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A Renaissance Woman in our Midst!

Today’s camper profile started with the search for the chef who brought the unbelievable Warm Yam Salad to Theresa’s going-away party.  Really it was out of this world.  Once we sleuthed her out we discovered that it was none other than the Booty Camp veteran Dodi Fredericks…. who has been gracing our camp party tables with amazing dishes since the second year of the business (Jessica remembers her waltzing in to the holiday party that year with a huge platter of a gorgeous salmon lox hors deourves!)

Dodi is a Landscape architect by day and a watercolor artist by night.  She just opened a new show next door to the Seattle Art Museum.  Go see it before September 30th and don’t be surprised if you see other SSBC campers there too.  Campers frequent Dodi’s art shows and some even have her gorgeous paintings hanging in their houses.

We had a chance to get a few more details from Dodi and also her yummy yam recipe below:

Which camp is home to you?  

Stephanie’s 7:30am at Seward Park

How long have you been at camp?

4 years ago, I started in a really hot summer [when Jessica was the only camp trainer].  I found it when I picked up a card at Café Vita on a whim.

Why Does Camp Work?

It’s a new level of fitness that people haven’t imagined for themselves. There’s something about the level of accountability and the personal connection with trainers and the people in the class that makes the commitment more durable.

One way Booty Camp positively impacts your life?

Oh my gosh, there’s so many ways. I sleep better, I feel better, my mood is better in the winter. I’m self-employed now and it’s very easy to have an unstructured life… and booty camp provides good structure to the day.

What’s your secret for ensuring that you make it to camp?

I don’t think about it. I try not to even get into that mindset. I’ve been going so long it’s habitual.

Camp exercise I would actually do on my own?

I have been doing the NY Times Scientific 7 min workout that is similar to some of what we do in camp with the oft used Tabata protocol type portions of workouts Stephanie pushes us thru in camp.  It’s scientifically researched to give you the most benefit for the least amount of time. I’ve also grown to like running from booty camp.

One of Dodi’s beautiful Watercolor Paintings

[laughs] Burpees! They’re probably miserable because they’re good for you.

Favorite Booty Camp Memory?

Very early in my booty camp career I had never done much running. I went to camp one day and found out we were running the whole loop. I thought I will never run that far, then I did it.  We can do more than we really know we can.

Fun fact about Dodi:

I’m an army brat and we moved every 2 years when I was growing up. When I got out of college and came to Seattle I thought: I’ll never move again. And that was 40 years ago.

Booty Camp = 

Health + Fun

Thanks Dodi for sharing your fine self with us and the world…  here is another gift from Dodi, the seriously delicious Warm Yam Salad


  • 4 large yams (raw), cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Korean red pepper flakes (used for kimchi) to taste (or red pepper flakes, hot paprika, or ancho chili) salt to taste
  • Preheat oven to 400°. Toss yams with oil, red pepper and salt. Spread in one layer on a rimmed cookie sheet or roasting pan. Roast about 15 minutes until soft inside and browning on outside.
  • 1 inch piece ginger root, peeled and minced
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely minced
  • 3-4 sprigs Thai basil, minced
  • 10-12 sprigs cilantro, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 3-4 Tablespoons roasted unsalted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 lime sliced in wedges

Mix ginger, garlic, basil, cilantro, oil and salt. Sprinkle over warm potatoes. Top with peanuts and a squeeze of lime.

Serves 8