Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Get Zen Hot Yoga, voted Best Yoga Studio in the King 5 Best, has a team of over ten skilled instructors help share the benefits of yoga at their hardwood studio lined with mirrors and an enormous electric fireplace. Inside the spacious workout room decorated with rich velvet curtains, instructors lead yoga classes. Each class, including those at the new 38th street location, has something different to offer, ranging from power yoga, to body sculpt, to booty bar?a limb-lengthening class that employs a ballet bar to strengthen cores and glutes. The studio?s focus, however, is Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, which relies on temperatures ranging from 98?105 degrees to keep sinews limber while students twist into labyrinthine poses. Classes offer such benefits as weight loss, stress reduction, and detoxification.
When prospective NFL players want to shave precious milliseconds off their 40 yard dash, or add inches to their vertical lift, they hit the gym at Ford Sports Performance. The trainers there have spent years on the football field, and that?along with quantifiable results?has attracted at least a dozen pro football players, including some of the championship-winning Seahawks players, to the facility for training.
And while the combine prep program and off-season training regimen are designed for aspiring pros, the 10,000 square-foot facility has plenty to offer for kids and adults devoted to healthy living. Speed and agility classes for kids help develop the control, flexibility, and proper running necessary for school sports or careers modeling athletic gear. Adult classes, on the other hand, cover everything from interval-training group boot camps and body sculpting to weight loss.
InSights Training Center teaches out of local ranges, and it is the exclusive training provider at West Coast Armory North in Everett.
With certifications from organizations such as the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and American Women's Self Defense Association, the coed instructors of InSights Training Center teach unarmed and armed personal-security courses under the direction of Army Ranger and Special Forces veteran Greg Hamilton. The highly trained staff has instructed more than 15,000 students in its civilian courses alone. Topics range from the Women's Basic Handgun Safety & Responsibility to Unarmed Self Defense, which teaches you to stun an attacker and escape to safety. Outside of training civilians, the instructors provide specialized training programs for members of law enforcement and the military.
Spread across 17,500 square feet of training space and a 5,000 square foot indoor turf field, CrossFit Bellevue's huge equipment cache ensures that members have the ability to challenge themselves within a safe and supportive environment. But just what kind of equipment are we talking about? Try two indoor sprint tracks, 21 regulation-size lifting platforms, ropes, rings, bars, and medicine balls. Yet with all those options, safety remains the key priority for the coaches?including former members of the armed services and competitive athletes?who monitor each student's technique to help minimize injury risk and maximize effectiveness.
These CrossFit workouts emphasize the importance of functional exercises that mirror the kinds of movements people use in everyday life, such as running, jumping, climbing, lifting, and throwing. With the help of kettlebells, free weights, sandbags, and other objects, trainers can teach people of all fitness levels how to scale the load and intensity of each exercise. It's that extra level of care and individualized attention that helps keep members feeling confident and motivated as they work toward their fitness goals.
With a specialty in martial arts, the instructors at Bellevue School of Arts work closely with kids in pre-kindergarten through middle school to improve all aspects of their development. The after-school and summer programs give youth the opportunity to develop focus, self-esteem, and discipline during engaging activities. With more than 150 students currently enrolled, they offer a traditional, individualized and coordinated curriculum from grade to grade, with an emphasis on core subjects that range from piano lessons and fine arts to Chinese and tae kwon do. Tutoring services are also available to help kids with their homework during the school year and mischief lessons during the summer.