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“There is so much misinformation out there with nutrition, so I’m very passionate about scientific literacy.” —Ashley Besecker

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Fitness Director Stacy Munn shares her opinions on group exercise.

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Ashley Besecker talks about the rise of genetic-based nutrition.

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A monthly spotlight on a BC sister club.

Discover ONE Bites: Optimized Nutritional Energy bites.


Gather your family and try Seattle Scavenger Hunt.


GET MOVING IN 2018 Plan for a year of fitness and fun with these regional races and family events.


ROLL WITH IT Enjoy a new therapeutic foam-rolling series.


IF THE SHOE FITS ... THE ACTIVITY Are you wearing the wrong shoe for your workout? Find out here.


A TRIP 2 NATIONALS Two Bellevue Club tennis teams played their way to nationals.

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MANAGEMENT President S. W. Thurston Club Manager Sam Johnson Financial Manager Jeff Ohlstrom Human Resources Director Donna Gray Communications Director Bonnie Tankovich Membership Director Carissa Ritter Operations Director Connor Eden Hotel Manager Jeff Isenberg Tennis Director Brian Nash Fitness Director Stacey Munn Aquatics Director Michelle Streifel Recreation Director Jill Clark Spa & Athletic Services Director Katie Wallis Head Swim Coach Andrew Nguyen F&B Director Tyler Hathaway Executive Chef Justin Sledge Catering Director Janina Ligaya Facilities Director Scott Pinson

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That’s because, for me, it serves as the perfect time for personal reflection, goal setting, change and renewal. There’s something about the promise of a new year that I find uniquely inspiring and refreshing. Here at the Club, we’re going through a lot of change and goal setting as well (and not just in the typical weight-loss-get-fit resolution kind of way, although that’s part of it). Most significantly, we have welcomed many new leaders to our team. Sam Johnson is taking the reins of our leadership team as Club Manager. He is a Washington native with extensive experience in hospitality and hotel management. With an open-door policy and a love for interacting with the community, I know he is looking forward to getting to know the membership on a deeper level and serving their needs. In addition, Stacy Munn has joined the Club as our Fitness Director. You can read more about her on page 30. You will also probably see her teaching a class or two, so jump in and let her get you moving! We’ve also added a few new classes and activities to make sure you and your family stay happy and healthy in the coming year. Nancy Black’s foam-rolling class (featured on page 26) is just one example. That said, we want to know what your goals look like for 2018. Please feel free to share your ambitions and accomplishments with Reflections and the whole crew as the new year gets underway. We love celebrating you and your family!

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ometimes the best way to look forward is to start with a look back. 2017 was a record year for Anna Riley, West Bellevue Partners, with over $100,000,000 in sales, tipping her lifetime career sales to over $1 Billion dollars.


am grateful for your unwavering trust and support over the years. Offering you unrivaled local expertise and premier service while maximizing your real estate investments are my core values. Happy clients are my top priority and treasured legacy. I am committed to serving our beloved community and to helping you make your next move intelligently, with care, professionalism and a diligent focus on your needs. Whether it is a move down the block or across an ocean, Windermere and I have you covered. 2018 is The Year of The Dog in the Chinese calendar; what better symbol to inspire practicing appreciation, loyalty and care for one another this year. Wishing you a prosperous and joyous 2018 filled with family, best friends and new adventures. I am looking forward to another successful year of serving you and helping you move ahead.

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Mary Dee and Mukul are a husband and wife photography duo who have been published by the National Geographic Society and Seattle Met. To see more of their work, visit and SEE THEIR WORK IN “IT’S GENETIC” [PAGE 36].


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Samantha Lund is a former multimedia journalist turned digital media specialist at the Bellevue Club. SEE SAMANTHA’S WORK IN “IF THE SHOE FITS” [PAGE 48].


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Courtney Swinger is a writer and student of integrated strategic communications at Washington State University. SEE COURTNEY’S WORK IN “GET MOVING IN 2018” [PAGE 24].

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Eastside news from our partners at 425 Business magazine. FITCODE FOR MEN Kirkland-based fashion technology company Fitcode started with a simple idea: Why not do more to help women find the perfect fitting jeans based on their body types rather than arbitrary sizes—a conundrum Fitcode founder Rian Buckley encountered throughout her modeling career. Each new Fitcode user is asked four questions about fit problems having to do with tightness in thighs or calves, or gaps at the waist, and then is presented with a “fitcode,” and a suggested list of Fitcode’s partners from which to shop for the perfect jeans. While Fitcode has helped more than 110,000 female users find their perfect fits since the company’s founding in 2014, there was an entire segment of the population that was being overlooked—males. “Men’s (jeans) is the number one question that we get from partners and consumers alike,” Buckley said. “It’s always been on our radar, but we wanted to perfect our women’s offering first. Now that we’ve done that, we’re ready to expand our reach and provide partners and consumers with a single, trusted fit solution across their business.” PHOTO COURTESY OF FITCODE

MICROSOFT PLANS MAJOR REDMOND CAMPUS EXPANSION At a time when tech companies are competing for office space on the Eastside, Microsoft is doubling down on its 31-year-old, 500-acre corporate headquarters in Redmond. In late November, the company announced it would spend more than $1 billion to build and renovate 9.2 million square feet of office space on its East Redmond campus. The project is expected to break ground next fall and take five to seven years to complete.

