Magnuson Athletic Club: Can you share some details about your personal life – hometown, family, career.
George: I was born in Spokane, and my family moved around frequently when I was young, but we settled in the Seattle are when I was in high school. After graduating from Washington State University, I returned to the Seattle area and have been here ever since. I am happily married to Kathy. We will be celebrating our 28-1/2th anniversary at the end of May. I was an engineer and Kathy was a teacher. We are now both retired and enjoying it. We keep far too busy doing volunteer work and serving on various boards and committees now.
MAC: What are you passionate about? Any hobbies?
George: Fitness, of course! I really enjoy (more…)
Raina Green, owner of Violette Salon & Beauty Bar in the Sand Point Village, established her very own salon after working at a day spa for nine years. “It is really fun being in a full service salon – much more upbeat than a spa setting,” said Raina. “My most favorite thing I get to do at work is apply eyelash extensions. I’ve been doing it for eight years now, and I love it! Nothing beats the feeling of making someone feel beautiful!” (more…)
Brooke Lawson is a wife to Rhys and a mother to Jack, 5 and Anna, 2 ½. She is actively taking care of her family, working part time as a Human Resource Specialist with the US Coast Guard, and helps out at the pre-school her kids attend. In her spare time, you can find Brooke gardening, running, being crafty, cooking, and spending time with her family – all of which is reflected in her healthy lifestyle. “Being healthy and active makes me happy. I want my children to have that same attitude towards life and health,” with a smile said Brooke.
Brooke has been a MAC member from the beginning, where she would come in periodically. It wasn’t until (more…)
MAC member since March 2011, Mike Shelton is a busy family man and business owner who still has the time for fitness and the passion for an active lifestyle with his family.
Mike has a family of four – his wife, Sara, two sons, Eddie, 11 and William, 7, and their newest edition, Niner (a year old puppy named after Mike’s hometown football team the San Francisco 49ers), who are highly active in fitness and sports. “We have a very lively calendar of events that we are constantly involved with,” said Mike. Being that he is continuously playing tennis and soccer, coaching sports with his kids, and getting outdoors to enjoy the sun with his wife, Mike finds it important to maintain a consistent fitness routine for him to be able to keep up with all the physical activities with his family. (more…)
Heidi is one of MAC’s earliest and most dedicated members. She balances running her own fashion consulting business with being a wife and mother of three, which makes Heidi a very busy lady. But that doesn’t stop her from finding time for fitness. An admitted “gym rat,” Heidi loves to work out, especially when that means participating in (more…)
I tell all my clients to do yoga – any type. It basically forces your body and your mind to unwind and calm. For Type A people like me (who have a hard time holding still) it saves you. Your body and your mind, forces you to hold stretches and keeps your monkey brain quiet for a bit, always after a class – I am renewed, relaxed and have better and clearer thinking.
SO tonight- I left thinking about my Dad. How I spent a great father’s day with him and how great it is that we now have open conversations as two adults, not just as parent and child. He has definitely instilled in me many of my traits I carry now. Some of these are 1. Have a strong sense of self 2. Never turn down an adventure 3. Don’t be afraid to leap… just look where you’re going.
My dad is a wanderer (he literally has a business card stating this) He wanders the world, most often from the Northwest to the Far East to the Beaches of Mexico. He doesn’t carry much — because he knows that less is more (in every way), and quality is much better than quantity (which is why he has a nice new backpack for his flight tomorrow)
(Dad on recent Mule expedition in isolated Baja to see cave paintings thousands of years old)
My father has made me great at what I do and keeping myself challenged to always do better. As a trainer, nutrition specialist and health coach I keep in mind (for myself and my clients) to know what is possible and not be afraid to leap to get there ! If we pack our bags right for the journey ahead and look where we are going – we will not only get further but land sure footed (for more leaps) – so Thank you Dad! Here’s to many more challenges, adventures and leaps
Oh – and please read below for a great kale, beet, walnut salad my dad made last night – it was in direct competition with my miso cabbage salad. I think his won Both recipes below.
I am adding some avocado and salmon to the miso salad tonight – it is delicious!
December 5, 2011 – Seattle – Magnuson Athletic Club (MAC) is pleased to announce Brian Sutton – one of Seattle’s sought after group fitness instructors and designer of Lifestyle Integrated Fitness Training (LIFT) fitness program has joined the MAC sport training team. Sutton will serve as a personal trainer.
“Brian brings a high level of knowledge and passion for fitness to the MAC. He brings a skill set to help people of all fitness levels reach their full potential. The community has gained a great resource with Brian joining the MAC team,” said Preston Crouser, Head MAC Trainer.
Sutton brings twelve years of experience and an extensive resume of specialty training to the MAC, including a Masters in Exercise Science, strength and conditioning coaches certification and personal trainer certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a co-founder of LIFT in New York, and has been a Keynote speaker for the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Utilizing an array of his own original programs along with other proven techniques, Sutton has nurtured active adults and recreational athletes, as well as high school, collegiate and pro athletes.
MAN IN THE MIRROR - you’ve got to get it right while you’ve got the time
This morning I had a call with a client who had tearfully told me how she wished that she had known how important our food choices were, when she was younger. You see her father passed when he was 36 from Cancer. And after doing some research she came to realize how important diet and lifestyle habits are , and how him changing his habits earlier in his life could have very well saved him. Because of this, she is making changes in her own life and seeing me for Health Coaching/ Nutrition Counseling.
