Two months after she began practicing yoga, Jen Mitchell could touch her toes for the first time. She had turned to the art to help relieve the tightness in her lower body, the result of years spent as a teacher for group cycling classes. As she trained, she became more and more devoted to yoga's restorative power and relaxing aftereffects. Her exposure to the Vinyasa style made her feel as though she had "taken a shower from the inside out." She now leads a team of instructors at Twist Yoga, where she strives to acquaint patrons of all fitness levels with their innate potential.
Twist Yoga’s instructors focus on slow, deliberate breath work and mantra in connection with proper posing technique. The classes encourage students to flex in pursuit of a still mind, but the lighthearted atmosphere eschews utter stoicism for humor and support. Modifications for many poses allow guests of all skill levels to find balance at their own pace. Temperatures in the studio can reach 84 degrees, causing bodies to release toxins and minds to reach a state of clarity while considering buying summer real estate on the sun.
At SNAP Fitness 24/7's network of gyms, members can work out in the morning, the evening—or even at 4 a.m. Per the gym's name, it's always open, and stocked with top-of-the-line cardio and strength-training equipment. Its team also hosts yoga classes, Zumba dance parties, and Pilates sessions that can help build long, lean muscle. Online workout plans and meal plans complement the brick-and-mortar facilities, providing clients with customizable guidelines for how to live a healthy life.
Edmonds CrossFit's team of certified coaches helps exercisers work toward improvement across a spectrum of ten fitness domains that includes endurance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. To that end, a different lineup of exercises awaits with every visit to the gym, each designed to breed a high level of General Physical Preparedness, or GPP—the same thing firefighters strive for when they practice hoisting heavy hoses and rescuing dumbbells out of trees. Class-goers might perform gymnastics stretches, pump out a set of pushups, and then complete some laps of walking lunges before hoisting a barbell over their heads one day, and then perform an entirely new set of exercises the next. For committed participants, the result can be a significant jump in overall fitness and increased ability to handle the physical demands of a long, active life.
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.
Heat radiates throughout The SweatBox's studio as instructors lead students through Bikram yoga’s 26 postures and two breathing techniques. Starting with a lung-expanding breathing exercise, the instructors guide yogis in a sequence of postures designed to stretch and strengthen every muscle group. The heat, kept around 105 degrees, warms the body and loosens the ligaments, enabling guests to sink deeper into stretches, release toxins via sweat, and shake off mini snowmen seeking refuge behind their ears. The SweatBox spans across two locations and hosts various events including posture-practice sessions, and kids’ yoga.