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Find Out Why Leslie Can’t Get Enough of LAB5 & Why Her Husband Has Joined In!

“This is from someone who has had back surgery.  So if that’s you, or you have injuries to consider – that’s my perspective…

This place rocks.  Better than physical therapy hands-down.  I’ve been depressed since surgery because .. well.. things are compromised back there now, and I need to be very careful with what I have left to avoid future surgery.  Sure, I can minimize impact with cardio, however, as a person who has always been very strong, it’s been bitterly frustrating to feel myself losing strength, but I’ve been afraid of strength training because it’s sooo easy to overdo it, and not realize it til too late.  I never want to go through that pain again.  I also have permanent nerve damage down one of my legs.

Thank god for the reformer.  Sincerely – thank you.  You can’t explain the reformer, you can only experience it, byelpBadge1ut I practically went home and wept in gratitude after my first workout (yay Cassie!).  The instructors are very mindful about working with limitations and suggesting alternatives, and the reformer allows you to completely isolate and work various muscle groups to exhaustion without ever worrying that you’ll stress the parts you don’t want pulled into the exercise.  I can’t describe what it means to be able to truly give it my all in a workout without fear.  It’s also really improved my balance, something I thought would always be compromised due to my damaged nerves, but turns out my body can be trained to compensate for the lack of feeling.

Since then, in addition to the awesome Cassie, I’ve also taken classes from Ron, Jessie and Jana who are all excellent instructors and know the machine inside and out (and how to work muscles you never knew you had).

I will also note, that my husband – the distance-runner/tough mudder type, has been taking classes with me, and is just as impressed with what it has done for him.  He was a little skeptical at first, thinking he wouldn’t find this challenging, but now wouldn’t miss it, and says it’s a serious performance enhancer.”

– Leslie L. | 6.9.2015


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What Two Members Have to Say About Susan Foley’s LAB5 Service…


“The classes have high quality instruction with fun and dedicated instructors.

I just took Susan’s mat class for the first time and loved it! I appreciated her attention to form and method. It was challenging in that it made me focus on individual muscles and movements I had not done before. Today, I could feel myself sitting up straighter and maintaining better posture. Will definitely be back!”

-G.S. January 26th 2015


“I already love my LAB5 Classes, but Susan especially gives an amazing instruction & is really in tune with where her students are at; always a great well-rounded workout!”

– C.D. February 23rd 2015

Suzette is thrilled with LAB5

“I was thrilled when LAB5 Fitness opened up in such a convenient location for me. I was looking to find a workout studio that was affordable, clean, and professional, and the studio meets all these criteria, and MORE. There is a distinct personal touch, a welcoming feeling when I get there, and this makes the rigorous workouts such a pleasure to look forward to. In the past, I have been troubled with arthritis in my shoulders and hands, and the professional staff is super sensitive to these issues. The classes are challenging for me, but I NEVER feel I might hurt myself. Although I’m in my sixties, I’m still an extremely active person and want to remain so as I age. By joining LAB5Fitness, I feel I’m doing only good things for my body, which will help me attain this goal.”


Jeff & LAB5

“Working with Cassandra has been a complete joy. Her classes are always challenging while compassionate and great for all levels with a balance between work and fun. Her ability to lead always challenges me to find my edge and move beyond. I am always amazed at how I can simultaneously be so exhausted but so relaxed following her class. She always shows patience and passion, and is such a great facet to my practice.”


Kathy is hooked on LAB5

“I had been searching high and low in the Capitol Hill area for a gym that could match my fitness goals and my busy schedule. For many years I had wanted to try Pilates, but could never find a studio that could suit my needs, not to mention my budget. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity when Lab5 fitness recently opened in my neighborhood. I am much more than satisfied – I am completely hooked! All of the Lab5 classes have been challenging and quite addictive, and have provided amazing results, not to mention they have the added benefit of little risk for injury. Local owners, Alan and Bonnie, have been amazing. They are right there beside you taking the classes, and have been incredibly warm and supportive. In the studio, there is no intimidation, and no scheduling stress over having to sign up for a specific series of classes. I truly believe their program, particularly Pilates, has changed me for the better. Thank you Lab5!!!”


