Category Archives: Healthy Living

Dr. Ashley is in the House!

Dr. Ashley Agcaoili, MS

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.

Climbing for a Cure

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - WA/AK Chapter Big Climb

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.

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On Your Feet! A Basic Guide On How To Build a Solid Foundation

The foot tripod, an exercise to help foot pain.

Foot pain is the 2nd most documented pain in our culture, following the lower back and can be caused by changes in physiology, biomechanics, environmental changes as well as genetics.

In my years of practice I have been commonly asked what is the weakest area of the body I see. Although most think it is the core, and often that is weak, it is only third in line after the neck/head, with the feet winning the first place position.

Foot problems are nothing new. Dr. William Scholl (June 22, 1882 – March 30, 1968), a world famous foot specialist and pioneer of foot care reported 7 out of 10 people had painful feet. With sundry avenues from which foot problems arise, you may wonder whether the foot was one of evolution’s few architectural mistakes. And, is there anything we can do to create better health for our feet? I definitely think so.

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POSTURE! POSTURE! POSTURE!

Good posture as a vertical line along your body.
 

What is correct posture? What a loaded question!

Posture, is it the same for everybody? Yes, and no. That didn’t help a whole lot, did it? Yet please allow me to explain. Posture, defined by Merriam-Webster is a position of a person’s body when standing or sitting. Posture, defined by biomechanics is when the central nervous system, internal organs, brain and skeleton are stabilized and supported by the coordinated action of working musculature to obtain it’s segments aligned and maintained.
Posture starts at your feet and works its way up to your ear. As well, it starts at the head and works its way down to your feet. It also dissects you in half, creating a left side and a right using your belly button as the midline. Yet, let’s make this simple. If I was to ask you to stand up tall and give me your best posture, 9 times out of 10 you will be standing backwards of your midline.

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How fit is your Fitbit?

How reliable are fitness trackers?

 

(Note: this is the final blog post from trainer Jordan Sahlberg, who has moved on to exciting new professional challenges. Good luck, Jordan!)

 

Wearable fitness trackers have seen a massive increase in popularity with the everyday person interested in more accurately measuring and quantifying their fitness level. Companies like Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike, Apple, Garmin, MOOV and more offer many different devices aimed at doing just that. But before you go out and buy a device it is worth asking yourself a few questions. First, do these devices actually measure what they say they are measuring? And if so, how reliable are their measurements?

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Pilates at ZUM!

Pilates at ZUM Fitness

In the November 18th issue of The Seattle Times, Nick Vannett, tight end of the Seattle Seahawks, was interviewed about his experience with Pilates. “Third-year tight end Nick Vannett embraced Pilates to help treat a herniated disc in his back. Months later he’s having his best season in Seattle.” Nick goes on to say, “it just gets your hips right. It gets everything in your core right. Even just walking around, I can feel the difference. It really just feels like I’m lighter on my feet, because my core is more activated now and it’s honing everything in and taking more of the load as opposed to my quads and my hammies and all of that.”

What is Pilates?

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Women’s Self-Defense Class Review

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.

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Interview With Michael Sharps

Before training at ZUM Fitness with Laurie Junkins

Michael before regular training with Laurie.

When I came to ZŪM last January, my very first client was Michael Sharps, who had a goal to get to 12% body fat and, preferably, be completely shredded before going on vacation to Ibiza just over 3 months later. It was a big ask in a short period of time, but we both worked hard and came within 2% of his goal. Nearly a year later, we’re still working together and Mike has made an impressive physical transformation, and is such a disciplined and motivational person as far as fitness goes, I decided to interview him for our Succeeding and Thriving series.

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A Life by Design- Set Your New Year’s Intentions

 

Wade Brill at ZUM Fitness in the heart of downtown Seattle

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.

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