About Balance Fitness

Balance Fitness offers a community-oriented atmosphere unique to the downtown area of Hillsboro, Oregon. You’ll find a warm, welcoming and highly qualified staff accompanied by a pleasant, pristine, state-of-the-art, spacious work-out environment that includes a cardio area, full-body circuit training and a free weight room.

Our gym also includes a roomy group fitness space offering a variety of classes including yoga, barre, cardio HIIT, and boot camp taught by high-energy and highly skilled instructors. We also offer one-on-one and group personal training. Our focus is to foster the health and wellness of each and every member.

We are proudly partnered with the wonderful organizations SilverSneakers, Silver&Fit, and UnitedHealthCare to provide free membership to those that qualify through their insurance.

About the Owner

Michael Krauchak, CPT

Originally from small town Butler, Pennsylvania, Mike moved to the Portland area in 2015 after graduating from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s in Marketing. This wasn’t before taking that summer to take two months off of work to drive 8,000 miles all around the country to determine where he wanted to live. Mike enjoys road trips, seeing new places, and nature. He enjoys big cities just as much as a drive through the countryside. Deep, meaningful friendships, connections, and conversations are of the utmost importance to him!

For the past several years, Mike have been wanting to own his own business, more specifically a gym, and the want for that has not changed over time—only grown. He has a passion for fitness and is working out at least 5 times per week. Mike lives a vegan diet, and tries to take very good care of his nutrition, physical fitness, and health. He loves to share this knowledge, advice, and experience with others; this want to help people, especially in the fitness industry, is his drive!

About the Founders

Carla and George Sassano

Owning a gym had been a life-long dream for Carla. She has a master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science along with a bachelor’s of science in Physical Education and Business Administration.  She holds a current certification in Health and Wellness Coaching, a physical education teaching license, as well as CPR/First Aid/AED.  She has over 20 years of experience in the wellness industry beginning with personal training, managing personal trainers, and continuing onto education, corporate wellness and wellness coaching. Carla is extremely passionate about wellness including her own and her family’s.   She makes certain to move everyday through yoga, running, all things cardio, weight training and is extremely obsessed with watching cooking shows, cooking healthy meals for her husband and son, reading and learning everything wellness!

George Sassano obtained his BA in Journalism. He has also dreamt of being a hometown gym owner. He has over 20 years of  sales and marketing experience in both the real estate and medical field. George began his active life as a young boy in competitive gymnastics which was a great foundation for his years in baseball, pole vaulting, competitive swim team diving, downhill skiing, and mountain biking. Throughout these years he also played the drums, in fact, it is his favorite form of cardio (and, of course, playing “gotcha last” with his son)!  He is very passionate about music and the art that it is, no type is off limits.