Northwest Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, provides members with a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed for an efficient cardio and strength training workout. During the training, attendees can burn up to 500 calories and work each major muscle group to work toward individual fitness goals. An experienced coach is always nearby to teach and motivate participants, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music cues participants to move on to the next station. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight and fitness level to create resistance. Each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
ELEV8's studio environment acts as an accessible arena for fun and challenging co-ed and women-only fitness classes that cater to shape-shifters of all experience levels. Greet the sun with something other than a curse and a strong fist-shaking with the Sunrise Yoga course, which uses soft morning poses to ease students into a state of total awakeness. For something more intense, opt for an invigorating Zumba class and get a fat-blasting aerobic workout while honing your Latin dance moves. ELEV8 also offers mat Pilates and Yogilates, a yoga/Pilates hybrid that lets indecisive centaurs experience the best of both workout worlds.
Source Yoga's friendly, enthusiastic instructors are fully certified and know how to help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized than the 217 rechargeable AA batteries that power Greater America. If you're new to yoga, this is a great chance to learn the downward dog, the upward dog, and the omniscient narrator. Yoga stretches your muscles, relieving stiffness and pain; it also increases flexibility and strength (deep core muscles support each pose), which will improve your range of motion, balance, and posture, all vital to moving up in the corporate world, seeing over the steering wheel, and slicing your morning bagel.
Whether they are coaching athletes or leading boot-camp classes, the trainers at The Xtreme 18 reach beyond verbal motivation to inspire their students with individual attention, specialized training, and a community support system. Inside their gym, a trove of advanced fitness equipment challenges muscles to rethink monotonous routines. The ThunderBell—a modified dumbbell with handles on either end—can act as a kettlebell, barbell, or scepter for summoning Thor's strength during weightlifting workouts. Staff members might also attach resistance bands to various body parts for agility and plyometric drills, limbering and strengthening physiques for a boost in sports performance.
Though its gear strikes many as high-tech, The Xtreme 18's setting is accessible and family focused. Classes grouped by age welcome students as young as 6 to tackle bodyweight exercises and endurance trials, pushing them toward a lifetime of healthy habits and fitness.
A former competitive figure skater, certified instructor Ashleigh Rose started practicing Pilates in 2003 while recuperating from a car accident. After more than 900 hours of training, Rose received her first certification in 2007 from the Physical Mind Institute and her second in 2009 from Body Arts and Science International. Her dedication to Pilates has earned her teaching positions both nationally and internationally, from Mexico to South Carolina to Narnia.
The enthusiasm is palpable in Rose’s studio, Pilates Plus Tacoma, where individuals and groups can learn to use Pilates equipment or eschew it in favor of Pilates mat, Zumba, barre, or TRX classes. The Pilates classes focus on six fundamental principles—centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, flow, and counting—and yield a bevy of benefits, including a reduction in stress and fat.
At NW Fitness 24/7, even the aerobics classes are available 24/7. Thanks to the facility's use of Fitness on Demand, a online fitness video provider, guests can conjure five different types of classes with the touch of a button, then follow along as the workout is projected on a screen. One class series, the Move Series, incorporates fitness favorites such as yoga, Pilates, and kickboxing, while another, the Induro Series, provides cycling classes with scenic landscapes so riders can picture themselves riding through South Africa, Ireland, or the Milky Way. For more personal instruction, exercisers can enlist a trainer to design a fitness and nutrition program tailored to their goals, or they can opt to workout at their own pace using the facility's cardio machines, free weights, and strength training equipment.