With two locations, long hours, and a bounty of equipment, Emerald City Athletic Club helps its members get in shape, whatever their workout of choice. Gym floors lined with regiments of Precor and Nautilus machines let members work every muscle in their bodies, and the class studios' high-tech sound systems energize Zumba, salsa dancing, and kickboxing sessions and keep stationary cycles from tearing around the room in loneliness each night. Free weights and intricate weight machines hold down the floor of a spacious weight room, where muscle sculptors work up a sweat before winding down in a dry sauna, Turkish steam bath, and hot tub. At the Everett location, an Olympic-style pool, a basketball court, and racquetball and handball courts offer even more variety.
If ever there was a perfect time to set a world record related to exercise, the time right after Thanksgiving would probably be a good choice. That’s just one of the ideas behind Family Fitness World Record, an event that will attempt to set the bar for having the most families working out at the same time and in the same place. Throughout the day, activities designed specifically for families are scheduled to keep everyone moving, from dancing and gymnastics to martial arts, obstacles, and a timeout chair outfitted with roller skates. Once everyone gets warmed up, the day culminates with the world record attempt later in the afternoon. World-renowned CrossFit athletes and special guests are also set to make appearances, as are non-fitness activity stations such as face painting and balloon animals.
Rosie Hardy, owner and instructor of ShakeItLatinStyle and a lover of dance, started ShakeItLatinStyle Dance Fitness to not only share her love of movement with others, but also to reveal that dancing isn't just fun—it's good for you, too. Earning "Best of Western Washington" awards in both 2012 and 2013, she designs her Zumba and Hot Latin Nights classes herself, using custom choreography combined with her multiple Zumba and fitness certifications to get pupils moving their feet to upbeat Latin music inside her roomy dance studio. Her experienced and diverse staff also coordinate and host a variety of classes that include Ultimate Hard Body, Chisel! "Abs and booty!" Burn, and U-Jam Fitness.
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.