December 2, 2013
Yet again, the wonderful duo Melissa and Rob will be leading the ancient tradition of devotional chanting: Kirtan, on December 6th at 6:30-8pm!
Melissa’s angelic voice is the perfect compliment for Rob’s more earthy, singer-songwriter vocals. Together they create music that resonates with a wide diversity of audiences, crossing cultural bridges by adding a modern, tangible sensibility to the ancient Sanskrit mantras.
Dana (a donation from the heart) will be accepted for the Lundsgaards. The workshop is free to Ballard Health Club Members as usual, and an $8 drop-in fee applies to non-members.
November 27, 2013
As you read in the previous post, Ballard Health Club is going to be put into the very capable hands of Pat Gilbrough beginning January 1, 2014. You heard why Pat was chosen as the next successor of the Club, below are his words describing his excitement!
Just a reminder that we are closed tomorrow, 11/28/13 for Thanksgiving but are open normal hours on Friday 11/29. We hope all our members enjoy a wonderful holiday!
To the Members of Ballard Health Club;
My name is Pat Gilbrough and I will be the new owner of the Ballard Health Club on January 1st, 2014. Current owners Lowen Clausen and daughter, Sonya Senstra, created Ballard Health Club over 15 years ago. Their vision was to create and operate a special and unique fitness environment that would be different from most gyms, with little to no focus on sales and more focus on service and fairness. To that end, they succeeded wonderfully and have made BHC a gem for our Ballard community.
Lowen and Sonya point to the quality people they have been able to gather as staff that really give BHC its personality and value. This asset along with the first rate facility in the heart of Ballard has attracted a fantastic collection of members.
When I was a tenant in the building many years ago, I remember watching the health club being created. My wife, Kellene, joined soon after the Club opened and I joined a couple of weeks later. As it turns out, Kellene is the longest standing active member of the Ballard Health Club. With a little math, I calculated that I have heard someone at the front desk tell me to “have a nice day” about 2000 times in the past decade and a half and I have never tired of hearing it. Lowen and I have known each other for almost 20 years. He told me he and Sonya sought me out because of my success running businesses in the past, my long term membership and use of the club, my passion for fitness and my roots in the place we call home – Ballard. I have told Lowen and Sonya that I am honored to be considered as their successor and look forward to the challenge and responsibility of maintaining the quality they have established at BHC.
The first thing I plan on changing is nothing. What I envision going forward is not to “change” the Club but to seek ways of enhancing the value of the Club member’s experience. It has been a heady time these past few months while we have been discussing details of the purchase. I did my best to keep up my routine of working out at the club 3 times a week. During that time, I have had a chance to reflect on how special the members are who chose BHC and how I want to do my best to continue to support their reasons for being Club members. I also thought a lot about why the staff at BHC is special and different from other
gyms I have experienced. My determination is the staff chose to work here because they are allowed to spend all of their time focusing on applying their talents toward the fitness welfare of the members when other gyms require staff to dilute that effort by being required to sell items like training sessions and supplements and distracting members from their fitness routines to do so.
This combination of the staff and members form a special chemistry that I feel is unique to our Club, and I greatly look forward to being involved with it. My goal is to help both groups find as much value and growth as possible at Ballard Health Club.
November 25, 2013
Change is on the horizon here at Ballard Health Club! As of January 1, 2014, Pat Gilbrough will become the owner of the Ballard Health Club. Be assured! In his own words, “The first thing I plan on changing is nothing.”
Below is Sonya’s letter to you, our fabulous members! We hope you take a moment to read through her words. We will be following this up with a letter from Pat in the next few days. Please be assured that the club and it’s integrity will stay the same. BHC will continue to be a wonderful neighborhood community gym, and is being passed to another great Ballard family!
Earlier this month, my father Lowen and I sold Ballard Health Club to Pat Gilbrough. The transfer will conclude on January 1, 2014. My father and I love this gym—the staff, the members, the special place it has in Ballard—but we knew that it was time for us to pass the torch to someone who would carry on the gym as all of us would hope. We
didn’t have to look far.
