After feeling unfulfilled by traditional workouts, Seven Hot Yoga owner Debbie Dixon turned to yoga, in which she finally found relief from her shin splints, anxiety, fatigue, and restlessness. Now, 14 years after taking her first class, Debbie leads her own team of instructors inside a spacious, heated studio. Suited to yogis of all experience levels, classes range from Hot Hatha, in which students cycle through 26 different poses and two breathing exercises, to Yin yoga, which focuses on easing joints and improving energy flow. Teachers forbid cell phones within the studio, fostering a serene atmosphere and allowing flip phones to stretch out their own hinges.
Inside a newly constructed 7,000-square-foot facility, Dojo 3's certified and seasoned instructors lead up to 90 hip-shakers in a variety of dance moves that slim and tone bodies to the tune of Top 40 music. Instructors demonstrate the swiveling cardio motions and muscle-isolating exercises atop a raised platform, allowing students to easily replicate the motions on the wooden dance floor without sweat-proofing their opera glasses. The 25 weekly classes incorporate Top 40 dance hits with regularly updated choreography to keep minds engaged while preventing fitness plateaus. 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.
In a spacious studio heated up to 105 degrees, Bikram Yoga Renton’s instructors guide classes through a body-bending curriculum that aims to cultivate strength, flexibility, and inner peace. Helping students unite mind, body, and spirit without undergoing surgery, these certified yogis lead them through a fixed regimen of 26 postures as the heat permeates muscles to deepen stretches and encourage a detoxifying sweat.
Nationally certified personal trainer Luka Hocevar turned to fitness tutelage after 20 years of shooting hoops, which took him to the NBA Summer Pro League and Europe's premier basketball leagues. Since then, he has applied his exercise expertise to help fitness newbies and UFC, NBA, and NFL athletes alike whip into shape, making his way into the top five best personal trainers named by KING5 Best of Western Washington in 2010. He doesn’t just dive right in, though. After a friend revealed to him that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” Hocevar has made a commitment to get to know his clients before building an expedited fitness program around their goals and needs.
Hocevar leads a diverse team of passionate, experienced trainers that includes a seasoned martial artist, a soccer player, and a kinesiologist. They motivate clients in both mind and body with customized exercise regimens during group personal training and athlete-performance training, a strength and conditioning program designed to enhance sport-specific movements and improve recovery time. The 4,600-square-foot facility brims with Olympic platforms, kettlebells, dumbbells, and strongman equipment, as well as functional implements to ensure that each workout is varied and challenging.
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance also serves as home base for the award-winning Renton Results Boot Camp. Hocevar designed this results-driven program that mixes cardio and strength training with vigorous interval workouts to trim fat from physiques. To help students best burn fat, trainers constantly rotate drills to keep different muscles engaged, and nutritional manuals outline wholesome meal plans. With Bootcamps-to-Go media in the form of videos, mp3s, and self-destructing scrolls, students can continue to hone their flab-blasting moves at home. Hocevar also strives to make each boot-camp endeavor a personalized one, providing unlimited email support to all of his clients.
Chris Ransier, Gary Blackburn, and Aaron Egbert are unified by their belief that the latest fitness trends fall flat. To offer an alternative to the ubiquitous ineffective fad workouts, they combined their extensive experience and knowledge to found Forward Fitness, welcoming clients to meet their health and weight-loss goals through functional fitness. The trio's high-intensity Trx power-circuit classes draw on cardio and resistance training to condition bodies with functional-training equipment including Trx suspension bands, free weights, and exercise balls.
Each of the trainers' brains brims with health and fitness knowledge. Chris, who served in the Marines for eight years, boasts multiple certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine—which is where Aaron received his personal-training certification to build on his kinesiology degree. Gary Blackburn is a certified chiropractic sports physician and a founding member of the ICA Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science. If their academic training hasn't equipped them to motivate patrons of all fitness levels, their experience has. Among the three of them, they've led a combined total of more than 13,000 personal- training sessions and have said "Great job!" 65,869 times.
The workouts at Hook & Ladder CrossFit may not be as intense as fighting a fire, but they're close. Seasoned firefighter David Pelham and his team of fellow CrossFit Level 1–certified coaches make sure of that. During their daily CrossFit workouts, they push exercisers through a series of pull-ups, squats, pushups, and other functional exercises. By design the workouts should be completed as quickly as possible and can be customized to suit all ages and fitness levels.