Portland kettlebell gym offers free classes to anyone who qualifies for free lunch

Bleeding Hearts Kettlebell Club in Southeast Portland is offering free classes to anyone whose household qualifies for free lunch in Oregon public schools. KATU photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – A locally-owned gym in Southeast Portland is offering free classes to anyone whose household qualifies for free lunch.

“It’s completely free. Just show up and work hard and don’t worry about anything else,” Tana Ross, owner of Bleeding Hearts Kettlebell Club, said.

Bleeding Hearts Kettlebell Club is experimenting with its new sliding scale pricing. Currently, they are only offering free classes to those who qualify for free lunch by the Oregon public schools’ standards. Soon, however, they’re hoping to offer discounted classes for low-income households that don’t quite meet the requirements.

In the next couple months, Ross says they’ll be rolling out other levels of pricing.

“We want our community here and the commitment to fitness to be affordable to anyone who wants to do it,” Ross said. “A lot of times, the people that need this the most, the community and support system around fitness, don’t have access to it because it’s so expensive.”

This isn’t the only thing the kettlebell club has done to support the community. In June, they hold an arm wrestling competition that benefits the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center. They also held a relay in September, with proceeds benefitting the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Portland.

You must meet the following requirements to qualify for free classes:

  • For a household size of one, your total income must be less than $15,782.
  • For a household size of two, your total income must be less than $21,398.
  • For a household size of three, your total income must be less than $27,014.
  • For a household size of four, your total income must be less than $32,630.
  • For a household size of five, your total income must be less than $38,256.

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