West Linn's Anytime Fitness heads to Lake Oswego
When new members sign up at Anytime Fitness, they're not just given a key to the door — they're welcomed into the family.
Franchise owners Kalani and Heidi Pa of West Linn strive to create a friendly environment where anybody can achieve their fitness goals. The gym is accessible 24 hours a day, and new members receive three free training sessions to learn how to get the most out of the facility.
Located in West Linn's Cascade Summit shopping center for the past five years, the gym will move to Lake Oswego in March, reopening at 1171 McVey Ave. The Pas are looking forward to expanding their offerings at the new space — the new gym will feature additional equipment, a room for group workout classes and a stand-up tanning bed.
"People are here to make themselves better and be a healthier self," Heidi says. "That's why we do what we do."
Since taking ownership of the gym two years ago, the couple has nearly doubled the gym's membership base.
The Pas, who hail from Honolulu, Hawaii, both have extensive fitness and personal training backgrounds. Kalani started coaching gymnastics when he was 12 years old, and played "every sport there is" as he grew up. As an adult, he took a front desk job at 24 Hour Fitness in Honolulu and over the next 12 years worked his way up to a club manager position at the company's Clackamas location.
Heidi says she walked into her first aerobics class when she was 9 or 10 years old, and began leading group exercise classes right out of high school.
"I feel like I've lived my whole life in Spandex," she says.
She took her skills to Switzerland for four years, where she taught cardio kickboxing and hip-hop classes, and then returned to Honolulu to study exercise physiology at the University of Hawaii. She's certified through the American College of Sports Medicine.
The two met in 2001, when Kalani was coaching at Aloha Gymnastics World in Honolulu. Heidi came to train for a fitness competition, and Kalani helped her tackle a tough move. They married in 2004 and have been a team ever since.
When the couple moved to Oregon for Kalani's position at 24 Hour Fitness in Clackamas, Heidi began teaching yoga classes, and she quickly fell in love.
"I found a way to connect yoga and apply it to everyday life," she says. "I would really like to introduce as many people as I can to that practice."
When West Linn's Anytime Fitness location opened five years ago, the owners at the time hired Heidi to manage the gym's day-to-day operations and train members. Three years later, she and Kalani purchased the gym and started running it together.
"She's my partner, in every sense of the word," Kalani says. "I don't have to do business by myself; I don't have to do home by myself; and I don't have to do life by myself."
They say working in the same place has been an adjustment, but it's one they've grown to enjoy more and more over time.
"When we're here, we're dealing with business and we don't talk about home, and when we're at home — likewise," Heidi says. "I enjoy that he's around. ... He's my best friend."
The Pas will close the West Linn gym Feb. 24, and they plan to reopen in Lake Oswego on March 6.
Heidi says she's eager to start offering group workout classes — especially yoga — in the new location. The gym will also offer virtual classes — any time the room is open, members can select a workout on a computer, and a projector screen will drop down to play a video of the routine.
"It feels very life-size," she says.
Above all, the Pas are looking forward to maintaining their relationships with their gym members — and watching their community grow in Lake Oswego.
"We really feel that we create an 'ohana,'" Kalani says, using the Hawaiian word for family. "This is our gym family. ... We don't sell memberships; we build relationships."
For more information about the gym, visit anytimefitness.com.