Basketball camp

Boys’ session: Aug. 3 – 7, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Girls’ session: Aug. 24 – 28, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. For kids 8 – 12 years old, $130 per session. Bring basketball shorts, shoes, water, and lunch. Call or come in to register.


Mondays 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. This class is geared for people 50+. Low impact cardio with strength training and stretching for flexibility. $28 each class for 11 weeks. Call 233-7138 to register for more information.

Circuit training for seniors

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Use multiple weight stations and cardio equipment to get fit. Each class is $35 for 11 weeks. For information call 233-7138.

Enhance fitness

Mon., Wed. and Fri. 8:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m. or 3:30 p.m..; $25/month. The classes include strength training, balance, aerobics and stretching.

While West Seattle is home to many local gyms, Admiral’s newest gym, Crossfit, will soon offer what it calls a new approach to fitness.

Proprietors Zach Filer, Rob Martin and Eric Renn are developing a gym that will create fitness communities, so that members encourage one another to reach their best physical condition.

CrossFit started out as a Web site in 2001. Now it's an international fitness phenomenon with offspring gyms like the one coming to 4200 S.W. Admiral Way.

Unlike gyms that provide members with the use treadmills and isolation machines, Crossfit is an open space gym equipped with dumbbells, barbells, pull up bars, sandbags, tires and other tools used to train with functional movements.

Instead of training alone, members of Crossfit will take classes to receive personal training in a small group atmosphere.

“You’re motivated by the community aspect, by a group of people you regularly workout with” said Martin.

The hour long classes will differ every day. Martin says this not only keeps members from becoming bored, but it also keeps members growing in their physicality.

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Rose Egge

Crossfit gym is scheduled to open on June 15.

With masks on and capes flapping, 10 girls from Greenwood Elementary will accompany a group of grade school girls dressed as Seattle’s everyday superheroes as they fly across the finish line at the New Balance Girls on the Run 5K next weekend.

The event will be hosted at Warren G. Magnuson Park on Sunday, June 7 at 9 a.m. Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that operates an after-school fitness and empowerment program for pre-teen girls.

“It's a 10 week program and the girls meet twice a week with their volunteer coaches that facilitate the curriculum,” said Amber Swim, program coordinator for Girls on the Run. “They build up their endurance to run or walk the 5K at the end.”

The girls train together to walk or run the non-competitive 3.1 mile event which takes place at the end of the 10 weeks.

Established in 1996 by Molly Barker in Charlotte, N.C., it has spread across the nation, opening up a council in Puget Sound in 2002 founded by Jeannie Higgins.

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Girls on the Run will be hosting their annual spring New Balance Girls on the Run 5K event at Warren G. Magnuson Park on Sunday, June 7 at 9 a.m.

For many, Sunday mornings are the perfect time for sleeping in and relaxing, but for a group of West Seattle women, they are a time to sweat.

The Running Divas are a group of women, most from West Seattle, who run long-distance together. The women train every Sunday morning, at 5:30 a.m.—running an average of 20 miles.

“We’re all going for different goals and we challenge each other in different ways,” said Lane Keough, one of the runners.

Besides the exercise, each Sunday is a social opportunity for the women as well. After they train, the group goes to Bakery Nouvea in the Alaska Junction where they chat and enjoy almond croissants.

“It’s unique to have a group like this that actually enjoys each others’ company,” said Kim Lengle, another member of the group.

“It’s the group that you can talk with about the whole week and everything going,” said Lane Keough, another runner. “Just a time to catch up with the girls.”

Cathleen Knutson, a 27-year-old who has run 35 marathons, started the group with a couple friends in 2005. The group has since grown and found new routes around West Seattle.

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The Running Divas at the Boston Marathon. From left to right: Kim Lengle, Lane Keough, Jill Angelo, Sherry Bourzac, Hannah Beren, Cathleen Knutson, Lori McConnell.

So, what is detox? Detox is short for detoxification; it’s the body's natural, process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins (anything that can potentially harm body tissue) are transformed into less harmful compounds and excreted.

Sources of toxins include those produced in the body during normal functions, such as the ammonia produced during the breakdown of protein, and chemicals such as pesticides, household cleaners, food additives, drugs, pollution, cigarette smoke, and heavy metals like lead that enter the body when we ingest or inhale them.

Although detox is primarily thought of as a treatment for alcohol or drug dependence, the term is also used to refer to diets, herbs, and other methods of removing environmental and dietary toxins from the body for health.

Researchers suggest that many of the chemicals we ingest daily through food, water, and air can become deposited in fat cells in our bodies. A diet that lacks certain nutrients may also impair our natural ability to detoxify chemicals, which further leads to their build-up in the body.

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Question: There are so many fat-burning products on the market -are they helpful or harmful?

Answer: There are numerous products on the market that contain thermogenic ingredients, or what most of us call “fat burners.” Ephedrine, yohimbine, green tea extract (EGCG), bitter orange (Synephrine) and even caffeine are examples and they basically work by stimulating the central nervous system.

This increases your “fight or flight” responses, indirectly providing energy and allowing you to process calories at a faster rate. Along with these supposed benefits, there are also side effects associated with these ingredients, including increased blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate. Another potential issue is the fact that, individually, they don’t have a real dramatic effect.

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