Inside a newly constructed 7,000-square-foot facility, Dojo 3's certified and seasoned instructors lead up to 90 hip-shakers in a variety of dance moves that slim and tone bodies to the tune of Top 40 music. Instructors demonstrate the swiveling cardio motions and muscle-isolating exercises atop a raised platform, allowing students to easily replicate the motions on the wooden dance floor without sweat-proofing their opera glasses. The 25 weekly classes incorporate Top 40 dance hits with regularly updated choreography to keep minds engaged while preventing fitness plateaus. 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.
"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.
Every human body may be unique, but the basic patterns of our muscles and skeletons are almost universal. The fitness science of CrossFit relies on that uniformity in each of its exercises, which are designed to help bodies function better in ten different domains of fitness. If that sounds like a lot of learning for a workout regimen, don’t worry. In addition to leading vigorous exercises, the coaches at CrossFit West Seattle act as stewards of CrossFit knowledge. They slowly familiarize beginners with the terminology, techniques, and equipment required to navigate CrossFit’s workouts. In fact, they require that all new students complete a series of fundamentals classes before joining the regularly scheduled sessions or hanging out in the evening to play catch with barbells. But students are not merely challenged; instructors also motivate and reward students for their hard work, and the group setting fosters a team-like atmosphere.
Helping form the basis for a healthy, active, and confident life, Great Play transports kids to a high-tech, interactive arena where they can develop and practice motor and sports skills in a fun, noncompetitive environment. Around the 3,000-square-foot room, eight projectors display everything from interactive games to squads of cheering fans as three tiers of classes—tailored to the key development stages of child growth—impart age-appropriate skills and apply them to playful practice. The first level of classes help children ages 6 months–3.5 years develop locomotor, stability, and manipulative skills, from running and tumbling to throwing, kicking, and reaching top-shelf jars of nutritious vegetables. Kids ages 3.5–5.5 expand their athletic repertoire with basic sports skills such as striking balloons with makeshift tennis rackets, and school-age children graduate to higher-level sports skills, such as throwing balls at simulated bottles, playing floor hockey, and using floor-hockey skills to sweep up broken-bottle simulations.
Maneuvering on the 16-foot poles at Poledello may seem daunting to anyone but a firefighter, but the fitness pros that teach pole-dance classes can quickly dash any trepidation a student may have. Each staff member each has safety training, and classes are conducted in groups of 10 or fewer students to ensure each dancer gets personal attention when working on moves. That said, the class members include beginners and pros alike—pole dancing can be helpful to anyone seeking increased core strength, flexibility, and enough upper-body muscle to win the annual company wheelbarrow race. From intro classes, to four tiers of Trick and Spin, to Aerial Hoop and Silks, each of their sessions offer a different level or type of sensual dance, with an end goal of honing a tighter physique.
When it comes to getting bodies healthy, Doctor of Chiropractic Dusty DuBois poses a double threat. She not only holds a chiropractic degree with 200 hours of neurology training, but also has been an aerobics instructor for nearly three decades. She combines these fields in a practice that taps into the body’s own healing capabilities. Dusty’s chiropractic techniques correct pain without the use of drugs, and her Zumba, yoga, and belly-dancing classes keep physiques functioning at peak efficiency.
At Zumba Woodinville, feet move, hips shake, and heads bob as Latin tunes and upbeat music fuel dance-inspired fitness classes. Zumba Woodinville’s certified instructors—who are also amateur or professional dancers—design each dance combination to burn calories, which can help clients lose weight and sculpt their bods. The moves also help tone muscles, improve flexibility, and boost coordination.