Do You Want a Gym at 12th and Madison?

I recognize that this blog is quickly in danger of becoming a mouth piece for Ted Schroth. However, in my defense, I would really like a gym in my building because I am very lazy. Also, with this frigid weather I think that cold vacant space beneath my unit is increasing my heating bill. So I’m happy to help with his request for testimonials from folks interested in a gym at 12th and Madison:

The investor for the gym partnership would like to hear as many testimonials as possible, as soon as possible, from people who live/work in our neighborhood for how underserved we are for a gym and how many people would go to a gym if it were located here.

My testimonial would be:

I don’t currently belong to a gym. However, I’m thinking of climbing Mount Rainer this summer and doing the Seattle to Portland ride and I don’t think my twice a week hockey and weekend ski trips to Whistler are going to get me in shape.

I’d gladly pay for a gym to kick my ass a few times a week to get me into shape.

The good news is that I’ll sign up for a year membership but only use a few months of it in order to get ready for these adventures and then I’ll stop going until I find a new adventure. You may worry that I will in fact use more than those few months of a year membership but for two and half years I had a gym membership at both the Pro Clubs in Seattle and NEVER WENT ONCE. I’m your ideal high paying low attendance customer.

And just to do a little original research for this post here are the closest gym’s to 12th and Madison:

Gold’s Gym – 401 Broadway E – 1 mile away – 1.5 stars on Yelp
24 Hour Fitness – 1827 Yale Ave – 1 mile away – 3 stars on Yelp

From reading the reviews for both of those gym’s I think it’s clear we need a quality gym on Capitol Hill. Bonus definitely would be if it were close to me. Though I worry about the noise living above one. Does anyone have experience with that?

Leave a comment if you’d go to a gym a 12th and Madison.

p.s. It doesn’t take much to get Urbnlivn to write about your projects. Either, go bankrupt or have your project put up for auction OR invite me on a tour of your latest project and buy me a beer so we can commiserate over the crazy commenters.

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  • boikej

    Depends on the cost and quality, but you could likely count me in for one membership!

  • James

    Depends on the cost and quality, but you could likely count me in for one membership!

  • Chelsea

    I am all over this idea. I currently belong to Xplore Fitness downtown. It’s been convenient, only for the sake that it’s close to work and affordable ($30/month). However, the facility is nothing to rave about. It used to be an old bank, and it still feels like one.

    I will leave the rest of my complaints about Xplore on Yelp, but bottomline, I’d leave Xplore in a heartbeat for a gym on 12th.

  • Chelsea

    I am all over this idea. I currently belong to Xplore Fitness downtown. It’s been convenient, only for the sake that it’s close to work and affordable ($30/month). However, the facility is nothing to rave about. It used to be an old bank, and it still feels like one.

    I will leave the rest of my complaints about Xplore on Yelp, but bottomline, I’d leave Xplore in a heartbeat for a gym on 12th.

  • Justin

    I just assumed it would become a Starbucks…. The nearest one is three blocks away. THREE! :)

  • Justin

    I just assumed it would become a Starbucks…. The nearest one is three blocks away. THREE! :)

  • Jason

    Do u think the space is big enough for a gym? But yeah I’d join in a heartbeat if they had the right kind of free weights.

    Although Matt, the downtown Pro-Club is still only a 15-20 minute walk away. I just put on music, walk fast, and consider the walk there and back my cardio. Its never very busy, either.

  • Jason

    Do u think the space is big enough for a gym? But yeah I’d join in a heartbeat if they had the right kind of free weights.

    Although Matt, the downtown Pro-Club is still only a 15-20 minute walk away. I just put on music, walk fast, and consider the walk there and back my cardio. Its never very busy, either.

  • http://www.jamespatt.com Jim

    Seattle needs a quality gym period. I’ve been a member at Gold’s since moving here 4+ years ago….it’s steadily gone downhill, and from the history of previous gym closures by the owners, I’d guess has less than a year left before membership will be too small to pay the rent. (God knows they don’t spend any $ on maintenance or staff). The only challenge for a gym at 12th & Mad would be parking for car drivers, most of the 6am crowd at Gold’s (yeah, I’m one of those sorry folks!) drive there en route to work. To help bring in members from other neighborhoods….I’d suggest they invest in a sophisticated indoor bike parking wall-rack system, as I’d ride there, but would not leave my $$$ bike on the street. I’d be happy to discuss with anyone interested in person…I managed a gym while in college.

