How are you doing on that New Year’s resolution to get into shape?
Thanks to being forced into a food allergy- and sensitivity-related elimination diet, I’m actually doing okay. I’m down 7-8 pounds since Christmas. But that’s also because I’m exercising regularly. I can’t believe how much that makes a difference. I know, I know: it’s SO obvious. But sometimes we like to loathe the obvious because we don’t want it to be true.
If you’re looking to get back into shape, or maybe you’re bored with your longtime routine and looking for a gym that offers more than uninspiring equipment and so-so instructors, you might want to check out ClubSport. Like every fitness option, ClubSport may not be for everyone, but it has a lot to offer, and is definitely worth a look.
There currently are 10 ClubSports in Oregon and California. Owned by luxury sports company Leisure Sports, Inc., ClubSport bills itself as a high-end luxury facility that is family-friendly and focused on personalized care. Each facility is unique in its space and offerings, and caters to the culture and the needs of each city.
I was recently invited to spend a morning with my whole family to check out ClubSport Oregon.
ClubSport Oregon is more than just your standard gym with ellipticals and treadmills, although they have those too. I was told that there is almost never a wait time for a machine here, since they have so many. This is just half of the treadmill area:
There is also a Cycling Studio:
And a Pilates room:
Clubsport offers a LOT of fitness options. You can read about them all on their website. What I think might help set ClubSport apart is the exclusive equipment and technology they offer.
For instance, in the Stage 21 section, you can train for your next triathlon using the CompuTrainer. The bikes are hooked up to a system that can simulate the exact terrain and course of your triathlon. It’s pretty amazing.
Next to Stage 21 is the AirFit, a room that alters the air based on altitude calculations, helping you train for your next marathon no matter what the altitude. How cool is that?
Plus, there are many social opportunities at ClubSport, such as Girls Night Out and Paint and Wine Parties. They have special events throughout the year designed to bring members together in fun, casual, social settings. It really is like a club: sure you can work out here, but you can also have lunch with a friend or a date night here, or you can rest and catch up on work using the WiFi in their common area.
One of the most talked about features that I consistently hear about from local friends who are members, is the ClubSport pools. The outdoor pool is apparently a popular spot during the summer, and you can order food and drinks poolside while your kids are playing within eyesight. The indoor pool is open year-round, and ClubSport offers private lessons, group lessons, and open swim time for all levels and ages.
Perhaps THE single most talked about feature of ClubSport Oregon that I hear about most often is Kids World.
ClubSport Family Memberships include up to two consecutive hours of complimentary childcare per day for each child. For many families, this is a huge bonus. The childcare facilities are also nice and spacious compared to most other gyms. They accept babies as young as six weeks old.
In the KidSport area (ages 7-12), there are tables and chairs where kids could read, write, chat, and where some planned activities occur. Video games, bean bags, basketball, and foosball fill out the rest of the space.
A popular favorite benefit among members, I am told is what’s called Parents Escape: the kids hang out in Kids World with set activities (ex: they had a Polar Express Party in December), while parents can go out on a date night — off premises! Parents Escape usually costs $20 per child and $15 per sibling.
After our overview tour of ClubSport, our kids hung out in the KidSport area. Meanwhile, my husband and I each tried out different activities.
I tried a strength conditioning fitness class. Taught by instructor Marina Mitchell, the 55 minute class is a nonstop active workout that targets all of the major muscle groups. Since it was my first class, Marina paired me up with a couple of longtime ClubSport members who helped me navigate a spot in the very popular class, get weights, and offer some tips. They were super friendly and very helpful, and were very complimentary of this particular class, noting that when they first took the class, their legs hurt for days after and reminding me it’s totally okay to stop and take a break if I need to.
I’m pretty good about taking breaks when my body tells me to, but Marina was an awesome instructor who always had a smile on her face and an infectious energy that kept me pushing through the entire class. None of the moves were new to me, but I liked the combination and order of the moves, as well as the pace of the class.
