13 South Seattle Spots to Exercise Those New Year’s Resolutions

13 South Seattle Spots to Exercise Those New Year’s Resolutions

According to the hundreds of South Seattle residents who recently voted in the 2016 Best of South Seattle 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 13 hyper-local spots to get in shape. Which one is your favorite?

1. Columbia City Fitness Center
A family-owned and operated gym with certified fitness experts that can help people of all levels. Voted Best Gym in the 2014 Best of South Seattle Reader’s Choice Awards. Columbia City

2. Crossfit RE
Crossfit RE offers beginner classes, personal training sessions and offerings throughout the day for more experienced Crossfit enthusiasts. Genesee

3. GymSmithy
New-ish spot offering Tango instruction, personal training, vigorous Vinyasa yoga, small group circuit training and freestyle fighting arts. Columbia City

4. Jessie’s Fit Club
Offering Boot Camp, MixxedFit and Personal Training at Mount Baker Community Center and Jefferson Community Center and other South Seattle locations. Mount Baker, Beacon Hill

5. Rainier Beach Community Center & Pool
This $25 million, 46,500 square foot, state-of-the-art facility includes two pools (lap and leisure), a gym, computer lab, arts and crafts space, kitchen area, teen rooms and childcare facility. Rainier Beach

6. Rainier Community Center
Affordable (and some free) classes offered for all ages (starting at six months), including yoga, martial arts, dance, aerobics and much more every day of the week. Columbia City

7. Rainier Health and Fitness
Offering senior’s fitness classes throughout the week as well as yoga (gentle as well as vigorous), cycling and ladies night. Voted Best Gym in the 2015 Best of South Seattle Reader’s Choice Awards. Othello

8. Ridge Fitness
A modern, secure fitness club offering state-of-the-art equipment, unsurpassed fitness expertise and dynamic exercise classes. Mount Baker

9. Rocket Crossfit
Introductory class options for beginners as well as challenging classes for Crossfit devotees in a fun, encouraging environment. Hillman City

10. The Studio at Rainier Valley
Offering several programs including Tae Kwon Do, dance and self-defense workshops, as well as several different types of yoga. North Rainier

11. Seattle Bouldering Project
Climbing gym with high ceilings, open layout, huge climbing walls, topout boulders, innovative and grade-consistent routesetting, seamless padding, a fleet of rental crash pads and much more. North Rainier

12. Seattle Gymnastics Academy
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. Columbia City

13. Southside Booty Camp
Southside Booty Camp offers outdoor fitness boot camps for women in the Seattle area. Experts teach exercise classes in parks throughout South Seattle. Southeast Seattle

Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool is a great place for the whole family to work out and have fun together. Photo/City of Seattle



  1. Thank you. Grateful to have this list! But sad that it confirms what I knew though hoped was wrong about: there aren’t enough pools! Lap hours in most pools don’t work for me (and many others who work 8-5ish jobs, I imagine). Therefore, I continue to commute to Ballard a couple times a week to use Olympic Athletic Club’s pool. Breaks my heart to not be supporting a gym in my community, but…