You can be
THE Strong & Healthy hub of your FAMILY.
SWEAT. GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY.
GET YOUR FIRST PULL-UP. SLAM ROPES. SPRINT.
CLIENTS ARE SAYING
We hold workouts at the Bethany Lutheran Church, on the pavement in the good weather and in the basement through the winter. Enter through the door down the ramp off the Skidmore Sidewalk. 4330 NE 37th Ave.
Classes are held in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood, and are easily accessed by those living in the Sabin, Alameda, Irvington, Concordia, and Rose City Park neighborhoods.
Why This Works
Dear Another Parent trying all sorts of methods for doing the most for yourself while causing the
smallest possible ripple upon your beloved family,
Get ready for full disclosure.
-- Coming to you from the point of view of a self-proclaimed Professional Fitness Guru. As a certified, 20+ years' experience fitness pro and (un-certified) partner and parent of two growing kiddos + 3 pets.
I have tried ALL of the FOLLOWING methods and FAILED:
Basement Training. Or back yard, or living room… you name it. HOME. Where your need to take care of yourself mixes with everybody else's needs on a regular basis, and unfortunately sometimes urgent wins over important. When I resorted to basement training, my "workout space" (AKA 2x6-foot rectangle of carpet) was gradually taken over by My Little Ponies and Legos. And my 60-minute workouts slowly shrank to 15 -- because, you know, sometimes it takes a while to find the perfect workout on YouTube!
Joining Globo Gyms. I admit, am lucky enough to have limited experience with globo gyms, but I've heard many stories (not all bad) from clients: first come first serve classes that fill at 80 participants, often high intensity group exercise classes, and in the main gym, potentially useful equipment. And the staff often only knows and speaks to 'the regulars' or their own clients, which could cause someone's first several weeks of training socially isolating and discouraging.
Pretty Much Just Jogging. No strength, technique practice, core, sprinting. Maybe some foam rolling. I did that for 5 years before getting ever-so-gradually dysfunctional - slash - injured. Running without a strength and "prehab" component to my workouts made me weak and eventually injured!
Plus I started feeling not-so-confident about my "naked look:" Flat butt. Briefly skinny-fat (after 6 months of nursing + 2 bouts of gastroenteritis). Just not the me I wanted to see!
The "Work out after the kids are in bed" plan. Ok, technically I've never done this, but I know parents who have. Heck I have TRAINED parents who tried this. Admit to yourself, what works for Olympic athletes may not work for you. Difficulty falling asleep, AM fatigue, digesting dinner/skipping dinner and eating right before bed… Just, no.
Crazy food fixes/Deprivation Diets. AKA, "Forget workouts, I'll just stop eating!" I remember one Thanksgiving in my younger years when I was determined NOT going to gain 6 pounds by Christmas, so I ate from the veggie tray. That was about 15 years ago, and I still remember how miserable I was. Then there was the decade before that, when I ate lots and lots of low-fat fruit flavored yogurt, bagels with low-fat cream cheese, and practically zero fruits and veggies. I felt sick for years at a time!
Oh - I forgot the great caffeine diet… I could go on.
The point is that being a parent or partner, or a WORKING parent -- or pet or parent caretaker -- is a constant juggle.
How are you going to squeeze in your needs?
ENTER HOMEGROWN FIT!
We offer asylum. Homegrown Fit is the place to stop thinking about all your duties but the one you came to accomplish. This is your place to work on your one and only body. Without distractions. Without unfolded laundry staring at you. Without dealing with any of those quirky "gym personalities."
You won't be just a number. We will know your name. And your loved ones' names. And eventually your favorite food and where you like to vacation. You'll get individual attention and personalized workout modifications from your trainers, Anne and Mary, as well as a motivation boost from your training comrades.
Just show up. Your training programming is taken care of for you.
Designed in quarterly focus plans and presented in monthly blocks, our overlying goal is to get fit by working smart. We combine several components of training to strengthen every energy system and avoid injury. A typical training month will offer 3-4 sessions of each: conditioning, global and core strength, pre-hab (staying uninjured), and cross training.
Get it done first. If you are a busy, busy person who keeps going until the sun is well below the horizon, and can't find the time for regular exercise, it's time to get up and spend a bit of time just working on yourself. C'mon, you really owe it to yourself. Yes, a 5:30 AM workout is early (we also have 9:30 AM classes), but if you're struggling to find time to train, you're going to have to make it (because we already know nobody's going to give that time to you during daylight hours). Sure, it's an adjustment, but the return on investment is huge. Just ask my current and former clients.
Come learn about healthful eating. I bet you eat pretty healthy already or else you wouldn't have read all the way to here already. So why not strengthen your food knowledge some more. We aren't crazy foodies, and we don't follow any dogmatic eating styles here. I encourage clients to follow the most whole foods diet that works for them. We hold discussions about food, eating behavior, and body image. We share recipe ideas and trade soup monthly. We hold accountability challenges periodically. Unlimited members receive a weekly recipe email containing simple recipes like Salmon Rice Bowls, Chai Chia Pudding, Bell Pepper Nachos, and Warm Lentil & Kale Salad. We also meet periodically for dinner or brunch out at a real-food restaurant.
