Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Thursday, November 23rd

Club │6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Café │Closed
Kid’s Court │8:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Cycling │ 9:00 am
  • BODYPUMP │ 9:15 am
  • Pilates Fusion │ 9:15 am
  • Lap Swim │ 6:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Open Swim │ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Happy Thanksgiving!

Black Friday Special!

Friday, November 24th │6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Cost: Members $9/hour per child │ Sibling Discount $6/hour per child │ Non-Members $15/hour per child
Kid’s Court will be opening TWO hours early to accommodate your Black Friday shopping needs. We will also be serving a light breakfast (yogurt, fruit & toast) for your little ones to enjoy, making it that much easier for you to get your shopping done. All with a discounted rate on drop off childcare makes this a WIN WIN!
Reservations are required.
For more information, please contact Childcare Director, Roni Olson, at or
(206) 522-9400 ext. 253.

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Sunday, November 5th

Fall is here which means that daylight saving ends and we fall back one hour. Remember to set your clocks back before going to bed on Saturday, November 4th. We want to make sure we have everyone here for our Sunday morning classes!

Inspirational Members of the Month:

Don & Jackie Reiter

I was introduced to Don and Jackie when I first started working at SAC, members since 2000. Rose, a previous trainer, had been transitioning positions and gave me the pleasure of becoming Jackie’s new trainer. Over the years I have come to really get to know this cheery, empathetic, compassionate, kind and loving soul that is Jackie Reiter.
The couple travels from Issaquah every Monday – Wednesday, rain or shine, so that Jackie can train while Don is a Squash devotee. A usual quote that Jackie sings is, “An athlete I am not,” yet in my eyes everyone can be an athlete no matter what. Diagnosed with dementia years back, she has not let anything stop her and gives it her all when she is here. She constantly praises me for my patience, yet it is more admiration for her spirit and strength that always gets me. A little mix of cardio, strength, balance, agility, machines and fun, Jackie will always give it a try. Gals will be gals so sometimes there is a good mix of chat, giggles and gossip going on as we workout, or don’t.
Don, retired since 2000, has as much heart and soul as he does dedication to activities. In 2000, Don climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, since then has also climbed the Dolomites, Alps, Patagonia, Peru, and southern France. You will find him playing Squash with a friendly opponent or working out on machines while Jackie exercises.
Fitness isn’t just about looking your best; it’s about staying at your best health at any age. Don and Jackie strongly represent that sentiment, as independently they strive to achieve their own goals while supporting one another. The love that these two have is heartwarming. He will check on her from time to time in the gym and give me a thumbs up, and she always says, “That man, is a wonderful man.”
-By Personal Fitness Trainer, Melissa Alvear
Jackie is certainly right about that; Don has been a welcome part of the Squash community at the Club ever since joining and I have come to know him well over the last 17 years. I must say, it has been a privilege. He is indeed "a wonderful man" and his devoted wife Jackie is every bit as wonderful too. 
-By Squash Pro, Bruce Vinsonhaler

Employee of the Month:

Terry McMann

Congratulations to our hard working Employee of the Month, Terry McMann! You may have noticed Terry working away diligently scrubbing floors, meticulously cleaning equipment and keeping our Club spick-and-span! A lot of his job is behind-the-scenes, but when you do see Terry he always has a friendly smile on his face. He also loves to join in on pick-up basketball with the guys when he can.

Terry comes to us originally from the Philippines, but has resided in the Seattle area since the 6th grade. He spent many seasons commercially fishing and crabbing near Port Moller, Alaska. During his off seasons he would travel the world. Terry misses the excitement of it all, but is happy to be settled back in Seattle with his wife and 5 year old daughter. Together they enjoy hiking, biking and snowboarding.

Terry says he enjoys working at the Club just as much as we enjoy having him here and furthermore he attributes his 50 pound weight loss to his current position - being on his feet and all the physical tasks he accomplishes each day surely is a workout in itself! 

Thank you for all you do, Terry! 

