Hi ZUM Fitness! I am Alexandra Zepeda, your new yoga instructor on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is a privilege to be joining such a talented team of yoga instructors and I cannot wait to work with each and every one of you! I’m that girl around the gym hanging out in splits, working on my handstands or sipping on some fabulous Seattle coffee between classes. Either way, I’ll probably shoot you a big southern smile and don’t be afraid to come up and say hi!Continue reading
Hi my name is Ashley Agcaoili and I’m a chiropractor at Mobility Plus Sports Rehab in Downtown Seattle. Mobility Plus has been serving folks in the Downtown Seattle area since 2012 and I am excited to be bringing my knowledge and expertise to you, members of ZŪM Fitness!
We aren’t your typical chiropractors. At Mobility Plus, we strive to get people to move better to feel better by utilizing a comprehensive approach backed by evidence-based techniques so you can get back to doing what you love doing FAST.
At ZŪM, you can expect the same level of care. Regardless of the pain you are experiencing, I want to help you do what we preach every single day, “move better to feel better.” I will combine chiropractic manipulation with functional rehab tailored to your specific needs to get you back on your feet and back in the right mindset to move better, feel better, and move more.
Even if you aren’t looking for care or just need some advice on something you’ve been dealing with, I will be your in-house resource. I treat more than just back pain – I can help you to address the potential cause of your pain, regardless of the area, so you can be in a better position to fix it.
So, if you are looking to get out of pain, seek advice, or make an attempt to address your pain with a professional but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. I will be at ZŪM every Wednesday from 3-5pm and I hope to get you moving better and feeling better soon.
Sign ups will be on a day-of, first-come, first-serve basis and you can sign up at the front desk.
I’ll never forget meeting “Momma Love” on a spin bike in Westlake Park. It was September 30th, 2017 and I was instructing an outdoor spin class at rush hour in the public park. Why? Because Meghan Dahl (ZŪM pal and former Member Services Director and all-around good egg) asked me if I would, and no one can say no to Meghan.
Momma Love dropped her bags of personal belongings, jumped on a spin bike, pushing her many layers of flowing garments anywhere they would land, and pedaled like a woman on a mission to qualify for a grand tour. Momma Love needed this. She needed an outlet to release; she needed someone to witness her; she needed to sing, scream and let it all out in the middle of a public park. I get that. I think ZŪM members can relate at least a little to Momma Love and how good the release of stress through exercise can feel. I was happy to bring that to Momma Love on that day.Continue reading
You’ve probably heard the ZŪM team talk about the Big Climb or seen posters around the gym. I had never heard of it myself or participated in a cancer fundraiser before, but since my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in January of 2019, I thought I’d do my part.
The Big Climb is a stair climb up the Columbia Center — the tallest skyscraper in downtown Seattle. There are 69 floors of stairs, 1311 steps, and 788 feet of vertical elevation. Although it will be challenging, it really does pale in comparison to what cancer patients go through. All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.Continue reading
Hi ZŪM Fitness! I am your new Yoga Lead, Annie King. I’m the barefoot girl bopping around in and out of the Mind Body Studio, studying on the pilates equipment, or improvising with weights as I attempt lifting things for the first time (SOS). I began at ZŪM in June 2017 and I teach an all-levels power yoga class on Monday evenings and Tuesday afternoons.
I remember my first few weeks here vividly. It was my first time teaching yoga in a gym and not a yoga studio. I wasn’t sure if my approach would land on my new students or how I would like teaching in this new setting. So many things were different from my previous experience; no mirrors, no heat or humidity, no rules or set sequences that I had to teach. It was an exciting and unfamiliar experience to have freedom and trust to create my own class. You all were so genuine and open-minded and this inspired me. ZŪM turned out to be exactly the teaching place that I needed and would thrive in.
You may have seen the signs around ZŪM about the women’s self-defense class offered by 3rd degree Jiu Jitsu black belt Kevin Lollis and Seattle Police Captain Deanna Nollette a couple of weekends ago. I’d been wanting to take a course like that for several years, but I’d never gotten around to it, instead just hoping not to be one of the 1 in 5 women who are raped in their lifetimes. Since this course was on site, I had no more excuses and signed right up to see if I could pick up a few moves to protect myself out in the wild.
It’s always hard saying goodbye. It’s been especially hard for me to find the right words (I think I’ve started, deleted and re-started this letter over a dozen times). Honestly, a letter just doesn’t seem to do justice to each of you, as individuals and a group, in the profound impact you have all had on me during my time as ZUM. Alas, the currents of life often times rush us along through the rapids without time for reflection or proper goodbyes. So I will make my best effort.
Thank you for your laughter, humor, motivation, experiences, perspectives, patience, trust and friendship. If ZUM is a community, you all are the beating heart. No matter where I go or where I have been I see a common thread. I see that beating heart. Connection, purpose, belonging…these are the basic things I think we all seek as people. And as I am leaving I can see clearly how you have provided me those three things in abundance. We all come from different backgrounds, different parts of the world, different fundamental life experiences. Yet circumstance has brought us all together. And it’s that common humanity that I see more then anything else. It fills me with gratitude and hope. I guess what I am trying to say is that I am continually humbled by how much I have to learn and it sounds cliche but you have all taught me so much. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
The New Year is almost upon us. That time of year, where we like to say goodbye to the past and welcome in the new. But let’s be real. The second the clock strikes midnight on January 1st, we don’t magically turn into new people, lose those 10 lbs we have always said we are going to or make that career shift we have always been dreaming of. Instead, the new year marks a time to pause, reflect and connect to ourselves and our life. It is an opportunity to get really clear on our goals, our values and why they matter. It is an opportunity to make ourselves a priority in our own lives.