Have Your Cake and Hot Bod, Too

Yesterday, I ate a big piece of carrot cake. For fun, or rather for torture, I looked at how long it would take me to burn off those calories. I know calories are not all equal, and 500 calories of cake versus 500 calories of kale look very different in how they get processed by the human body, but for the heck of it, I checked. According to the all-knowing and terribly accurate Google, an average person burns around 5 calories per minute when walking at a brisk pace, around 4-5 miles per hour. To burn off a 400 calorie piece of delicious, decadent cake, that puts me walking for roughly 80 minutes, or 5.33 miles. No big deal.

So here’s to those of us who would rather find a gym and eat our cake than go without. Whether you’re looking for bigger gyms open 24 hours, or gyms that have more class-based focus, we took the searching out of the workout equation for you – but not the workout part. Sorry.

Pilates and Barre
These types of classes have gained popularity in the last few years due to their promise of longer, leaner muscles. Pilates engages multiple muscles while transitioning through various movements to strengthen and balance the body. Barre – on the other hand – uses a mixture of Pilates, ballet, and yoga poses that target specific muscles by making dozens of small movements.

Downtown Pilates is a classic Pilates studio owned by Shiikon Sieger, who provides private classes for $40 an hour. She uses the classical Pilates equipment and works with clients one-on-one to create classes based on their needs. She is located at 552 SW 3rd St., or online at downtown-pilates.com. 


Studio Cloud 9 offers reformer Pilates, mat Pilates, yoga, and mobility training. New clients can get 21 days of mat Pilates, yoga, and mobility classes for $21. They also have class packages that range in price depending on the class style. Drop-in cost is $25 for a reformer Pilates class, $15 for any other class. Find them at 165 SW Washington Ave., or online at studiocloud9pilates.com.

Barre3 offers barre classes. For new clients, they currently have three classes for $40 and a two week unlimited for $59. They also offer class packages or unlimited monthly membership for $99 the first month and $150 per month each month after. They are located downtown at 118 NW Jackson Ave., or find them online at barre3.com.

Martial Arts
Martial arts consists of a variety of tried-and-true systems and traditions that teach self-discipline, as well as condition the body. Corvallis has multiple martial arts studios that teach an array of styles.

Precision Martial Arts offers classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Mixed Martial Arts, with classes for most age groups – especially in BJJ. They also offer sparring classes for more advanced students. Pricing varies based on how frequently the client goes to class, but there are no contracts or other fees associated with joining. Three classes per week is $145 per month, or unlimited for $195. Kids pay $120 for unlimited classes, or they have a family discount of the normal pricing for adults plus $50 for each child. They also offer trial classes. Schedule one online at precisionmacorvallis.com or see them at 1750 SW 3rd St., Ste. E.

Aurora Martial Arts teaches American Kenpo karate, which focuses on self-defense skills and “empowering the individual.” They offer children’s, youth, men’s, and women’s programs. They currently have a special for new clients that provides the first two weeks free. See them at 195 SE Crystal Lake Dr., or online at auroramartialarts.com.

Specialized Fitness
Specialized fitness targets particular groups or niches in the fitness industry. In Corvallis, we have centers that cater to specific age groups and small groups.

Hammerheart Strength and Conditioning gym was started by Jordan Kessler after he’d been personal training for a year. Now, Hammerheart has “group” classes, none of which get larger than six people. Kessler creates each class based on who is going to it and their fitness needs, which he knows about because he provides a free movement screening to each new client. 

There are no fees, and some of the classes will only have one or two people, making them more like a personal training session. Pricing is $150 per month for two sessions per week, $200 per month for three sessions per week, and $250 per month for four sessions per week. Go to hammerheartsc.com for more information or visit at 2323 NW 9th St.

Fitness Over 50 is another unique facet of Corvallis’ fitness scene. Their classes help people over 50 increase strength, gain flexibility, and improve balance and posture. They have a variety of classes, and new clients get the first week free with four personal coaching sessions. If you use a monthly automatic payment, it is $49 per month. Learn more at their website fitnessover50.info or find them at the Willamette Wellness Center in SW Corvallis.

Jazzercise is another alternative fitness option that uses dance and aerobic movements coupled with strength exercises to provide a solid workout. Each class incorporates 15-16 routines and lasts about an hour. Located in the First Congregational Church, they offer multiple pricing options. Usually there is a $50 joining fee, but if you join in January, they waive the fee and give the remainder of January classes free. Find out more at jazzercise.com and look for the Corvallis location.

High Intensity Training
This section includes classes that use interval training by varying the exercises, muscles groups being worked, and time spent in each exercise to provide big gains in calorie expenditure and muscle mass. 

