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Epic Humans of the Month, March 2019

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OMG these two!!! We just love Katie and Greg for so many reasons. It’s been so amazing being a part of their combined fitness journey while at FH. And a little diddy that you may not be aware of…The Nakata’s are in charge of designing our NEW Front Entrance/Retail Area at FUELhouse. We cannot wait to reveal the finished product sometime by May/June!

Without further ado we give you Katie and Greg Nakata…

  1. Where can you be found outside of the gym? What do you do for a living?

    Katie and Greg are both Licensed Architects and work in Seattle. In our down time we can be found at home working on our house we named The Tree House.

  2. How'd you find out about FUELhouse?

    Katie discovered FH several years ago when trying to find a gym nearby her previous office.

  3. What makes you commit to training even on days you don't feel like it?

    The desire to be healthy and active. Greg started coming to FH to support Katie and her goals but now comes to pursue his own goals.

  4. What's your favorite movement/workout?

    Katie and Greg love dead lifting! Katie also loves snatches and BB cleans!

  5. What's one thing you'd like to accomplish at FUELhouse in the next year or have you already accomplished this goal and if so what is it? How about in your personal life?

    Katie and Greg are hoping to participate in TSC in 2019 and PR. Our personal goal that we recently achieved was to pass the 7 required exams for professional license in architecture.

  6. Tell us a little known fact about yourself.

    For three years of our relationship we were long distance, Greg was in NYC, and Katie in Boise. Lots of flying #worthit 

  7. What's the most delicious meal you've eaten recently?

    Canlis, where we celebrated our 5 year anniversary!

  8. What's your favorite thing about being a FUELhouse athlete?

    The ability to exercise in a supportive environment.

  9. We also need to know the name of your very first pet, and the name of the street you grew up on!  This will be your official stage name from here on out at the HOUSE (just kidding. not kidding)!

    Fozzy Mill Pond Loop & Bob Thames Court - Guess who is who :)

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Couple of The Month: Ron and Melissa

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Where can you be found outside of the gym? What do you do for a living?

Ron: For the last 8 years I've worked at Adobe as Content/Knowledge Manager, but my tenure there recently came to an end. So looking for new opportunities in the whole Digital Asset Management, Knowledge Management, and Content Management fields. Tell your friends.

Melissa: I can be found planting more stuff in my garden, working on our house, traveling, eating and drinking! And when I work, I am an archaeologist. Typically writing reports in an office but sometimes I get to go out and do the fun stuff;)

How'd you find out about FUELhouse?

Ron: I was looking for a kettlebell gym relatively close to our house, but I didn't really want to do a CrossFit affiliate. Obviously CrossFit-style workouts are awesome, but I worry that their emphasis on increasing the speed at which you do specific workouts is a recipe for injury. FUELhouse just has a really great mix of stuff and the vibe I got from the website made me think Melissa would be comfortable as well. It has really surpassed all expectations though.

Melissa: Ron told me.

What makes you commit to training even on days you don't feel like it?

Ron: The thought of losing mobility as I get older. Also, just about all the diseases run on both sides of my family, so trying to optimize my health so I don't have to worry about diabetes or heart disease. There is so much I want to do with my time on earth, I just don't have time for that shit.

Melissa: How it makes me feel overall—so much better! No matter how crappy I feel walking into the door, I feel better after, and then for the rest of the day.

What's your favorite movement/workout?

Ron: I like the bear complex, especially when paired with burpees. It's pretty much the only time I'm excited to do burpees because they seem like a nice break after a round of bear complex work.

Melissa: Slam balls! Getting out aggression and exercise—love itJ

What's one thing you'd like to accomplish at FUELhouse in the next year or have you already accomplished this goal and if so what is it? How about in your personal life?

Ron: I think it'd be cool to swing The Beast. Personally, I’d like to do some more international travel this year. There are still a lot of countries in Europe I haven’t yet visited.

Melissa: I like to do pullups and heavier weights, but I have already accomplished so much and have done higher weights than I thought possible at the beginning! In my personal life—I would like to de-stress and work less (as you might expect, these go a bit hand in hand).

