Best Low-Cost Gym in Bend, Oregon: Juniper Swim and Fitness
Get a Great Workout in Bend Oregon with No Commitment and for a Low Cost
I love working out. I train year round for marathons and other competitive events. Its really in my blood!
Living in Bend, Oregon, one cannot help but get outdoors and recreate - from skiing and snowboarding during the winter to biking, hiking, swimming and running other times of the year. Chances are, you'll find me outdoors somewhere!
So, why am I writing about gyms in Bend, Oregon? Because its also smart to vary your workout and strengthen muscles that you might not otherwise use in your sport of choice. That's why I love Juniper Swim and Fitness - the best, low-cost gym in Bend, Oregon. In fact, its the best in the entire Central Oregon region!
Juniper Swim and Fitness Facility in Bend, Oregon
We first came to know Juniper Swim and Fitness when we moved to Bend from Washington State in 2006. The facility has the only public pool in the City of Bend. During summer, there are 4 pools available for use: an indoor kiddie pool for children up to age 6, an indoor pool with a high diving board and low diving board. There is even a rope swing during family swim at the indoor pool!
An outdoor lap pool, and an outdoor pool for kids of all ages with fountains, small and large water slides are also available from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
But swimming is just the beginning at Juniper. In addition to the amazing pools, you'll find a workout room with treadmills, exercise bicycles, weights and more. There are also two additional exercise rooms in which classes are offered every day of the week. Spacious locker rooms and family changing rooms, as well as rows and rows of lockers put convenience at the top of the list.
If you have young children, child care is available, too!
Juniper Swim and Fitness facility is located in the midst of a larger campus that includes a several parks, a walking trail, playground, and baseball field.
On the Rope Swing at the Juniper Swim and Fitness Indoor Pool
What Does it Cost to Workout at Juniper Swim and Fitness
This is the very best part! Because Juniper Swim and Fitness is part of the Bend Parks and Recreation District, there are no initiation costs! Unlike other local gyms, you can choose either a drop-in rate, or purchase a 1-month, 3-month, 6-month or annual membership. Note however, that post-COVID-19 closures, the only option currently available as of August 1, 2020 is a drop-in, daily rate.
- Adult Daily Rate: $7.20 general; $7.00 fitness
- Students and Seniors: $5.00 general; $6.00 fitness
With a family of six, we purchase a 3-month family pass for the entire summer. That gets us into the pools (indoor and outdoor) and also allows me to take any or all workout classes I desire! The larger your family, the more you save! Family passes do not cost any more, whether you have 1 or 6 children in your group.
When you register for swim lessons or private swim classes, you don't have to pay the monthly fee. Your class registration is good to get you in for swimming at open swim which immediately follows Saturday swim classes.
Information about Juniper Swim and Fitness in Bend, Oregon
Address: 800 NE 6th Street, Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 389-7665 (POOL)
Monday - Thursday 5:15 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:15 am- 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 6:15 pm
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:15 pm
Juniper encourages carpooling, the bus, biking or walking. Bike racks are located outside each of the two entrances (north and south). Hawthorne Transit Station is located just two blocks away; call Bend Transit at (541) 322-5870 or visit www.bendareatransit.com. Two generously sized parking lots are at opposite sides of the Juniper Swim and Fitness Campus; street parking is also available for free. Carpooling is an option, too. Use the free service provided by Commute Options: www.commuteoptions.org
- Handicapped accessible
- Snack bar open inside
- Pool googles, swim diapers, ear plugs and more available for purchase
- Family changing rooms
- Two lockers each for men and women
- Daily lockers for 50 cents available
- Hot tub, sauna and steam room
- Birthday parties available
COVID-19 Restrictions (as of August 1, 2020):
- A modified schedule of swim sessions and group exercise classes is available. All activities, except for Fitness Center use, require advanced reservations to participate. Sessions may be reserved up to seven days in advance. Registration remains open until 15 minutes before the scheduled activity for any available openings.
- Not Available: Child care, indoor showers, lockers, changing rooms, personal training, sauna and steam room.
My Favorite Fitness Classes at Juniper Swim and Fitness in Bend, Oregon
I've enjoyed several fitness classes at Juniper Swim and Fitness. My favorites are the core conditioning/total body conditioning class and the various yoga class offerings. My instructor also leads a deep-water running class. Nothing like running without impact to help you get in shape without undue impact on bones and joints.
There are bicycle spin classes and other aerobics offerings, from early in the morning until evening. Of course, you can also head into the cardio room for your own weight-lifting or treadmill/bicycle workout anytime the facility is open.
Workout classes change 2-3 times a year. Be sure to check out the current schedules online! NOTE: Under current COVID-19 restrictions (as of August 1, 2020), all classes require advance registration to participate, which can be done up to 7 days in advance of the class
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2010 Stephanie Marshall