How can I get in shape and be healthy? Strength training, cardio equipment, group fitness classes, working with a personal trainer? At Tahoma Athletic Club, we provide the best Maple Valley has to offer, including all of these options as well as a strong sense of community, a place where friendships are made.We also know that “just a workout” may not be enough for you to reach your fitness and nutrition goals. We host many special programs that help keep you accountable and reach your goals.
We host an 8-9 week challenge for a nominal fee, every Summer and Fall/Winter, called Stay Even For The Season . For 8-9 weeks our trainers monitor food logs, give out nutrition advice, record weekly weight, and participants earn points for coming into the gym, taking classes, and more. This program has many positive reviews and success stories. A testimony from Ann Kennedy, who participated in our Summer’s Stay Even For The Season:
I decided that 2019 is the year to achieve my fitness and nutrition goals and return to my ideal weight. I recommitted to regular workouts and closely monitoring my calorie intake. In March I set a personal weight loss goal and started recording weekly progress. By June I had lost 5 pounds, moved the needle, but not enough.
Tahoma Athletic Club (TAC) offered the Stay Even for the Season challenge starting in mid-June, led by TAC’s personal trainer, Tracy King. I had previously joined that challenge during the holidays and was successful in not gaining during the tempting Thanksgiving to New Year’s season. This summer’s Stay Even added a new twist: join the challenge and pledge to use the MyFitnessPal App and log a daily food diary. It sounded a little daunting. I talked to Tracy, who gave me the encouragement to join the program, and walked me through setting my goals on My Fitness Pal. I set a 12-pound weight loss target for the 8-week program, not really believing that was achievable.
My initial strategy was to stay within the daily calorie goal, which seemed reasonable. The total game changer for me was Tracy’s guidance on the quality of food and the balance of nutrition in my diet. It was watching the macros – the target percent of protein, carbohydrate, and fat intake – not just the total calories. By working to achieve daily macro goals I wasn’t hungry, had more energy, and was headed for a gradual, doable weight loss.
This was truly a lesson in nutrition. Tracy monitored my diary and made welcome suggestions – how to increase protein earlier in the day, planning meals ahead, and great tips for eating while on vacation. I was starting to understand how macro balance worked and I felt great! There was no room for sugary drinks and snacks, but I didn’t miss them.
My weekly exercise was an important component. I logged gym workouts and walking to achieve my minimum 4-hour per week goal. I pledged my goals to my trainer, Kelly Smith, and my workout partners to amp up my accountability. They all supported me.
My Fitness Pal is now a happy habit. I feel great and my blood pressure is down. I’ve reached and maintained my weight loss goal, and I’m enjoying wearing a size small! Thank you Tracy, Kelly and TAC!!
11 years ago I walked into a cycle studio for the first time. We had just moved to a foreign country and I didn’t know a soul. I joined the gym and worked up the courage to take a class. I immediately loved the ‘feel’ of the cycle studio. It was dark, except for some black lights and a soft spotlight over the stage with the instructor bike.
I picked the back corner bike. The instructor introduced herself and the ride began. The music was loud with an intense beat, I was completely hooked. I rode my heart out that day. After class people were smiling, chatting and making plans for the next class. I was part of something.
Over the next 3 years I moved from the back corner to the middle section, eventually to the front row, sitting with my friends for class. I loved cycle and I loved the cycle studio. I wanted other people to have this; this sense of community, your group, your riding buddies, your tribe. I made the one of the scariest decisions ever and decided I wanted to become an instructor.
11 years later, I still love the cycle studio. I have laughed there, sweated there, cried there. I’ve made life long friends. I’ve had the privilege of watching others find their greatness. I’ve seen people ride thru the best and the worst times of their lives. The cycle studio doesn’t judge you, has no expectations. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first ride or your 400th. It’s a place you can escape, let the music take you, feel your heart beat, your legs burn, feel alive.
It’s more than a cycle studio…
If you’re ready to make changes in your health or looking for a new gym, join Tahoma Athletic Club and let us help you every step of the way. Watch for our upcoming Stay Even Challenge coming in November. Visit us and see why Tahoma Athletic Club has been voted the Best of Maple Valley!
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Don’t let another excuse get in the way of a healthier you! Our expert staff is here to help you stay committed and reach fitness goals. Our beautiful club is the perfect place to kick those excuses to the curb. Either contact us or stop by the club today to find out your next step towards a fit and healthier you!