Tell us a little known fact about yourself.

Ron: If I told you, it would no longer be "little known." That's a paradox folks.

Melissa: I have been to Africa! It’s beautiful, amazing and scary. All at the same time. They have spiders the size of dinner plates there you know—they catch birds…! Don’t tell me that doesn’t freak the bejesus out of you!

What's the most delicious meal you've eaten recently?

Ron: Oh man, we went to Las Vegas recently for Melissa's birthday and hit up a couple of the casino buffets. I had never done a Vegas buffet before. The dinner buffet at Caesar’s Palace and the brunch buffet at the Cosmopolitan were both really good. Don't worry though, I only eat at buffets for variety, not volume... plus they both have time limits.

Melissa: Okay well I have to say something different here: Chocolate Crunch pancakes at the Little Goat Diner in Chicago. They were kind of amazing!!

What's your favorite thing about being a FUELhouse athlete?

Ron: The coaches. It's fun to come class. Molly, Kiel, and Brian put the pep in my step!

Melissa:  The positive space. Everyone is so supportive and super!

We also need to know the name of your very first pet, and the name of the street you grew up on!  This will be your official stage name from here on out at the HOUSE (just kidding. not kidding)!

Ron: Nugget Ninebark - Which I think makes a perfect name for a pulp novel private investigator.

Melissa: Tiger Menahka—I named all my first cats tiger and they all ran away…I branched out after that;)

Posted on January 27, 2019 and filed under Member Spotlight.

Drum Roll...We Present Our April Member of the Month!

SUPER AUSTIN aka 'PRECIOUS JAMES'

Since joining FUELhouse, dialing in my diet, and doing the high voltage challenge I am down 16lbs total, lost 3.5 inches in my waist, 4.5 inches on navel, and 1.5 inches in hips from December to end of February. Feeling overall stronger, back to running a 5k and not wanting to kill someone, and just hit another 3 rep max dead lift at 215lbs. It has been a journey and I have hit several walls, but the team/coaches/support system/boyfriend have all been so supportive to this journey and I cannot wait to see what this year brings! - Austin

Since joining FUELhouse, dialing in my diet, and doing the high voltage challenge I am down 16lbs total, lost 3.5 inches in my waist, 4.5 inches on navel, and 1.5 inches in hips from December to end of February. Feeling overall stronger, back to running a 5k and not wanting to kill someone, and just hit another 3 rep max dead lift at 215lbs. It has been a journey and I have hit several walls, but the team/coaches/support system/boyfriend have all been so supportive to this journey and I cannot wait to see what this year brings! - Austin

  • Infectious aura? CHECK

  • Lover of Dogs? CHECK

  • Dedicated and Committed Human? CHECK

  • Your newest friend? CHECK

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, WE PRESENT AUSTIN...

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1. Where can you be found outside of the gym? What do you do for a living? During the day, I work for Amazon as a Recruiting Manager. During my free time, I live in the apartments near Gasworks park and can be found cooking, reading, hanging out with my two furry dog children (Eddie and Ella), trying to find time to get outside (hike and bike), and spending time with my boyfriend/friends/family.

2. How'd you find out about FUELhouse? I found FUELhouse using ClassPass this last year when I moved to the Wallingford neighborhood. My boyfriend also mentioned several folks he worked with really loved going to FUELhouse, so I had to check it out. I fell in love, right away, and after a couple months of drop in classes, I joined full time in December of 2017. The energy of the people and the coaches was something I had not found anywhere in the Seattle area, they really cared and really listened. I have always been active and love working out, but had been putting on weight all last year with some medical stuff going on and starting in December full time was the best choice I have made for me in a long time.

3. What makes you commit to training even on days you don't feel like it? Mentally I just feel so much better after a workout. Even on the days when I am tired, I still feel better after coming to class. Additionally, I really made a promise to myself to start to prioritize this for me. I had a pretty hard year in my life last year and felt really frustrated around weight gain, so for me it helps to remind myself this is what I really love and it makes me feel like I am giving back to me every day I go. I also just miss the people and coaches now when I don't go or have to travel for work, everyone has just become a part of my life.

