Gyms in Seattle
Hey and welcome to my page on gyms in Seattle. I was lucky enough to enjoy blue skies and sunshine throughout my short stay here and managed to get out hiking the Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point (it’s got to be done!!), as well as enjoying runs along the bay. Who needs a gym with weather and scenery like this? Haha. Well, actually I do, so here are my findings….
I researched four gyms and used one of these which I’ve done a full write-up of – see Orangetheory Fitness for full details, or read a brief summary below. As always, I was keen to see what other gyms in Seattle were available and affordable.
Orangetheory Belltown is well-located centrally, close to much of the accommodation downtown and just a few blocks away from City Hostel which I recommend checking out. This club is for fitness classes only and does not have an open gym. It was a fun and challenging circuit-style workout, though you’d need to have a few sessions to get the most out of it, in order to set the intensity at an appropriate level. (My class was very much treadmill-dominated) The standard of instruction was high and staff were very welcoming. The cost is pretty high but if you are able to negotiate a free pass, it’s well worth it!
2. ZUM Fitness
1813 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 5:00 – 21:00, Sat: 7:00 – 19:00, Sun: 8:00 – 18:00
Cost: gym plus classes is $25, gym plus classes plus Crossfit is $30.
They boast 45 classes a week, as well as a Crossfit program operated by VIRJ within ZUM fitness. I did not attend this facility due to time constraints but received positive responses from staff.
3. 24 Hour Fitness
1827 Yale Ave, Seattle, 98101
A free trial is offered on their website but the small-print states it’s only for residents. The drop-in rate is $20. Looked reasonable from the outside, but they wouldn’t budge on price when I pitched up in hope! Whilst not exactly a backpacker-friendly rate, this was the cheapest I found.
4. Seattle Athletic Club
2020 Western Ave, Seattle, 98121
This club informed me that they do not take drop-ins, it is a members only club.
Summary of Gyms in Seattle
Overall, downtown Seattle appeared to lack mainstream gyms, and the clubs around are pretty pricey if you’re on a budget. I had a good run along the waterfront by Elliot Bay, where I came across some pull up bars (for free!) I recommend those on a budget go for this option and some hikes around the nearby Poo Poo Point Trail which is not as crap as it sounds.
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