In October, Rose City Park neighbor Jason Thomas opened a new fitness center called Upside Fitness just a few blocks from his home. The new gym and personal-training space is located at 4500 N.E. Sandy Boulevard in the former home of Jackson’s Flowers. Before opening as a flower shop, the storefront had been the home for many years of Rachelle Markley’s Second Glance Books.
“Our specialty at Upside Fitness is group circuit training and one-on-one personal training,” said Thomas. “My current clients range in age from 12 all the way up to 80. I have 1100-square-feet packed with state-of-the-art strength, cardiovascular, balance and functional training equipment. We believe in efficiency, not only in your time but also in your movement. We design programs to maximize gains in all abilities: strength, balance, coordination, power and flexibility. Whether you are swinging a kettle bell, working a battle rope or trying to balance on some of our Vicore products – we will find something to challenge almost anyone who is willing and able. “
Thomas grew up in Bend, and went to college in Ashland where he earned a degree in health promotion and fitness management from Southern Oregon University. He moved to Portland in 2000 to begin his career in personal training.
“I worked at 24 Hour Fitness in Hollywood for more then eight years as a trainer and fitness manager,” said Thomas. “I met my wife there in 2004 – in what is now the adult beverage aisle at the Trader Joe’s that has opened in that space.”
Thomas’ first son was born in 2007 and another was born in 2010.
“I decided to quit 24 Hour Fitness and start a home-based gym sometime during those foggy diaper changing years,” said Thomas. “I have been running my personal-training business from my home since 2009. We have lived in the same house on 48th and Broadway since 2002, so I feel like we are almost natives in the neighborhood. Due to size restraints – and a hunger to do something bigger – I decided to start looking for a suitable space to move my business in the spring of 2016. When I saw that the Jackson’s Flowers space was open, I just had to have that space. The large north northwest-facing windows allow for plenty of sunlight and the tall ceilings and open floor space make it the perfect place to do group training.”
Thomas began work on the space in mid-September and held his grand opening there on October 24. Trainer Kristin Spurkland, who is also a Rose City Park neighbor, will be working part time at the gym and will bring in some of her own clients. Spurkland incorporates her experience with dance and yoga into the gym setting. Her personal fitness routine is centered on her role as a dancer with Bloco Alegria, a Portland-based Rio-style samba band.
“We are especially attentive to the details in your workout and experience at Upside” said Thomas. “Expect clean, well-maintained machines, equipment and grounds. Expect a helpful energetic and professional staff and expect to feel like you are family when you walk in the door. Above all, expect to have a great workout every time. We want to remind you that there is an upside in every day.”
For more information about Upside, call 503-756-2067 or visit www.upsidefitnessstudio.com.