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GOTTA HAVE A LITTLE LOVIN’

So, it’s March and that means it’s the time when our hopes & goals from the new year start to maybe wane a bit and the day-to-day world kicks in. The endless rainy days, the not quite warm enough temps… Before we know it, the daily grind of getting through the last of Winter and into Spring leaves all those wakeup.kickass.repeat goals in the dust. But here is why this year is going to be different:

-Because you aren’t working out because you hate something about yourself.

-Because it’s not about the jiggle or the “extra” that you’ve convinced yourself you need to get rid of in order to be “happy”.

-Because this year, you are going to “Wakeup. Sweat. Run. Bike. Lift. Flex. Stretch. Dance. Move. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.” because, wait for it… … …

 

Because YOU LOVE YOUR BODY.

 

We will do all of those things for our healthy, strong selves that can take-on anything.

We will do them in order to wake up the next morning ready to tackle yet another day of life hitting at us.

The stronger our bodies, the stronger ourselves!

If you have taken a class with me, you probably can repeat my mind-body blah blah blah by heart as I talk a lot about connecting breath to movement, creating resistance in your body using your brain, using visuals to connect posture and form to an exercise, etc. But there is a reason I say it over & over!

This year, I’m challenging myself to use this same technique outside of the gym/studio. To connect breath to movement when my brain starts to slam my body. And resist the habit to use words of weakness and failure when talking about myself – refusing to let my mind bully my body. I will stand tall and graceful when I get stuck on a “flaw” in the mirror and instead I will recognize the power my body provides me.

So many of my students are working out with specific goals in mind: weddings, bikinis, lift goals, summer activities, etc. — just remember to respect and revere the body that allows you to work so hard. Do not slam it or talk down to it. Love it! Love it so much that you feel weak in the knees just thinking about it.

Then maybe, just maybe, those goals won’t be quite so difficult. Eating smart energy-fueled foods will be easier because you are loving & respecting your body by providing it nutrients. Stretching and foam rolling won’t be a chore you forget to add to your workout because you revere your body and support its need to recover. And the dreaded bursts of cardio in Tabata or HIIT will become your way of giving oxygen and power to your body, to tests it limits and challenge your body in a way that it deserves and desires. I (and YOU!) will embody our goals as a show of respect and not because of insecurity or hate.

In class, when I repeat cues and modifications, it is often because I need to hear them as a reminder as much as some students do. This lesson is no different. Repeat after me: “I am here sweating and working hard because I freaking love myself.”

As a burlesque performer, I am ridiculously proud of the community of different bodies that create art on a stage where you get to embrace every “flaw” as a perfection and treat the audience to that all-too-rare display of body/self-love. But as a fitness instructor, am I discouraging acceptance and instead helping my students to “change” or “correct” something about themselves they see as a weakness? And is this wrong?

For a long time these two worlds have always felt disconnected. But lately I have realized I am not helping you correct anything. I am helping you love and respect your body through safe and strengthening movement. Exactly the same thing I do as a performer and choreographer.

My work is to help myself and my students connect their brain and their bodies. To understand that accepting and loving your body doesn’t mean not wanting to challenge and change it in a healthy way that makes you happy. To discern that your definition of radiance isn’t necessarily mine nor the person next to you and that is awesome because then we all get to be unique and amazingly different. And my work is to support your decisions and determinations while driving you to see graceful strength in the mirror instead of the warped image society has dictated you to see.

I’ve been teaching for over five years now and in the past, I worked at several studios under the name “The Gracious Body”. It is time to reconnect to that brand by showing kindness to my body and being grateful for my strength. (And maybe even remembering to use this blog as a tool of connectivity.)

So there it is. Our goal together. This day and everyday after…

Get to the gym because our bodies deserve a reward for all the good they do.

Work hard when it feels right. Be kind when you need it most.

Say thank you with sweat.

I promise, it will thank you back.

Love,

-Kris

Free February 18th Health fair

Feb. 18th

Join ‘Talon the Falcon’ the high-flying mascot for Seattle Pacific University

Join us at FHC February as we enjoy a fun-filled health fair with ‘Talon the Falcon.’ Refreshments, drinks and the company of other health enthusiasts and professionals will be in plentiful supply.

In addition to Talon the Falcon, we will have a wide array of informational and fun guests.

 

FremontChiropractic.com

Receive a 10 minute chair massage and posture assessment simply for showing up.

Dr. Maggie Fox

 

Meet with Dr. Maggie Fox of Fox Natural Medicine and talk natural medicine. Try juice samples and other demos.

