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.
Together, the KAF Adventures guides are dedicated to helping others experience the thrills of climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, and other outdoor escapades. Whether they're teaching beginners to rock climb during group lessons, imparting lifelong skills as private mountaineering guides, or leading international climbing trips, the guides help their students learn new skills and appreciate their surrounding environment. Yoga and backpacking hikes introduce hikers to wilderness vistas as they learn to channel their own breathing, and backcountry skiing and boarding guidance readies students to hit the slopes or speed through snowy department-store displays.
At Lila Yoga, the seasoned instructors know there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all yoga class. That's why their class schedule encompasses a wide variety of yoga styles, from six-week introductory courses that help beginners build a strong foundation for practice, to advanced classes that might incorporate handstands, headstands, and back bends. Hatha yoga classes focus on alignment and and building strength, while restorative classes are better suited to those working to recover from an injury or those that just want to release tension and quiet their mind. The instructors here even schedule youth yoga classes for kids ages 4–9 and prenatal yoga for expectant mothers. And, aside from yoga, the studio also offers on-site bodywork treatments to help alleviate the aches that often come with giving birth to new muscles.
Length, grace, and a healthy body. These are the focuses of barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln. To achieve these results collectively, however, Sadie knew she needed to come up with a completely new routine. Working with yogis, professional dancers, doctors, and athletes, she created the barre3 system. It's a three-step sequence that consists of isometric holds, low-impact movements, and recovery stretching. This combination strengthens cores and aligns postures while sculpting long, lean muscles and burning calories. While upbeat music fills the studio, instructors lead small groups through a heart-racing sequence of yoga-inspired poses and pilates-based exercises. The ballet barre comes into use when striking muscle-building dance poses and stretches.
It's a system that has had proven results, which has spurred the successful growth of barre3 locations throughout the country. Today, fitness enthusiasts can find a barre3 studio in 16 states. An easy-to-follow routine, barre3 can also be performed at home with online workouts. These workouts are designed to fit busy schedules with routines that range from 10–60 minutes. All that's needed for online workouts is a barre3 core ball, weights, an exercise mat, and a sturdy, waist-high surface such as the top of Danny DeVito's head.
Heat radiates throughout The SweatBox's studio as instructors lead students through Bikram yoga’s 26 postures and two breathing techniques. Starting with a lung-expanding breathing exercise, the instructors guide yogis in a sequence of postures designed to stretch and strengthen every muscle group. The heat, kept around 105 degrees, warms the body and loosens the ligaments, enabling guests to sink deeper into stretches, release toxins via sweat, and shake off mini snowmen seeking refuge behind their ears. The SweatBox spans across two locations and hosts various events including posture-practice sessions, and kids’ yoga.