There are four essential components to The Peoples Trainer: a prominent support group, affordable access to training, guaranteed results, and rewards for achievements. With these elements, the founder outfits clients with the tools and motivation needed to change their bodies. Exercisers of all fitness levels can sign up for The People Trainer’s fitness packages, complete with monthly access to group classes, one-on-one training, accountability calls, and nutritional supplements. Then, if clients meet their goals, The Peoples Trainer will pay them for a job well done.
Owner and black-belt Donna Middendorf of Sumner Taekwondo Academy leads a team of instructors who share their expertise in Korean hand-to-hand combat with kids and adults. And while the classes spend time with the more martial aspects of the art, they're really not about fighting. For Donna and the team, Taekwondo promotes peace through learning self-respect and gaining confidence—it's the heart of the discipline. At the same time, the instructors help students hone their punching and kicking skills and they engage with their peers in safe, supervised sparring sessions and fully-padded staring contests.
Rebecca Duty, Tahoma Athletic Club's gym designer, drew from her 15-year career in the fitness industry to engineer the ideal gym. She brought in TechnoGym cardio equipment—including treadmills, elliptical machines, bikes, and steppers—then filled the cycle studios with Star Trac stationary bikes. She picked out Paramount plate-loaded equipment, Hammer Strength training machines, and Iron Grip free weights. Duty calibrated everything with convenience in mind, down to the video-monitored childcare area. Since a TV perches on every piece of cardio equipment, parents can readily tune in and watch their tots between episodes of Suddenly Susan.
In addition to leading personal-training sessions, Tahoma Athletic Club's instructors lead group exercise classes such as TRX Suspension Training and yoga. Guests can also bronze in the Maple Valley location's SunMaster tanning beds or Lakeland's Montego Bay standup units.
Yoga Soleil's certified, friendly staff instruct students in the ancient practice of yoga in a warm, welcoming studio. More than 10 class types suit different levels of fitness and yoga experience, starting with the Intro to Yoga class, which focuses on learning the basic postures, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques to calm stressed psyches and mimic bendy straws. More advanced classes include the fluid Vinyasa sessions and the core-strengthening power of the Yoga Pilates Fusion class. Gentle Yoga and Pre(post)natal classes champion customized, slower-paced poses perfect for older participants and new mothers. The weekly schedule offers sessions Monday–Sunday with morning and evening classes available to fit around midnight opossum photoshoots.
Vision Quest Sport and Fitness promotes a five-pronged approach to fitness, covering cardiovascular, progressive resistance, proper diet, supplementation, and personal training. Like any decent clock factory, the clubs are open 24 hours a day, and each keeps its own schedule primed with group classes such as boxing, yoga, spinning, and hip-hop fitness. Body Sculpt sessions fashion forms with weights and bands, and Total Body Conditioning uses lighter weights and higher repetitions to create lean, mean muscle mass.
Members take part in complimentary wellness seminars from fitness experts to fine-tune their bodies, and teams of affiliated massage therapists, chiropractors, and nutrition gurus save skeletons and muscles from harmful injury.
At Hot Yoga at the Edge, experienced instructors lead daily yoga classes in a studio heated to 105 degrees to promote deeper stretches and toxin-flushing sweats. Regardless of the instructor, each 90-minute Hatha-yoga session follows the same slow, meditative sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, helping students to build strength, balance, and stamina as they stretch out on the studio’s hardwood floor. Alternatively, one-hour fusion classes combine the Hatha poses with a faster-paced Vinyasa flow, and the occasional Teacher's Choice session integrates traditional yoga with a quiz on state capitals.
A certified health specialist, Shane Yama longed to provide people of all ages and incomes access to affordable and effective workouts. So, with a degree in exercise science, he founded For U Fitness. Today, Shane and his team of a dozen or so certified personal trainers travel from Seattle to Spokane to Portland to residents custom training plans. Taking into account the client's age and fitness abilities, the trainers design sports performance, strength training, and even “mature adult” workouts to help customers meet their goals.