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Hello and Welcome to Portland!
I have found that memberships to local Community Centers have been extremely convenient and cost effective!
I belong to the SW Community Center and not only have access to a pool (all 12 months of the year), basketball court, weight training equipment, cardio equipment (elliptical, treadmills, bikes, stairclimbers, etc.), but fitness classes as well (step, aerobics, kickboxing, etc.). I can pay as little as under $4 per visit, or get a 20-visit punch card for under $80, or a 3-month or 1-year membership. There are TVs in the center (above the equipment) that you can plug into.
As for having your own, individual Plasma tv, I would recommend a chain such as 24-hour, Bally's or something along those lines as they usually provide more bells and whistles.
Location: Portland, OR
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I go to 24hr fitness, they have lots of classes .. but the tvs are above your head (you plug in and choose the channel that corresponds to the tv you want to watch).
For fun, (I have the membership that lets me go to any of the 24hr clubs in the US) I go to the different clubs and try out the classes (different instructors, different format and feel).
Our gym has a wide variety of classes and the cardio room has a dozen or so TVs set up that you plug into, then the front row of machines have individual TVs. Our gym is a chain of only three, one downtown, the other two are on the far(ther) west side. I go to Bethany Athletic. It is VERY clean and has a wide variety of types of people who work out there. It feels very comfortable to me.
I go to an Olympic Gym in Gresham which has the machines that each have their own individual TVs on them. What side of Portland are you moving to? Gresham is close if you're moving to SE.
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Welcome to Portland Sparkers. Although the weather is simular I hear there's a bit less rain here - if any of us p-towners can believe that. There are a lot of gyms here, both chains and private but like Rachel said, until you know where you are going to live/work it's hard to recommend any. There are also a lot of wonderful parks and walking/hiking trails here
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We aren't sure yet. We are looking for a house right now. Maybe North Portland or NE portland (we have seen places in Woodlawn, Arbor Lodge ect. that look promising)
There's lots of gyms in Portland. Bally's, 24HourFitness, LAFitness are some of the big chains. And then, there are smaller private gyms. What area of Portland will you be living in?
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Hey everyone, my husband and I are moving to Portland this summer from Tacoma WA. I was hoping to get some input on gyms. Which ones are great, which ones should I avoid ect. I like to have access to lots of classes and different types of cardio machines (although the ellipticals are my favorite) The one thing I love about my gym in Tacoma is that many of the cardio machines have individual Plasma TVs attached to them so you can just plug your ear-buds into the machine and watch whatever channel you want without fussing with tuning in to the radio. Does Portland have any gyms like that?