About Sweat Equity

Sweat Equity Gyms

Sweat Equity gyms exist to provide our members with the most complete workout on the market – for all ages, stages, and ability levels – together with a community of support. We’re passionate about offering you our very best and are committed to delivering just that – every session, every class, every day.

Our Story

Sweat Equity began in 2006 as a humble neighborhood boot camp – which, after our first clients wanted more, moved into a local gym on the weekends. Still, that wasn’t enough. After extraordinary demand, we opened a dedicated space of our own in Bellevue 2012 which we quickly outgrew. Since then, we have moved to a much larger location in Bellevue and opened a second gym in Coronado – and we’re expanding all over the country.

Our Founders

Sweat Equity was officially founded in 2014 by Liz & Nick Merrill: a husband and wife duo, both of whom are lifelong athletes. After noticing a need and demand for their unique brand of fitness, they went all-in and Sweat Equity was born.

Liz Merrill

Co-founder Liz Merrill brings her expertise from a career in finance and business development to the Sweat Equity experience. Committed to helping people lead happier, more fulfilling lifestyles, Liz’s focus is the Sweat Equity community – both inside each location and between herself, Nick, and franchise partners.

Nick Merrill

Co-founder Nick Merrill has 15 years of experience as a personal trainer and group instructor, and he is currently a trainer at Sweat Equity Coronado. Passionate and motivated in his own fitness, Nick creates Sweat Equity’s unique programming across all locations and is committed to keeping things fresh and interesting.

The Sweat Equity Difference

Sweat Equity’s founders realized that the unique, complete workouts that the gym now offers didn’t exist elsewhere. Our core values are:

All Abilities Welcome

Our program benefits everyone regardless of fitness level or age, and our workouts are for all.


We’re better together. You’ll be supported to reach your goals by coaches and fellow members.

Workout Variety

Our wide range of cardio machines, strength exercises, and equipment is customized for you.

Highly Skilled Coaches

Our coaches prioritize your safety and ensure you leave feeling better than when you walked in.

Invest in Yourself.