To follow up on the 1963 biographical profile of Sam Loprinzi featured last week here at FOUNDATIONS OF IRON, and in continued recognition of the seventieth anniversary of the classic Loprinzi’s Gym in Portland, OR, USA, today we are pleased to present a number of photos of Loprinzi’s, taken from a workout visit in early 2018.
Without a doubt the oldest weight training gym in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA (not counting private athletic clubs), Loprinzi’s Gym has been in continuous operation since 1948.
You can see from the pictures below that they acquired a great deal more equipment in the years since the photograph above from 1963! In particular, in addition to the standard dumbbells, barbells, weight plates, and original pulley machines, the workout floor features a Universal Gym Machine and a number of early Nautilus machines that date to around the 1970s.
Even after all these decades, it is hard to beat Loprinzi’s for old-school weight training. However, in contrast to the stereotype of unapproachable macho “hard core” gyms, Loprinzi’s offers a very welcoming and family-friendly atmosphere for the local community to keep in shape, including general fitness classes, cardio machines, and an outdoor swimming pool. If you are ever in the Portland, OR, area, be sure to stop by Loprinzi’s!
Further information on Loprinzi’s Gym, including hours and rates (opens in new window/tab): http://www.loprinzisgym.com/
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And after wrapping up an exuberant old-school workout, we say good-bye for the day to this rare piece of history as we pass by the hand-painted exterior sign with the quintessential neighborhood gym’s information. And being so wrapped up in weight training today, we didn’t even get a glimpse of the outdoor swimming pool or the upstairs aerobics floor!
Were we ever really here at this wonderland of physical culture from 1948, or was it all just a dream? It already feels kind of like a fading memory from the distant past… but we are anxiously looking forward to our next chance to have a workout at Loprinzi’s!