Holiday Schedule

Christmas Eve - Tuesday, December 24th
Club │ 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Café │ Closed

Kid's Court │ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm 

Cycle | 6:15 AM
Cycle | 9:15 AM
HIIT | 9:15 AM
Yoga | 10:00 AM
Gentle Yoga | 11:30 AM
Lap Swim │ 6:00-10:00 am
Open Swim │ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Christmas Day - Wednesday, December 25th
Club │ Closed

New Year's Eve - Tuesday, December 31st

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

Cycle | 6:15 AM
Cycle | 9:15 AM
HIIT | 9:15 AM
Yoga | 10:00 AM
Gentle Yoga | 11:30 AM
Lap Swim │ 6:00-10:00 am
Open Swim │ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
New Year's Day - Wednesday, January 1st
Club │ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Café │ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kid's Court │ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Yoga | 10:15 AM
Cycle | 11:30 AM
Lap Swim │ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Open Swim │ 2:00-6:00 pm
Happy Holidays!

Annual Member Holiday Party - “Totally Awesome 80s Prom”

Friday, December 6th │ 6:00-9:00 pm
*Club Closes at 5:00 pm
It’s the season for celebrating friendship and health. As 2019 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.
We’re taking it way back to the good ol’ decade of the 1980s this holiday season! So pull your poufy shoulder padded cocktail dress out of the closet, dust off that powder blue suit and reminisce of days gone by with us. Guests are encouraged to dress with the theme, however it is not required to attend.

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

Childhaven Gifts

Due Sunday, December 15th
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.Thisholiday season, however, is a little bit different than in years past - in the spirit of family empowerment, Childhaven is specifically asking for gift cards and diapers. This improvement empowers caregivers to provide for their children, build bonds, and gives families a sense of ownership over the often-personal feeling one gets when they shop for their loved ones.
“The gift cards gave me the power to buy what I know my kid needs.”
–Shauna (Childhaven parent)
Please visit the Front Desk to pick up a gift tag.
Gifts are DUE by Sunday, December 15th. If you are late turning yours in, we will kindly ask you to deliver them to Childhaven at your earliest convenience.
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, by email or call (206) 522-9400 ext. 254.

12 Days of Fitness

Sunday, December 1st - Tuesday, December 31st
It’s back!!! The holidays are tough to stay on track. Parties, good food, late nights, dark skies and busy schedules make for an uphill climb over the month of December. We are here to help keep you focused and maybe a little motivated during this challenging time of year. Take part in our 12 Days of Fitness! During the month of December we challenge you to get to the gym for your workout at least 12 times. Everyone who visits the Club 12 times within the month will be entered into a drawing to win a free month of dues, personal training, or massage.The drawing will take place on Thursday, January 2nd.
How to participate:
  • Pick up a punch card at the Front Desk.
  • When you enter the Club from December 1st-31st present your card to the Front Desk for stamping.
  • After you have collected 12 stamps you will be entered into the drawing. If you finish early enough in the month, try to fill a second card!
  • That’s it! Good luck!
For more information, please contact Fitness Director, Dana Lauren, by email or call
(206) 522-9400 ext. 116.

Inspirational Member of the Month

Shellie Barich
Our Inspirational Member of the Month, Shellie “Shel” Barich joined SACNG in 2011. She was looking for a club to call home and seeking a club that was “family” and not a “box store” - then she found us!
Over the course of the last few years Shellie has found her niche with spin class, but has also enjoyed BODYPUMP, free weights, swim, and even dabbled a bit in Squash. During class, Shel has been known to happily sing loudly if the right song comes along and is truly moved by music! Something a lot of people probably don’t know is that at times she may even be brought to tears when cycling.

When not at the Club, Shel works in Tech for Dell and absolutely loves her job. Hiking, biking, golfing, (newly) Yoga, and endless Greenlake walks are some of her other passions. She, also, absolutely adores her grandson Augie and spends as many waking hours as possible with him.

This year has been one of transition for Shellie with moving on from a long-term relationship and shedding more than a hundred pounds. She has embraced what is now on the other side, life is now open and wide to the many wonders that Shel may embark on. She says she is humbled and honored to be our inspirational member and is grateful for Group Fitness Director, Sharron and who happen to be her favorite instructors; as well as all the members who are near and dear to her heart!
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” – couldn’t have said it better, Shellie! We are thankful for you!

