Length, grace, and a healthy body. These are the focuses of barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln. To achieve these results collectively, however, Sadie knew she needed to come up with a completely new routine. Working with yogis, professional dancers, doctors, and athletes, she created the barre3 system. It's a three-step sequence that consists of isometric holds, low-impact movements, and recovery stretching. This combination strengthens cores and aligns postures while sculpting long, lean muscles and burning calories. While upbeat music fills the studio, instructors lead small groups through a heart-racing sequence of yoga-inspired poses and pilates-based exercises. The ballet barre comes into use when striking muscle-building dance poses and stretches.
It's a system that has had proven results, which has spurred the successful growth of barre3 locations throughout the country. Today, fitness enthusiasts can find a barre3 studio in 16 states. An easy-to-follow routine, barre3 can also be performed at home with online workouts. These workouts are designed to fit busy schedules with routines that range from 10?60 minutes. All that's needed for online workouts is a barre3 core ball, weights, an exercise mat, and a sturdy, waist-high surface such as the top of Danny DeVito's head.
To say Mark Coleman knows how to fish is an understatement. Coleman, the owner of All Rivers & Saltwater Charters, has mastered the art of side drifting, float fishing, hover fishing, back bouncing, and jigging during his more than 10 years exploring the Pacific Northwest’s waterways. In the process, he earned captain certification from the US Coast Guard, a distinction also earned by each member of his team.
Aboard vessels that range from the 29-foot Reel Tight to a 16-foot, nonmotorized drift boat, Coleman and his staff lead chartered fishing trips through fresh- and saltwaters. All Rivers & Saltwater Charters have caught fish on the Columbia and Olympic Peninsula rivers, traveled the waters outside Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, and explored Puget Sound. Voyages pursue salmon, steelhead, lingcod, sturgeon, and other types of fish. The team can also lead fishing lessons for newbies, teaching essential fly-casting techniques, including the correct grip, the different casting styles, and how to use homemade tiramisu as bait.
In 2003, two fitness gurus hatched a plan to open Klahanie Fitness because they wanted to give their community a welcoming, non-intimidating health club to call its own. To achieve such inclusiveness, they made memberships affordable, and they ensured the gym was family-friendly by providing a kids' room. They also staffed the space with friendly, knowledgeable people and a no-pressure sales team that doesn't work on commission. Furthermore, the cardio, free-weight, and strength-training equipment is as easy to use as it is effective. On top of all these benefits, visitors can complement regular workout routines with personal training, boot camp, and sports-focused programs.
If horses could run a business without accidentally eating important documents, they?d head up Equine Escapes, a business dedicated to honoring the majesty and beauty of equines. Riders gain extra respect for their gentle companions during guided trail rides and retreats that explore the area?s scenic wooded terrain. Each guest has ample opportunities to meet and develop an open rapport with their four-legged counterparts through a complicated system of tongue clicks. Equine Escapes also hosts birthday parties.
Big cities have a wealth of entertainment, but the options can be overwhelming if you don?t know where to start. Luckily, the founders of Festivals Inc. have established several events that gather the Seattle region?s diverse food, drink, and music all in one place. Their flagship shindig, Groupon Bite of Seattle, attracts over 400,000 people with healthy appetites to try cuisine from more than 60 eateries alongside craft beers and live bands. During the fall, Oktoberfest Northwest and Oktoberfest Monroe celebrate the German beer festival, while the Taste of Tacoma rings in the last weekend of June with culinary offerings from its titular city.
Terra Yoga’s skilled instructors welcome and embrace yoga students of all levels with open arms, and not just because they’re in the middle of an open-armed pose. Thanks to their small class sizes, Terra Yoga’s teachers can heap more personal attention on participants and render specific guidance on poses. This means that the friendly instructors are able to sequence their classes to make them accessible, unlike a vault or a Chevy with padlocks on each door. To accomplish this accessibility, each instructor ensures students are in the correct asanas (poses) throughout the class. The 12 teachers, who have diverse backgrounds and decades of combined experience, also turn up the heat when they lead yoga sessions. With the exception of prenatal, yin, and family yoga, all classes take place in a heated studio environment. Terra Yoga is also one of the few studios that offer Pranassage, a relaxing one-on-one form of therapy that combines elements of yoga with bodywork.