Category: Motivation

Project Meal Plan

Coming this Fall.

Meal planning is where your dietary intentions become a habit we develop and refine over time.  Come get both inspiration and structure with Club Nutritionist Kathryn Reed, MS. In this program you will:

1st – meet with our club nutritionist for a private half hour session to assess your specific needs, goals and obstacles.

2nd – meet in a group each Monday for six weeks as you create the week’s personalized meal plan/grocery list.

Project Meal Plan is for those new to meal planning, those that just want some inspiration or new ways of cooking meals, for those busy professionals with very little time to cook and it’s also for those who just don’t want to go it alone!

$149 member cost / $179 non-member cost

For more information please contact Fitness Director, Jacob Luckey, at

Inspirational Member of the Month: Ethan Kelly

Those of you who have spent any amount of time here in the early morning know Ethan Kelly.

He has been a dedicated member at the club, pretty much since it’s inception. He’s the guy who always has a smile on at 5 am and is front and center at 6:30- yoga, that is after he’s run a bazillion miles or taken a spin class!

Ethan has a special kind of cool, it’s that gentle, easy-going cool that rubs off on everyone in close proximity. He is super warm, super nice and super strong. He’s the kind of guy you want in your corner routing for you, which is why he has so many fans here at the club. His biggest fan is  his amazing wife, Connie Kelly. One of the many things I admire about Ethan is how loving and dedicated he is to Connie, a true gentleman.

The reason we nominated him this month is to highlight how inspiring he truly is. Ethan had a bout of really serious appendicitis a couple months ago. So serious in fact, that his dedication and athleticism was put to the test and it paid off in full. He spent a lengthy stay at the hospital and came out swing’n! After loosing a good deal of weight, Ethan got right back on that horse and started riding! By the time you are reading this, I’m sure he will be back at his normal healthy weight and training for some sort of marathon! That kind of ability, the ability to move ahead and embrace the present is rare and Ethan has it. I want to thank him for being part of my life and my community here at the Seattle Athletic Club. I know I speak for many of us when I say “We Love You, Ethan!”

November's Inspirational Member of the Month, Ethan Kelly
November’s Inspirational Member of the Month, Ethan Kelly


RECAP: SAC Members Triumph at Victoria Marathon & Snohomish River Run Half

Sunday October 11th 2015

GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, Canada / Snohomish, WA


Sunday October 11th was a victorious day for several Seattle Club members who completed their first full marathon race in Victoria, Canada and half-marathon at the Snohomish River Run. After joining the marathon training program offered by Kendra Kainz, Wellness Director and Running Coach back in June, these members spent the last 12-16 weeks training and preparing both physically and mentally for the challenge ahead. The hard work paid off! Each had a successful race with great individual finishing times!

In Victoria, the SAC Team dominated the team category with a first place finish. The Seattle Athletic Club would like to acknowledge Thomas Blair, Jennifer Gallagher, Yesh Ganta, Shayla Mulvey, and Linda Perkins on their accomplishments. Special congrats to

Jennifer Gallagher on qualifying for the Boston Marathon and placing 10th in her age division!


We also congratulate Ryan Tennent and Karla Kucera-Clark on completing their first half-marathon (13.1 miles) with great finishing times! You’ve accomplished a lot!


Congratulations to all!

Coach Kendra



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Inspirational Member of the Month – Jennifer Gallagher

Jennifer is one of those people that is an example how perseverance and determination can surmount any obstacle. As an athlete, runner with the SAC Run Club and regular participant in many of the club’s group exercise classes, Jennifer set a new goal for herself. She wanted to complete her first FULL marathon (26.2 miles) in October.

Before she had opportunity to begin her new journey, she unfortunately experienced a physical setback; incurring a lower leg stress fracture which confined her to a boot for many weeks. This only made her more determined to succeed. She followed all protocols to facilitate her healing and continued to find ways to keep exercising within her limitations. She worked with our instructors to help rehabilitate her back to her level of strength and endurance while maintaining a focus and positive outlook that is testament to Jennifer’s personality. She continued to work hard towards her goal, transitioning back to running. She took one day at a time, with fierce perseverance, grace and a competitive spirit that got her back to training.

And she came back with a vengeance! Once her training began, she became a stronger competitor, leader as well as a source of inspiration and encouragement for her teammates. She was consistent, precise, diligent and committed; qualities that enhanced her success. On October 11th 2015, Jennifer competed in the Goodlife Fitness Victoria, B. C. Marathon, her FIRST full marathon and did so with a phenomenal time! She not only qualified for the Boston Marathon, but placed 10th in her age division! We think she surpassed her goal!!

Congratulations Jennifer! Your perseverance is truly inspirational.




European Masters Games – Mariza Ohlsson and Naveen Garg

Two of our masters athletes – Mariza Ohlsson and Naveen Garg, travelled to Nice, France to participate in 2015 European Masters Games (Oct 1 – 11, 2015) that included 27 sports disciplines ( spread over 40 venues with over 7200 athletes from 25 years to 96 years of age!

Mariza participated in Squash and Table Tennis events where as Naveen focused on both Classic and Open Squash events. Mariza played 4 matches and won 2, including a hard fought 5 set win that earned her the Bronze in the combined Women’s Squash Classic draw along with Gold in her age category! Naveen played a total of 9 matches, winning all 5 in the classic division with Gold Medal and winning 3 of 4 in the professional division with eventual 5th place. His only loss of the tournament was a close 2-3 loss to the eventual silver medalist.

The atmosphere that these two experienced was not unique to the event. Squash as a sport that is  welcoming and inviting  for most. As Mariza explains the experience, “The camaraderie among squash players is unique among sports. And we were shown the very best, even an invitation to dinner from one of the local players to his house on the hillside with a magnificent view.”

