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Congrats to Kendra Kainz for 1st place finish in the 2015 NPC Washington Ironman Bodybuilding Championships!

Please join Seattle Athletic Club in congratulating Kendra Kainz for her 1st place finishes at the 2015 NPC Washington Ironman Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Men’s & Women’s Physique and Bikini Championships! This competition is one of the top competitions in the northwest and is well attended with competitors both regionally and nationally. Kendra competed in Figure and took 1st place in the Masters 35 years and older, 1st place in the overall for Masters and 1st place in the open 5’6 height and above. Her 1st place finishes qualified her to compete at the national level for up to one year. Kendra trained hard for over six months dieting, lifting weights and posing. This is her first Figure Competition and she did an outstanding job! Congratulations, Kendra!


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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!

Top 5 Weightlifting Myths

Myth #1:Weight Lifting is Bad For Your Joints.
One of the biggest concerns regarding weight lifting is that it is bad for your joints. What most people don’t know is that running alone can be far more strenuous on your joints than weight lifting is. Weight lifting involves controlled, non impact movements, that in turn will strengthen the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding the joints and improve overall joint movement and functionality. Studies have been preformed on top power lifters and has shown that even with extremely heavy loads their knees are far stronger and healthier than the general population.

Myth #2: Weight Lifting Makes You Bulky.
Have you ever found yourself on the scale week after week seeing the same number yet somehow your clothes are fitting better? This is due to the density of muscle compared to that of fat. Muscle is far more dense than fat and it is because of this fact that the scale appears to play tricks on us. It is impossible to build muscle without adding the calories behind it. In order to achieve that “bulky” you must first provide your body with the necessary amount of calories to build muscle. Bottom line is as long as your daily caloric intake doesn’t exceed the amount of calories that you burn throughout the day, it is impossible to become “bulky”. Simply training hard alone won’t do the job.

Myth #3: Weight Lifting Decreases Flexibility.
One of the realizations people who get into weight lifting have is how inflexible they are. Years of sedentary lifestyle may have tightened your hips, preventing you from squatting correctly. Weightlifting helps regain flexibility and maintain it. The squat is a great example of a lift that will give the muscles surrounding your hips a great stretch and in turn improve joint mobility. Increasing your muscle mass or strength alone will not hinder your flexibility.

Myth #4: Muscle Turns to Fat If You Stop Weight Lifting.
This myth is common throughout gyms and advertisers around the world. The fact is due to their different chemical makeup that transformation of muscle into fat and vis versa is impossible. In fact, you are born with all the fat and muscle cells you will ever have, they merely shrink and expand due to the amount of excess calories you consume and the physical activity you are currently doing. If you stop weightlifting completely, in time your muscle fibers will shrink and your fat cells will expand. Weight gained from discontinuing resistance training is due in large part to a decrease in your metabolism. Muscle is like an engine and calories are its fuel. To maintain muscle it requires upwards of 20 calories per day. So, 5 pounds of muscle would in turn add 100 calories to your daily caloric burn. Not to mention the 400-500 calories consumed during the workout and an estimated 300-600 calories burned through a process known as “post exercise oxygen consumption”.

Myth #5 The longer you work out, the better.
It just isn’t necessary to do 10-20 sets for a body part, or even 5 sets like many ‘experts’ would have you believe. In fact, research has shown that it is possible to completely fatigue a muscle in one set, provided that during that set the muscle incorporates as many muscle fibers as possible and takes them to the point of ischemic rigour where, rather than contract and relax, the muscle fibers freeze up. This kind of intensity can usually be achieved by doing “drop” or “break-down” sets where you rep out, lower the weight and continue doing reps until you can’t do another rep.