Posts in "Community Highlights"

Ice Chamber Member Profile: Nancee

Community Highlights | June 17, 2015


I started at the IC around 2007, after Lisa and Brian Meckler raved about it. We were in the old building and I was a 7am’er. I took some time off while finishing my hours and becoming licensed as a psychotherapist. I returned January, 2013.

I started coming, initially, to challenge myself and get fit. I love to work out and feel very competitive with myself (for example, when I need motivation I pretend I’m a navy seal). Bootcamps were cropping up all over and I wanted to give one a try. I love to try stuff that’s happening in fitness. It’s weird but true. If I see a new exercise at the gym, I want to try it!

But, after I left in 2009, I found that although I continued to workout, I felt very isolated and a little lost at the gym. I felt a huge hole and missed the community and physical challenge/reassurance. During that time, I became very sick. I was exhausted and experiencing physical signs of breaking down; such as food blindness, weight gain, migraine headaches/fogginess, pain, etc. As soon as my career stabilized a bit, I re-joined Ice Chamber and sought out a doctor, naturopathic physician and nutrition advice. I started to feel better but it was a very long road. Ice Chamber has been a huge part of my recovery back to well-being. And, recent bloodwork results show so much improvement that all of my levels read in the ‘ideal’ range. That’s really why I work out – for my health.

I like the reassurance I feel that when I come in the workout will be challenging, thoughtful and meaningful. I put a lot of trust in that aspect of Ice Chamber and feel it’s important. Also, I have always felt anxious in groups and group activities – as well as interested in group dynamics. The Ice Chamber community has been supportive, warm and encouraging – which helps me overcome this anxiety. Whether I’m the image of an athlete or not, I definitely have the heart of one. I always root for the hustle and feel IC has many like-minded, sweat-infused souls around. I can compete and challenge myself; without feeling compared. I like the diversity of activities. I like that I see personal improvement. I like when the music matches the intensity – turn it up!

I started singing in Las Vegas as a child and expanded my repertoire to include acting and visual art while in college. After school, I traveled, did some odd acting jobs and continued painting but the decision to move to San Francisco, during the height of the bubble, proved a new direction was fated. I found myself in the wine business and grew a successful career for over a decade. However, I always felt a pull back to psychology and a deep need to be helpful. I had a minor in Art Therapy and volunteered in schools throughout the Bay Area, but finally, that wasn’t enough. I woke up one day and knew I wasn’t feeding my soul – and it was hungry! I got my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and, now, I work as an EAP therapist for a large California company, am a Research Therapist at Cal and have a small private practice in Montclair.

The Ice Chamber has been an important part of the journey – and integral in my daily self-care.

Kid Class


You are forever a kid at the IC.

Ice Chamber Member Profile: Tsan

Community Highlights | June 15, 2015


I started at the Ice Chamber April of 2005.  A girlfriend and I were having trouble losing our baby weight, and we joined at the same time.  In the old days, BOOT CAMP was billed as a jumpstart to getting back on track, and that’s what we thought it would be: one month.

I’ll never forget the first day at 6am.  The Ice Chamber was located inside the Albany City Maintenance Yard, and at first, I thought I was in the wrong place.  Douglas Reeves started two days before me and approached me after the workout, saying, “just go home, take some Motrin, and sleep for the first three days.”  Good advice.

The Ice Chamber exemplifies a complete dedication to craft and the focus on all people as athletes. That’s why it flourishes.  That’s why I like it.

There are lots of gyms that have some form of “group fitness” class or bootcamp-style classes; when I travel, I have attended them.  In fact, a couple of years ago, I even did a workout in the gym that served as part of the inspiration for the Ice Chamber.  The classes were fine enough, but I knew if I had to rely on them for regular workouts, I would eventually get bored and quit.  I was never quite sure why that was; was it the varied workouts?  The people?  The music?  What was the magic combination that just happened to come together here?   I asked Steve the question directly, and he looked at me and said, “do you think this happens by accident?”

Someone once summed up my relationship to the Ice Chamber like this:  “Well, of course you need to go to that place.  Clearly, it’s your oxygen.”  Perhaps a little hyperbolic, but it is certainly the springboard from which I draw strength in all its forms.  The people, the competition, the support, the diversity, the challenges.  it’s what a fitness experience should be.

Life is full of curveballs largely unexpected and often unexplained, and we all have coping mechanisms that allow us to function.  I’m not above a glass of bourbon, but I also know it has limited value and is unlikely to prepare me for another bump in the road.  Coming here and working hard gives me a new outlook on my life experience.

Our Beautiful Tribe


We are grateful to the strong and powerful women of the Ice Chamber for representing on so many levels!

Take a peek behind the scenes at a photo shoot to honor their achievements.

Cycling for a Cause

Community Highlights | June 9, 2015

Me and Craig-Day 4

Congratulations to Ramona and Craig for cycling over 500 miles each for the AIDS/Life Cycle fundraiser!

Suffering with a Smile

IC May1 Blog-27

When it comes to enduring hardship, sometimes it’s better to do it with a friend.  Bring your loved one to the IC for a trail workout.



The unique link associated with this Meal Train: [1] HOW TO INVITE OTHERS Each volunteer must click or enter the above unique web address. You can provide it to them by: 1) Forwarding this email 2) Sharing it to Facebook or Twitter

Congratulations Sarah & Selby

Community Highlights | May 26, 2015


Congratulations to Sarah and Selby on the expansion of their family!


“Our second son, Mekan Charles Mashakov Macdonald, was born at 1:39am after a very fast labor. He is 7lbs and 18.5 inches long and very healthy. Selby was amazing and is feeling great. We are still in shock that he’s finally here.”

Lee and Mary California Climate Ride last day?

Community Highlights | May 21, 2015


Water stop in Stinson,on to San Francisco! 266 miles and going strong!
See you back at the ice chamber!

Mary and Lee

Hello from Elisabeth and Logan

Community Highlights | May 20, 2015


Here is a video update from our beloved Elisabeth.  Both mom and baby are doing great!


Jen Frisch Rocks Bay to Breakers

Community Highlights | May 17, 2015


“Jen with random strangers.”

“Hey Steve – Glad I made it to the bay to breakers… I had a great time and was able to run the 7.5 miles without any training! due to the fact that I get a lot of cardio at the IC… pretty nice.  But hey! someone had already detached the t-shirt stub on my ticket… I mean you really gotta run the race in order to wear the t-shirt….  but I’m fine with it… just thought it was funny….  next year I will run in my IC crown and evening gown.

See you soon,