Portland >Fitness > Recreate Fitness
2001 NW 19th Ave Ste 101, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.537189 -122.690884
By appointment only
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Northwest District
love this place – I love this gym...from the people that workout here, to the different workouts every day, to my new found strength, and the owners that make sure each and every client is happy, safe and having fun...this place is amazing. I joined Recreate 2 1/2 years ago and haven't looked back since. I have tried everything and every type of workout out there and eventually moved on to something new due to boredom or no results. At Recreate this is not the case at all. I am never bored and the workouts are fun and challenging every day. The group classes and sense of community at Recreate Fitness cannot be matched in Portland. Period!
I now like to exercise! – I do not like to exercise. I spent several years with a "gym membership" and hardly ever went. It just wasn't motivating for me to work out with strangers, run on the treadmill and then pretend like I knew how to work the weight machines. Sure the "trainers" were there to show you, but did they really show you? Or show you on your first "courtesy" session and then you'd have to pay them thereafter...anyway, that was me for most of my adult life.
But then I discovered Recreate. I thought I'd give them a shot. Wow! I am so happy I did. I am stronger and fitter than I have ever been my whole life and I'm almost 40! The work-outs are amazing. Challenging and very hard at times, but I love it! The trainers are truly what makes this place. They are the heart and soul and keep me going. They give amazing advice and are very knowledgeable. I have been a member for about two and half years and I am still inspired each class. Sure it's more expensive than the "other" gyms, but I go! And I see the results! And I have made so many friends!
My advice, if you like the treadmill and working out with strangers and paying for a membership you hardly use...this place isn't for you.
BUT, if you want to get into the best shape of your life and enjoy the process and people around you as you do it...then what are you waiting for?!?!?
This Is THE Place That You Have Been Looking For! – I spent years trying to get truly healthy and ended up feeling frustrated, discouraged, and ultimately completely defeated.
I couldn't do it on my own at a gym and I couldn't afford enough sessions with a trainer each week to make any real progress. Plus, most of the trainers I worked with were unqualified and lacking in either knowledge or teaching ability or both.
Recreate teachers/classes are better than the most amazing personal trainer and I pay less for a month of unlimited classes than what two sessions with a chain gym personal trainer would cost.
I was skeptical at first because of the group structure - but I quickly learned that there is a team of teachers at every class and they know each of us individually and know how to push me to my limits but not be ridiculous or overboard either.
I'm so grateful to Recreate for making me feel strong and healthy and actually knowing how to get results while also making it possible for me financially on my more limited budget.
I can't recommend them enough.
you'll be so fit, you're grandkids will have six packs – you're whole body will scream in pain....and then thank you with it's exceptional hotness after a month at this gym. The expert trainer guided workouts are fun and motivating, and can be scaled to all fitness levels.
You'll do things you haven't done since you were 8, and realize you should have been throwing balls and swinging kettlebells all these years instead of wasting your life away on a stair machine, being leered at by creepy creeperson over there on the treadmill.
You can't beat the big hearts and hilarious anitcs that run rampant at recreate. You will be made to feel welcomed and encouraged every day.
If you want to lose weight, build muscle, increase endurance and actually look forward to working out, this is absolutely the gym for you.
the only gym i have ever been able to commit to – i have been a member of recreate fitness for a little over a year and a half and i can honestly say i will never try another gym.
up until i found recreate i was a love them and leave them type of gym member. i would go hard for a few months, then quietly bow out. i have tried everything, every type of gym and nothing seemed to stick.
then i went to recreate. i knew deep down that i would probably give it a go and then call it quits after a couple of months. this was not the case. for the first time in all my gym experiences i started to care. i began to care about my performance, care about the work outs and care about the other folks along for the ride.
the work outs are always challenging, but definitely focus on the individual. nathan and tina make a point to make sure that each person is getting the most out of the work out, pushing each of us to succeed but in a realistic way. i have found that i receive more attention and training at this facility than i ever did at other gyms even with personal trainers.
it may seem abit pricier for some, but i consider it a bargain because i take full advantage of my membership. rather than signing a ridiculous contract for a gym i dread going to.
i can honestly say i will never try another.
