Inside a newly constructed 7,000-square-foot facility, Dojo Zumba's certified and seasoned instructors lead students in a variety of fitness classes designed to burn calories and tone muscles. Instructors lead MixxedFit dance and bootcamp-style toning classes, teaching easy-to-follow dance moves to students of all fitness levels. CrossFit classes combine weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio to provide conditioning for participants of any fitness level. While adult guests participate in kinesthetic renaissances, a watchful staffer supervises kids aged 3 and older as they amble around the kids' play area. The fitness center also features conveniences such as a changing room and ample parking, offering easy access that encourages patrons to fit workouts into their daily routines instead of fitting them into someone else's.
East Highlands Fitness's boutique gym prides itself on having all the amenities of a larger gym—from the advanced equipment to the group classes—while maintaining a small, community feel. The center dishes up everything clients need to burn calories and build muscle, including certified personal trainers, nutrition coaches, and dumbbells. Small group boot-camp and TRX classes, meanwhile, carve out bulging muscles, whereas Zumba classes spin energetic Latin beats to let clients dance towards toned hips, legs, and glutes. Yoga and indoor cycling round out the class offerings, while both a sauna and massages are available on-site for post-workout relaxation.
The muscle tutors at Fitness Together work with clients to determine exercise goals for shedding pounds, running a marathon, or being strong enough to rip apart spandex. A customized workout plan is developed and catered to help exercisers reach superfit. Fitness instructors supervise squats and offer nutritional advice and encouragement to make sure you see and feel results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—the trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone trouble zones, and motivate you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
At Grand Central Fit Club, there's plenty of ways to get fit. Group classes include everything from yoga and Zumba to TurboKick and BodySculpt. For those who thrive in a more personal environment, small group training is also available. Classes are held at various times throughout the week, in a studio with gleaming hardwood floors and full-length mirrors.
Equipment: kettlebells, barbells, pullup bar, rings, medicine balls, jump ropes
Students should bring: Water bottle and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Dress comfortably, be ready to move and have fun in a positive environment with others getting fit.
In 2005, Sili Kalepo and a friend started working out in an old warehouse; it was their solution to the complete lack of neighborhood gyms in Rainier Beach. Fortunately, the space suited their style of exercise pretty well, their programs caught on, and they started a gym. They became part of the non-profit Urban Impact, striving to promote healthier lifestyles in the community. Time treated them well, and in 2013 they relocated to a brand new facility on the ground floor of the Emerald City Commons, with their CrossFit program taking over the space next door.
These days, workouts incorporate a variety of agility, strength, and endurance training techniques. The routines can get pretty intense, but the trainers are on-hand to monitor maneuvers and ensure participants stay healthy. "We believe that all people have a threshold that is safe for their bodies to handle," says the CrossFit trainer. "All workouts can be modified to your intensity level and ability."
Massive Monkees are "Seattle heroes" and "one of the most famous breaking crews in the world." But don't just take the Seattle Times' word for it. The crew earned their bona fides on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew, coming in third place overall. They've also popped, locked, and deadbolted their limbs on stage with the likes of Jay-Z, Public Enemy, and 50 Cent, and their trophy case sports first-place prizes from Denmark, the UK, Japan, France, and Korea. The crew has been honored here at home, too; in 2004, Seattle mayor Greg Nickels dubbed April 26 "Massive Monkees Day."
Not content to hoard their skills, the Massive Monkees crew spearheads outreach and educational efforts in Seattle, teaching public classes and mentoring young people. Most of these programs take place at Massive Monkees' studio, The Beacon. Part of Storefronts Seattle's Creative Enterprise Program, The Beacon is a temporary facility. But with community support, it will become a permanent home for all-ages dance classes, a free after-school program, and special events—all guided by a vision of hip-hop and the arts as positive forces. During classes, dancers of all skill levels learn freezes and toprocks or get their hearts pumping with Zumba, funk dancing, and hip-hop/jazz fusion choreography.