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Mama Gyms

So, if you were a mama, wanting to get out to a gym with a full line of equipment like free weights, weigh machines, cardio stuff, strecting supplies, and maybe a couple of studios for classes, where would you go?  Where wouldn't you go?  Sadie Rose is in search of a gym to meet her needs:

I'm wondering about gyms... preferably on the Eastside, but I'd like to find out about other parts of town as well. Are there any amazing locally owned gyms? Women-centered gyms? Small, intimate, and nice gyms? And, what are the best gyms for saunas? Or are there good saunas that come sans gym? I'd love to get the low-down on Portland's gym scene, since I have NO idea where to start.

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there's a sauna sans gym right off se clinton around the corner from zenana spa, but i can't remember the name of it. i haven't been, but it looks cool from the outside. (close to new seasons)

I go to 24 hour fitness and it's great. They are everywhere. The one in Hollywood is totally renovated. They are inexpensive. They have saunas and all the equipment you'll ever need. They have classes including Yoga and Mat Pilates. They have child care!! Brilliant! and.. it's super clean. It's a big corporate gym, but it really can't be beat in terms of features and value.

I have been known to go, put the kids in child care and read a book in the sauna... no working out involved. :)

I have to agree with Monica. We use the 24 HR. in the Pearl and the ONLY downside so far is that they only offer childcare from 8-Noon and then again from 4-8PM and there have been plenty of times we've wanted to go mid-day.
Other than that, I love it waaaay more than I expected to.
Granted, it IS a huge, corporate mongel but it is also very clean, and there is a comfort to the anonymity. Also, so far the staff has been very friendly (John, one of the managers, knew our family by name within two weeks- and we go pretty sporadically) and the babysitters in the child care club have been great.

To be honest, I have been pretty freaked out about leaving our littlest one (not quite a year) in the "kids club". she's never been taken to any type of daycare and so when she cries, it gets to me. the babysitters have been really wonderful with ME; assuring me that she'll adjust after a while, that they'll page me if she doesn't calm down, etc, etc. and they HAVE paged me, so i know that i can trust them to do that when necessary and that gives me the peace of mind to at least go get into a work out without leaving half my mind behind with my kids.

if i am not mistaken, 24 HR is pretty willing to offer a five day pass/trial or soemthing along that line and i would definitely recommend at least checking them out.
goof luck!

...and their pool and hot tubs are chlorine-free. Seriously.

I just checked out Alameda Fitness on NE Fremont and 41st. They have a very small gym with a room for classes. It seems very low key. I think I'm going to give it a try.

The "finnish-style" sauna on SE 21st is Loyly (http://www.loyly.net/). I have not been but I hear it is tres fabu!

West Coast Fitness is a great locally-owned gym with two locations--one in St. Johns (with a kids playroom and babysitter) and one in Alberta Arts area. They are very affordable and clean. Very low-key, but friendly, and it is never too crowded. Highly recommended!

One With Heart http://www.onewithheart.com/ on Hawthorne is locally owned and very female friendly. No hook-ups at the gym scene here and the weights/weight machines are never mobbed by the muscle bound (unlike some big chain fitness places I've belonged to). In fact I think the whole fitness studio is massively underused which is great for me... The downside is that their hours are less desirable for pre-work workouts and their classes are dominated by yoga and martial arts. And no sauna/spa. I do like the strength training and kickboxing classes however.

They also have an after school kids program as well as summer camps, etc.

I absolutley love Cascade Athlectic Club in SE on/about 94th and Stark. Excellent daycare with great long hours, i have two kids 2 and 9mo.. The gym is a great size, not to big, and they cater to senior citizens. There is a dress code and you can't bear any belly meaning no short shirts or exposed sports bras. The have a pool, sauna, and steam room. People are so friendly. It's definitely worth checking out. Oh and inexpensive.

I have to second Cascade Athletic... I go to the one on Division and about 190th. They are super friendly and their classes are the most amazing I have ever been to. I don't love the child care for my kids but it is fine (Too much TV). The pool is amazing and my three year old asks at least once a day if we can go. I know they have a sauna, steam room, etc at this location too but I have never been.

i know you're looking for a gym (and a sauna), but for a GREAT workout, i just have to mention baby bootcamp....it is a great workout, you get to be outside, and your baby is with you the entire time! i don't even belong to a gym anymore. i love it....

Our family goes to 24hr fitness - either downtown or the Pearl for lunch breaks or occassionally to the Hollywood one on the weekends for Kids Zone. We have engineered playdates for the kids at Kids Zone so they have lots of fun time while we are at a yoga class or lifting weights.

I have to admit, I don't like the big gyms too much. I pretty much only use the gym to go to Yoga (I *LOVE* Marchond at the Pearl 24hr) at the gym these days and I find myself racing through the weight-lifting area to get to the yoga studio. Those places make me feel so self-conscious.

Althought it's a big chain, 24 Hour Fitness works for us: multiple locations, kids zone, various classes, amenities like pools, basketball courts, and tons of equipment. Plus, when we travel to other west coast cities, we can often get into other 24 Hr Fitness clubs.

Our family goes to 24hr fitness - either downtown or the Pearl for lunch breaks or occassionally to the Hollywood one on the weekends for Kids Zone. We have engineered playdates for the kids at Kids Zone so they have lots of fun time while we are at a yoga class or lifting weights.

I have to admit, I don't like the big gyms too much. I pretty much only use the gym to go to Yoga (I *LOVE* Marchond at the Pearl 24hr) at the gym these days and I find myself racing through the weight-lifting area to get to the yoga studio. Those places make me feel so self-conscious.

Althought it's a big chain, 24 Hour Fitness works for us: multiple locations, kids zone, various classes, amenities like pools, basketball courts, and tons of equipment. Plus, when we travel to other west coast cities, we can often get into other 24 Hr Fitness clubs.

I have been looking for a good, easy to get to, and that opens early 530 or 6AM. The only one I found was Mt Scott community center is nice, clean and the swimming pool is amazing all year around. Incredibly family friendly and great activities for kids. A year pass for the whole family is 459.00 I believe...I am hoping they will open the Bally's on Division 2008, that will be closer and nicer.

I have been looking for a good, easy to get to, and that opens early 530 or 6AM. The only one I found was Mt Scott community center is nice, clean and the swimming pool is amazing all year around. Incredibly family friendly and great activities for kids. A year pass for the whole family is 459.00 I believe...I am hoping they will open the Bally's on Division 2008, that will be closer and nicer.

My family goes to NE community center on NE 38th and Sandy. I couldn't be happier. This a center that has it all. It's not just a gym but a community center and it's INEXPENSIVE for everything you get! The cheapest swim lessons in town for kids (6 weeks $15 for members) FREE CHILDCARE! (Same caregiver has been there for over 10 years) All the classes, a sauna, pilates/yoga room. I've been going for almost 2 years now and I love it because it's small, the staff knows everyone by name, you get to know lots of families and by going I lost all the baby weight! It worth checking out! I'm sure you'll love it! Oh, since it's a community center it has tons of classes and summer camps for the whole family.

I forgot to mention that there are no contracts or sign up membership, it's month to month so if you end up not liking, your not hooked into it. Best of Luck

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