After nearly a decade spent working in the health and fitness industry, Joel Thomas wasn't content with his two master's degrees and time spent as a varsity strength and conditioning coach at both the University of Idaho and Washington State University. Joel founded his own practice under the name Out of Bounds CrossFit in 2007, which soon became a full-on CrossFit facility where Joel challenges and surprises members with an ever-changing regimen of fast-paced workouts. He uses kettlebells, medicine balls, dumbbells, and barbells that build muscle through functional movement rather than using machines that isolate individual muscle groups and weights that spit out a chocolate after every rep. Performed properly?that is, with energy and purpose?Joel's approach can increase endurance, strength, and flexibility, and improve overall body composition.
Tanja Diamond took her first plane ride at 3 weeks old and hasn't been still since. She draws all of her life experience—including work as a horse trainer, interior designer, underwater videographer, and radio host—in her tantric coaching. After studying Classical tantra, an Eastern spiritual technique thousands of years old, Tanja created her own style, Modern tantra, and also practices Neo tantra. Tantra's myriad techniques can improve relationships, better emotional health, and aid meditation.
Throughout the week, sneakers pound upon triple-bonded foam as students undergo high-intensity routines combining cardio, resistance-training, core-training, and flexibility exercises at Seattle Boot Camp, where trainers work to motivate others in their journeys toward improved fitness and well-being. Their approach focuses on meals made up of lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, eschewing excessive sugar, salt, and bacon-wrapped donuts deep-fried in bacon-wrapped-donut fat.