Shelley & LAB5

“My husband and I went to the LAB5 Fitness launch event where we were introduced to the 5 elements that will kick your behind into serious shape! Needless to say I signed up.”

Learn what Molly loves about LAB5

“I love a lot of things, and LAB5 is one of them! Everybody is so supportive here. All the teachers and other students, the whole community just seems to want every other person next to them in class to succeed. It’s really nice to feel like the people who run a place really care about those who benefit from the services, and that is just what it seems like at LAB5. Unlike other fitness-type exercise (mostly dance) classes I have taken, there isn’t a sense of ruthless competition with the other people taking the class. Though the atmosphere is not necessarily relaxed (it’s actually focused and intense), I never feel stressed out when exposed to the other students.

The classes. Usually at any sort of place that offers a variety of classes, even if it’s a really good, acclaimed place, there’s one or two classes or even an instructor that falls short of the commendation of “excellent”. Or so I hear, because that is NOT so at LAB5! I have taken all of the classes (I think) and I swear I just want to take every class, every day, with every teacher. You can’t go wrong. The teachers are all quite helpful and know what to alter to make the exercise work for you rather than against you. The teachers all offer optimistic encouragement that makes it all so much easier. I love all of it.

And then there’s the whole getting better at feats of physicality aspect. After just three weeks, I’m pretty sure I can do a pushup now. That may not seem impressive to some, but it’s miraculous for my jellyfish upper body. I wasn’t even aware that I had those muscles anymore. Apparently they lay dormant for years and are being slowly reawakened by the dragon breath of the likes of TRX, Brutal Barre, and Power Pilates. The other people who I see coming here regularly have all of these pretty muscles happening all over the place, and I suspect it may have something to do with this lovely LAB. Aside from being pretty, people get stunningly strong. I’m pretty sure there are at least five or six students here who were anointed with the ability to leap tall buildings with a single-leg squat. Superfolk abound.

That is a little taste of why I wish I could take three classes a day instead of one.”

What Francesca thinks about LAB5

“My name is Francesca and I have been coming to LAB5 for 5 weeks now; and have experienced the Pilates, TRX, Barre and Yoga classes. I am absolutely hooked on LAB5, given the results I am already seeing. I am stronger, I have increased my lean body mass, and my posture has improved. In addition, the entire LAB5 team provides not only a world class instructor experience, but also a joyful and passionate community of individuals inspired by helping contribute to comprehensive wellness, and to enriching the lives of everyone who experiences LAB5.  Women, men, all ages and sizes, are coming to the club and everyone is welcome, and honored with genuine interest and support. I now have two friends who have joined me at LAB5 and am spreading the word to all of my friends and colleagues. This is a special place; thank you LAB5 for bringing this gift to Seattle!”

Liat’s LAB5 Experience

“At last a gym where a selection of fun classes are available exactly when you need them in a beautiful, modern, and clean setting, with motivating teachers and a wonderful mixture of students. I am loving every moment I spend at LAB5 fitness. I never thought I would feel so enthusiastically about a gym but this place has got me hooked! I am thoroughly enjoying getting back into shape and working on my body strength. I am definitely feeling and seeing the results. Thank you to all the staff and owners who are so passionate and sincere about their work.”

Sarah shares her LAB5 Story

“Lab5Fitness is my first introduction to pilates on a reformer, barre, and TRX and it took me all of about one class to be completely hooked! Your thighs, abs, and bum are going to be sore after your first couple classes but it’s worth it. Not to mention, it works! I saw results faster than any other workouts I’ve tried (even a personal trainer). The studio is beautiful and clean, the owners/instructors/staff are ALWAYS super friendly, and the classes are physically challenging and genuinely fun.”