I was thinking I'd get in shape before I started attending
Getting active again can be a tricky thing. It's easy to do too much and get burned out or injured. Let us handle that part. Workouts are designed with balance, so that you gain strength, lose body fat, and never hit the wall.
I’m sorta competitive. Will I fit in?
Then this is the place for you! We encourage some good light-hearted cut throat competitiveness. At Homegrown Fit, you do not need to hold back in order to fit in, because everybody there will be working just as hard as you!
Okay, and I also like to have fun.
It is possible to have fun and challenge yourself and the people around you. And so that's our modus operandi: have fun, play hard, and incidentally get stronger, leaner, and more energized in the process. Here is a clip of one of our "workouts."
Is it okay to show up in a minivan…?
Yes!! You are not alone, somewhat competitive, fun-seeking, hard working, pony tail power mom! You still get to have your time to play hard and take time to care for your body. And this is it.
Which begs the question, "What about dudes/dads"?
This is not one of those "ladies only" clubs. Currently men make up about 25% of the bunch, and speaking for them, they would love to have more men jumping on board! (And you are also welcome to drive a minivan.)
Do we need to supply our own equipment?
If you're really hard core, the most you'll need is a water bottle. Outdoor friendly yoga mats are very useful, and if you have a pair of 8+-pound dumbbells that you'd like to temporarily share (or donate), we'd be happy to have them! We supply the other gear, like bands, jump ropes, heavy ropes, tires, medicine balls, etc..)
What if it's *gasp* raining/forecast to rain?
We have dibs on the covered spaces, unless another group has reserved it for the morning/day (so far in 3 years, that has happened once). In the winter when the weather is really lousy, we meet across the street at our indoor location. But we may still go out in the rain, especially if it's the Oregon-style misty, 65-degree morning rain.
Do I have to sign up for months at a time?
We offer a 3, 6, or 12-month commitment plan, which is accompanied by a penalty for giving up (you can cancel for reasons not related to mindset and time-management). You may also purchase single-month memberships, but it's not recommended, given the time it takes to change your lifestyle (about 1 month to form a habit, 2 more to see .
How do I sign up?
First, arrange to come try out a free workout. If it seems like a good fit, we'll take a look at the schedule and see what makes sense for your goals and "rest of your life" schedule. You can then sign up by creating an account at Mindbody, booking classes, and paying through the app.
Have more questions?
Fill out the quick form linked below. I'll contact you through your preferred method for a 5-minute chat (or longer, if you want).
Or give Anne a ring: 503-998-9573
WHO'S RUNNING THIS GIG?
Hi, I'm Anne Koski. I run Homegrown Fit, and a pretty darn energetic and adventurous family to boot!
The core of my passion lies in helping clients learn to enjoy the feeling and challenge of moving their body through space. I think we all should be able to go for a bike ride with our family, or summit a mountain (yes, a real mountain) while on vacation, or even sign up and finish an epic road race and not even end up injured.
I love to move!
I love to make movement challenging, and playful (because we're all just really kids in grown-up's bodies, right?)
This definitely shows up in my 'real' life. As a busy mom of two young kids, I strive to put adventure into every day. We ride bikes to school, take weekend hikes, play at the playground together (yes, I am on the monkey bars and slides, playing shark tag too). We do our fair share of cooking from scratch, going to bed early, and getting together with friends. This lifestyle pairs well with my 15 years of experience in the health & fitness field, two fitness-related degrees, and two certifications.
Still, I've found that I gain the most valuable insight and inspiration from my clients.
That's right, you are my oyster!
Find out more about this Fitness Professional at my Portfolio page.
Our Yogini, Mary Wagstaff
As a practitioner of yoga, physical fitness, and alternative healing for fifteen years, Mary has acquired a wide array of knowledge in various yogic, health and wellness modalities. The most concentrated portion of her studies took place at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA, where she worked, lived, practiced and studied for two years under the guidance of their most senior teachers and visiting teachers from around the world. She is continuously inspired by the depth of learning and unfolding that yoga and dynamic movement offer my life. She uses this ever evolving awareness as a guiding force to teach from and live by.
Mary strives to find learning opportunities and seek out new traditions of yoga, meditation, alternative health and physical fun. Her mission is to guide students of all levels through an energetic, playful and transformative yoga and fitness class geared towards their goals and needs supported by self-inquiry, relaxation and healing. Becoming a mother, her approach to fitness and physical activity has taken a new shape in Mary's life to incorporate how younger people interact with their world through touch and play. It is inspiring to watch and as the years continue she knows interacting with my children will create an opportunity growth for her own personal practice as well as her teaching.
You can find Mary on Social Media at @yogafiedsoul