Posts in "Community Highlights"

Having Fun in the Sun

Community Highlights | May 12, 2015


Our boy J.D. enjoying some sun rays on the beaches of Vitoria, Brazil.  Looks like he grew a beard?

Ice Chamber Member Profile: Paul S.

Community Highlights | May 10, 2015

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I first started coming to the Ice Chamber about 2 years after our twins were born (2009 or so); IC was near the train tracks, and hadn’t yet moved to behind CostCo.

My partner & I harbored a lot of guilt, at least since our twins arrived, about not working out enough. But guilt did not lead to action, it just compounded paralysis. Out of the blue, we met another couple that relied on Ice to stay fit. We simply copied our friends’ solution, which was to sign up and show up.

I am continually amazed at what Ice trainers manage to squeeze out of me in 45 minutes. They are expert at structuring the time, and the only decision I have to make is to get on the rocket. I show up, and 45 minutes later, it’s almost unbelievable that I’ve exerted myself so much in such a short time.
I’m trained as an experimental psychologist, and I’ve worked for decades in Silivalley as a “behavioral economist.” In brief, the sorts of things I pay attention to are all the non-rational aspects of human choices. Emotions, motivation, habit, unconscious patterns, that’s my beat.
Ice Chamber is an amazing place. Steve is truly a master of physical training. He’s attracted great trainers, loyal students, and created an awesome 21st century version of the ‘gym class.’ Now that I’m grown up, it’s so excellent that gym has became one of the most fun hours of my day.

Let’s Help Ramona

Community Highlights | April 30, 2015



Let’s help Ramona make this happen.  Her goal is $300 of pledge from the IC crew.

“From May 31 to June 6, 2015, I’m bicycling in AIDS/LifeCycle. It’s a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.  Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. Let’s work toward a day when positive is an attitude and not a diagnosis.  We’ll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.  Thank you!!”

Ice Chamber Profile: Valorie and Mason

Community Highlights | April 30, 2015

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I first wandered in to the Ice Chamber in early 2013.  I was an avid long-distance runner, but was otherwise woefully out of shape.  Having recently moved to El Cerrito from Oakland, I was looking for a new gym with a good variety of classes, a high level of intensity, and motivating trainers with a great sense of humor.  I totally lucked out by finding all that and more!  As an attorney whose work schedule can vary wildly, I particularly appreciate the fact that the Ice Chamber’s schedule allows for enormous flexibility and can jibe with nearly any schedule.
I enrolled at first with the goal of getting into shape for my impending wedding (how embarrassingly cliché), and haven’t stopped coming back since then.  In fact, my husband and I welcomed our first baby into our lives earlier this year, and I would swear that working out (especially the bootcamp and SPIN classes) through my entire pregnancy made the delivery and recovery processes as ‘easy’ as humanly possible.  Baby Mason is now an Ice Chamber regular as well, although he’s still more of an active observer than an active participant at this point.  Just give him a few more months …

Happy 10th Anniversary to Tsan, Susan & Doug


Today we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Tsan, Susan, and Doug.  It started with a live DJ session in SPIN followed by ginger cake, strata, yogurt, fruit, and Core class.


When we have food in the house, we rock hard.  Leave no carb behind.


Big food = big energy


Welcome Logan Jeffrey Sherratt

Community Highlights | April 21, 2015


Congratulations to Elisabeth & Jeff Sherratt!

Logan Jeffrey Sherratt was delivered today at 4:27pm. He’s already nursing well.

According to Elisabeth, “Labor and delivery went awesome.  He weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz and was 19.5 inches long.  We just got to postpartum and taking it all in.”

The New Workout Partner

Community Highlights | April 10, 2015


It’s no secret that we love K-9’s at IC.  This week Gretchen introduced us to the newest, youngest member of Team 0900.

The Hero


A nice gesture after a nauseous moment!

Ice Chamber Member Profile: Dana

Community Highlights | April 6, 2015

When did I start at the IC?
Boy, been so long, I don’t exactly recall. It was a year or so before they moved locations. I would say 5-6 years. I was approaching 50, was all aerobic in my exercise and wanted to mix things up.

Obviously, I like that it helps me stay fit, etc. What I didn’t expect when starting is how much I would come to value the community, space and routine!

My professional background is primarily in operations and management for a variety of outdoor and active industries for companies like The North Face, Sierra Designs and Title Nine. I worked for TNF when they still sewed all of their products in a Berkeley factory that is now the new Whole Foods on Gilman! My focus since becoming a mother has been Family Wrangler and community volunteer. Always been active since my days as a crew athlete in high school and college.

I love the variety of classes, you can modify around various injuries or age limitations without judgement, open space. The people!


Extra Weight


Put down the dumbbell.  Lift a human.