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Member Highlight – Reena

Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself. What do you do for work? What your family is like?

I lead a product management team in analytics at Tableau software, helping people see and understand their data. My husband and I have a four-year-old son and have our hands full between work.

How do you balance work life, home life, and still make time for the gym?

I bike to work and other places (though it’s getting harder as my son gets bigger!) and sneak in workouts whenever I can – between meetings, at lunch, and when my husband takes my son to swim class on the weekends. I figure half an hour is better than nothing!

What role does fitness play in your life? Why do you come to FHC? Is it your self care time, do you come for the community, stress relief, etc?

To me, being active is part of having balance in my life, physically and mentally. Although I had worked out regularly before having a child, once my son was born and I went back to work, I found it hard to get into a routine. After I started at Tableau, I signed up for ClassPass and tried the FHC noon classes. FHC was very welcoming, and Lilian gently convinced me to become a member.

If your present-self could give your past-self any advice when you were a brand new mom, what would it be?

Enjoy every moment and get as much sleep as you can!

Outside of the gym what do you do for fun? What are you passionate about?
I want to instill a sense of adventure in my four-year-old and encourage him to try new things, whether it is oysters (not a hit), swimming in nearby Portage Bay (great way to cool down these hot summer nights),  or skateboarding (we both want to learn more!) Pre-kid, I traveled a lot (favorite trip: bicycling through Italy & Croatia) but have been staying closer to home now.  We’ve explored all the nearby islands and try to get in short hikes or fun at the beach. I enjoy yoga and love reading, mainly literary fiction, food & travel writing, and sci-fi.

Meet Lindsay Brentin

You teach Barre, POUND, Zumba, and SBZ (am I missing any?). Which is your favorite to
teach and why?  Strong by Zumba is my favorite at the moment. I love seeing participants push themselves through HIIT sequences to the beat. The music motivates them to get an extra rep in, move their feet a little faster, and jump an inch higher. If you regularly find yourself syncing up your exercises with the BPMs of whatever is playing on the gym speakers or in your earbuds, I recommend checking SBZ out!
What do you hope your students take away from your classes? A feeling of accomplishment for showing up, moving their body, and (almost certainly) trying something new.
You are also a nurse in the geriatric department. What do you enjoy about your job? I learn something every day!
Outside of fitness and work, what do you do for fun? Hiking, reading, checking out breweries around town
You always bring such positive joyous energy to class. Can I have what you’re having? Seriously though, is there a secret to your inner radiance? I am genuinely excited to get away from the world for bit whenever I go to or teach a class. Once that music starts, I feel like everything that demands my attention during the day – errands, news headlines,  notifications from cute animal profiles I follow on social media – stops at the door. I’m there to have fun, get loud (yelling affirmations and singing are great options), and be present with other human beings. Also coffee.

Meet Tim

We got a chance to chat with one of our most experienced trainers, Tim Beauchamp. Learn more about him in and out of the gym below!


You’ve lived quite a full life! You were an officer in the army, earned a degree in biology, coached tennis and skiing, and competed internationally in triathlons and Judo (just to name a few). Of all your vast experiences, which were the most formative for who you are today?

Probably living in Germany in my twenties and early thirties, where I competed in both judo and triathlon, as well as doing a lot of skiing and ski mountaineering in the Alps.

What’s next on your bucket list?
I’d like to get back to learning Argentine tango and finally learning how to windsurf.

What role does music play in your life?
I have been playing the guitar for over 50 years and singing even longer than that. I still take lessons from a guitar teacher, and two years ago started studying with a vocal coach. I need to get out and perform more, and I am currently working on a couple of CDs. Music is a fundamental part of my life.

Is there anything your AREN’T good at?
Yes, answering questions like this one! Actually, there are a lot of things that I am not good at, but if they are important, I try to work at getting better at them.

Can you tell us more about your Strength & Conditioning 111 class?