Babysitting Training Class

Sunday, November 19th │ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cost: Members $150+tax │ Non-Members $175+tax
The Seattle Athletic Club is offering a babysitting prep class that will help prepare young adolescents to be safe and nurturing babysitters. Topics included are basic care, home and play safety, preventing accidents, emergency situations and scenario role play. They will also participate in a 30-minute hands-on training in our drop-off childcare that will allow your future babysitter time to practice their skills, time permitting.
Upon completion your adolescent will be Child & Infant CPR certified and take home a binder full of great tools and resources they can reference at any time.
A small snack will be provided. Please be sure to send a lunch with your child.
A minimum of 6 sign-ups are needed to run this event. The sign-up and cancellation deadline is Monday, October 30th. Accounts will be charged for late cancellations and no-shows.
For more information, please contact Childcare Director, Roni Olson, at or
(206) 522-9400 ext. 253.

Veterans Day Boot Camp

Friday, November 10th │ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cost: Members $75/child │ Sibling Discount $60/child │ Non-Members $105/child
School is out, but that won’t stop us from getting our sweat on! Send your kids to us for the day as we embark on a mini-triathlon. There will be relay races, a soccer match, exciting games and swimming!
Please be sure to pack your child a sack lunch (snack will be provided), a swimsuit and goggles. Please also make sure they are in comfy clothes and running shoes.
A minimum of 6 sign-ups are needed to run this event. The sign-up and cancellation deadline is Friday, November 3rd. Accounts will be charged for late cancellations and no-shows.
For more information, please contact Childcare Director, Roni Olson, at or (206) 522-9400 ext. 253.

Annual Member Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

Friday, December 1st | 6:00-9:00 pm
*Club closes at 5:00 pm
It’s the season for celebrating friendship and health. As 2017 draws to a close we invite you and your family to enjoy an evening of appetizers, drinks, light fare, and dazzling FUN! This is our gift to you, our devoted members.
Free childcare is available, but space is limited so sign-up in Kid’s Court today! Please keep in mind any youth attending the party must be directly supervised by parents at all times.
Please note that the Club will close at 5:00 pm for normal gym use in preparation for the party. We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you at 6:00 pm for the holiday festivities.
Ugly sweaters are not required for attendance, but are encouraged.

For more information, please contact Communications Director, Danielle Reddish at or
(206) 522-9400 ext. 254.

November is American Diabetes Month

Learn how Pilates may help to control blood sugar!
Pilates Helps Blood Sugar Control
If you think Pilates is only helpful for toning your muscles, think again. New research from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (published Feb 2012) is supporting the role of resistance training in improving blood sugar control. The study tracked insulin levels and glucose tolerance in overweight individuals with risk factors for type 2 diabetes before starting the exercise program and after 4 months of 3days/week of resistance training. The exercise program consisted of 8 exercises designed to work the entire body. (A well designed Pilates workout definitely works the entire body and includes far more than 8 exercises!)
Just some background on blood sugar (glucose) and insulin…
  • Every time you eat, your blood sugar goes up (especially when eating carbohydrates, like bread, cereal, rice, pasta, corn, potatoes, fruit, milk and anything sugary)
  • When your blood sugar goes up, your body releases insulin
  • Insulin escorts your blood sugar into your cells to be stored (as fat) or burned for energy (the more you exercise, the more you burn)
But, if your blood sugar is often high (from overeating carbohydrates or not exercising), this process doesn’t work as well.
  • High carb diets or lack of exercise (which leads you to become overweight) = consistently high blood sugar = consistently high insulin
  • Your cells get accustomed to high insulin levels and stop letting sugar into your cells (this is called insulin resistance or pre-diabetes)

This study showed that resistance exercise reduced blood sugar levels, reduced insulin levels, and improved the body’s response to insulin. In other words, Pilates helps blood sugar control in a number of ways. (As your body becomes more responsive to insulin, it doesn’t need to produce as much to get the same effect. This is a good thing!)


