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Best Low-Cost Gym in Bend, Oregon: Juniper Swim and Fitness

Stephanie has lived in Bend, Oregon since 2006. She is a trail runner and hiker and loves to take photographs of the natural beauty!

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 (c) Stephanie Hicks

Juniper Swim and Fitness Facility in Bend, Oregon (c) Stephanie Hicks

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.

Swimming classes and swim team are offered year-round. During the school year, the most popular classes are on Saturday morning. All ages and levels are accommodated.

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.

Indoor swimming pools at Juniper Swim and Fitness in Bend, OR (c) Stephanie Hicks

Indoor swimming pools at Juniper Swim and Fitness in Bend, OR (c) Stephanie Hicks

Information about Juniper Swim and Fitness in Bend, Oregon

Address: 800 NE 6th Street, Bend, OR 97701

Phone: (541) 389-7665 (POOL)


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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

Getting There:

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 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:

Other amenities:

  • 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.
Child care facility at Juniper Swim and Fitness in Bend (c) Stephanie Hicks

Child care facility at Juniper Swim and Fitness in Bend (c) Stephanie Hicks

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


bendite on March 19, 2012:

Actually, Juniper is more expensive then most gyms in Bend

Victor on February 02, 2011:

My kids go to Juniper for swimming and love it. Another good gym is Elite Fitness and Education in Bend. They have low rates and a great facility for helping newcomers to the fitness world.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on December 29, 2010:

Hi Lilly - thank you! How nice of you to stop by and comment. We love Juniper Swim and Fitness, especially over Winter Break. The kids can swim, there are lots of workout classes and its all so inexpensive (great alternative to the movies, etc.)

Happy New Year to you, too!

Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on December 29, 2010:

This is a very nice Hub, and a great recommendation for a local, low cost gym in Bend. This is enjoyable, and a good business model for workout gyms to consider for the future.

Catching up, sorry it took so long to get here. Happy New Year.

Josh on December 23, 2010:

Juniper is certainly a great facility. For those who don't need a pool however may find Fusion Fitness of Bend to be just a good for serious weight training, cardio, and achieving fat loss and sports goals. And, their monthly rate is less expensive. Just another option!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on September 13, 2010:

Hi Simone - perhaps its the overall fitness culture here in Bend, but I think its just great that the Parks and Recreation District has invested its money so wisely at Juniper Swim and Fitness. Tax revenues do support the system, which is primarily why they can offer such quality amenities for the nice, low-cost.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on September 13, 2010:

Goodness gracious, Bend seems to have it all! This looks like the coolest place - and for a low-cost gym, this place sure offers a lot!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on September 12, 2010:

Audrey!! Hahaha! When you least expect it, I'll be there with my camera... You do have cute googles, right? ;)

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on September 12, 2010:

Whew - thank goodness I didn't show up in one of those pictures in the pool - someone might have called in an Orca sighting! Great info and great hub as always, Steph!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on September 11, 2010:

Yes, that's gotta be true, Mentalist ;-) Cheers, Steph

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on September 11, 2010:

It beats pushing an aluminum boat thru a marshy bog,Lol...thanks for the tour stephhicks;)

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on September 11, 2010:

Thanks events - as far as workout motivation, I suggest several ideas. First, join a class with a friend or two. That might help get you out the door on a regular basis for a gym work out. You can help motivate each other. Second, try putting on work out clothes first thing in the morning - especially on the weekend. If you get your workout done early, you might be less tempted to make excuses or find something "better" to do later in the day.

Good luck!

eventsyoudesign from Nashville, Tennessee on September 11, 2010:

I like your article and it is very informative. I just need the motivation to work out in some way or another. What do you suggest?

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on September 11, 2010:

It is an incredible, state-of-the-art facility at Juniper Swim and Fitness! Just yesterday, they were bringing in new equipment for my cardio class and recycling the old. Standards are very high and yet, the cost is so low!

solarshingles from london on September 11, 2010:

Wow! What a sports facilities! Just amazing...and how on earth could the price of that spacious gym could possibly be so low? You lucky girl of Bend, Oregon...

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