Special Events

Booty Shaking at the 7th Annual holiday Party!

Thanks everyone for coming out to our 7th Annual Holiday Party at our new party location The Mix in Georgetown!

We are so grateful for this year with you all and it was great to celebrate our community together.

The food spread was amazing as always and the lovely Randi Rascal has been with us 3 years now bringing her sweet burlesque style and this year.. a booty shaking lesson! Check out the pics!

Much love and blessings for the New Year everyone!  xoxo


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A Glorious Day for our Harvest Celebration!


What an amazing October day we had this year for our Harvest Celebration 5k/10k event!  I noted that it was 70 degrees out when I was packing up the gear!  It was great to have a bunch of children, many dog friends and partners out for this.  Every year it gets bigger!


Big thanks go out to Vida Integrated Health who provided massage treatments after the run!  And also thanks to our door prize sponsors: Fancy, Schmancy, Andaluz, Freggies, Tutta Bella, Tin Umbrella, and Communichi.


Thanks also to everyone for bringing such fantastic dishes for the potluck.  We voted on one best main dish and one dessert with Lynne and Leslie each taking home the big prize:  a massage from Alicea Cole !  Below are the recipes for each of their dishes!


Leslie’s Recipe:  Spicy Squash Salad with Lentils and Goat Cheese
Adapted from Bon Appetit

3/4 cup black or green lentils
6 cups peeled, seeded and cubed butternut squash or sugar pumpkin (1-inch cubes) (from about a 2-poudn squash)
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika*
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
4 cups baby arugula (I skipped this)
1 cup soft crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced mint leaves (optional; I used this, but added it after I took a photo)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, plus additional to taste
Roasted seeds (about 1/2 cup) from your butternut squash or roasted pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss squash or pumpkin cubes with 2 tablespoons oil, cumin, paprika and salt. Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet and roast 20 minutes. Flip pieces and roast for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until tender. Cool.

Meanwhile, soak lentils for 10 minutes in a small bowl, then drain. Cook lentils in boiling salted water until tender but firm, about 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water, then drain and cool.

Combine lentils, pumpkin, any oil you can scrape from the baking sheet (I didn’t get enough for this to be worth it) with arugula, if using, half of goat cheese, mint, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt and pepper and extra vinegar, if desired (we felt it needed it). Divide among plates and pass with remaining goat cheese to sprinkle.


Lynne’s Winning Recipe:  Gluten Free French Apple Tart

Adapted from recipes by Ina Garten and Jacques Pepin

Pamela’s Gluten Free Bread Mix
2 1/2 sticks chilled butter or Earth Best Buttery Spread
Extra butter for top of filling
4 T sugar
4-5 firm apples
Apricot preserves

Pie crust:   Make pie crust according to instructions on side of package but add an extra 4 T butter (2 1/2
sticks total).  Quickly knead into a ball, wrap and chill for an hour. Roll crust out between two sheets of
parchment paper to 1/4 inch thick. Peel off and discard top sheet of parchment. Transfer rolled crust on
the bottom sheet of parchment to a large cookie sheet pan, trimming edges to make a rectangle.  Chill
crust while preparing the apples (keeps crust from shrinking while baking).

Apples: Peel and core apples and slice  1/4 inch thick. Place overlapping slices of apples diagonally down
the middle of the tart and continue making diagonal rows on both sides of the first row until the pastry is
covered with apples slices. Sprinkle with sugar. Dot with butter.

Bake tart in 400 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour or so. Bake until the pastry is browned as well
as edge of apples. Bake long enough so there is some caramelization. Brush tart with warmed/melted
apricot preserves.  Loosen the tart with a spatula so it does not stick to the paper as it cools. Slide off
paper when cool to a plate or cutting board.

