In 1987, indoor climbing was as unpopular in the Seattle area as breeding labradoodles. But Vertical World––a pioneer indoor climbing gym––introduced the city to the up-and-coming sport of rock climbing in a controlled environment. Since its inception, the gym has expanded to three other locations in Everett, Tacoma, and Redmond, the latter hosting eastside climbers for more than 20 years.
A team of experienced route creators challenges climbers with more than 200 bouldering, lead, or top-rope routes in a wide variety of difficulty levels. The gym hosts competitive youth teams that have gone on to national or world tournaments. The gym's staff of climbers and guides also leads outdoor excursions that build confidence and teach novices how to identify a rock wall in the wild.
The crack of bats rings out into the air at Rage Cage Training Complex’s eight outdoor batting cages, part of a sprawling facility where players hone their baseball and softball skills. The cages can whip baseballs at slow, medium, and fast speeds as well as slow-pitch softball throws, and the 4,200-square-foot indoor facility touts a retail shop and space for lessons. During the offseason, professional athletes host clinics that help young players improve their mechanics and give rookie mascots a chance to practice dodging foul balls.
Though the sword may seem an instrument of division, at SBM Wellness Center, it’s a uniting force. Here, kendo and wellness classes for men, women, and kids blend swordsmanship with cardiovascular exercise. This combination promotes fitness while instilling the mental discipline necessary to execute sharp cuts with explosive energy.
Virtual Golf Systems allows groups of up to four people to play rain or shine, day or night, dead or alive, in a 3-D HD virtual simulator featuring 18 famous courses. The simulator combines high-resolution digital images with satellite data to create a realistic 3-D golfing field that's accurate down to the smallest detail, displaying trees, bunkers, hazards, and panther tracks exactly as they appear on the actual course. Grab a group of buddies and re-create Major moments on courses such as Pebble Beach, Pinehurst No. 2, and Kiawah Island. The simulator's ball-tracking system measures and reports data related to players' games, analyzing balls and clubs at high resolution to project accurate trajectory analysis, distance measurements, velocity, backspin, and sidespin.
Equipment: Olympic-competition, recreational, and preschool equipment and a foam pit
Students should bring: Students can wear comfortable shorts and T-shirts, leotards, or unitards.
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
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Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our motto is, "Fitness is fun the GYMagine way." Learning how to move your body forward, backward, sideways, and upside down gives our students exciting ways to be fit through gymnastics.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Music and exercise are a major part of everyone's fitness today. Once our gymnasts learn new skills, they need to keep repeating them so that they can master them. Repetition can seem boring at times, but [listening to] music can turn it into a fun process.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
When I learned my first gymnastics skill by myself, I wanted to do it again and again.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Gymnastics is truly the best crossover sport for all sports. The balance, coordination, strength, and agility you learn can excel your performances in other sports and activities.