Foxnaturalmedicine.com

 

 

 

 

 

Chef by Request

chef by request

Taste fresh and healthy food

Personal Fresh Meal Delivery Service
ChefByRequest.com

 

 

 

Kinetic Sports Rehab With Teagan Callaway

Kinetic sports rehab

Free 15 minute consultations 

 

We will also have some of the creative and accomplished trainers that train here at Fremont Health Club

 

 

Kim Brownlee

Offering core strength Demo

Rebecca Jackson
Builditforlife.co
Offering TRX demo

 

 

Devon Johnson-Porter
Perfect Balance

Perfectbalanceseattle.com
Offering kettle-bell demo

 

 

 

Adriana Medina
Fuerte Fitness
FuerteFitness.com

Fuerte Fitness

 

 

There’s more?

In addition to all of the above, you can also attend one of the following classes for free:

9-10 Hatha Yoga

11-11:30 AB Lab

11:30-12pm HIIT

12-1pm The SweatBox

 

For the kids

The little ones can play fitness games with Coach Davis in the kid’s conditioning class.

Childcare available for ages 1-4

Free February 4th Health Fair

February 4th mini health fair

We are starting the month off with some of our favorite friends from Fremont
February 4th 11-1pm

 

 

Shepherd family chiropractic
Dr. Ed Shepherd from the renowned clinic Shepherd Family Chiropractic

shepfamilychiro.com

 

Dr. Fred Russo
Drfredrusso.com

 

 

 

Fox Natural Medicine

Dr. Maggie Fox ND
Fox Natural Medicine
Will do a free 30 minute Qi Gong class at 11:30

FoxNaturalMedicine.com

Chef my request

Chef by Request
Taste fresh deliciousness from Chef By Request

Personal Fresh Meal Delivery Service

Sanachi Massage

 

Sanachi Massage 

Will be performing chair massage
Sanna Miller, LMP, APP
sanachimassage.com
206-892-8618

Barre None

Every month we take a closer look at a friend or a team member. This month, we get a little closer to the lovable, affable, self-deprecating and supremely talented Kris Walters. She teaches several classes and takes care of all of the scheduling here at FHC. We truly couldn’t do what we do without her. In addition to teaching Barre, HIIT and others, she has one of the most inclusive styles and always makes her students feel welcome. She is truly one of the best Barre instructors in Seattle.

For our questions with her, please follow the link below and keep an eye for a blog post from her in the near future.

 

 

What would you consider to be your biggest contribution to the ‘team’ at FHC?

Oh man, um… this one is tough. I am very proud of my work on the group fitness class schedule and miss Zina’s collaboration on it! (Zina is a former instructor who is still a friend of FHC) We created a community for sure. After she left, I just took it & ran with it. I think it is important to be creative with types of classes – not just having a regular class schedule but also adding series, workshops and special fundraiser events (like the one we are doing this Saturday that you should come to our ‘Give what you can’ circuit classto keep motivated.

 

 I am enthusiastic about fitness for every person and every level and that you should ENJOY something about the process. I try to keep that point of view fresh and in the forefront of all our marketing efforts. If that is my biggest contribution, the idea that fitness isn’t selective, I would be very happy.

 

 

 

What is the most important quality in a leader?

Flexibility. Humility. Motivational qualities that make people want to follow you out of respect and excitement versus fear and bullying. I think people are drawn to my class because I work hard to include all people – all levels of fitness, all body types, all injury modification needs, etc.

 

In fact, at times I wonder if I give too many options NOT to do something, if students use those options as an “out” — but in the end, I want people to be inspired to move and workout to the extent they are comfortable. Some days it will be Rocky-level badassness, other days perhaps the energy-level will be slightly less and that’s ok. I believe that my balance of acceptance and challenge is what makes me a strong leader. I will push you, but I will also look out for you.

 

What do you do or say to inspire your classes?

I read the class. If the class needs jokes, I will make really bad ones (seriously, really bad!). If they need a drill sergeant, I’ll bring out my inner GI Jane and let it rip. If they need self-care, I’ll talk about the breath and connecting the mind to the body. And oftentimes a class will need a balance of all three. To me, a class isn’t just a workout – it is an opportunity for me to connect to each person in the room to the degree that they want. I share personal triumphs and struggles in a quick little aside while they are doing burpees and I give them permission to bust ass or take it easy. I also make sure to have time before and after class for anyone who needs it.