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Farewell Notes from Trainer Stephanie

Last week the Booty Camp family got together to celebrate an amazing 2.5 years with Trainer Stephanie at Seward Park and bid her farewell.  Stephanie said of her party, “it was amazing, I’ve never had a party thrown for me. I’ve never sat there and just been loved like that.”  In addition to so many words of gratitude and admiration, campers showered Stephanie with several gifts including a lovely painting by Booty Camper Dodi Fredericks (whom you might remember from our blog profile two weeks ago) and a gorgeous farmstead basket from Camp Founder Jessica’s Southside Smallholding.

This week we caught up with Stephanie for a some final thoughts from her as a booty camp trainer…

How did Booty Camp impact your life?

Oh! Well to start I haven’t been sick since I started booty camp!  I haven’t had a cold in 2 ½ years.  Being outdoors that much and that consistently did that.  Getting to know the women in the community. It’s the best thing. It forced me to keep learning. It’s a culmination of different parts of my life.  I used to be a competitive athlete and then a massage therapist and a teacher. And this is the first time I’ve had all three elements combined: athletics, physical care of other people and teaching.  Each of these informs the other. The training has made my massage practice better too. It’s largely made me feel more whole.

How did you come to be a SSBC trainer?

I was looking to expand into personal training and part of my certification was doing an internship. I came on as an intern and stayed as a trainer. I’ve always liked to be outside. I’m not a gym person.

What’s your secret to becoming such a good trainer?

I never stop learning. I’m always reading stuff.  I’m trying things with my own body.  Having been a massage therapist for so long I’m used to the deeper more intimate connection you can have people. I’m able to keep that with a group. I try to get to know each camper as an individual. I still feel challenged every time I make up a workout. I still wonder how it’s going to work. I feel a little nervous and anticipatory when I make up a new workout

What booty exercise do you do on your own?

All of it [laughs] I did a Tabata set on Mt. Rainer the other day!  I run on my own, I would do burpees on my own. One of the things I got from Booty Camp is that I like to get in a good workout and sweat everyday.

What exercise would you never do on your own?

Seriously I will do all the ones people usually hate like mountain climbers, burpees the best part of working out is the cardio part, I like that kind of burning feeling that really get my heart rate up.  I sometimes wimp out at upper body stuff because I spend time doing massage.

What memories sit with you now?

There are so many memories. Accidentally losing someone on roving, all the babies that have born.  All the places we get to go and explore.  The wildlife. We had an eagle fly over us the other day with a fish in its talons. Those moments where the sun is coming up and there’s fog on the water and it’s just breathtaking.

Any last words of wisdom for your campers?

Oh wow, always make time for yourself. Keep exercising. Watch your form, listen to your body, your body is smart and it’s telling you what it needs to do.

Thank you Trainer Stephanie! We have learned so much from you. We’ll miss you greatly, but know you are still a part of our booty camp community!


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Join us at the Refuse to Abuse 5k

Today’s blog post is different.  Today I want to tell you about an opportunity to get your exercise on while building a safer world for women and girls (psst, that makes things safer for eeeeverybody).

The event is a 5K run around Safeco field Saturday on July 20th in partnership with the Mariners/WSCADV (The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence) Refuse to Abuse campaign. This run is really fricking cool you guys and here’s why:
  • The Seattle Mariners are the first major league baseball team in the nation to engage professional male baseball players in speaking out against domestic violence.
  • The campaign is SMART they use popular players and speak out including teaching little league coaches how to transer the ethics of the baseball game into an awareness of healthy relationships. Here’s an example of a Refuse to Abuse poster with a popular player on it:
    • “You treat your family at home the same way you treat your family on the field. With Respect.“ Check out more posters here they give me goose bumps.
    • The event is a fundraising run/walk around every level of Safeco Field, from the top to the tunnel to the final lap around the field. Stepping out on the field level of a major league ballpark is an awe-inspiring moment that few have experienced. Race participants from our sold out inaugural event couldn’t stop raving about it.
    • The event is AT NIGHT 7pm so no getting up early on a Saturday morning. Sleeping in and exercise? Weeeeeeeeee.
    • If you want to see a video of the 5K click here, you might even catch a picture of me (you very own Becka Tilsen) from last year making a ridiculous face.