  • http://www.jamespatt.com Jim

    Seattle needs a quality gym period. I’ve been a member at Gold’s since moving here 4+ years ago….it’s steadily gone downhill, and from the history of previous gym closures by the owners, I’d guess has less than a year left before membership will be too small to pay the rent. (God knows they don’t spend any $ on maintenance or staff). The only challenge for a gym at 12th & Mad would be parking for car drivers, most of the 6am crowd at Gold’s (yeah, I’m one of those sorry folks!) drive there en route to work. To help bring in members from other neighborhoods….I’d suggest they invest in a sophisticated indoor bike parking wall-rack system, as I’d ride there, but would not leave my $$$ bike on the street. I’d be happy to discuss with anyone interested in person…I managed a gym while in college.

  • Andy

    I would commit to at least one membership if we get a gym at Trace and I’d probably sign up for training or an occasional class. I’ve belonged to the WAC and All-Star Fitness; both are just too far away to be convenient, and Seattle U alum are excluded from the campus gym on most evenings because the place is so crowded with students.

  • Andy

    I would commit to at least one membership if we get a gym at Trace and I’d probably sign up for training or an occasional class. I’ve belonged to the WAC and All-Star Fitness; both are just too far away to be convenient, and Seattle U alum are excluded from the campus gym on most evenings because the place is so crowded with students.

  • Liz

    I live at the Agnes Lofts at 12th & Pike and work in the neighborhood. I currently belong to Zum at 5th & Bell, which is the closest gym to us that is nicely designed and has good classes. It is twenty blocks away in a completely different neighborhood! I have to drive, bike or take the bus there. Crazy! The closest gym I know of is at the convention center – still more than 10 blocks away and it is scary/skanky. I do classes at least three times a week and if there was a nice gym I could walk to, I would join in a heartbeat.

  • Liz

    I live at the Agnes Lofts at 12th & Pike and work in the neighborhood. I currently belong to Zum at 5th & Bell, which is the closest gym to us that is nicely designed and has good classes. It is twenty blocks away in a completely different neighborhood! I have to drive, bike or take the bus there. Crazy! The closest gym I know of is at the convention center – still more than 10 blocks away and it is scary/skanky. I do classes at least three times a week and if there was a nice gym I could walk to, I would join in a heartbeat.

  • nitsuj

    Two gyms w/in a mile away is underserved? Understand they may not be a pretty/social atmosphere type gym, but at least you have options that close.

  • nitsuj

    Two gyms w/in a mile away is underserved? Understand they may not be a pretty/social atmosphere type gym, but at least you have options that close.

  • Jason

    Liz, that skanky/scary gym in the convention center was Gold’s, and it’s closed. I used to go there (I live very close by) and they transferred me to the Broadway Market location which is even worse.

    Now I’m a member at Epicenter Fitness (3rd & Union) and would recommend them. Not being a chain, they work hard to earn business based on their own merits. Still, for folks who live at 12th & Madison, it requires a few stops on the #2 bus (which runs 51 weeks out of the year, apparently).

  • Jason

    Liz, that skanky/scary gym in the convention center was Gold’s, and it’s closed. I used to go there (I live very close by) and they transferred me to the Broadway Market location which is even worse.

    Now I’m a member at Epicenter Fitness (3rd & Union) and would recommend them. Not being a chain, they work hard to earn business based on their own merits. Still, for folks who live at 12th & Madison, it requires a few stops on the #2 bus (which runs 51 weeks out of the year, apparently).

  • ssilvy

    Try the East Madison Y. Walking distance, and a place that actually is an amazing part of the neighborhood’s history. Membership funds programs that serve the neighborhood you’ve moved to, not somebody’s profit margins.

    It’s not corporate, but why not take a break from that mindset? Might refresh your heads and your bodies at the same time.

  • ssilvy

    Try the East Madison Y. Walking distance, and a place that actually is an amazing part of the neighborhood’s history. Membership funds programs that serve the neighborhood you’ve moved to, not somebody’s profit margins.

    It’s not corporate, but why not take a break from that mindset? Might refresh your heads and your bodies at the same time.

  • andy

    I second the nomination. Gold’s and 24 Hour are a joke. I go to All Star at 5th and Olive but it is far from convenient for me. I also have a lot of friends in the 12th Ave/Squire Park area that are jonesing for a gym at Trace too.

  • andy

    I second the nomination. Gold’s and 24 Hour are a joke. I go to All Star at 5th and Olive but it is far from convenient for me. I also have a lot of friends in the 12th Ave/Squire Park area that are jonesing for a gym at Trace too.

  • http://ghcollab.blogspot.com keith

    I’d join as well. I live at 16th and Pine and go to the 24 hr fitness downtown.

  • http://ghcollab.blogspot.com keith

    I’d join as well. I live at 16th and Pine and go to the 24 hr fitness downtown.

  • Shannon

    I have always hoped a gym would open up downstairs. I would join right away!

  • Shannon

    I have always hoped a gym would open up downstairs. I would join right away!

  • stone

    Have been a member of Gold’s, I can say a gym would be welcome. I’m a member of Xplore downtown and I actually like it a lot. I like there approach to things and they’ve had some really good trainers and some good equipment. Now they need to stop tweaking everything every five minutes. That said, would love a gym closer to home. East Madison Y is too far to walk, especially in this weather, for me. However, if a gym is to be opened, whoever’s doing it better do some significant homework. I know this survey is to get a general feel and you can’t walk down 12th or nearby without hitting a dissatisfied Gold’s member, but because of our collective bad experiences are standards are pretty high (like calling and the people answering the phone knowing if a class is cancelled or not and wanting the gym to be actually clean). Two people in this household would totally support a gym in the space. just know what you’re doing.

  • stone

    Have been a member of Gold’s, I can say a gym would be welcome. I’m a member of Xplore downtown and I actually like it a lot. I like there approach to things and they’ve had some really good trainers and some good equipment. Now they need to stop tweaking everything every five minutes. That said, would love a gym closer to home. East Madison Y is too far to walk, especially in this weather, for me. However, if a gym is to be opened, whoever’s doing it better do some significant homework. I know this survey is to get a general feel and you can’t walk down 12th or nearby without hitting a dissatisfied Gold’s member, but because of our collective bad experiences are standards are pretty high (like calling and the people answering the phone knowing if a class is cancelled or not and wanting the gym to be actually clean). Two people in this household would totally support a gym in the space. just know what you’re doing.

  • Sabzi

    Hi Matt, quick plug for Samadhi Yoga around the corner. You’ll get a great workout — think core strength & flexibility for skiing/boarding.

    Plus there’s little to no commitment — just buy classes in bulk and you can go more often in the winter and then get outside in the summer.

  • Sabzi

    Hi Matt, quick plug for Samadhi Yoga around the corner. You’ll get a great workout — think core strength & flexibility for skiing/boarding.

    Plus there’s little to no commitment — just buy classes in bulk and you can go more often in the winter and then get outside in the summer.

  • Matthew

    No, I am not the least bit interested in a gym.
    Trace has at least 17 (out of what, like 40units?) Microsoftees, with membership at the Proclub. Other owners belong to or work at gyms, so there’s no need there, either.

    I don’t need a gym in our building, taking up parking spaces and making noises with weights, machines, etc.

    So its selfish, but honest – please no gym!

  • Matthew

    No, I am not the least bit interested in a gym.
    Trace has at least 17 (out of what, like 40units?) Microsoftees, with membership at the Proclub. Other owners belong to or work at gyms, so there’s no need there, either.

    I don’t need a gym in our building, taking up parking spaces and making noises with weights, machines, etc.

    So its selfish, but honest – please no gym!

  • Jane

    Seattle Central Community College has a gym, across from the main building on Broadway. They have community membership for a fee.

  • Jane

    Seattle Central Community College has a gym, across from the main building on Broadway. They have community membership for a fee.

  • Val

    I live at 12th and John and I would join and pay good money to any Capitol Hill gym that offers:
    –Great morning and evening classes
    –Reasonable customer services
    –Good locker rooms
    –Cheap easy parking
    I could spend hours complaining about Gold’s, but the location and parking can’t be beat.

    PS: Stone–I laughed so hard at your post–damn front desk staff at Golds NEVER know what’s up with the classes. Not that it’s their fault. Stupid management.

  • Val

    I live at 12th and John and I would join and pay good money to any Capitol Hill gym that offers:
    –Great morning and evening classes
    –Reasonable customer services
    –Good locker rooms
    –Cheap easy parking
    I could spend hours complaining about Gold’s, but the location and parking can’t be beat.

    PS: Stone–I laughed so hard at your post–damn front desk staff at Golds NEVER know what’s up with the classes. Not that it’s their fault. Stupid management.

  • Mark

    I would also join a gym in this space in a heartbeat, but only if it was a lot nicer than any of the other junky gyms that we have to choose from in this city. I can’t believe there is no Equinox in Seattle, and now that the One tower is looking to be a hole in the ground for a considerable amount of time, who knows if we’ll ever get it.

    I went to the Equinox on Sunset Strip when I lived in Los Angeles, and it’s so much better than any gym we have in Seattle. The space in the Trace building is not nearly big enough for an Equinox, but this seems like a perfect location for a very well designed neighborhood gym that has an upscale boutique feel–those high ceilings would suit the use well.

  • Mark

    I would also join a gym in this space in a heartbeat, but only if it was a lot nicer than any of the other junky gyms that we have to choose from in this city. I can’t believe there is no Equinox in Seattle, and now that the One tower is looking to be a hole in the ground for a considerable amount of time, who knows if we’ll ever get it.

    I went to the Equinox on Sunset Strip when I lived in Los Angeles, and it’s so much better than any gym we have in Seattle. The space in the Trace building is not nearly big enough for an Equinox, but this seems like a perfect location for a very well designed neighborhood gym that has an upscale boutique feel–those high ceilings would suit the use well.

  • bryson

    Remember way back when someone had loose lips (me) and sunk the proposed deal with Xplore to open there? (thanks for picking up the story so quickly Matt, that really added fuel to the fire :) ) Plus, I think they were only offered only a few parking spots with the deal.

    I remember talking with the development guys from Equinox and last I heard they were still looking for another site. I went to an Equinox in NYC and was amazed at how far behind we are when it comes to upscale fitness centers.

  • bryson

    Remember way back when someone had loose lips (me) and sunk the proposed deal with Xplore to open there? (thanks for picking up the story so quickly Matt, that really added fuel to the fire :) ) Plus, I think they were only offered only a few parking spots with the deal.

    I remember talking with the development guys from Equinox and last I heard they were still looking for another site. I went to an Equinox in NYC and was amazed at how far behind we are when it comes to upscale fitness centers.

  • Tom

    I live and work off of 12th and a well designed gym would be swell. Currently I go to Rain in SLU ( my former work location) and would love to see something similar up here. Though let’s be real, a gym of that scale and in that location could be a crowded nightmare. I’d rather see the one story brick warehouse ( what a waste)that has been for lease for years next to Lark become a gym. The scale is better. That corner is too significant to the neighborhood for a gym which will be dark after 11 and i imagine quite dead during the day.

  • Tom

    I live and work off of 12th and a well designed gym would be swell. Currently I go to Rain in SLU ( my former work location) and would love to see something similar up here. Though let’s be real, a gym of that scale and in that location could be a crowded nightmare. I’d rather see the one story brick warehouse ( what a waste)that has been for lease for years next to Lark become a gym. The scale is better. That corner is too significant to the neighborhood for a gym which will be dark after 11 and i imagine quite dead during the day.

  • http://www.foundationcrossfit.com/ Anthony

    There already IS a gym in Capitol Hill that will kick your ass! Check out Foundation CrossFit at 1417 10th @ Union. It will soon move to a location even closer to you!

    http://www.foundationcrossfit.com

    The best part, now that summer is here, is that they bring the workouts outdoors for more fun in the sun!

  • http://www.homemadecouture.com/ Raina

    As a past member of the icky Gold's gym, and a current member of All Star Fitness, I can see the appeal of putting a gym in the space.

    What else COULD such a large space become? a Whole Foods? A Target store? A high end auto showroom for something like Tesla?
    We don't need any more restaurants…..

    Maybe how about a swanky REHAB center for the raging alcoholism problem this city may soon be facing with the ever-burgeoning onslaught of TRENDY WINE BARS?
    but I digress.
    If a gym DOES go in the space, I hope it's something like All Star. They seem truly committed to having a LOT of classes and activities, and even child care. The area doesn't necessarily NEED another gym, but how about a nice gym with expanded classes & activities, yoga, dance/movement and cardio, plus ammenities (tanning, spa, sauna, cafe, social and meeting areas, etc)? (and maybe a wine bar?lol) A gym might be the only business that can earn a good income in these tough times, and hopefully remain a stable anchor for the block.

    OH, and the yoga offered in the gym would by no means be a conflict with Samadhi or other yoga studios in the area, as far as I can tell. Everyone knows you get “faux” yoga at the gym, and then you must join the real yoga studio for a complete practice. If anything, the one could help promote the other.

  • http://www.homemadecouture.com/ Raina

    As a past member of the icky Gold's gym, and a current member of All Star Fitness, I can see the appeal of putting a gym in the space.

    What else COULD such a large space become? a Whole Foods? A Target store? A high end auto showroom for something like Tesla?
    We don't need any more restaurants…..

    Maybe how about a swanky REHAB center for the raging alcoholism problem this city may soon be facing with the ever-burgeoning onslaught of TRENDY WINE BARS?
    but I digress.
    If a gym DOES go in the space, I hope it's something like All Star. They seem truly committed to having a LOT of classes and activities, and even child care. The area doesn't necessarily NEED another gym, but how about a nice gym with expanded classes & activities, yoga, dance/movement and cardio, plus ammenities (tanning, spa, sauna, cafe, social and meeting areas, etc)? (and maybe a wine bar?lol) A gym might be the only business that can earn a good income in these tough times, and hopefully remain a stable anchor for the block.

    OH, and the yoga offered in the gym would by no means be a conflict with Samadhi or other yoga studios in the area, as far as I can tell. Everyone knows you get “faux” yoga at the gym, and then you must join the real yoga studio for a complete practice. If anything, the one could help promote the other.