BELLEVUE SQUARE LAWSUIT TO FORCE WHOLE FOODS TO REOPEN A King County Superior Court judge filed a preliminary injunction in early December forcing Whole Foods to reopen its 365 Whole Foods store within 14 days, after Bellevue Square owners sued the company for breaking its long-term lease. According to the injunction signed by judge Mary Roberts, the lease imposed Whole Foods to be open and operational for at least 10 years of the 20-year lease. The store closed suddenly in October after opening in September 2016, notifying subscribers that the store would shut down permanently and items would be half-price.

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THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ARMY AND NAVY CLUB For more than 130 years, the Army and Navy Club has been committed to providing social and cultural enrichment to its members. Offering exceptional fine dining and professional networking to family programming and special events, the Army & Navy Club is a prestigious, historical home away from home. written


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The club is located on Farragut Square in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Business District, just two blocks from the White House. Situated in a high-rise that stands as the 24th tallest building in the city, it’s the perfect place to take in all that the capital has to offer.


The historical private library undoubtedly sets thisclub apart. Founded in 1891, the Army and Navy Club Library is one of the oldest private libraries in Washington, D.C. Housed on the third floor and staffed by a full-time librarian, it provides an outstanding source of information as well as an oasis for members.


With three different in-house dining options, the club offers a culinary experience like no other. The main dining room—with soaring ceilings, beautiful murals and picture-perfect park views—offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch in a uniquely historical setting. The Eagle Grill provides a space to enjoy lighter fare, such as a quick afternoon bite or working lunch. And last but not least, wind down with an afterhours cocktail at the Daiquiri Bar and Lounge.

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The club houses a fully equipped fitness facility that offers essential cardio equipment, ranging from treadmills to stationary bicycles, as well as free weights and resistance machines. Additionally, the space features indoor racquetball and squash courts for a little friendly competition. For more information, visit

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Planning for Housing in Retirement, and it’s Financial Implications? Join us for a lunch presentation presented by Legg Mason and The Center for Innovative Care in Aging at John’s Hopkins University at The Bellevue Club located at 11200 SE 6th St. Bellevue, WA 98004.

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It’s cold outside, so you might need a little something extra to entice the family to get out and be active. Enter Urban Adventure Quest. Urban Adventure Quest is an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Great Amazing Race with a three-hour excursion in Seattle, turning the city into a giant board game. From the art and sculptures of the Seattle Center to hidden gems of downtown and Pike Place Market, you will enjoy the best that Seattle has to offer. The tour requires about two miles of walking, with a rest on the city’s famous monorail. Start when you want and play at your own pace. Although there is no physical prize for winning the Quest, it does come with bragging rights for you and your family. Your team’s name will be posted on the leaderboard. For more information and ticket options, visit

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Plan for a year of fitness and fun with these regional races, wellness expos and family events. FEB. 3 WINE & WELLNESS HEALTH & BEAUTY EXPO Join Eastside experts for all things health and beauty related at the Wine & Wellness Expo. Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks while learning how to live your happiest, healthiest life. Guests will enjoy free gifts and door prizes as an added bonus. → For more information, visit eventbrite. com FEB. 21–25 NORTHWEST YOGA CONFERENCE 2018 The Northwest Yoga Conference aims to celebrate and promote the benefits of yoga while cultivating a unified community through learning, sharing and growing together. Most workshops are intimately sized at 40 to 100 attendees, which allows for optimal interaction between presenters and attendees. They offer workshops for everyone from the beginning student to longtime teachers. → For more information, visit eventbrite. com. MARCH 25 BIG CLIMB SEATTLE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Big Climb event raises money to fund blood cancer research and support services for patients. The Columbia Center in downtown Seattle stands as the second-tallest building west of the Mississippi, and participants climb all 69 floors, or 1,311 steps, to reach the observation deck. → For more information, visit APRIL 29 BLOOMS TO BREWS MARATHON Enjoy beautiful scenery while running one of the flattest USA Track & Field–certified marathons in the country. The Blooms to Brews Marathon follows a scenic route through fields of tulips and lilacs that begins and ends at Horseshoe Lake. Participants receive a medal, T-shirt, virtual goody bag and more. There are also overall and age group awards. → For more information, visit SEPT. 15 APPLETREE MARATHON “Run Through History” at the race taking place in Vancouver, Washington. The course takes you on a flat, fast and scenic path through Fort Vancouver, Officers Row, the Army Barracks, Pearson Field—the oldestoperating airport in the country, the historical Old Apple Tree and along the majestic Columbia River. There’s so much to see that the miles will fly by! → For more information, visit OCT. 27 2018 WHERE’S WALDO 5K Come dressed as your favorite Waldo! Join other Where’s Waldo fans and run or walk around Green Lake Park. The event is not officially timed, although there will be a running clock. The trail is fairly flat, and the event is rain or shine! → For more information, visit

