GSBA New Business of the Year Finalist
Best Pilates Studio in Western Washington
LAB5 Fitness has been voted one of the BEST Pilates studios in Western Washington by KING5
LAB5 TRX Featured in The Seattle Times
LAB5 Featured in SU Magazine
LAB5 Fitness Aerial Conditioning Featured On Evening Magazine KING5.com Seattle
LAB5 is the Editor’s Pick as the “Best Update on an Ancient Practice” for our amazing Aerial Conditioning class (pg. 118 Seattle Magazine).
LAB5 Fitness Voted BEST Pilates Studio 2011
Capitol Hill KOMO
LAB5 on KOMO
Lifestyle, Wellness And Business Experts Alan and Bonnie Cashman Sign Publishing Deal With CelebrityPress To Release The Book Pushing To The Front
Bonnie and Alan Cashman, Successful entrepreneurs and lifestyle and wellness experts, have recently signed a publishing deal with CelebrityPress, a leading business and marketing book publishing company, along with Brian Tracy and other leading business and marketing experts from around the world to release the book, Pushing To The Front.
Seattle, Wash. – October 4, 2011 – Alan and Bonnie Cashman, lifestyle, wellness and business experts, recently joined best-selling author and speaker, Brian Tracy and several leading businesspeople and entrepreneurs from around the world to co-write the forthcoming book titled, Pushing To The Front: Front Line Strategies From The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs. Nick Nanton, Esq. along with business partner, JW Dicks, Esq., recently signed a publishing deal with each of these authors to contribute their expertise to the book, which will be released under their CelebrityPress™ imprint.
For Alan and Bonnie Cashman, life is about building sturdy foundations – for their marriage (40 years and counting), for their successful businesses and for better health through diet, fitness and positive thinking. Cashman Lifestyle is their way of passing along the personal and professional lessons they’ve learned to others so they too can “enjoy the good life.”
The Cashmans have opened an innovative multi-discipline fitness center, LAB5 Fitness, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill, and have started Cashman Lifestyle as a way to share their expertise in helping others live healthier, wealthier lives.
The forthcoming book, Pushing To The Front, will feature top advice from leading entrepreneurs and marketing experts from across the globe. Pushing To The Front will offer proven business strategies to help people adapt and thrive in the new economy.
Pushing To The Front is scheduled for release on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011.
To learn more about Alan and Bonnie Cashman please visit http://www.CashmanLifestyle.com
More about Bonnie and Alan Cashman:
The Cashman’s unique partnership began when they met while both were attending Seattle University. They would spend the better part of the next four decades married and working together to establish not one, but two successful companies; The Balanced Program Inc. (BPI), one of the premier employee benefit firms in the Pacific Northwest, and Administrative Systems, Inc. (ASI), a top provider of office systems/ support to insurance companies. As founder of both companies, Alan acquired valuable experience in key areas of financial services, including employee benefits, wealth management, retirement planning and individual/corporate life insurance. Bonnie was BPI’s president while also establishing herself as a sales leader, building relationships with more than 1,000 employer groups in the Seattle area. She also is a sought-after speaker for her experience in worksite marketing and in 1999 was inducted into the National Association of Professional Enrollment Specialists Hall of Fame.
In 2003, the Cashmans sold both BPI and ASI to a New York Stock Exchange company, giving them the financial freedom to build a private art collection and search for new challenges. Although both had more time to exercise, Alan continued to struggle with weight and blood pressure and Bonnie developed a form of skin cancer. But the Cashmans brought the same work ethic and research to their health that they had brought to bear on the business world. They learned of dietary secrets that did away with sugar and set them on the road to wellness – so much so that Seattle doctors were surprised that Alan had quickly turned around his vital signs and Bonnie ended her skin cancer issues.
Capitol Hill KOMO
LAB5 on KOMO
LAB5 Fitness is a 2,400 sq/ft. fitness-coaching studio equipped with state of the art equipment and training methods, located on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. We offer group and individual coaching, utilizing Pilates principles, reformers, Barre, and TRX suspension training. LAB5 workouts are comprised of constantly varied functional movements (like pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting, jumping) executed at various intensities depending on your level and your specific goal.
