There is an unexpected short lived benefit of living in a city that has a backlog of properties anticipating redevelopment. Vacant buildings in the heart of neighborhoods are asking for lower short term rents because they are either waiting for construction costs to go down, permitting to go through, or funding. Kylie Kirkland and Sue Austin, the founders of Evofit, were able to score such a location in the heart of West Seattle and build out their dream gym.
Kylie and Sue over the past five years built a community of likeminded women that learned to follow them where ever they could find space. Evofit’s “gym” has evolved from cafe space, community centers, a church basement, parks, and a sublet Crossfit box.
Since the beginning, Evofit provided group-based high-intensity interval training and a nutrition accountability program. In their early days, the small spaces and parks meant minimal equipment and bodyweight exercises were primary. To add variety to their workouts they relied on resistance bands, dumbbells, and TRX. Overtime, as their clients got stronger they need to incorporate more weight, they did so with small barbells, kettlebells, and various sandbags. As they moved into larger spaces and eventually South Seattle Crossfit, they started integrating more equipment. At the Crossfit box they were able to utilize large barbells, wall balls, plyoboxes, ropes, and a power cage; all of this equipment they now proudly have at their own gym.
From day one Evofit has only served women, primarily mothers. With moms come kids, and Evofit has embraced this market by providing various class schedules and childcare. When looking for a gym space of their own, they had a unique need to accommodate children.
As luck would have it, their current gym occupies a majority share of a 1962 childcare facility. For the first time, their gym is a space that was actually designed to be a gym. They also employ a former classroom for childcare and another one for yoga & barre classes.
To furnish Evofit, Kylie and Sue were able to purchase some equipment from two closing gyms. When they started offering yoga classes they purchased mats, blocks, straps, and blankets from Barefoot Yoga in Queen Anne. They recently installed a Vita Vibe barre system so they could offer barre classes.
Kylie and Sue are thankful for the space they have today, in fact Sue still gets goosebumps just talking about it. They know this location isn’t forever, so it makes them appreciate it even more. They also know that no matter where they go, their tribe will follow.