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Bellevue Club instructor Nancy Black is offering a new class that leads participants through a therapeutic foam-rolling series. Below she talks about why every athlete should give it a go.

Reflections magazine: What can people expect from a foam-rolling class? Nancy Black: People can expect to learn trigger point foam-rolling techniques for different body parts. We generally start on the feet, move up the body, and end with the neck and shoulders. RM: Why should more people foam roll? NB: Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release (SMR), which helps break up muscle adhesions and loosen tendons and ligaments. It increases blood flow to the area to help increase joint mobility, range of motion and flexibility. Foam rolling is an excellent pre-workout release as well as postworkout stretch.

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RM: Is there anyone who shouldn’t take the class? NB: Contraindications to foam rolling include pregnant clients or those with osteoporosis. Hypertensive clients should use caution. RM: Any tips for people new to foam rolling? NB: New clients should begin with decreased pressure and gradually increase as they progress. RM: Do you have any personal experiences in which foam rolling has helped an injury, injury prevention, etc.? NB: I have had great success with foam rolling! Foam rolling has helped increase the flexibility in my feet following foot surgery as well as loosen tight IT bands, quadriceps and hamstrings from running.

For specific class times, please pick up a GPX (group exercise) schedule.

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Bellevue Club Fitness Director Stacy Munn is all about group exercise, and with more than 20 years experience as an instructor, she has some opinions on what classes she’d like athletes to attend. STACY RECOMMENDS: FIVE FITNESS CLASSES FOR ALL LEVELS CYCLING Cycling is a great cardiovascular workout that’s available to everyone. “One of the greatest things about cycling is that people can go at their own pace,” Munn says. “You control the resistance on your bike and no one else can see it.” However, she says cycling can be especially beneficial as cross training for runners (or other specialized athletes) seeking an alternative way to build speed and endurance or improve their finish time. YOGA Yoga is a great complementary activity to any fitness or wellness routine as it can increase overall flexibility, mobility, balance and strength. Yin, or other restorative varieties, can also greatly aid in recovery and athletic focus. “When you do quick releasing stretching, like in some other classes, it doesn’t provide the same quality of flexibility that yoga can give you,” she says.

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ULTIMATE FITNESS Ultimate Fitness tops the list of classes Munn recommends because it’s well-rounded, combining strength and cardio, but brings a ton of variety to any routine that’s become stale or boring. “I think you get the most bang for your buck with this class,” she says. “Plus there’s no tricky choreography and offers plenty of modifications.” CORE AND MORE “Almost everything we do requires core, even just sitting at a desk,” Munn says. Targeting your core leads to better balance and stability, whether on the playing field or in daily activities. And with classes offered both on weekdays and weekends, there’s no excuse for not incorporating it into your fitness goals. FOAM ROLLING This recuperative class is aimed at keeping your fascia (the fibrous layer of connective tissue that surrounds your muscles) healthy. “I think there’s added value because it’s something you can learn and then do yourself,” Munn says. “It’s a tool I use all the time when I’m traveling.”



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There’s no planning on your end. Come to class and be prepared to learn without having to self-instruct. Gain motivation from class participants, plus they can help provide accountability. Classes create and nurture a fun environment with music that’s dance-worthy. You are able to ask the instructor questions and receive guidance when needed. Classes give you a break from the buzz of emails and social media. Silencing your cellphone for zero distraction is a must. Gain a coach. It’s important when attending a new class to take the time to meet your instructor one-on-one.

For a complete schedule of classes, please pick up a GPX brochure.

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A few years ago, Ashley Besecker, RDN, CD had her genes sequenced in search of information about her body and potential health risks. Among other things, her results confirmed she is a carrier of APOE4—the gene associated with an elevated risk for Alzheimer’s disease. While that might seem like a frightening piece of news to receive, Besecker was empowered by it.

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She is confident that by knowing her unique risks, she can put in place a highly effective plan (based on individualized nutritional and lifestyle factors) to prevent the disease known for causing cognitive decline. In some cases, diet and lifestyle changes can even reverse the active disease.



