May is For Lifting Heavy Sh*t

May is For Lifting Heavy Sh*t

At Accelerate Seattle, we approach strength training a little differently than other studios. All of our programming is backed by science and research, with performance and results at the top of the priority list. In May, the Strength Performance Training (SPT) classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays will focus on heavy weight training so we … Continue reading May is For Lifting Heavy Sh*t

Attn: Runners. Get a PR and the Booty of Your Dreams.

Attn: Runners. Get a PR and the Booty of Your Dreams.

At Accelerate, we don’t have treadmills yet, but at least half of our athletes are competitive runners. And most of them, since starting with Accelerate, have PR’d in at least one race. How is that possible? First of all, let’s be honest with their motivations. Many of our running-loving Accelerate athletes are there to improve … Continue reading Attn: Runners. Get a PR and the Booty of Your Dreams.

Equal Pay is No April Fools Joke.

Equal Pay is No April Fools Joke.

Hey ladies. April at Accelerate is all about about our female athletes. Women make (on average) 92% of men doing similar work. This month, to support the goal of equal pay, all female Accelerate athletes on the 8x/month or unlimited plans will receive an 8% discount on April dues. Our female coaches will get an … Continue reading Equal Pay is No April Fools Joke.

Ready for More (results)? Now offering nutrition.

Ready for More (results)? Now offering nutrition.

For the past few months, we’ve been beta testing a private nutrition group on Facebook with a small set of members. After months of messing with the format, we are ready to roll this out to our community. We know that nutrition is a cornerstone of results, and we are committed to nutritional offerings that … Continue reading Ready for More (results)? Now offering nutrition.

How to Train like Captain Marvel

How to Train like Captain Marvel

I won’t spoil the movie for you, but for most of it, Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel), is fighting under duress. She is manipulated and her powers are limited by restraints she doesn’t understand. But despite all of that, she calls upon a ‘mental image reel’ to fight back. She focuses on images of herself as … Continue reading How to Train like Captain Marvel

Seattle Strength Training: 3 Added Benefits

Seattle Strength Training: 3 Added Benefits

We are not living in the cardio boom of past decades. Most fitness-savvy people understand the basic benefits of strength training. Naked muscles look better than naked fat. Strength training makes you stronger in the gym and in daily life. Strength training decreases the risk of injury. And, for the win, strength training helps you … Continue reading Seattle Strength Training: 3 Added Benefits

How to Get a “Toned” Back

How to Get a “Toned” Back

Wait a minute. Why is “toned” in quotes? Quite simply because in fitness terms, it’s not a real word. It’s a made-up word. So, we don’t use the phrase “toned” at Accelerate. There is nothing “toned” about the backs in this photo. What you’re seeing is developed muscle and a lower level of body fat … Continue reading How to Get a “Toned” Back

The Right HIIT Ratio (hint: it includes rest time)!

The Right HIIT Ratio (hint: it includes rest time)!

HIIT (high intensity interval training) challenges you with short bursts of high intensity work followed up by ample rest. The work to rest ratio is at the lowest 1:2 and up to a high of around 1:6. Why “so much” rest (quotes to emphasize what we know you’re thinking)? Because without ample rest, there is … Continue reading The Right HIIT Ratio (hint: it includes rest time)!

Squat. Now Squat Deeper. Now, Squat Even Deeper.

Squat. Now Squat Deeper. Now, Squat Even Deeper.

If you’re one of the rare few who already have a consistent below parallel squat with perfect form, just plaster that smug AF look on your face and skip this post. Good for you. For the rest of you, keep reading. This post is timely for us, as we ordered the monster squat rack today … Continue reading Squat. Now Squat Deeper. Now, Squat Even Deeper.