Northwest Portland reflects the culture of the city at large with its independent spirit, as evidenced by its unique boutiques, cafes and other destinations. Chain businesses have held some presence, though they pale in comparison to the upstart, locally owned businesses that call Northwest Portland home. In the case of big businesses that thrive among Northwest Portland neighborhoods, most have a peculiar niche or prestige that fits among the post Pearl District
A great fitness destination example is Bar Method Portland. The Bar Method is gaining favor throughout the nation, particularly in California; the San Francisco roots of the Bar Method have spread to the Pearl District to offer body shaping workouts to residents in and guests of the area.
The Bar Method Portland gym is operated by Denise Burchard and Meghann Markham, and their approach is to work with Northwest Portland residents seeking a low-impact exercise method that effectively burns fat and tones the body without exacerbating injuries. They also work with clients to establish good metabolism speed and consult on dieting habits to maximize the benefits of participating in the Bar Method.
The Bar Method is an approach of stretches, interval exercise and strength-building repetitions that focus on the use of a ballet bar and floor exercises. It is an aerobic workout that includes continuous utilization of the body’s own resistances and balance to burn fat and build shapely muscles in such areas as the abs, hips arms and thighs. Bar Method Portland assures that clients are getting more than a mere vanity workout; in addition to drawing on the Bar Method, the gym fosters a strong communities of Northwest Portland residents from various demographics—old, young, overweight and seeking to slim down, fit and seeking to retain their shape, students, working adults, retirees—and all are made to feel welcome.
The Bar Method Portland includes details about the pricing of sessions and classes, in addition to a scheduling section to facilitate the intake process for new clients and to streamline classes for current clients. Classes may be purchased in a selected amount, or unlimited access may be purchased for a set amount of time. The Bar Method encourages three to five sessions per week, meaning that Northwest Portland residents planning on consistent visits will save when purchasing unlimited access, where casual newcomers may want to purchase a few classes before jumping in.
Northwest Portland parents planning to work out at the Bar Method Portland gym can take comfort in the partnership between the gym and WeVillage Daycare two blocks away. Bar Method Portland clients enjoy a $6 rate for 75 minutes of child care, enough time to attend a class at the gym and get back to the daycare to collect the kids.
Be sure to look over the Bar Method Portland website for policies and practices. The gym is sure to provide an innovative approach to fitness for Northwest Portland residents looking to shape up without straying too far from home.
Bar Method Portland is located at 904 NW Hoyt Street, on the southwest corner where Hoyt intersects with Northwest Ninth Avenue. There is a Portland Streetcar stop at Northwest 10th Avenue and Northwest Glisan Street (around the block from the gym), and TriMet Bus Line 17 runs along Glisan with a stop at the same intersection. Street parking in the area is limited and metered, so public transit, cycling or walking to the gym is a better bet than driving.