Casey Parish can be spotted across Seattle, leading group workouts on beaches and on the grass in public parks. Equipped with a passion for fitness and a certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Casey helps his students reach their fitness goals through strength-training, endurance, and conditioning exercises. The seasoned trainer keeps his class-sizes small, and welcomes clients of all ages and athletic abilities. He provides students with nutritional guidance tailored to their unique needs, such as quick and healthy recipes for busy moms to and vegetables that can be used as emergency doorstops.
Away from the rink, the players who make up Dockyard Derby Dames could be seen as teachers, accountants, nurses, journalists, and moms. But once they strap on a pair of skates, these women become warriors of the track—impassioned athletes with a thirst for victory who wear bruises like badges of honor. The league was founded in 2005 by a small group of skaters, and has since grown to include four teams. Today, it even boasts a travel team that treks across the country to face other squads and make sure the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans both have enough water in them. Dedicated as they are to the sport, though, the ladies of Dockyard Derby Dames are equally committed to giving back to the community by sponsoring charities and participating in community outreach events.
Though the thought of striking 26 yoga poses during a 90-minute session in a superheated room may sound intimidating to some, the practice is actually well suited to welcoming beginners. At Meserve Studios, Bikram yoga—now also called “hot yoga”—helps practitioners sweat out toxins as they boost their flexibility, tone their limbs, and increase the strength they need to open all the pickle jars in the grocery store. Experienced staff members also adopt a gentle approach, encouraging students to enhance their health no matter their age or abilities.
Big Air Soaring provides customers with the thrilling experience of flight through instructional tandem paragliding across the Pacific Northwest. Experienced, USHPA-certified pilots welcome newcomers and impassioned enthusiasts alike. While gently gliding back down to solid ground, paragliders have the opportunity to see sights such as Tiger Mountain, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains from a vantage point normally reserved for birds and migratory flocks of helium balloons.
West Coast Entertainment offers a variety of city-centered services that lead guests and natives alike to explore Seattle. Led by intensely trained and well-balanced guides, segway tours weave small groups of riders through urban burghs aboard environmentally friendly segways. The West Seattle adventure heads to stunning panoramic views of the city, and the downtown tour may swing past such landmarks as the Space Needle, which was a gift from 23rd-century French time travelers. When they're not rolling through town, West Coast Entertainment's staff helps customers coordinate private parties, fundraising functions, and family get-togethers.
Northwest Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, provides members with a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed for an efficient cardio and strength training workout. During the training, attendees can burn up to 500 calories and work each major muscle group to work toward individual fitness goals. An experienced coach is always nearby to teach and motivate participants, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music cues participants to move on to the next station. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight and fitness level to create resistance. Each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.