|This all-hours fitness gym
has multiple locations around the Portland area
and if you can get through the all the membership
options, you can actually walk away with a pretty
good deal if you pay up front. Offered a
couple times during the year, the catch is that
you must pay upfront all at once and your
membership is valid for 2 to 3 years. What
makes this a super sweet deal is this: when
your membership expires, you can renew on a
year-to-year basis for an annual cost of $50 -
$100. Be sure your contract spells this
renewal fee out! If you can't afford to pay
all at once, then the club offers the typical
monthly membership that you'll have to talk to a
member representative about.
Another option is through Costco -- they usually
sell a two-year,
non-renewable membership for around $370
(valid at all regular 'non-Super Sport' clubs).
Fitness was bought out by LA Fitness in 11/2011.
twelve locations around the Portland metro
area. Promotions run all the time, and in
order to get in on their latest deals you'll
have to meet face-to-face with a member
representative. Good luck finding out
specific prices online or even over the
telephone. To get a feel for your local
club, here are some options:
1. Go to the web site and download a free
2-week guest pass.
2. Go to the web site and get a 30-day
trial pass for $19.
3. Wait til January of each year for the
Discovery Health National Body Challenge.
When you register, you get a free 30-day guest
pass to Bally Total Fitness. Click
here for details.
you are in their system, if you wait around long
enough they'll send you a pretty good offer
where you can get a one-year membership for
$99. Many of our friends have been mailed
this deal and have taken advantage; however,
it's hard to say when the company will actually
send this to you so don't wait around expecting
There are a myriad of options when choosing a
Bally Total Fitness membership, so carefully
read through the contract and know about the
finance charges, enrollment/initiation fee and
if there are restrictions to days, times and
clubs. Also ask about the cost for 3
year pre-paid memberships (similar to the deal
offered by 24-Hour Fitness).
|Two locations -- one in Tualatin at
Bridgeport and one in Beaverton in
Tanasbourne. Features 24 hour access, group
exercise classes and Cross Fit training.
$12.95 per month with a 1-year contract, or $24.95
per month with no contract. Pay upfront for
a year and it will only cost $199 with no annual
fee the first year.
|Three locations in Portland, offers
month-to-month memberships starting at $9.95 per
month. Sign up online to obtain a free day
pass to try it out.
|Bought out Bally Total
Fitness at the end of 2011 and then gradually
closed out most of those locations.
Currently has ten locations around the Portland
area. Go online and print out their free guest
pass, which is valid for three days for one
specific club. In addition, the club usually
sends out fliers in the mail, generally good for a
one-week guest pass.
The club offers monthly memberships that require
Electronic Funds Transfer, in addition to the
initiation fee. We don't have much
experience with this club so your best bet is to
visit them and get the sales pitch from one of
their member representatives.
Parks & Recreation
||Owns and operates
13 community centers around Portland, including St
Johns, Sellwood, Southwest, Mt Scott and
more. Offers sports, fitness, dance, music,
swimming pool and more. Call or visit your
local community center to see if you are
in-district and to find out more about drop-in
fees and frequent visit cards. Note:
Individuals, regardless of age, who require
financial assistance can apply for scholarships to
offset PP&R fees for certain activities,
please complete scholarship
|Locations in Beaverton, Hillsboro,
Gresham and Vancouver. Memberships start at
just $10 per month for unlimited access to your
home gym; upgrades to $20 per month include a few
more perks. Specializes in fitness
classes. Open 24 hours. Every member
gets to take part in Pizza Mondays and Bagel
|Tualatin Hills Park
and Recreation District
|If you live on the Portland
west side then you may be in-district to take
advantage of the facilities, sports leagues and
classes offered by the THRP. To find out if
you are eligible, click
here and then plug in your address in the
box on the right hand side.. See web site
for drop-in fees, search for programs, classes and
|We have highlighted
the 'well-known presence' clubs here in Portland,
but your best deal might very well be the smaller
and one-chain operations that are closer to your
neighborhood or place of employment. Try
Fitness : this was
the former YMCA at Barbur Boulevard in downtown
Portland. Go online for a free 7-day guest
pass. Permanently closed.
Athletic Clubs: 2 Gresham locations,
one at Mall 205 and one in Vancouver.
locations, a 30-minute fitness center for women
Athletic Club: a couple blocks from
Lloyd Center, bonus feature is the indoor courts
for racquetball, squash and wallyball.
Nautilus: one location in Oregon City
and one location in Milwaukie.
Hollywood Fitness Center: located in
the Hollywood District. Club is open and
staffed 24 hours a day with over 12,000 square
feet featuring two cardio rooms, a weight room
with over 200 machines, a custom workout program,
complimentary workout towels, group exercise
classes and on-demand classes. Membership is
just $19 a month with no long term contract.
of Columbia-Willamette: locations in
Sherwood, Beaverton and Vancouver.
Hillsboro: 24-hour access, features
group classes and personal training, plus recent
offers from Groupon and Living Social.
Please see web site and click on
'Coupons/Specials' for a free 7-day pass and 1
free group class.
|"Gymania" article from their
January 11th, 2012 edition. Provides a
side-by-side comparison of Portland gyms with
information on fees, special equipment, classes
offered and day care.