Working out and sweltering summer heat don’t mix. In some places, you may need a glass of water just for walking from your car to your apartment front door, much less after running miles in sauna-like humidity.[find-an-apartment]
If the July heat wave in Seattle has you wanting to hibernate early, you can still burn calories comfortably (relatively speaking, at least) inside the four walls of the best gyms the city has to offer. Cool off by swimming laps in the pool, sipping a fresh-fruit smoothie or by sweating it out in air-conditioned cardio heaven at the following places.
Cappy’s Boxing Gym
What: If you’re tired of the same old cardio machines at every other gym, shake up your routine by joining a boxing gym. Boxing classes are offered at a variety of fitness levels so you can train at your own personal capacity, with activities such as jumping rope, punching a heavy bag or focus mitt, manipulating a speed bag and participating in medicine ball drills, plyometric exercises and footwork drills. If you’re in the mood for socializing when you’re not sweaty, watch one of the gym’s family-friendly boxing events that include prizes and food.
Where: Central District, 1408 22nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
What: For an exercise experience that connects mind, body and breathing, consider taking a class or two at Barre3, a yoga and Pilates studio that challenges you to take your fitness routine to the next strength-training level. Classes combine the ballet barre, yoga and Pilates, are set to an upbeat soundtrack and follow a vigorous pace, designed to give you the long, lean body of a dancer. Participate in classes that range from slow and balancing to fast and intense. Child care is provided, though reservations are recommended.
Where: Central District, 1404 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
What: For the ultimate whole body experience, Zum health club is where fitness meets the spa. Sweat it out in classes that focus on abs, body definition, cycling, flexibility, pilates, rock climbing, yoga, strength training and more, and relax with perks like saunas, in-house massage, towel service and Aveda bath products. You’ll love the details that make this gym different, such as its indoor sand pit, 30-meter sprint track, balance beams, climbing ropes, track hurdles, throwing wall and vintage school playground equipment.
Where: Belltown, 1813 7th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
Washington Athletic Club
What: Swim with Olympic athletes, politicians and community leaders at Washington Athletic Club’s Helene Madison pool, named for the WAC’s first Olympic athlete who trained there. Take boot camp, martial arts, boxing, core training, cycling, Zumba or aerobics classes, or play racquetball, basketball and handball on the sports courts. Unwind with a massage, facial, hairstyle or manicure in one of the four private spa treatment rooms, and if you feel you’ve burned off enough calories, devour a meal or down a glass of wine at one of the facility’s restaurants.
Where: Downtown, 1325 6th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
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