When visitors open the door to Live Love Flow + Flow Cycle Seattle, they're greeted by the sounds of whirring wheels and pumping pedals that wouldn't be out of place on the French countryside's winding road courses. The exercisers here run through the same muscle-defining, heart-pumping motions that power the most famous European races from the comfort of their indoor cycling studio at the heart of the U District. There, Flow Cycle classes burn calories and stabilize keen and hip joints, helping cyclists stay as flexible as Gumby after his nightly bubble bath. Each session is led by one of the studio's stable of instructors, which includes current and former road racers in its ranks.
In 2004, the Langston Hughes African American Film festival began as a simple weekend series. Nearly a decade later, the festival has expanded to feature more than 40 films over the course of nine days. When guests aren’t viewing feature-length movies or documentary shorts, they can attend workshops and interactive events, all focused on celebrating black filmmakers both up-and-coming and established.
Founder Heather Scearce started practicing Pilates in 1997 after she suffered a severe back injury in a car accident. As it turns out, Pilates became an essential factor in her recovery, fueling her desire to help others discover the beneficial exercise form for themselves. In addition to one-on-one sessions, Conscious Body Pilates now offers Barre and Group Reformer classes in their newly remodeled space. The classes are small and promise more elbow room for friends, families and sock-puppet troupes to workout in tandem.
In 1992, restaurant owner Carlos Kainz and chef Julie Guerrero first joined forces to open a tiny West Seattle bakery and café, a spot that quickly gained traction and outgrow its modest trappings. The duo packed up the winning operation and moved on to a larger space and a larger vision, renaming their venture Dulces Bistro & Wine and crafting an ambitious menu focusing entirely on Latin-fusion cuisine for dinner. Although Guerrero traces her family heritage back to Mexico, many of her dishes, including paella valenciana and boeuf bourguignon, show strong European influences. Unadulterated Latin staples pepper the menu, such as the green chicken enchiladas that serve as a staple in Mexico City and at Sam I Am’s Cinco de Mayo parties.
Things are always looking up at Seattle Bouldering Project, a south city climbing gym where both indoor and outdoor rock climbers enjoy the challenging ascents. The space offers typical bouldering (rock climbing without harnesses or ropes, using only special climbing shoes and techniques to ascend) courses on any of their multi-level artificial climbing walls, plus bouldering classes for all skill levels. Seattle Bouldering Project focuses on climbers aged four to adult, with special times and programs for the little ones, plus all of the necessary safety precautions. Occasional climbers can buy a day pass for use of the entire sprawling facility, while avid climbers have a choice of membership levels. There are climbing shoes and crash pads for rent at the gym, and instructors also teach the occasional yoga and fitness class.
Breathe Hot Yoga's studios maintain a tropical climate regardless of the season. Though not as hot as traditional Bikram yoga, the studios maintain a balmy temperature for most classes, allowing muscles to remain loose and limber as students flow through sessions. Antibacterial, medical-grade vinyl flooring gives yogis the clean, steady surface they need to train excitable downward-facing dogs. After sessions, trainees can refresh and renew in Breathe Hot Yoga's onsite shower facilities.