Rainier Health & Fitness is a non-profit health organization creating a meaningful difference in the South Seattle community by making exercise fun, accessible and affordable. Our mission is to encourage healthy lifestyles, strong bodies, and authentic community through an accessible, high quality fitness center.  Our vision is to be a model of the healthiest neighborhood, a place where reconciliation is facilitated as barriers between people are diminished through exercise. We're dedicated to providing access to a high-quality, affordable fitness center that's especially welcoming to single moms working multiple jobs and struggling to find time or motivation to care for her fitness needs.

 Original RHF gym.

Original RHF gym.

Our Story

In 2005, lifelong resident Sili Kalepo noticed that fitness centers were sparse in South Seattle and completely absent in his Rainier Beach neighborhood. Sili and his friend Ryan decided to resolve this by teaming up with Urban Impact, a local nonprofit in the neighborhood dedicated to breaking cycles of poverty, and opening the very first Rainier Beach gym inside a warehouse. The low-key setting caught on and in 2007 this makeshift south Seattle gym relocated to a larger facility. In October 2013, it opened on the ground floor of the newly constructed Emerald City Commons to continue serving as a premier Rainier Valley fitness center. 

RHF is unique as a Rainier Valley gym, offering comprehensive services at reduced rates.  Drawing members from Hillman City, Columbia City, Rainier Beach, Beacon Hill and other surrounding neighborhoods, it serves the communities diverse population as a primary fitness center in South Seattle.

Dedicated to Health

Physical activity has immense power in reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Incidences of obesity are particularly pronounced in minority and low-income populations. Rainier Health & Fitness assists this population by offering members an affordable facility within the neighborhood that provides health education, quality equipment and supportive staff.

Rainier Health & Fitness is committed to removing obstacles that prevent making exercise a regular part of everyday life. Because gyms can be especially intimidating to inexperienced individual, our staff and volunteers ensure newcomers feel comfortable and equipped to exercise. From free childcare to Ladies Nights, the RHF membership package cover the details for an optimal experience!  

Rainier Health & Fitness remains dedicated to its original mission: to encouraging healthy lifestyles, strong bodies and authentic community through an accessible and high quality fitness center.