What does that mean for you? When you practice Pilates, your body is better at maintaining normal blood sugar and normal insulin levels. Pilates is great training if you are overweight, at risk for diabetes or have diabetes. Aside from the risk of diabetes, high blood sugar is harmful to your body in other ways (inflammation, wrinkles, damage to kidneys, and increased risk of heart disease).

Remember the key to results is consistency. In this study, the participants exercised 3 days/week. This is a good goal to work up to when starting Pilates.


For more information, please contact Pilates Director, Susan Foley, at or (206) 522-9400 ext. 281.

Pilates & Plunge

Come join us for a complimentary class that incorporates Pilates and swimming into one workout! We will start with a half hour warm up in the Pilates studio, then we will jump in for a half hour of swimming that focuses on core and balance. You do not need to be an avid swimmer to enjoy this class! This class is free to members!
Thursdays 12:00-1:00 pm

What to Bring: swimsuit, shorts or shirt over the swimsuit, and goggles.

For more information, please contact Aquatics Director, Stephanie Cummings, at or Pilates Director, Susan Foley, at

Special Thanksgiving Day Reformer Class

Thursday, November 23rd | 9:00 am
Get ready for your Thanksgiving feast with an integrative full-body Pilates workout. This class will focus on stretching, toning and finding your center to leave you feeling challenged and rejuvenated for the day of festivities!

Classes are limited to 3 people and are $25 per person.

*Advance registration is required. 3 sign-ups are required to hold class.

To reserve your space, please contact Pilates Director, Susan Foley, at

Move of the Month

Celebrate ‘Planks-giving’ with Long Stretch
Strengthening the abdominals and challenging stability on a moving carriage.

Reformer Setup: Start with two medium springs depending on the amount of resistance desired. The lighter the spring tension, the more the exercise will challenge the abdominals. The footbar is up and the headrest is up. 

Start Position: Place both hands on the footbar, shoulder distance apart. With the carriage against the stopper, step one ball of the foot at a time in between the shoulder rests, on the crease of the headrest (it is helpful to first place a soft pad between the shoulder blocks to cushion the feet). For an alternate foot position, place the heels against the shoulder blocks, balls of the feet on the carrriage. Legs should be active and drawing in towards the midline, the abdominals drawing to the spine, tailbone pointing to the heels, and arms pressing down into the footbar to prevent the shoulders and upper back from collapsing. Ideally the body will maintain a straight line from the head to the heels, with the shoulders over the wrists.

Movement: Inhale as you press the carriage out, ensuring that the only movement happens in the shoulder joint, maintaining the straight line of the body. Exhale to bring the carriage in to the stopper as the body returns to start position. Repeat three to five more times. 

Surrender yourself to the opportunities that surround you & enjoy the multitude of benefits that follow. 

Summer has come to an end and it is time to reintroduce yourself to the Club and what we have to offer. As we anticipate the fall and all of the change the season brings, you might find yourself excited for the routine, but possibly stuck in how to manage all the movement. One thing that helps us stay grounded and connected to our priorities is keeping a daily habit of exercise. We offer an array of departments all providing different formats but operating under the same goal in mind – to bring you as many health and fitness options that we can so you can stay focused and engaged in your journey. Get back into routine with what you are familiar with or try something new!
Aquatics:  Swimming is a great non-impact, full body workout. We offer private, semi-private and group lessons for youths and adults, as well as water aerobics classes, swim conditioning for adults, Team Hydra Swim Team and clinics to enhance your swimming. For any questions about our aquatics department, please contact Stephanie Cummings at
Group Exercise: With over 75 classes a week of various formats you are bound to find something that fires you up for exercise! Contact Sharrón Hasu at for class recommendations.
Personal Fitness Training: Whether your goal is weight loss, strength gain, improved athletic performance, pre/post-surgery fitness, mobility or stress relief, our experienced trainers can create a personalized exercise program to meet your needs while offering support and motivation to help you stay on track. Contact Dana Lauren at to schedule a complimentary consultation to get you started. 
Pilates: Pilates is the perfect complement to your current exercise program. Do you strength train? Swim? Spin? Run? Yoga? Golf? Tennis? Even if you are not currently active and are new to fitness, Pilates is a great method to get you going on the right track as it is a total body workout that is low impact and works with keeping the body aligned. For more information on Pilates, contact Susan Foley at
Squash: From Round Robins, City League, tournaments, and introductory clinics our Squash Pro, Bruce Vinsonhalor is here to help get you started or guide you to the appropriate program.  Contact Bruce at with any questions you may have regarding Squash.

