Our first women’s self-defense workshop was beneficial to all who attended, and our goal is to keep providing useful educational opportunities to our community. The next self-defense workshop is coming up on Saturday, September 24th, from 9-11am. $49 if you register before September 17th, then it is $59 (-$5 for EFL members)

  • I really enjoyed the class! I liked how it focused more on getting out of situations/being aware of your surroundings with tools that I can actually use vs. learning a kick, kick, jab, upper-cut self-defense routine of sorts that I would probably forget in a heated situation. I also really appreciated the comment that we as women or if we're a victim of a crime should never feel like it's our fault or that we're not being a b*tch if we tell someone they're making us uncomfortable, it's not said enough in our culture. Thanks! –Nicole Christensen

We at EFL are dedicated to providing the best educational opportunities possible to assist in health and safety. And the reality of the society we live in requires that we be able to protect ourselves and loved ones.

The instructor Michelle teaches self-defense full-time, and also does private security, and has many years of martial arts and teaching experience. Her approach is to impart skills that help prevent a violent situation from happening at all, but also physical escape skills if the situation is unavoidable.

You will learn:
Personal Awareness
Assertive Communication
How to recognize and deter potential threats
Practical physical escape strategies and techniques

This workshop is appropriate for any woman age 14 and over. You must register to reserve your spot, we are limiting this to 20 participants.
for questions or assistance registering please contact chris@elementalfitnesslab.com or 503-281-0105.

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Next up we have Ben Musholt teaching a Parkour skills workshop.
When: Saturday October 1st. 9:00-11am Where: EFL. 1905 MLK Jr. Blvd. Price: $50 ($60 if you register after Sept. 17th)

What you will learn:
In this 2-hour intro seminar we will cover the basics of parkour, including quadrupedal movement, rolling, balancing, jumping, and vaulting techniques. In addition to these fundamental skills, we will go over the necessary bodyweight strength and mobility to enjoy an injury-free training career.
Parkour is a life skill to help you move through an environment with efficiency and speed. Whether you are an obstacle course racer or a firefighter, it will help you move better when the clock is ticking. Come prepared to move, but please don’t be intimidated. Everything we cover can be scaled to your ability level.

Ben has been a ParkourEDU certified coach since 2013, and has been training parkour since 2010. You may have seen him
make it up the Warped Wall on American Ninja Warrior in 2012. He is also a licensed physical therapist here in Portland, and
he co-authored the book Parkour Strength Training in January 2016. His first book, the Mad Skills Exercise Encyclopedia, was
published back in 2013.

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  •  "In clinical practice, recommendation to patients to work with a personal trainer is often met with several standard objections:

    1. 'I worked with a trainer once and I got hurt.'
    2. 'I hate the thump, thump, thump of the loud music and all of the posers in yoga pants.'
    3. 'The last trainer I had was more focused on taking my money than on helping me reach my goals.'
    When Chris Bathke arrived in Portland several years ago and set up Elemental Fitness Lab, I had heard of his reputation as someone who had honed his craft under some quality names in the strength and conditioning world. I was elated at the possibility to finally have a resource and a location to segue my patients from rehab to supervised training. My initial optimism has been surpassed by the actual wonderful results I have seen in my patient population over the past 4 years working closely with Chris, Blaine and Gabe at EFL. I can wholeheartedly recommend the services of Chris and his crew at EFL for no-nonsense, personalized, results focused training with an absence of the common objections above. Thanks guys for being there for me and my patients!!" –Phillip Snell, DC. Chiropractic Physician

  • Thank you to Chris Bathke and Elemental Fitness Lab. It feels so good to be back and helping my body move and breathe right. The quiet brilliance of Chris's work is inspiring. Portland friends, I can't recommend Elemental highly enough. –Emily PowellOwner of Powell's Books

  • EFL is fantastic. I've been going there once a week for about two years, and the functional changes in my body are amazing. They listened to exactly what I wanted to work on and designed a custom program. I feel safe going there, since the trainers are precise and exacting, so I can work smart and notice big changes after only a few reps; I'm not exhausting or injuring myself with zillions of reps in terrible form. Also, as a structural integrator, not only do I get to geek out about anatomy and movement with the trainers, but this is where I refer my clients. I know that their tender knees, tricky low backs, and vulnerable shoulders will be met with custom plans, careful supervision, and smart options for increasing strength, mobility, and ease. Plus, the sense of community can't be beat! –Kyra Ahlstrom

Watch EFL segments on KPTV’s Good Day Oregon: Suspension Training, and Core Training.

To learn more about us watch this clip with Dr. Phillip Snell, then go here to see client testimonials

We are located at 1905 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97212. Just one block north of Broadway near the Moda Center, we are on the corner of MLK and Hancock. Lab access hours via keycard are M-F 5am-8pm, Sat/Sun 5am-3pm.

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