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â-  Steve Terreault brings new way to shape up to Lake Oswego

STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE  - Tess Nelson practices her punches.

There are all kinds of ways to achieve physical fitness in Lake Oswego — cycling, spinning, yoga, barre, dancing, etc.

But kickboxing opportunities were scarce until now. Steve Terreault has filled that fitness gap with 9Round 30 Minute Kickbox Fitness, and he is confident he can create a kickboxing fitness boom in Lake Oswego.

“The demographics for Lake Oswego were just right,” said Terreault, who opened his first 9Round fitness center in Portland.

Obviously, Lake Oswego is a great place to open a fitness club. Still, Terreault feels there is a place for kickboxing here once people understand what it’s all about.

First of all, 9Round is not about helping you prepare to pick a fight with your worst enemy.

“Our motto is ‘Get fit, never hit,’” Terreault said. “We aren’t like MMA. We put on pads, we hit bags. Kickboxing is a great way to get in shape because it lets you use your arms, legs and core.”

From left are Allen Parco, Steve Terreult and Tess Nelson. Parco and Nelson are trainers for 9Round and Terreault is the owner.

The name 9Round refers to the nine stations in the fitness gym, and those working out can cover all of them in 30 minutes. Making this even more appealing is that it is ridiculously convenient.

A patron need only walk into the club at 21 South State St., and a qualified kickboxing trainer will immediately get that customer going on the nine stations. An appointment is not even necessary, and there are no set class times.

An intriguing thing about kickboxing is that more women than men take up the activity. The percentage at 9Round is 60 percent women, 40 percent men. Terreault says that market research shows “more women like to hit things.”

Besides having a fun and exciting way to get into shape, there is another benefit for kickboxers at 9Round: They get really cool nicknames: Cobra, Destroyer, Tessla, Viper, Shannon the Cannon. Terreault himself is known as Bulldog.

In fact, Terreault hopes he does not run out of nicknames. He believes many more Lake Oswego people will find out about 9Round when the new Whole Foods Market opens next door, and he already has plans to open 9Round fitness centers in Beaverton and Tigard.

“People who visit us love us,” Terreault said.

For more about 9Round 30 Minute Kickbox Fitness, go to 9round.com.

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Allen Parco works on some kicks.