Makes fitness fun – I've wasted many dollars and even more precious time at traditional gyms, where I always ended up getting bored and losing motivation. Turns out that the secret sauce is *community*!
Recreate Fitness is a community of friendly folks who are getting fit in order to have fun. No mirrors to check yourself (or other) out. No steroided-out meatheads and elliptical bimbos. Hardly a machine in sight, in fact, save for the rowing machines that substitute for running on rainy winter days.
Everyone at Recreate is out to get stronger, faster, and better so that they can get more out of life, whether it be to hit the slopes harder, catch the surf for longer, finish the race faster, or -as in my case- just to keep up with my little kids and to play with them until they, not I, are worn out!
Nathan and Tina have fostered a family environment that encourages friendship, which translates into more reasons to attend more regularly, jump higher, run faster, and lift heavier. I think it is the PERFECT gym for me...and maybe for you, too!
Too Expensive, Not enough equipment! – Get Real! I tried this place and I can get a FULL use membershiip at another gym with 24 hour access, a pool, 30 classes a week, an acre of cardio, parking, and still save money.
I love Recreate Fitness – I have been attending this gym for two months now and I am so grateful to myself for finding the courage to check it out. When visiting PDX I found an info card about the gym and thought it was a great idea, then I watched their video on the web site and was even more inspired...but scared that I wouldn't be fit enough to join in. It took me 3 months once I moved to Portland, to check it out.
In early November, right before my birthday, I met with the owner Tina (she and her husband own the gym) to talk about doing a couple private sessions before taking the classes - I was unable to make the Foundations Class which I hear is a great way to start. I did a total of 4 privates with Tina who was totally not trying to sell me more private sessions, or get me to purchase a pack of classes. In fact, each time we met I had to remind her that I needed to pay her. I got the sense that she was doing this because she loved it and that the business was doing well - she didnt need to beg for my business (although she was quite friendly and happy to work with me). Tina assessed my physical abilities in a supportive manner and then when I joined the classes she was always there to offer support, modifications, tips of form/technique, and suggestions on weights to lift.
The other great thing about the set up of this gym is that they have multiple trainers at every class (usually the two owners are the main trainers), they get to know your abilities and challenge you while being encouraging. My first few weeks of taking classes I was taken aside with any other newer people and given extra support for some of the moves I had not let learned. I never felt like the loser who had to have a special workout because new people - no matter how fit - have a learning curve. Everyone in the gym is pleasant and supportive.
This workout IS intense and you will work hard for an hour...the time goes by soooooo quickly because each class is divided into three parts - a warmup, a skill development, and the workout portion...some days are more strength oriented and others more cardio but regardless of the day you get enough of both!
I have seen my strength improve a lot, I have lost some weight and have more power in my legs. It is the most wonderful thing to watch yourself change - to see that you can do something you couldnt do a couple of weeks ago. Also, I am an avid yoga practitioner and always found the strength postures a challenge, this workout has a number of exercises that have helped me in my yoga practice.
If you are nervous or shy - give it a try, you might love it - i bet you will!!
The BEST gym, ever – I started at Recreate six months ago to change my boring gym routine from a standard weight gym, you know, the ones where people stand around trying to look pretty, staring at themselves in the mirror. After one workout, I was in, and still think the increased value you get is so much more than any increase in price.
Come in and the workout is already prepared for you, and there is no way you will quit half way through in the supportive environment. You will see great functional strength gains within days and within weeks you will most certainly have begun to recreate... your body.
hands down the best workouts i've ever done. – it's not often that you come across a service that you can honestly and enthusiastically say is worth every single penny you spend on it...but Recreate is.
every time i go in i know my physical limits are going to be tested by ever-changing workouts and every time i leave, i feel great (albeit exhausted).
go once and you'll have a great workout. go twice and you'll be hooked.
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