Backed by 30 total years of experience that includes teaching kayaking and selling equipment for REI, Barbara Gronseth shares her passion for the outdoors through Issaquah Paddle Sports. Profiled in the Issaquah Press, Barbara and her team—which includes husband George—rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and NuCanoe Kayaks to all ages of outdoorsmen. Since Issaquah Paddle Sports is located within Lake Sammamish State Park near Tibbetts Beach, its protected beach affords visitors a relaxed setting for launching into the lake.
Beyond supplying guests with equipment, Barbara's team also leads programs that range from guided tours to experiences designed exclusively for women and kids. Additionally, the staff arranges lessons in kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding through parent company Kayak Academy. Back at the clubhouse, attendants dispense replenishments such as Clif Bars, SmartWater, and caviar cupcakes.
The athletics enthusiasts at Sports Den curate an assortment of officially licensed major-league-sports memorabilia that can be toted around on people's persons or displayed in people's homes. Fans of all ages and oscillating speeds can cover their torsos in pride with a Seattle Seahawks T-shirt ($19.99) or a replica football jersey ($80). Seattle Mariners authentic on-field hats ($33.99) shield scalps and mascot faces from harmful ultraviolet rays during long days at the ballpark or inside tanning beds. Sports Den also offers a variety of sports-related knick-knacks such as official baseballs, key chains, pendants, and trading cards (prices vary). Though the majority of wares pay homage to local teams—the Mariners, Seahawks, Sonics, Huskies, and Thunderbirds—the Den's shelves are peppered with tokens, trinkets, and accouterments commemorating a slew of other professional and collegiate sports teams.
Extreme Fitness's instructors leverage their backgrounds in boxing, bodybuilding, and competitive sports to lead students during personal training and group workout classes. Personal-training sessions commence with a preworkout assessment of current health conditions, such as body composition, and stress tests form a launching pad from which clients rocket toward goals and any star-shaped balloons floating in the rafters. Trainers then customize a system of weight-machine-based strength exercises that conspire with cardio routines to sneak up on calories and expel them from their post. To stabilize cores, students take on punching targets and play medicine-ball catch while perched on bosu balls. Feel free to share the fitness journey with like-minded peers by stepping in for 30- and 45-minute group classes. Teachers pack cardio-stimulating spurts of Zumba dance fitness and kickboxing into lunch break-long time slots. Classical yoga postures work away stress as limbs stretch and perform slumbering lion impressions, whereas bouts of interval-based annihilation training ignites fat stores with free-weight-enhanced plyometric hopping and relay running.
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