The Accelerate Blog

After the Tests.

If you participated in testing and also attended classes today, you may have noticed something. Instead of using platitudes like, “push harder!” during those 250m sprints, your coaches had more to go on. For example, in today’s 5am, Brandon coached athletes with specific split time goals, all based on last week’s testing. We get it....

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Testing Day 1. 2k row, pull-ups, dips

It’s test week at Accelerate Seattle and today was day 1. Before we kicked it off, a quarter of our athletes were excited, a quarter of them didn’t know what to expect and the last half were dreading it. “This isn’t about winning or getting a PR,” said Brandon. “This is about creating a baseline...

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How to Stop Exercising and Start Training. Step 1. Test Yourself.

When you decide to approach your workout routine as training vs. exercise, there is one thing that is super important. Testing. It sounds boring, and sometimes it is boring. But here’s the thing, testing is what will drive you to blast through plateaus and get to the next level of performance and body composition. If...

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Stop Exercising. Start Training.

At the park yesterday with all the kiddos, we spotted a 12 year-old boy sporting a black Nike t-shirt with this slogan, “STOP Exercising, START Training.” Good for him that he already gets it because many people, in their 20s, 30s, 40, and beyond are still slogging away at ‘exercise’ not realizing it’s doing very...

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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...

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Pre-workout. Fact, Fiction or Overblown Nonsense Claim?

There are so many claims about supplements and pre-workouts. It becomes difficult to differentiate between real science and bro science, the science of good marketing and sales tactics. There are some simple and easy things you can do to improve performance. Consume a balanced meal containing about 30g of carbs 1-2 hours before training. Stay...

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Don’t Drop Your Weights, Bro.

Why the toughest gym in Seattle cares how you drop your weights.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Efficient Training and Recovery

Busting the Myths about Overtraining and Recovery Last week on Instagram, we profiled a member @aliciaerrero who came to Accelerate one month ago. At that time, she had been consistently taking classes at Orange Theory Fitness 6-7 times per week. Orange Theory is promoted as a high intensity interval training workout that lasts 60 minutes....

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Sunday's Instructor. Meet Earl.

Sunday’s Instructor. Meet Earl.

What (if anything) scares you the most about moving to Seattle? This is the furthest I’ve ever been away from my family. It’s scary to go to a brand new place and star over, not knowing what to expect. I knew I would regret at least not trying, and so far, I could not be...

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The Team that Trains Together …

At Accelerate, one of our special areas of focus are specialty classes for groups of co-workers. These sessions often start out as a one-time opportunity to build camaraderie and teamwork, but evolve into something more consistent as members experience the benefits.

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What Research Says About the Human Body and Adaptation

What Research Says About the Human Body and Adaptation

Can you perform the same workout over and over and achieve the same results? The short answer is no. At some point in training, your body adapts and you need to change the landscape. The National Institute of Health consistently publishes research on the topic of adaptation and many of the studies tell us similar...

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The Benefits of Small Group Training

Yesterday, I had the privilege of exhibiting at the Starbucks Health & Wellness Fair, a 2-hour event at Starbucks HQ. The event showcases some of the companies in Seattle offering health and wellness options for partners (employees) of Starbucks. I noticed at the event there are two major buckets of fitness options: corporate-run boutique studios...

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Form clinic: the Kettlebell Swing

The Kettlebell swing started gaining traction in the U.S. in the early 2000s. The exercise has been popular in countries like Russia, Australia, Brazil and New Zealand for much, much longer. When done correctly, the swing can sculpt your backside from your calves up through your glutes (and everything in between). Unfortunately, it is such...

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Trainer or Cheerleader?

With the rise of group fitness and boutique studios, it’s quite easy to assume the instructor leading you through myriad exercises is a fully certified, knowledgeable expert. But putting that knowledge to use when you have a lot of different people to guide can be a daunting task for even the most experienced trainer. And...

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It’s a Fact. Most New Years Resolutions Fail by March.

The top 4 New Years resolutions for 2017 according to Statistic Brain include; losing weight (21.4%), self-improvement (12.3%), better financial decision making (8.5%) and to quit smoking (7.1%). By March, most resolutions fail. The packed gyms known to those of us in the industry as the “resolutionary rush” booms from January to late February and...

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Why Heart Matters.

I often refer to Accelerate as ‘a gym with heart’. On Martin Luther King Jr. day it seems appropriate to reinforce our goal and make it public. Each month, we will provide an opportunity for members to give back to the community. This is such a natural extension of what we do because what truly...

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Live from Accelerate: A Recap

Yesterday we did our first Instagram live from the studio. Brandon Shiflett, a long-time Accelerate client, and provider at Airrosti Rehab Center, joined me after class to demonstrate a workout anyone can do at home. Here’s how it works. Start a stopwatch. Perform 10 burpees and 20 squats. When the stopwatch hits the 3-minute mark, do it...

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