Next Mock Kettlebell Meet

Events | February 25, 2015

kids screaming

Our next mock meet will be on March 14 at 12pm.  Lifters will have an option between 12kg Snatch and 16kg Snatch.  We will record your sets and provide technical feedback.  Good luck!

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Congratulations Val!

Community Highlights, Kids | February 25, 2015


Mason Cogswell Boughey was born 2/19 @ 2:49 a.m. 8 lbs 4 oz.

I actually went into labor starting at ~4:00 a.m. on 2/18 but didn’t realize it was the real deal until later that night. I went in to work on the 18th but skipped morning bootcamp; in retrospect the fact that I felt like I needed to skip the gym was probably one of my first signs of the little guy’s impending arrival. :)


Circuit Training for Toddlers

Community Highlights, Kids | February 24, 2015


Ice Chamber Member Profile: Jess Parker

Community Highlights | February 23, 2015

jess parker

I can’t remember when I started at the IC.  It was around 2007, when they were still in their old space.

I am a studio potter. My work in clay demands movement and strength; from wedging and throwing 8+ pounds of clay to leaning into a kiln and stacking heavy kiln shelves.

The IC is a good workout! It balances me. I find the workouts at the IC give me a great base of strength, endurance, cardio that help me with what else I love to do!  I ski, paddle, bike, run, swim and mainly try to keep up with my adventure-loving husband and kids.

I have made a lot of new connections with people I would not otherwise have met and I now spend time with them away from the gym.  The IC brings some personal depth to what could just be a workout.

It’s easy to get to and there is parking, free parking! – Seriously I have not belonged to another gym in a long time but I hated looking for and paying for parking in Downtown Berkeley to go to the Y.  Really, that may seem silly, but most of the exercise I do away from the IC is outdoors.  I like being in nature, the IC, with no heat and a big rollup door, lets the outside in.

Oh! And I love the music!!!

Time to go Shopping

Deep Thoughts, Exercises & Movements, Kids | February 23, 2015


Functional training through play.  Kids naturally want to move and create physical strategies through imagination. Get out of the way!



Lots of smiles for this group.  Sarah Mac, Jen, Julie B, Sally, and Earle celebrate a successful day.

Cold Blast

Group Workouts | February 20, 2015


Tuesday morning wake up call.

Ice Chamber Member Profile: Gregg

Community Highlights | February 14, 2015

I started at the Ice Chamber what feels like thousands of burpees, laps and meters on the rower ago, or about 6 years. I got tired of making my yearly non-tax-exempt donation to a variety of gyms in the area and actually wanted to get fit!
I love the variety and collegiality of the community. Competitive yet supportive. I enjoy the few minutes before the warmup, anticipating what we will encounter for the next hour … which is then followed by the last few minutes of the workout when I’m asking myself “when are we going to stop?”  I often contemplate shortly after the end, “should I do the next class?”
The last few years I have been known as “King of Blood” which title was bestowed upon me by my 9 year old son.  This is not indicative of Romanian heritage on my part but I was formerly known as a research and clinical director in biotech focusing on stem cell therapies.  In my free time, I can be found with either an ice pack or heat wrap on various body parts from the wonderful work done at the gym.
Heaps of praise and gratitude to Steven, Jess, Sara and the rest of the IC staff for what you’ve created. Thanks!!

One Year Later

Community Highlights, Kettlebell Sport | February 14, 2015

IC Member profile: Lee and Mary

Community Highlights | February 11, 2015


Mary’s haircutter, Polly Hancock, raved about IC, and persuaded us to check it out back in the beginning of 2011.

It’s intense, it’s fun, the people are supportive and smiling, the teachers are always ready to help with modifications for those of us with issues like generally aging bodies, broken bones, frozen shoulders, etc. We love the community feeling, love the challenge and the support.

Lee practiced medicine as a physician for 40+ years, for 25 years working for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Vallejo, retiring in 2013. He had boards in internal medicine and emergency medicine, and practiced musculo-skeletal and sports medicine at Kaiser. He was head of Continuing Medical Education at Vallejo, director of the Vallejo Kaiser acupuncture clinic, and member of the Northern California Permanente Group’s regional advisory committee on complementary and alternative medicine.

Mary is a public policy mediator, leading dialogues on complex natural resources projects around California. She retired from Sacramento State in 2013 but is currently doing some private consulting, leading a State and Federal effort to expand shellfish aquaculture (oyster farms!) along the California coast.

Both of us are deeply involved now with a 12,000+ national volunteer organization, the Citizens Climate Lobby. We are co-leads of the Alameda Chapter of CCL.