"I've had the most incredible experiences working with
women," says fitness instructor Deborah Power. "I've seen
their lives change. They're taking charge of their health."
Powers began teaching fitness 23 years ago in Berkeley, her
home town. She trained and competed in bodybuilding,
apprenticed with an exercise physiologist, and worked as a
physical therapist. For four years she had her own personal
training company, Fitness Focus. "I drove to people's homes
and offices, from San Francisco to Silicon Valley," she
says. After she moved to Eugene in 1996 with her husband and
infant daughter, Powers began teaching empowerment fitness
classes for women. Three years ago, she opened the Body Now!
Health and Fitness Center in a former warehouse on River
Avenue, featuring the largest movement studio in Eugene.
Body Now! offers 35 classes for women ranging in age from 7
to 90+. No contract is required. "I came to a class and
said, 'I want to live here!" says Jana Nelson, who retired
from LCC in 2005. "It's a comfortable environment and a
nurturing experience." Learn more at bodynow.us.
photograph and story by Paul Neevel
Eugene Weekly / 7 December