Top 10 South Seattle Spots to Exercise Those New Year’s Resolutions

Top 10 South Seattle Spots to Exercise Those New Year’s Resolutions

According to the hundreds of South Seattle residents who recently voted in the fifth annual Best of South Seattle Reader’s Choice Awards – the definitive list of who to know, where to eat and what to do in one of America’s most diverse zip codes – these are the top 10 hyper-local spots to get in shape. What’s your favorite?

1. Columbia City Fitness Center (Columbia City)
Columbia City Fitness Center is a family-owned and operated gym with certified fitness experts that can help people of all levels. Owned by neighborhood fixtures Flozzell and Andrew “Bull” Stewart and voted Best Gym in the 2014 Best of South Seattle Reader’s Choice Awards. (4860 Rainier Ave. S./206-725-7894)

2. The Studio at Rainier Valley (North Rainier)
The Studio at Rainier Valley is located in the heart of southeast Seattle and offers several programs including Tae Kwon Do, dance and self-defense workshops, as well as several different types of yoga (Forrest Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Hour of Power and Vinyasa Flow). The studio is also available for rental. (3333 Rainier Ave S, Suite D/206-787-0993)

3. Rainier Health and Fitness (Othello)
Offering Senior’s fitness classes throughout the week as well as yoga (gentle as well as vigorous), cycling and ladies night. One benefit of membership is childcare for kids up to age 10 allowing busy parents the opportunity to try out new offerings such as a cycle and core class combining the benefits of cycling with core strengthening exercises. (7722 Rainier Ave. S./206-725-0279)

4. Seattle Gymnastics Academy (Columbia City)
Classes are broken out by age range, skill level and gender with summer gymnastics camps, an indoor playground for rainy days and a bi-monthly parent’s night out from 6 to 10 pm, including pizza, games and a movie along with gymnastics to work up an appetite. Kids ages 5-12 are welcome, drop off ends at 7 pm. (5034 37th Ave. S. #200/206-708-7497)

5. Southside Booty Camp (Southeast Seattle)
Southside Booty Camp offers outdoor fitness boot camps for women in the Seattle area. Experts teach exercise classes in parks throughout Seattle, including several in South Seattle. (3815 S. Othello St./206-792-9512)

6. Rainier Community Center (Columbia City)
Many family friendly fitness options can be found at the Rainier Community Center where affordable (and some free) classes are offered for all ages (starting at six months). The community center has yoga, martial arts, dance, aerobics and much more every day of the week. The winter schedule can be found here. (4600 38th Ave. S./206-386-1919)

7. Rainier Beach Community Center & Pool (Rainier Beach)
This $25 million, 46,500 square foot, state-of-the-art facility includes two new pools (lap and leisure), a new gym, computer lab, arts and crafts space, kitchen area, teen rooms and childcare facility. A great place for the whole family to work out and have fun together. (8825 Rainier Ave. S./206-386-1925)

8. Seattle Bouldering Project (North Rainier)
Awesome climbing gym with high ceilings, open layout, natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows, enormous climbing walls, topout boulders, innovative and grade-consistent routesetting, seamless padding, a fleet of rental crash pads, full-service fitness center, locker rooms with showers, yoga, weights, cross-training, youth programs, kids areas and tons of parking. (900 Poplar Pl. S./206-299-2300)

9. Crossfit RE (Genesee)
Crossfit RE offers Crossfit classes and training for all skill levels. Coach Darrick Bourgeois is breathing new life into the neighborhood with beginner classes, personal training sessions and offerings throughout the day for more experienced Crossfit enthusiasts. (4243 Rainier Ave. S./206-397-3924)

10. Rocket Crossfit (Hillman City)
Introductory class options for beginners as well as challenging classes for crossfit devotees in a fun, encouraging environment. (5720 Rainier Ave. S./206-725-0278)

Columbia City Fitness Center is a family owned and operated wellness center that has provided award-winning service for health and advocacy in the Greater Seattle Area for nearly a decade. Photo/Go: South Seattle


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  1. Thanks from Bull & Flozzell Stewart & the Columbia City Fitness Center Staff for your 12 years of support. Happy New Year!