What does this mean for you? At LAB5 Fitness, we have custom-made specific equipment designed to move your body the way it was meant to be moved. It means that all your workouts will be comprised of exercises that mimic movements performed in day-to- day life or sport in a variety of angles and motions. We focus on improving functional movements that are necessary and common in your daily activities.
It also means that you will never get bored. With our combined fitness methods, and our constantly varied programming, you will never do the same workout twice. You will never have to program your own workouts or spend hours in the gym. Instead, each day a qualified, skilled personal trainer will take you through a powerful workout that will be modified to suit your fitness level, whether you are a beginner, or an elite athlete. And because our workouts are only 50 minutes long, they can fit into even the busiest schedules.
Gilt City Seattle
LAB5 on Gilt City
Why We Love This
- LAB5 Fitness offers both individual and group Pilates, Reformer, TRX training, barre and yoga classes that constantly vary movements and workouts for maximum variety.
- This 2,400-square-foot fitness studio is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained instructors who pack a lot into the effective 50-minute classes.
- Muscle isolation is the key here, encouraging increased strength, balance and enviable muscle tone.
Capitol Hill’s LAB5 Fitness offers classes with names like Power LAB Pilates, Purist Pilates, Brutal Barre and Yoga Flow. And these intense-sounding workouts are all inspired by your daily life.
“LAB” is right, as the classes here are designed to build certain specific systems in the body—extrinsic muscles, anyone?—and improve muscular and core strength, cardiovascular endurance, balance, mobility and power in every muscle group.
Gilt City members are invited to experience this home-grown “LAB” for fitness. The three-pack LAB5 Exploration Package allows members to choose any three of LAB5’s group classes as an introduction to the facility. From there, a two-month package allows you to come regularly for two months, just enough time to try all the classes you want and to start seeing results.
The four-pack Mom (or Dad!) & Me package lets you and your child enjoy Saturday workouts together. Let your child try yoga or barre classes—and be amazed. Kids are made for this.
The brilliant part is that all workouts are designed to actually mimic your day-to-day movements. In other words, you leave here conditioned to move around in your own life.
— Lauren Murphy, Gilt City Editor
LAB5 Fitness: Three Pilates, Barre, TRX, and Yoga Classes
The treadmill’s gotten so boring, you’re basically running in your sleep. Sounds like it’s time for LAB5 Fitness, where exciting workouts are more than a wake-up call, they’re the rule. Recently launched by fitness entrepreneurs Alan and Bonnie Cashman and guru Jasmine Sharp of Pilates Plus Palm Springs, this multifaceted studio offers a variety of high-energy, low-impact workouts that will literally reshape your idea of fitness. As the only Seattle exercise facility to offer TRX, barre work, yoga, and Pilates under one roof, LAB5 takes traditional disciplines and adds its own edge.
Case in point: Power LAB5 Pilates, a total body igniter that blends circuit training and holistic principles by using the reformer and jumpboard. Brutal Barre adds light weights to ballet barre work for a booty-lifting, limb-lengthening workout, while Tabata TRX fuses Izuma Tabata’s fat-blasting cardio method with suspension training used by the US Navy SEALs. LAB5 even keeps the larger picture in mind: its sturdy Pilates reformer machines are custom built using sustainable salvaged lumber, 20 percent of classes are suitable during physical rehab and post-injury, and classes are affordable and accessible for even the busiest clients. High five to that.
Barre Hopping: LAB5 Fitness Comes To Seattle
Seattleite, Luxury Lifestyle Magazine
LAB5 Fitness brings the hot ballet-based routine to Seattle.
What: LAB5’s brutal Barre, a 50-minute class that combines old-school ballet barre techniques with isometric exercises, weights and stretches to get you in long, lithe dancing shape. It’s a variant of the routine credited with helping Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis look legit in Black Swan, and it’s a huge hit in fitness-forward Manhattan (where classes sell out regularly).
