Exercise is one of the main components that contribute to good health. Whether the exercise is aerobic or anaerobic (strength training), it is important to find a routine that works with personal preferences and schedules. Fitness is a lifestyle. There are many ways to accomplish it without spending a lot of money or suffering from injuries. Fortunately, the greater Seattle area is filled with great places to find budget-minded fitness classes, make new friends and accomplish fitness goals.
Bahia In Motion
418 N. 35th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
Bahia In Motion is a budget-conscious and fun way to become fit. The Brazilian dance classes are suited for all levels of participants, including beginners. The instructors make the classes fun, include the history of the dances and their cultural significance. Students experience the culture of Bahia and northeastern Brazil through the dances, and become fit through class participation. Each class is taught in both Portuguese and English.
13201 Aurora Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98133
Fitness Evolution is the gym on a budget. It has two monthly fees of either $9.99 or $19.99, and no contracts or commitments. This is a gym without sales people that focuses on the client’s well-being. Its personal trainers are knowledgeable in training, fitness and nutrition. Fitness Evolution offers classes in Yoga, Zumba, BodyCombat, CXWORX Fusion and more. Classes are free with the $19.99 monthly fee. Amenities of this gym include free weights, group classes, cardio classes, child care and more.
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Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.
Edmonds, WA 98020
The city of Edmonds offers a variety of fitness classes at the Frances Anderson Center in downtown Edmonds. Classes offered range from Qigong and Kendo to Pilates Yoga Fusion and Personal Training. Each of the instructors is very knowledgeable in their field of fitness. During the summer months, the city offers lap swimming at Yost Park, the outdoor swimming pool. Classes are led by certified instructors and are reasonably priced.
Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion
5303 228th St. S.W.
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
This is a great place for low- or high-impact fitness classes. The recreation pavilion offers low-impact fitness through its extensive water exercise classes, such as Aqua Zumba, River Fitness, Arthritis Aquatic Program and others. Low-impact fitness classes are perfect for individuals with physical limitations or who are out of shape. Other fitness classes offered through the Pavilion are Cardio Hip Hop, Hawaiian Hula, Yoga and Martial Arts. Racket ball and tennis courts are available for usage through the pavilion. There are budget choices for the whole family.
Super Jock ‘n Jill
7210 E. Greenlake Drive N.
Seattle, WA 98115
Super Jock ‘n Jill is the meeting place for the free Monday Night Run. Participants meet at 6:15 p.m. to run a three- to six-mile course for the evening. Participants in the running group benefit from the group training through completing the nightly course, social interactions and the support of other runners. Occasionally, the group will go out after completing the run, and it’s a great way to get a little socializing done while you’re at it. Try something new and enjoy a great run to make you feel refreshed and awake.
Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.