Mat class members stretch their muscles at Pearl Pilates Studio.

Mat class members stretch their muscles at Pearl Pilates Studio.

Carrying one’s own weight

People serious about fitness return to an age-old concept.

Allan Classen

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.▶

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National co-op chief visits Food Front

C.E. Pugh is troubled by disengaged workers who fear reprisal from management.

Allan Classen

C.E. Pugh, chief operating officer of National Cooperative Grocers, spoke to Food Front members last month.

C.E. Pugh, chief operating officer of National Cooperative Grocers, spoke to Food Front members last month.

The top official in the national co-op grocery field came to Portland to check out Food Front’s personnel/financial predicament, and he didn’t like what he saw.

C.E. Pugh, chief operating officer of National Cooperative Grocers, a 143-member association of which Food Front is a member, spoke at a Food Front board meeting attended by about 75 members last month.

“Your staff is not engaged,” he said, adding that employees are “begging for better guidance.”

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Free use of hospital garages to end. Page 22 / Linnton center to train young “makers.” Page 12 / Grand Central Bakery closes café. Page 14 / Fred Meyer remodel completed. Page 24 /
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Government: What’s the alternative?

Allan Classen

Few politicians today make the case for government or defend its essential role. Even liberal politicians tend to emphasize reducing taxes and the size of government over achieving public good through government action.

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