For $30, today's side deal gets you a two-week pass to Sgt. Mike's Athletic Endurance Boot-Camp Classes (a $60 value). You can also choose to pay $110 for the 10-week session of fitness classes (a $240 value, including tax). Classes are held at Lower Woodland Park Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The 10-week session runs from August 30 to November 6, and the two-week pass must be used during the first two weeks of this period (August 30 to September 11).
Sgt. Mike Lawson is a former NATO Commando who graduated number-one in his class at the French Foreign Legion School and briefly served as a G.I. Joe action figure. Sgt. Mike has designed his boot-camp classes for all fitness levels using a military-style format that emphasizes cardio, speed, and endurance, while also incorporating resistance, strength training, and body-weight exercises. Along the way, Sgt. Mike will constantly challenge participants with different exercise routines to help their bodies stay frosty. Though the fitness program is intense, it also produces serious results, and the group setting will encourage you to stay motivated until you've scaled your lofty fitness goals.
- Lawson barks orders while smiling out of the corners of his eyes, willing his squadron of students to endure his military-influenced exercise regimen. Your fellow sufferers are a friendly group—many compare sore muscles after class at local watering holes (just don’t tell Lawson about those beer- and French-fry sessions). – Seattle Met Magazine
- For all Lawson's military bluster, to his fans, he's a nurturing figure, more coach than sergeant, someone who takes all comers, thin or heavy, young or old, fit or not, and half pushes, half teases them into the best shape they've ever been in. – Nina Shapiro, Seattle Weekly
- Sound harrowing? It is, but in a good way. Somehow, this class manages to be both painful (seriously; expect to wake up sore) and fun. Really fun. – Haley Edwards, Seattle Times
Redmond Athletic Club
Redmond Athletic Club stands as a ziggurat built in honor of fitness. The 7,500-square-foot space resonates with music, vibrant colors, and natural light as personal trainers walk the spacious floors helping exercisers zero in on fitness goals. The open layout inspires exercisers as they gaze over rows of Precor ellipticals and exercise balls, stretch in the warmup area, or jog on treadmills. A strength-training room teems with equipment such as plate-loaded machines and free weights. Dry saunas and complimentary towel service soothe sore muscles after adventures in sweating and sculpting.