This was immensely meaningful to me. It reaffirmed that I love what I get to do daily, help people improve the quality of their own lives by the little choices we make. I could also relate to her, as I became a health coach after realizing that my friends and family members were suffering from depression, cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. Are these diseases preventable – absolutely !
We are a product of all our Movements. Every step and reach you make, every gulp and bite you take , even the thoughts you think – make up your well-being!
I get to help people become healthier, happier and achieve their goals – by working on all these little movements they make. I help people improve the quality of their own lives- how cool is that? !
I know this post is a little cheesy/ Oprah like, but I wanted to share that with you
It also led me to put on my favorite song – ” Man in the Mirror” – Michael Jackson. We all know it but have you really listened to the words? I have them in my next post- mostly if inspires me because it is so true – and confirms that by being our best we have the power to change things around us. There is no glass ceiling – only the one you create.
Yours in Health,
Kevin is a Seattle Parks & Recreation Enterprise Division Planner. He has been instrumental in managing public-private partnerships to revitalize Magnuson Park. Kevin and his wife, Anne, are two of our charter members, and their daughter enjoys going to the MiniMAC and Parent Date Night.
MAC: Tell us a little bit about where you grew up and how you ended up in Seattle.
KB: Grad school at UW brought me to Seattle. First time visited Seattle over an Indian Summer weekend in 1989. I was hooked, what a fantastic city! I grew up in Phoenix. While I don’t have bad memories of the hot summer weather, I did dream a lot about what it would be like to live somewhere with fog and rain. Now I know!
Think you’re an avid cyclist? Meet MAC Member, Carol McKean, who is about to embark on a summmer cross-country bike trip with her husband, Bill.
MAC: Tell me a little bit about yourself?
CM: Well it took me a long time because I’m 71 years old. I grew up in Northern Wisconsin and I came out here after high school and I’ve been here ever since, except for a 6-year stint in North Carolina where we lived in Raleigh. I’ve always been sort of an outdoorsy person interested in sports and physical activity. Ever since our last bike trip about 4 years ago I’ve sort of became a slug and I was feeling very sluggish at the beginning of this year and then I got something in the mail about the opening of this facility and I knew we were going on this bike trip, so it thought maybe this would be a good thing to do. It was near our house, it was convenient, and I couldn’t use the excuse that it was too far away. So I came and took the tour, I liked it and decided I needed some structure so I signed up with Maryann and it was a great decision – both of them.
MAC: Tell me a little bit about training with Maryann? How does she push you?
CM: She made me work hard which was great. That’s exactly what I wanted. She gave me a lot of exercises to do, and so I worked out with her for four weeks in January and then went about 6 weeks on my own. I then decided to sign up with her again, going two times a week for two weeks, so I did that and then finished that about three weeks ago. I signed up with her once a week until we go (on the bike trip) because I decided I had to just stay with her until we left. I’ve been very motivated; I feel a whole lot better, lost 12 pounds. Things really have turned around, so I feel ready for the bike trip now.
MAC: You’re going on a bike trip with your husband soon; can you tell me a little about that?
CM: We’ve taken 6 long bike trips, two in Europe, and one on the Oregon coast. We took the mountain loop, went over the North Cascades Highway and back over Stevens Pass through Winthrop and Chelan. Actually, our first one was in 1996 when we went to Colorado for my husband’s 40th high school reunion. That was our first bike tour and we really like it. It’s a great way to go, you get a lot of great experiences; it’s an adventure, it’s great physical exercise and I think people think we’re nuts but this could be our last hurrah, I don’t know, we’ll see. For the first time I’m having a few doubts about coming all the way across the country but I hope we make it.
MAC: So it’s a cross-country trip… where will you be starting?
CM: We’re flying to Raleigh, NC and visiting some friends there for about a week. Then we’ll leave from there and go up through Virginia and along the C&O Canal Towpath, which is now a biking and walking path. In fact you can go all the way from Raleigh to almost Pittsburgh on a bike path, we don’t even have to go on a road so that’ll be great.
MAC: How long are you anticipating the trip taking you?
CM: At least two and a half months. I suspect we won’t be back until toward the end of July.
MAC: What has been your favorite (bike) trip so far?
CM: It’s hard to pick one because they’ve all been very different but the two in Europe probably were my favorite ones just because we were in such a different place. Our last one we went through, starting in Switzerland, went through Austria and the Czech Republic which was very interesting because it’s sort of a former third world country and some parts of it are still struggling to get back. But it was so interesting and we spent several days in Prague, which was a beautiful place, beautiful city, and we had a very interesting train trip from there to Munich, Germany. And all in all, I think for interesting experiences in a different environment it was probably my favorite one. And we were with a couple of friends for most of that trip.
MAC: What do you like best about the MAC?
CM: I like the atmosphere; the spaciousness and the newness of everything. The staff is very friendly and they just make you feel welcome and motivated to come back. I like it a lot. And it’s convenient to our house, I’ve walked down here several times or back or both.
Carol with her husband, Bill, in France on one of their many bike trips.