Not Your Normal List of Gym

With Benton County finally opening up, many will be looking for a gym to work off those pandemic pounds, to get in better shape, or simple to commit to a healthier lifestyle. It always seems like the gym loses its glamour after about a month, because let’s face it, it’s just a boring old gym. If you’re looking for something different to do with your gym resolution energy, check out this list of places that offer more than just mismatched weights and smelly towels.   

*Note: Some COVID restrictions are still in place, so please contact the facility of your choice for information about operating hours and guidelines. *   

OrangeTheory Fitness 

According to their website, “Orangetheory is a heart-rate based High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) total-body group workout that combines science, coaching and technology.” During the workout, your heart rate appears as a color on the screens of the room. Your coach will guide the class through the five different heart rate zones, with the goal being to spend 12 minutes in “The Orange Zone.” To learn more about this fast-paced workout, visit the OrangeTheory Website.   


If you’re looking to get in touch with your creative and flexible side, check out barre3 in downtown Corvallis. Barre3 is a full-body workout that combines mindfulness with strength and cardio training, to create balance and empowerment within you. Modifications are offered throughout the class, making it a perfect starting place for beginners. To get started, go online to view the class schedule on the barre3 website or call 541-230-1170.    

The Shop 

By now, most people have heard of Crossfit, but The Shop makes it easy to get or stay in shape. With coaches and group classes that will push your limits and encourage growth, you won’t plateau or even feel like quitting. Not only that, but right now The Shop is offering free coaching for at home workouts. For more information, visit The Shop website or email   

Corvallis Acupuncture and Wellness Center 

If you’re less interested in working out and more interested in holistic health, you should visit Corvallis Acupuncture and Wellness Center, a Chinese medicine clinic in downtown Corvallis. They provide treatment and health procedures for a variety of conditions and needs. They use techniques like acupuncture, cupping and massage, as well as providing herbal medicines and dietary advice to create a healthful life. To learn more, visit their website, or call 541-602-8172  

Willamette Valley Power Yoga 

If regular yoga isn’t quite intense enough for you, you may want to check out Willamette Valley Power Yoga. In these classes, the room is heated to 90 degrees, and the practice is designed to help you train your body as well as gain focus and insight in your mind. Right now, they are offering in-person and online classes. In order to sign up, you can visit their website.  

Cycle Lab 

On the hunt for something fun and really different from the norm? Head over to Cycle Lab, where spin class takes on a whole new meaning. Classes at Cycle Lab happen in a darkened room to ensure no judgement, and the upbeat music makes the 45-minute class fly by. Knowledgeable instructors will provide modifications, so anyone in any fitness level can take these classes and succeed. To get signed up for class, visit the Cycle Lab website or call 541-760-7011  

American School of Shao-Lin Kempo 

If Martial Arts is more your style, contact the American School of Shao-Lin Kempo at Corvallis Martial Arts. Chief Instructor Dan Lowery is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, a former competitive body builder, and an Air Force Veteran. The school offers classes for both children and adults, and you can learn Martial Arts in as little as 30 minutes a week. Benefits of Martial Arts include increases in energy, confidence, and fitness, as well as defense skills. You can contact the school at 541-286-4277 or by visiting their website  

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By Kyra Young