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Although helpful for that reason alone, Besecker says the kind of genetic testing she works with reaches much further than evaluating risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. From telling musculature information to the resiliency of patients’ cartilage to how they process starches, the options are seemingly limitless. They can also simply help with weight loss and health optimization. “When talking about health these days you can’t ignore genetics. Genetics aren’t necessarily prescriptive, but they are predictive, and they are the future of medicine,” she says. “It’s all about knowing your individual risks. Nutrition comes into play because it’s a large part of how you mitigate those risks. That and lifestyle.”

“I’M VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT SCIENTIFIC LITERACY. I WANT PEOPLE TO BE CRITICAL THINKERS.” Besecker, age 33, is a registered dietitian and owner of Crave Heath, a private practice in Bellevue that specializes in the intersection of nutrition, genetics and personalized medicine. She is also endlessly fascinated by the biochemistry of the human body and always has been. Born in Woodinville, Besecker showed an early interest in science. “I’ve always asked way too many questions. I want to know why something works and how it works. Medicine is a natural career for someone like that. In college, [at Pepperdine University] I was planning to major in sports medicine. But then I took a sports nutrition class and fell in love with the science of eating—how food actually interacts with the body.” After Pepperdine, Besecker completed a residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she continued to develop her passion. Although eventually offered a job there, she was called back to her Pacific Northwest roots, where she got a job as the nutritional director of an eating disorder and addiction center. Ultimately, she knew she wanted to run her own practice, and in January of 2009 she opened the doors of Crave Health.

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But she wanted to offer more to her clients more than broad nutritional counseling and meal plan designing. She wanted to educate her patients on what exactly goes on in their bodies. “There is so much misinformation out there with nutrition, so I’m very passionate about scientific literacy. I want people to be critical thinkers,” she says. “Anyone can use a bunch of big words or cite one study, but I want my patients to be able to think through things logically, scientifically—just be savvy enough that you can spot the people pulling one over on you.” Which bring ups the actual tests Besecker uses with her patients. As a baseline, she recommends two things: DNA testing (which points out a patient’s potential risks) and micronutrient deficiency testing.

Besecker understands why some people hesitate to test their genetics; she says many people don’t want to know if they are carriers of genes for the more threatening diseases, so she likes to emphasize that people can customize the information they receive and only get results on actionable precautions if they want. “There’s this whole subset of lifestyle genes that tell you so much. Like CYP1A2, which indicates how you process things out of your body, including caffeine,” she explains. “That’s a major one for a lot of clients. If you have a broken copy of that gene, caffeine will sit in your system for a longer period of time, making you more prone to cardiovascular disease. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have coffee. It just points out that you shouldn’t overdo it. For those people, keeping their coffee intake to two cups or less reduces your risk by roughly one-third —one-third, that’s huge!

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Bob Summerford, RDN, CD is one of the top dietitians at Crave. He specializes in weight loss, cardiovascular health, blood sugar control and general nutrition. He gives readers insight on the biggest nutrition myths of 2017. Reflections magazine: In your experience, what is the biggest myth about losing weight? Bob Summerford: A lot of people believe that losing weight quickly is what matters, instead of creating long-term sustainability with healthy nutrition habits. People also tend to think that all carbohydrates and calories are evil, which is definitely not the case. Carbs and fats do not necessarily make you gain weight. Maintaining a balance with the foods you eat is key. Another popular myth is people thinking, If I just focus on eating protein, I’ll lose weight. Some people don’t realize they are depriving their body of nutrients. RM: What are the biggest failed diet trends of 2017? BS: The Paleo and ketogenic diets were the two most failed or misconceived diet trends brought to my practice in 2017. Although both of the diets can make people lose weight quickly, they are not sustainable for a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Paleo restricts you from eating cereal grains, legumes, refined sugar, dairy, potatoes, processed foods, salt and refined vegetable oils. The ketogenic diet prevents you from eating grains, sugar, fruit and tubers (potatoes, yams, etc.). These diets can last for a few months, but more often than not people find themselves “cheating” on their diet, causing them to have a negative outlook on food.

