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Spitfire!: ZUM’s Answer to Longevity Training

Aging with strength and agility

A few years ago I was walking through my old fitness club in Philadelphia, and saw a group of people in the classroom sitting on chairs and lifting 3 lb. weights. They looked relaxed, comfortable, and BORED. As the instructor, a good friend of mine and a killer fitness pro, led the group through seated bicep curls and tricep kickbacks she did her best to bring excitement and enthusiasm to the job at hand–to teach a widely available fitness class to senior citizens. After class, the instructor and I discussed the inherent assumption built into the class design– that older people are incapable or afraid of movement of any kind. Ever since then, I’ve been distracted by a voice in my head (the good kind) telling me to “Do something about this!” So I did.

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Indoor Cycling at ZUM

Spin class at ZUM Fitness

Years ago, when I joined my first gym, I was very curious about the cycling classes. At that facility, they were in a special room, from which muffled, thumping music could be heard when class was in session. People emerged after class sweaty and smiling, which made me want to try it out, but I was intimidated. I was afraid it would be too intense, that I wouldn’t be able to figure out the bike, or that I would be wearing the wrong gear. I didn’t have any idea what to expect, and it was years before I actually tried out an indoor cycling class for the first time. Now here I am, instructing Monday night’s 5:30 pm cycling class at ZŪM, which is one of my very favorite things to do! I consider it part of my job to make sure that anyone who is cycling-curious feels comfortable joining in, so I’ve written answers to some commonly asked questions about indoor cycling. I invite you to try it out!

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Women’s Self-Defense Information

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 women are raped at some point in their life.
  • 1 in 3 experience sexual violence.
  • Approximately 92% of all sexual violence is committed by intimate partners or acquaintances.
  • Only 12% of child sex abuse is reported.
  • Only 10% of college/campus rape is reported.
  • 1 in 4 girls abused before the age of 18.
  • 63% of college aged men self-reported that they had raped a woman and, in some cases, raped more than once.

These are just some of the eye-opening statistics regarding rape and sexual assault in the United States. It’s terrifying, but you can do something about it. You don’t have to be a victim of sexual assault. With information, training, role-playing and practice, you can learn how to be safe on the streets and in the home. Your instructors are Captain Deanna Nollette, a veteran of both the Sex Crimes Division and the Homicide Division of the Seattle Police Department, who brings 22 years of experience in self-defense instruction to club ZUM, and Kevin Lollis, former US Marine and 3rd Degree Black Belt in Danzan Ryu JuJitsu. Their goal will be to help you develop self-confidence, a winning attitude, and the skill set needed to defend yourself in all situations.

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New SportsArt Treadmills at ZŪM!

New treadmills at ZUM Fitness!

We’ve got four new treadmills at ZŪM, and they offer some fun features to help you get the most of your workout and enjoy the process.

Functionality

These treadmills have a smooth, powerful ride and offer 15% incline as well as 3% decline. They feature a touch screen interface.

ZUM Fitness has new equipment

The touch screen interface comes equipped with pre-programmed workouts, and the controls are intuitive and responsive if you want to run through your own program (simple up/down buttons for speed or incline).  If you’re interested in tracking your metrics, just select your workout and get started,

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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,
Meghan

A Fond Farewell from Per

Per ZUM Goodbye Farewell

 

Recently a man named Andrés Iniesta Luján played what would be his last match for a soccer team in Barcelona. At 1 am he was found walking around the grass pitch barefoot, seemingly trying to soak in the last bits of essence, from a place that had proven to be one of the defining periods of his life both professional and personal.

 

I’ve recently found myself in a similar position. Perhaps my stage and role have not been as grandiose, but I would say ZUM has played a comparable part in my own life and development as a person. The reason for this mindset is, that as of June 1st, I will no longer be working for ZUM.

 

This is a decision that was hard to make for a variety of reasons, but easily number 1 is the people who inhabit ZUM and give it life. Many have came and went, many have stayed along with me. And the lessons, experiences, conversations, jokes, knowledge of the body and fitness is something that I have treasured, and allowed to shape me for the better.

 

My future is uncertain at this point, but for me this is a bit refreshing to be honest.

I will be doing a bit of travelling to mark this moment. During these travels I’ll look to process, both what my past has been and what the future may hold.

