Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Thursday, November 28th │ 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Café Hours │ 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

BODYPUMP with Anna | 8am-9am
Vinyasa Yoga with Molly | 9:30am-10:30am
Power Cycle with Kendra | 11am-12pm

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday Party  

December 5th  | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
”It’s not what’s under the Tree that matters. It’s who’s around it.”

Come celebrate the holiday season with your Seattle Athletic Club Downtown family while we gather around the tree, enjoy some of Charlie’s favorite melodies, a catered dinner and a drink or two.
Guests are welcome with an entry fee of a Teddy Bear for our Hugs & Love Drive. All guests must RSVP prior to day of event!

For more information please contact Lisa Huisingh by emali.

Winter Warmth Drive

11-15 to end of November
Get involved with our SAC community and help spread warmth to those in need. Last year we had over 80 jackets, 25 winter hats, 25 gloves, 35 socks and 20 wool blankets donated. We would love to help de-clutter your closets and take any unused winter clothes for our drive.
Ways to participate:
  1. Donate any winter jacket, gloves, scarves and hats
  2. “Purchase” a sleeping bag at the front desk
This drive will run through the end of November so we can distribute the items for people to use as it gets cold.

Hugs & Loves Drive

Seattle Athletic Club Downtown would like to invite you to join us for our Hugs & Loves drive during the month of December.

A little boy frightened about his first trip to the emergency room. 

A 6-year-old struggling to understand why her house burned down, losing her toys, forcing her family to move to a temporary shelter.

These are just two reasons why Teddy Bear Drives such as this were started,
Children in times of stress have no understanding of what's happening. Sometimes their best friend can be a simple cuddly teddy bear. That's why the Seattle Athletic Club is teaming up with our members to give Hugs & Loves during these times of need. This drive puts teddy bears in the hands of community police departments, hospitals and emergency response teams so they can give them to children involved in these challenging situations.

On behalf of the SAC Team, THANK YOU for your donations!

For more information about this drive please contact Lisa Huisingh by email.

November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

The most common and preventable type of diabetes is: Type 2 Diabetes. This article primarily focuses on this type, understanding what it is, what are the symptoms and how to prevent and manage it if you do have it.

Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes mainly from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose get into your cells to be used for energy. In type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Too much glucose then stays in your blood, and not enough reaches your cells.
The following are typical symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. However, some people may have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes:
  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry—even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss—even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
Did You Know Who’s At Risk?
Type 2 diabetes occurs most often in middle-aged and older people. You are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you are age 45 or older, have a family history of diabetes, or are overweight or obese. Physical inactivity and certain health problems such as high blood pressure can increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Check with Your Health Care Professional:
If you suspect you may be at risk or have symptoms, your doctor or health care professional can do a blood test to screen for Type 2 Diabetes. Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes. Take the 60 Second Online Risk Test:

Managing Type 2 Diabetes
Managing your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol, as well as quitting smoking are important ways to manage your type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle changes that include planning a HEALTHY DIET and being PHYSCIALLY ACTIVE are also a part of managing your diabetes. You may need additional prescribed medicines. Work with your health care team including your nutritionist and/or personal trainer to create a diabetes care plan that works for you. Research such as the Diabetes Prevention Program , sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, has shown that you can take steps to reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes if you have risk factors for the disease. Here are some things you can do to lower your risk:
  • Lose weight if you are overweight, and keep it off. You may be able to prevent or delay diabetes by losing 5 to 7 percent of your current weight.
  • Move more. Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity, at least 5 days a week. If you have not been active, talk with your health care professional or a personal trainer about which activities are best. Start slowly and build up to your goal.
  • Eat healthy foods.  Choosing a Type 2 Diabetes prevention diet is ideal. There are specific foods to limit or omit and other options to include.  Here are some guidelines:
Ask your health care team what other changes you can make to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Learn more information:
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
American Diabetes Association

Employee of the Month

Patrick Carlin
Patrick Carlin is Seattle Athletic Club’s Employee of the month for November. Patrick joined the team in September of 2018.  From the beginning Patrick has been one of the hardest workers in the club. We were sad when he left to out of state college for a short time, but so excited to have him return a few months ago. When Patrick is not busy making smoothies or happily helping members with other requests, he can be found cleaning the café area tables and scrubbing the café floor. His impressive work ethic is shown daily when he completes all of the regular duties and more without being asked.
After Patrick finishes his shift you can be assured he leaves the café cleaner than when he arrived. He is always on-time and in his quiet way, very pleasant to talk to and fun to work with. Patrick's reliable nature and punctuality are just a few of many strengths. On numerous occasions he has helped out his fellow coworkers by covering.
It's nice to be able to go to the café and see him because you can always count on great service. Please help us in congratulating Patrick and in thanking him for a job well done.