Employee of the Month

Terrell Stephens
What is not to love about Terrell, our Employee of the Month?! Terrell joined our team in 2017 and we haven’t been the same since – for the better! Terrell began his fitness journey while serving in the United States Navy, working in clinical, field, and naval vessel settings as a Hospital Corpsman. While serving on shore duty during the very early part of his Naval career Terrell began studying dance, yoga, and Pilates, which cemented his interest in learning how the human body moves and functions. After his Honorable Discharge from active duty Terrell attended Central Washington University, where he originally began studying music and musical theatre, but changed paths later in his college career to focus on exercise physiology after years of experiencing how the power of wellness could change people’s lives. Terrell brings passion, smarts and an up for anything attitude for everything we throw his way. We can always count on Terrell to go all in for our events, always with a shining personality and full of energy. Terrell, we don’t know what we would do if we couldn’t hear your laugh all the way down the hall. You can’t help but just smile. Thank you for all that you do and all that you are!

Stay Calm, Healthy & Happy this Holiday Season with Ayurveda

Thursday, December 5th │ 6:00-7:00 pm
Members: Complimentary Non-Members: Standard Guest Fee
Join Shannon McCall, ayurvedic practitioner and long-time SAC yoga instructor for some seasonal advice for you (and your family) to thrive this season. Staying calm amidst all of the celebration of the season, and healthy as we shift into winter, are easy if you understand how to align with Natural rhythms, and adjust your routines with the seasons. Leave with actionable steps you can take right away to regain a feeling of calm, balance and health.
Please register at the Front Desk by Monday, December 2nd.

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

Winter Wonderland Parent's Night Out!

Friday, December 13th │5:00-9:00 pm
Members: $45+tax │Sibling Discount: $35+tax│Non-Members: $55+tax
Pack the kids up and haul them in to our most popular Parent’s Night Out of the WHOLE YEAR! We’ll transform Kid’s Court into a winter wonderland and cozy up for the evening in our pajamas. Your kids will enjoy a lovely evening with their buddies!We will hang out, sip cocoa, eat pizza, create a winter-themed craft, enjoy gym time, watch a movie with popcorn and, finally, go swimming! Let us wear your kids out while you enjoy an evening to yourselves.
Be sure to pack a swimsuit and goggles for your child! A minimum of 4 sign-ups are needed to run this event. The sign-up and cancellation deadline is Wednesday, December 11th. Accounts will be charged for late cancellations and no-shows.
For more information, please contact Childcare Director, Kerry McGuire, by email or call
(206) 526-7664.

Shop 'til You Drop!

Friday, December 13th - Thursday, December 19thAvailable During all Normal Kid's Court Hours by Reservation
Members: $10 / hour + tax │ Sibling Discount: $8 / hour + tax │ No Non-Member Discounts
Do you have holiday shopping or errands you need to get done and no place to pop the kids? Look no further because Kid’s Court has a great deal for you. We are offering up one full week of discounted childcare so you can accomplish your goals. Bring the kids to Kid’s Court and rest easy as they play, and enjoy time with other children.
For more information, please contact Childcare Director, Kerry McGuire, by email or call
(206) 526-7664.

Milk & Cookies with Santa!

Monday, December 16th │4:00-6:00 pm
Members: $30+tax │ Sibling Discount: $25+tax│ Non-Members: $40+tax
Ditch the lines at the mall and come see Santa here at the Club! We’ll hang out for a couple of hours decorating cookies and drinking cocoa. We’ll watch a short holiday film as we construct letters or drawings that encompass all of our holiday dreams and desires. The best part, Santa himself will pay us a visit! We’ll snap some great photos for you to take home and share with your family. Mom and Dad you’re free to take off and run some errands while we have so much fun!
Bonus: If you need extra "SAC to the Rescue" childcare before or after this event, we’ll be offering discounted childcare for a flat $8 an hour per child for members. Yahoo!
A minimum of 4 sign-ups are needed to run this event. The sign-up and cancellation deadline is Wednesday, December 11th. Accounts will be charged for late cancellations and no-shows.
For more information, please contact Childcare Director, Kerry McGuire, by email or call
(206) 526-7664.

Winter Break Day Camp

Friday, January 3rd│ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Members: $80+tax │ Sibling Discount: $75+tax │ Non-Members: $100+tax
Oh my goodness!! Are you racking your brain trying to figure out what to do with the kids on this last day of Winter Break? Send them to hang out with Kerry! We will pile into the trusty ol’ van and jaunt off to the Everett Children’s Museum for the day.

