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Finding Your Well-Rounded Fitness Routine Before the Holidays

6bac1b5f-849e-4c20-8b34-e1ba69476adbAfter numerous holiday parties, drinks with friends, and candy at the office, thousands of people will make a New Year’s
resolution to start fresh on January 1st. But what if you started six weeks early? Instead of playing catch up and trying to undo the damage you cause during the holidays, you could start the New Year off in a better position than you’re in now!


MAC Announcements

77a79ea1-c6dd-49f6-a175-15775de02405Discover Your New Favorite Group Fitness Class!
The Magnuson Athletic Club wants to encourage members to always try new fitness routines. What better way to get acquainted with the programs at the upcoming Group Fitness Open House!  

Join us on Saturday, November 7th from 8am-12pm. Free for all members and their friends, sample Group Fitness classes will be running all morning long, in addition to Training Q&A sessions and a light breakfast bar.

View the open house schedule here>>


Thanksgiving Hours

Your favorite foods always tastes better when you are hungry.  So work up your appetite on Thanksgiving Day before your feast.  Your athletic club will be open from 7:00am-2:00pm. The MiniMAC will be open from 8:00am-12:00pm. A special Group Fitness schedule will be released in November.


Feast on Fitness Member Challenge

Feast on Fitness this December! During the holiday season we are tempted with sweet treats and hearty meals all month long. At Magnuson Athletic Club, we want to encourage and challenge all members to counterbalance these impulses with fitness driven habits and healthy choices.

Can you make the commitment to workout 15 days this December to Feast on Fitness? We believe you can – and if you do, your dedication and hard work will be rewarded with a MAC Feast on Fitness T-shirt

Participations is simple! Continue to check-in each time you visit the club and throughout the month we will be tracking your progress. Once you have hit 15 days, you will be notified.

So let’s beat those holiday pounds and jump start your New Year’s resolutions. Take this time to come in and challenge yourself by trying something new! We offer fun and educating Group Fitness Classes or if you are looking for a new routine, try working out with any of our great Trainers in a Small Group Training session.

MAC Survey Results

GauntletsfdfdfThank you for participating in our most recent Facility Improvement and Service Fee survey. We strive to keep the MAC up to date with our facilities and equipment for the benefit of the club’s members and community. We are excited to announce that the MAC has purchased the following equipment that is scheduled to arrive before the new year! (more…)

Stop Undoing Your Workouts!

Breanne Curran  AADP CHHC, NS, NSCA CPT


canstockphoto10274454 (1)Unfortunately, your diet choices make it extremely easy to negate the hard work you put in toward your fitness goals. What you eat will either undo your workout or boost its results .  Picking something fast and convenient to eat doesn’t have to ruin you!  The trick is to plan in advance so that you have something healthy and highly nutritional that you prepped a few days ahead to “grab-and-go”.

You are all busy people.  To accomplish all your professional and/or family responsibilities throughout the course of a single day often requires intricate coordination using daily planners or “smart’ devices.  You dart back and forth between meetings or kid’s activities  with great efficiency, having planned for travel time and other variables.  And, you still find time for your workout.  So why is it that when it comes to refueling your body’s ability to keep up with a busy schedule and supporting your fitness goals, you suddenly have no plan and succumb to fast food and convenience eating? (more…)

MAC Employee Spotlight: Chauncy Gibbs

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While he was growing up in the agricultural region of eastern Oregon, there was not much that Chauncy Gibbs enjoyed about living and working on a wheat farm.  Now, as  he looks back on all the challenges and the opportunity to work closely with his family,  Chauncy fondly remembers the experience and what it taught him.  As a Operations Manager, Chauncy looks forward to bringing his strong work ethic and sense of community to Magnuson Athletic Club. (more…)

Exercise vs Training. What’s the Difference?

Coach’s Corner By Scott A. Jansen

c5dbcb27-95f7-4739-90b7-fffc0235244eI started lifting weights when I was 14 in freshman football. I could barely bench press the bar and the squat rack was terrifying. Since then, the journey of discovery of movement and exercise has been vast. Something I’ve been exposed to along that journey is worth sharing. It’s the difference between exercising and training.


Exercise is essential for a healthy life. It’s hard to imagine, but back in our grandparents’ day they thought you had a finite amount of energy and it should be used to work not play. “Play” these days is one of the buzzwords used by every organization from the NFL to the American Heart Association. They’re looking to get our youth moving more frequently. One such example is “Play 60” designed by the NFL to have children move for 60 minutes a day.

This brings up the question, what is exercise? (more…)

Get Fit. Stay Fit.

There are a lot of components that go into creating a truly healthy lifestyle.  Balancing the elements of nutrition, physical exercise, mental health, motivation, and the limitations of time can be daunting. Fortunately, Issaquah Fitness has a program that can help you create and foster effective nutritional, exercise, and mental habits that lead to lifestyle changes promoting a long-term healthier you, both internally and externally.  The program is called Body Breakthrough.


