If a bodybuilder flexes in a forest and no one sees it, does he have a Buddha nature or not? Probe this and other riddles of fitness with today’s Groupon: $59 gets you a fitness evaluation, two personal training sessions, and one drop-in yoga class at ZenRock Fitness in Redmond, a $300 value.
Choose either Sammamish's titular course for a session of deep stretching that heals and renews the body, or roast calories alive and forge adamantine endurance and strength during a power course. Both classes range from 60 to 90 minutes and are offered every day throughout the day, from six in the morning to seven in the gloaming eve. Check the schedule to pick your favorite.
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 in cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, bolster flexibility during yoga, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
At the Gold's Gym Northwest locations, instructors lead water-aerobics classes within 25-yard salt-purified pools before cooling off in spacious hot tubs. The gyms also boast innovative cardio cinema theaters, where popular films and concession-stand advertisements flicker across massive flat screens as guests peddle away on treadmills and elliptical machines. After lively rounds of racquetball, members can unwind in steam rooms and saunas or sip on replenishing smoothies at the juice bar. During the week, the gyms keep round-the-clock hours.
While Pilates is corrective, The Bar Method is transformative—much like those cars that transform into miniature weasels. You’ll burn fat, sculpt muscles, refine your figure, and improve your strength and endurance. After a brief warm-up, you’ll tackle the upper body with weights and bar exercises. The workout continues with challenging lower-body positions and floor exercises designed to firm up your abs and glutes. This diverse and challenging workout gives you the long, lean muscles and elegant posture of a ballet dancer, all without the discomfort and inconvenience of being heckled by ballet hooligans.
Located across the street from Redmond Town Center, Bikram Hot Yoga Redmond is run by a devoted team of yogis. Walking past cheerful black-and-white striped awnings and into a studio with lots of light and 10-foot ceilings, students get ready to practice 26 traditional asanas on an antibacterial rubber floor. The Bikram system—known for its use of heat in excess of 100 degrees—is designed to work every major muscle and organ system while detoxifying the body and boosting flexibility. A certified instructor teaches every class, including the original 90-minute class as well as the 60-minute condensed class that helps students with packed schedules.
Columbia Fitness is a branch of Columbia Athletic Clubs that helps solidify soft bodies with muscle-molding machinery and heart-pumping group fitness classes lead by certified trainers. Flexing their 30-day memberships, guests can sweat off spare tires and Dewey/Warren '48 bumper stickers on Columbia's cardio and strength equipment, or join their peers for a mass exodus of inches during an unlimited number of Pilates, boot-camp, and circuit classes. The gym also houses a juice bar for refueling postworkout and a daycare center for watching over children ($4.50 fee per hour). Those that decide to continue their relationship with Columbia Fitness will also receive a $29 discount on their future membership signing fees, and half of the wedding album in case of a divorce.