Inside a newly constructed 7,000-square-foot facility, Dojo 3's certified and seasoned instructors lead students in a variety of fitness classes. D3 CrossFit classes combine constant variation and multiple modalities to help athletes develop their abilities and improve their health. While adult guests participate in kinesthetic renaissances, a watchful staffer supervises kids aged 3 and older as they amble around the kids' play area. The fitness center also features conveniences such as a changing room and ample parking, offering easy access that encourages patrons to fit workouts into their daily routines instead of fitting them into someone else's.
Nary a stationary bike or weight machine sits inside Renton City CrossFit. Instead, the gym is filled with pull-up bars, kettlebells, and barbells, and ample floor space welcomes people to work on squats, running, and jumping. Here, CrossFit-certified trainers customize workouts each day for clients, depending on whether they want to build strength, improve balance, or develop x-ray vision. Each workout is based around functional exercises that mimic normal day-to-day movements, and, for maximum benefit, the routines are constantly changing to keep the body guessing and avoid workout plateaus.
Father-daughter duo David and Danielle Pelham co-own Velocity Taekwondo, where they join up with a small team of coaches to share their love of martial arts and training with anyone interested. Danielle won the 2009 World Taekwondo Federation championships, and David is an award-winning taekwondo competition coach. Together with CrossFit and MMA trainers, they equip clients with fighting and fitness skills. Taekwondo is the focus, however—the academy has its own competition team, and after-school programs accommodate the schedules of children and sentient pencils.
"Discipline is an act of freedom." United Fitness Center's motto sums up the facility's approach to working out. By offering up high-intensity classes that challenge its members' willpower, agility, and endurance, the center pushes participants to dedicate themselves to life-changing fitness. The center furthers this end goal by incorporating the Fittest Warrior system, which tracks members' workout routines and nutrition, ensuring they are overhauling their lifestyles rather than sending their clone, whose DNA has been spliced with a bodybuilder's, to the gym.
The workouts at Hook & Ladder CrossFit may not be as intense as fighting a fire, but they're close. Seasoned firefighter David Pelham and his team of fellow CrossFit Level 1–certified coaches make sure of that. During their daily CrossFit workouts, they push exercisers through a series of pull-ups, squats, pushups, weight-lifting, and other functional exercises. By design the workouts should be completed as quickly as possible and can be customized to suit all ages and fitness levels.
Equipment: kettlebells, barbells, pullup bar, rings, medicine balls, jump ropes
Students should bring: Water bottle and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Dress comfortably, be ready to move and have fun in a positive environment with others getting fit.
In 2005, Sili Kalepo and a friend started working out in an old warehouse; it was their solution to the complete lack of neighborhood gyms in Rainier Beach. Fortunately, the space suited their style of exercise pretty well, their programs caught on, and they started a gym. They became part of the non-profit Urban Impact, striving to promote healthier lifestyles in the community. Time treated them well, and in 2013 they relocated to a brand new facility on the ground floor of the Emerald City Commons, with their CrossFit program taking over the space next door.
These days, workouts incorporate a variety of agility, strength, and endurance training techniques. The routines can get pretty intense, but the trainers are on-hand to monitor maneuvers and ensure participants stay healthy. "We believe that all people have a threshold that is safe for their bodies to handle," says the CrossFit trainer. "All workouts can be modified to your intensity level and ability."