Edmonds CrossFit's team of certified coaches helps exercisers work toward improvement across a spectrum of ten fitness domains that includes endurance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. To that end, a different lineup of exercises awaits with every visit to the gym, each designed to breed a high level of General Physical Preparedness, or GPP?the same thing firefighters strive for when they practice hoisting heavy hoses and rescuing dumbbells out of trees. Class-goers might perform gymnastics stretches, pump out a set of pushups, and then complete some laps of walking lunges before hoisting a barbell over their heads one day, and then perform an entirely new set of exercises the next. For committed participants, the result can be a significant jump in overall fitness and increased ability to handle the physical demands of a long, active life.
More than a mere place to lift weights, StoneWay CrossFit aims to build a sense of community among its members, spurring its students to break past their physical and mental limitations with high-intensity workouts. The team of qualified, passionate coaches draws from past experiences that include serving in the military, running ultra marathons, and bravely ignoring an open box of donuts. Here, instead of steering students toward treadmills or high-tech ellipticals, they introduce them to the boxes, tractor tires, and gymnastic rings required for CrossFit's organic, functional-movement exercises, and supplement the routines with nutritional assessments and personal training sessions. And because the challenging workouts are ever-changing, CrossFit helps students of all body types, ages, and skill levels build strength and stamina without forcing them into a boring routine.
Since 2001, the instructors at Alpha Martial Arts' two Seattle neighborhood locations have been helping people improve their lives through martial arts and fitness. The black-belt martial arts instructors teach kids, teens, and adults martial arts and kenpo karate moves that enhance not only fitness levels and self-defense skills, but also confidence. Those interested in muay thai can learn from world champions, who share their expertise in group classes and private lessons.
On the fitness side, energetic kickboxing classes torch calories, and Alpha's CrossFit coach, who is an active competitor, helps clients quickly tone up through functional-fitness workouts of the day.
Throughout the week, sneakers pound upon triple-bonded foam as students undergo high-intensity routines combining cardio, resistance-training, core-training, and flexibility exercises at Seattle Boot Camp, where trainers work to motivate others in their journeys toward improved fitness and well-being. Their approach focuses on meals made up of lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, eschewing excessive sugar, salt, and bacon-wrapped donuts deep-fried in bacon-wrapped-donut fat.
Every human body may be unique, but the basic patterns of our muscles and skeletons are almost universal. The fitness science of CrossFit relies on that uniformity in each of its exercises, which are designed to help bodies function better in ten different domains of fitness. If that sounds like a lot of learning for a workout regimen, don’t worry. In addition to leading vigorous exercises, the coaches at CrossFit West Seattle act as stewards of CrossFit knowledge. They slowly familiarize beginners with the terminology, techniques, and equipment required to navigate CrossFit’s workouts. In fact, they require that all new students complete a series of fundamentals classes before joining the regularly scheduled sessions or hanging out in the evening to play catch with barbells. But students are not merely challenged; instructors also motivate and reward students for their hard work, and the group setting fosters a team-like atmosphere.
Everyday, Robert Sax and the rest of CrossFit Amped?s coaches create brand new workouts steeped in functional fitness. Their hands-on approach to training includes showing clients the proper form when weightlifting, swinging Kettlebells, and flipping giant tractor tires onto the car of a mean boss. Classes run daily and are tailored to ensure that each participant is challenged, no matter their fitness abilities.