Where: The brand new LAB5 Fitness in Capitol Hill, located at 606 Broadway East in Studio A. The studio offers an alternative to traditional gyms by incorporating Pilates, balance and strength training, TRX, yoga and barre classes.
Why: It’s a cool alternative to the yoga and Pilates classes that everyone and their mom seems to attend these days, and it’s great for participants of all ages, sizes and fitness levels. (Remember that time you talked your mom into hitting a Bikram class with you? Avoid doing that again.) And you saw Black Swan, right? Remember Mila Kunis? Enough said.
Where you’ll hurt the next day: It depends on where you’re hurting most for a workout, but rest assured that your ass will be sore afterward. The class focuses on the lower body, particularly the quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves, so don’t be surprised if your legs feel like jelly for awhile as well.
What to bring: First things first: dance experience isn’t necessary, but bare feet are off the menu. That said, some grippy ballet socks are available for purchase at LAB5. Bring a towel and a water bottle too, and don something similar to what you’d wear to yoga (but keep your midriff under wraps).
What it’ll cost you: LAB5 has a few deals going (including a killer introductory deal for beginners) but a straight up single-use class pass costs $35. Buy a package to save a few bucks if you plan on going regularly.
LAB5 Fitness Opens On North Broadway
CHS Capitol Hill Seattle
Can there be a more firm sign of change on Capitol Hill — and specifically, north Broadway — than the million dollar transformation of the former home of the drink-but-don’t-eat Jade Pagoda into a Bank of America and a new-era workout gym? And, oh, yeah, there’s another new restaurant coming soon to the space, too.
This weekend, the transformation of 606 Broadway E gets a little more muscular as “high energy” workout studio LAB5 Fitness opens for business.
We reported on the incoming new gym back in January. Since then, there’s been a brand change and another hundred thousand in construction budget spent, according to city records, to complete an open workout space full of equipment for things like “power pilates” and “brutal barre.” The gym’s neighbor Bank of America also opened up next door in its temporary home during construction of the 230 Broadway project. During our LAB5 visit, a confused customer walked in the door of the new gym and was quite confused by the tellers in spandex. Imagine how disappointed anybody who wanders in looking for cheesecake shop The Confectional will be when it opens next to Poppy later this spring.
LAB5′s big grand opening celebration is slated for Saturday. The gym joins 12th Ave’s Barre3 as new Hill businesses dedicated to body improvement, health and, some would say, vanity. Just up Broadway, we reported on the recent opening of Blink, an eyelash salon. Here’s a clip from the media release announcing LAB5′s opening:
“The LAB5 elements will change your body,” says Jasmine Micaela Sharp, an experienced, certified trainer who created the LAB5 concept. “It challenges the body and mind by interconnecting power and purist Pilates, Barre, TRX and Yoga by way of cardio, strength training and flexibility, which ultimately results in an overall sense of balance.”
Few studios offer these types of classes in Seattle, and only LAB5 Fitness combines them all into an exclusive workout program for one LAB5 price.
LAB5 Owners’ Journey To Fitness
Sharp is designing workout programs for the LAB5 Fitness studio at the request of owners Alan and Bonnie Cashman. The Seattle couple was introduced to Sharp’s inspirational take on Pilates while spending winters in Palm Springs, CA., where Sharp was working with clients. The Cashmans, who founded and sold two successful companies – The Balanced Program (BPI) and Administrative Systems (ASI) – are using LAB5 Fitness as a way to give back to the Pacific Northwest community.
“It was important to me to be involved in something that would provide a unique culture to the fitness arena, but also provide affordable prices for those serious about a quality overall workout,” Alan Cashman says. “We strive to be the gold standard in upscale fitness in Seattle and offer the utmost in customer care.”
Challenging Your Comfort Zone
Talk Sporty To Me
“I’m up for a challenge,” I thought. “How bad could it be? I made it through P90x, this should be fine.”