Neti Workshop with Jessica Lindmark

Saturday, November 4th | 12:00 pm
Members: Complimentary │ Non-Members: Standard Guest Fee
The Neti-pot is a method of nasal irrigation that has the ability to:
· Protect you from colds
· Ease seasonal allergies
· Relieve sinus pain
· Clear congestion
· Promote nasal & sinus health
Join Jessica for this workshop on the background of Neti-pots & the proper way to use them. Bring your own Neti-pot or learn by watching the demo.
Questions? Contact Jessica Lindmark at or for more information, please contact Communications Director, Danielle Reddish, at

Childhaven Giving Tree

Beginning Monday, November 20th
Every year, Childhaven children and their families face increasingly difficult situations, but with your help we can bring some joy into their lives by your willingness to provide gifts for these children.

Please note the following guidelines when selecting a tag:
  • Please do not wrap your gifts. Childhaven has holiday volunteers to wrap the gifts. We would also LOVE to receive gift bags, wrapping paper, ribbon and gift tags.
  • Please no toy guns, knives or other weaponry or violent implements. We also request that you provide only new gifts.
  • Please attach the pre-printed tags to each gift to indicate the name of the intended recipient.
  • Please give only what is asked for on the tags. If you’d like to give more, please consider gift cards that can also be used throughout the year.
We thank you so very much for participating in our Giving Tree Program and wish you a very happy holiday season!
For more information, please contact our Communications Director, Danielle Reddish, at or
(206) 522-9400 ext. 254.

Seattle Urban Squash 

(photo) Debra Montgomery from Movement Mortgage presenting us with a $10,000 grant check on the first day of squash practice.
New Scholars & Team Van
We’re thrilled to welcome new SUS scholars just in time to kick off the squash season. We’re also happy to share that we were able to buy a new team van with a $10,000 grant from a Movement Mortgage, a contribution from Jan-Pro Cleaning, as well as thousands of dollars in individual contributions. We have financed the last $4,000 at 0% and are still working to get that funded through individual contributions. You can give to this cause here today. Here’s to an exciting season ahead!
Take a Scholar Under Your Wing
During the winter months, you’ll have the opportunity to “Take a Scholar Under Your Wing” and help provide him or her with the winter clothes they need. More information to come soon, but please contact Kate Frost at if you are interested in participating.
Get to Know SUS
We’ll be hosting a “get to know us” event this winter at SAC downtown, so stay tuned for additional information!

November Film Night: The Emperor's Club (2002)

Wednesday, November 1st │ 7:00-9:00 pm
Members: Complimentary │Non-Members: Standard Guest Fee
Directed by Michael Hoffman (One Fine DayA Midsummer Night’s Dream), The Emperor’s Club (2002) stars Kevin Kline, Emile Hirsch and Rob Morrow. William Hundert (Kline) is an idealistic Classics teacher at St. Benedict’s Academy for Boys, who is more interested in developing character than teaching facts. In comes Sedgewick Bell (Hirsch), coddled son of a Washington Senator who rejects Hundert’s values. Then comes the “Mr. Julius Caesar” contest that reveals Bell’s true character. Many years later, when James Ellerby (Morrow) is awarded the position of headmaster, which Hundert wanted, he resigns. But Bell comes back into his life and will face another contest. Did Hundert’s humanistic approach to education ultimately succeed with Bell and other students? Come to Film Night and find out!

Enjoy complimentary appetizers and wine during the film, as well as post-film discussion with film buff,
Jim Clauss.

Sponsored by Reckless Video.

For more information, please contact Communications Director, Danielle Reddish, at or
(206) 522-9400 ext. 254.

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