Seattle Burger Company's fresh menu of bun-bundled fare boasts a flame-kissed lineup of beef, chicken, and black-bean patties, made to match any taste or deep-seeded pickle fear. The All-American double boasts two times the beef and american cheese and dresses it with peppered bacon and Horatio Alger myths ($7.39), and the Aloha chicken burger says goodbye to hunger with grilled pineapple, sweet teriyaki, and a volcanic eruption of wasabi mayo ($5.79). Vegetarians can customize a protein-packed bean-witch with their choice of deliciously un-cute local ingredients ($5.79), and all burgers can be perfectly complemented with an order of sweet-potato fries or onion rings ($2.89). Once savory teeth are sated, soothe a sweet-seeking bicuspid with one of Seattle Burger Company's hand-dipped shakes ($3.79) and malts ($3.99), or avoid a brain freeze by sinking friend-hooks into the sweet-natured waitstaff.
Founders Terri and Paulette, along with Home Yoga's experienced crew, caringly and enthusiastically teach 27 classes a week, including A.M. Yoga (start the day with flexibility), Hatha Basics (slow pace perfect for beginners), Hatha Flow (a sequence of positions that promotes strength and endurance), Yoga for Newbe's (for first timers), Yoga Therapeutics (focus on healing the body's overworked areas), and more. Classes are scheduled from early morning through mid-late pre-9 p.m. evening on weekdays, with a shorter morning schedule on weekends.
Northwest Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, provides members with a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed for an efficient cardio and strength training workout. During the training, attendees can burn up to 500 calories and work each major muscle group to work toward individual fitness goals. An experienced coach is always nearby to teach and motivate participants, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music cues participants to move on to the next station. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight and fitness level to create resistance. Each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Students should bring: Exercise mat, bottle of water, and 3-5 pound dumbbell hand weights
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
No two classes are the same, and all classes are outdoors. We change where we meet around Green Lake each week so the scenery is different. We have a wide variation of exercises as well as trainers to keep classes interesting, intense, and keep our clients motivated to show up the next day. There is also a camaraderie [among] our smaller classes that keep everyone coming back for more.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
They don't have someone to keep them accountable, whether it's meeting up with a friend to walk, a buddy to lift some weights, or the right trainer/class. When you find the right fit, you keep going back because you are motivated, you see changes, and you enjoy it! When you have someone holding you accountable, you'll get out of bed, even when you don't want to.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our classes are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6 a.m. around Green Lake.
After his high-school and college sports careers ended, Nathan Schroeder was bummed out, but hardly done with being active. He turned to boxing as a means to keep his body at rope-coil consistency. Nathan also immersed himself in CrossFit, which added the strength-building component that his cardiovascular punching workout had been lacking. After building an impressive list of certifications—including Level 1 CrossFit instructor, USA Boxing coach, and nutritional therapist practitioner—Nathan opened Ballard Barbell and Boxing Club, where he shares his blend of boxing, functional fitness, and nutritional strategies with all skill levels.
Nathan's class routines change daily to boost each student's strength, stamina, speed, and agility—not to mention the sheer explosive power of their punches. Boxing combinations share time with CrossFit elements such as Olympic weightlifting, prepping his most advanced students to wield barbells as hidden weapons in the ring. Kettlebells, sprints, plyometrics, and gymnastics also play a role in the regimen.
As Yogi Bhajan describes it, Kundalini yoga resides somewhere between science and spirituality. It not only strengthens the body with physical exercise, but also “goes right into your heart and extends your consciousness." Wahe Guru Yoga also defines their approach to yoga's fundamental objective as "awaken[ing] the power of the individual to excel—to experience their infinity and fulfill their personal destiny."
In light of these claims, it is easy to see why Wahe Guru Yoga packs more than 25 Kundalini classes with students each week. The studio’s teachers take their cues from Yogi Bhajan, fostering an enlightened community of practitioners and students. Though Kundalini is the primary style of yoga taught at Wahe Guru Yoga, the studio also offers yoga workshops and Ashram hours for students who wish to focus on meditation.