Monthly Archives: June 2017

A CrossFit Coach’s Guide To Keeping Kids off the Couch

Some people only think of bulging muscles and perfected deadlifts when they think of CrossFit. Others think of burpees, wind sprints, and other hardcore workouts few can keep up with. What do CrossFit coaches know about kids you may ask? While you will see top-notch deadlifts and plenty of fit people at Northwest Crossfit gyms, their philosophy applies to more people than you may think. When it comes to fitness, our goal is to cater to those who want to live an active lifestyle and learn about functional fitness. While most of our programs cater to adults, we also offer programs for kids between 8 and 14. If you’re hoping to keep your kid more active this summer, here are a few strategies we find deliver great results.

How:

You can sign kids up for activities, but getting them to actively participate, and most of all have a great time, can be a bigger challenge. A few strategies we use include:

Make It A Game

Musical chairs involves coordination and balance. Relay races get your heart rate up and make you stronger. When you make fitness a game, kids will often come off the court and not realize they’ve been running around for 30 minutes. From obstacle courses, to tag, and a lot more, fun games are a great tool to get your kids up and moving.

Tie It To Their Interests

If your kid likes soccer or basketball but is uninterested in exercise outside of practice, finding ways to encourage activity while playing to their interests is another strategy. If your kid is an active football player, running and speed drills can up their game. If your child is a swimmer, training on land can make them faster in the water.

Find a Role Model

From a young age, kids emulate those who they look up to. Having a positive influence can have a huge impact on kids loving sports. Whether that person is their coach, their sister, Mia Hamm or Michael Jordan, helping your child find a healthy role model who inspires your kid to want to be faster and stronger is a great way to keep them motivated.

Teach Them What it Feels Like To Achieve Their Goals

As a parent, you can sign your kid up for sports, drive them to practice, and cheer for them at games. The rest is up to them. Building a space where kids feel safe to try new things, challenge themselves, and work towards their goals is the best way to keep them interested in sports and healthy lifestyles in the long run. If kids build an understanding from a young age of what it means to work hard, push themselves, and understand how good it feels when they achieve their goals, that’s a surefire way to keep them coming back.

Why:

Kids spend nine months out of the year learning about reading, writing, math, and science. Summer is a chance for kids to get outside, explore, and learn outside of the classroom. A few benefits of getting your kid up and active include:

Creating Healthy Habits

A kid’s early years can have a big impact on the rest of their lives. Studies show kids who are active from a young age are more open to new things, are more motivated to set goals, and continue to be active throughout their lives. When you start instilling these ideas in kids from a young age, they can start to understand fitness as a way of life.   

Building Strength and Confidence

When kids learn how to work towards their goals, they become stronger and more confident. Fitness is a great tool for empowering children, cultivating their skills, and helping them discover how strong they can be.

Teaching Them Grit

When your kid lives an active lifestyle, it increases physical and mental strength. In our sports camps for kids, we talk about grit and determination. We talk about winning and losing, and how to do both with integrity. We tell kids stories about what it means to to push themselves, work harder, and keep their heads up even when it’s hard. Then, we put those ideas into action by helping children find the strength to achieve their goals. Sports teach kids about setting goals, breaking boundaries, setting expectations and exceeding them. Those skills will serve them well for life.

Featured source http://www.nwcrossfit.com/

Man Fatally Stabbed at Queen Anne Dick’s Drive-In

Seattle police responded to reports of a stabbing in lower Queen Anne at about 2 a.m. on Friday, June 23rd. They found a 26-year-old man stabbed in the chest.

The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of the life-threatening injury, but he later died. KIRO 7 News reported that the man’s name is Andrew Pimentel, and he had been singing at Ozzie’s, which is located on the corner of 1st Avenue West and West Mercer Street. At about 2 a.m., he went three blocks east to Dick’s Drive-In when he was attacked.

According to witnesses, a suspect crossed the street to the parking lot at Dick’s Drive-In, stabbed the victim—unprovoked—with a large knife, then walked away. A 38-year-old suspect was apprehended and booked into King County Jail.

Featured photo source: SeattlePI.com, credit KOMO News

FREE Summer Fitness

Photo: Seattle Art Museum

Want to catch some rays while getting budget-wise exercise? There are many group classes, led by professional instructors, offered for FREE this summer. Below are many nearby locations to strengthen your muscles and expand your skills. Enjoy!

