A group of rowers founded Sammamish Rowing Association (SRA) in 1996, meeting at Idylwood Beach Park in Redmond before each of their journeys across the water. Eager to grow SRA, it wasn’t long before the crew took notice of an abandoned boathouse in Marymoor Park, languishing on the banks of Lake Sammamish. Its ceiling was rotting away, and its oar racks were emptier than a child's pockets after a candy-shop spending spree—but that didn’t deter the passionate rowers or their vision. They put in a bid for the building, formed a strong subsequent partnership with King County Parks and Recreation, and set to work renovating the vintage structure to make it fit for public use.
Ever since, SRA has introduced adults and youth to the benefits of rowing. The sport's fluid, low-impact motions tone muscles all over the body, and the collaborative nature of the sport nurtures sportsmanship and camaraderie. The association's future is bright: members are building a new boathouse scheduled to open in the summer of 2013.
The workouts at Sasquatch CrossFit aren't like the ones you'll get at most other gyms. Whereas classic training tends to focus on the individual, rote workouts, and exercise equipment, CrossFit takes a different path to fitness. In many ways, it's more direct; rather than rely on a circuit of machine-centered reps, CrossFit uses push-ups, pull-ups, and weight training to create an old-fashioned workout. Sessions at Sasquatch have also been known to incorporate tasks such as using brute force to push a monster truck tire, scale a rope with haste, or hurl a medicine ball to the surface of the moon. In this way, workouts are never the same and every day at Sasquatch is different. The center's trainers also emphasize the team-oriented aspects of each workout. While all individuals work hard to improve their own bodies, the group keeps each other motivated and, in the process, forms a bond that becomes like that of a family—which will then be overcome and transformed into a healthy, positive bond.
Choose either Sammamish's titular course for a session of deep stretching that heals and renews the body, or roast calories alive and forge adamantine endurance and strength during a power course. Both classes range from 60 to 90 minutes and are offered every day throughout the day, from six in the morning to seven in the gloaming eve. Check the schedule to pick your favorite.
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Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers in cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, bolster flexibility during yoga, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
At the Gold's Gym Northwest locations, instructors lead water-aerobics classes within 25-yard salt-purified pools before cooling off in spacious hot tubs. The gyms also boast innovative cardio cinema theaters, where popular films and concession-stand advertisements flicker across massive flat screens as guests peddle away on treadmills and elliptical machines. After lively rounds of racquetball, members can unwind in steam rooms and saunas or sip on replenishing smoothies at the juice bar. During the week, the gyms keep round-the-clock hours.