Inspirational Member of the Month

Karen Arango

We are delighted to recognise Karen Arango as our inspirational member of the month. She has been the "squash activist" and initiator for squash and in particular women’s squash in Seattle. . Karen’s efforts have brought back players that have left squash and come back because she took the time to reach out.

Despite working full time she has been on the US Squash women’s committee for a few years, got elected as the President of the Seattle Squash Racquets Association (SSRA) this year and is on board of the Howe Cup Committee that is helping SAC host the biggest women’s national squash event of the year and the biggest on the West Coast in 10 years. With her help we have managed to get 8 teams together to represent the Seattle Athletic Club at this event.

While she was serving on the SSRA committee, she managed to successfully launch the first women’s squash league in Seattle. Karen is never too tired or busy to talk to new members to get them involved in joining the league or get them enthusiastic about the game.

Thanks for all your help and effort Karen, the squash community is truly honored to have you at SAC!

Healthy Thanksgiving Serving Sizes

The average American consumes over 3000 calories on Thanksgiving Day.  It would take a 160 lb person 90 minutes on the elliptical to burn off that extra 1000 calories.  If those 90 minutes would be better served doing something else, try adjusting the size of the portions of your favorite Thanksgiving foods.  Use the visuals below to help build your plate this Thanksgiving:

Ski and Snowboard Conditioning

Tuesdays 6:35 - 7:53PM
Group Exercise Studio
Dec. 3rd - Feb. 4th
The key to having a fun season is simple.... conditioning! 

Join Instructor Jenny Heap to:
  • Enhance your performance by building strength and power. 
  • Improve your range of motion, flexibility and balance.
  • Prevent injuries and improve your endurance on the slopes.
For more information please contact Anna Ballantyne by email. 

Monthly Pilates Orientation for November

Taught by Maren Sorensen, Certified Pilates Instructor
First Monday, Nov. 4th 7:00 pm - 7:25 pm
Complimentary in the Pilates Studio, registration required
The holidays are coming, but no worries! Do your reveling and feel great in your body by trying out Pilates!

This short lecture will answer some common questions about the Pilates Method. What is it? Who invented it? What does all this equipment do? How do I get started? Answering these questions will give you a place to start in your journey towards better posture, increased strength, and better flexibility.

Register by contacting Maren via email by Nov. 3rd.

2019 Women’s Howe Cup National Championships

On the weekend of November 15-17th, SAC will be the host for the US Squash Women’s Team Championships. This annual tournament is one of the largest women’s squash events in the country with participants from all over the US.

We have had a record entry of 44 teams, which means 220 players will be competing here at SAC. The club is represented by 8 teams this year in all 4 categories. 

The matches will take place from 8:00 am on Friday the 15th with the finals being held on Sunday morning. We will also be live streaming the matches that are being played on our competition court. Follow us on Facebook for more details. Please come and support!

Please contact Annelize by email if you have any questions.


Tips on how to avoid the flu this year!

The flu season is quickly upon us. Here are some helpful tips on how to lessen the chances of contacting the seasonal flu:

  1. Wash your hands often.
  2. Work out! This will boost your immune system.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  4. Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Also, keep a healthy household. Wipe down and sanitize commonly-touched surfaces.
  5. Get enough sleep!
  6. Cover your nose and mouth preferably with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
Reduce stress. Stress can suppress your immune system, so keeping your stress levels low will help lower your chances of getting sick

LIFEFLOAT – Unwind. Recharge. Self-Care.

Lifefloat is a world class sensory deprivation experience in a private expansive pool. Floating downshifts your brain and nervous system to a state of regeneration. This feeling is often described as hitting the reset button on your mind and body. In a sensory deprived environment, the brain’s need to process surroundings is limited and the body begins to elicit the relaxation response. 

A few of the Floating benefits may include;
  • Improved creativity
  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Decreased depression
  • Decreased pain and inflammation
  • Improved sleep
  • Decreased muscle tension
SAC Members may use the code: SACFIRST25 for a $25 first time float ($89 value) and SAC20 for all ongoing purchases.
Go online to book a session:

News from your local Massage therapists

Happy late fall to all of you wonderful SAC folks!
We have a couple of minor things to report from our cozy rooms located downstairs.
The first is that our friend, Ivy Bjornson has returned to teaching and mentoring our future generations! She is taking a hiatus from massage to return to the classroom. She will remain as a beloved part of our staff, hopefully for a very long time. Ivy will continue to sub for us and remain a solid part of our team.
If you wish to be added to a call list for when she is subbing, feel free to email me at and I will provide Ivy with your information.
The other big news is that MISA Shimizu has had a beautiful baby girl! She is still on pregnancy leave and will take her time durning this momentous transition before retuning to the club. During her leave, Hannah Thompson will continue to cover Misa’s Saturday shift. 
Thank you so much for your continued support and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to be in touch! 
Jessie Jo Egersett 
LMT #MA00012948

Ski & Snowboard Conditioning Class

Anna Ballantyne
Start Date: Dec. 3-Feb. 4
Tuesday Evenings 6:35-7:35pm
Group Exercise Studio | Jenny Heap
Free…no cost
  • Enhance your performance on the slopes by building strength and power.
  • Improve your range of motion, flexibility and balance.
  • Prevent injuries and improve your endurance.

