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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

  • 1,2,3 Step: Enjoy a class that can be both easy for beginners & challenging for the tried & true exerciser. Step aerobics will boost your energy level, burn calories, reduce stress & get you in shape. 
  • 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.
  • Boomer Bootcamp*: A brilliant mix of floor cardio, limited on or off step cardio, strength, muscular endurance, core training & balance work, designed specifically for the older adult, but open to all! Get your motor running to head out on the highway of life, with this fun, easy to follow sweatfest!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • U-Jam Fitness - TM: A hip hop fitness workout, that combines dance & high energy music for a workout that will get your heart beat up, body moving, and make you sweat. No previous dance experience necessary!
  • 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.