Pack a lunch and a swimsuit (just in case we have time to swim here at the Club).
A minimum of 6 sign-ups are needed to run this event. The sign-up and cancellation deadline is Friday, December 20th. Accounts will be charged for late cancellations and no-shows.
For more information, please contact Childcare Director, Kerry McGuire, by email or call
(206) 526-7664.
Additional December Kid’s Programming
Mom's/Dad’s Morning Out
Wednesday, December 4th & 18th│ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Members: $30+tax │Non-Members: $40+tax
Need the morning to yourself? Come drop the kids off while you run errands or get in some well-deserved “me time.”
Mom's/Dad’s Afternoon Out
Tuesday, December 10th│ 3:30-6:30 pm
Members: $30+tax │Non-Members: $40+tax
Want a quiet afternoon, kid-free? Mom's/Dad’s Afternoon Out is the perfect time for you to drop the kids off and do just that.
SAC to the Rescue!
Did your babysitter call in sick? Drop the kids off any time during our normal operating hours, for as much time as you need. Please call ahead to schedule a spot.
Monday - Friday│8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday │8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday │8:00 am - 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact Childcare Director, Kerry McGuire, by email or call
(206) 526-7664.

Lose It!

Wednesday, January 15th
Be a part of our 8th annual structured 12-week weight loss competition and more importantly, fitness reset starting Wednesday, January 15th, 2020!
January is often a time for New Year’s resolutions and why not, it’s a great time of year to evaluate where you are at and where you want to be on your health and fitness journey. A part of New Year’s resolutions can be a much needed reset after the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Whether you are looking to transform your body, have an event you are training for or you are needing accountability to get yourself back on track, this program is for you. 
The Lose It program offers weekly check-ins for accountability, nutrition workshops, discounted personal training and all sorts of social media postings that provide encouragement, comradery and educational content. 
If you are interested in joining our group or want to learn more about the program, please contact Fitness Director, Dana Lauren, or come to one of our informational meetings in the New Year on:
     Monday, January 6th │7:00 am, 11:00 am & 6:00 pm
     Thursday, January 9th │ 7:00 am, 11:00 am & 6:00 pm
We base the challenge off of total body fat percent loss using the InBody machine which provides us with a +/-2% accuracy rate. This method allows us to keep things fair for both male and female participants and the majority of a large group.
Last year’s challenge we ended with 30 participants doing post measurements. Of those 30 people our group lost a total of 295 pounds and 262.9 inches. That’s almost 22 feet! To break it down even more, last year’s winner, Chris Poland dropped 8.1% body fat, 18.5 pounds and 20 inches!
There is a lot to do before our kick off on Wednesday, January 15th. To register and get the information you need to make your journey as successful as possible, please contact Fitness Director, Dana Lauren, by email or call (206) 522-9400 ext. 116.

Holiday Pilates Group Equipment Classes

Members: $30 / person
Don’t let the busy holiday season get in the way of your fitness goals! Let us help you stay on track. Get toned and stretched and ready to take on those holiday parties and the new year!
Tuesday, December 24th│10:00 am
To register, please contact Pilates Instructor, Helen Bates Green, by email.
Tuesday, December 31st│12:00 pm
To register, please contact Pilates Instructor, Lynn Tofil, by email.
Wednesday, January 1st│10:00 am
To register, please contact Pilates Instructor, Maren Sorensen, by email.
Please note, classes are limited to 3 participants and advance registration is required.

Pilates 101 Reformer Class

Saturdays9:00 am & 10:00 am 
Members: $30 / person
A fun way to learn the basics of Pilates on the apparatus. Appropriate for both the Pilates beginner or a mat-class devotee. Each class meets once a week using the classic Pilates apparatus called the Reformer.
Class are limited to 3 participants. Advanced sign-ups required.To register, please contact Pilates Instructor, Lynn Tofil, by email.

Pilates Jump Class

Fridays 6:30-6:55 am
Members: $15 / person
The Pilates Jump Board is a safe way to increase the heart-rate without impact to the joints and gain all the benefits of rebounding, including:
  • Increasing bone mass
  • Boosting lymphatic drainage & immune function
  • Improving digestion
  • Improving balance (stimulating the vestibular apparatus in the inner ear)
  • Increasing endurance
  • Improving muscle tone
  • Supporting the thyroid & adrenals
Class is limited to 3 participants. Advanced sign-ups required.To register, please contact Pilates Instructor, Maren Sorensen, by email.

