Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates in cardio routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Vision Quest Sport and Fitness promotes a five-pronged approach to fitness, covering cardiovascular, progressive resistance, proper diet, supplementation, and personal training. Like any decent clock factory, the clubs are open 24 hours a day, and each keeps its own schedule primed with group classes such as boxing, yoga, spinning, and hip-hop fitness. Body Sculpt sessions fashion forms with weights and bands, and Total Body Conditioning uses lighter weights and higher repetitions to create lean, mean muscle mass.
Members take part in complimentary wellness seminars from fitness experts to fine-tune their bodies, and teams of affiliated massage therapists, chiropractors, and nutrition gurus save skeletons and muscles from harmful injury.
CrossFit is for anyone. CrossFit serves those seeking elite fitness or those who just want to improve their quality of life. It suits everyone looking for a different type of gym experience. Athletes are guided by experienced trainers in a one on one or group sessions. The goal is to be fit for whatever life throws at you.
This downtown spa is one of Seattle’s oldest, and strives to deliver a globally-inspired experience for customers, with packages like the Marrakech, the Safari and the Pacific Rim. While its menu of soaks and body treatments include the usual massages, foot soaks and scrubs, facial care and nail care found at most spas, Ummelina International also delivers Thai massages, head and scalp massages and seated massages, not to mention, foot soaks accentuated by an African shea butter moisturizing treatment and facials that incorporate essential oils designed to help clear sinus trouble. To make things even more refreshing, Ummelina now accepts insurance for massage therapy. With special touches like a soothing cup of something herbal from Ummelina’s tea selection, spa goers can’t help but find themselves transported out of this world.
Not everyone is interested in running, hefting weights or climbing stairs. That’s where alternatives such as Pilates comes in, providing group motivational experiences that can sculpt the body and shed pounds, without the monotonous machines and barbells. Located in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, Bodytonics Pilates specializes in helping clients get the most out of the full-body exercise techniques developed by Joseph Pilates, emphasizing straight posture and core-building exercises that have earned devoted followers. Bodytonis Pilates provides individual, duet and trio-equipment lessons, as well as specialized mat classes, and instruction ranges from simple fitness techniques to full-on physical rehabilitation sessions, all set in an environment dedicated by instructors to the benefits of positive energy. With sleek wood floors, painted brick walls and lots of natural light, it’s easy to keep that positivity up.
High above the city, you might hear the sounds of splashing in the Seattle Municipal Tower. They're coming from the 25-meter lap pool and jacuzzi at one of Seattle Executive Fitness's two downtown outposts. Both gyms tend to the bodies of busy Seattleites with personal training sessions with certified fitness gurus, rows of cardio and Hammer Strength equipment, and more than 60 weekly classes. Before exercisers head back into the city to impress their bosses with their new muscles, they can freshen up in the facilities' plush locker rooms, which have showers, towel service, dry saunas, and steam rooms.