A locally owned fitness destination for 30 years, Peak Health & Wellness provides patrons with three facilities as spacious and well-maintained as gyms owned by a corporate entity, but as personalized as a family business. Guests walk into any location to find large workout floors stocked with rows of cardio and strength equipment, separate group-aerobics studios, and indoor courts for playing tennis, squash, basketball, and pretend jury duty. The personable staff of certified trainers lead 40 distinct fitness programs including group classes of Insane-X, X-Fit, and spin, while onsite childcare centers watch over the little ones as parents work out. To solve the other side of the health and wellness equation, each locale hosts various nutrition programs and seminars.
The black-belt instructors of Warhorse Martial Arts believe that developing character on the inside matters as much as learning to defend oneself on the outside. That’s why throughout their classes, they emphasize principles such as modesty, integrity, and perseverance to help pupils overcome the conflicts that can’t be resolved through traditional coup d’ètat. For the times when those skills are needed, they prepare students by training them in in a mix of styles such as kenpo karate and Brazilian jiu jitsu. Through progressive classes for kids as young as 6 through adults, instructors drill participants in both unarmed and armed self-defense. For those interested in developing defense skills for the ground, they teach Brazilian jujitsu. This focused approach, along with its sponsorship of charitable organizations such as the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, has won the academy many accolades. Warhorse Karate has won Krem’s The Best of Spokane contest in 2010, 2011, and 2012 in addition to taking the top spot in the Inlander Best of the Inland NW awards.
Anew Start aims to extract the toxins absorbed in everyday life through an assortment of purifying services that rejuvenates bodies and revivifies immune systems. The 10-minute whole-body vibration training uses a specially designed machine set at multiple frequency vibrations to continuously stimulate the body, skin, and subcutaneous tissue, easily exercising muscles into well-defined opposite-sex catchers. A hydrotherapy device used in the noninvasive detoxifying foot bath creates a mother-approved black hole for drawing toxins through plantar appendages. The far infrared sauna is set at a temperature about 60 to 80 degrees cooler than a conventional sauna and eradicates evil body dwellers up to 10 times more effectively than the conventional sauna. All of the treatments in this package work to improve metabolism and blood circulation and also shed stress, joint pain, and the lyrics to 80s power ballads that loop through most heads.
Though they have impressive resumés, the instructors at Northwest Kenpo Karate—a member of the National Association of Professional Martial Artists—don't flaunt their trophies and black belts. Their focus always remains on their students and on their own continuing education, whether they teach kickboxing, ground fighting, or kenpo karate. The school has been coaching adults and children in these arts for 13 years and continues to emphasize the strong character traits that the styles embody. Students absorb lessons in respect, discipline, and self-control in addition to those in self-defense strikes. For children especially, the confidence and leadership skills that develop with martial-arts training can benefit lifestyles at large. The family plans at Northwest Kenpo Karate therefore encourage households to hone their techniques as a unit, building up skills for the sparring mat and the combat portion of nanny auditions.
Razor's Edge Training's kickboxing classes provide nimble toes and curious clutched fists with an aerobic outlet for martial-arts exploration. Using a one-two combo of high-energy audio and relentless enthusiasm, instructor and 14-year veteran Monica Lang pushes students through the rigors of her total-body workout. With each class, students burn hundreds of calories while developing their strength, endurance, flexibility, ability to punch the wings off flies, coordination, and balance. Throughout the span of their 20 punches, calmly collected cruiserweights and well-worked featherweights can take full advantage of Razor's Edge Training's gym facilities or simply stop, smell the endorphins, and smile—in an intimidating manner.