Indoor Rock Climbing Anyone?

Try any one of the INTRODUCTORY classes offered by Vertical World Seattle, America’s First Indoor Climbing Gym and get the SAC special discount. Vertical World provides a unique rock climbing training facility and specialized programs for youth and adults.

Classes offered are:
  • Introduction to Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Introduction to Bouldering
  • The Art of Movement
Classes include a 2 week membership at Vertical World upon completion of the class. Pricing for SAC members is: $35 (a $50 value).
Go online to register:

Use promo code: SAC2019

WESA Knockabout 2019 

Have you ever dreamed of getting on stage with your favorite musician or onto court with your favorite basketball star? On October 19, this was happening just downstairs at the Seattle Athletic Club. Our young scholars from Washington Education & Squash Academy, the SAC’s nonprofit partner, joined teams with our resident pros, Annelize and Tatu, as well as the SAC community members to sweat it out on court and determine who would be this year’s Knockabout Cup Champion!

Why all the hullaballo? We had community members, scholars, and pros all playing together this weekend to support WESA mission to offer a group of underprivileged students year-round individualized academic tutoring, intensive squash instruction, and community service opportunities so that they can better recognize and fulfill their potential in life as students, athletes, and citizens, at no charge to them. In addition to the on-court competition, there was a vicious fundraising competition underway- team members reaching out to their communities to garner support for this same mission and trying to earn the title of Knockabout Sustainers Champions.

After an exciting day of food, drinks, squash and merriment, as well as months of hard work from our team members, our community raised $88,000 and counting (doubling what we raised last in 2018) for our scholars!

WESA would like to thank Tatu & Annelize for all of their time, energy, and hard work that went into making the Knockabout a success! We would also like to thank the SAC community for sharing their space with us and for participating in this historic event! Thank you!

Chain Reaction

The Gray Institute
By Lisa C

At the Chain Reaction seminar we learned the importance of looking at how one body part affects others, referring pain, or compensation patterns. The concept of Chain Reaction is extremely beneficial for clients and trainers alike. 
During the seminar, we went through various movements that enabled us to experience muscles differently and relate more with our clients by feeling muscles we didn’t realize we had. These very simple movements are easy to do and provide astounding relief and have unlimited possible combinations. 
A few take-aways from our most recent attendees (Emily, Amanda, Joe and Lisa): 
“I liked using the lunge matrix (3D-maps) to find quick victories as well as opportunities for clients to help them move better and for us to gain another tool for movement screening. 
I also like how he treats all people as athletes and builds community through giving back.”
“I really liked how the movements are somewhat basic and easy to do, yet they make such a big difference to people , such as unlocking the vault of movement that all of a sudden allows more mobility. I’ve used them with young and old alike and they’ve all seen benefits.“ 
My biggest take away from the workshop is that when we experience pain, it often comes from the feet, hips, and thoracic spine and not the direct source of pain. I learned tools to find out what is causing the pain and how to correct it. I was impressed with how this information can be used with all of my clients in some form. I also loved the simplicity of it in applying to our clients.“ 
Biggest take away — overlook your body’s foundation at your own risk. Our feet are our foundation. If we are not moving well there, chances are good that we’ll pay the price somewhere in our body sooner or later. Hip bugging you? Look at the feet. 
Knee bothersome? Let’s look at the feet. 
I am very happy and excited to share with anyone what I have taken away from this excellent program.“ 
Are you experiencing any mobility challenges, in the hips, spine, or the neck?  Please, come and talk to the training staff and in a few simple movements we can work together to improve how your body moves. It doesn’t get better than that!
As a department we have been given some extraordinary tools to help our Members with their health, wellness, stability, mobility and MOstability. 
Come explore mostability with us and ask us questions so we can share our knowledge with you. 

Updates from WESA

Welcome To the Team!
We’d like to take a second to welcome the newest member of our team, Rachel McDowell. Rachel will be joining us as our Program Coordinator and recently moved to Seattle from Virginia. From developing outdoor education programs for elementary school students to working as a residential director at a boarding school, she’s seen it all!
Rachel is thrilled at the prospect of working with WESA and she’s excited to get to know our students, parents, volunteers, and educators in the upcoming years. Welcome, Rachel!
Look Us Up!
Interested in learning more about WESA? Visit us at WESA Academy to view upcoming events, find out ways to volunteer, learn about our scholars, and even ways to donate to our organization!
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