 

Please know, that whatever else happens, I hold all of you that have shared time with me at ZUM in my heart. And even though my physical presence may be elsewhere, perhaps I will leave a little of my essence behind.

 

Yours truly,

Per Kolb, Unofficial record holder for most towels folded

Re-imagining Group Fitness: Large Group Training

Occasionally it occurs to me how wonderful a place ZŪM is and how easy it is to take for granted some of the choices we’ve made in creating a special kind of fitness environment. In fact, it recently occurred to me that maybe some of the choices we as a management team make are not fully communicated to the membership. We take for granted that our members know why we do what we do.  I’d like to address that now…

 

Why do we have trainers (whom we call coaches), at ZUM…and why do we have them on the floor most of the day?

 

This may seem like a question with an obvious answer, but it is something we’ve put a lot of thought into.

 

Personal Fitness Coaches are the heart of our fitness team. They are on-site to support everything that we and our members do, not just to work with their clients.

 

Traditionally, trainers allocate most of their time in individual or small-group training sessions. While that’s a part of what our team does, they also provide guidance in the form of reviewing members’ programs, clarifying or dispelling commonly-held beliefs, providing help with new or unfamiliar equipment, or offering ideas for new ways to keep our members excited about their work-outs.

 

Coaches are also a resource to help members find the most appropriate and safe classes for any goal or experience level – from the highly athletic and dynamic to the restorative and centering.

 

There is a reason we call our instructors and trainers ‘coaches’.

 

ZUM’s philosophy that each body and individual has different needs and different goals is evident in our training programs AND in our group fitness classes. At ZUM, individual achievement isn’t limited to one-on-one training, but spans into our class formats. That’s why most of our classes have our coaches at the helm, and why they can be found walking the class area to offer exercise modifications and to correct our participants form.

They are coaching. They coach in their personal training sessions, their conversations with members on the floor, and in the classes they lead.

 

There’s a big difference between an instructor and a coach. In traditional group exercise classes, instructors typically present exercises and lead the group in a “follow the leader” and “one size fits all” format.  However, at ZŪM our philosophy leads us in a different direction.  Our idealogy leads us to prescribe for you the exercise that’s right for you at that point in your development – both in intensity and type.  Your coach is prepared and encouraged to modify each exercise to fit you.

 

While we’ve always approached our classes as group fitness training opportunities for our members, we are embracing the coaching in reimagining and renaming the group exercise program at ZŪM – from this point forward: Large Group Training.

 

Making the most of these opportunities is in your hands. Let us assist you in finding the group training class that’s right for you. I encourage you to set up a complimentary 15-min. Orientation and exercise program optimization session with one of our coaches.  You can also just walk up and talk to one of our coaches about your goals and what other activities you are doing outside of our classes.

 

 

You can always utilize the Baseline evaluation or our 15-minute Orientation and workout plan optimization with a trainer to determine which classes are most appropriate for you.

 

Part of our commitment to you and your success is ensuring a safe, roomy space for both you to work through movement without restriction, and our coaches to provide optimal instruction.

We also know that choosing a class based on need versus schedule might mean a bigger commitment on your part. If you are expecting to train with us in a class, you expect to have a spot in that class when you arrive.

 

This fall we are introducing “Click to Your Coach”. This program, running through the MindBody app, will allow you to plan your sessions and guarantee a place in our more heavily attended classes.

 

Having a reservation system in place for our more populated classes will take the uncertainty out of your workout. Your coach will be better able to provide individual attention, ensure safety and room to move. You will have the assurance that the time you set aside for you will be successful and fruitful.

 

Meet July’s Member of the Month – Alex Levine

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Back when you first joined ZUM, what made you decide you wanted or needed to join a gym?

I grew up in Moscow, Russia, and had always been a pretty active kid playing a lot of soccer. When I moved to the States when I was about 14, life was hard, and I didn’t have the same luxury of time to be active. I was working a lot and going to school. I tried to play soccer while at Roosevelt High School, but I just didn’t have time.

 

In college, it was more of the same, if not worse. I was getting my electrical engineering degree from UW and living a very unhealthy lifestyle. When I was 19 I decided to try to get back in shape and joined ZUM. I had some success with the help of my trainer (Tony Francis) over the summer, but I fell off the wagon when school started up again. I was working really hard, studying a lot, spending hours in the lab, working on projects until early hours of the morning and then eating pizza – not making healthy choices. Even though I had a ZUM membership, I wasn’t using it regularly. I’d go once a month or so and not really do anything.

