READ ABOUT THE DYNAMIC DUO OF FITNESS AT TRAINER’S CLUB
Lake Oswego’s dynamic duo of physical fitness and training wants to give people the gift of health in the New Year.
-Story by Jillian Daley, originally published in Lake Oswego Review.
A local duo fills the heart of Lake Oswego with adventure and luxury.
Jenny and Casey Lakey’s Trainer’s Club, off of State Street right near the downtown center, is a community gym offering group events and activities, spa features and a myriad of athletic amenities.
The couple bought the club in 2006, and business is booming as the couple’s sense of adventure imbues the club with excitement.
The Lakeys’ Adventures
Both Lakeys say they’ve benefited from taking risks and venturing out in the world.
Casey Lakey recently got a scar on his forehead while partaking of one of his favorite pastimes, water-skiing. A few years ago, when he first tested his skill holding a rope behind a boat, he ended up flying across the water.
“I crashed and burned and went all over the place,” he said. “It was the most fun I ever had.”
Casey Lakey said another intense undertaking he did was opening a business. At first it felt frightening, “like jumping off a cliff,” but he said it’s been a life-changing experience, and he loves it, loves being a part of the local community.
As he likes to say: “It’s just another day in paradise.”
For Jenny Lakey, her boldest and best adventure took place underwater when she went to Mexico and had her first experience scuba diving. The boat ride was harrowing and nausea-inducing.
“But, when I got in the water, it was magic,” she said. “I saw that whole sea floor spread out under me.”
Casey said if you’re not in shape, it limits recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking and getting out and exploring.
“It’s a use it or lose it kind of thing,” he said.
Jenny Lakey said exercise simply makes you feel better – she’s seen it over and over at the club. “People come in here with a frown and walk out with a smile” she said.
Group Events at the Trainer’s Club
Group events involve activities that get participants sweating, such as kayaking in a wildlife refuge near Ridgefield, Washington and scaling Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams. Other examples include a snowshoeing day trip to Mount Hood Meadows and the annual Valentine’s Day dance and wine tasting event.
A free monthly seminar that’s open to all, the Third Thursday Wellness Seminar, gives the public a window into the Trainer’s Club.
In November, a speaker discussed organic winter veggies, and other guest seminar leaders include experts in nutrition, back pain solutions, and skin care.
In October, the Rev. Roberta Wynn led a death cafe – which offers info on planning for the inevitable.
The Trainer’s Club is more than a gym, with five massage therapists on hand and partner businesses in the form of Oregon Natural Health Clinic, owned by a chiropractor, and Portland Pilates Studio. The Lakeys currently are in the process of replacing the acupuncturist and dietician stationed at the club.
“It’s meant to have that spa kind of feel,” said Jenny Lakey, a Lakeridge High School and Reed College alumna.
There’s a steam room and a sauna, and Trainer’s Club staff hand guests water bottles when they enter. A locker room water cooler with cups wets whistles once that water bottle goes dry. Towels are handy, and lockers are at no additional cost. Little perks include fine soap in the private showers and free razors, Q-tips and tampons.
There’s also a little community library: Leave a book, take a book.
Health bars and jerky are for sale. The original art that hangs on the walls rotates out each month, lending club members something lovely to look at.
Casey Lakey said the service-oriented pleasant atmosphere fulfills the club’s goal.
“If people use the club, they’re obtaining their fitness goal, and we have fulfilled our mission,” said Casey Lakey, who earned a Bachelor’s at Whitman College and an Executive Master of Business Administration at the University of Washington.
The treadmills at the Trainer’s Club have TV screens mounted on them with complimentary headsets guests can use, choosing the show they want to watch. Non-TV-watchers can listen to the radio.
There’s a Jacobs Ladder, a ladder that moves while you’re on it, which many public safety personnel, such as firefighters, take a turn at, Jenny Lakey said.
People who may not feel motivated to hop on a treadmill or pump iron on the many machines at the club may enjoy sampling the 45 group classes available each week, usually with eight to 12 people, such as Tai chi and yoga. Instructors are experts and personal trainers.
Functional training is the watchword at the Trainer’s Club. The form of fitness focuses on activity that fires up several muscle groups at the same time, such as using the shoulders, back, and legs while water skiing, Casey Lakey said.
Part of the Community
The Lakeys share their good fortune with the Oregon Food Bank, Lake Oswego Rotary, Lakeridge High School, and Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, as well as with several Portland groups and events.
The club also has a welcoming, community atmosphere, which comes from the
the staff, who go out of their way to accommodate guests’ needs, Jenney Lakey said.
Club manager Sean Massey said the Lakeys make him feel comfortable and welcome.
“They’re like family,” said Massey, who, in four years, rose to his position from a job doing maintenance. “It’s wonderful… Some people have mistaken me for their son.”
The Lakeys’ Three Kids
The Lakeys have two human kids: a son, Brian, 26; and a daughter, Katie, 24. There are no grandkids so far, but the Lakeys’ son recently got engaged.
The other kid in the family is a 16-year-old orange tabby, Huckleberry. The Lakeys keep Huckleberry close, taking him up to the family cabin on Mount Hood.
About two years ago, the Lakeys got snowed in at their cabin, which they bought in 1993, and just like that, they had another adventure. Their Subaru just spun its wheels in the snow; it was stuck.
“We had to get a Sno-Cat to pull us out,” Casey Lakey said.
For more information on the club, visit trainersclub.com, call 503-636-3900, or stop by the Trainer’s Club, at 333 S. State St., Suite W.