The dirtiest word in the fitness field is fad. A fitness fad grabs your money and enthusiasm for a while, only to fall out of favor with little benefit to your body and an increased skepticism toward further efforts to improve one’s health and fitness. Like the old stationary bike gathering dust in the back bedroom.
Yet, without new and interesting approaches, many people will not make the effort to begin a path toward fitness. And Northwest Portland, with more gyms and fitness programs per square mile than an Olympic village, is clearly a place where folks are finding sources of inspiration.
Karl Kolbeck, who founded Pettygrove Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation with his wife Sasha 15 years ago, said new gyms and fitness facilities have been “popping up everywhere” in the Northwest and Pearl districts in the last few years.▶