When it's 105 degrees out, most people prefer to be cooling off at the pool or in front of an air conditioner. But at Hot Yoga at the Edge, members welcome the increased temperatures. That's because the heat helps to boost flexibility, flush toxins from the body, and alleviate stress and anxiety. During classes such as Hatha and Yin yoga, practitioners move through asanas, or poses, as the heat bolsters their workout and assists in toning and strengthening their limbs, core, and inner magma. In addition to yoga, fitness enthusiasts can opt for barre fitness classes to burn, tone, and shake their muscles into shape. This full-body workout incorporates ballet exercises with small weights to sculpt the core, thighs, glutes, and upper body.
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.
Yoga Soleil's certified, friendly staff instruct students in the ancient practice of yoga in a warm, welcoming studio. More than 10 class types suit different levels of fitness and yoga experience, starting with the Intro to Yoga class, which focuses on learning the basic postures, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques to calm stressed psyches and mimic bendy straws. More advanced classes include the fluid Vinyasa sessions and the core-strengthening power of the Yoga Pilates Fusion class. Gentle Yoga and Pre(post)natal classes champion customized, slower-paced poses perfect for older participants and new mothers. The weekly schedule offers sessions Monday–Sunday with morning and evening classes available to fit around midnight opossum photoshoots.
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.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
The world of beauty is international and the career opportunities are many to both young and mature students who wish to retrain for a new career. BJ's Beauty & Barber College, with a location in historical South Tacoma and another in South Hill in Puyallup, nurtures student learning with their small class sizes and comfortable oasis full of leather treatment chairs, green-leafed floral accents, and private skincare rooms. The styling floor features stations for intermediate, junior, and senior stylists, who create classic and trendy cuts, bouncy permed curls, face-brightening highlights, and up-dos at reduced prices and instructors are on hand to monitor the students' work.