Nationally certified personal trainer Luka Hocevar turned to fitness tutelage after 20 years of shooting hoops, which took him to the NBA Summer Pro League and Europe's premier basketball leagues. Since then, he has applied his exercise expertise to help fitness newbies and UFC, NBA, and NFL athletes alike whip into shape, making his way into the top five best personal trainers named by KING5 Best of Western Washington in 2010. He doesn’t just dive right in, though. After a friend revealed to him that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” Hocevar has made a commitment to get to know his clients before building an expedited fitness program around their goals and needs.
Hocevar leads a diverse team of passionate, experienced trainers that includes a seasoned martial artist, a soccer player, and a kinesiologist. They motivate clients in both mind and body with customized exercise regimens during group personal training and athlete-performance training, a strength and conditioning program designed to enhance sport-specific movements and improve recovery time. The 4,600-square-foot facility brims with Olympic platforms, kettlebells, dumbbells, and strongman equipment, as well as functional implements to ensure that each workout is varied and challenging.
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance also serves as home base for the award-winning Renton Results Boot Camp. Hocevar designed this results-driven program that mixes cardio and strength training with vigorous interval workouts to trim fat from physiques. To help students best burn fat, trainers constantly rotate drills to keep different muscles engaged, and nutritional manuals outline wholesome meal plans. With Bootcamps-to-Go media in the form of videos, mp3s, and self-destructing scrolls, students can continue to hone their flab-blasting moves at home. Hocevar also strives to make each boot-camp endeavor a personalized one, providing unlimited email support to all of his clients.
After feeling unfulfilled by traditional workouts, Seven Hot Yoga owner Debbie Dixon turned to yoga, in which she finally found relief from her shin splints, anxiety, fatigue, and restlessness. Now, 14 years after taking her first class, Debbie leads her own team of instructors inside a spacious, heated studio. Suited to yogis of all experience levels, classes range from Hot Hatha, in which students cycle through 26 different poses and two breathing exercises, to Yin yoga, which focuses on easing joints and improving energy flow. Teachers forbid cell phones within the studio, fostering a serene atmosphere and allowing flip phones to stretch out their own hinges.
In a spacious studio heated up to 105 degrees, Bikram Yoga Renton’s instructors guide classes through a body-bending curriculum that aims to cultivate strength, flexibility, and inner peace. Helping students unite mind, body, and spirit without undergoing surgery, these certified yogis lead them through a fixed regimen of 26 postures as the heat permeates muscles to deepen stretches and encourage a detoxifying sweat.
With their yellow petals gone to seed, aging dandelions sway in the breeze before wafting away. Elsewhere, cartoon cats perch on a purple fence, mewling out at the sea and the stars that swirl above the moonlit water. Though these sound as if they're scenes from a wistful animated movie, they're the kind of eye-grabbing images that novices can create at Arts-n-Carafes. Inside the relaxing haunt, seasoned artists and people who have never known the joy of tying a wild canvas to the easel get together to paint their own versions of colorful pieces and sip on provided wines. They can also sign up for an off-site private party, painting in the comfort of their own home or company office.
East Highlands Fitness's boutique gym prides itself on having all the amenities of a larger gym?from the advanced equipment to the group classes?while maintaining a small, community feel. The center dishes up everything clients need to burn calories and build muscle, including certified personal trainers, nutrition coaches, and dumbbells. Small group boot-camp and TRX classes, meanwhile, carve out bulging muscles, whereas Zumba classes spin energetic Latin beats to let clients dance towards toned hips, legs, and glutes. At the same time, a kids' room stays open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays, so parents can get pumping without worrying whether their dog was really the best choice for a babysitter.