Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago, and now features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. Neophyte or expert gravity resisters can regularly finesse their fitness on a cardio machine, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, tighten up in the abdominal and functional stretching area, or stick with lifting bundles of rebar and commercial chest freezers.
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.
Equipment: Cast iron kettlebells.
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel and mat.
Average class length: 30 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Pro Tip: I am a caring and compassionate person, especially good with those new to a fitness program.
The instructors at Harp Health & Fitness work to help their students burn fat and increase muscle strength during each boot-camp class. After an initial assessment, the instructors guide students in proper form during resistance, cardio, and speed and agility training. For best results, the staff members recommend a nutrition plan for each student to follow during boot camp.
Snohomish County's largest full-service family athletic club, Columbia Athletic Clubs has something for everyone. One hundred group exercise classes are offered each week; Cycle Cross takes place in the cycling studio while Water Aerobics and Aqua Motion utilize the Big Pool. Hot yoga and classes in the Mind/Body Studio come included with each membership. There's also an indoor Salt-Pure lap pool for advanced swimmers and shiny-sunken-object-retrievers. A talented group of personal trainers work with clients to get the most out of every workout.
The club's amenities extend beyond pure fitness. The Silver Lake Cafe serves up healthy and tasty meals, and massage therapy is offered onsite. At the Kids Club, youngens can play games under the supervision of an experienced staff while parents hit the gym.
To fitness trainer Jon Chacon, the first order of business with any client is building a sturdy foundation of strength. His boot camp, athletic training, and strength camp incorporate both strength training and conditioning with bursts of high-intensity exercise. Pared-down workouts in a spartan facility use tools, such as ropes and sandbags, that emphasize agility and functional strength—values familiar to Chacon, whose experience ranges from commercial fishing to the Marine Corps. He also guides clients with nutrition and supplement guidelines, as well as monthly weight and fat measurements.