The Best Fitness Classes, Studios, and Health Clubs on Mercer Island
Looking for a place to get fit on Mercer Island? You don’t have to look far. We have an enviable selection of both boutique fitness studios and fully featured, state-of-the-art health clubs. The challenge is to choose the one that best suits you . . . or why not try them all depending on your mood of the day? Here’s our round up of the hottest new places, cool classes, and exclusive clubs on Mercer Island:
Opened in February 2015 by former Club Emerald owner Ginny Pietila, the MI Athletic Club (MIAC) brings comprehensive, cutting-edge fitness ensconced in a beautiful, new facility to downtown Mercer Island. To suit your every fitness fancy, MIAC offers a full slate of classes and fitness programs, including personal training, small-group training, student athlete training, youth fitness programs, power yoga classes, fusion classes, bootcamps, strength training, power cycling classes, TRX/Kettlebell Classes, Triathlon training, Barre classes, cardio equipment zone, free weight area, and more.
One of two waterfront clubs, the Mercer Island Beach Club (MIBC) is situated on the island’s southeast side and provides sweeping vistas of Lake Washington and Mount Rainier. Enjoy the view through floor-to-ceiling windows of the 2,200 square-foot fitness center equipped with cardio fitness and strength-training machines. Features also include six outdoor tennis courts and two pools (activity and competition), designed for lap swimming, diving, and family fun.
Mercer Island Country Club
8700 SE 71st St
While not on the water but conveniently located on the south end of the island, the Mercer Island Country Club (MICC) is considered a great year-round club and ideal for avid tennis players as the only local club with indoor as well as outdoor tennis courts. It also features an eight-lane, 25-yard pool with a spring diving board and a recently remodeled fitness and weight room, with high-tech machines, including LeMond spin bikes and TRX equipment.
Mercerwood Shore Club
4150 E Mercer Way
This east-side club with a sprawling 500 feet of waterfront property opened a new, state-of-the-art clubhouse in July 2015. The 6,000 square-foot facility features a cardio studio, weight room, hot tub, and wading pool for toddlers as well as a 25-meter pool with a one-meter diving board and outdoor tennis courts.
A hub of Jewish life and culture on Mercer Island but welcoming to all, the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) is a fully featured health club with offerings that can’t be found at the other clubs, including a gymnasium, indoor running track, and racquetball courts. It also features a 2,000 square-foot fitness center, pool, studios for fitness classes, and more.
Don’t overlook . . .
While not exactly a club on Mercer Island, the Mercer Island Community & Event Center (MICEC) shouldn’t be overlooked as a possibility for fulfilling your fitness needs. The MICEC features a 1,450 square-foot fitness room with Techno Gym cardio equipment and free weights. The fitness room is just $3-5 for a daily drop-in pass or $25-35 for a 30-day pass (other options available). The MICEC also features a 10,000 square-foot gymnasium that can accommodate one full-size or two half-size basketball courts (open gym times here for your pick-up games), up to three volleyball courts, and six pickelball or badminton courts. A variety of fitness classes and personal training also offered.
Boutique Fitness Studios
At 212 Health & Fitness, Jason Kaliloa teaches functional fitness using sleds, free weights, TRX systems, slam balls, kettle bells, strength bands, boxes, medicine balls, stability balls, pull up bars, dip machines and good old body weight exercises. Kaliloa’s clients range from 14 to 78 years of age, and works with each client individually to design a plan for success.
The Dailey Method
2441 76th Ave SE
Now celebrating The Dailey Method’s one-year anniversary, owners Brenda Henke and Michelle Carpenter brought barre fitness to Mercer Island. No idea what “barre” means? Barre classes combine elements of pilates, ballet, and yoga fitness. The workouts focus on isometric strength training, i.e. a series of pulsing / small range-of-motion exercises that hone in on specific muscle groups. Upbeat music, a light-filled studio, and friendly, motivating instructors make The Dailey Method a great choice for your workout.
5 Elements Pilates promises you: “Intelligent exercise … Serious results.” Founder and instructor Rebecca Laws Nemetz specializes in small-group Pilates (max of four students per class) using high-quality Pilates equipment, such as Pilates reformers, towers and chairs, TRX, RIP trainers, stability balls, and more. Pilates exercise and rehabilitation sessions focus on increasing core strength, reducing chronic pain, creating balance, and improving flexibility. Located in the 77 Central Building overlooking sculpture park.
Fitness Together – Mercer Island focuses on one-on-one personal training, including high-intensity intervals and Tabata workouts, mixed martial arts-inspired workouts, boot camps, strength and body-weight training. They serve all demographics, providing specialized fitness programming for youth, women, and seniors.
Jazzercise arrived on the national fitness scene 45 years ago, and it’s still going strong on Mercer Island, thanks to local owner Lori Hollow. This group dance fitness class combines dance-based cardio with strength training and stretching to sculpt, tone, and lengthen muscles for maximum fat burn. Classes offered daily at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center.
Owned by Mercer Island-native Aron Pensky and his wife Yaffa Pensky, Kiz & Spinz is a boutique fitness studio on the South end focused on high-intensity functional interval training for the whole family. Kix & Spinz offers group classes, kids classes, and personal training. Plus killer bootcamps that hurt so good, you’ll be coming back for more.
Have you gotten in on the CrossFit craze? Known as the “sport of fitness,” CrossFit is a competitive, highly varied exercise program that combines high-intensity interval training, weight lifting, plyometrics (jump training), body weight training (burpees, push-ups, rope climbing), cardio, and other exercises. Owned by Corey and Allison McGee, CrossFit has recently relocated from its gym at the Stroum Community Center to the former location of Veloce Velo Bike Shop in Mercer Island’s Town Center.
Mercer Island Pilates teaches Classical Pilates on Gratz equipment, originally designed and developed by Joseph Pilates. The exercises focus on developing the “core” muscle groups of the abdomen, back and buttocks – the powerhouse.
Orangetheory Mercer Island
2601 76th Ave SE
Orangetheory Fitness offers 60-minute workout sessions split into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training with heart rate monitors to track intensity and maximize metabolic burn. Workouts are two-part (cardio and strength training) and led by a fitness trainer. The studio has 12 treadmills, 12 rowing machines, 12 suspension unit systems and plenty of free weights and benches for sessions of 10 to 25 people.
A popular local bootcamp program often held outdoors, OrbitFit runs 60-minute cardio fitness classes at the Mercer Island Beach Club and other locations. Options include a daily bootcamp class or a Fit Mamas class (lower intensity than the bootcamp) run by personal trainers, Amy Mohelnitzky, Teri Bikowsky and Yamar Washington.
Yogabliss was founded on Mercer Island 10 years ago by Maria Bliss, who first started offering yoga classes at Sunnybeam Preschool. The popularity of her classes (over 55 offered per week by over 25 instructors) has steadily increased – she grew out of her first downtown studio space on Mercer Island and recently re-opened in a new space featuring two studios to provide even more class options and frequency. Yogabliss offers yoga for everyone: Power, Vinyasa, Hot Fusion, Gentle, Therapeutic, Yin, Juniors and more. The studio also offers special series and workshops, on topics including meditation, intro series, acro yoga and more.