 

By the end of college, I was 200 pounds, about 35 pounds heavier than healthy for me. It was hard for me to do anything physical. I remember attempting the monkey bars at a park, and I was so weak, I could barely do make it 2 bars – a far cry from the 5 times down and back I used to be able to do as a kid.

 

It was really difficult to get back into physical activity having lost so much strength and flexibility, but I knew I had to do something because, I was also starting to experience health issues: high blood pressure and low energy. I didn’t know where to start. Intellectually, I knew what to do, but I didn’t know how to do it, how to move properly, and I felt overwhelmed. I started taking Hardcore with Joe (around 2009). That was really my “in” to getting moving again, giving me the guidance and knowledge I needed to feel successful and begin to make progress.

 

I discovered how deconditioned I was and how hard every movement felt (I couldn’t even do a squat properly!), so I decided to work one on one with Joe retrain my body to move. He really helped me break down movements. It would take me about a month to learn proper from before I could actually progress a movement. I’m so glad I was patient thought. I built a really solid foundation and learned to love working out again. I can’t live without working out now. It’s a tragedy if I go a week without going to ZUM!

 

Since joining ZUM, what results have you achieved?

My first goal was developing endurance, which I was able to achieve through classes. However, one of my biggest accomplishments has been the increased flexibility I’ve developed that has allowed me to get in to Olympic lifting. It’s been interesting to experience the practical, day t- day implications of increased flexibility too. For example, I was just in Hawaii and I felt much more comfortable swimming in ocean against the waves. It was a surprising, but cool to feel the difference with the increased flexibility in my back. Also, my posture has improved. I’ve built strength in my core and back to feel comfortable sitting longer and maintaining good posture. I never thought that would happen for me, as someone who sits in front of a computer all day long.

 

What do you like best about ZUM?

The environment. The trainers. The classes.

 

What would you say to someone who is new to ZUM or thinking about joining?

Go to classes, get a trainer, and stick to it. I’ve been there. It’s really hard to get started. That’s actually the one thing I regret – not working with my trainer Bill earlier.  It takes a long time to make working out a habit and part of your lifestyle. Motivation is the key for long-term success and working with a trainer really helps you stay motivated. A trainer also helps create a good, safe structure to approach working out, making sure you’re moving properly to decrease risk of injury, and they’ll build programming for you to do outside of your training. The guidance and support is invaluable, and I wish I’d done it sooner. It’s totally worth the money.

 

What is a fun fact about you we may not know?

Since my early teens I have been obsessed with the probability of extraterrestrial life. Nothing excites me more than hearing about new planets being discovered.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

That’s easy – pizza! I always prefer making my own to, but when I don’t have time to, Delancey and Via Tribunali are my favorites. And dark chocolate!

I do love making my own pizza though – I make my own dough and everything. I like to keep my pizza simple, but I have fun experimenting with different toppings and bases.

 

What’s your favorite TV show?

X Files is my all-time favorite, but I love Game of Thrones right now too.

 

What’s your favorite music to listen to?

So many! My tastes really vary. Everything from Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky (Joe knows about this) to Metallica and from Keiko Matsui to Dj Sash and Hardwell and Eminem to complete the circle.

For working out, I prefer to listen to upbeat electronic music as it keeps me energized and focused.

 

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your ZUM experience?

I love the multitude of different things you can do at ZUM. Before I got into Olympic lifting, I had no idea you could work with a trainer on those movements at ZUM. There are so many different trainers with different areas of expertise who can help you work on just about anything! That’s the really special thing about ZUM – really talented, knowledgeable trainers with a deep understanding of the body mechanics and physiology. I’ve been a member of other gyms, and the trainers at ZUM are just on a whole other level.

 

 

Meet ZUM’s Newest Team Members!

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Kristen Linck

House Trainer, ACSM

 

Kristen joins ZUM as an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a Fitness and Nutrition Option from Oregon State University.

 

After graduation, she began her fitness career in a local gym in her hometown of Bend, Oregon, while also working full-time as a physical therapy aide. She discovered her passion for educating and training others in rehabilitative and strength training exercises during this time while applying knowledge from the physical therapists to her personal training programming at the gym.

