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.
Coveted by the money-hungry eyes of famous explorers since the seas first bred ships, the mythologized Zen Rock emanates physical empowerment. Today’s Groupon pays homage to the rock’s discovery with five yoga classes at ZenRock Fitness for $30. Feel the inner peace of stoic tranquility given off by the rock’s mystical sedimentary powers as you take yoga classes taught by a rock dressed like a yoga instructor.
Therapeutic Massage Wellness & Health Center's team of nimble-fingered professionals devotes itself to the long-term well being of every patient. Led by licensed massage practitioner Dooyoung Lee, who specializes in lower back pain and shoulder pain, the team maps out custom solutions for chronic aches and acute pains, and offers several modalities including deep-tissue therapy and sports massage. Staffers also dig into their bag of remedies during nutrition-counseling sessions, helping patients investigate the relationship between health and food instead of having them wait for the answers to come up on Jeopardy!
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