Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times and dates vary based on each location: Woodinville, Seattle, Gig Harbor, Puyallup and Lacey.
Fortified by its illustrious championship coaches, Revolution Martial Arts beats heart rates into buoyant tempos that celebrate the skill and style of combative athleticism. With the ten-class punch pass (a $150 value), roundhousers can discover the spiritual essence of Muay Thai boxing, the gentle grace of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or the subtle punches that go into glazing a ham. The schedule supports novice ninjas, advanced strikers, and a ladies only kickboxing class twice a week. Healthy beverages flow from the spots of Revolution Martial Arts' juice bar, ideal for hydrating fist throwers after a sparring match, judo sessions, or for practicing signature moves like the scissor-kick spit-take.
In more than 200 locations in 25 countries, the staff at My Gym aims to nurture children's physical and mental development through engaging classes. Each gym houses small-scale fitness equipment with soft construction that inspires kiddies to play safely. Instructors lead kids in song, dance, jump, and exercise classes, all structured to fine-tune motor skills, critical thinking, and self-esteem. Children as young as 6 weeks can giggle and crawl in My Gym classes, which also include options for kids up to 13 years old.
Beyond scheduled classes, the gyms also host play sessions that discard lesson plans and encourage youngsters to cut loose. The gyms are also available for birthday parties, which include supervised gym-time, staff-led birthday games, puppets, rides, and full use of the facilities. Open play gives kids free rein of the gym's playground equipment while under supervision. During Parents’ Night Out events, the attentive staff watches over kids while parents enjoy a night of grown-up conversation or a chance to hone their Marco Polo skills for future family bouts.
For 19 years, the Sportsplex gym at Total Fitness—under one name or another—has provided a venue for locals to work out and be a part of a "true community gym." The private health club elevates heart rates and feelings of camaraderie in group fitness classes such as yoga, aerobics, or karate. Private trainers teach individuals custom routines, and nutritional experts revitalize and revolutionize diet plans. Blue pads rest on the white metal frames of machines, coordinating exactly with the paint colours on the walls. Wall-mounted televisions glow, interspersed among painted, empowering words and quotes, such as, “The most important thing about goals is having one,” spoken by Geoffrey Abert when describing the game of soccer.
Open since 2005, West Coast Martial Arts promotes the spread of Mixed Martial Arts through the capable hands and feet of its expert instructors. From 23 locations, they train students of all ages and experience levels in the nuances of an international array of martial arts. Their fundamentals programs introduce tots, youths, and adults to some of the fastest-growing disciplines in North America, arming students with pragmatic self-defence skills that work as well in the heat of the moment as they do in the calm of the dojo. Instructors also lead an array of classes for more advance practitioners. Teaching the grappling and ground-fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, they lead students in battling larger opponents with the holds and submissions of the Gracie street self-defence system. They round out their curriculum with the striking arts of kickboxing and muay thai, which is also called the "science of eight limbs." In this combat style, students unleash flurries of blows using their hands, feet, elbows, and knees, turning into a more fearsome opponent than Bruce Lee before he had his conjoined twin removed.
Though the Hawaiian word ‘ohana literally translates to “family,” it’s used to describe to any close-knit, communal group. According to studio owner Carol Antonsen, ‘ohana is precisely what her Polynesian dance school is all about. “We travel together, we perform together—it’s an encouraging, supportive group that’s here to help you grow not just as a dancer, but as a person,” she says. In keeping with her mission to foster a warm, friendly environment, Carol holds classes in her home, whose basement she converted into her dance studio. She furnishes students with the skirts typically worn during traditional performances and plays upbeat Hawaiian and Tahitian dance music during classes.
Carol hopes that her dance classes not only help create new friendships but also educate people about Polynesian cultures. To that end, she also teaches students about the history behind traditional Tahitian and Hawaiian dances, which, she says, each tell a story and occupy a sacred place in Polynesian culture. Her approach has also earned her students many opportunities to perform at private and public cultural events and celebrations both locally and internationally.