Pilates at Play takes its name seriously. Yes, that goes for both parts. When Trisha Hatfield Graves opened the studio in 1998, she was required to undergo a grueling three-year program and log more than 1,000 internship hours before she could claim the title of a fully certified Pilates instructor and open one of the first fully equipped studios in the Seattle area.
But just because Trisha and her instructors are so focused on the strengthening and healing techniques of traditional Pilates doesn't mean they don't also know how to have fun. Their expansive 1,800-square-foot studio resembles a playground more than a gym, complete with bright colors and swings hanging from the ceiling. Besides traditional Pilates mat and equipment classes, the group leads aerial Pilates and Swing-a-lates classes that use playground swings for core-strengthening exercises, and spinal decompression. Additionally, the instructors lead pole and chair dancing classes, which draw on the principals of lyrical dance to give women a fun and flirty workout.
5th Avenue Fitness isn't your typical gym. Sure, it has all the equipment you might expect?TRX suspension bands, free weights, and a staff headed by a certified personal trainer and figure competitor?but, unlike most gyms, the facility is about building stronger, healthier bodies through stronger, healthier communities. Its group classes, including Les Mills BodyPump and RPM, help clients of all levels increase their physical fitness.
To boost progress and results, 5th Avenue includes a wealth of amenities. Its Power Blendz juice bar whips up snacks and meal replacements that can help burn fat or build muscle. Locker rooms equipped with showers and saunas let even busy patrons catch a workout and relaxing steam before dashing back to work. And, 10-minute tanning beds quickly set deep, golden hues for a more defined-looking physique.
Set on a dock on Percival Landing in downtown Olympia, Urban Kayak gives people the tools to see the picturesque oceanfront city by water. Rent a single-seat or tandem kayak and you can glide past waterfront parks, bridges, and buildings, all while burning calories and toning arm and core muscles. The stand-up paddle boarding works a little differently, though it's somewhat self-explanatory—you stand upright on a surfboard-like craft and paddle, giving you a unique view of the aquatic vegetation underfoot and the bald spots of fish.
Drs. Colby Cockrell maintains smiles with the full range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services. Preferring a patient-centered approach, Dr. Cockrell’s holds consultations before administering any whitening treatments, cleanings, or dental implants. During these consultations, the doctor discusses the patient’s concerns, answers questions, and then administers a pop quiz.
An Xbox 360 console, a 40-inch high-definition television, and a surround-sound headset: all of this is yours alone at PLAYlive's individual gaming stations. But that doesn't mean each round of gaming has to be a solitary affair. The gaming center hosts parties and weekly tournaments, too, pitting players against each other in live contests with titles such as Call of Duty and NBA2K. For members, the lounge even hosts monthly mixers where gamers can participate in mini tournaments or debate which Mario brother made their mother prouder. Beyond its comfy lounge, PLAYlive can enrich your gaming experience with its shop that specializes in repairing Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii consoles.
Blush Day Spa, which opened in the latter part of 2013, assembles a crack team of skilled professionals. They offer a full range of services including facials, waxing, mani-pedis, Botox, and massage. Co-owners Andrea and Rashelle specialize in skincare, and their partner Stacy focuses on the nailcare and nail art, applying CND additives to create one sparkly accent nail or a full set of eye-catching tips that attract more attention than screaming, "You're all aliens!" in a movie theater. The Spa's massage therapist Farron says she takes joy from helping people relax, using reflexology and the aid of hot basalt stones. "I love to loosen tight muscles and stretch around the upper back and neck area," she says. "Everyone I see is tight and tense in [that] area."
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Massage
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