Who’s our #WomanCrushWednesday? We take inspiration from these trailblazing fitness leaders in communities communities throughout Seattle. Who run the world? Start your year off strong and empowered!


Strive & Uplift— “Strive & Uplift” is the name and motto of Ren Caldwell’s community-driven strength and conditioning gym. Maintaining a safe and inclusive space is central to this community, where athletes of all types come together to achieve personal fitness goals and support each other. #womanowned #lgbtqowned

Beacon Hill

Fuerte Fitness— For Adriana Medina, self-care is key to a healthy and happy life. At her personal and small group training gym, she encourages her members to prioritize fitness and helps them make it a fun and integral part of their daily lifestyle. #womanowned #pocowned


Belltown Strength and Conditioning—In their own words, “Belltown Strength and Conditioning is more than just a gym – it is a community of intelligent coaches and eager to learn students striving to understand how to move better and live a healthier life. We train with purpose and aim to help each student reach their goals in and outside of the gym.” #womanowned

CrossFit Belltown— If, like many, you too are intimidated by the idea of starting a CrossFit class, but are excited about it nonetheless, Nadia Shatila’s gym is a great place to get started. Her focus on safety, consistency, and education, makes her gym space where everyone can learn and grow together. #womanowned


Rainier Health & Fitness— Helmed by director Alicia Haskins, this non-profit fitness center is changing the paradigm surrounding accessibility in the fitness world. With programming like free childcare, women-only classes, and free and affordable rates for youth, RHF is building a strong and healthy South Seattle community. #socialenterprise #womanowned #pocowned

Capitol Hill

BurnCycle— The Tour de France may have just ended, but that does not mean you can’t still live out your cycling dreams. At Jessi Duley’s high-intensity spin studio each class will leave you feeling empowered and uplifted, just like you’re the one wearing the yellow jersey. #womanowned

Central District

Arcaro Boxing— Does joining a supportive, inclusive, and welcoming boxing community have a nice ring to it? Then jump into the ring at Tricia Arcaro Turton boxing gym! Whether you’ve never touched a pair of gloves or rarely take them off, this is the place for you. #womanowned

Columbia City

Columbia City Fitness Center— “You’ve Got a Friend In Me” should really be the anthem of Flozzell and Andrew “Bull” Stewart’s gym, where they strive to be Seattle’s Friendliest Gym. They take a holistic approach to their members’ health, supporting them physically, mentally, and spiritually. #womanowned #pocowned #familyowned


FUELhouse— At FUELhouse gym, Molly Kieland has built a loyal community united by their passion to improve the strength and health of both individual and the collective. “We represent an entire fitness family supporting you every step of the way. After all, the stronger you are, the stronger we are. That’s just how this whole community thing works.” #womanowned

Fremont Health Club— If the stunning views of Lake Union don’t convince you, the welcoming spirit of Lillian Cawdrey’s 24hrs health club will. Offering a wide variety of group classes and personal training options, this friendly fitness venue will always make sure you’re taken care of. #womanowned

Hillman City

Rocket Crossfit—Looking around the gym, there are no mirrors or scales to be found, and that’s by design. All bodies are welcome at Alyssa and Brady Royse’s inclusive and empowering crossfit studio. #familyowned #womanowned


Cross-Fit Issaquah — Mike Dolan, Stacia Fisher & Nick Miller are changing the way people understand CrossFit with their results-driven approach to fitness. Their fast and simple workouts will challenge members just the right amount to get results they’re hoping for. #womanowned #veteranowned


ModBody Fitness— At Stacey Sorgen’s gym, the focus is on YOU. Her gym is dedicated to the personalized fitness experience of each of its members, helping them grow holistically through small group strength and conditioning classes and health coaching. #womanowned #lgbtqowned

Queen Anne

The Seattle Gym— Kari’s Anderson’s gym lives by the motto “We’re more than a gym.” She strives to improve each member’s physical and mental fitness by offering comprehensive health and wellness services, including her nationally recognized, incredibly fun group fitness classes. #womanowned


Kettlebility — At her Russian Kettlebell studio, Andrea U-Shi Chang is changing lives one kettlebell swing at a time. Her group classes cater to a wide range of skill levels and abilities. Check it out, and see if you’ll also be saved by the bell. #womanowned #pocowned


Spoonfed Training— Fitness. Strength. Nutrition. These three pillars will take your health to the next level at LaTaunya Witherspoon’s personal and group training gym. The spoon-fed regiment will give you efficient tools to achieve your personal goals, and transform your perceptions about fitness. #womanowned #pocowned

South Lake Union

Krav Maga Seattle— High-impact and high-intensity? Tell us more…Cat Buck Le and Chau Le offer a welcoming gym space where members learn effective self-defense techniques and get a challenging, full-body workout at the same time. You’ll leave feeling like a total badass. #womanowned #pocowned #familyowned

University District

Ten Kicks Gym— Get ready to kick it into high gear at Thanh Nguyen and Stanley Phan’s Muay Thai, Kickboxing and MMA gym. Their private, small group and team building classes will leave you kicking and screaming for more. #womanowned #pocowned #familyowned

Who did we miss? Do you have a favorite womxn-owned gym in your neighborhood? Shout them out in the comments below!


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