The Accelerate Blog

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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Carbphobia

I’m sharing a post today written by one of my clients. The path to a balanced view of nutrition is very difficult in the world of fad diets, “clean” foods and restrictive cycles that can lead to muscle loss and the complete destruction of metabolic function. If you have a phobia of any food, it...

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Accelerate Seattle – Not Your Average Seattle Gym

Today at Accelerate, two of my long-time clients, Danielle and Maria, hit their 1 rep max for dead lifts at 185 pounds each. And trust me when I say these two ladies are two of the strongest women I know on the rower and the treadmill. At Accelerate, we focus on a very balanced combination...

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