Several months ago, my father saw Pat lifting weights in the gym and knew in his gut that Pat was the one. My father has known Pat for almost 20 years. They began a conversation that led to the sale and transfer of the gym. Pat and Kellene live in Ballard, have raised their family in Ballard, and we feel that we are passing the torch from one Ballard family to another. Pat and Kellene are the best possible people we know to carry on the traditions and ethos of our gym. During this time, my father and I have felt joy, gratitude and excitement—and just a bit of sadness, too. I think this happens when something is meant to be, and it speaks volumes about how Pat will carry on what we have begun – about his hopes and dreams for Ballard Health Club. We hope the experience will be similar for all of you.
More than 15 years ago when my father and I talked about forming the Ballard Health Club, I didn’t know very much about gyms. I was sort-of athletic and had business experience, but I did not like gyms. I was one of those folks who periodically joined a gym to ‘get in shape’, ‘lose some weight’, and so on, and I always left a month or so later feeling oversold, lost and unseen. So, my father and I decided we would do things differently. We would have fair prices, and we would publish them. We would never do sales and promotion gimmicks. We would have fair and simple freeze and cancellation policies. We would provide training at no extra charge. Everybody on staff would be certified trainers who could answer our members’ questions. We would not employ a sales staff. Our facility would be clean and relevant. We would offer a wide range of classes. And most importantly, we would work with the best people we could find. Several of those people who began working with us that first year are still with us: MJ, Jade, Tracy, and Heather; and others joined our health club family not long afterward – Matt, Jose, Galen, Charlene, David and Justin. And they will continue when Pat takes over January 1.
What my father and I didn’t foresee, but have grown to absolutely cherish, is the amazing community that exists and embraces this neighborhood gym. Anyone can have great business policies and structures, but it’s the staff and members that make the heart—and the heart makes this gym unique. Over the years, we’ve witnessed countless members’ great
and small physical and mental victories. We’ve met people from all walks of life. We’ve watched people take risks, try new things and also stay comfortable with what works. We’ve experienced deaths, births, moves, marriages and world events together. I even met my husband through the gym!
For all these reasons, we felt very protective of our special gym as we considered who might be absolutely right to be the new owner. We found him. Pat has been a part of the gym from the beginning. Both he and Kellene understand the gym’s essence and are so excited to experience it from a different perspective. Welcome Pat and Kellene!
My father and I are so grateful for the community that exists within these old ballroom walls. Thank you Ballard Health Club members for these wonderful fifteen years. Thank you for your business, your hard work, and the community you help form every day. Here’s to many more years to come. My father and I feel privileged to be able to join all of you as regular members of this very special community called the Ballard Health Club!
November 15, 2013
THIS SATURDAY! 11/16/13
Breathing Techniques with Adrian Beltran
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the breathing techniques of QiGong!
With breathing techniques and precise movements, you will cultivate Qi and raise your metabolic rate. Disease thrives in low oxygen environments. Saturating the body with oxygen gives life!
This one of a kind workshop is free for members, and an $8 drop-in fee for non-members.
November 5, 2013
Now that Halloween is over, the holiday season is just about on us! Do you have a plan for staying healthy? Get yourself to a class, make an appointment with a trainer to get a program. Figure out a plan to stay healthy and relieve anxiety this year!
While planning your holiday this year, remember that BHC is closed on Thanksgiving Day 11/28, but is open with normal hours and classes the rest of the week and weekend.
What happened to Jade? After taking a spill on her mountain bike a little over a month ago, Jade discovered that she had a cartilage tear in her shoulder (Type III S.L.A.P Tear). Without surgery her shoulder would be considerably limited for a considerable amount of time. Not being one to be held back, Jade opted for surgery so that she can get back to training and teaching at 100% as soon as possible.