Those were my initial thoughts when I was invited to the launch of LAB5 Fitness this week on Capitol Hill. Then I walked in the door, took a look at the reformers and immediately started doubting myself. The workout included barre work, TRX bands and power pilates – 3 things I’d never attempted. Before the uncertainty could really take hold, I managed to grab hold of one little truth. I am, for all intents and purposes, in pretty good shape. I’m a regular at the gym and like to undertake challenging workouts. This would be no different.
Turns out it was a lot different than anything else I’d ever tried. It was a phenomenal workout and I’m hooked. If you’re in the Capitol Hill area, I highly recommend you stop by and check out LAB5. They offer great workouts and the owners and staff are wonderful. It might be a step outside your comfort zone, but that’s how we grow.
The same can be said for improving our communication skills and reaching out to the people around us. I recognize that I am an “expert talker” but not everyone shares my comfort level in striking up a conversation But here’s the thing. You have to interaction with people to find your next opportunity People don’t walk around with nametags that read, “I’m your next big client.” Or “I’m going to be the best employee you’ve ever hired.” You need to make the first step and strike up a conversation. Before you let the uncertainty and fear take over, find your one little truth. Just like my experience at LAB5. Identify one small thing you can do, for example: smiling, saying hi, or asking about a local sports team. That’s all you need to spark an interaction and put you on the path to success. If you need help with conversation starters, click here and check back every Monday. Interactions can be short and sweet, so don’t worry about preparing too much material or running out of things to say. The biggest key is getting started. Don’t let your next opportunity pass you by.
The Future Of Fitness Is Coming To Seattle’s Capitol Hill
March 2011 Posted by Chamber of Commerce
New LAB5 Fitness Offers Unique Blends of Mind/Body Workouts Based on Reformer Machine Pilates, Yoga, TRX and Barre
SEATTLE, March 22, 2011- Those who want to vary their workout routines so they won’t get bored with fitness usually just end up exercising their checkbooks. But LAB5 Fitness, a new studio opening April 9th in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, offers an innovative and economical solution: a blend of exercise programs based on two styles of reformer machine Pilates along with Barre, TRX and Yoga.
LAB5 Fitness says those five inspirational elements of exercise are blended into one program, or “LAB”, allowing clients to get the most out of their workout time and dollars without having to pay memberships at several different locations. “The LAB5 elements will change your body,” says Jasmine Micaela Sharp, an experienced, certified trainer who created the LAB5 concept. “It challenges the body and mind by interconnecting power and purist Pilates, Barre, TRX and Yoga by way of cardio, strength training and flexibility, which ultimately results in an overall sense of balance.”
Few studios offer these types of classes in Seattle, and only LAB5 Fitness combines them all into an exclusive workout program for one LAB5 price. LAB5 Owners’ Journey To Fitness Sharp is designing workout programs for the LAB5 Fitness studio at the request of owners Alan and Bonnie Cashman. The Seattle couple was introduced to Sharp’s inspirational take on Pilates while spending winters in Palm Springs, CA., where Sharp was working with clients.
The Cashmans, who founded and sold two successful companies – The Balanced Program (BPI) and Administrative Systems (ASI) – are using LAB5 Fitness as a way to give back to the Pacific Northwest community. “It was important to me to be involved in something that would provide a unique culture to the fitness arena, but also provide affordable prices for those serious about a quality overall workout,” Alan Cashman says. “We strive to be the gold standard in upscale fitness in Seattle and offer the utmost in customer care.”
Bonnie Cashman credits Sharp’s Pilates classes with helping her recover from a herniated disc injury, which left her with back pain and diminished use of her left
arm. “After three weeks I could see a visible difference in my body, muscle definition and overall conditioning,” she says. “My goal is to live a gracious, healthy, and fit lifestyle. I make a conscious effort to surround myself with people who have common interests, and our studio will continue to create and grow this
kind of community.”
New Twists On Exercise Trends ! The list of LAB5 classes includes:
- powerLAB5pilates – The studio’s signature class, this full body fusion workout on the pilates reformer machine incorporates the holistic principles of Pilates with circuit training techniques. It moves at a brisk pace to boost cardiovascular endurance. A pilates jumpboard will also be used for plyometric training.
