Train What You Can’t See

Train What You Can’t See
We’re a forward moving species. The anterior (front) part of our body does the most work, but that’s because we trained it that way. Joints take a beating when muscles are compensating. Muscles are compensating when they’re doing too much work. Because we can see our chest, abs, quads, biceps and shoulders, those areas get worked more. Everyone wants better abs and stronger arms, but the joints surrounding those fun places to work become irritated and mad at you for overworking them.

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Introduction to the Skillmill

Technogym SkillMill now at ZUM Fitness
Chances are you have probably noticed that we have a new piece of equipment in the gym. We recently added a Skillmill treadmill to our quiver and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Treadmills are a great way to get in a run when the weather is bad or you’re short on time. Now, you might be asking yourself, “What makes the Skillmill different compared to a regular treadmill”? Well, I’m glad you asked!

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We’ve Built a Bridge and We’re Not Afraid to Cross It

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Gaoliang Bridge of The Summer Palace. CC 1.0Hennessy


This summer ZŪM GM Joe DeShaw, our partner at Mobility Plus, Brittney Thornton, and I walked into a conference room. What happened in that conference room over the following 90 minutes can only be described as a full-on fitness nerd fest. There were illustrations, studies, methodology discussions and a lot of laughs. It was one of those magical moments among geeks that can solidify professional trust, spark controversy, spawn ideas and bond like-minded professionals. In the case of that meeting in June, all possible outcomes resulted, with the additional bonus of what we call The Bridge.

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Breast Cancer Awareness at ZUM Fitness

My grandmother was 84 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, a routine mammogram enabled her medical team to catch it early, and the cancer hadn’t metastasized. She made the tough decision to get a double mastectomy to make sure she got rid of all of it; to get all of the cancer out of her body. She passed away years later, but not because of breast cancer. She was a survivor.

According to the National Cancer Institute website, a staggering 330,080 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. Women have a 12.4% chance of developing breast cancer, and there are 3.1 million survivors in the US. Breast cancer also strikes one in 833 men.

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Interview With Training Client/ZUM Member Billy Morales


I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with ZUM member and client Billy Morales  to chat about fitness and training. Billy and I have been working together since the beginning of this year, and I could not be more proud of his hard work and the progress he’s made. Aside from the accomplishment of losing over 50 lbs. and gaining strength in the process, the thoughtfulness and enthusiasm of Billy’s personality have been obvious since our first day of working together. Below are excerpts of our chat, conducted at ZUM’s partner Sweetgrass Food Co:

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Why the Pallof Press Beats Sit-Ups for a Strong Core

Laurie Junkins demonstrating Pallof Press

It’s safe to say we all strive for a stronger core, and the first exercise most people think of for those proverbial “abs of steel” are sit-ups or their more modern cousin, the crunch. Well, think again, because studies have exposed sit-ups as hazardous to your back–so much so that the U.S. military doesn’t even use them anymore. Many fitness professionals have replaced sit-ups and (less harmful, but not super effective) crunches with more functional exercises classified as anti-rotational or anti-flexion moves, where you must brace your core against a force, instead of flexing or twisting it. The Pallof press is one of the very best of these types of core-building movements.

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ZUM U – Training for Fat Loss with Erik Ciccarelli

Erik Ciccarelli, Private Personal Trainer and PICP III, USAW Coach at ZUM, discusses the complex topic of training and diet in regards to fat loss. As a part of the monthly ZUM U lecture series for ZUM Fitness members, Erik’s talk covers the following:

There are 3 major areas to think about when your goal is fat loss. Fat loss isn’t a linear thing. Meaning there isn’t a take a pill and it’s fixed approach. But getting control of these three areas will set you up for success.

1. Insulin – it’s a hormone that’s 100% controllable. You’re always deciding what to eat. No one is ever forcing you to eat anything. Choose real food. A good indicator of what real food would be is seeing if the ingredients have less than two ingredients.

2. Stress (Cortisol) – An abundance of this hormone being released in the body will reck havoc. We’re humans living in the current modern world. We’re going to be stressed. Minimizing it effects insulin, sleep, mood, appetite and your brain age.

3. Exercise – Incorporate strength training into you routine. Minimize your rest time when training. Also practice more eccentric training. You want to become a fat burning machine!

You can’t outwork a bad diet.

Additionally, Erik has some follow up advice not covered in the talk:

– There are a few carb trackers I’ve heard of over the years. The best one I currently know about is

There is a fee involved with this one. But everyone I’ve talked to really loves it.

Supplements – We didn’t touch on this much. I would recommend taking these four.

Zinc – 150-200mg a day. Pill form. It’s a mineral that has been depleted from food from poor soil.

Magnesium – 200-300mg at night after dinner. In pill form. This mineral will make you tired and stay asleep. Usually magnesium is a missing link with sleep issues. Calcium is a big branded supplement that you see everywhere. What you don’t see is that it can’t be absorbed properly without magnesium.

Magnesium is a building block to many things in the body. 

Fish Oil – The main ingredient is EPA and DHA. If you’re looking at the bottle make sure it says at least 300-400mg of both DHA and EPA. EPA is more inflammatory driven and DHA is more brain health driven. Meaning the total amount of both combined should be at least 700-800mg. Otherwise it’s a waste of money. You’ll see a lot of bottles with this ~ next to the EPA or DHA. That means it not in there. Which means your consuming some random oil…

Vitamin D – Any city north of LA is deficient in Vitamin D. Try getting 1000-3000iu of vitamin D five days a week. It’s just super important. Trust me. 

