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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Group Exercise Class Descriptions

  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise (age 60+):  Learn the role movement plays in managing arthritis. Easy paced class covers range of motion, relaxation methods & special techniques. Take measures now to relieve symptoms & maintain flexibility. Instructor certified through the Arthritis Foundation.
  • Bootcamp: Develop your strength, muscular definition & stamina through intense drills, calisthenics & cardio all in one class!
  • Cardio Kickboxing: A cardiovascular exercise that involves kicks, punches and core. Full-body toning is also incorporated in every class. This class can be modified to any fitness level. A fun way to keep you moving!
  • Circuit City: Box, pump, and jam your way through different workout stations in this awesome circuit training class. Circuit training has been shown to burn more calories & firm-up muscles fast.
  • Exercise for Every ‘Body’: A workout for all shapes & sizes, from beginners to our regulars who are looking for a challenge. Provides conditioning in areas of strength using various weights, bars & bands improving cardiovascular endurance & flexibility.
  • Family Fitness Series: These classes will feature four different fitness classes: Zumba, Nia, U-Jam & Hatha Yoga. All with different instructors & all with very unique, age appropriate & welcoming styles. Please view the indvidual class descriptions for more information on each style of fitness.
  • Hatha Yoga: Focuses on linking gentle postures (asanas) while concentrating on stilling the mind. Bring strength & stamina to your entire body while relieving stress. Great for beginners & continuing students.
  • Low Impact Cardio*: Chair & standing exercises designed to improve physical & mental health. Workout with hand weights & dynabands. Improve coordination, cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility & balance!
  • Nia: Integrates dance, martial arts & healing art forms into a unique program that leaves you feeling exhilarated & powerful. Increase cardiovascular health, strength, balance, agility & creative expression. All ages, sizes & fitness levels welcome.
  • Pilates: Non-impact exercises work the deep core abdominal muscles to help achieve efficient & graceful movement. Devote time to concentrated strength. Improve balance, posture, flexibility & body alignment.
  • Pound: Combine cardio, strength training, and Pilates with drumming to achieve a full-body workout. Using lightly weighted drumsticks, Ripsticks, participants can be expected to burn calories in this cardio jam session!
  • Restorative Yoga: A gentle form of yoga that uses props, blankets, blocks & bolsters; designed to go easy on you, encouraging a deep state of relaxation & promoting a greater sense of well-being.
  • Rev Up Your Metabolism: Improve your fitness level with a challenging blend of high to low impact movement: kick boxing, weight & interval training.
  • Step 'n' Sculpt: A brilliant mix of step and floor cardio, cardio strength, muscular endurance, core training, Pilates, and balance work.
  • Strength & Sculpt: Mix it up! Use multiple equipment from stability balls, tubing, body bars, hand-held weights, medicine balls & gliders. Offers functional mobility with increased strength, cardiovascular health & flexibility.
  • Strong by Zumba - TM: Combines high intensity interval training (HIIT) with the science of Synced Music Motivation. In every class, music and moves sync in a way that pushes you past your perceived limits, to reach your fitness goals faster.
  • Tai Chi for Seniors*: Incorporate slow, gentle movements that increase flexibility, balancing, & lung capacity. Promote stress relief, body awareness, suppleness in your spine & increased stamina.
  • Vinyasa Yoga: A moving meditation of asana (postures) & prana (breath). Moving with the prana helps us reconnect with ourselves - body, mind & spirit - so we may deepen the awareness of our strengths & boundaries.
  • Yoga In Chairs*: Gently works muscles & joints to enhance strength, range of motion, balance & circulation. Reaches beyond typical exercises as it encourages quiet reflection, proper breathing & better posture.
  • ZUMBA - TM: A high energy combination of Latin, Reggae & Salsa dance steps. Routines combine fast & slow rhythms to achieve a balance of cardio & muscle-toning benefits. Join our Certified Zumba instructors; no previous dance experience necessary!
  • ZUMBA Gold - TM: For the largest growing segment of the population: Baby Boomers!  It takes the Zumba formula & modifies the moves & pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit & healthy lifestyle.

*Indicates lower impact classes designed for seniors and/or individuals seeking a low intensity workout.