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 classes, 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 classes 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.
Heather Matthews transforms her workouts into dance parties with Zumba. She gets hearts pumping with catchy tunes and Zumba moves that work arms, legs, and midsections. Heather, who started teaching aerobics classes seven years ago, now only teaches Zumba classes because of the fun, high-energy aspect of each workout.
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.
Our mission is to provide students with the skills, energy and confidence to pursue their dreams and to make a useful contribution to the world. We use positive encouragement to build your child’s confidence and abilities. Empowering words like “Yes!” and phrases like, “You can do it! replace defeating words like “don’t,” “
Karate West is one of the largest martial arts schools in the country. Inside the 9,000-square-foot Issaquah training facility or the Mercer Island branch, kids and adults learn classic karate and self-defense moves, while also developing self-respect and discipline for both themselves and one another. Certified instructors lead students through traditional belt programs designed for kids as young as three, as well a specialized programs such as a women's only course, combat hapkido course, and a weapons program where students learn how to properly wield a bo, cane, sword, and loaded seltzer bottle.
Before becoming an expert in the practice of meditation, Ajayan Borys spent years studying under holy men and the living saint Mata Amritanandamayi of India. Since his return from traveling the globe, Borys has become a registered hypnotherapist, a reiki master, and a certified enneagram instructor. He has also written numerous articles and books—including his new book, Effortless Mind: Meditate with Ease—and hosts the Mind Matters radio show.
Borys doesn’t just use his knowledge to stay relaxed while pursuing such a busy schedule. He also treats clients at Himalayan Retreats International, where he helps dispel stress through meditation classes and restores feelings of well-being through reiki treatments. He performs heat-centered hypnotherapy to free clients from their inner judgments, anxieties, and tendency to transform into a BattleBot at times of stress. Borys also can use the ancient enneagram symbol to help clients understand their patterns of thinking and habits of emotion.
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