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Community Corner: Michelle Berg


Date you signed-up with LAB5: ~Oct. 2012

Occupation: Investor Relations Manager

Favorite Move: Love: footwork on the reformer, Karate Kid kick in kickboxing (fun & funny!), short circuits that nearly kill me (Hiit Cardio, Strength & Conditioning, Cardio Reformer) Love to hate (but they get results): burpees, ladders.

Hobbies: Traveling, being outdoors when it’s sunny (margarita in hand!), action movies, reading, shopping (it’s for work!), trying new classes when I travel

Neighborhood: North Capitol Hill

Kids/Pets: 1 Killer cat!

Comments: I’ve been going to LAB5 for almost 3 years now and it’s been incredible to work out with a such a fantastic group of trainers and members!  There is no shortage of classes and moves to keep you challenged and entertained.  It’s such an important part of my routine now that my day doesn’t feel complete until I’ve sweated – and laughed – it out with the team at LAB5!

Founders Corner: Back in Seattle!


It was great to be back in Seattle and reconnect with friends, family and LAB5 members this week!  How about the Seattle weather?  70 degrees in April!

Platinum Club party Sunday and then back to Palm Springs Tuesday. If we didn’t connect will see you soon!


As always, thank you for your support and business!
-Alan and Bonnie CashmanCo-Founders LAB5 Fitness

Healthy Choices: This Gut Condition Affects One in Six People – And is Entirely Treatable


“Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects almost 50 million Americans, or almost one in every six people. You probably know if you have IBS, with its numerous symptoms including bloating or gas, distention, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, and most likely, running to the bathroom after you eat.

Forty percent of all visits to internists are for “functional bowel” disorders such as IBS, and the cost for treating these types of digestive disorders is $107 billion a year.

Still, I see many patients for IBS who have not had success with conventional doctors. That’s because most doctors have no clue how to treat it or what creates it.

Functional Medicine practitioners take a whole new way of thinking about solving the puzzle of chronic symptoms and diseases. IBS provides a fantastic model for illustrating how Functional Medicine works.

Even though it creates needless misery for millions of people, this condition is entirely fixable. Click here to learn how.”

-Mark Hyman, MD


Who Knew: 9 Sneaky Sources Of Sugar In Your Diet!


“These might look super healthy, but granola-based cereals can have up to 15 grams of refined sugar in less than a cup. That’s like eating three teaspoons of sugar. Granola bars can be even worse with up to 25 grams in a small bar, which is equal to the amount of sugar in a Hershey bar.”

-Ellen Breslau

Read the full article here!

LAB5 Notes: Anniversary Raffle Winners!


LAB5 Fitness celebrated its 4 Year Anniversary on April 9th with 3-day a member raffle. The prizes included a complimentary 1-on-1 Private Session with a trainer of your choice and a One Month Unlimited Pass. 

This year we would like to congratulate Laura Cole on her 1-on-1 Private Session and Madeline Doherty on her One Month Unlimited Pass!


 You ladies rock! Keep up the good work and reap the rewards!

Recipes: Creamy Cucumber Soup


Makes: 4 servings | Start to Finish: 35 mins

Nutrition Information (PER SERVING, 4 Servings Per Recipe): 173 cal., 12 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 2 mg chol., 494 mg sodium, 15 g carb. (5 g fiber), 4 g pro.


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 cups peeled, seeded and thinly sliced cucumbers, divided
  • 1 1/2  cups vegetable broth , or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  •   pinch of  cayenne pepper
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4  cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2  cup low-fat plain yogurt
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 1 to 4 minutes. Add lemon juice and cook for 1 minute. Add 3 3/4 cups cucumber slices, broth, salt, pepper and cayenne; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook at a gentle simmer until the cucumbers are soft, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Transfer the soup to a blender. Add avocado and parsley; blend on low speed until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Pour into a serving bowl and stir in yogurt. Chop the remaining 1/4 cup cucumber slices. Serve the soup warm or refrigerate and serve it chilled. Just before serving, garnish with the chopped cucumber and more chopped parsley, if desired.
  3. Tip:  MAKE AHEAD TIP: Refrigerate for up to 4 hours.