“It comes back to critically thinking about what works for you, and how you function well, even though it might sound wacky to someone else,” she says. For her, after she found out she was at risk for Alzheimer’s, she was able to make a lifestyle change that holds a lot of promise for many like her. “Some of the lifestyle changes I suggest for those who have copies of the APOE4 gene are very specific, like overnight fasting,” she explains. “Overnight fasting is when you don’t eat for a period of 12 to 14 hours (i.e., from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.) at night. The idea is you’re giving your body a larger window of time for repair, which helps clear problematic proteins and plaques that can build up in the brain. It’s a pretty simple lifestyle change.” The other tools she relies on deal directly with nutrition and how patients’ bodies are dealing with and processing foods, supplements and chemicals. The most important one, she says, is the micronutrient test (think: vitamin D, folic acid, magnesium, etc.). She explains that even when people are supplementing these things their genetics can, unknowingly, be preventing them from actually absorbing or utilizing them. This leaves nutritional holes, which can cause certain systems in the body to function less than optimally and therefore allow for the potential to become diseased. Additionally, Besecker might use a food sensitivity test to determine foods that are causing inflammation in the body (a major contributor to most chronic diseases). The test she uses (called an ALCAT test) looks for very a specific reaction from the red and white blood cells. “This is why diet trends drive me crazy because nutritional optimization should be targeted on an individual and what they were designed to eat. When a diet says everyone should do this, I immediately know it’s not focused on the right things. For example, people process saturated fats very differently. Some people can eat saturated fats all day long. For others, that’s terrible for them,” she says. Besecker, who is currently finishing a certificate in genetics and genomics from Stanford to further her education, says this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using genetics-based nutritional therapies. “I’m very excited for the future of this kind of medicine because you can be so specific.” → For more information visit

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Whether you’re trying to burn fat, build endurance or just for overall fitness, a jump rope can pretty much do it all. Switch between intense interval jumping or long and steady sessions to target different fitness goals. Include single-leg jumping and jogging for some variation.

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The stairs aren’t only a killer cardio workout (flashback to every time you got to the top and were winded), but they can also be used for upper and lower body strength training.

Try these: STEP-UPS activate the lower body, including hamstrings, glutes and core. SPLIT JUMPS provides cardio training while strengthening the glutes. INCLINED PUSH-UPS engage the legs and core while adding work in your arms, shoulders and chest. INCLINED MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS take inclined push-ups to the next level. SPRINTS raise the heart rate. Try running up and walking down.

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A medicine ball can add weight and stability challenges to any workout circuit.

Try these: SIT-UPS AND THROWS (with a partner or the wall) engage core, upper body and shoulders. MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS engage your core, legs and upper body to stabilize yourself. SINGLE-LEG SQUATS with overhead presses target quads, hamstrings and shoulders and challenge stability. RUSSIAN TWISTS target and engage core.

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A DECK OF CARDS A fun option for home or hotel, shuffle some cards and play. First, pick four exercises you want to do and assign each a suit. For example: hearts are mountain climbers, diamonds are squats, spades are push-ups and clubs are sit-ups. Then, start drawing cards and let the cards dictate how many you do (jacks are 11, queens 12 and so on). Keep drawing until you reach fatigue (safely, of course). This workout is great for any level because you can start with 20 cards and work your way up to the entire deck. But remember, going through an entire deck means 104 reps—pace yourself.


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Humankind’s best friend can also be the ultimate training partner. Knock out some cardio and tire out your pup at the same time. When you get creative, there’s almost nothing you can’t accomplish with your dog by your side for motivation. Try running, cycling, rollerblading, hiking, stair running or sprinting. Or get creative with this interval workout that also mentally stimulates (and trains) your dog:

Try these: REVERSE LUNGES WITH SHAKES: Stand facing your dog and lunge backward. When your knee is at 90 degrees, ask your dog to shake, then switch legs and paws. SIT, STAY AND SHUFFLE: Have your dog stay while you side shuffle away and across the room, tell your dog to come, sit and stay, while you shuffle back to your starting position before telling your dog to come. PUSH-UPS: Perform slow push-ups, comanding your dog to sit and lay down at the same time. WALL SITS: With your back against the wall, hold your pup for added weight.

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If the Shoe Fits... the Activity Are you wearing the wrong shoe for your workout? Shoe experts from the locally headquartered Brooks break down a few tips to ponder before lacing up. When it comes to creating a healthier lifestyle, choosing the right footwear is critical to creating healthy routines and getting up for those early-morning runs, or late-night lifts. Regardless of the activity you’re doing, most people throw on the same pair of trainers they’ve had for years or they frequently switch shoes as new trends in color and shape come around. Not that your feet shouldn’t be stylish, but picking the shoe that’s right for your workout is much more important. If your workout routine mainly consists of equal parts cardio, lifting, sports and classes, then a classic pair of trainers might be just the right fit for you. However, if you’re an athlete focusing on one discpline, you might be wearing the wrong shoes. “We always recommend choosing sneakers based on the intended activity to ensure you’re properly protected. Running is a great example,” says Bennett Grimes, Footwear Product Line Manager at Brooks Running. “At Brooks, every design and engineering choice we make is intended to improve the runner’s performance and his or her running experience to make the run better, faster, safer, more comfortable and ultimately more rewarding and fun.”

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2001, Brooks has been focused on creating a culture that revolves around runners and their feet. Every product and decision is made to improve the experience runners have each time they hit the trails. Everything begins with biomechanics, Grimes explains, and Brooks is focused on understanding how the body moves so they can deliver solutions to meet the needs of all runners.

