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.
Name: Jenn Location: Portland, OR
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
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.
Pounds lost: 42.8
Fitness Minutes: (158,696) Posts: 10,890 4/16/08 8:37 P
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
~Gaye BLC 23 and 24 Sunset Stingray BLC 17thru 21 Rockin Rose Ranger
Spark Portland Team co-leader
current weight: 182.4
Fitness Minutes: (8,068) Posts: 317 4/16/08 7:27 P
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?
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