Wishing the ICKB Team best of luck today at Mr. Olympia!
Wishing the ICKB Team best of luck today at Mr. Olympia!
Building community means sharing the fun, and the work.
I joined the Ice Chamber 5 years ago. I love the community. I love the intensity of the workouts. I love how each instructor is unique. I have become a lot stronger in the last 5 years.
I went to Catholic school a long time ago and there was no PE at all. I started running when I was 35 and it was the first time I ever exercised! Ann and I met after a race in San Francisco 21 years ago, and ran together for many years. We’ve continued to inspire and to be inspired by one another. Our running led us to some ultra distance running. On my 48th birthday, November 25, was the Quadruple Dipsea, 28 miles on Mt. Tam. I knew it was fate! We completed it together. A couple of years ago, I started doing Triathlons. I love the biking and running but the swimming continues to be challenging and frustrating.
For my career, I have worn many different hats. In my 20’s I worked as a nurse in New York State. I then worked for the Federation for Food Cooperatives. We worked hard in the early 80’s to convince farmers that if they grew organic food, we would find a market for them. I moved west and went to Palmer College of Chiropractic West. I worked most of my career in SF in private practice. Menopause hit, and it was time for a change! I got my Masters in Nutrition and did some counseling. Then I really went off the deep end and attended CAL State East Bay. I got my teaching credential and spent the last 10 years of my career teaching elementary school in Richmond and San Pablo. Who knows what will follow!
As I venture into this latest transition – “retirement” – I’m happy to be a part of the fun and vibrant, ever-changing IC community. It constantly pushes me to be my best self.
The Ice Chamber Kettlebell Team in enroute to Chicago for this weekend’s American Kettlebell Alliance’s USA Nationals. This event is the national qualifier for the World Championships in Dublin Ireland in November. Our cast of athletes include Julie, Melissa, Janet Mack, Sara, as well Rylee and Miranda – both will be debuting as professional lifters with 24kg kettlebell!
Please tune into live streaming: http://gsplanet.com/video_live/ to watch your favorite IC lifter get it her all!
I started working out at I.C. shortly after I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hips. I could no longer run or play tennis or do any of the high impact activities that I loved to do. I wanted to find a place where I could stay in shape, that was also fun and inspiring. My friend Patty had recently joined the I.C. and loved it so I gave it a try. This was when they were in the old space on Jacuzzi street, and my first session was with Danielle who was so welcoming and helpful and great, and I could tell right away that they could really understand my limitations but also push me forward.
There are many things I love about coming to the Ice Chamber – the staff, the community (it’s ok to chat and get to know people, and also okay to be a zombie and say nothing at all, especially at 6am). For me in particular, with my hip issues and also knee injuries, it’s a place I can feel totally supported in my efforts to stay in shape. They are great at adjusting activities so I can participate, asking me how I’m doing, and encouraging me. On top of that, it’s a place I always feel good – even through extreme ups and downs personally. It’s a place where I am able to remind myself of what’s good and positive. I always, always leave there so happy that I went.
I run a nonprofit organization that helps schools, community organizations and low-income housing communities provide support services for kids that they need in order to show up at school ready to learn. Our largest areas of work are in after school and summer programs, health and mental health care, and access to meals. We work across the state. I also spend a portion of my time as an adviser to the State Superintendent of Schools, on a range of policy issues related to my areas of expertise.
I have a beautiful daughter who recently turned 11. She used to come to the I.C. a lot but now that she is allowed to stay home alone she usually chooses that!
Another generation of IC toddlers learning by watching.
Ian is back building his strength base for his first responder duties.
Carolyn V.B. practically raised her young family at the IC. These kids know how important exercise is to mommy!
Loredie: I started in Sep 2007.
Ross: I started in Dec 2007. I was reluctant at first. All I remember in Oct and Nov of 2007 was that Loredie was excited about going to the Ice Chamber, and she would go there consistently each week.
Loredie: I started 10 months after giving birth to my twin sons. I was partially bed ridden during the last trimester of my pregnancy and essentially lost a lot of strength and muscle mass. I couldn’t do a single sit up. I was also recently diagnosed with osteoporosis which really prompted me to get serious about my health and physical well being.
Ross: I started going there after reflecting about what kind of dad I wanted to be. Specifically, I thought about my own dad when I was 16 years old. My dad was able to play 1×1 basketball with me, and he was still pretty darn athletic. I thought to myself, “I want to be able to do stuff like that with my boys when they’re 16. I want to be an active dad – not just in sports but in all things they’re interested in.” After I quickly did the math, I realized that my dad was 43 when I was 16, and that I would be 51 when my boys are 16. I had an 8 year deficit to overcome.
Loredie: The best part of the IC is the community. The people are generous, supportive, and incredibly talented. I enjoy working out in a group setting. I love watching people exercise because it’s a form of healing. It releases stress, builds strength and endurance, and ultimately clears our heads.
Ross: Agree with Loredie completely. It’s the community. I love the group setting, and I love the variety. In any one week, I can do Boot Camp / Core, Industrial Strength, and sometimes Kettlebell or Spin. I also enjoy Stretch and Restore. After I work out at the IC, my mind, body, and soul feel more clear, healthier, lighter. It’s a great feeling.
Loredie: I was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the US with my family when I was 8 years old. I grew up in San Francisco and graduated from SFSU with a degree in Nursing. I quickly realized that clinical practice was not my path and ended up working for a medical device company where I eventually discovered how devices and drugs are brought to the general population through clinical trials. I found this career path to be very exciting (still do) and I’ve been in it for more than 10 years. I’m currently working at Genentech’s research and early development group where I get to contribute and witness incredible possibilities that can positively impact so many people.
Ross: I also was born in the Philippines and immigrated with my family when I was 4 years. Grew up in San Pablo, went to Salesian High School, then graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from Cal Berkeley. Never worked 1 year in Civil Engineering. Instead, I fell into software and have played a variety of roles for the past 20 years from sales to customer success to services to data operations. I’m very grateful that I have the opportunity to exercise and to bond with such a wonderful community at the IC.