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.
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.
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.
Guru Gayatri Yoga and Meditation Center welcomes students of all levels for Kundalini yoga, which blends postures, breathing, and meditation for physical and spiritual exercise. A weekly schedule of classes offers a variety of yoga, with types such as prenatal, rejuvenation, deep meditation, and extended gong meditation.
Shoes, clothes, and speed-inducing accessories line the walls at West Seattle Runner, where friendly running enthusiasts help each customer enhance their run. After a fitting, feet stride comfortably in Asics, Saucony, and Mizuno shoes or settle in to the snug hug of new Superfeet insoles. Apparel from Moving Comfort and Oiselle wicks sweat away, and snacks by Clif, Nuun, and GU ensure that athletes have the energy to go on producing more. In addition to peddling their fleet-footed wares, staffers also encourage a robust running community, leading group runs every Wednesday and Sunday.
For a quarter century, Stu Hennessey and his staff have sold snowboards and tuned-up mountain bikes for off-road jaunts at Alki Bike and Board. Today, the shop proliferates an eco-friendly, sustainable, and fun attitude toward transportation with bicycles and boards for sale and a well-kept fleet of bikes for rent. The shop’s rentals give visitors easy access to the city’s bounty of lush scenery and historic sites, and optional tours come with all the supplies necessary to take guided trips through surrounding terrain without having to use the creases on your palm as a road map.