There is a brand new super-fly fitness spot in Kirkland that just opened on January 3rd. Traci Bartee, Fly Fitnessowner (photographed w/pooch Bozeman, left), has been running bootcamps at parks and people's homes and finally found the perfect spot to open up her studio. Kirkland, of course! You wouldn't recognize the former clothing shop (Mainsail), at 2225 Carillon Point, which now has dark hardwoods, crisp white walls punched with bright leaf green contrast and a brigade of spin bikes. As delicious as this setting may sound, do not get ready to relax.
I pried my eyes open for a 6:15am bootcamp called "Organized Chaos," whose name synchs with my lifestyle so I thought I'd give it a shot. Traci kicked her tunes on the Sonossystem and had all 6 of us warm up on the bikes together, letting us know where our RPM's should be. Then we grabbed some weights and an UGI ball (photo). The 8 pound beanbag-like Ugislook like the product of a physioball mom and medicine ball dad. Much of our workout incorporated the Ugis which got used in many different ways, both for weight (ie, holding it in front of us while doing squats) and balance (ie, resting one foot behind you on the ugi while lunging on other leg). We worked many muscle groups as we went through 3 different exercises in each set, typically for a minute each, so you'd really be feeling the burn. There were definitely times when I wanted to collapse on the floor but powered through so I didn't embarrass myself in front of new friends. To keep our heart rate up, we did things like burpees and also some "Tabata" training on the bikes. Tabata is a type of high-intensity interval training that only takes 4 minutes and delivers amazing results. You basically go all-out for 20 seconds and then rest for 10, repeating this process 8 times. There are special timers, like Gymboss, if you want to incorporate this fat-burning technique into your own workouts. By the time we did some floorwork and cooled down I was wondering if I could crawl back into my bed when I got home. It was the good kind of hurt though, the one that means you actually had a great workout and my legs weren't shy about reminding me the next day as well.
There's no reason not to try Fly Fitness- your first class is FREE! I loved how it felt like a small group training session. And Traci has some really fun ideas that make it interesting and social too. Like their Flashdance Festival, Pedaling to Prince, Sporty Soiree Sleepover (partnering with The Woodmark). And when the sun comes out (cue the sun, pls!) they pull the bikes out onto the patio and use the dock, stairs and plaza for the workouts. When I asked Traci what she's known for she said, "We're known to be tough. This is where fit people come to get more fit. You can get your bootie kicked. " I like that. But fear not-there are classes for all, and even moms with strollers. Parking is free with your 1 1/2 hr validation. No membership is required and pricing info is on here. So check out the schedule, spread your wings, and fly on over! 425-522-4408 ~j