Along with me in that class were women and a few men of all shapes and sizes, ages, and fitness levels. It was great to see people modifying some moves to their comfort level, and Marina was great about shouting out some different modification options on certain moves.
Most group fitness classes are included in membership. Some may require an additional fee.
My husband joined a Pound for Pound session, which meets in ClubSport’s training area called The Edge. Lead by a ClubSports trainer, versus instructor, this particular group fitness session requires an additional fee for members. The Pound for Pound workout combines Olympic lifting, body weight exercises, and metabolic training. It’s an intense, effective, all inclusive workout. My husband said it was tough, but he really enjoyed it.
After our individual classes, we picked up the kids from Kids World, where I learned my daughter made a friend while she was there. It was fun to listen to her chat about her new friend. Then we headed to a family rock climbing session.
Rock climbing was, by far, everyone’s favorite part of the day.
ClubSport Oregon has a massive rock climbing structure in The Adventure Center, and is included in club membership. We had a ClubSport instructor helping us out and it was loads of fun for the whole family. My daughter especially is madly in love with rock climbing. She’s asked to have her birthday held here, and they do offer many different birthday package options for kids.
It’s actually harder than it looks, in my opinion, but once you get the hang of it and gain confidence, it’s super fun to make it to the top!
Side note: below is a picture of me taken about 7 pounds heavier than I am now. And it is the only photo of me from behind that I hope you ever see on this blog! ;)
After our family climbing session, we were treated to lunch in the Courtside Bar and Grill. This onsite restaurant is open for lunch and dinner depending on the day (check the website for hours and the full menus). The menus include many healthy options, as well as indulgent options, depending on what you are in the mood for before or after your workout. Hubby enjoyed the ahi tuna salad — that was pretty tasty. They have all of the kid favorites on their kids’ menu, and they offer beers and wines for adults.
Just like the rest of the ClubSport facilities, the restaurant is also host to various special events such as Third Thursdays and Family Fun Fridays.
My family really enjoyed our half day at ClubSport Oregon. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, and you could tell that members were very committed to the place. We ran into quite a few people that we knew, whether from work, this blog, or our kids’ school, and it felt like a nice, close community. Regarding membership, every person I spoke with before, during, and after I worked on this story said the same thing: it is definitely worth it — if you have the time to make full use of your membership. There are more benefits than I could write about here, so I encourage you to check out their site for more specifics.
There are a few different membership levels, but the basic rates are*:
PREMIER (per month)*:
Individual – $111
Couple – $174
Family – $217
GOLD (per month)*:
Individual – $133
Couple – $220
Family – $260
*subject to change. Please check the ClubSport website for latest rates & full details.
That’s the base rate that includes access to the main club, lockers and towel service, discounts, nutrition classes, a New Member Fast Track Program. The Gold membership offers additional benefits. Members also pay various additional fees for certain classes, camps, and events, on top of the monthly membership fee.
ClubSport is definitely more than just a gym. It’s a community, a commitment, and a lifestyle. Some of my friends and colleagues love ClubSport and are there all the time; some have found it doesn’t work for them. My husband and I (along with our kids) work out now almost every day from home, and with our crazy busy schedules, it’s hard to make the drive to a gym – any gym – and our social dance card is way too full so we likely wouldn’t make use of ClubSport’s social benefits. But that’s just right now. If we were to join any gym in the future, it would likely be ClubSport.
Like any lifestyle investment, you should try it out for yourself (they offer a Free Class and Workout Pass) and decide if it’s right for you and your family. If you do, please tell them Marlynn from Urban Bliss Life sent you! The staff are all wonderful and will take great care of you, as they did with me and my family. And remember, California friends: there are eight locations in California.
Sun:7:00 am-10:00 pm
Mon – Fri:5:00 am-11:00 pm
Sat:6:00 am-10:00 pm
18120 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97224
I’d love to know: what are your own fitness goals for 2015?
Thanks to ClubSport for the opportunity to try out the facilities with my family free of charge. No other compensation was given, and therefore there was no expectation or requirement for a review. All opinions and photos are, as always, my own.