In order to help clients fit exercise into their schedules, the instructors at Strong Body Health host boot-camp classes seven days a week. During a typical class, students can expect to bounce from one workout station to the next, completing exercises such as resistance-band pulls, box jumps, runs, jump roping, and free-weight lifts. If group settings remind you of the time you misspelled "cute" as "qute" during your elementary-school spelling bee, Strong Body Health also offers one-on-one personal-training sessions.
VaMeka Nelson, Fit Body Boot Camp's owner, knew she had a family history of diabetes and hypertension, and that if she didn't change her diet and lifestyle, she would head straight down the same path. After overcoming her struggle with unhealthy lifestyle habits and weight loss, VaMeka spearheaded Fit Body Boot Camp to motivate others in their journeys toward improved fitness and well-being. Throughout the week, sneakers pound upon the triple-bonded foam floors of her private studio as students undergo high-intensity routines combining cardio, resistance-training, core-training, and flexibility exercises. Further inspiring patrons to develop healthful habits, the trainers encourage them to follow nutrition advice and adhere to comprehensive custom meal plans. Their approach focuses on meals made up of lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, eschewing excessive sugar, salt, and bacon-wrapped donuts deep-fried in bacon-wrapped-donut fat.
Students should bring: Towel, water.
Average class length: 60–90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Very friendly atmosphere.
Nationally certified personal trainer Luka Hocevar turned to fitness tutelage after 20 years of shooting hoops, which took him to the NBA Summer Pro League and Europe's premier basketball leagues. Since then, he has applied his exercise expertise to help fitness newbies and UFC, NBA, and NFL athletes alike whip into shape, making his way into the top five best personal trainers named by KING5 Best of Western Washington in 2010. He doesn’t just dive right in, though. After a friend revealed to him that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” Hocevar has made a commitment to get to know his clients before building an expedited fitness program around their goals and needs.
Hocevar leads a diverse team of passionate, experienced trainers that includes a seasoned martial artist, a soccer player, and a kinesiologist. They motivate clients in both mind and body with customized exercise regimens during group personal training and athlete-performance training, a strength and conditioning program designed to enhance sport-specific movements and improve recovery time. The 4,600-square-foot facility brims with Olympic platforms, kettlebells, dumbbells, and strongman equipment, as well as functional implements to ensure that each workout is varied and challenging.
Vigor Ground Fitness and Performance also serves as home base for the award-winning Renton Results Boot Camp. Hocevar designed this results-driven program that mixes cardio and strength training with vigorous interval workouts to trim fat from physiques. To help students best burn fat, trainers constantly rotate drills to keep different muscles engaged, and nutritional manuals outline wholesome meal plans. With Bootcamps-to-Go media in the form of videos, mp3s, and self-destructing scrolls, students can continue to hone their flab-blasting moves at home. Hocevar also strives to make each boot-camp endeavor a personalized one, providing unlimited email support to all of his clients.
Though thousands of miles from Thailand, Leading Edge Kickboxing & Martial Arts imports the country’s national sport, Muay Thai kickboxing, fresh daily. The fighting style, built on a foundation of kicking, punching, and elbow and knee strikes, forms the core of their fitness programs, engineered by head instructor John Stabb. Enamored of all arts martial, the instructors also teach Jiu-Jitsu’s unarmed combat techniques, MMA, and Jeet Kune Do’s self-defense method that employs weaponry, grappling, and strategically scattering banana peels to throw your opponent off balance. Unlike more repetitive workouts, the studio’s varied martial arts sessions build lean muscle mass and enhance cardio fitness.
When guests enter Empower Health and Diesel Fitness, they're likely to notice the large mural at the back of the fitness studio. Orange and yellow sunbeams provide the backdrop for a silhouetted figure, whose arms reach out in a pose of victory. The person in that mural could be anyone, which is fitting, since the studio welcomes all sorts of clients: professional athletes, amateur body builders, and first-time exercisers. Full body assessments help place newcomers into the correct group class or personal-training program. From there, they learn the ins and outs of dynamic hybrid training—a combination of power lifting, plyometrics, and other exercises.
At the business' heart and perfectly toned pectorals are co-owners and certified trainers Bobby Andrade and DeSean Harrell. Besides serving as a massage therapist, Andrade has trained thoroughly in mixed martial arts and worked with both amateur and professional MMA athletes. Harrell, who played football at Washington State University, draws on his vast knowledge of kinesiology when working with participants in football, track, and other sports.