SEATTLE CENTER, 301 Mercer St., Seattle 98109
June 20th-August 23rd
Zumba Class:
Tuesdays, 6-7 pm (except July 4th), Next50 Plaza
Meditation and Relaxation Class:
Tuesdays, 7-8 pm (except July 4th), Armory Rm. 301
Gentle Yoga:
Wednesdays, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Exhibition Hall Lawn
http://www.seattlecenter.com/fitness

OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK, 2901 Western Ave., Seattle  98121
On Saturdays from
July 15th through August 26th, enjoy public tours of the park, art making, musical performances, and family activities.  In addition, partake of these free fitness classes on the green:
Vinyasa Flow Yoga (all levels): 9-10 am
Hatha Yoga (all levels): 10:30-11:30 am (July 29th is “Family Field Day” from 11 am-3 pm, which includes family yoga)
Zumba: 2-3 pm
http://summer.site.seattleartmuseum.org/category/saturdays

ST. MARK’S CATHEDRAL, 10th Ave. E., Seattle 98102
Cathedral Yoga
Ongoing on Sundays, 6-7 pm (this one possibly indoors–ask)
http://www.saintmarks.org/grow/adult-groups/yoga

PARKS
CASCADE PLAYGROUND, 333 Pontius Ave. N., Seattle 98109
Yoga on the Lawn: June 10th- Sept. 30th, Saturdays at 12 noon
http://www.cascadeplayground.org

FREEWAY PARK, 700 Seneca St., Seattle 98101
Dancing ‘til Dusk: Variety of musical styles (see this pdf). 6 pm lesson, 7-9:30 dancing. Thursdays July 20th, 27, August 3rd, 10th, and 17th.
https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/downtown-parks
Zumba: Mondays July 17, 24, 31, and August 7, 5:30-6:30 pm, West Plaza
Yoga: Wednesdays 12-1 pm July 19th and 26th, 5:30-6:30 pm August 2nd and 9th, Upper Plaza
http://freewayparkassociation.org/blog/our-events

WESTLAKE PARK, 401 Pine St., Seattle 98101
Dancing ‘til Dusk: Variety of musical styles (see this pdf). 6 pm lesson, 7-9:30 dancing. Tuesdays July 25th, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.
https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/downtown-parks
Tai Chi: June 24 – August 19, 8-9 am
Spin Cycle: last Wednesdays June 28, July 26,and August 30th, 3 sessions daily: 7 am, 12 noon, and 5:30 pm, with open cycling in-between
https://www.facebook.com/WestlakePark

OCCIDENTAL SQUARE, 117 S. Washington St., Seattle, 98104
CrossFit: every Friday morning in July at 6:30-7:30 am, and every Wednesday evening in August at 5:30-6:30 pm
Dancing ‘til Dusk: Variety of musical styles (see this pdf). 6 pm lesson, 7-9:30 dancing. Tuesdays July 11th and July 18th.
https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/downtown-parks

Queen Anne Real Estate Report – May 2017

The Queen Anne real estate market has showed great strength last month. There were 88 sales, both single-family homes and condominiums. Though the numbers are up in the area, prices are down for single-family residences. The median sales price has dropped from $1,158,800 (May 2016) to $965,000 (May 2017), the lowest also made a tremendous drop from $ 715,000 to $320,000. There are currently 30 active single-family homes in Queen Anne with a median sales price of $1,237,500, the lowest at $220,000, and the highest at $7,500,000.

Condo sales in the Queen Anne neighborhood are heating up along with the summer heat. There were 52 condos sold last month, 11 more than last May. The median sold price has gone up from $361,450 (May 2016) to $500,000 (May 2017). The listing price has jumped from $399,974 to $455,805. The average cumulative days on market has dropped from 36 days to just 12 days! There are currently 21 condo listings active and 32 pending.

For more information on Queen Anne (and Seattle) real estate, or if you are curious about what your house might be worth in this strong market, please contact your local real estate broker for a free market analysis and conversation about your home.

 

Photos Above - 

Queen Anne's highest condo listed is Ewing and Clark's $3,985,000 home on W Highland Drive.
 The home features a gorgeous paneled library, marble bathrooms, and Pecan millwork.
 Sweeping views from the Cascades to the Olympics, plus center vista of Mount Rainier, the
 Space Needle, and the Seattle skyline.