Pilates & Plunge

Pilates Studio - $15/person 12:00-12:30 pm
Pool Deck - Complimentary 12:30-1:00 pm
Join us for a 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 the pool 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!
Be sure to bring your swimsuit, goggles, and shorts and a shirt to go over your swimsuit.
For more information, please contact Pilates Instructor, Maren Sorensen, or Aquatics Director, Trevor Carroll, by email.

Osteoporosis and Pilates

By Rebekah Rotstein
As baby boomers segue from childrearing to retirement, they find themselves bombarded by the media with information about osteoporosis. It makes sense, considering that more than 44 million American men and women age 50 and older have osteoporosis or its precursor, osteopenia. So between news articles about calcium and vitamin D, Sally Field promoting the drug Boniva on TV commercials and the now ubiquitous term "weight bearing exercise," we are all hearing a great deal about this epidemic.
Yet controversy abounds, with new findings questioning the benefits of calcium as well as the risks versus benefits of osteoporosis medications. The conflicting information is enough to overwhelm even the most media savvy consumer. But the one continuously advocated method of addressing the condition is exercise. Not only does exercise help to maintain and build strong bones, but it can improve balance and reflexes and thereby prevent falls, the most dangerous threat to those with fragile bones. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, 60 percent of those who fracture a hip still cannot walk independently a year later. Clearly, the goal should be to stay strong, agile and upright.
As Pilates has gained recognition in the medical and mainstream realms as a beneficial form of exercise to address every concern from back pain to love handles, boomers have jumped on the bandwagon. Specifically, many have heard that Pilates can be a great bone strengthening addition to a fitness regimen. But beware traditional Pilates, especially when done in a mat class (on the floor) involves an excess of motion for the spine that can actually INDUCE spinal fractures. In fact, 75 percent of Pilates mat exercises are contraindicated advised AGAINST for those with osteoporosis and osteopenia. Why is that? A 1984 Mayo Clinic study determined that flexing the spine (forward bending) can result in vertebral fractures, the type that lead to loss of height and eventually even to a dowager's hump." Those who have taken a Pilates class know that most of the exercises involve lifting your head off the ground while lying on your back and rolling up and down.
So why would people recommend Pilates? One emphasis within Pilates is the alignment of the body elongating the spine and aligning it with the pelvis, hips, legs, feet, shoulders and head. What better way to combat slouching than to focus on posture and spinal decompression? Additionally, breathing and concentration are pivotal to every exercise. If you are more "grounded" and centered in your mind, your body will respond accordingly and you may even be less likely to trip. Furthermore, balance and control play a large role in the Pilates repertoire, regardless of whether you are on the mat or using the machines. Pilates is a whole body experience and promotes symmetry of the musculature along with proper body mechanics. Along those lines, all exercises emphasize "the core" the deep stabilizing muscles of the lower back and pelvis, including the deepest layer of abdominals. When those are strong and can support the body, there is less effort to maintain an upright (or non-upright) position and also less risk of falling.
So should you avoid Pilates if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia? Certainly not. But you may be best to attend a mat class that is geared toward those with the condition. At least, avoid the rolling exercises or ones that involve front or side bending and rotation of the spine. Also, while lying on your back, keep your head on the ground, perhaps with a small towel underneath, when others are lifting their heads off the mat.
On the positive side, all exercises done lying on your side or stomach, as well as on hands and knees, are excellent to do. Just inform the instructor before class of your situation. Additionally, private Pilates sessions are outstanding for those with osteoporosis and osteopenia for the reasons mentioned above as well for the increase in flexibility. We simply need to be aware of necessary modifications to this popular exercise form. The benefits of Pilates are numerous and great let's just be sure to stick to safe movement.
Pilates instructor Rebekah Rotstein is the founder of Incorporating Movement and is a member of the teacher training faculty at the Kane School of Core Integration in New York City.


Where did you park today?

Just getting to the gym is half the battle, right?! We want to make your journey to the Club as easy as possible.
The fall and winter months are an especially busy time of year for us and we want to make sure you know all of your parking options:
The Club parking lot - please be mindful that members are required to have a parking pass visibly displayed in the rear window of your vehicle. Stop by the Sports Desk to obtain yours if you do not already have one.

