Rows of students ride a rush of endorphins at The Handlebar Cycling Studio as they pedal away up to 800 calories per session during interactive cycling classes. A team of passionate instructors lead classes on an audio-visual journey, leading a pack of Schwinn exercise bikes as color-filtered lighting, visual queues, and pumping music push pedals forward. Cycle50 classes infuse a dose of much-needed energy into students' days, and monthly Intro to Cycling sessions help correct common mistakes such as misprogramming the consoles or riding stationary bikes in the street.
At The Strong Center, a team of extensively certified personal trainers and fitness experts help clients of all sizes, shapes, and levels of ability get healthy and fit. A wide range of programs and exercise regimens motivate trainees to burn fat, build muscle, and boost endurance and functional strength. StrongCycling, Zumba, Yoga Stretch, and BodyPump classes give heart rates a healthy jump-start, while personal and small-group training sessions instruct everyday people in proper workout techniques and muscle-building nutrition. During the Strongest Loser Bootcamp Challenge, participants transform their bodies through a series of 25 fitness classes every week, detailed metabolic analysis, and by sleeping in a chrysalis for a month.
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."
For Beautiful Bike founder Peter Cannon, it was love at first bike. Within months of his first ride at age 10, he progressed from wobbly pedaling to bunny hopping up and down the block. This aptitude for tricks helped him turn his love into a career; he spent the '80s as a competitive BMX racer. After retiring from the circuit, Peter founded Beautiful Bike to share his velocipedestrian love with the world. Today, his indoor cycling classes help riders improve their form while getting in shape. During these sessions, students climb atop revolutionary RealRyder bikes, which combine stationary bikes' stability with real cycles' ability to lean and bank. This innovative combination simulates the sensation of outdoor riding without the hassle of encountering traffic or having to share air with wild beasts.
If variety is the spice of life, then Yoga & Fitness Passport is a veritable East Indian Trading Company. The outfit curates some of the highest reviewed fitness studios throughout both Canada and the U.S. From there, they issue passports that give exercisers a chance to jump from yoga to Zumba to pole dancing classes, all at different studios. Rather than having to navigate each gym's scheduling site, guests can find and sign up for sessions through the Yoga & Fitness Passport site. From there, folks just need to show their confirmation on a smart phone or wood etching, and it's off to the races.
Flywheel combines the on-demand transportation of a cab with the convenience of modern smartphone technology through its cab-finding app. With the tap of a finger, professional drivers ferry passengers to nearly any location in their metropolitan area, whether they're looking for a safe ride home after a night on the town, or trying to make a last-minute flight booking at the airport. Since the app tracks rides en route from an easy-to-search GPS map, users can easily hail a cab at any moment without frantically waving their arms or firing a flare gun into the air.