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TillieEmployee Spotlight: Tillie Bennet

Although the least populated of the 50 states, Wyoming is famous for cowboys, bison, the meeting place of the the Great Plains and The Rocky Mountains, rodeos, Horned Toads and Yellowstone National Park.  Here at the MAC, we recognize Wyoming as also famous for producing our Yoga instructor and Receptionist, Tillie Bennett.

Growing up in Wyoming, Tillie took full advantage of the great outdoors with a very active lifestyle.  Track meets and cross-country skiing competitions were just a couple of ways she began to lay the foundation for her love of fitness.  As a youth, Tillie realized, if you are fit, even a 30-mile race in sub-zero temperatures becomes possible (and it doesn’t hurt to have Yellowstone National Park as the backdrop).


Body Breakthrough is a Hit!

BB newsThere 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, especially for those who are in real need of a lifestyle change.  Fortunately, the MAC 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’s Community Leader


Member Spotlight: Andrew Benjamin

The MAC enjoys a membership that represents a broad reach into the surrounding Seattle area, but we are especially proud to serve the local community in which we reside.  Member Andrew Benjamin is a good example of the type of relationship we have worked hard to establish with our local Laurelhurst neighborhood.

Andrew is an attorney and Principal of Benjamin Law Group, PLLC in Laurelhurst.  His offices are located just a 10 minute drive away from the MAC.  Although the location makes the MAC an ideal place for his workouts, Andrew was not always a member here, previously working out at Pro-Robics. Admittedly a tough critic, Andrew recognizes the top class facilities, polite and friendly staff and the picturesque setting make the MAC the ideal environment for attaining his fitness goals.


How to Avoid the Seasonal Seven

ribeye_dinnerThe average American gains 7 pounds during the holidays!

The “seasonal seven” is a term used for the average weight Americans gain between Thanksgiving and New Years. Since the holidays are traditionally a time for fun and indulgence, you probably prefer not to think about fitness between Thanksgiving and New Years. You want to enjoy yourself, right? Don’t worry! The festivities don’t have to be eliminated or avoided. You can have an enjoyable time while also maintaining your weight and fitness regimen. Here are some simple tips to help avoid becoming part of the “seasonal seven” statistic.


Fat Science – Use Stress to get Slim

workoutGOOD NEWS !  You have a natural fat burning trigger in your body.  It’s called Adrenaline, That’s right – when energy soars with stress,   your body is ready to burn the most calories possible – Read on my friends !

STRESS can Burn Fat!

You can make your body more lean or more fat, depending on your response to stress.


Feast on Fitness

FOF WordleAre the turkey, trimmings and pumpkin pie of Thanksgiving weighing heavily on your mind and waistline?  Is the next month littered with high calorie buffet tables and festive cocktails associated with Holiday parties and family gatherings?  If you are looking for some way to manage the temptations of the Holiday Season while still participating in all it has to offer, we suggest you join us for the Feast on Fitness Challenge for the month of December.


Interested in Trying a New Class?

The MAC is very excited to host our first Group Exercise Jamboree on October 18th. Everyone is welcome to attend the GX-Jam-Picjamboree including friends, family and non-members; in fact non-members are encouraged to come! The Jamboree will start at 8 AM and will end at noon, so get there early and make the most of the FREE event. The MAC will be providing breakfast foods, orange juice, and coffee for anyone attending the event. Quest Bars will also be in attendance handing out samples of their healthy food products.  (more…)

What Speed are you Running on?

What Speed are you Running on?

Recently I held a nutrition workshop on eating for weight loss.  An absolute game changer is eating for YOU!   Find your true metabolic rate, and you have won game one in the war against your waistline!

Think of a blender… if you put in a bunch of food and turn it on low – it will grind to a halt.

In contrast, if you put in a bunch of food and turn it on high with the help of some water (hydration is an absolute weight loss must), you will liquefy that stuff, making it easier for you to burn off and digest. Breanne Pic

Your “speed” is how much you are moving throughout your day.  If you are running on high, with work, family and workouts, feed that blender great stuff to break down.  If you neglect putting anything in it to work with, you will literally burn out the engine!  Do not work on empty – this will keep you holding on to Fat.

Now, say the next day you are not very active, sitting at your desk, and watching TV later. (more…)

Be Alpha Strong

Alpha Strong PicAs the first letter in the Greek alphabet, the word Alpha is synonymous with a “beginning” or being “first.” It can also be used to describe someone who is “the leader”, “the strongest” or “the best.”  If you are looking for a new beginning to your fitness routine or you are looking to take your fitness and strength levels to the very top of your potential, then we suggest being first in line for the MAC’s latest program…Alpha Strong.


Sweat the Small Stuff

Pay attention to “small details” to accomplish your larger goal!

When deciding to set a personal health goal, pick one small item to focus on in each category below for a compound effect that nets the results you’re seeking.

I always suggest a meeting with a health coach or personal trainer to help you select and focus on these small details to assure that they’ll achieve your goal. If you decide to go it alone then use this basic example to get you started.


We are the sum of all foods consumed; it’s as simple as that. Be honest with yourself and take a thorough review of what you’re eating and when you’re eating it. I suggest a using a food log in either the form of an app like My Fitness Pal or small journal like Bodyminder.Sweat Pic

Once you know what you’re taking in, you can get a better idea of total calories consumed daily. This is where meeting with a trainer or manager at the MAC can be helpful. You can purchase an InBody test which provides your exact lean muscle mass, total body water, body fat, and Basal Metabolic Rate. The BMR will provide the total number of calories you’re supposed to consume daily for your current weight and body composition. (more…)

MAC’s Friendly Front Desk Face

One of the knowledgeable and friendly faces you may encounter at the front desk of the Magnuson Athletic Club is our newly promoted Operations Manager, Katy Rice. Katy has not been at the MAC for long, but her time here has made an impact  both professionally and personally.Katy Pic

Katy’s arrival at the MAC in January 2013 came on the heels of a car accident that left her with some substantial injuries and a different career path than the one she had originally planned.  Ever the optimist and motivated to move forward, Katy dove head first into her new position at the MiniMAC.  Her enthusiasm and personality were an immediate hit with kids and parents.  In April of this year, Katy was promoted to Operations Manager.  Her new position puts her front and center for MAC members as she is in charge of managing the desk and it’s staff.  This is just fine for Katy as she really enjoys interacting with the members and watching them strive for and reach their fitness goals.  It also gives her a chance to stay connected with the parents she met through the MiniMAC.   Katy is (more…)

Masseuse by Day and Hero by Night

Dawn Mueller became a member of the Magnuson Athletic Club not long after it opened in 2010.  When she and her husband joined the club, it ended a long cycle of trying out various facilities but not finding one that could cater to each of their individual fitness needs.  Dawn and her husband found the perfect balance of exceptional facilities, variety of programs, location and atmosphere all under the roof of the MAC.Dawn Mueller Pic

Being located so near to Dawn’s Laurelhurst home is certainly a major factor in her devotion to the MAC but it is only part of the equation.  She also finds  the access to highly experienced and helpful trainers as well as dynamic programs a big part of the MAC’s appeal. (more…)