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// Summit Strength invites members of all skill levels to up their game

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Last Sunday, Tacoma celebrated the first official day of summer, which means it was also the first official day to get back in shape for a beach body.

While some people may try and go at it alone, John Jarman and the rest of the staff at Summit Strength and Conditioning’s two locations – 6002 Mount Tacoma Dr. S.W. in Lakewood and 6928 22nd St. W. in University Place – invite you to try out a top class gym with trainers ready to get customers of all skill levels into shape. 


“One of my clients said it best: We put the personal in personal training,” Jarman said. “Anything we do, we keep our customers first. That’s our priority.”

While the top of the line equipment and fantastic personal trainers would be enough to attract members of all skill levels, there is a special attraction for athletes in the area to the gym’s VertiMax speed and jump training system, as well as the experience of the trainers.


“We’re probably the best place to go for local athletes looking to improve their game. We’re the place to be because of the VertiMax and our exercise science and sports background,” Jarman said.

Monthly memberships at Summit Strength run $28.50, or $20 for seniors and military members.

Summit Strength’s individual training packages include dynamic and functional training, rehabilitation training, TRX Suspension, kettle bells and battle ropes. Hourly session rates are as follows:

One Session – $80 

Eight Sessions – $65 per session

12 Sessions – $60 per session

24 sessions – $55 per session

36 sessions – $50 per session

Ed/Mil/Sen (age 62) – $40 per session

Summit Strength also offers affordable half-hour sessions: one session is $40 and 12 sessions cost $30 per session. The sessions will be tailored to you personally, and will focus on cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility and body composition. Trainers also understand that fitness doesn’t end at exercise and will work with you to develop a nutrition plan to supplement your physical activity.

The rates for specific athletic training are as follows and include, but aren’t limited to, specific sports strength and power training, sport specific drills as well as speed and agility training:

$20 for three to five athletes

$15 for six to eight athletes

$10 for nine or more athletes

Summit Strength uses a state of the art TRX machine, a suspension device that uses body weight as resistance and full range of motion to provide multiple types of exercises without having to transfer to another machine. The TRX is offered in group classes at the following rates: six class pass for $50, 12 class pass for $100 and class drop-in for $10.

Summit Strength’s staff is made up of not only the friendliest batch of personal trainers you will ever meet, but also the most well informed. Of the eight trainers at the two locations, five have degrees in either exercise science or physical education. Furthermore, the high number of trainers allows for flexibility in scheduling sessions.

“Our schedules are super flexible. If someone wants to get in at a certain time, we’ll try as best as possible to accommodate them,” Jarman said.

To contact Summit Strength and conditioning to see if they are the right fit for you, call (253) 588-1111 for the Lakewood location and (253) 590-3133 for the University Place gym.