Fun fitness classes for Portland visitors

Work up a sweat with spin classes, CrossFit, yoga and more.

coutesy burncycleWorkout meets dance party at high-intensity spin class BurnCycle.
Courtesy of BurnCycle

Straying from an exercise routine can be stressful, which makes travel tough for fitness-minded visitors. Luckily, Portland offers plenty of structured opportunities for your daily sweat sesh — assuming you don’t feel like simply going on a run around town!


SoulCycle addicts will love BurnCycle, Portland’s own version of the trendy high-intensity spin class. The 45-minute sessions use specially designed stationary bicycles and energizing tunes to work riders’ legs, upper body, obliques and core in a class that’s equal parts full-body workout and dance party. New students pay $15 for one class or $45 for three, and shoes are available to rent for $2.


Can’t stand missing a WOD? CrossFit Portland has you covered. The first CrossFit gym in Oregon, this Northeast Portland “box” welcomes travelers with open arms, inviting experienced CrossFitters to attend challenging group classes or train independently during open gym hours. Visitors pay $25 for a single class or $75 for a full week of unlimited CrossFit fun.


With locations in the chic Pearl District and popular Southeast Division, Studio Blue promises a targeted core workout with a wide range of Pilates classes. Choose between beginner, intermediate or advanced levels, or mix it up with a springboard or yoga sculpt fusion class. Drop-ins are only $19 and new students get a free week of mat classes, so feel free to try a range of classes if you have time to spare.


With dozens of studios within city limits, it couldn’t be easier to find a drop-in yoga class that suits your schedule. Styles run the gamut, from vigorous heated classes — think Bikram, Yoga Sculpt and vinyasa flow — to relaxing yin yoga and meditative kundalini. To sweeten the deal, most studios offer stellar deals for new students—as low as $10 for 10 classes at Yoga for Life. Don’t know where to start? We love YoYoYogiYoga on Yamhill, Yoga Pearl and Yoga Union.


Designed to strengthen and sculpt muscles through a combination of yoga, Pilates, functional training and ballet, barre classes have exploded in popularity over the past decade. Devotees of national brands Pure Barre, The Bar Method and Portland-born Barre3 can easily find a Portland studio in their preferred style, and new students are always welcome. Drop-in rates range from $15–$25, with special deals for first-time guests.

Everything else

Whether you’re craving high intensity interval training (HIIT), TRX circuit classes, Pilates, yoga, cycling, Tai Chi or Zumba, MeFitness Studios delivers. With more than 60 classes each week, the friendly Alberta neighborhood gym offers the perfect class for any fitness level — plus a full gym with free weights, cardio machines, kettlebells and a spin studio. One visit will only set you back $15 or $55 for five visits.

MeFitness is also available via ClassPass, as are many of the studios on our list. Members can use the service to explore dozens of offerings throughout the city, from yoga and dance to martial arts, boxing and strength training. With all these exciting exercise options at your fingertips, there’s no excuse to skip that workout!

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