CrossFit Train has classes every day, and they require no contracts. As Derek Eason, the owner and head coach, explained, “We do everything, and it’s for everyone.” Clients pay $140 per month, and that comes with an “On Ramp” for new clients, which is three private training sessions to teach you the foundational concepts of CrossFit. Also, Thursdays are free for anyone wanting to try a CrossFit class. Visit them at 1780 SW 3rd St. #110 or online at crossfittrain97333.com.

CrossFit at the Shop also has CrossFit classes with some women-specific classes as well. They have an introductory offer of one week for $1. They also have unlimited monthly membership for $159-79 depending on if you sign a contract, and they give a discount to active duty personnel. Find out more at shop-training.com or visit them at 1838 NW 9th St., #113. 

OrangeTheory Fitness has each client wear a heart rate monitor to help them know when to work harder or ease up. Each class has intervals of treadmill, rowing, and weight exercises. The first class is free, and you can sign up on their website. Pricing varies, ranging from $79-169 per month depending on how many classes you want per month, and it is $10 less per month if you have automatic payments set up. Also, the heart rate monitor is a one-time fee to own it, ranging from $69-$99 depending on the model you choose. Find them at orangetheoryfitness.com or at 1838 NW 9th St., #112.

Traditional Gyms
SamFit is open every day of the year, 24/7, and it is available for everyone. You don’t have to be a Samaritan employee or healthcare member to join. They also provide additional programs for an extra fee, including personal training, health coaching, personalized fitness programs, and a wellness package that includes an annual health risk assessment and report, available health seminars, and access to fitness professionals.

Their gym has free weights, weight machines, and cardio equipment including treadmills and stationary bicycles. They also have classes included in their membership: spin, Zumba, circuit training, core, yoga, and balance & stability.

Pricing: The base price for a membership is $40 per month with a one-time key card fee of $10. However, if you sign up during January, it is only $37 per month and the key card fee is reduced to $10. 

Specials: Clients get a discount if they are a student at Oregon State University or Linn-Benton Community College. Discounts are also available for clients who work for certain companies or have Samaritan insurance.

SamFit is located at 777 NW 9th St., Suite 301 in Corvallis and at 380 NW Hickory St. in Albany. Find more at their website samfit.org.

Timberhill Athletic Center offers multiple types of activities, classes, and gym options. They are open Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Unlike some other gyms, they have a swimming pool, courts for various sports, massage therapy, and a playroom for kids. They also offer personal training for an additional fee.

Their gym has many types of exercise equipment, from cardio options to free weight and machines for weight lifting. They also have other exercise tools from exercise balls to mats. Their fitness classes include Pilates, yoga, cycling, boot camp, kickboxing, line dancing, step, Zumba, barre, tai chi, circuit training, and senior fitness classes of varying kinds.

Pricing: A one-time initiation fee is applied to any membership option at Timberhill. The membership options for a single individual are $64 per month ($70 to include access to courts) for only daytime hours with a $100 initiation fee or $64 per month for all-hours with a $300 initiation fee, $70 per month for all-hours with courts access and a $400 initiation fee.

They do offer family and senior discounts, as well as a 50 percent reduction to your initiation fee depending on your health insurance provider and/or employer.

Timberhill Athletic Center is located at 2855 NW 29th St. Find out more at timberhillac.com.

Anytime Fitness is also open all day, every day of the year. In addition to their fitness membership options, they also have personal training available, and each membership starts with one free personal trainer session at no additional charge.

They offer free weights, weight machines, treadmills, rowers, and ellipticals among other options. They also have a room in back with a TV and pre-programmed fitness videos that clients can use as well as private showers. 

Pricing: There is a standard $29 enrollment fee, but it is waived if you sign a contract for three or more months. Key activation is $25. The monthly fee is $42 with a twelve month commitment. You can also try a seven day free trial to decide if you want to commit.

Anytime Fitness is located at 955 NW Kings Blvd. Learn more at their website anytimefitness.com. Also look into Snap Fitness at snapfitness.com for a similar environment to Anytime Fitness.

Downing’s Gym is more what you would expect of a hometown gym that doubles as the lifters’ gym. Pete Martin, the owner and one of the trainers, said that they cater to everyone but that they also have a lot of college students and others coming in wanting to lift heavier weights than some other gyms will allow.

Along with free weights, cardio, and weight machines, Downing’s offers powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and Zumba classes. They also offer personal training for $35 per session, with the sessions lasting anywhere from one to two hours. They are open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Pricing: The basic price is $45 per month with automatic payment, including first and last month in the initial payment. You can cancel anytime. They also have multiple specials for students and military as well as a year-long membership for $320.

Downing’s Gym is located at 1820 SW 3rd St. in Corvallis. Read more at their website: downingsgym.net.

By Kristen Edge


CORRECTION: The original article listed the wrong owner for Hammerheart Strength & Conditioning. The true owner is Jordan Kessler, as corrected above.