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A month after moving! Life with Excellence Fitness


It's crazy to see how this place that took such a long to go up; commerical permits, plumbers, electicians, contractors... (4 months total), and yet torn down in just 3 days. We stayed open at our 45th Street location as long as possible, but with the perpetual noise complaints, loss of parking, and constant upward pressure on rent rent, we finally had to close down after almost 7 years in business.

Fuerte has changed over the years, actually now 14 years old... For those of you who don't know, Fuerte used to be "FunkeytoFitness" and was located in Capital Hill.  Prior to that, Adriana worked at 24hour Fitness in the downtown location, Kent, WA and Boise, ID, for three years as their fitness manager.  Now, we are here in the Wallingford location of Excellence Fitness with whom we partnered on June 1, 2015.

Our vision and mission, however, has not changed.  It is what keeps us motivated and passionate about what we do!

Vision: "My vision is always to empower individuals to take control of their health and fitness

Mission:“My mission is to get my community to take control and to play an active role over their bodies.  Starting with fundamentals of strength training to empowered them personally, and then to provide a community that will motivate individuals to continue their fintess outside the gym."

It has been one hell of a fun ride and this ride is always bringing me closer to what I want to do. I love working with people by support their health and fitness goals. I love seeing transformations and helping people find power over their lives. It's funny how much time we spend in our schooling, in our marriages and relationships, hobbies, and yet little time on our bodies and our relationship with it. We become disconnected at times. We want instant results without putting in the time. It took me 6 years of college before I figured that one out. That's when my life changed. I never grew up being fit or healthy. I had to work at it, against my genes, my culture and against my business schedule! But it changed my life. I got my BA in business administration, left a comfy job with benifits and a retirement plan to jump into something I was starting to love: Personal Fitness.

So what I have learned is:

When you change someones's life, they are forever grateful. (makes me want to cry). I have friends all over the world because of Fuerte Fitness. Having a membership doesn't ensure your fitness, you still have to work at it. Not everyone works as hard as the owner does. I've not only touched my clients lives but also those of their family and friends. You cannot pay me to make your skinny. A solid team makes everything easier. Don't trust every professional you hire.  Learn your systems and double check.  Fake it until you make it and then do the research. Don't take anything personally. Be kind and consistant, a smile changes any hard face! You can't please everyone all the time. Change is an opportunity to grow and expand. Everything does happen for a reason. You are never alone.  You, will always have a community where you build it! Surround yourself with people who beleive in you and your dreams. Get rid of the haters. Surround yourself by those that succeed and inspire you!

It was a great opportunity to partner at Excellence Fitness. Now my team can share responsibiities and I can focus on what I love do, train those who are serious about their health, speak about my journey, and help bring together a community that fosters health. I feel like I will have that opportunity here. I now have 13+ other fitness professionals to bounce ideas off, and also help them in their own business. My clients and members can be motivated by others that do differnt types of training. We are only going to expand! So look out for more news to come. I will try to get a newletter out at least once a quarter so be sure to stay on the mailing list.

Thank you Fuerte Community!



Meet our awesome member Liam!

This is Liam, one of our awesome members at Fuerte Fitness! He completed his health and fitness goal of a marathon this past Saturday at the Rock 'n Rock Seattle. His transformation started two years ago, as a seditary non active person and to now! It took dedication, accountability, and disicipline to accomplish what he did. He first started running on his own and then realized he need a little bit of help. Adriana, at Fuerte gave him some stretches and strength training exercise to balance out his body and help tighten his body as he lost more weight. At Fuerte Fitness, we focus on helping our members and clients to set and achieving their goals in health and fitness whether it is a fitness competition, marathon, keeping with up your kids or simply walking around the neighborhood with out huffing and puffing. We are here to help people find ways to make it happen. Liam was ready to change and was commitmented to do what it took. He says, "I have come so far, and I'm thankful to have Fuerte to help me keep going!" said Liam. We are so proud of you and happy to help you achieve your goals! Stay tuned for Liam's next journey.


We are Moving!

Fuerte Fitness and Excellence Fitness are now Partners!

After weeks of meeting with local gym and studio owners, we are proud to announce our new location. Beginning June 1st, Fuerte Fitness is partnering with Excellence Fitness in a brand new facility, located at 41st and Aurora Ave N.  A move of only five blocks from our current location with Parking Available!  We are also able to continue extending our memberships directly to you, our Fuerte Fitness Community. Our classes and semi-private training will move outside for the summer either at the turf area adjacent to the new facility or Wallingford Playfield, right nearby.  As those of you who have taken our bootcamp courses already know, its more fun to be outside anyway!  We are here to answer any questions you may have and can always reach us at  We look forward to you joining us at this new facility for those who will be keeping their membership with us  that includes the 24 hour access.
Though our physical location is transitioning and will be closed from May 27th to June 1st, Fuerte Fitness lives on!  Just like you, I am Fuerte!

Don't worry about it, just do it!

Adriana Medina Cagan


One Year at Fuerte for Anita

Happy Fuerte anniversary to Anita (me)!

I've been at Fuerte Fitness for one year. I actually came as a Groupon member for unlimited classes for a month because my doctor suggested a daily exercise routine. I never redeemed by Groupon until after I saw myself in pictures from an event I went to (the left side). As you can see, underage drinking and a fast food diet was getting to me although I weighed in about 104 pounds. I first took Morgan's flexibility class which I had some one on one time to talk about why I came to Fuerte fitness. I was very unhappy on how I look, lost myself after a harsh break up from my 3 1/2 year old relationship, and simply wanted to find myself. Let me remind you I had not exercise in over 2 years so the next class I jumped into totally kicked my booty! I was so sore and did not want to come back anymore. But I woke up that Saturday morning instead and told myself you paid for it, now do it.

Now after a year, I am one of the lead front desk assistants, competing in my first bikini competition for fitness hopefully next month. I've worked long and hard, this competition is so meaningful for me, I want to show up on stage with the confidence I have built by being here at Fuerte Fitness and to remind myself my commitment to my health and fitness. I am not saying it has been easy, I had to go through some obstacles. The first one was mentally, I had to tell myself "I can do this and that I have to be strong, yet stronger than I imagine". The next was and still is my diet. I either eat too little or too much of what I shouldn't eat. It was hard especially during the process I turned the legal of drinking. They let me enjoy my 21 run and all the fun stuff at that age only to show that my measurements would teach me the lesson of how alcohol affected my body.

So far I'm up to 115 pounds, able to push myself to lift heavy from 145 lbs on my squat, bench press at 65 lbs, and leg press 250 lbs. I have cut alcohol out and keep eating clean. It is still hard when your friends order pizza and go out for Wells Wednesday
because I am still a college student. Then I have Morgan Anderson my favorite person to give me pep talks to remind me of my goals. Thank you Morgan! Also, I owe a special thank you to Adriana, the proud owner of Fuerte Fitness for creating this community and giving me the opportunity to be on the Fuerte Team. I strive better with a big support from my peeps here at Fuerte Fitness.





Swap and Shop at Fuerte

On April 20, 2015 we hosted our semi-annual clothing exchange with Lorna Jane! As they showcased their fabulous line of Australian athletic clothing many members from the Wallingford community participated by bringing clothes to swap and ultimately donate to our local Assistance League of Seattle.  We host two events alike every year to give a chance to our community to get together and get to know one another with the interest of Fashion. Fuerte Fitness closes their gym for a few hours to allow this to happen to build a stronger bond with the community. Thank you all who attended and participated. Cannot wait until our next one!