4. What's your favorite movement/workout? I am really loving my dead lift and TGU lately actually.... I didn't in the beginning. I also just like all the different workouts throughout the week at FUELhouse.

5. What's one thing you'd like to accomplish at FUELhouse in the next year or have you already accomplished this goal and if so what is it? How about in your personal life? - A body weight pull up... no bands! It will happen one day. Run a half marathon and not feel like I want to stop really really bad the whole time. And weight loss/feeling strong/health.

6. Tell us a little known fact about yourself. - I love taking photography.... when I have/make time for it. I saved up for awhile to get my Canon 5D Mark III when I first started at Amazon about four years ago. If there is any fellow photography folks that want a buddy to explore with, keep me posted!

7. What's the most delicious meal you've eaten recently? My favorite meal lately is making mashed sweet potato's, asparagus and scallops on Sunday night.... cooked in butter and lemon. MMMmmmm.....

8. What's your favorite thing about being a FUELhouse athlete? My favorite thing about being a FUELhouse athlete is the the people and coaches I get to workout with all the time. Everyone is super supportive and it feels like a team and family coming to the gym everyday. I also appreciate the training plans and the diversity of the classes throughout the week. I have grown so much stronger since joining, both physically and mentally.

9. We also need to know the name of your very first pet, and the name of the street you grew up on!  This will be your official stage name from here on out at the HOUSE (just kidding. not kidding)! - First pet = Precious, Street name: James

Since joining FUELhouse, dialing in my diet, and doing the high voltage challenge I am down 16lbs total, lost 3.5 inches in my waist, 4.5 inches on navel, and 1.5 inches in hips from December to end of February. Feeling overall stronger, back to running a 5k and not wanting to kill someone, and just hit another 3 rep max dead lift at 215lbs. It has been a journey and I have hit several walls, but the team/coaches/support system/boyfriend have all been so supportive to this journey and I cannot wait to see what this year brings! - Austin

Since joining FUELhouse, dialing in my diet, and doing the high voltage challenge I am down 16lbs total, lost 3.5 inches in my waist, 4.5 inches on navel, and 1.5 inches in hips from December to end of February. Feeling overall stronger, back to running a 5k and not wanting to kill someone, and just hit another 3 rep max dead lift at 215lbs. It has been a journey and I have hit several walls, but the team/coaches/support system/boyfriend have all been so supportive to this journey and I cannot wait to see what this year brings! - Austin

Posted on March 30, 2018 .

In her own words...we present Brooke Westlund Lee!

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Wow I feel so proud and honored to have just finished this mural at Fuelhouse gym, a place that has become very important in my life the past few years! Molly (owner of fuelhouse) and I have been thinking for months of what to do with this wall and I think it worked out!! 

If you are interested in my "fitness journey" and how I found fuelhouse free to read below...

In the past I hated gyms and in college I actually was so turned off by friends and my boyfriend saying” come to the gym” or “why don't you go to the gym”. I was not interested at all and sort of became “anti-gym”. After that I found yoga which I love and that was my exercise I got really into for about 8 years and still love. 

2.5 years ago I joined Fuelhouse, I found it through fitmob/classpass because I wanted to “get a little more toned” before our wedding so I thought maybe I would start exercising more. It was fun to try all different exercise classes and I loved it. 

I ended up quitting class pass and joining Fuelhouse full time. I thought "wow I actually ENJOY going to the gym! " I loved the coaches and I felt like they really cared about each person in the class, and it felt more like personal training and thoughtful movement. I’ve enjoyed learning all different weights, kettlebells, bodyweight, and that there is always a warm up and a focus on mobility. At this point it wasn’t about getting toned or looking good, I was more interested in getting stronger and learning how to move well.

Sometimes with class pass at a certain bootcamp or whatever when you would pop in for the first time the coaches have no clue about you and just give a random workout which can end up getting you hurt if you don't know the movements or how to use certain weights/tools.

I always thought kettlebells were weird, but after learning about them and using them now I love them. It is such a technical tool to learn and that is part of the reason that I love it. I love how every class is different but we are always building on the same skills and learning and focusing on technique. 

