Open Gym Access 5 am- Midnight

Did you know existing members are eligible to have Open Gym access to the studio 5 am- Midnight every day of the week for an additional $35 a month? You can workout when it’s convenient for you so you never miss a workout. ? We are only offering 10 spots, 6 have been claimed. If you are interested in adding this perk to your membership contact ?? Open Gym Access begins August 15.

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Better is Better

In today’s fitness market, cardio is overhyped, variety is used in excess, 6-week starvation challenges are the norm, and more is treated as better.

Our view is rather basic but, in a sense, a counterculture position in the gym scene: we treat strength as our base and prioritize quality over quantity, allowing clients to thrive as they age.

We do this through quality of movement and consistency, training over exercising, and a firm belief that more isn’t better…better is better!

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We are an Anti-Diet Culture Fitness Studio

Hi there, I just wanted to reintroduce myself to our new members and followers. I’m Jocelyn, the owner of our small but mighty gym in the heart of the St Johns neighborhood in Portland. Our goal at PDXSTRENGTH is to make everyone feel welcome. We strive to provide educational, fun, safe and inclusive workouts every time you step foot in our door. We are an anti-diet culture fitness studio. We’re anti-everything that makes you feel like you should always be trying to get smaller. You deserve to be here exactly how you are. We think that’s important, you deserve to be here exactly how you are. I’m always here for any questions/feedback. Thanks for all the support these past 10 plus years. Xoxo

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We are not Crossfit!

Fitness for SPORT vs. Fitness for LIFE

There is a more intelligent way to age athletically.

Somewhere along the road we seemed to have lost our way. Olympic weightlifting and technical gymnastics crept their way into mainstream fitness, and a scoreboard disrupted an industry.

An effective protocol intended for a very specific population – competent olympic weightlifters and/or competitive elite athletes (predominantly collegiate- or professional-caliber individuals involved in a contact sport) – started selling as a universal fitness program for the general public. Too much volume and too little recovery became the norm, and everyday people put trust in a program designed for the top 0.01%.

Naturally, all sports carry risk. Fitness as a sport is no different, and unless you are actively competing in fitness as a sport, your training program should look nothing like it.

Fitness for “Sport” needs to prepare an active individual’s mind and body for things such as competition, impact, and intensity.

Fitness for “Life” should provide the building blocks to age in a vibrant and powerful way: free of injury, and chalk-full of strength and resilience.

Training for sport means accepting specific risks, throughout a specific window (season/career), in order to chase a specific goal. However, training for sport is not a training program for life, and once we’ve graduated from our sport, the goal should be to thrive as we age. The secret? To balance the right amount of stimulus with an appropriate amount of recovery. This equation provides attainable progress and lasting results that sustain you for a lifetime.

Everyday people training for a sport in which they do not compete had its moment.

Everyday people training for the sport of life, on the other hand, is the present and the future.

Our strength-driven approach helps establish the building blocks to allow individuals to thrive as they age. And our signature work-to-rest ratios provides a scaleable atmosphere and a level playing field.

Fitness as a sport leans on a finite scoreboard. We provide an infinite runway to a strong, sustainable, and active lifestyle.
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Eating Disorders and the Fitness Industry

The fitness industry can definitely foster unhealthy relationships with body image, food and eating. From someone who has battled eating disorders from age 17, it’s filled with triggers – yet I’m still involved with an industry whose noxious breadcrumbs led me down a very dangerous path. So why am I still here? I’m in love with movement and I’ve learned some valuable lessons on how to tune into my own internal GPS instead of chasing hazardous ideals. This defiance has become part of my mission and why I choose to be here in this industry and why I fight for it to be more welcoming. But honestly with a history of toxic thoughts and unhealthy patterns, I have to be proactive about how I navigate and exist in the fitness space. Here’s some things we promote at the studio to help: 1. I do not participate in weight loss or body shaming conversations. 2. I don’t talk about an exercise being good for a better looking body part or looking good for bikini season etc. 3. I avoid labeling food and exercise as good or bad. 4. I check myself regularly. I can’t exist in a hole where eating disorder triggers are banished. So at times I need to reframe my thoughts from what my body looks like to what my body can do. 5. I listen intently to my body. For example if my body needs fuel, I give it fuel instead of overthinking what I should or should not be eating. ❤️ we are here to help protect your mental and physical well being at PDXSTRENGTH. There is a thin line between the healing power of movement and the detrimental impacts of the fitness culture and every day I try to stay sharp enough not to cross it. Xoxo Jossy ❤️

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