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After five years of research, Brooks’s Run Signature program was developed to pair runners with their ideal shoes by focusing on how that particular person’s body moves. If you walk into a Brooks store looking to buy a new pair of shoes, the sales associates will likely get you on a treadmill to track the way your body moves and suggest the right shoe for you. That research and attention to running form go into each sale, and both are used when the company determines new products and how they’ll be brought into the market.

“While we’re also looking at things like new materializations and construction technology, ultimately anything we bring to market will be based on feedback and insights directly from the runner,” Grimes says. There are other companies hyperfocused on a single sport or movement and developing targeted gear beyond running. If your main focus in the New Year is to begin a weight-lifting routine with minimal cardio, you have another set of standards to meet. While running shoes are built to cushion the impact from your feet hitting the ground, weight-lifting shoes emphasis foot-to-ground contact and stability.

For example, when dead lifting, weight-lifting shoes with minimal cushion and height allow for a more stable base and closer contact to the ground, allowing your legs to create more force that isn’t diminished by shock-absorbing running soles. Determining the type of shoe you’ll need is only step one. Fit is another huge factor in staying healthy while putting your body through the stress of training. For each category of shoe, there’s a different checklist for determining size and fit.

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At Brooks, the basic rule to follow is that the space between the tip of the shoe and where the big toe lands should be the width of your thumb. “This gives the optimum amount of space to allow for proper flex and possible swelling that will occur during and after your run,” Grimes says. As well, the shoe should fit snug on top, but not tight enough where you might feel a tingling sensation or any numbness. Those are just the standards for Brooks, and each category and style of shoe is meant to fit, cushion and move differently. Crossfit shoes, for example, should be light and are meant to move and contort with your foot as you switch from heavy impact and movement to sturdy weight lifting. They should fit like a sock, and be tight enough that you can’t step on the heel and pull your foot out without unlacing. The best course of action is to decide which type of shoe will fit your fitness goals, then head into a store and have a professional help you from there, Grimes explains. “It’s important to choose [a shoe] that works best for your unique body.” → For more information, please visit

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The Bellevue Club had two women’s teams play their way to nationals last fall. Reflections asked the ladies to share their thoughts on what they learned as athletes, teammates and friends.


BELLEVUE CLUB’S 3.5 WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM: PLACED THIRD. SHERIE BERNARDEZ CAPTAINED THE TEAM. Reflections: What does playing tennis add to your life? Sherie Bernardez: Tennis is something I do for myself, not for my kids or husband. It’s brought an entire new set of friends into my life. My husband always asks me: “This is your eleventh year captaining your tennis team, isn’t it time for you to pass on the duties to someone else?” I always reply: “I love my tennis ladies. I do put in a lot of work tracking everyone’s availability and scheduling our tennis matches, but these ladies appreciate all I do and always thank me.” RM: What was the highlight of the trip to Nationals? SB: Our entire trip to Nationals was like a dream—10 ladies

in our 40s and 50s eating, sleeping, playing and laughing together for four days. Our dinners together were a highlight. Being able to relax and enjoy each other’s company before the frenzy of each match was so fun. RM: What did you learn about yourself as an athlete? SB: It was 90 to 100 degrees during Nationals, and I was able to survive the heat and play in all five matches. Coming from Seattle, I didn’t know if I would be able to handle the environment, but I hydrated and brought plenty of ice, water and Gatorade to the courts. I was pleasantly surprised my body withstood the elements and I had no physical issues during the

tournament. In fact, this pertains to the entire team. I also learned that as the captain, I am competitive and highly analytical. I had stats and a spreadsheet on each team we competed against. RM: What will you do differently next time? SB: I’m not sure I would do anything differently. Every player had a wonderful attitude and was positive and supportive. We practiced tennis outdoors all summer so we were prepared for the sun and heat. Bellevue Club Tennis Director Brian Nash and tennis pros Zuzana Brogdon, Perry Elsasser and Ross Eaton ran special clinics to prepare us. We could not have done it without their support.

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LESLIE FINE BERNSTEIN PLAYED ON THE 3.5 WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM. Reflections: What does playing tennis add to your life? Leslie Fine Bernstein: Moving from Florida to Seattle 13 years ago, my priority was getting my children settled and happy first, and then I joined the Bellevue Club to play tennis. Playing tennis helped me find some wonderful girlfriends. It also provided an outlet for my competitive side. I encouraged my kids to learn as well, so now I can play with my 21- and 25-year-old sons. It’s great having something in common to do together.

