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May Employee of the Month: Amanda Heminger

I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Amanda Heminger for being the SAC’s employee of the month. When I interviewed Amanda last spring I saw a potential in her and told her how excited I was to bring her onto the SAC fitness team. I also told her that she has no idea how amazing of a trainer she is going to be with all of her knowledge, previous fitness job experiences and a true passion for helping people.
Amanda started at the SAC replacing one of our longest employed trainers Barbara, who decided to continue her career as a Wellness Director at a retirement community.  Now there is no way for anyone to fill Barbara’s shoes, but Amanda did take on a lot of Barbara’s clients, making their minds and bodies healthier. Currently, you will see Amanda work with Mr. Marshall three times a week, holding his arm as he goes from the lobby to the Cybex room, and as they do their 30-minute workout you will also see Mr. Marshall’s beaming smile as he gets his fitness on.
Amanda’s gifts have also been discovered by new and veteran members alike, who have sought out her skill in preparing their body for movement, giving it a dynamic and challenging workout followed by a proper cool down and recovery. One current client who came to Amanda with chronic sciatic-type pain and lumbar pain summed up her experiences with Amanda perfectly:

“Amanda is literally changing my life. Each week she evaluates my movement and strength and gives me a direction to continually correct and strengthen. She always challenges me with just the right degree of challenge, never underestimates me, and celebrates as much as I do when my body cooperates! I am learning so much about how to use my body correctly and mindfully, and I’m doing movements I never thought I could do.”

Amanda gives off such a great energy to anyone she meets at the club (even at 5 am when she starts work) and you can tell that she is here to truly help our members, whether it’s through showing someone how to warm up and stretch properly, helping someone with their workout program, or just taking 10 minutes to have a conversation with someone sitting in the lobby or café.
I meet with all of our fitness staff to determine what their passion and desire for fitness is or, as we call it, their “Why.”  Amanda’s was this: “I want people to love how they feel from the inside out; lead them towards improvements in life by sharing the gifts of fitness while creating relationships.” I feel that she embodies these statements in everyone that she meets or interacts with; I cannot wait to see the talent she continues to bring to everyone at the SAC and witness all the lives she will continue to change.

Functional Fitness

Wednesdays | 6:00 pm (Ongoing),

  • Ready for a new and exciting approach to achieving your fitness goals?
  • Tired of the same old boring routines?

Functional Fitness is a total body strength and conditioning class designed to challenge you in new and exciting ways.

Plan on using a wide variety of exercise equipment such as battle ropes, kettle bells, jump ropes, TRX, agility ladders, and the sled. The goal of this class is to improve your cardiovascular fitness and leave no muscle unchallenged while making you feel stronger and more confident so that you can tackle any obstacles that life might throw at you.

  • Begin building endurance and full body control!
  • Enjoy a new and innovative approach to functional circuit training!
  • Improve core strength and stability!
  • Burn fat and increase lean body mass!
  • HAVE FUN!!

Meet at the south end of the SAC basketball court at 6:00 PM every Wednesday night!

  • $100/month or $30 Drop-In

For more information, please contact or to sign-up please, contact Personal Fitness Trainer, Will Paton at wpaton@sacdt.com or 206-443-1111 ext 288

Does fancy make a difference?

Do you ever watch ESPN, see the NFL players training, and think, “Man, my gym really needs a tractor tire and a sledge hammer!” Or do you catch your eyes on the super fit member doing kettlebell swings and think that you really need to buy one of those for home! Or maybe you watch a YouTube video of some amazing new training on nothing but a log and a huge rope and think that you have really been missing out on the magical answer to achieving your goals! Well stop wondering and start reading…

The fitness industry is a million dollar industry, why, because everyone is always looking for the next big thing, the next revolution in health and fitness. If you stay up late enough you’ll probably run across half a dozen infomercials nearly all dedicated to some new piece of equipment that is sure to give you a six pack, a perfect butt, decrease body fat, allow you to enjoy endless hours of amazingly effective cardio. Everything from the Shake Weight, to the Pilates chair, to gizmos and gadgets that help you jump higher, run faster, and lift more. Does it work? Chances are no, chances are its all flash and no results. Some things may work if you stick with them but the “getcha” of equipment for the home is that it’s accessible all the time so you put off using it. Plus there is no one there to push you to do it, to support you, to help you, or to cheer you on. So most of the time you use your equipment at home for a week and then it becomes a clothes hanger (like that treadmill collecting dust in your basement). But in addition to the lack of use, the equipment is mostly smoke. You can lose 10lbs without a Bo-Flex if you got your diet in order and stopped coming to the gym just to use the steam room.

But what about fancy stuff at the gym, it must be worth it right?
Most non traditional equipment at the gym is great if you know how to use it. Here at the SAC we have a Versa Climber (it’s down in cardio next to the Stepmills), and what an awesome machine, if you know how to use it right. Do you need to have a Versa Climber to achieve your goals? Absolutely not. Do you have to know how to use the TRX to improve your flexibility and strength, no. When you see your co-workers working out with a trainer and tossing a sandbag around do you feel like maybe that’s why she looks like a swimsuit model and you don’t? Well the equipment is not the answer. Yes, the equipment we offer here at the SAC is amazing and helpful to training but it WILL NOT MAKE OR BREAK YOUR TRAINING. Just because you don’t know how to use the Quadmill does not mean you cannot strengthen your quads a number of other ways and some of them remarkably similar to the work you get on the Quadmill. Just because you don’t know how to swing a kettlebell doesn’t mean you can’t grab a dumbbell and accomplish a similar exercise with the same principles. While it’s nice and fun to change up your routine and learn something new and cutting edge it’s not magically going to change your workout world. The most important part of changing your workouts is learning proper movement. Understand why you are doing exercises and how they apply them to reaching your goals. If you understand the basics of movement then you can literally workout efficiently anywhere. If you only know how to use a TRX for exercise the next time you find yourself on a 2 week vacation you might not have a clue of how to get in a workout, let alone a good effective one. So equipment is great, but knowledge and understanding how to move your body is the ultimate key.

When you start and master the basics the possibilities are endless. You can learn how to use the fancy stuff but don’t think that learning how to use a strength rope is going to change your body into a professional athlete. When it comes down to it, it’s not about the equipment, it’s about how you move your body without weight, straps, bands, bags, bells, bars, etc. that will make or break your fitness advances. So bottom line, don’t get consumed by the fancy, the new, or the different…rather, be consumed by quality of movement and building a base of knowledge. Then if you feel like swinging a sledgehammer onto a huge tire go for it; but just remember why you are doing it and how it applies to you and your goals!

If you are looking for further ideas on how you can integrate some of these great pieces of exercise equipment in to your workouts, please contact Personal Fitness Trainer, Adriana Brown.