- purist pilates – A classical, traditional approach to Pilates on the pilates reformer machine focusing on corrective alignment, body mechanics, breathing and flexibility.
- TLC (Tender Loving Care) Pilates – This specialty class on the pilates reformer machine is designed to help those who are coming off recent surgery or are just beginning their personal journeys to better health.
- Brutal + Booty = Barre – A high-energy, low impact class that combines a traditional ballet barre for isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches along with light weights at a fat-burning pace (no dance experience necessary!).
- Pilates 30/30 Barre – A hybrid high-intensity body sculpting class that blends elements of powerLAB5Pilates and Brutal Booty Barre. A plyometric jumpboard may be used. Half of this class is on the pilates reformer machine.
- Tabata TRX – This class incorporates elements of TRX, a suspension training technique using body weight involving nylon straps, and tabata, the world’s highest fat-burning workout designed by Izumi Tabata.
- desertYOGA – Taking place in a warm, desert-like environment, this yoga class will assist in balance, increase flexibility, and harness mental, physical and spiritual meditation.
LAB5 Fitness will also offer shorter versions of certain classes designed to appeal to clients with a limited amount of workout time during the weekday.
About LAB5 Fitness
LAB5 Fitness, located at 606 Broadway East in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, offers the latest concept in exercise – a blend of programs based on two styles of Pilates plus Barre, TRX and Yoga. The body/mind connection is exercised through cardio, strength training and flexibility to achieve a sense of balance in health. LAB5 offers a variety of workouts in a single location at an economical LAB5 price.
Learn more at www.lab5fitness.com. Anyone wanting more information on LAB5 Fitness should contact Co-founder Bonnie Cashman at (206) 569-5628, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘High Energy’ Workout Studio Destined For Overhauled Broadway Lounge
CHS Capitol Hill Seattle
One of our top Capitol Hill development stories of 2010 was the overhaul underway of the old Jade Pagoda restaurant and lounge on the north end of Broadway into a new set of retail spaces. CHS has now learned how part of that new space is going to be put to use later in 2011. For those of you with New Year’s resolutions to get fit, you might be glad to know that the space will become the spiritual opposite of the old Pagoda.
In its later days, the Pagoda was a little bit like the departed Maharaja — you didn’t really go there to eat. This spring, you’ll go there to workout. “We want to bring life to that space, and turn it on,” Jasmine Sharp tells CHS. She and her partners are opening LAB5 Fitness, an “athletic.achievable.affordable” gym concept. Sharp tells us LAB5 Fitness intends to emphasize its presence on a busy streetscape: The LAB5 Fitness concept is to interconnect 3 high energy exercises classes: powerLABpilates, barre & TRX. Classes will accommodate 10-12 clients max on a time and pilates classes will all be held on Evolved Reformer Machines. We will be using our LAB5_FITNESS_BEATS / musicLAB where DJ’s provide playlists to keep the clients motivated and the walkby traffic watching in the windows.
NOSE PRINTS encouraged against windows!!
And, yes, she was probably enthusiastically yelling — in an encouraging way — when she typed that. Sharp tells us LAB5 Fitness will be sharing the new retail spaces with another tenant but she couldn’t yet say who will occupy the northern portion of the building. Between the new spaces and Poppy stands an empty retail space and the soon to be home of Bank of America which will move in while the 230 Broadway project construction is underway.
Last spring, CHS spoke with Craig Swanson of Redside Partners, the developer of the Pagoda overhaul. At the time, Swanson said Redside approached neighboring property owners (this map of nearby owners is a little dated but gives you a general sense of the players) about a redevelopment but couldn’t work anything out so they decided to restore the building to working order and try to bring in some new tenants. A restaurant had been in talks to move into the space. Swanson told CHS Redside didn’t want any bars or clubs in the space because of the wear they cause on buildings.
Sharp says LAB5 Fitness won’t move into the new space until early spring with a March 1 target date for the start of classes. “We’ll be high energy,” Sharp said. “I’m really excited.”