It is time to start treating our training as a privilege, NOT a punishment! 

With so much stress and chaos surrounding our every day lives, sometimes we just need to take a step back and be grateful for what we have…

And that includes the ability and opportunity to EXERCISE.

For anyone who’s ever dealt with a debilitating injury or medical issue that kept them from being able to be physically autonomous, they know the pain and frustration that comes with it…

And the harsh reality of life for many is that we don’t know what we have until we lose it. And it takes a travesty to make a mental paradigm shift in how we value our abilities and opportunities.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. As you’re in control of your mind, body and soul. But how do you stay in control? That’s the question…

Fuel your focus your lifestyle with proactive health habits that create strength, resilience and confidence to not only stave off preventable diseases and health problems, but also give you the fortitude to step up to the natural challenges of life that are guaranteed to be thrown your way.

And more than anything, be thankful for what you have, as you never know when you may be in the fight of your life to keep it. It should always be worth fighting for. Every single day.

Everyone has an opportunity to reflect, rearrange the thoughts in their head and restore their heart back to a place of humble thankfulness.

Spend a few minutes a day devoted to defining your purpose, giving thanks to what you have, and planning on proactive ways to keep pushing forward no matter what’s ahead in your path.

Ultimately, you must change the way you THINK, to change the way you FEEL and change the way you LIVE. It all starts with you 🙏

Thank you for trusting us with your fitness journey. We strive to offer inclusive, fun, educational and safe classes for all levels.
On the fence? Your first class is always free.
Jossy and the PDXstrength Coaching crew
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ED Awareness

It’s national eating disorders awareness week. Sharing our stories is a powerful way to connect with others that are on the same journey and help educate those that are unfamiliar with eating disorders. I battled exercise bulimia for over ten years. Hiding it very well behind training for triathlons and working in the fitness industry. It would snowball the more compliments I received for being so disciplined and fit. I would exercise 2-3 hours a day and limit my calories intake for fear of gaining weight. Behind it all I was very sick. I also dealt with Orthorexia Nervosa and was obsessed with planning a perfect diet and would not eat certain foods, for example there were years I would not eat a fat, then some years I would not eat carbohydrates or freak out if something wasn’t organic. I still struggle everyday, but I am proud of far I have come. I know my triggers and I’ve learned that my weight and my body do not define me. I am always here to talk and share, and want our space at PDXSTRENGTH to be a place that does NOT perpetuate ED and is a welcoming place for those that are battling. ❤️💪🏽

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Kettle bell Swing Challenge

Here is our first challenge of 2023:


Come join the PDXstrength Kettle Bell Swing Challenge!

Starting January 23, 2023 and continuing until April 10, 2023 we will be holding a kettlebell swings challenge.  The challenge is to get 100 consecutive/unbroken kettlebell swings at the most challenging/heaviest weight that you can SAFELY!

How To Participate

During any class or open gym where there is a coach present, let the coach know that you would like to attempt to get your 100 swings.  The coach will count your reps and ensure that you’re doing the swings according to the standard (see details below).  Once you’ve gotten 100 swings, coaches will let Mindy know and you will be added to the official “Swingers Club” roster – ideally if you are going to attempt this we would like to know in advance of your first attempt.  We will have an exclusive shirt design available for pre-order too

You can make multiple attempts to join the club, with the final day for attempts being April 1, 2023.  You can also try to increase your maximum weight throughout the challenge window.

Movement Standards

For this challenge, we will be using the Russian Kettlebell swing standard.  The standard is as follows:

Arms must be straight during the upswing, arms can bend slightly during the downswing


Kettlebell must reach shoulder level during the apex of the swing: overhead/American-style swings are not allowed


Hips and knees must be fully extended at the apex of the swing


Bottom of kettlebell must pass between the athlete’s legs on the downswing


Double arm swings only.

Suggested Training

Week 1 (01/23/2023) – 3×10 swings, 3x per week

Week 2 (01/30/2023) – 3×20 swings, 3x per week

Week 3 (02/06/2023) – 3×30 swings, 3x per week

Week 4 (02/13/2023) – 4×25 swings, 3x per week

Week 5 (02/20/2023) – 4×30 swings, 3x per week

Week 6 (02/27/2023) – 3×40 swings, 2x per week

Week 7 (03/06/2023) – 3×50 swings, 2x per week

Week 8 (03/13/2023) – max reps, 1x per week

Week 9 (03/20/2023) – 3×50 swings, 2x per week

Week 10 (03/27/2023) – 3×50 swings, 3x per week

Week 11 (04/03/2023) – max reps, 2x per week

Week 12 (04/10/2023) – challenge!

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Self Defense Classes

Join us for a 2-hour personal protection class that focuses on hands-on techniques for breaking free from an attacker. This class is not meant to make you an expert at self-defense, but will introduce students to a variety of techniques for physically addressing a threat. The focus in this class is escape and survival, and the class will be physical. Dress for physical activity and leave your jewelry (necklaces, earrings, etc) at home. This is a class for all skill levels, genders and ages. The class taught by career police officer Carole Boswell.  We have 2 class offerings. But you can also attend both if you want more practice/experience.
Class is $49 for two hours and $10 from each sign up will be donated to charity.
Dates and times:
Saturday Feb 18th 1-3pm
Saturday March 11th 1-3pm
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Why we use pronouns at the gym

Why we use pronouns at PDXStrength:

Fitness is highly personal to you, and you are the expert on your own body. Only you can tell if a movement is going to be too challenging, or if your knee feels wonky today. Only you can truly push yourself or give yourself a break if you’re not feeling fully recovered. At PDXstrength, we respect where everyone is at and give a lot of modifications for each movement, making sure everyone feels good about their workout that day.

It’s much the same with people’s gender identity and preferred pronouns. No person on Earth knows as much about you as YOU and we want to respect exactly where you are, where you’re coming from, and to help you get where you’re going.

At PDXstrength, we are driven by relationships and trust. Ultimately we ask about pronouns, because we care enough to ask. Nobody likes being called by the wrong name, right? Nobody likes being called by the wrong gender pronouns, either! Giving folks the space to share these two important pieces of info ensures everyone feels comfortable and welcome in the space. Nobody has to share pronouns, it’s always optional. However, we do ask our members/coaches/staff to make every effort to use the pronouns that people prefer.

We want each person to come in knowing we respect their boundaries and trust them to trust their own bodies, their own identities and their own journeys. We believe that folks need to trust the people around them, and feel comfortable with them, if they’re going to be OK being vulnerable and pushing themselves in the gym. Ultimately, feeling at home here will keep people coming back more often. Coming back more often will get better results and health in the long run.

Implementing this change to our class intros has been an easy win for our community over the past few years. We’d love to see more gyms follow suit!

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