Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers in cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group sessions, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, bolster flexibility during yoga, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
At the Gold's Gym Northwest locations, instructors lead water-aerobics sessions within 25-yard salt-purified pools before cooling off in spacious hot tubs. The gyms also boast innovative cardio cinema theaters, where popular films and concession-stand advertisements flicker across massive flat screens as guests peddle away on treadmills and elliptical machines. After lively rounds of racquetball, members can unwind in steam rooms and saunas or sip on replenishing smoothies at the juice bar. During the week, the gyms keep round-the-clock hours.
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.
Gravity Janes is Issaquah's Crossfit gym, a premier health education and fitness training facility promoting broad-based athletic conditioning. Workout sessions are led by qualified coaches and include metabolic conditioning, strength training, gymnastics, and other athletic disciplines in constantly varied combinations.
Under the watchful eye of skilled instructors, clients at Active Body Pilates use Pilates mat exercises and specially designed apparatuses to tone their core muscles without building bulk. The studio offers a schedule of group classes, private training sessions, and duet sessions to cater to roaming mobs of ab enthusiasts as well as solitary core-whittlers. Owner Jana Broecking, a certified STOTT Pilates instructor, and her equally talented staff lead visitors through exercises that improve posture, relieve back pain, increase flexibility, and easily confuse predators.
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.
In 2003, two fitness gurus hatched a plan to open Klahanie Fitness because they wanted to give their community a welcoming, non-intimidating health club to call its own. To achieve such inclusiveness, they made memberships affordable, and they ensured the gym was family-friendly by providing a kids' room. They also staffed the space with friendly, knowledgeable people and a no-pressure sales team that doesn't work on commission. Furthermore, the cardio, free-weight, and strength-training equipment is as easy to use as it is effective. On top of all these benefits, visitors can complement regular workout routines with personal training, boot camp, and sports-focused programs.