This week’s Friday Feature is of a gym that is one of Seattle’s oldest established health club facilities. Starting out in 1984 as the Sound Conditioning Club, it was purchased in 1995 by one of their personal trainers, Tija Petrovich and her partner Sandy. Back then, the club was located in the same historic building, but in a hard to find location on the 2nd floor.
A few years ago, they made the strategic decision to occupy a recently vacated ground floor retail spot, even though it would be almost half the size of their original location. It was a trade off that they felt was worth it, however. Many other businesses have come and gone in that spot (including a few restaurants), but it seems like Seattle Fitness is going to make it work. They took the opportunity to upgrade a lot of the equipment, make changes to their classes, and to establish a comortable feel to the gym.
Seattle Fitness mainly caters to businesses and the daytime crowd, but are open in the evenings and on weekends for any residents in the neighborhood. Although they don’t currently offer classes on Saturday or Sunday, Tija said she would be happy to add a class if there were at least 5 consistent people in attendance (Saturday morning bootcamp anyone?).
In addition to their fitness center and many class options, Seattle Fitness offers the following:
- Personal Training
- Individual pilates instruction
Because of fitness center regulations, they don’t offer discounted rates for any individual, and only a slight discount for corporate accounts. Their contracts are always month to month because they believe on proving every month why you want to keep coming back instead of signing you into a year long contract.
Their normal rates are $39/month with a $75 enrollment fee — but there’s a way around the fee. If you sign up for a one month pass ($59) or a 10 visit punch card, and then officially sign up before that month is over or the card is full, the fee is waived and you move into the $39/month rate.
They also offer Corporate Accounts, where businesses get billed directly (and can choose to payroll deduct their employees), and the fee is $35/month with a $25 enrollment fee.
For more info on their gym, you can check out their website here, or if you want to check them out yourself, they are located at the corner of 1st Avenue South and South King Street.
And if you do stop by, make sure to say hi to the energetic owner and check out her impressive bobblehead collection.