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Voted Seattle's Best Fitness Club by Seattle Magazine

General Info
American Athlete is the premier fitness community in the Seattle metro area. American Athlete at Greenlake (formerly Anderson's Nautilus Fitness Center) has been the premier Seattle gym for the neighborhoods of Greenlake, Fremont, and Wallingford for nearly 30 years. American Athlete prides itself on being more than your average health and fitness gym, grounding itself on the northwest's rich tradition of outdoor athletics. Only steps away from Greenlake, get your gym workout with our full service fitness center and utilize the outdoor running paths and athletic courts located throughout the Greenlake Park to supplement your workout: * One on One Personal Training * Over 50 Cardiovascular Machines * Aerobics and Yoga Classes * Indoor Cycling Classes * Locker Rooms * Jacuzzi * Saunas * Stretching Areas * On Site Daycare * Pilates and Yoga * Group Fitness and Cycling * Free Parking
Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Fri:
Sat - Sun:
Extra Phones

Fax: (206) 838-7630

Location
Serving Greenlake, Wallingford, University District and Fremont
Neighborhoods
Green Lake, Northwest Seattle
Categories
Health Clubs, Exercise & Physical Fitness Programs, Gymnasiums, Health & Fitness Program Consultants, Personal Fitness Trainers, Physical Fitness Consultants & Trainers, Physical Therapists, Weight Control Services

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roxygrrrrl

10/15/2010

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Overall
Free Fitness Classes are a Real Deal

Free Fitness classes are a real deal.

I've been to other gyms where they charge per class. Here, you can take Zumba, yoga, pilates, abs class, Boot Camp, Bodypump, BodyCombat and spinning class all included in your gym membership.

Normal, well maintained equipment available for weights/pumping iron/getting cardio in when it's raining.

They have me at the fitness classes. The new ownership here has raised the offerings, the professionalism and the cleanliness of the club since they bought it 2 years ago. Bravo and great work! I bring my family and my friends here to work out with me anytime they are in Greenlake.

kab11

07/04/2010

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Overall
Overpriced, smelly and outdated.

I joined because it was close to my house and i thought it would be convenient. Overall gym has a gross musty/old sweat smell. they have a/c which they never actually turn on so it is always really warm. Also for $55/month it is not worth it. You can buy a membershio to 24hr fitness for 300 a year! I've learned my lesson, im just sorry i paid so much to do so.

i would have given it no stars if I could

seattlite

12/18/2009

Overall
Just what I was looking for

So I recently moved to the Green Lake area from out of state and this gym has lived up to its promises thus far. I love being able to run the lake and then get my gym work out. I absolutely love the one-on-one time I get with the personal trainer and even more I love the classes. My favorite two are the pilates class and the 30-minute Ab Lab. I also love that I do not have to worry about coming in to pay for my membership every month because consistently over the past two months I have been billed on the 5th for the said amount. The staff are always incredibly nice and welcoming. Anyways I just cannot give enough praise for this gym. I was just what I had been looking for.

egail

11/25/2009

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Overall
Don't Understand Why People are trashing new Owners?

I think that is it VERY odd that people are trashing the new owners?? My husband and I joined this gym a few years ago when it was run by the old owners. It was pretty gross... dirty, smelly, old in severe need of a face lift. WELL that is exactly what the new owners did and that is why I am sooo confused people are trashing them and not the old owners. They have bought new equipment, cleaned it up tremendously, new paint, new carpets, new downstairs etc etc. They have truly done nothing but improve this small neighborhood gym that I love... it is not some scummy meat market 24 hr, or whatever those giant gyms are. I am comfortable here. I do have to agree with others one of the new owners was a little creepy... however, I have not seen him in months and he is no longer there. The other owner is a really nice guy and knows what he is doing. I don't think he is 2 young, in fact I thought the other owners were too old... things change and I like the change.

grnlkman1

10/23/2009

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Overall
Great changes

This is a great place! I was so over the chain gym atmosphere and was pleasantly surprised to find this gem in the most central neighborhood in Seattle. I'm always greeted with a smile. Within days the owner new my name and I now talk to him on a consistent basis. I've even done a few sessions with him (included in membership) and am amazed with the knowledge he provided. If you want a place that is going to give you great value and treat you like an actual human this is your place.

meghankb

04/09/2009

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Overall
SUPER YUCK

dirty, smells bad....no air flow throught the buliding. I feel like i have to bleach myself and everything else when I leave there. Have they heard of MERSA?

