Okay, maybe you haven’t done CrossFit. But we’re 100% sure someone has tried to talk to you about CrossFit…whether you asked about it or not. We’re not trying to be those guys. But we can’t help but notice some ridiculously fit people walking out of Seattle’s top CrossFit boxes…
Obviously, CrossFit is not a secret. And to describe the veteran scene in Seattle in a word, we’d call it “proven.” So, if you’re thinking about giving CrossFitting a try, or need a new spot to get your sweat on, then read up on these CrossFit gyms every Seattleite has at their disposal.
Show up on time and stay late to cheer on the rest of your crew. At Belltown CrossFit, you’ll learn your manners… among other things. You might wanna start with their offered 8-week ‘Boot Camp’ program—a quick and fun way for anybody to get acquainted with the day-to-day. And you’ll be in good hands. Nadia, the owner and head coach, helped make CrossFit in Seattle what it is today. Going all over the world to teach and preach on the merits of CrossFit as a lifestyle, she’s been transforming bodies since 2006. And CrossFit Belltown boasts trainers equipped with levels 1-4 CrossFit certificates, a CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Level 2 coach, hosts of Olympic Weightlifting Clinics, and more.
Becoming elite takes elite coaching. Tell that to Dave Werner, leader of Level 4 and former Navy SEAL. He practically invented elite, bringing CrossFit to Seattle 14 years ago – the first CrossFit affiliate! Now, Level 4 CrossFit Seattle offers several different training options—personal training, small group training, and group classes. Their ground-breaking facility is located close to the hip and happening Fremont area, offering up a stellar view of the water. And given the right day, you might be lucky enough to train outside, with a breeze coming in cool off the water to keep you going.
Stoneway CrossFit operates just on the outskirts of downtown Fremont. The gym’s driving principle is one deeply ingrained in an academic/school-like training method – you’re going to learn a thing or two about yourself. This box encourages a growth of mind and body to all participants that work out at his gym. And this tight-knit crew (currently boasts a community of 185 active members) will be cheering your name when you hit that 20th box jump (when it seemed like the 200th).
At the OX BOX, they’re going to treat your body right. Not only will you challenge yourself, leaving a WOD satisfyingly exhausted, but each instructor will have an eye on your form the whole time. It’s one of the ways the downtown gym sets itself apart from the others – they actually want you to workout and keep working out. It doesn’t hurt that they’re all licensed massage therapists too. No more trying to reach that sore spot with PVC or a lacrosse ball.
Are you the “learn by doing”-type? You may have found a home in Foundation CrossFit. They believe that CrossFit is for everyone and “specialize in not specializing”, which means you may be working out next to someone twice your age or someone a few months pregnant. And they won’t pretend to wow you with fancy lingo, their actions speak so much louder. That’s why people who do their FREE orientation and intro workouts are so quick to join their Capitol Hill community.
If you’re in the downtown area, it’s probably about time that you feel out a CrossFit workout at CrossFit Felix. Their beautiful (and clean!) facility houses tons of equipment. Bars, bumpers, medicine balls, and rings on rings on rings for any pull-up or muscle-upping activity. Their hands-on training will teach you to train, whip your butt, and leave you with a smile (and a fresh piece of fruit!).
The motto here is kind of serious, “you can rest when you’re dead.” That’ll give you an idea of the intensity. They go hard. But they aren’t leaving anyone behind, either. CrossFit Bellevue’s new clients are provided with hands-on guidance through their first 30 days to make sure everyone safely familiarizes themselves with their new gym. And did we mention that some of their instructors were former Olympians, professional athletes, and CrossFit Games competitors? Plus, it’s the largest, most comprehensive CrossFit training center in the PNW. With over 13,500 square feet of training space, two indoor sprint tracks, 21 regulation lifting platforms, a large children’s play area, and a full-sized basketball court, there’s pretty much something for everyone here.
This lab in Wallingford isn’t filled with mad experiments. But the science behind The LAB’s strength and conditioning programming is sound. Home to Eastlake CrossFit, their all-in approach can improve endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, and more. And while it’s certainly not a competition, ‘dudes’ and ‘chicks’ love to see their name move up their whiteboard when they crush a WOD.
Northwest CrossFit’s rallying cry is “We Are.” Well…what? They’re a CrossFit gym, yes. But more than that, they’re a community of fitness lifers that want you to be a part of their family (we’re not just talking about their Family CrossFit Class). They never stop trying to be a little healthier and a lot stronger each day. And with spots in Greenlake, Interbay, and Bellevue, they make it easy to join the movement.
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