RM: What was the highlight of the trip to Nationals? LFB: My best memory is how well we all got along. Everyone was willing to play wherever our captain placed us. I loved the warmth of Arizona, even when we played in 98 degrees. Pickle juice came in handy for dehydration scares and towel wraps with ice for our necks. RM: What did you learn about yourself as an athlete?  LFB: I learned that even in the

most intimidating, competitive environment, I could remain calm, play tennis and enjoy it. RM: What will you do differently next time? LFB: Freeze our time together. I loved getting to know all my teammates off the court and on. Now back in Seattle, we are all dispersed on different teams, but we have that special bond from our trip and such wonderful memories.

KATHLEEN LEWIS PLAYED ON THE 3.5 WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM. Reflections: What does playing tennis add to your life? Kathleen Lewis: There’s always something new for both my body and brain to learn, so it gives me fun mental and physical challenges. It’s also a great social outlet. RM: What was the highlight of the trip to Nationals?

KL: The highlight for me was getting to know the women better throughout the season. They are all strong, kind and determined women juggling full lives and making time for tennis while working toward a common goal. Each teammate had a different attribute to bring to the team.

RM: What did you learn about yourself as an athlete? KL: How much I enjoy the process of learning and improving. RM: What will you do differently next time? KL: Win my last match.

KATE CASPROWIAK SCHER PLAYED ON THE 3.5 WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM. Reflections: What does playing tennis add to your life? Kate Casprowiak Scher: So much! It is the perfect balance of exercise, self-improvement and social camaraderie. You meet new people with a shared passion, plus it’s healthy and fun. I feel so lucky to have met such a great group of women and men on the court; they are truly wonderful people. RM: What was the highlight of the trip to nationals? KCS: There were lots of wonderful memories, so it is hard to select one. My personal highlight was when I won my fourth match. It was Sunday morning, and we were one match away from going to the finals. Our match was at 7:30 a.m. Somehow, I did not set my alarm and I woke up at 7:00 a.m. After frantically getting to the courts (big thanks to Carla Iafrate), I made it to the tournament desk

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just in time to check in for my match. It was by far the toughest match of the tournament for me. I lost the first set, won the second, and then won the third set tiebreak 10-8. I had to fight the whole time and came through with the win—it felt good! Another highlight from that match was looking over to the bleachers and seeing my 20-month-old son, Spencer, sitting down and watching his mom battle it out on the court. Priceless. RM: What did you learn about yourself as an athlete? KCS: This is a great question. I feel so grateful for going to nationals because it gives you an opportunity to learn about yourself as a competitor. I learned that I don’t give up and that mental focus is monumental. I played five singles matches in those three days (some in 97 degree heat). Three of those

five matches went to third-set tiebreak. I came out on top with the win every time. I felt like some of the women I beat hit the ball better than me. Tennis, however, is a game of tidal shifts. You have to know when to attack and when to be patient. In the end, I turned on the aggression at the right time … though some of my teammates might say I waited a little too long (ha!). Meaning, I think it was my third match I was down 0-4 in the first set and 1-4 in the second. I ended up winning that match 6-4, 6-4, so I won six straight games in the first and then five straight games in the second set. I am not sure exactly what this says about me as a player except that I don’t give up. RM: What will you do differently next time? KCS: Set my alarm every morning. And schedule a wake-up call as a back up.

“I learned that even in the most intimidating, competitive environment, I could remain calm, play tennis and enjoy it.�

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BELLEVUE CLUB’S 3.0 WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM PLACED ELEVENTH. CHRISTINE BLOCH CAPTAINED THE TEAM. Reflections: What does playing tennis add to your life? Christine Bloch: It challenges me to work and improve at something I enjoy and be competitive. It’s also brought me friends with similar interests. RM: What was the highlight of the trip to Nationals? CB: Being with a fabulous group of ladies who worked hard and never gave up even in the humidity on the clay courts.  

RM: What did you learn about yourself as an athlete? CB: As an athlete, I found that I was actually calm under pressure. RM: What will you do differently next time? CB: Arrive a day earlier so we can be better prepared.

HEIDI SCALZO PLAYED ON THE 3.0 WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM. Reflections: What does playing tennis add to your life? Heidi Scalzo: I used to swim competitively, so tennis brings back the excitement and adrenaline of competition while meeting awesome new people and friends. It’s also a great workout and I have a blast playing mixed doubles with my husband, Chris, and hitting with my 13-yearold son, Jake, who is on the Bellevue Club junior elite tennis team. RM: What was the highlight of the trip to Nationals? HS: Sharing the intense and fun experience at Nationals with my amazing team both on and off the court. Jumping in the ocean in our tennis gear after our last evening match was a great grand finale.

RM: What did you learn about yourself as an athlete? HS: That I still love competing as a mom of two teens—and that I need to stretch a lot more than I used to. Also, that I still have a lot to learn about this sport and can’t wait for more fun on the courts. RM: What will you do differently next time? HS: Know to be more mentally prepared for the unexpected. It was tough to get up early to play our first match and then have to wait five hours to play due to a major rain delay. I had to be mentally flexible and prepared to roll with anything.