I love that coming to a workout class has turned into my hour for myself, and it takes my mind off of anything I am thinking about or stressed about. Since you have to focus on every little thing that you are doing, you have to be mindful about the weights and your body and think about your breath. 

I am thankful for the community and coaches at Fuelhouse and for my new perspective on “working out” and that I have found something that I know will be incorporated throughout my whole life, to stay strong and mobile!

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Posted on February 1, 2018 .

Member of the Month: Nissa Ferm

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Where can you be found outside of the gym and what do you do for a living?

I work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations(NOAA) Alaska Fisheries Science Center out at Sand Point. I’m a fisheries biologist and I focus on the ecology of zooplankton, the small crustaceans that live in the water, and juvenile fish. The work I do has taken me to Antarctica and now the Arctic. I’ll be in the Arctic most of August and in the Bering Sea for most of September. Studying high latitude environments is exciting, they are very dynamic and trying to understand what will happen in a future with a warmer climate is difficult but necessary. When I’m not out on a research cruise, at my microscope, analyzing data or writing about it; you might find me reading at Miir, walking around Fremont and Capitol Hill, or trying to find a new board game to play. 

How'd you find out about FUELhouse?

I had moved into the neighborhood several months before FUELhouse opened. I’d walk by on my way to the 62 bus to get to work. I looked at what types of class were offered on the website and decided it was a perfect match for my style of working out. I joined a month after Fuelhouse opened and that point in my life it was there just when I needed it. Since I live so close I do feel guilty when I don’t go in the morning. 

What makes you commit to training even on days you don't feel like it? 

I know that even when I feel tired and I make it down to the House the morning class helps to get everything pumping. And I notice that on days I do go to the House or ride my bike to work I much more productive in the morning. I know it’s anecdotal evidence, maybe I should write it down to quantify it. 

What's your favorite movement/workout? 

My favorite workouts are the ones that incorporate lifting. Specifically deadlifts and push presses. 

What's one thing you'd like to accomplish at FUELhouse in the next year or have you already accomplished this goal and if so what is it? How about in your personal life? 

After I get back in October my goal is to focus on lifting and eating better. At the moment, being on research vessels for most of the summer really hampers good eating and work outs. The cook keeps making cookies and cakes everyday. There is only so much vessel to walk around and the only lifting I get is moving large baskets of jelly fish and fish around. In my personal life there are two goals. One goal is to travel more for pleasure, the other is continuing to learn new skills for work. For work I recently finished a year long R programming and Stats certification, next on my list is learning Python. 

Tell us a little known fact about yourself: 

I was in a SeaWorld commercial as a kid. 

What's the most delicious meal you've eaten recently? 

Recent, hmm. The cook on the ship made really nice pork chops with a fennel and peach sauce.

What's your favorite thing about being a FUELhouse athlete?

That it does feel like family and Molly and all the coaches are genuinely interested in my health and success as a FUELhouse athlete. 

Based on the name of Nissa's very first pet, and the name of the street she grew up on, her official stage name from here on out at the HOUSE is: 

Midnight Everview

More cool stuff from Nissa...

Nissa is half way done with the research cruise that she's on and one of the gals is writing a blog about it. www.nprb.org , then go to Arctic Program Field blog. 

We can also track the vessel: https://share.garmin.com/ArcticEIS

Report from current trip: This year there hasn’t been any sea ice so no polar bears or walruses. :(

Lady Fur Seal barking at Nissa in 2010

Lady Fur Seal barking at Nissa in 2010

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Posted on September 4, 2017 .

March Member Of The Month: Arjun Subramanian

Congratulations to Arjun Subramanian, our March Member Of The Month! Arjun started at FUELhouse in October 2016 and since February has been training around his latest goal: to compete in his first Tactical Strength Challenge this April with our Tribe. Arjun continues to progress in all areas of his fitness and we look forward to celebrating his hard work and achievements this quarter!  Yes, he is always smiling.  Thank you Arjun for bringing so much light and happiness to our Tribe.

