Okay, okay — everyone knows Seattle for its unrelenting rain, the birth of grunge, and our obsession with caffeine. What else is new? But what you might not know is that we have a killer fitness scene. We’ve got the hardcore CrossFitters, the bendy yogis, the summer kickballers, the chalk-handed climbers, the cycling-obsessed… you get the idea.
The point is, if you’re in a workout rut, this city has your back. When you need a change of pace, or even a change of scenery, hit some of the best gyms in Seattle right now.
Flywheel gets that you have a life. If you’ve got to get to work, brunch, or home to binge-watch Netflix, they’ve got quick and intense 30- and 45-minute classes you can squeeze in. Or, if your only Thursday night plan is a long, burning ride, their 90-minute themed classes might be your jam. Either way, if you’re a ‘never coast, always peddle’ person, South Lake Union’s Flywheel will be right up your alley.
Flight Room Yoga
Aerial yoga is popping up everywhere right now — and if you prefer a more tried-and-true vs. trendy workout, you may have found yourself rolling your eyes at this latest yogi obsession. But if you haven’t gone to an aerial yoga class, definitely make it your next stop. You might not be drenched in sweat, but you will leave feeling thoroughly wrung out and your spine will feel amazing. Head to the Central District’s Flight Room Yoga and hit up their Urban Zen Flight to (quite literally) decompress after a long week.
Okay, there are a lot of yoga studios in the city, but there’s something just cool about Bala Yoga. It might have something to do with their consistently gorgeous and inspiring Instagram, which always makes you want to roll out your mat, or perhaps it’s the workshops they host, like the Wim Hof Method and ‘High Vibrations’ classes. Head to their Fremont studio and don’t miss their perfectly playlisted Friday night hip-hop yoga class.
Seattle Bouldering Project
Seattle Bouldering Project is just as much about community as it is about climbing. That’s why they don’t just offer amazing space to get vertical, they also offer yoga and fitness classes, rock climbing technique classes, workshops, and the West Wall Bar — a chill stop for a pre-climb coffee or post-climb snack and beer. Whether you’re a bouldering newb or climbing junkie, you’ll fit in perfectly at this Central District gym.
If you’ve ever taken a barre class, you know just how intense this graceful, ballet-inspired workout can be. We’re talking limping-down-the-stairs-three-days-later intense. If you’re looking to make a change from your typical mid-week yoga class or circuit training, head to one of barre3’s studios in Ballard, Capitol Hill, Roosevelt, and West Seattle, and get ready to have your strength and balance tested.
True to its name, Capitol Hill’s Ritual House is a beautiful space to get on your (yoga) mat, get in tune with your body, and get sweaty. Their bright, clean yet eclectic space evokes a deep sense of groundedness, reminding you just how much the ritual of showing up to sweat (even when staying home sounded better) means to you. And major bonus: no matter what kind of flow you’re looking for, they probably have it. Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin, and Hatha. Oh, and definitely don’t miss their ‘Cosmic Cocktail Meditation’ class with Lady Krishna.
Emerald City Trapeze
SoDo’s Emerald City Trapeze is for the kid in you who always wanted to run away with the circus. True to their name, they offer swinging-through-the-air trapeze classes for all levels as well as Aerial Arts, Acrobatics, and Pole Dancing classes. This place is run by a tight-knit community of ex-Cirque du Soleil acrobats and bendy calisthenics junkies, so don’t think for a second that their playfulness means you’re going to get off easy. No matter what class you take, you’ll leave exhausted and wake up sore all over.
From their vintage wall balls to the whiskey bar (yup, whiskey bar) to the brick walls and wooden beams, this place feels a bit more like a prohibition-era cigar club than a CrossFit gym. But don’t let the fine-crafted, rustic design fool you; this Belltown box is relentless. Whether you’re a beginner or a long-time CrossFitter, you’ll leave sorer—and stronger—than you came. Looking to shake up your typical WOD? Build strength and get bendy in their gymnastics program.
‘The stronger you are, the stronger we are.’ This is FUELhouse’s inclusive attitude. They are all about the collective, going out of their way to support anyone in their tribe. So, whether you’re a fitness rookie or a boxing pro, yogi, CrossFit veteran, you’ll find the sweaty community you’ve been looking for here. And definitely don’t miss their FUELSTRONG class — as they say, “You will sweat. You will feel your butt the next day.”
If you haven’t tried a Lagree Fitness class yet, don’t panic — there’s still time to get on the bandwagon. With the precision of Pilates, intensity of strength training, and intention of yoga, Lagree is truly a total-body workout. Developed by Seattle University (represent!) MBA grad Sebastien Lagree, these fitness classes aren’t just ice bath-worthy exhausting, they’re methodically proven to be effective. Head to one of Inspire’s light-filled studios in Queen Anne, Ballard, or West Seattle for a Lagree Total Body class.
TITLE Boxing Club
There’s a reason boxing has been an exercise staple for so many years. Actually, according to TITLE Boxing Club, there are three: simply put, boxing is empowering, exhilarating, and addictive. And that doesn’t even cover the physical benefits. If you’re looking for a full-body workout that will make you feel like you can take on the world, grab your gloves (or if it’s your first time, borrow a pair for free) and head to one of their gyms — there will soon be a lot of them.
Vertical World’s claim to fame is being America’s first rock climbing gym. They first opened their Interbay location back in the late ’80s and have spent the past three decades building up their climbing community. And knowing rock climbers aren’t just rock climbers — they’re runners and yogis and CrossFitters — VW goes above and beyond bouldering and belaying, offering fitness classes, mobility workshops, and even months-long ski prep courses to get you ready for the mountain.
The magic of boxing is not the brute force or the skill of sparring combinations; it’s the confidence and physical self-awareness it gives you. This is the energy Arcaro’s head coach and owner brings to the ring and to anyone who steps foot in this south Capitol Hill gym. New to the boxing game? Try out one of their group fitness classes. Been boxing for a while and looking for a new sparring spot? Head this way from 7 am–11 pm for open gym.
You might have fallen in love with CrossFit because you love the “if you’re not puking, you’re not trying” adage. But our guess is what really makes you come back again and again is the friends-turned-family, uber-competitive community. If that sounds like you, this Capitol Hill box has your name written all over it. From intense group workouts to nutrition challenges, community is always at the center. Lace up your trainers and hit up their next ‘Hellafit’ class.
You’ll find everything you’re looking for in a driving ride at this Greenwood studio. The instructors are amazing, the playlists are on-point, and funky lighting offers playful, energetic vibes. Not only that, but this studio puts all the emphasis on what’s most important: you and the bike. No frills, no fuss. No calorie counters and no RPMs displayed. Fitt Tip: get to City Cycle stat and #TurnItUp with a Mashup Monday or City Ride class.
If we could imagine a gym that had an ideal combination of everything we love, it would look a lot like Athletic Form. All of the machines, free weights, and turf you need for a well-rounded workout, minus the frills. They offer classes that will kick your butt all throughout the day — including HIIT, CrossFit, ‘Ab Lab’, ‘Booty Blaster,’ and even an amazing infrared yoga studio that offers athletic Vinyasa flows and recovery-focused Yin. Most importantly, their expert team has nailed that perfect combination of elite training and tight-knit community. Don’t take our word for it — head to this SoDo gym and prepare yourself for a serious sweat sesh.
**Updated by Ariel Grob, September 2018