By the time he was in fifth grade, Physzique?s founder, Zach Hunt, weighed 200 pounds. Not being able to fit into school clothes, avoiding family photos?his weight became an obstacle he thought he might never overcome. After years of ineffective diets, exercise techniques, and fitness equipment, he decided that the only option left was to create a program that would work for him. Devoting himself to the study of exercise and nutrition finally helped him cut through the mist of misinformation and marketing gimmicks, and arrive at a straightforward formula for lasting fitness.
After friends began asking how they could achieve the same weight loss and muscle gain they?d noticed, Zach founded Physzique to share the same simple plan he?d discovered: intense but varied workouts, performed in groups large enough to form a network of support and accountability, but small enough for attention to each person?s needs. Physzique?s trainers supplement training sessions with realistic nutrition guidance that works in tandem with the exercises to tone muscle, reduce inches, and restore depleted energy reserves more effectively than a post-workout coffee bath.
Anytime Fitness accommodates night crawlers and day denizens with 24-hour access to endless rows of equipment, group fitness classes, and personalized training. Custom regimens rounded out by nutritional advice from a certified trainer make each client feel special, like a diamond the size?and shape?of a horse. Group fitness classes, alternatively, promote camaraderie and help participants stave off boredom by presenting a mixed array of drills. The gym's rows of TV-equipped treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary cycles with stair climbers help prepare legs for marathons and broken escalators. Weight machines, dumbbells, and kettlebells enable gym-goers to crank up muscle mass, and an unwinding experience in a high-powered tanning bed sends clients off with a sense of relaxation.
Mystik Dream Dance Company, one of the only studios in the state devoted solely to belly dancing, provides curious students with an in-depth exploration of the artful, physical, and cultural benefits of performing upbeat Egyptian cabaret, also known as Oriental dance or raks sharki (dance of the east). During classes, the studio's enthusiastic instructors, many of whom grew up attached at the hip to their abdominal art form, gyrate through basic movements, rhythms, and improvisational tips. Then, the flowing experts lead newly learned abdominals through the rigors of body core strength, performance posture, and how to make a Sharpied-on belly-face look like it's laughing.
Spokane Dance Company provides instruction for a variety of styles of ballroom, Latin, and swing dancing to students of skill levels ranging from rank amateur to doubly right-footed pros in classes taught by the same instructors who have trained some of the luminaries of TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. Students can choose classes from a bevy of 18 different dance styles including cha-cha, swing, salsa, tango, rumba, and the Peanuts gang bump-n-grind. Group classes are designed to teach students fundamental dance patterns over the course of each 40-minute session. Private lessons cater to individual students or couples who are seeking to gussy their gallop for specific events like weddings and competitions, as well as scrappy, ideological youths preparing for rec center-saving dance-offs, or just looking for a way to gussy their gallop.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.
The YMCA of the Inland Northwest hosts family-friendly pool parties, welcoming pint-size party-goers to explore a lazy river, splash in the wading-pool playground, and cavort in private party rooms. Fifteen minutes prior to party time, soiree hosts load the party room with refreshments and await revelers for one boisterous hour of cake, gifts, and instructions on avoiding lap-pool sharks. For the next 1.5 hours—the required time period for sanctioned games of Marco Polo—tykes recline in inner tubes for a float down the lazy river or submerge ankles in the wading-pool playground. Posses of tykes blitz enemies with various sprays and self-tipping water buckets, and 30-foot water slides beckon pint-size swimmers and hamsters bored with conventional cage tubes. The YMCA provides fully trained and certified staff members to supervise splashing, but encourages parents or guardians to attend at no additional charge.