The black-belt instructors of Warhorse Karate Jiu Jitsu
believe that developing character on the inside matters as much as learning to defend oneself on the outside. That’s why throughout their classes, they emphasize principles such as modesty, integrity, and perseverance to help pupils overcome the conflicts that can’t be resolved through traditional coup d’ètat. For the times when those skills are needed, they prepare students by training them in in a mix of styles such as Kenpo karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Through progressive classes for kids as young as 6 through adults, instructors drill participants in both unarmed and armed self-defense. For those interested in developing defense skills for the ground, they teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This focused approach, along with its sponsorship of charitable organizations such as the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, has won the academy many accolades. Warhorse Karate Jiu Jitsu has won Krem’s The Best of Spokane contest in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 in addition to taking the top spot in the Inlander Best of the Inland NW awards.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
After twisting their bodies through various positions in a sweltering hot studio for more than an hour, yoga practitioners at Zest Hot Yoga would probably welcome a slap in the face by a snowman. Luckily, with Lake Pend Orielle just a short walk away, it doesn't have to come to that. Zest encourages its clients to cool off with a dip in the lake after bending their bodies into 26 different Bikram yoga postures or various Vinyasa positions. And if that doesn't sound appealing, Zest welcomes practitioners in need of a cool breeze to venture to the side patio garden or lower-rear terraced garden overlooking the creek.
Such intense heat may sound drastic, but it helps increase flexibility while flushing out toxins. The hot yoga classes can also help people tone their muscles, strengthen their spines, and quiet their minds.
A locally owned fitness destination for 30 years, Peak Health & Wellness provides patrons with three facilities as spacious and well-maintained as gyms owned by a corporate entity, but as personalized as a family business. Guests walk into any location to find large workout floors stocked with rows of cardio and strength equipment, separate group-aerobics studios, and indoor courts for playing tennis, squash, basketball, and pretend jury duty. The personable staff of certified trainers lead 40 distinct fitness programs including group classes of Insane-X, X-Fit, and spin, while onsite childcare centers watch over the little ones as parents work out. An indoor pool is host to a number of different classes, and to solve the other side of the health and wellness equation, each locale hosts various nutrition programs and seminars.
Celeste Jara loved intense cardiovascular exercise. It helped her release all the stress caused by her work in marketing and public relations. But when she started having health problems, a doctor told her to give up running and cardio-kickboxing. That's when she found hot yoga—an intense workout that sidesteps the bodily wear and tear associated with traditional aerobic exercise. As her health improved, her entire life-course took an inspirational turn. She went on to practice Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga and Bikram yoga—two styles that combine heat with challenging poses and motivational instruction. Now she draws on these roots while teaching at The Yoga Room: a balmy studio where temperatures range from 75–95 degrees, which keeps muscles loose, prevents injuries, and makes taffy so much easier to chew.
Motivation is the name of the game at Hayden's Precision Fitness Hayden.
Develop kickboxing skills and discipline during one of these high-intensity kickboxing classes.
Whether you're trying to train for a marathon or just want to improve your fitness knowledge, enlist the help of one of the personal trainers on staff.
Kick your stress and body into gear with the rigorous cross fit challenge.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.