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 amenities inside the 17,000 square-foot PEAK Health & Fitness are plentiful: a weight room, cardio deck, and two group fitness rooms for classes such as yoga, Zumba, cycling, and Pilates. Members also have access to massages and tanning services, as well as an elite group of personal trainers who are available to provide one-on-one coaching or just acquaint members with the fitness equipment with a formal introduction. The club also has a kid’s play area that entertains children while adults work out and a juice bar that nourishes bodies with healthy fruit smoothies.
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.
The 8th-degree black belt that Grandmaster Pierce uses to tie his dobok together is anything but a fashion accessory—it is a powerful symbol that represents more than 40 years of martial arts training. At Pierce's taekwondo studio, he shares this experience and expertise with kids, teens, adults, and dogs who can stand on their hind legs for 60-minutes straight.
Grand Master Brandon Richards, PhD is an 8th-degree Black Belt awarded the 2013 Grandmaster of the Year by the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame. At Seattle Tae Kwon Do, he joins a team of veteran instructors with world championship and Olympic team trial medals under their multi-degree black belts. So it’s no wonder that the school was voted Best Martial Arts by King5 Best of Western Washington in 2013. Whether in advanced adult classes or Tiger Cubs sessions for toddlers, the instructors strive to instill a black-belt mindset in every lesson they teach, stressing perseverance, focus, and discipline. Beyond tae kwon do, classes in Thai kickboxing whip bodies into shape with practical self-defense techniques, from blocking punches to bear-hugging schoolyard bullies.