When you step into one of Vie Athletics’ four locations, you won’t find stair climbers or weight machines set up like most gyms. Vie Athletics is a class based program that uses cardio and body weights to focus on the strength of the human body.

Owner Amanda French wanted to create a tribe of woman who encouraged one another to reach goals and find their inner strength. Vie Athletics, local to the South Sound, is not based on measurements and numbers, but instead their values are centered on strength and sisterhood.

“Strength is what we do and sisterhood is the beautiful result,” French shared.

The first location of Vie opened in downtown Puyallup in 2016, and the most recent addition to the Vie Athletics family opened in 2018 on South Hill in Puyallup. They also have two other locations, one in Tacoma, and one in Bonney Lake. When you are a member of one Vie Athletics location, you become a member at all and can take classes between the four studios.

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The South Hill location is the newest of the Vie Athletics family, and it is just as athletically pleasing as the other three. Photo credit: Gina Paulson

“Vie expanding quickly has little to do with me, and more to do with the need for a space like this,” French said. “We need spaces, created with care, to make us better. Better humans, better moms, better daughters, better sisters, better colleagues, and better employers. The list goes on. Vie makes a difference in the lives we touch. It extends past the one hour we have our members in class.”

The classes are welcoming of women of all athletic ability and the workouts can be tailored to fit each individual taking the class. Classes are approximately one hour long, and are guided by an encouraging and motivating instructor. Classes use free weights, circuit training, and cardio to transform the way you feel. Classes start with a warm-up and finish with a cool down.

Vie offers a unique experience for women to not only improve their health, but their overall well-being.

Darlene Heseltine, who just hit her two-year anniversary as a Vie Athletics member, says her experience with Vie is unlike anything you can get at a regular gym. “Vie has honestly changed my life and my way of thinking about exercise,” Heseltine shared. “It’s an incredibly positive, fun, and supportive environment.”

The program at Vie is specifically designed for women, and encourages women of all backgrounds and athletic ability to try out the program.

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Women of all abilities, shapes, and age are encouraged to try Vie as every exercise can be modified. Photo credit: Gina Paulson

“Vie is welcoming to women of all ages, shapes and sizes,” Heseltine said.

Not only do they offer their strength classes, but also yoga, which they encourage in combination with their strength classes to help each member take their fitness journey to the next level.

“We encourage [our members] to find one hour in their day, 3-6 times a week, to focus on their health. This is not an easy ask for the modern woman,” French explained. “They are so busy and have so much going on in their lives. We know they have to sacrifice something to be there, and therefore do not take the time we get with them lightly. Each moment in that hour is important.”

Vie Athletics also offers a free trial so you can get your sweat on and see the magic of their classes for yourself. After your trial, Vie offers three membership levels at different price points to fit your life best. For more information visit Vie Athletics.