About Us

United Fitness Center is located near the campus of Peace Health United General Medical Center in Sedro-Woolley
2015 Hospital Drive, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 | 360.854.0247

NEW Hours: Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm.

Personal Attention

We realize that some people aren’t comfortable in the typical health club environment, so we developed the United Fitness Center to be less intimidating and more focused on personal assistance. We get to know you, learn what you like and dislike about exercise, help you use the equipment safely, and are always nearby when you have a question or concern.

We’ve been fortunate to attract friendly participants who like supporting one another, and we have carefully chosen staff who truly care about people. – Mark Pearson

 

Helping the Medically Challenged

While our program is open to adults of all ages and abilities, we are also specially trained to assist people who have chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, muscle weakness and other physical limitations.

Creating Successful Outcomes

We see and hear hundreds of success stories. On average, our participants improve their strength by 40%, endurance by 46%, flexibility by 23% and balance by 22%.

Special Certification

In 2010, our Fitness Center was honored to receive special recognition as a certified Medical Fitness and Wellness Facility through the Medical Fitness Association, the first and only program in Washington State to receive this certification. The MFA Medical Fitness Center Facility Certification is recognized as a mark of excellence in the health and wellness industry and sets the facility apart from traditional health and fitness clubs.

Insurance Wellness Plans:

  • AARP At Your Best Wellness Program: 
  • SilverSneakers Program:

To find out if your health insurance plan offers fitness benefits please call 360-854-0247.

Mark Pearson | Fitness Center Manager

Born and raised in Northern Arizona, Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s Degree from Western Washington University in Human Movement and Performance. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, Certified Motivational/Health Coach, and is Certified by the Arthritis Foundation. Prior to working for United General, Mark was a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Athletic Trainer, Health Club Manager, and Personal Trainer. At United General, Mark manages the day to day operation of the United Fitness Center and individual programs including:  Group Fitness Classes, Personal Training, Yoga, Total Body Transformation Program, Trek for Treasure, and Worksite Wellness.  The Fitness Center serves 400-500 people a month; 675 participants took part in Trek for Treasure in 2017. Mark enjoys working with people to motivate, educate, and support them in their efforts to achieve a healthier lifestyle. I love seeing people make progress towards their health and fitness goals and being a part of helping them improve their body, mind, and spirit. Mark likes being creative and making things, and loves Halloween. His hobbies include art, hiking, tennis, golf, fishing, and being outdoors with friends and family.

 

Kyle Hooker | Exercise Physiologist

Kyle was born and raised in Sedro-Woolley, Washington and has a BS in Kinesiology. He is an Exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine, and a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches. Kyle began an internship with the United General Fitness Center in 2013 and was hired part-time in 2014. At any given time the Fitness Center serves between 300-500 members, and Kyle is proud to help people maintain a level of fitness needed for the highest possible quality of life. Kyle and his fiancée Elizabeth have two beta fishes and a hedgehog named Arthur. They enjoy hiking and softball.

 

Krista Kugler | Exercise Specialist Assistant

Krista was born and raised in Visalia, California and moved to Washington in 2016. She began higher education at the College of the Sequoias and transferred to Western Washington University in 2016, where she will earn her BS in Kinesiology–Health and Fitness, in 2018. Prior to leaving Visalia, Krista grew up dancing and danced all through high school until the age of 20. She was a dance teacher for six years at several community studios and elementary school programs. At the Fitness Center she assists in exercise prescription for adults ranging in age from early 20s to 90s, some with chronic health issues such as diabetes, COPD, heart disease/hypertension, and arthritis/joint replacements. The Fitness Center provides classes for seniors to maintain muscle strength and decrease risk of falls, and also provides a 12-week program called Total Body Transformation, which is geared more toward younger members. These programs are important because staying active throughout life is the best way to ensure ease of daily activities as we age, help us manage weight, improve flexibility and balance, and decrease risk of falls in our later years. Krista is very passionate about her kitty Shadow, who she rescued with the help of her boyfriend. Krista’s mother is her biggest inspiration and supporter, and they talk every day. Her best friend since age six still lives in California and they talk frequently and stay connected in each other’s lives.

 

Lynn McNett | Yoga Instructor

Lynne was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in Spokane. She has lived in Skagit County since 1972. Lynne earned  a BA in Dance from Western Washington University, Continuing Education in Dance at University of Utah and Tucson Creative Dance Center, and completed Yoga Instruction and Teacher Training in Iyengar-style at Yoga Northwest in Bellingham. Before joining United General, Lynne taught Dance (Ballet, Modern, and Creative) for 27 years in studios, community centers, and at state, national, and international Conferences. She also taught Dance as Art in Education in local schools for 23 years, taught yoga at Yoga Northwest in Bellingham and Yoga for Teachers at Allen Elementary School, and has led 1 to 2 intensive yoga retreats per year for the last 10 years. Lynne has published Creative Dance for Learning: The Kinesthetic Link (McGraw Hill, 2008) and re-published Creative Dance and Learning: Making the Kinesthetic Link (Princeton Books, 2015). At United General’s Fitness Center, Lynne teaches yoga based on the Iyengar tradition and on her movement training of 50 years.

She is committed to making yoga safe and accessible for all levels of ability by adapting poses according to her training in yoga anatomy and adaptive instruction. Lynne provides seven yoga classes per week, at four levels of student experience. She serves over 100 students, many of whom are seniors or people with physical limitations. Lynne is passionate about the benefits of yoga, which increases one’s quality of life by balancing strength and flexibility in the whole body, by finding proper alignment in the body (which prevents and heals injuries), by increasing body awareness, improving posture, and increasing energy, by reducing stress, and by empowering people to take charge of their health. Lynne has been married to her husband Marty for 45 years. They have three grown children, a huge extended family, and a few grand-dogs. She enjoys gardening, creative arts, and is an avid reader.

 

Melissa Berool | Exercise Assistant

Melissa was born in Torrance, California, and raised in Sacramento. She enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 19 and spent five years as an Aviation Electrician in San Diego, Iwakuni, Japan, and Al Jaber, Kuwait. After her service Melissa moved to the Pacific Northwest and attended both Skagit Valley College and Whatcom Community College, earning her AS as a Physical Therapy Assistant. She then attended Western Washington University where she earned a BS in Kinesiology.  Melissa has been a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant for 10 years, with experience in both outpatient and hospital settings. Her role at the fitness center is to supervise, educate, and train members in safe and effective exercises and routines to maximize their fitness potential and reach their fitness goals. Melissa’s specialty is finding ways to adapt exercises to account for personal limitations due to medical conditions, acute and/or chronic injuries, and activity tolerance. The most rewarding part of her job is helping people to find activities they can do to improve their strength, increase endurance, and improve overall well-being so they can live a happy, independent, and healthy life. Melissa lives in Bellingham with her partner, their three children, and a multitude of pets (2 dogs, 4 cats, and a fish). She has played numerous sports (soccer, football, water polo, diving, softball, track, and roller derby) and currently enjoys hiking with her dogs, coaching roller derby, and cheering for her kids in their sports.