A little more about this guy...

Where can you be found outside of the gym? What do you do for a living?

Outside of the gym I'm quite the introvert. I spend a lot of my time reading and learning about something that is important to my life. I try to keep my priorities at any time to less than 4 things because I tend to enjoy my experience through life more that way. Over time I've found the 4 areas of investment to be quite stable - I try to grow in my job, build strong relationships, take care of my body and improve the quality of my mind. I typically read non-fiction and spend a lot of time picking books that teach me something about an area of life that I want to get more out of. My goal is to read 50 books this year which is really really hard if you are trying to hold a job, take care of yourself and deepen your relationships (I did about 24 last year and that was HARD!). For the last few months, I've spent most of my reading time on neuroscience and the process of learning in the brain. I'm learning how the the brain builds knowledge, how memory works (and how deeply flawed it is) and how to create an effective structure of practice around almost anything you can think of. Over the last year I've invested more time in mindfulness meditation and I'm trying to build a daily practice around that. I find that it has helped me be more effective at almost everything I do by improving my attention to what is happening.

For my living - I'm a senior technical program manager for Amazon leading large software projects. I've worked there now for over 9 years.

 

How'd you find out about FUELhouse?

I found out about FUELhouse by looking through the MindBody App. I was looking to add a lot more technique and structure to my training. I also wanted to get really strong and was struggling to find a place where instruction was focused with a long term orientation on technique and strength as opposed to a quick win or excessive focus on training for appearance. I got really really curious about the ethos behind StrongFirst and the emphasis on technique. Now I'm really excited to learn and work towards my certification.

 

What makes you commit to training even on days you don't feel like it

I'm committed first to myself above everything else. I remind myself that that I am training for my well being and long term health. I also emphasize the importance of consistent practice over intensity. I think it was Bruce Lee that said that long term consistency trumps short term intensity. I remind myself that how I feel in the moment is a short term fleeting sensation and that I am committed to my practices over the period of my life. If I get my mind right, I'll be strength training at the gym at 80. The feeling in the moment always passes. The results of our good habits over time remain forever.

 

What's your favorite movement/workout?

I personally love the sumo squat. It really helps me get strong and pushes my joints to open up. But to be perfectly honest, my mind right now is on getting better at the Kettlebell swing. I'm determined to master the movement and I'm very much in the beginning stages of understanding what it feels like in my body to swing. 

 

What's one thing you'd like to accomplish at FUELhouse in the next year or have you already accomplished this goal and if so what is it? How about in your personal life?

Getting StrongFirst certified feels like a far away dream right now but I really want to work up to it. I would say that getting certified is my goal. It's really about being able to master the movements for me and program the right technique deep into my muscles. In my personal life - I want to deepen my mind's capacity to be attentive. I've built into my life a series of interlocking habits and practices that I hope over the years show the right results. I'll prune and tune them along the way but if I can direct my mind at things more deeply and hold attention better I think I would be pretty proud of myself.

 

Tell us a little known fact about yourself.

I'm kinda a food geek in the kitchen and am trying to learn some mad skills in there. I've really started to enjoy cooking and one of my secret, guilty pleasures is cooking reality shows on YouTube. Gordon Ramsey is the bomb!

 

 What's the most delicious meal you've eaten recently?

This is easily the seared tuna I ate for dinner this week. It was epic.

 

What's your favorite thing about being a FUELhouse athlete?

I really like the attention to technique at the house with respect for personal boundaries. It's really great that the work out isn't just going crazy and lifting a bunch of stuff with sweat pouring all the time. I enjoy going into my experience with the weights and really feeling the lift.

 

We also need to know the name of your very first pet, and the name of the street you grew up on!  This will be your official stage name from here on out at the HOUSE (just kidding. not kidding)!

My first pet is also my current pet ! He is the most awesome fur ball ever - Duncan! he is a 10 year old aussie husky mix and you may have seen him around. I adopted him when he was six months old. I can't really remember the name of the street but if I get stage name I'd rather it be a Marvel superhero (My favorites are Iron Man and Luke Cage).

Posted on February 28, 2017 .