Northwest Women’s Fitness provides a supportive environment for working out and taking care of myself. It’s often when I’m away—on vacation, or trying to working out in a hotel gym—that I realize why NWWF is an exceptional club.
First, I love that it’s all women. The atmosphere, the people, and the equipment make me feel at home. 17.5 lb. dumbbells? Yes, please! The staff are welcoming, and the trainers are knowledgeable and friendly. I typically plan my own workouts, but I always appreciate the friendly tips (and supportive cheers) from Alta, Gillian, and other trainers. They are quick to notice when I’ve added something new to my workouts or accomplished a goal. The positive vibe extends to the community. I will often strike up a conversation, and I’ve met and maintained friendships with other members over the years. The classes are both challenging and accessible to people of all fitness levels. There’s nothing like Bree’s Adrenaline Cycle class on Saturday morning to kickstart my weekend.
My fitness goals have changed over the years, and NWWF has been a part of that transformation. I used to workout to change how my body looked. Now I’m working to build strength and to appreciate what my body can do and try new things. Last year I learned to hula hoop, and I’m hiking higher and longer distances than I knew I could. I’ve also learned that rest and recovery (including our amazing sauna at the club) are an important part of increasing strength and maintaining fitness.
Last year I started using kettlebells as part of a physical therapy program to heal a hip injury. In the process, I learned new skills and realized that I enjoy the challenge of lifting and swinging heavier weights. My current goals are to complete a single unassisted pull-up and ten tricep push-ups. I’m learning about hollow body position and how to maintain tension while doing these challenging bodyweight exercises. These goals feel ambitious, but they are often what gets me out the door and onto the fitness floor. In the next few months, I’m also hoping to complete a hike I started last summer and didn’t finish—summiting the South Sister in the Deschutes National Forest.
Thanks to the staff and community at NWWF for providing a space for setting and achieving goals, wherever we are in our fitness journey!