Every human body may be unique, but the basic patterns of our muscles and skeletons are almost universal. The fitness science of CrossFit relies on that uniformity in each of its exercises, which are designed to help bodies function better in ten different domains of fitness. If that sounds like a lot of learning for a workout regimen, don’t worry. In addition to leading vigorous exercises, the coaches at CrossFit West Seattle act as stewards of CrossFit knowledge. They slowly familiarize beginners with the terminology, techniques, and equipment required to navigate CrossFit’s workouts. In fact, they require that all new students complete a series of fundamentals classes before joining the regularly scheduled sessions or hanging out in the evening to play catch with barbells. But students are not merely challenged; instructors also motivate and reward students for their hard work, and the group setting fosters a team-like atmosphere.
Students should bring: Mat, towel and bottle water.
We rent if you do not have them.
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Please arrive 15 minutes early, we do not allow late students into the yoga space.
Q&A with Rebekah Santiago, Owner and Teacher
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
I thrive of having many different styles and levels of yoga in my studio.
My community consists of a large range of age, bodies, and fitness types who enjoy the family and comfort[able] atmosphere of Sweat.
My instructors become more than teachers; we are family and encourage students to go [at] their own pace and to acknowledge where they are in their practice.
Students don't just find a fitness routine at Sweat, they find a family.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
I have seen so many it's hard to just say [one] is the most radical.
I have helped a man lower his diabetes, helped a woman's pain through a MS attack, cured many sciatic problems, back issues... I could go on.
I would have to say that what makes me most proud is when students come to me and tell me that I have changed their life.
Students often come to hot yoga for fitness and discover that yoga is so much more.
They begin to discover their true self and are able to take the yoga off their mat and into their lives, creating a more balanced life and letting go of stress.
This is what keeps me going as a teacher and owner.
Yoga instructor Hasna Atry maintains a zen-like composure as she leads her students through series of challenging poses. The once competitive swimmer and triathlete didn't attain this serene state easily. At her first yoga class, about 14 years ago, she found nothing but frustration. She would look around the room to see droves of people more fit and limber than she was. Then she asked herself, "Why am I comparing myself to others?" With that simple question, she set forth on an inner journey that she says gradually deepened her connection to the present moment.
Today, Atry leads standup-paddleboard-yoga classes to help clients navigate their own journeys. Of course, clients who just want a workout or who have already beaten the boss in the final asana level are welcome, too. Instructors meet with students at Surf Ballard before venturing into Puget Sound, where classes, generally limited to eight participants, anchor their boards. In addition to stimulating fine stability muscles, the water's constant rippling requires that each yoga pose be executed with precision. "If you place your foot out of alignment, you're going to go swimming," she says. Besides the added presence of mind demanded by the board's wobbliness, the Puget Sound's surroundings also center students in the present moment. Bald eagles and salmon make frequent appearances, and Atry once even had a baby seal try to pull her board away from class. This unique combination of exercise and the outdoors has earned WASUP plentiful local press, including coverage in the Seattle Times. Atry and her team donate a portion of their proceeds to the Noel House and Yoga Behind Bars programs.
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."
Yogalife’s founder Michael Suzerris came to yoga after suffering a life-altering spinal injury in 1978, though he did not learn the practice in a traditional beginner class, like most. To rehabilitate himself, he developed his own routine based on linking and healing the mind and body. Years later, he discovered yoga, and realized that his intuitive, self-prescribed physical therapy that was so instrumental to his well-being was essentially the ancient art practiced by people all over the globe. Twenty-two years after his injury, he opened his yoga studio, leading classes that focus on the meditation and mind-body connection that helped him heal.
Yogalife spans across two studios, each of which accommodate 30 students on their journeys toward physical and mental health. The instructors lead a variety of classes to suit students of all fitness levels, including a four-week intro series for newcomers, and challenging classes for advanced students. Restorative yoga uses a short, gentle asana warm-up to relax and prepare the mind and body to receive the benefits of relieving stress and bringing the mind, body, and spirit into balance.
Length, grace, and a healthy body. These are the focuses of barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln. To achieve these results collectively, however, Sadie knew she needed to come up with a completely new routine. Working with yogis, professional dancers, doctors, and athletes, she created the barre3 system. It's a three-step sequence that consists of isometric holds, low-impact movements, and recovery stretching. This combination strengthens cores and aligns postures while sculpting long, lean muscles and burning calories. While upbeat music fills the studio, instructors lead small groups through a heart-racing sequence of yoga-inspired poses and pilates-based exercises. The ballet barre comes into use when striking muscle-building dance poses and stretches.
It's a system that has had proven results, which has spurred the successful growth of barre3 locations throughout the country. Today, fitness enthusiasts can find a barre3 studio in 16 states. An easy-to-follow routine, barre3 can also be performed at home with online workouts. These workouts are designed to fit busy schedules with routines that range from 10?60 minutes. All that's needed for online workouts is a barre3 core ball, weights, an exercise mat, and a sturdy, waist-high surface such as the top of Danny DeVito's head.