While it is impossible to create a one size fits all class, this class serves a bunch of constituencies. At its core, it is a great morning wake up and warm up, starting off with unweighted calisthenic movements, then going to barré techniques and then lightly weighted full body exercises. At this point, the class breaks off with some people choosing to do cardio on the many machines at FHC, and others working on weight lifting programs, with my assistance. I’m available during this period for any questions you might have about weight lifting or other conditioning modalities and will set you up with beginning and intermediate weight lifting programs that you can follow on your own. In the last ten minutes or so of the class, the members re-assemble for some ab exercises and a cool down stretch. While this class was initially designed for seniors, it can be adapted and adopted by anyone seeking to up their strength and conditioning.

You have a lot of experience working with seniors. What advice would you give someone in regards to fitness as they progress in life?
It is crucial to work hard to maintain muscle mass and mobility as we age. It gets harder as we get older, but it is vital to living a higher quality life and is not as insurmountable as many people seem to think.

Ivy & David – June Class Bingo Winners!

Meet David and Ivy, two delightful FHC members! We got a chance to chat with them about their experience completing our June Class Bingo Challenge.

(The goal was to take one of each of the group exercise classes we offer during the month of June to win a free month of gym membership. Spoiler alert, they both won!)

-What were your favorite classes and why? Do you think you’ll be back?
1. My favorite classes this month were boxing and ab lab. Boxing was such a fun way to work out; getting to be focused and aggressive and angry was super fun and different. Ab lab was difficult but attainable and nicely specific on that one part of the body.
-Who was an instructor that you really enjoyed?
2. Three of my favorite instructors were Tyler Hutchinson, Neal Haley, and Lo Shdo. Tyler has a refreshing and straightforward motivational style that really appealed to me in Ab Lab. Neal was fun, encouraging and had great exercises in Bootcamp. And Lo is friendly, relatable but also badass and pushes you in her classes.
-Was there a class you took that you weren’t expecting to enjoy, but did?

3. Personally, I was not excited about barre. I didn’t know anything about it and thought it was basically just ballet, which made me pretty nervous. But it turned out to be one of my favorite classes. It’s focus on specific movements and small-yet-difficult adjustments were at once meditative and also demanding. Far from being just ballet or overly-feminine, it was graceful and contemplative and generally great.