 

As a class-goer, I personally have a lot of anxiety and insecurity — not knowing if I will be able to do everything or if my back is going to tighten up or my knees feel stressed. I wonder if I will feel inspired by the instructor or if it’s going to be a headspace game of me comparing myself to everyone in the room instead of focusing on the workout. So, as an instructor, I try to take that guessing game away from my students. It’s about YOU, your space, your work, today only… not yesterday or tomorrow. And if I see a student’s focus start to wane, that’s when the jokester, drill sergeant or therapist comes into play. If I can keep you focused on YOU, I’ve done my job.

To sign-up for one of Kris’s classes, follow this link.

1 for the team

 

 

 

You’re also welcome to attend the 1 for the Team event in West Seattle at the Chipotle. Follow the link for directions.

To go along with our theme of teamwork in the new year, we are helping to raise money for coach Richard’s baseball team, the Baden 12u Black and Red. Coach Davis coaches this fantastic group of 12 year-olds. We are helping by having 3 of our star trainers hold “court” here on the 28th of January. Pay what you can allows you to get a great workout, meet new people and help however you feel comfortable.

Choose times 11am-12pm or 12pm-1pm January 28th 2017

Manuel Dunham, Kris Walters and Rebecca Jackson will be teaching circuits for the event.

For more information or to find alternate ways to contribute, please contact Coach Davis at Richard@fremonthc.com

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday gift packages

Want to give the gift of fit this year? Want to tone up or just make a change? Give personal training gift certificates this year. Contact the individual trainer that you want to train with.

Rebecca Jackson

(571) 382-0006

The Fantastic 5

5 half-hour sessions training package for $200. Over $50.00 savings

 

Manny Dunham

(206) 851-7269

Couple for couples

Private training boxing series 4-1 hour sessions on Saturday for $200
or “A Couple for Couples” Two, two person semi private hour training sessions for $150

A tremendous value from one of the most energetic and creative trainers anywhere.

 

Adriana Medina Cagan

(206) 293-1882

“Slim in 6” for $150 

or a 5-pack series for personal training= $300

Harley Cawdrey

“Hug me and give me treats ” Free

Also, he will show you how to walk him with a leash 🙂

FHC will have short term membership or group class gift certificates available.  Any FHC member purchasing a gift certificate for a non-member by Dec. 31 will receive a 30% discount.  This is a great option to invite your out of town guests to work-out with you.  Please remember, that all guests must be registered and sign a release waiver before working out.
Stop by the front desk for more information

From the subtle to the spectacular

At FHC, we have some really talented friends and members. This month, we look at the unique and creative talents of Clayton and Clea Hibbert. In addition to being regulars at FHC, they also run a lighting company in Seattle. I borrowed their motto from them for this article because it suits them so well- “From the subtle to the spectacular.”

Please take a moment to get to know them.

 

FHC-Crimson Haze-great name and great website. For those unfamiliar with your business, can you give me your ‘elevator pitch’ or quick outlines for what you do?

Clayton-Crimson Haze provides lighting for all kinds of events, big and small, everything from weddings to corporate holiday parties. If it lights up, we love it. 🙂

 

FHC-Can you tell me about some of the missteps or early errors/challenges you encountered as a small company in a super competitive environment like Seattle?

Clayton-In terms of early errors, we were a pretty wary of weddings and steered away from that part of the event industry. We had the misconception that weddings were too stressful, something to avoid. We focused on corporate and music events. It was only when friends started asking us to light their weddings that we examined those assumptions more closely. To our delight, we soon discovered that the wedding industry is actually a tremendous amount of fun, and now we sincerely enjoy contributing and participating in a couple’s marriage celebration.

 

FHC-Does the Seattle climate or weather/environment provide any unique obstacles? Indoor and outdoor.

Clayton-The Seattle climate does present interesting challenges. Toward solving that, we’ve invested quite a bit in lighting equipment that is safe to use outdoors and has no problem with the inevitable northwest rain. Even so, we always encourage outdoor events to have an indoor “plan B” whenever possible. Even if the lights are ok, your guests might not want to be out there. 🙂

FHC-We notice you both in a good amount. Do you find that staying in shape helps with your work? Stress relief?

Clayton-We love FHC, and definitely find that exercise helps us stay on track. Our work is surprisingly physical. Lighting equipment can be heavy and bulky, and we expend a fair amount of energy carting gear from place to place. The tight windows of time available for set-up and tear-down means we’re usually hustling, lifting, climbing ladders, and otherwise in constant motion. Staying in shape is critical for us to do our jobs!

 

FHC-Do either of your backgrounds help with your business, or was it a creative endeavor ala music, art, or was it an opportunity or happenstance that led you into this field?

