April 21, 2014

Syttende Mai

Posted 8:37 am in Announcements, Events

Ballard Health Club will, again, be participating the the Ballard Syttende Mai parade!

We had so much fun last year and hope you will join us again this year on May 17th at 6pm.

Zumba instructor Johanna will be leading Zumba throughout the route and we are hoping for people to also participate by waving flags. This is a great opportunities to support BHC and the Ballard Community. 

A sign up sheet is located at the front desk. 


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This Week At BHC

Posted 6:02 am in Announcements, Events

Lots of new things going on at Ballard Health Club this week! 

BHC Run Club got off to a great start on Saturday morning! It continues Wednesday evening again. All levels are welcome and we hope you will join us!

Ever wanted to start a yoga practice at home? Let Karen guide you on Saturday afternoon!

Join us for some fun!

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April 19, 2014

Running Club Success

Posted 9:53 am in Announcements, Classes, Events

Allison, Sammy, Todd and Sarah had a wonderful time running with the new BHC Run Club this morning! We covered about 4 miles with great views of the Olympic mountains. We hope you will join us next time!

The Run Club will continue to meet Saturdays at 8am and Wednesdays at 6:30pm. We hope to see you soon!

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April 15, 2014

Running Club begins this weekend!

Posted 5:13 am in Announcements, Events

Please join us for our new running club! 

Allison will be hosting runs beginning THIS SATURDAY 4/19 at 8am.

Andrea will be hosting runs beginning next WEDNESDAY 4//23 at 6:30pm. 

ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME so please lace up those shoes and meet us!

More information to come about the running club…

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Home Practice Workshop

Posted 5:08 am in Events

BHC will be hosting a home practice workshop with Karen on April 26th from 2-4pm.

We all come to yoga through our own personal path. Some of us are grateful to get moving in asana. And others are drawn to the more contemplative aspects of the practice. Whatever brings you to yoga, a personal practice will enrich both body and mind. By creating a practice you can do at home or on the road that is suitable to your own body, schedule and desire, you will develop mindfulness, improve your poses and have more restful sleep. 

In this two hour workshop we’ll explore your personal goals and create a balanced practice using movement, breath work and meditation, as well as, exploring the concept of yoga ‘off the mat’. 

Bring a notebook or journal, there will be discussion, practice and meditation.

As always, no need to sign up for this workshop. It is free for members, and an $8 drop in fee for non-members. 

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April 7, 2014

Welcome to the Boxing Room

Posted 6:47 am in Announcements

Our new boxing room is up and ready to go!

A few things to keep in mind:

Please SHUT the door while you are using the room to try and keep the noise level down. 

However, when you are finished, please OPEN the door to let the room air out a bit.

And, finally, loaner gloves are available at the front desk. 

Have fun! We hope you enjoy the new room!

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Bittersweet Goodbye

Posted 6:38 am in Announcements, Staff

On April 28th the BHC community will say goodbye to one of our favorite trainers, Courtney Klop. Below are Courtney’s words to all of you at Ballard Health Club. Since Courtney will be around for the next few weeks still, make sure you get an appointment with her while you can!

To the lovely community at BHC,

I have come to know so many people within this gym and community that it only feels right to give you an explanation as to why you will see me less and less around here in the coming months.

I will be teaching the Strength Train class on Fridays (5:15-6:15) through the end of June, but my last day working full time is going to be Monday, April 28th.

In July I am leaving to go traveling, indefinitely. I will be slowly making my way south with a friend from culinary school, for a final destination of Costa Rica. We have a few stops planned in Oregon and California before planning on going into Mexico mid-August, where we will most likely catch a flight either to deeper Mexico or straight to Costa Rica.

I have fallen in love with the health and fitness industry and plan to stay a certified personal trainer, expanding my knowledge wherever I can. BHC has played a large part in my experience for this industry so far, as well as the deeper passion I have developed for it. Our community here is so unique and feels so much more than any other gym I have ever worked at or worked out at. I know I will miss it and absolutely plan on coming back, at least to visit if not fill in!

I currently keep a health and fitness related blog, linked below. I plan to keep up with this blog on my travels, but include more travel and personal type posts. Please, feel free to check it out and follow along.

As I am getting ready to move onward in life’s adventures, a friendly and familiar face is transitioning in to my position. Many of you have already seen former employee Chad Cook around recently. He is getting back in the swing of things and as of May 1st will officially be on staff full time!

See you all around the club!

~Courtney K.

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March 31, 2014

Silver Sneakers at BHC

Posted 8:20 am in Announcements, Classes

Ballard Health Club welcomes participants in the Silver Sneakers program. Memberships are now being accepted and classes will begin April 1st.

Silver Sneakers is for people 65 and older that have a Medicare supplemental insurance plan that includes Silver Sneakers eligibility. If your insurance includes Silver Sneakers — the membership to Ballard Health Club is paid for by this plan with no membership billing to you.

Washington State Insurance Companies that have plans that include Silver Sneakers:
AARP MedicareComplete by UnitedHealthCare
Asuris Northwest Health
Group Health Cooperative
Health Alliance Medicare
Premera Blue Cross
Providence Health Plan
Regence BlueShield
Soundpath Health

Silver Sneaker Classes:
Mondays and Wednesdays
1:30-2:30pm with Matt 

Other classes that may be of interest to Silver Sneaker Members:

7:45am-8:30am Gentle Yoga – begins April 15th with Heather
10:30-11:30am Basic Step with Laticia 

7:30pm-8:30pm Restorative yoga with Elliot and Fran

4:00-5:00pm Yoga Basics with Heather 

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March 25, 2014

New Classes in April

Posted 8:06 am in Classes, Uncategorized

April is fast approaching, and with it comes a few new classes to Ballard Health Club! 

“SS” Silver Sneakers Classic: The basic Silver Sneakers class increasing muscular strength and range of movement. Have fun and move to the music while doing carious exercises designed to increase strength, range of movement and activity for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and physio balls provide resistance. Chairs are used for support.
Class times will be Monday and Wednesday 1:30-2:30pm beginning April 2nd.

Gentle Yoga: Perfect for those who can’t meet the demands of physically straining exercises, this class will gently bring you gently into poses with lots of modifications!
Class time will be Tuesday 7:45am-8:30am beginning April 15th.

Take a look at our full, current class schedule here.


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March 24, 2014

Staff Running!

Posted 7:35 am in Announcements, Awards & Recognition, Staff

This past Sunday, one of our trainers, Andrea, ran the Mercer Island Half Marathon! 

Congrats to Andrea and any other members who may have run this race as well!

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