JACKIE WILKINSON PLAYED ON THE 3.0 WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM. Reflections: What does playing tennis add to your life? Jackie Wilkinson: I formed many new friendships through the teams I have played with. It also feels wonderful at my age to be playing such an active sport and to continue learning and honing my skill set. RM: What was the highlight of the trip to Nationals? JW: It was amazing to see how nice and respectful all the players and teams were even as we competed against each other. The level of camaraderie between us felt elevated and genuine, despite our not ever having met before. 58 | january 2018 reflections

RM: What did you learn about yourself as an athlete? JW: I learned how nervous I can become before a match starts and how the only thing, for me, that calms me down is to start playing. RM: What will you do differently next time? JW: I would definitely arrive earlier to acclimate better.

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Crystal Mountain Ski Resort added 29 new SMI Super Puma snow guns to their arsenal, making for total of 37 guns and a 350 percent increase in snowmaking capabilities. The new guns are fully automated and more effective at higher temperatures than traditional snow guns. It’s one of the most state-of-the-art systems on the West Coast. With the right temperatures, between two to three feet of snow can be made with each gun in a 24-hour period. The coverage area is roughly 30,000 square feet per gun, and ideal snowmaking temps are around 27-30 degrees. The total coverage is 70 acres (roughly 53 football fields) and includes the Discovery Meadow, Quicksilver, Tinkerbell, Broadway and Upper Arwine’s. Piles of snow can be made and pushed using snowcats to fill in other areas. The total investment for this phase is $4.8 million. Phases two and three include extending our snowmaking lines up Queens Run to the top of the Forest Queen Express lift and up Lucky Shot to the summit. This will help improve early season coverage and extend top-to-bottom skiing possibilities in the spring. 

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Gondola capacity has been increased by 21 percent this winter with the addition of five new gondola cabins. The additional cabins brought the total to 28.  Each gondola comes with a $40,000 price tag making these new cabins a $200,000 investment. The gondola is included in all season passes and all-mountain lift tickets (excluding Discovery). Scenic rides are also offered all winter to non-skiers

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Lights, cameras, more action! This winter the Discovery, Gold Hills and Quicksilver lifts will be staying open later, which means the fun doesn’t have to end at 4 p.m. anymore. New lowenergy induction lights were added to Quicksilver to illuminate the slopes. The total cost was a cool $100,000. Night skiing will be included in an all-day ticket on select peak days or you’ll have the option to purchase a night only ticket starting at 3:30 p.m.  RAISING THE BAR

Step up to the new 32-foot bar at Campbell Basin Lodge this winter for a cold pint of beer or glass of wine. Choose from a selection of six beers on tap or our house wines. The bar will be walk-up with limited bar seating. We’re also adding a wood stone pizza oven to cook up fresh and delicious gourmet pizzas, which will be available by the slice or whole. Grab-and-go options will also be expanded, and French fries will now be on the menu.  JOHN KIRCHER ACQUIRES CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN

On March 31, 2017, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort was acquired in its entirety by John Kircher in a transaction between Kircher and Boyne Resorts, Inc. The sale comes 20 years to the day after Boyne purchased Crystal Mountain from a group of 850 shareholders, many of whom were original shareholders when the ski area was founded in 1962.

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John Kircher is a second generation ski resort operator who began his 37 years and counting career at Boyne Mountain in Michigan and as General Manager of Big Sky Resort in Montana in 1980. Kircher oversaw the acquisition of Crystal Mountain in 1997 and became President and CEO of Crystal at that time and has been there ever since. He was responsible for the Boyne Resorts acquisitions of Brighton, Utah and Cypress Mountain in Vancouver B.C. and oversaw general operations for these ski areas including the operations for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games where Cypress was the venue for six events. “The biggest changes ever to take place in the ski industry have happened. Over a two-day span the first week of March, no less than 28 ski resorts changed ownership, the most interesting being the Aspen/KSL groups’ acquisition of Intrawest Resorts plus their acquiring Mammoth Resorts. The other being the March 31 sale of CNL Resorts, which includes the local ski areas Stevens Pass and Summit at Snoqualmie to a private equity partnership in New York,” Kircher says. “The fact that Crystal Mountain is now a locally-owned and owner-managed ski operation runs totally counter to the corporatizing trends in the ski business. The number of large resorts that are locally owned and managed can be counted on maybe one hand. It’s a small fraction of the business. Crystal has done very well over time and now we are free to re-invest our dollars with complete concentration here to make Crystal Mountain the best ski and summer resort in the Northwest.”  → For more information, please visit

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A Night on the Dark Side

Members came prepared for battle at Bellevue Club’s 2017 Star Wars-themed Father-Son Party.

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A Bellevue Club holiday tradition, families showed off their creative and festive talents.


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