Clayton-Clea has a degree in marketing and communications. My career background is in design and theater. We first met working together as volunteers on various events. Lighting is one aspect of event production that fascinated us both. Little by little, we acquired enough equipment first to light our own home for private parties. When a friend asked if he could pay us to light his concert at a small warehouse, that was when we wondered if our hobby might become our livelihood.

 

For more about Crimson Haze, please feel free to visit their website at http://crimson-haze.com/

For more about FHC, stop by when you get a chance 😉

Ten tips for better choices during the holidays

In our effort to bring our readers and club members value, we are offering guest blogs from outside, knowledgeable sources. This month, we feature an article by Dr. Sharonrose Samelak.

*The views and ideas expressed are not necessarily those of Fremont health Club and shouldn’t be interpreted as medical advice.*

The food at the holidays is nothing less than decadent, which makes it entirely too easy to over-indulge. There are work parties, neighbors give cookies, family parties, friends have ugly sweater parties, and the list goes on. With all of this, our good habits from the rest of the year are often thrown out the window and we eat more cookies than we planned, drink in excess, and have just one more helping at dinner.

Ten Tips to make better choices this holiday season.

  • Pre-eat. Eat a small salad or some veggies before leaving the house.
  • Offer to bring a healthy dish to pass that is low in sugar and high on taste (See the recipe below!)
  • If the meal is buffet style or appetizers only, plate food instead of grazing and always choose the smallest plate. This will help you to choose how much you want to eat.
  • If seated, put your fork down between bites!
  • When hosting, choose smaller plates for your table setting.
  • Cookies/Desserts are best when shared! Try splitting your dessert with a friend and everyone wins!
  • Aim for a glass of dry wine that is easier to sip than drink.
  • Fill a glass with ice before adding any cocktail.
  • Place a glass of water at your seat in addition to your drink.
  • Your body handles carbs best for a few hours after a workout, so hit the gym or go for a brisk walk before parties.

Always remember… moderation in all things is the goal- with food and drink, you get to have some of the decadence but can keep a modicum of control over consumption.

Healthy and Delicious Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Prep your Brussels Sprouts by removing outer leaves and trimming the bottoms

  • Slice the sprouts in half and place, cut side up, on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Drizzle lightly with Olive Oil
  • Sprinkle with Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned
  • Immediately after removing from the oven, drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar

Cook time:20 minutes

Ingredients:

Brussels Sprouts (about 3-5 per person)

Garlic Powder

Himalayan Sea Salt

Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Olive Oil for Drizzling

Balsamic Vinegar

 

 

Dr. Sharonrose Samelak is the owner/Chiropractor at Seed of Life Chiropractic and Wellness, LLC. She is passionate about helping people live healthier lives and maximize their potential. For more information, check out Seed of Life’s website.

seedoflifechiro.com

Cookies, foam, yoga and self-defense

So, not only does FHC care about you when you’re here, but we care about you when you’re not here. That’s why we’re offering free self-defense classes with our amazing and world-class instructor, boxing phenom and creatively hilarious Manny Dunham this month. Learning self-defense and knowing how to protect yourself and others is an essential skill. As Manny would say- “touche touche”.

Self-Defense Workshops w/ Manny

SATURDAY December 17th, 2016 FREE to members & public
Pick your time:  1:15-2:00pm OR 2:15-3:00pm
We don’t do things “by the book” here at FHC. That’s why we’re totally loving Katelyn’s fun and charming “Cookies class” class. It’s the best part of getting your Zen focus on, combined with your favorite part of a bake sale-the cookies. Remember, no nuts. Milk mustache optional.

MONDAY December 12th, 2016 — FREE to members

Cookies & Yoga! w/ Katelyn

Bring a dozen “no-nuts” cookies & get some in exchange!

6-7:00pm POWER VINYASA YOGA (& cookies!)

7:30-8:30pm Level 2 POWER VINYASA YOGA (& cookies!)

 

Life isn’t all about cookies yoga and self-defense, you know! We strive to give everyone balance and power too. Teagan Callaway, our resident science guy/strong man is preaching the benefits of foam rolling. I know that since he has shown several of us around the gym the proper techniques, it has changed the way we work and recover.
I can also personally attest to the strength gained from his power-lifting workshops also. Neither are required, but both are absolutely worth the time and effort.
SATURDAY (12/10)
Teagan will be doing FREE workshops:
1:30-2:30 – Foam Rolling & Mobility
2:45-3:45 – Power Lifting