There is obviously so many things to think about. Control you food, get 8 hours of sleep and prioritize strength training. 


Bridget’s Favorite HardCore Playlist!

members love the music in class!

The word “music” is derived from the Greek root Muses, who are the goddesses of inspiration.  To my mind, there’s no better word to describe what music brings to my life.  Here’s the 13th HardCore song list that member Bridget Cobb thought was the bomb, so I thought I’d share it wilh all of you.


Setting the Mood Before Class:

West Side Story – America

Percussionisti Dell’ Orchestra Sinfonica

This percussion composition sets the tone.  It’s a popular tune that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up as all of the percussionists play the theme together.



1. Talking ’bout My Baby

Fatboy Slim

I first heard it in one of Elia Mrak’s classes, where he said ‘this song just makes me want to walk with a smile on my face.’  Roger that, loud and clear!

2. Bridge Attack

Bill Whelan

Inspires your feet to move like the dancin’ Irish.  Be careful, the soles of your shoes might catch on fire!


Interval Section:

1. Hard to Handle

The Black Crowes

Blues + Rock = Joe Love

2. Regret

New Order

I usually see someone signing along to this one.

3. Hey Ya!  (Instrumental)


Quick tempo, uplifting vibe.

4. Only the Young


Theme song for the 80’s movie Vision Quest, which inspired the hell out of me.  There goes the hair on the back of my neck again!

5. One Girl / One Boy


Yes, !!! is the name of the performers.

6. Percussion Jam

Askin Serbetci

Great East Indian drum circle to keep you in The Zone.  Life is best in The Zone.

7. Pretty in Pink

The Psychedelic Furs

Another 80s movie tune.  What is a Psychedelic Fur, anyway?

8. All Summer Long

Kid Rock

Do you know what tune Kid Rock sampled from for this one?

9. Freedom! ’90

George Michael

George Michael with an Empowering Stance.

10. Extreme Ways (Bourne’s Legacy)


Moby = Master of Mood and Ambiance.  I love the way this song evokes conflict while inspiring movement, even without the lyrics.


Posture Training:



Wasn’t into his music until my thirties.  Now I love it.


After-class Ambiance:

Goodnight Sweetheart

The Spaniels

Just like the endings of the ol’ She-Na-Na Show… way back when.


An Introduction to Arivale

To help better serve our community at ZUM, we partner with health and well-being company Arivale.  Arivale is the Scientific Wellness® company that combines personalized data and tailored coaching, supported by a clinical team, to help individuals optimize their wellness and avoid disease.

We at ZUM have tried the Arivale program and we have found it to be an excellent way to tune-up our nutrition, find out things we didn’t know about in how our genetic make up affects our overall well-being, and how we can get the most out of our fitness regimens.

In this talk,  Arivale representative Morgan Trott introduces you to the Arivale Dashboard and discusses eating like an athlete to optimize your nutritional intake for your workouts.



  • Exercise Genetics
    • Trainers using this information to help mitigate injury risk in clients and design exercise programs that are more personalized.
  • Weight-loss Genetics
    • Understanding genetic predispositions can help tailor meals for more efficient weight loss.
  • Lifestyle
    • Monitor physical activity, heart rate, sleep data and more to get regular feedback – not just a snapshot – on how your whole body is performing.
  • Blood
    • What supplements members need and how much of each are required
    • A lens to see how lifestyle choices show up in bloodwork and a person’s overall health


  • It’s important to fuel with nutrients from fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins – not just processed foods – in the days after a workout, not just immediately before and after. Your body is recovering for 48 hours after most workouts.
  • Good grab-and-go options: RX bar, apple and 1 tablespoon nut butter, yogurt (Siggis or FAGE), hummus cups and carrots.
  • Check out the Arivale Pinterest board for coach-approved recipes.

Interested in learning more about how Arivale can help with your optimal health? Call 206-981-5834 to set up a call with an Arivale Coach and see what you can learn.

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A Major Change for Meghan

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One of my favorite “tasks” as ZUM’s Member Services Director is interviewing our Member of the Month. In these interviews, I always ask, “what were you looking for when you first joined ZUM?” The answer is always unique, but there’s also a consistent theme: “and so much more.” Reflecting on my time at ZUM, I have to say my experience has been the same.


To be honest, when I joined ZUM as a member back in 2009 I wasn’t really looking for anything other than to make someone in my life happy. There’s no way I could have predicted the incredible ZUM journey ahead of me.


As most things in life do, that journey is about to come full-circle. After the Member Appreciation Party on the 25th, I will be stepping down as Member Services Director and rejoining ZUM as a member.


It may sound cheesy and cliche, but ZUM has profoundly changed my life. Not only has it nurtured exponential professionally and personal growth and taught me more about fitness than I ever imagined possible; but more importantly, ZUM blessed me with the incredible gift of community and family.


I’m at a loss when I try to express what being part of ZUM has meant to me. All I can say is thank you…from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for sharing your beautiful spirits with me, and all the fun, the friendly exchanges, the meaningful moments, the support, the laughter, the love. Serving this community has been an honor and a joy, and I will treasure it always.


Although it is very bittersweet to leave the ZUM team, I’m thrilled that I will still be able to be part of the community as I take on new professional challenges. As much as I would love to do my one-woman rendition of “So Long, Farewell” down the staircase, I feel very fortunate it’s not really appropriate because this isn’t a good-bye, just a “see you at ZUM!”


With deep love and gratitude,