If the parking lot is full, street parking may be available - be sure to pay attention to posted signs as it is patrolled.
There is also complimentary parking for SAC members on the top 2 floors of the parking garage located at the corner of 4th Ave NE and NE 97th St. Please be sure to park ONLY on the designated floors for the Club as the garage is monitored and violators are subject to being towed. A code to exit the garage is required on weekends and Monday - Friday after 6:00 am and after 6:00 pm. Be sure to ask for the code at the sports desk upon check-in.
For more information, please contact Operations Director, Roni Olson, by email or call (206) 522-9400 ext. 253.

Children & Youth Policy Reminder

In order to respect the rights of all our members and for the safety of our younger members, it is important that all parents / guardians ensure that the Children & Youth Policies are followed without fail. Please remember parents/guardians are responsible for the conduct of their children at all times.
Please note that at the Seattle Athletic Club Northgate “supervised” is defined as having your child within earshot and eyesight AT ALL TIMES and “accompanied” is defined as being in the same room with your child AT ALL TIMES.
Ages 0-5
  • Must be directly supervised by a parent/guardian AT ALL TIMES while in the facility.
  • Not allowed in the spa and sauna.
  • Not allowed in the Weight Room or Cardio Room at any time.
  • Permitted in the locker room of the OPPOSITE sex (as well as same sex).
Ages 6-12
  • Must be directly supervised by parent/guardian while in the facility.
  • May use the spa when directly supervised by a parent/guardian.
  • Not allowed to use the sauna.
  • Ages 6-9 not allowed in the Weight Room and Cardio Room at any time.
  • Ages 10-12 may only use the Weight Room and Cardio Room if they have completed Youth Strength Training Program and are directly supervised by a parent/guardian.
  • Must use the locker room of the SAME SEX.
Ages 13-15
  • Must be supervised by a parent / guardian while in the facility.
  • May use the Weight Room and Cardio Room AFTER completion of the Youth Strength Training Program.
  • May swim as long as they are accompanied by another person who is 13 years or older.
  • May use the Spa and Sauna when accompanied with another person 13 years or older.
Ages 16-18
  • May visit the Club without supervision with a membership card (please see Membership Representative for details).
  • May use any part of the Club as an adult member except the pool. Age 16-17 must be accompanied by another person 13 years or older. Age 18 and older may swim with NO SUPERVISON.
For more information, please contact Operations Director, Roni Olson, by email or call (206) 522-9400 ext. 253.

December Film Night - Frida (2002)

Wednesday, December 4th │ 7:00-9:00 pm
Members: Complimentary │Non-Members: Standard Guest Fee
Directed by Julie Taymor (Titus (1999), Across the Universe (2007), The Tempest (2010) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014)), Frida tells the story of artist Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek), daughter of a German father and Mexican mother, who lived a short life (6 July 1907 - 13 July 1954). She was inspired by native art, mixing realism with the fantastic, and is best known for her self-portraits. Though heading toward medical school, a serious accident ultimately led her to art. She had a complex marriage with artist and mentor Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), romantic involvement with other women and even an affair with Russian exile Leon Trotsky.
She was in many aspects of her life a true revolutionary. The film won Oscars for Best Music and Best Makeup and Salma Hayek was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. So what’s stopping you from coming to SAC Film Night? See you there!

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, by email or call (206) 522-9400 ext. 254.

Updates From WESA

Meet our Scholars
Meet Christopher! Christopher just joined WESA this year because he thought it seemed really fun and he wanted to make sure that he was exercising a lot. That is great forward thinking for a 3rd grader; start healthy, stay healthy! Christopher's favorite part of WESA is doing Mad Minutes. These are 90 second quizzes on math facts that scholars do at the start of each tutoring session, to focus their minds. Christopher wants to let you know that WESA is really fun and that you should try out! If you aren't eligible to tryout, maybe suggest it to someone you know at Northgate Elementary, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, or Ingraham High School. Keep your eye out for Christopher at the SAC on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He can be seen giving his racquet a big swing or retying his shoes.
College Prep Tutors Needed
We’re looking for College Prep Tutors to join our team on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30pm and Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm at the Harbor Square Athletic Club. If you would like to join us or would like to gather more info, please contact Kate Frost.
Squash Rackets Needed
Rackets come and go and as our team continues to grow, so does the need for additional equipment such as rackets! If you or somebody you know would like to donate your gently used rackets, please let us know! Should you have questions or would like to donate now, please contact Kate Frost. Thank you!
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