Meet Hieu

How long have you been working at FHC and what’s your favorite part about it?
I’ve been working at FHC since September 2018. My favorite parts about it are the people I get to meet and know, including my co-workers. Also, it’s very nice to be working in a place with such a positive atmosphere again. I’ve worked a lot of really rough jobs in my time with very unpleasant folks and working environments.  
I heard you were in the Peace Corps. That’s amazing! Where were you living and what kind of projects were you working on?
Thank you. I served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine from 2011-2013. I was living and working in a small farming village in the Carpathian Mountains of Southwestern Ukraine. This region is called Zakarpatska (Transcarpathia in English). I also traveled throughout Ukraine working on different volunteer/aid projects, so I got to see a lot the country and its people. In my Transcarpathian village, I taught English at the one school. Outside of this day job, I worked with other American, Ukrainian, and German volunteers in education based aid projects combating xenophobia, promoting women’s rights, and a lot of youth development/mentoring projects for boys and girls. I worked with a lot, a lot of kids during my service. I also worked on some projects in health education and trained kids on how to plan and execute their own environmental conservation projects in their local communities. I helped implement some of these youth mentoring programs alongside Ukrainian NGO’s in orphanages and refugee camps housing Afghan and Somali children who fled the conflicts going on in their home countries. Many of these kids were trying to get to the European Union to find a better life, but were detained at the border; sometimes interrogated and tortured by border police. They got stuck in western Ukraine and could not go back to their home countries because they would be killed.
You obviously have a big heart for people and a love for travel. What’s next on the horizon for you?
You know, it’s funny you put it like that. I always thought of myself similar to the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz who lacked a heart. Hahaha. I suppose I’m drawn to people and traveling because it allows me to observe and learn about all the facets and complexities of humans and their condition. But I’m by no means an extrovert. I need to recharge alone in isolation and reflect. What’s next on the horizon? San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Spain, Drangarnir in the Faroe Islands of Denmark, Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I kinda just want to travel somewhere where no one speaks English and/or any other languages I speak and try to live and work alongside the people there to figure it all out. I’ve found these to be the most rewarding travel experiences for me. 
What are you studying in school right now? 
I’m studying a lot, a lot of chemistry. It’s very challenging, but the ultimate goal is to become a Medical Laboratory Scientist so I can one day apply to work with Doctors Without Borders to serve those living in conflict zones around the world. French and Arabic speakers are highly sought after, so I guess I should travel somewhere where these languages are spoken to learn them. 
Outside of work and school what do you like to do? A little birdie told me you’re getting pretty good at boxing!
That little birdie flatters. I’d like to buy that birdie a drink! Hahaha. I’m an alright, beginner. Yeah, I like learning boxing from Manny here at FHC. It’s been a lot of fun. Back in the day, I was obsessed with martial arts, combat sports, self-defense, and all that jazz. It’s been really great to get back into some of it again alongside other gym members here. I like running, hiking, and strength training with calisthenics. Before I came to work at FHC, I could never afford a gym membership. Overtime I learned how challenging and effective a workout one could get with just using their own body weight, some creativity, and basic physics. I also enjoy reading, a lot! Some of my favorite genres include dystopian sci-fi, psychology, applied sciences, economics/personal finance, philosophy, mysteries, graphic novels, and classics like Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Steinbeck, Cervantes, and the like. Here’s my 2019 summer reading list:
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
1984 by George Orwell
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
God: A Human History by Reza Aslan
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust 
Yikes! I should probably read up on organic chemistry to prep for next school year.

Member Spotlight – John Hottovy

John Hottovy has been a member of Fremont Health club since 2014.  He joined Fremont Health Club because he was looking for a local gym with weights and that offered classes.  However, it gave him much more.  A few months after he joined, he met his future wife who at the time was working at FHC.  Four years after meeting at FHC, they married and both feel very lucky that Fremont Health Club brought them together.
John goes to the gym to stay healthy and feel good.  Exercise has been an important part of his routine, and he appreciates the neighborhood feel of Fremont Health Club.  He really enjoys the views and the extra space that the new location of the gym provides.  When John is not at FHC, he manages a local restaurant.  He also loves sports, cooking, and walking his dog Millie through the neighborhood.

Tyler Hutchison

-When and how did you first get involved in athletics? What first drew you to baseball & basketball?
I was first introduced into athletics at the very young age of 4 years old. My dad bought me a little baseball outfit, a ball and the rest was history as they say haha.
-What can someone expect when they take a class of yours?
I like to keep the energy nice and high in my classes so expect a lot of energy out of me. I’m always trying to get the most out of every participant in my classes so I like to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere where people feel comfortable. In my classes you’ll always find me bouncing around and making sure everyone is executing the moves safely and effectively.
-You are also a NASM certified personal trainer! How might you be able to help our members that are interested in personal training? What can they expect from training with you one-on-one?
I love the group training environment but my passion lies within one-on-one personal training. My training style is always based on what my clients goals are. I like to run through an initial movement assessment just to see how somebody’s body moves in space. From there we discuss goals and I map out a workout plan from there.
-What do you like to do outside of the gym?
My training schedule is usually pretty crazy so outside of the gym I really enjoy just relaxing. Outside of the gym you’d most likely catch me grabbing an acai bowl and catching up on some of my favorite shows.
-Word on the street is you can juggle while on a unicycle. Any chance you would demo that in one of your classes?
Once I procure a unicycle I would love to demo my skills for one of my classes!

New Trainer! -Neal Haley-

Hi there! My name is Neal Haley. You’ve probably seen me at the front desk or working out on the gym floor. I have been a member of Fremont Health Club since 2014, but only just joined the team at the beginning of this year.

