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The Best Places to Get Fit in Seattle

Whether you ride your bike to work, hike through our parks on the weekend or never miss your 6 a.m. spin class, our city offers countless ways for athletes at any level to get up, get out and get in shape

By Sheila Cain, with Seattle Magazine Staff February 15, 2017

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This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of Seattle magazine.

From our hundreds of miles of nature trails to innovative fitness studios that pop up around our region each month, it’s easy to see why Seattle is consistently ranked by the American College of Sports Medicine as one of the top 10 fittest cities in the country. Whether you ride your bike to work, hike through our parks on the weekend or never miss your 6 a.m. spin class, our city offers countless ways for athletes at any level to get up, get out and get in shape. Here are a few of our favorites. 


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Keep Fit in Transit
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