 

In the summer of 2016, Kristen and her partner, Katelyn, moved to Seattle for Katelyn to begin her career as a middle school teacher.

 

In her free time, Kristen enjoys bird watching, woodworking, painting, watching Bob Ross, and exploring nature with Katelyn and their dog, Timber.

 

Rick Stockmann

Front Desk 

 

Rick’s a  Seattle native who grew up skiing and playing in the mountains. He briefly played football at Western Washington University where  he received a BA in Poli-Sci. Eventually, Rick went to law school at Willamette University, passed the bar, then practiced law and consulted until recently.

 

While in law school he sustained a serious knee injury (torn ACL, partially torn everything else…) which  left him assuming he  was done with athletic endeavors. Some years later, legislation passed that allowed Rick the opportunity to seek treatment and recover. He never looked back – he’s back to being an avid back-country skier, and he took up running during rehab and pursued that to the level of completing two 50-mile trail ultra-marathons the last two summers. Rick’s now making a life/career change to prioritize helping others make positive changes in their lives, and to share the sense of gratitude he’s gained through my experiences.

 

Rick is currently studying to complete the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer process and plans on completing the USATF Level 1 certification this summer.

 

Fun facts about Rick: he has a chocolate lab, plays guitar and bass, and he’s a Capricorn.

 

Annie King

Yoga Instructor

 

Annie has devoted her life’s work to movement and the body. She began at age 3 in dance class and hasn’t stopped moving since. Annie traveled from Maine to Colorado for college where she studied Dance and Integrated Physiology. She graduated from CU Boulder in 2013.

 

Annie first found yoga in 2010 as refuge from years of lower back pain, homesickness, and an inability to focus and be still. She was medicated and treated for ADD, among other things, for years. It is through her yoga practice that she learned “All that I seek is already within me” and was able to regain control of her mind and body, medication-free. During this struggle and post-college identity crisis, Annie began a 200+ hour Vinyasa training in Denver, CO. She has been teaching yoga for 3 years and feels that she has finally found a place where she can share her talents and passions to help guide others to their place of peace.

 

Annie continues to learn and train in programs around the city so she can become specialized.  This summer, she will be participating is courses for aging bodies, hip replacements, knee replacements and scoliosis. This fall she will begin a STOTT Pilates teacher training program.

 

Annie moved to Seattle from Denver in May of 2016 with her partner, Jarrett, and 3 kitties. She lives in Queen Anne and has a niche for crafting.

 

Jocelyn Lescarbeau

Yoga Instructor

 

Jocelyn shares a comprehensive yoga practice where you’ll mindfully move and thoughtfully reflect. She aims to guide you through a practice that will leave you more mindful, refreshed and craving more.

 

Jocelyn’s teaching covers multiple facets of yoga in every class including asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath work), meditation and yogic teachings. Her thoughtful sequences and alignment-based cues guide you through the physical postures, while her reflective rhetoric inspires. Her lighthearted nature makes the study of yoga more approachable. She takes yoga seriously….but not herself.

 

Jocelyn completed her RYS (Registered Yoga School) 200-hr teacher training in 2012 in Boston, MA under the study of Ame Wren and David Regelin. She is currently enrolled in a RYS 300-hr teacher training which includes a focus on the foundations of yoga therapy with Robin Rothenberg.

 

Welcome to the ZŪM Blog

After almost 15 years of being in business, we at ZŪM Fitness are excited to launch our first blog program! Our goal with this program is to support our mission as a company, strengthen our community, and provide interesting, useful, and educational content.

Our mission is to inspire our community to succeed and thrive in their health, fitness, and well-being. The blog posts will support our mission by addressing questions like “how do I gain strength?”, “are squats good or bad for the knees?” and “what are proven ways to reduce stress?”

ZŪM is the home of more than 30 fitness professionals, with a dozen that have more than 10 years experience in their craft, and we will share the fruits of this knowledge and experience. We will educate, entertain, and give useful and practical approaches to enjoying life with more strength, energy, and vitality.

We want to know what YOU want us to blog about. Check out our new “blog box” in the Community Area upstairs and let us know. Just write your requests on one of the cards next to the box and drop it in!

Welcome to our blog!

Yours in health, fitness, and well-being,

Joe DeShaw

Joe DeShaw
ZŪM general manager and personal trainer