Keeping Fit Abroad Series: Federal Way, WA

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As I wrote some time ago, FTU was a great and successful event, and yet, it’s no excuse to not get my gym time in.  So I did some research and found an awesome gym, with one of the favorite setups I’ve seen for the type of training I enjoy.  My experience with Freedom Fitness (about 15-20 minutes south of Seattle-Tacoma Intl. Airport) was great from the get go.  I contacted the gym through their website contact form about a week before my planned visit, and within a day I received a response from the gym’s owner, Drew.  Because it’s an independent gym it’s easy to arrange to pay reasonable drop-in fees, unlike globo gyms, like LA Fitness, 24-hour, etc.

Freedom Fitness provides you with so many options!  For instance, there are two locations: Federal Way and Burien.  There are always personal trainers on site leading bootcamp classes or otherwise assisting other clients.  No, you don’t have to pay $500 per hour to these trainers. This is included in your membership or drop-in fee.  You have the option of jumping in a bootcamp class, selecting from a large array of workouts that they have available for you to choose from to do on your own, or otherwise doing your own thing.  In my opinion this gym brings together the best aspects of both worlds: your standard gym and your bootcamp/crossfit style high intensity group classes, all with a focus on safety.

Furthermore, I try to look at people’s attitudes when I walk into a private gym.  Everyone seems good with working toward their own individual goals, rather than trying to reach what’s been pre-defined as a decent deadlift weight or a fast workout time.  Additionally, the trainers will help you with your diet plans and create incentives such as diet challenges and fitness competitions to further provide motivation.

Some of the equipment you’ll find here:

  • rigs with plenty of monkey bars
  • ellipticals
  • treadmills
  • rowers
  • power lifting cage
  • gymnastics rings
  • climbing ropes
  • free weights
  • bumper plates

In other words, regardless of your training style or regimen, you’ll find what you need.

Here are some photos of the Federal Way facilities:

One item I never travel without and that makes it easy to get a workout in even if you don’t have additional equipment is a speed rope.  My personal choice is the Rogue Fitness SR-1 Bearing Speed Rope.  It may seem pricey, but it has great feel and will last you way longer than most other speed ropes.

The Workout

Warm-up, not for time:

2 rounds of

400m run

10 push press

Workout, for time:

5 rounds of

800m run

5 rope climb(15 ft)

50 push ups

Give me your thoughts