So far recovery from surgery is going pretty well. Jade will have to be careful with her shoulder for about 6 weeks before really pushing the strength and mobility like she wants to. Luckily our wonderful BHC members have been looking out for her and keeping her in check towards a speedy recovery.
While Jade is letting her shoulder heal, she will be on limited duty with training appointments. At this point she is primarily taking appointments with members that she has an established training history with. If you would like to schedule an appointment with her, please take a look at the appointment boards and then check with the front desk.
Jade would like to thank all of BHC for the continued support.
October 22, 2013
Breath Empowerment Workshop with Adrian Beltran
November 16, 1-3pm at Ballard Health Club.
Free for members!
Drop in rates apply for non-members.
Qigong is practiced by over 100 million people worldwide. With Breathing Techniques and precise movements, students are able to cultivate Qi and raise their metabolic rate. Doing good deeds and being humble is the foundation of Qigong. It accepts that one cannot help others until they themselves are EMPOWERED.
Adrian Beltran is a certified level II facilitator with Supreme Science Qigong and a licensed massage therapist. Visit his website at www.qirevolutionbellingham.
Disease thrives in low oxygen environments. Saturating the body with oxygen gives life. Take your fitness to the next level in this Saturday workshop.
October 9, 2013
We have several exciting upcoming workshops!
November 16 1pm-3pm
December 6th 6:30pm-8pm
Kirtan with Rob and Melissa Lundsgaard
January 18th 1pm-3pm
Yoga Basics with Molly Price
Mark them on your calendar now! All workshops are free for members and drop-in rates apply to non-members.
The Kirtan workshop will be accepting Dana.
Noticed anything new in the pro-shop this week? We have new water bottles in! Check them out, and buy one for just $15!
And don’t forget to vote for Ballard Health Club in the Best of Western Washington! 8 more days to vote!
Have a great week!
October 1, 2013
We have several new teachers joining us at BHC!
Courtney is going to get members to ride the Strength Train on Fridays at 5:30pm.
Erin will be teaching yoga at 6:30am on Monday mornings.
Leticia is kicking booty in step (among many class skills) on Tuesdays at 10:30am.
Yumiko will thrill members with her Pilates plus class on Tuesdays at 6pm.
Wen is back to teach Zumba on Thursdays at 7pm!
Make sure to give us feedback about the new schedule! Although we can’t honor every request, we always love to hear your opinions!
Have you voted for Ballard Health Club on the Best of Western Washington yet?
18 days left to vote! Let’s get Ballard Health Club to the top!
Have a great week, everyone!
September 24, 2013
We have created a collage of things the Ballard Health Club has been involved with over the summer. Staff is putting up pictures of what we have done and we would love you to play along! Bring in a photo and ask for a sheet behind the front desk. Let’s get a great collage going!
Don’t forget there is a new class schedule that will be starting October 1st! It is on orange paper at the front desk next to the older green-colored schedule. Take a look! Maybe it’s time to try out a new class!
Have you ever noticed our “Suggestion Box”? The box is a great place to suggest anything that comes to mind about Ballard Health Club! Did you know that our owners and management read every suggestion in the box?
Although it is not possible to grant every or even most requests, this is a great way to make your voice heard throughout the club.
Write down anything from: “I loved this new sub! I would love to take a regular class of hers!” to “I wish you guys had 1 pound barbell weights”. We always like to hear what you like and don’t like so we can keep the club running at its best for our members!
Have a fantastic week!
September 17, 2013
You guessed it! Our fall schedule has come out! We will be starting the new schedule October 1st, so make sure you check it out!
That being said, the following are the subs for the week:
Now that we are at the beginning of the school year, make sure you are making a routine of getting in that workout! Need help? Sign up with a trainer. We are always more than happy to help you reach your goals and make your experience at BHC extremely positive. If you’ve never gone through the process of working with a trainer, just ask the front desk for help.
And, as always, feel free to ask any of the trainers your fitness questions at any time!