I am currently studying to get my ACE personal trainer certification and am looking forward to working with clients one on one. Starting at the beginning of April, I’ll also be teaching some group fitness classes like HIIT, Circuit, Butts & Guts, and TB 50/50.

My fitness journey began late compared to other athletes. I grew up in a home full of artist. My Pa is a conductor and music director, my mom is an author, my sister is an illustrator, and my brother is a musician. My family was never very outdoorsy or active and as a kid, I had more energy than my parents knew what to do with. I used to jump rope in front of their tv during commercial breaks and run up and down the stairs in my house for hours on end. From an early age, I had a difficult time sleeping. My energy seemed limitless.

During Jr. High and High School, I went to a performing and fine arts academy where I focused primarily on visual arts. There were no sports at my school, so it wasn’t until after high school that I truly discovered my love for movement. Initially, I only started working out so I could exhaust myself enough to sleep at night. My struggle with insomnia got really rough in my early 20’s and sleep medication didn’t seem to work for me.

So, I worked out. A lot! I took every class I could find. I got a personal trainer and learned how to properly lift weights. And you know what? It helped! But beyond just helping me sleep at night, I realized it brought me a deep sense of joy and satisfaction that I had never felt before. I thrived by challenging myself, breaking and redefining my limits, and competing against the me I was the day before. I met Coach Manny at the club and he introduced me to boxing and it was love at first punch. I loved the discipline, the history of the sport, the warrior spirit it raised in me, the amount of mental energy it required.

Fast forward a few years and here I am making fitness my career. I decided to pursue something that makes me happy, helps me sleep, pushes my limits, brings me joy, and gives me purpose. If you take a class or train with me, I hope it is apparent just hope much I LOVE to move. I hope to share that joy with everyone I work with.

Introducing Rachel Mckay!

Hi Fremont Health Club!


Have you noticed that office just to the left of the front desk when you come in? I will be hanging out there on Monday, April 8th and would love to meet you. My name is Rachel and I’ll be joining your community to provide mental health support in the form of coaching or counseling. Outside of FHC, I enjoy playing in nature, cooking with family and friends, and finding adventure. Keep reading to learn more about the services I’ll be providing or stop by and please come say hi!



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Member Spotlight: Matt Jones

Matt Jones is a regular face at the gym.  He always comes in with a big smile and friendly greeting. We got to talking to him the other day to reveal where this inner contentment comes from. -He enjoys what he does. Read on to hear his story.

Outside of the gym, Matt is an abstract painter. He paints very large pieces and works with designers specializing in providing furnishings and art for high-end residential projects. 

Matt had only been painting for 3 months and just sold his first painting in 2004 when he started Gasworks Gallery. He converted a 3 story, 12,000 sq ft warehouse by Lake Union in Wallingford

into his art studio, that is still going strong today. The building is a beautiful earthy blue on the outside and turn-of-the-century ultra funky on the inside with a lot of natural light. Over time it evolved into an artist enclave with 60 studios and one really fabulous fully equipped photography studio that he now shares with over a dozen photographers.

Outside of the art world, Matt founded a grassroots community project called Every year Mashed Potatoes delivers 2 semi-truck loads of potatoes to King 5 Team Harvest (Washington’s local hunger relief agency). Last December was their 14th year.

Matt says his life as a painter is a total blast! He’s always thought it was more like play than work and his time in the gym is similar. He does his signature Matt Jones 30-minute workout. The secret to his ease of dedication is that his houseboat is about 2 blocks from the gym and it’s easy for him to just walk over, hit about a dozen machines, back-to-back, in 30 minutes and go back home. Matt says he loves Fremont Health Club because there are a lot of friendly people and the sun shines all day in the space.

If you would like to learn more about Matt and his work check out the links below!

Matt’s bio:

The Mashed Potatoes Project:

Matt’s    Paint Dancing project: