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Classes For You

Classes For You

We all lead busy days with a balance of work and home life, and although we often feel maxed out, we can all find an extra hour in the day. Maybe it’s getting up a little earlier, running errands more efficiently or accomplishing something over our lunch break instead of just staring mindlessly into our phones. If you can free up just a few hours each week, Harbor Fit can lead you on the path to a happier and healthier you with more energy to tackle life’s daily challenges.

Opened in 2012 by Michele Brooks, Harbor Fit differs greatly from a traditional gym. “The idea was to create a small class-based studio which offers a small community feel as well as fun and unique classes,” said Brooks. The studio’s location in the Finholms District offers a peaceful environment as you prepare for your workout. “You can watch the harbor seals as you work out and also see the fishing boats leave in the early morning,” said Brooks.

Harbor Fit offers several types of small group classes including a recent expansion to four different styles of yoga. There are instructors who specialize in Barre Method, and strength components are added to the spin classes for a total body workout. Members can help encourage one another’s journey to a healthier lifestyle by holding each other accountable during the exercise and nutrition challenges.

Cindy Werner began attending classes at Harbor Fit, became an instructor and as of last year decided to partner with Brooks as a co-owner. Werner’s background in nutrition means even more is coming to the studio. Harbor Fit will soon begin holding nutrition workshops to accompany classes with the goal of helping maximize members’ efforts in the gym—ultimately leading to a healthier life.

With all the family, shopping, meals and end-of-year planning this time of year, we tend to forget to take care of ourselves, but Harbor Fit wants to remind you that each week and each month is important. They are currently offering a two-week trial for just $25, or you can try out your first class for free. There is never an initiation fee or yearly contract, and class sizes are kept small so you can work directly with your instructor on accomplishing your fitness goals. Guests can pay by the class or sign up for a monthly pass which allows you access to as many classes as you would like. These run just $60 for students and $80 per month for adults, with no long-term contract. The daily schedule is posted online, and one click will reserve your spot.

As much as Harbor Fit is dedicated to helping its clients achieve their goals, they are also committed to keeping Gig Harbor a great place to live. Brooks and Werner are members of the Gig Harbor Waterfront Alliance, participate in Girls Night Out and are proponents of Youth for Christ Ministry, which works to see that every young person in every people group in every nation has the opportunity to make an informed decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ and become part of a local church.

Whether your 2018 goal is to shed a few extra inches, keep up your current fitness or increase your strength and flexibility, you’ll be put on the right path at Harbor Fit. Instructors are friendly and knowledgeable and can tailor plans for all fitness levels. Burn off some holiday steam, enjoy the feeling after a good workout, make a few new friends and enjoy the new you—all it takes is just a few hours each week.

Harbor Fit

8809 North Harborview Drive, Suite 101

Gig Harbor, Washington 98332


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