MAC Taekwondo:  Martial Arts for Modern Day

TaekwondoOne of the original ideals behind the practice of Taekwondo is that participants work to create a more peaceful world.  In addition, the concept of Moo Do is seen as the exercise of mastering the management of inevitable stresses and variables in life.  With those goals, Taekwondo may be a perfect match for our modern lives where we desire a more harmonious existence in the face of a fast-paced and dynamic world.  It may also explain why Taekwondo is one the fastest growing programs we offer at the MAC.


I’m not there….yet! By Janet Germeraad, MAC Member Spotlight

In this edition of the Member Spotlight, Janet, a MAC member shares her experiences in her own creative words.  Enjoy.

I’m not there….yet!!!!  By Janet Germeraad, MAC Member

MemberSpotlightGym membership check! Joining the Magnuson Athletic Club was seemingly just one more important detail checked off on life’s “to do” list. I first visited the MAC with a friend on a guest pass and MAC had better hours and parking than my current gym. Two weeks later I dropped off my voting ballot at the Magnuson collection box and went over to join the gym (I did not stay to workout).  Boom! Civic responsibility and physical fitness check… I was doing well at this life thing!

“Don’t worry. Everything is going to be amazing”. – Unknown Author
  I have belonged to a gym of some sort for over 20 years. I have logged countless miles on treadmills, tracks, and ellipticals. I have pumped free weight iron, mastered leg lifts on machines, and with no grace, awkwardly gasped for air through many aerobics and jazzercise classes. I have found myself on a rubber mat looking more like a tangled string of holiday lights and less like a perfect lotus pose. (more…)

Too much of a good thing

You’ve just finished a great, healthy meal, so why do you feel gassy and tired?   Even if your plate was full of the most nutrient rich foods and ingredients, it is still possible to eat too much. Besides considering the quantity of what you are eating, you must also remember that your body processes and digests different foods in various ways and at different rates of speed.  Overloading the system with multiple types of foods can cause chaos for the body that you may end up experiencing as fatigue, bloating or other discomforts.

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To explain, imagine the workload at your job or office.  If your workload quantity, the types of tasks you are assigned and the time it takes for completion are all the same day in and day out, the job becomes routine and possibly easier.  However, if your in-basket has many different tasks with varying priorities and deadlines, you need to work harder to manage everything to insure proper completion.  The more time and effort it takes to get your job done can cause fatigue and stress.  (more…)

Resistance Training to Prevent Muscle Imbalance

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 2.28.09 PMWhen one muscle is stronger than its opposing muscle, you have an imbalance. For instance, if you do push-ups or bench presses, but never do posterior exercises like seated rows, or pull-ups, there’s a good chance you likely have a strength imbalance. Muscle imbalance creates improper constant muscle tension that can lead to injury or further problems,  like poor posture in the above mentioned example. (more…)

Work Hard, Play Hard

MAC Employee Spotlight:  Jack LaurenceJack Laurence

In his job as Host at the Magnuson Athletic Club, Jack Laurence is on the front lines our business of helping others achieve their fitness goals.  With his love of sports and the outdoors, dedication to work and personal experience, Jack in not only a great resource for members but also a model of someone living an active and fit life.

From common facility and membership questions to more focused member concerns, Jack is confident MAC members feel comfortable working with him to find solutions for their individual needs and goals.  He enjoys the community feel of the club and working with the MAC team to help create a stress free and supportive atmosphere for staff and members. Feeling valued as a team member helps him add value in his job and pass it along to members.

Jack subscribes to the work hard, play hard philosophy toward life.  His attitudes have developed on the many competitive sports fields he played on as a youth and in college.  When he is not at the MAC assisting members, you might find him boating, hiking or playing ultimate frisbee with family and friends.  Or you may not find him at all.  As an Eagle Scout, Jack is very comfortable in the great outdoors and may take to the unbeaten path to camp, back pack or mountain climb.

Although the MAC is a great fit for his life, Jack has an eye toward the future.  As a graduate with a Business Administration degree from the University of Redlands, he is hoping to eventually work in marketing or consulting for an entertainment focused company or with an established tech business.  Jack has a great support network of family and friends who provide constant inspiration for him to continue his growth as a professional.  He credits his parents with instilling in him a strong work ethic and to hold himself accountable to the highest standards…his own.

The rules for keeping a balance between life and work are pretty simple for Jack.  He believes that you should not be afraid of hard work and to take on as much as you can if you hope to learn and progress.  At the same time, it is important to make time for the mechanisms to release daily stress (for Jack, that is his gym workout time) as well as time to enjoy the company of family and friends.

If you haven’t met Jack yet, stop by and say hello.  We are happy to have him on the MAC team helping our members live active and fit lives and showing us all what that means by living one himself.



Small group training combines the camaraderie and fun found in larger group exercise with the individual attention and intensity of personal training.  Whether you have never tried small group training or you are looking for a new small group workout, the MAC has an excellent opportunity to experience this fun and effective exercise environment.   Starting the week of July 6th, our 6-week Small Group Training Series will begin.  Choose from the following classes to find a group that best suits your interests, needs and style of training.