Congratulations to both Mariza and Naveen for representing the Seattle Squash Community in France this year.



SAC Member, Robert Mussehl Extends His Emerald Cup Bodybuilding Record

SAC Member, Robert Mussehl Extends His Emerald Cup Bodybuilding Record by Competing in 17 Consecutive Competitions





Bob Mussehl joined the Seattle Athletic Club in 2003. He is a plaintiff personal injury lawyer with an office in Downtown Seattle. He is a past Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution (2001-2002). He has signed a pledge to use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve personal injury claims for his clients by negotiation mediation, or arbitration.

Bob won the most inspirational award for the Washington Ironman Bodybuilding competition in 2004, the Emerald Cup in 2008 and 2014, and the Washington State Competition in 2012. He placed first in the 2011 Emerald Cup in the Master’s Division for his age group and has been awarded more than 40 trophies over the past 17 years. The Emerald Cup is the largest body building and fitness competition in the United States, and is promoted by Craig Productions operated by Brad and Elaine Craig. They made the following statement: “Bob Mussehl is an inspiration to the bodybuilding and fitness community and has been to us personally, for the past seventeen years. While many people his age are in nursing homes or dead, he is competing in bodybuilding, practicing law, raising a family and striving to get better every year. He is truly an amazing spirit and it is an honor to know him!”

Bob Mussehl is also a sport lawyer/agent. Mr. Mussehl has represented NBA players in extensive contract negotiations, including Spencer Haywood, Fred Brown, Slick Watts and Zaid Abdul Aziz (Don Smith). Bob was the major owner and C.E.O. of the Seattle Smashers, a co-ed, professional volleyball team, which played at the Seattle Center Arena, (1976 – 1980). He has served as attorney, business agent and sports agent for Spencer Haywood for over 40 years. Spencer was recently elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Bob trains 6 days a week at the Seattle Athletic Club Downtown. His personal motto for successful results is: “Steady wins the race!” Being consistent and balanced is the key to his success in body building, and this philosophy carries over to Bob’s professional career as a lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator. Bob is the author of two books: “Paradise: A Roadway to Heaven” and “Paradise: Practical Wisdom to Unite Our Divided World”

Bob has been married to Misook Chung for 28 years, and their 19 year old son, Omar Mussehl, is a varsity squash player at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Bob believes that the Seattle Athletic Club is the best facility in the Seattle area for all around training and conditioning!

4th of July Workout

For this 4th of July, we want to infuse your training with some explosiveness and intensity. Don’t be fooled by the deceptively simple movements, like our founding principles they are simple but powerful. And America wasn’t built alone, so grab a friend and challenge each other to perform at the very best of your abilities.

Warm-up 5 min on some cardio equipment; then perform 4 rounds of each exercise for 10 reps of the following:

A.) Lunge Jumps

B.) Barbell Push Press

C.) Squat Jumps

D.) Resistance Band Standing Explosive Chest Press

Rest 1 minute between rounds.

Move with purpose between exercises. If done correctly, you don’t want to do a round five. You may even be seeing fireworks. If you have any questions, please ask any of our fitness professionals.

June Employee of the Month: Natalie Swistak!!!




Please congratulate Natalie Swistak for being nominated employee of the month. Natalie has been an instructor for Seattle Athletic Club since 1999 when we first launched Cycle at the club. She has taught many different formats including Kickboxing and Step, but her passion remains with Cycle.

Natalie consistently goes above and beyond when it comes to teaching Cycle classes. Her positive energy and enthusiasm for teaching are reflected in the outstanding classes she teaches and her passion shines through every time.

As a strong leader in the Cycle Department, she is a huge asset to our team. Natalie is a true professional in every aspect of the word. She is dedicated to teaching, having fun, and most importantly, listening to the members every time they step into the room.

This is what Natalie said about her Cycle classes at SAC, “My 6am Cycle classes bring me tremendous happiness because we have amazing, positive, and dedicated members who like to work hard but have fun!  We motivate each other every week and it’s something special I have not seen at many clubs.  I owe my inspiration to the members who make this happen!”

In addition to leading Cycle classes, Natalie is an inspiration outside of the studio as well. She has been competing in triathlons since 1998. She has completed 3 ironman distance triathlons and placed top 10 in her age group at Ironman Whistler in 2013! She is scheduled to do Ironman Arizona in November with her fellow TN Multisport Athletes. When she is not on the bike, running or swimming, she loves to snowboard and travel up to Whistler to mountain bike.

We are delighted Natalie is a part of our team here at SAC! Thank you Natalie for all you do!

How are your New Year’s goals progressing?

It’s been 6 months since most of you made your New Year’s goals; now it is time to take a look at them again and see how you’re progressing.  For some of you this may mean that you make more goals because you have already accomplished your old ones others, it may mean reassessing your goals and how you are working toward attaining them.


Remember your goals should be SMART:


  • Specific – A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. T
  • Measurable – Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.
  • Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true.
  • Realistic – To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work.
  • Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency.


It is never too late to reassess your goals and to keep working on them!


For more information, please contact Fitness Director Jacob Galloway.



Seattle Athletic Club’s Employee of the Month for May! Lisa Huisingh

Lisa Huisingh has been with the club for over 6 years now. In that time, she has touched so many lives here, from members to guests to fellow coworkers. She is caring, compassionate and is not afraid to help wherever she is needed.

Over the years, she has become an integral part of the events committee, helping to plan and decorate many of the social activities the club hosts throughout the year, she is willing to step up when others are in need and lends the caring shoulder.

Lisa is a perfect example of our mission statement as she strives to make each person’s day as best as she can.

Help us in congratulating Lisa on this award.