain has steadily attracted a clientele bent on saving money while losing weight or gaining muscle.
Using fairly standard strength-training equipment and/or racks well-stocked with free weights, the best of the trainers here, who are classified at four different levels, can be as skillful as those found at costlier gyms. For group classes, signature exercise options include Spinning and Powerflex, as well as a number of patented routines inspired by Tae Kwon Do.
PROS: Well stocked gym
CONS: Parking and crowded
Loprinzis offers the best workout facility in Portland. The ambiance is awesome in Loprinzis. The equipment is old, but in awesome condition, and runs perfectly. Bob Hill, the owner, has more than enough free weights, but also has an excellent cardio section with top quality tread mills and elypticals. I'm a world class powerlifter with a world record under my belt, and I've worked out at all the top rated clubs in Portland, and my opinion is the Loprinzis is the best in Portland. Just a side note, Bob also offers quality instruction for those that ask for it free of charge. Bob is an accomplished powerlifter as well as a marathon runner. You can't ask for more than that.
PROS: Inexpensive, tons of equipment, awesome atmosphere
CONS: limited parking
This is a great place to come and rent movies and they have a good selection of buy pre-owned. Clean and easy to get to for all of your video rental needs.
Quite an array of furniture- you have to go to the 3rd floor to find the best stuff, which is often overlooked! Ask for David the Manager- he's Mr. Personality!
PROS: Great selection
Walking into the cozy shop, packed with an enormous array of styles and textures, I wasnt so surprised by the excellent quality of sofa.table.chair, but rather the amazing service we received. In fact, we had come to our wits-end in furnishing our living/dining space. After weeks of fruitless shopping, we realized that the average shop wasn't going to cut it, especially with our tastes/but a limited budget. Luckily, our fashion-forward friends referred us, having ultimate faith in sofa.table.chair. They were right. At our in-home consultation, Tod rolled up with a car full of luscious fabric swatches, armfuls of books of sofa/table/chair styles, and an adventurous spirit that made us know instantly that we were in good hands. A cross between having a furnishing visionary, and a new best friendour experience will keep us coming back, and well be sending all of our friends (that we like) back there.
PROS: easy to find/park, atmosphere, suits all tastes
CONS: could spend all our $