Seattle >Fitness > Zum
1813 7th Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.613872 -122.335568
Neighborhoods: Belltown, Downtown
Gorgeous Space, Knowledgeable Staff – The new ZUM location is as gorgeous as it is energizing! A personal trainers' dream, ZUM has almost every piece of specialty equipment you can dream up, to ensure that every workout is fresh and fun!
Kym Beldon at Zum is a miracle worker! – I've gone to Zum now for almost 4 years. I've trained with several of the trainers there -- all were excellent. But none that I've worked with was as amazing as Kym Beldon. Kym knows how the body works better than anyone else I've ever met. I go to the gym because of various physical problems - arthritis, diabetes, balance. After five months with Kym I can do more with my arms than I have since I was a kid. My glucose levels are normal. And my posture has improved dramatically. She has a way of explaining what muscle to use, how to do an exercise, that allows you to do it right and gain the most from every movement. She's serious, fun, positive and complimentary.
I also love Zum because people you won't hear weights clanging and people groaning. Just the sounds of all sorts of different ages and fitness levels working hard on core strength, balance and other items that allows them to live longer, pain free, and perform at whatever physical activity that gives them joy. Even if that's just taking a walk with the dog.
Working out with Kym has been life changing for me and I can't recommend her any more highly.
Hands down THE best gym in Seattle – I have worked out at various gym's in Seattle my whole life. Zum is the first gym where I have ever felt excited and motivated to go to the gym as oppossed to dreading it. My trainer, Joe DeShaw, is the BEST ever. He is extremely knowledgable about the body and has been integral in helping me reshape my body. Not to mention he is one of the most genuine, caring people I have ever met.Whether I am climbing the rope, jumping on the trampoline or leaping in the sandpit, I get an amazing workout and it is super fun. His class, Hard Core is the best core workout ever and awesome for glutes, abs and middle back. My posture has improved dramatically. The place has a great energy and all the trainers are friendly and caring and welcoming. I feel like I am going to work out with my friends. I like to be there and I get an amazing workout. Its pricey but its worth it.
Down to earth people who care about your health-NOT snobby or pretentious – I love Zum. I was intimidated to go at first. It was so nice looking that I thought that it meant snobby and pretentious, but I was COMPLETELY wrong. I have never been at a gym where everyone was so nice and down to earth. After my tour, I met a trainer Kathryn who invited me to her class the next day. I was scared to go, but I gave my word so I went. Kathryn remembered me, and the class totally kicked my butt and I joined the next week. The thing I love the most is that people really go to the gym to work out. I have been a member of 24 hour fitness and was a loyal member of Gold?s. I hated the meat-market feel, that people were more interested in how they looked or that they looked like they knew what they were doing more than working out itself. I also hated that it was so busy; I could never use the equipment I wanted. Zum is completely the opposite, its nice people who care about taking care of their health-not just how they look in their clothes. I am a younger member of the gym, and I was shocked at what some older members of the gym could do, they were more fit and strong than my 20s self. The most important part is the trainers know their stuff, and they care about you. Kathryn is amazing! My father played football professionally and is a football coach, and I was an athlete, so I came with a solid foundation?Kathryn worked muscles I didn?t know I had, and I do things my father is impressed with, that?s saying something. Lastly, it is more expensive, but my health is worth it. They also have discounts for groups, my company signed up, and I get a really good discounted rate.
amazing personal trainers, great equipment – I saw physical trainers for 6 months a ruptured disk and nobody helped me heal like Joe at Zum. He is the best!
Best Gym, Best Massage in Seattle – Until I started going to Zum, I was never inspired to work out. Zum changed that for me. The trainers are fantastic, so professional, so down to earth. They actually want to get to know you, and care about your goals. The facility is also terrific -- spotless and visually arresting. I think some people mistake this for pretentiousness. It's absolutely not that way at all. It boils down to the fact that these people really care about creating an environment that inspires people. It's not because they're snobby. And shame on you, in the post below, for airing the dirty laundry of the staff members. That's really not fair. What does it tell you about a gym when its members feel such a connection to it, that they stick up for the trainers and staff? And I can bet other members who read this would feel the same way.
I also highly recommend Zum's massage services, Colleen's in particular. I've had countless massages at various places in the city, and Colleen's is by far the best and most effective. She's a total pro at what she does. And that means listening to your needs, keeping her focus and making you feel comfortable. I always leave thinking, "why would I ever have a massage anywhere else?"
You Get What You Pay For – I notice that most of the negative reviews are from people who haven't actually worked out at ZUM. Hmmm. ZUM ain't cheap, especially if you're comparing the costs of monthly membership to places like Bally's, Gold's, or 24-Hour Fitness. But ZUM isn't trying to compete with those places. At all. I can see that the place would be a little intimidating to a newbie. I was intimidated. Everything is pretty and shiny and new-ish. Once I got to know the place, however, and you know, ACTUALLY STARTED WORKING OUT THERE, I found that I really got into the vibe. ZUM does have a philosophy, rooted in core strength, and focusing heavily on proper form and diet. For someone like me, this is great. The amount of information my trainer (hi, Mo!) gives me during every single workout can be daunting, but many weeks into my program, a lot of the info is starting to sink in. I'm loving it. I can't wait for my next training session. There are lots of classes for all fitness levels, there is Yoga instruction and massage. One last time: it ain't cheap. But how much is your fitness worth to you? It's worth a lot to me, and that's why I'm a member.
FOR YUPPIES ONLY – I found Zum to be chic and phony, well suited to yuppies instead of regular folks. They are extremely expensive and seem to care more about the money than the people. Their staff is kind of weird, to say the least. The head guy, Peter, is not a bad guy, even though he is a recovering alcoholic who has had major problems with women. He just cannot stand overweight people. I found the place to be pretentious and would recommend it only for residents of Belltown.
Unique health club choice – I am new in town and am taking time to tour as many health club facilities as possible. I inquired about Zum on their web site and received an e-mail response the next day. I liked the personalized service detailed on the site. One day, I stopped in while I was on a run. There wasn't anyone available to give me a tour, so the guy at the desk allowed me to walk through on my own after I filled out a form. This gym is defintely catering to a holistic oriented crowd. The facility looked very modern and clean. The classes looked small and are conducted in areas that are in the main room. I am not sure that I would want to sweat at this facility because it is so pretty. No one followed up with me after I dropped by.
I have seen many health clubs over the past 30 years and never have I met such friendly, fun and extremely knowledgeable staff. The new location is four times as big as the old one and the classroom will easily accommodate 30+ people. I would suggest you give them a try again. I don't dread my workouts.
Life changing gym – when i started working out at zum, i thought i was in pretty good shape, but i had lots of minor aches and pains and i didn't really LIKE working out, so i didn't go as much as i should have. I've been going to ZUM for almost 3 years now and i can't believe how much it has changed the way i look, the way i feel and the way i view working out. i now feel like it is a treat to go to the gym (!). the staff is super knowledgeable. I feel like i've gotten a fitness degree just working out with the trainers. my favorite thing is that certified trainers (all of zum's are and it SHOWS--they know what they are talking about) teach all of the classes. they are eager to provide extra attention and answer questions about form, and they never ever make you feel like you are less important because you aren't as athletic or in shape as some members. i get lots of compliments on my muscle tone but most importantly i feel 100x better. and yes, i use the sandpit almost every visit :)
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