Chris Ransier, Gary Blackburn, and Aaron Egbert are unified by their belief that the latest fitness trends fall flat. To offer an alternative to the ubiquitous ineffective fad workouts, they combined their extensive experience and knowledge to found Forward Fitness, welcoming clients to meet their health and weight-loss goals through functional fitness. The trio's high-intensity Trx power-circuit classes draw on cardio and resistance training to condition bodies with functional-training equipment including Trx suspension bands, free weights, and exercise balls.
Each of the trainers' brains brims with health and fitness knowledge. Chris, who served in the Marines for eight years, boasts multiple certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine—which is where Aaron received his personal-training certification to build on his kinesiology degree. Gary Blackburn is a certified chiropractic sports physician and a founding member of the ICA Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science. If their academic training hasn't equipped them to motivate patrons of all fitness levels, their experience has. Among the three of them, they've led a combined total of more than 13,000 personal- training sessions and have said "Great job!" 65,869 times.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are a one-of-a-kind fitness studio located at the crossroads between Newcastle, Issaquah, and the Renton Highlands. Get ready for a fun, high-energy, close community of trainers and clients all working to become their best self!
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Music, attitude, and a variety of workouts keep our clients inspired and coming back for more. We include a meal plan with every training program, as well as weekly body-fat analysis to assess progress.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Personal development is our passion! We are all working toward a goal and the process of achieving those goals inevitably means we grow as people! We overcome obstacles, celebrate successes, and work every day to become better than the day before.
What do you love most about your job?
The relationships we have with our clients! This is the true foundation of our work, and it is also the most rewarding part of what we do. We truly care and are invested in every client who walks through the door. Your journey is our journey as well!
You're on your way to a better workout when you join Renton's 24 Hour Fitness.
Make the trip to this gym even more savory with a visit to their fine restaurant.
The perfect place to take the kids, this gym won't cost you a sitter.
Whether you want to train for an event or are just looking to get to the next level of fitness, personal trainers are available to coach you through more specific work out regimens.
Prove your dedication to a defined physique by utilizing a dynamic program of cross fit exercises.
Develop kickboxing skills and discipline during one of these high-intensity kickboxing classes.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
East Highlands Fitness's boutique gym prides itself on having all the amenities of a larger gym—from the advanced equipment to the group classes—while maintaining a small, community feel. The center dishes up everything clients need to burn calories and build muscle, including certified personal trainers, nutrition coaches, and dumbbells. Small group boot-camp and TRX classes, meanwhile, carve out bulging muscles, whereas Zumba classes spin energetic Latin beats to let clients dance towards toned hips, legs, and glutes. Yoga and indoor cycling round out the class offerings, while both a sauna and massages are available on-site for post-workout relaxation.
Nary a stationary bike or weight machine sits inside Renton City CrossFit. Instead, the gym is filled with pull-up bars, kettlebells, and barbells, and ample floor space welcomes people to work on squats, running, and jumping. Here, CrossFit-certified trainers customize workouts each day for clients, depending on whether they want to build strength, improve balance, or develop x-ray vision. Each workout is based around functional exercises that mimic normal day-to-day movements, and, for maximum benefit, the routines are constantly changing to keep the body guessing and avoid workout plateaus.
Clear your mind. Focus. For the next 60 minutes, nothing else matters. That's the state of mind yoga instructor Jessie Blayden achieves before each of her classes, and she helps her students instill a similar sense of clarity. Jessie practices ashtanga yoga, starting her students off with basic poses and then guiding them through more advanced routines. The instructor employs her therapeutic expertise as well. She can make recommendations for addressing back pain, minor injuries, or other issues related to the body.