LEAD is a Bellevue-based leadership development organization rooted in strength training for women of all ages. We offer three programs: LEADteens (13-18), LEADprep (17-18 – our college readiness program) and LEADw (22+). Here at LEAD, we believe in something called the mind-body connection. By challenging our physical capacity during our workouts, we empower ourselves (and our training partners) to unleash self-knowledge, forge resilience, and foster a stronger connection with one another as a group.
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What is the philosophy behind LEAD?
LEAD is all about helping girls uncover the deeply rooted connection between fitness and leadership. This link goes back thousands of years to when “fit to lead” literally meant that a person was physically fit enough to lead a community.
Trailblazer, torchbearer, innovator, pathfinder…a leader can be defined in many different ways. And though the way in which we identify them and the qualities required to take command have changed over the years, one thing has not: fitness will continue to play a major part in the evolution of a complete leader. Research has repeatedly proven that those athletes who train hard crave achievement and better appreciate a sense of accomplishment; they develop a stronger sense of well-being and exhilaration, pride, and self-confidence; they enjoy belonging to an elite community of achievers, develop a sense of perseverance, and trust that practice, trial, and failures will lead to ultimate success. So, ask yourself, are you fit to LEAD?
How is the LEAD philosophy put into practice?
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Student athletes are regularly ascribed the status of “leader” in their schools and communities, yet how many kids truly understand what it means to be a successful leader, and how to actually get there? Translation: we hear you Aristotle, and don’t disagree…but for the love, what are those key habits of excellence?! With LEAD’s unique curriculum, we introduce, evaluate and collectively discuss the critical elements pertaining to leadership (i.e. what is the most pertinent set of skills, including the ability to inspire and motivate others, to communicate effectively, to take initiative, to make plans and execute them?)
This is not an academic or theoretical program on youth leadership. It does not contain flowery language with vague concepts that will leave the girls wondering how to put them into practice. It contains no wishful thinking about how teens or the world should be. It is a relentlessly practical, coach-supervised and peer-led guide on how budding female athletes can evolve into their best selves: on the court, on the field, in the classroom, and in their communities.
Sounds super cool, but I’m not sure I’m ready. Who is your ideal LEAD candidate?
Girl, you’re ready. You won’t find any czars, gurus or ninjas here, and absolutely no mean girl shenanigans…there’s simply no room for dictators in the gym! What you will find are ambitious, talented and determined young ladies just like you who believe that good things come to those who sweat, want to break down barriers and pursue fun discussions on what ifs and why nots. Whether you Bend it Like Beckham, ski like L-Vonn, dance like Twitch or play a mean cello – you’re welcome here. After all, great athletes are not born, they are built.
So what are the LEAD workouts like?
Have you ever heard of the saying “less is more?” With LEAD’s high intensity interval training sessions (commonly called HIIT workouts), this is so true. Studies show that 27 minutes of HIIT 3x a week produces the same anaerobic/aerobic improvement for young athletes than 60 min of steady cardio 5x a week (score!). HIIT training involves repeated bouts of high intensity effort followed by varied recovery times. Work periods may range from 5 seconds to 8 minutes long, and are performed at 80% to 95% of the girls estimated maximal heart rate, These short, intense workouts are heavily form-focused and provide improved athletic capacity and condition as well as improved glucose metabolism. Not to mention its super FUN! LEAD workouts turn it up a notch by adding functional strength training exercises and high energy music to keep your heart rate up the entire 35 minute HIIT session. Our method includes a vast variety of exercises, longer segments and quicker transitions. The result? A sweat fueled, fast-paced workout that brings a smile.
Do I need to be in crazy good shape to get started with LEAD?
Don’t be silly! If you’re just getting into fitness — or starting over after an injury — the key to success lies in doing the right moves at your own pace. We are are all about “come as you are.” Our HIIT training can easily be modified for all fitness levels and special conditions (injuries, muscle tightness/soreness).
Should I start with private 1-on-1 training if I’ve never done group fitness before?
LEAD sessions are a great place for beginners to start and to get a handle on the equipment and the class format. If you have an injury or are looking for one on one attention, we do offer private sessions and private package options, but they are not required to take part in LEAD.
How many times a week should I participate in sessions to see results?
2x at minimum, 3x a week is ideal to see and feel results quickly and then maintain those results over time.
How many girls are in each class?
We have a maximum of 10 girls in each class.
What do I wear to a LEAD session?
We recommend wearing fitted workout clothing so coaches can see your form and alignment. Loose clothing can also get caught up in equipment (no bueno), as well as dangling jewelry, so we do not recommend wearing any to class. Good, supportive sneakers are required as we will be a movin’!
What do I bring to a LEAD session?
We take our time in the gym seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously…so please bring both your game face and a sense of humor. Also, please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. If you forget, no worries! We sell bottled water and also have a water filtration system in the gym.
Also, please bring your LEAD FitJournal (given to each girl during registration) as that is where we will be logging all our good discussion notes post work-out.
Do you have lockers to store my stuff?
LEAD has its own designated private room for you to store your things, and it will be locked during the workout portion of our time together. That being said, we recommend that you do not bring anything valuable to the gym as IronWorks is not responsible for any lost or stolen goods.
Do you have showers?
Yes, we do have showers, but please remember to bring your own towel.
Can I share my LEAD package with a friend?
No, packages of sessions are non-transferable.
If I have an unlimited session per month package, can I take more than one session per day?
For your own safety, our unlimited session membership includes one class per day.