Also most classes are not very challanging and change times all the time so you can't really get a routine going. It is not really a fun upbeat place to be. I
It needs a does of prozac and a serious cleaning!!!!!

jooz

03/18/2009

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Overall
Awesome Gym in my hood

Just started working out at this gym in Greenlake, and it's pretty sweet. Pretty standard price, not cheap, but not expensive either. They have some awesome classes (outdoor boot camps, etc...), that will be cool when the weather improves - and those are no added cost. Seems like the place is run by some young guys who are interested in the future of fitness (because there's all this new wave motivational stuff going on), which is probably my only drawback.

GreenlakeResident2

03/10/2009

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Overall
Below-Par at a Premium Price

Unfortunately, this gym is under new ownership [formerly Anderson's Nautilus Fitness Center]. Above all, the prices are far in excess of what they should be, considering their sparse machine offerings, limited classes, and average facilities. Other gyms offer cheaper membership prices with far better facilities, staff support, and equipment. If the American Athlete survives as a business, it will be because there are no competitors in the area [people are paying a premium for the location], and not because this gym has a workout related competitive-advantage.

Summary: Too expensive for the limited benefits provided.

back933

02/18/2009

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Overall
New ownership is ruining a good club!


New owners can give a place a lift... but it doesn't always work like that. This has always been a friendly, no pressure place where local fitness junkies mixed w/ the neighborhood regulars. the staff offered training support for whoever needed it. No charge. Only a friendly smile and encouragement. Staff kept all the equipment maintained like new. Cleanliness was never an issue as staff was always on it. The reason i mention these items is that the new ownership doesn't seem to care if the carpet smells bad and looks dirty. They also don't seem to care about maintaining equipment regularly. I read gymrat's review and can only guess that they have a stake here.Their only other review is for 'Sound Mind and Body' which they trash. I would disagree w/ that opinion.
The members I've talked to are getting more disappointed and most are shopping for a new 'home'. I would like the new owners to get their act together as this gym is in a great spot, but I'm afraid they won't make it another year.

duderg

01/22/2009

Overall
This Place Rocks

This place is heads and tails above the rest... I couldn't have had a better experience. Everyone there was friendly and really knew a lot about the questions that I had. I really feel like this place gets away from your stereotypical gym feel - The owners are just about always there and are two really cool young guys, most of the members have been there forever, it just seems to be that place that you go to and never leave.

gymrat2007

01/17/2009

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Overall
Best place to workout in the city

I've been to a couple of other places in the city and I wouldn't say that the experience was bad, it just wasn't the best.... This little gym just blew up my expectations of what a gym in Seattle should be. There has been a recent change in ownership and it has changed the entire energy of the club, everyone there is moving a hundred miles an hour to get things done, it's actually really refreshing to see an entire business with such pride in their workmanship. I've had a chance to have a couple of conversations with the owners and I find that they are receptive to feedback, and both of them seem to be pretty layed back - I would recommend this gym to just about anyone who likes to run greenlake but still wants to get some weights in.

TriMan87

11/17/2008

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Overall
Great Location But Questionable New Owners

Positives - great location near Green Lake!
Negatives - parking can be very difficult, and new inexperienced owners.

This wonderful gym now has new owners (as of mid-November, 2008). It is too early to tell what will happen, but virtually all of the staff (some who have been there over 20 years) have quit because they are going to be paid on commission (""if you sign up today, we'll throw in a gym bag!""). Only one or two of the younger ones were asked to stay on - the new owners want ""hot"" young guys and gals who can sell many of the services that used to be included for free in your membership. Child care has been terminated, much to the anger of many moms who joined in part because of it.

The owners are a couple of guys in their mid-20s (nothing wrong with that), who seem to think they know everything about running gyms. The current wonderful mix of ages and abilities will be changed to appearl to younger folks...I know, I know, there are a million gyms for this demographic....

I'd suggest staying away for a few months to see what happens and then talking to members before even thinking of joining...