The next set of series will begin the week of July 6th! Register today to reserve your spot.


Cutting calories alone? There goes muscle!

 By Scott A. JansenScott Jan July Article

Stop losing weight solely by cutting calories! As much as 25 percent of what you lose could be muscle.  Muscle is your body’s calorie-burning machine; we need every pound we can get.

That’s why coupling healthy diet with regular resistance training is the secret to lasting weight control. Resistance training offers several benefits:

Boosts metabolism        

Muscle burns calories even while you are at rest. If you’ve broken down muscle fibers while strength training, the immediate result is energy your body spends to repair and grow the muscle again. That’s hundreds of calories which you didn’t have to spend while on a treadmill.


Boost Energy, Burn Fat And Blast Belly Bloat !

Kick It This Summer, Sans The Belly Bloat And Regrets !

Breanne Curran, Trainer, Health Coach & Nutritionist 

Summertime brings on the outdoor parties, barbecues and other events with traditional foods like chips, kid snacks, beers, hamburgers and hot dog buns.   Eating rolls, buns, creamy salads, chips, and fruit trays, can leave you tired as well as feeling and looking bloated…something no one wants during the summer.


Mind & Body May Challenge

MACMIND BODYStart putting yourself first this spring! Here’s your chance to take a break from your busy schedule and improve your mental and physical health. Magnuson Athletic Club is challenging our members to participate in our Mind & Body May Challenge!

Complete 10 Mind & Body classes throughout the month of May and earn a FREE club water bottle!


What is functional training?

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Functional training has its origins in rehabilitation. Physical and Occupational therapists often use this approach to retrain patients with movement disorders or to help patients recover from injury.


Add these two Weight Loss Boosters to your Health Habits.


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I’ll make this simple…if you want to lose weight , eat eggs! They will fuel your hard-earned muscle and keep you burning more calories all day long.


This Woman is Strong… Member Spotlight: Deb Bryan

Garrison Keillor created the fictional town ofIMG_0005 Lake Wobegon for his popular radio program, “Prairie Home Companion.”  In this made up community supposedly situated in Central Minnesota, listeners were treated to stories the author spun of a small town “where the women are strong and the men good-looking and all the children above average.”  MAC member Deb Bryan grew up in Albany, Minnesota, in the heart of the area where Lake Wobegon supposedly existed and a partial model for the author’s creation.  And while she bares no resemblance to any of Keillor’s cast of characters, Deb has revealed to the MAC community that she is indeed a woman of strength.


A Focused and Attentive Approach to Caregiving…Employee Spotlight: Maggie Vandermar-Poor

It takes a certain personality to work and thriveIMG_4491 in the Magnuson Athletic Club’s MiniMAC Kid’s Club.  Patience, understanding, flexibility and creativity are just some of the qualities that make for a successful caregiver.  Maggie Vandermar-Poor has those qualities in abundance and uses them everyday to give kids a fantastic experience whenever they visit the MiniMAC.


Cure Their Summertime Boredom

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Do you have a college kid coming home for the summer? Do you have high school student out on summer break? Well let’s keep them active this time of year at Magnuson Athletic Club.   The MAC will be offering a Summer Membership Special that you don’t want to miss out on! (more…)

No More Ifs, Ands or Lazy Butts

How personal training can benefit you!No-Excuses-Stop

You’ve seen them working out at the club… those members getting personalized attention from trainers.  They get in, do their work and get out… quick and efficient. And if you have watched them over time, you’ve seen them making progress; getting stronger, getting leaner, increasing mobility, increasing energy.  And maybe you’ve even thought to yourself; “If only I had a personal trainer to work with.” or  “I would do it, but, I don’t have the time or resources.”

Well, no more “ifs”, “ands” or lazy “butts”… now is the chance to see how Personal Training  can work for you.

For a limited time, current Issaquah Fitness members who have never purchased a Personal Training session before, can sign up for a FREE 30 minute Program Evaluation of their current exercise regimen or routine.  Our Personal Trainers are experts in helping others achieve their fitness goals and they are motivated to get you going in the right direction.  Here is your chance to try Personal Training; you can have your questions answered and your exercise program refined.

To take advantage of this opportunity, complete the Exercise Program Evaluation form and you will be matched with a Personal Trainer for your free session.

Click here to sign up for your FREE 30 minute Exercise Program Evaluation

So don’t delay.  On the road to your fitness success and healthier life, get on the fast track with help from the expert crew of Personal Trainers at Magnuson Athletic Club.

If you have additional questions, contact us at info@macseattle.com



NEW Cycle Fit Class   

  •  An interval training class consisting of 5-7 minutes of cardio on the bikes alternating with about 5 minutes of strength work off the bikes for a two in one workout.


Sustain Your New Year’s Resolutions with these 4 Easy Tips! 

New_Year_resolutionDon’t Give up on your New Year’s Resolution; Create Sustainable Habits!

Have you abandoned your fitness goals made during   the holidays? If you have, or are struggling to stay the course, don’t abandon all hope and give up just yet.