Why do I know so much? I have the great privilege of being on the board of this amazing organization and believe me when I say that this is just the beginning of the aaaamazing things that WSCADV does everyday to end violence. WSCADV is a national leader in forwarding a comprehensive and thoughtful programing.  They are the serve and support all the DV shelters and programs across the state. That’s over 70 member programs.

Soooo!? Do you want to do it?? If you are too excited to even get to the end of this blog Register here.  It would be so fun to have a posse of booty campers there representing camp!  I won’t be running since I have to work the event. But I’ll be there at the finish line with some snacks and enthusiastic cheers for you. I’m also happy to help people connect with each other so if you are registering shoot me an email at becka@bbtcoaching.com.  The deadline is 7/19. Register TODAY.

-Contributed by Camper Becka Tilsen

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An Anti-Inflammatory Chef Amongst Us!

This week SSBC Blog will hear from some of our badass Booty babes who come out every morning and rock the Booty Camp.  This week’s feature is TINA FOGALL.  Read on to hear about Tina’s passion for nutrition of the sweetest variety and how you might get a chance to taste for yourself.

Wait. Why will you get to taste it? Ok we’ll cut to the chase.  Because TINA is the chef for the Booty Camp Restorative Retreat coming up on May 3-5.  Details below.

But first… Tina + Booty Camp Fun Facts:

  1. Which camp do you hail from?  Seward Park 7:15am with Trainer Theresa
  2. How long have you been with the booty?  1.25 years in camp
  3. What keeps you coming back to camp? High praise for trainer Theresa! “she has this way about her that is nurturing and supportive while still providing a structure and discipline. She is a part of my life.” 
  4. What’s your secret to getting up in the morning? “I get up before I can even think about it. I just get up and go”
  5. Food before camp? “I eat an apple or banana with almond butter.”
  6. Favorite move? “I love drinking bird and even do it in my kitchen”
  7. What has Booty Camp done for your relationship with exercise? ”I still don’t love running but at least I don’t hate it anymore. Running with a group is pretty awesome.”
  8. What has Booty Camp Done for your life? “ It’s my morning family I couldn’t live without it!”

When she’s not rocking the Booty Camp Tina spends most of her work time stirring a bubbling pot sweetness.  She is the owner and operator of Big Spoon Jam where she uses her dual degree in nutrition and culinary arts to concoct the most interesting creations in Jam this side of the Mississippi.  Think jam is jam?  Check them out here where you’ll find: Blueberry Balsamic, Raspberry Rose, Roasted Apricot & Smoked Salt, and her new favorite Foragers Preserves; a mix of wild blackberries infused with Douglas fir tips.  Tina says that the Douglas Fir is not only high in vitamins and anti-oxidants but “it transports you and tastes like the forest itself.” Tina says.  Mouth watering yet? We thought so.

Like Southside Booty Camp Tina’s dream job had to be a vehicle for her to connect with her community.  So it’s no wonder that she will be our chef for the first Booty Camp Restorative Retreat. Tina says that the retreat is a chance to disconnect from life’s stressors and reconnect with yourself, with nature, and with a community of supportive women.

Tina has been working with eating in the clean or  anti-inflammatory style lately and she plans the most amazing menu for the Restorative Retreat that can act as an intro to this way of eating.  We will eat foods that reduce inflammation and support healthy balance, digestion and metabolism.  Have you been meaning to do an elimination diet but it feels too daunting to take it on by yourself?  Come start one with us and let Tina take care of you.  And boy we are in luck because Tina’s motto is “Everything I cook has to be delicious or I don’t want to eat it.”  Yum!

Special Events

Booty Babes Snowshoe Expedition 2013

Booty Camp Founder Jessica Breznau and Trainer Melissa Madgsick lead a group of intrepid booty campers on a gorgeous showshoe up to Source Lake Basin.  It was a brilliant day!  About half the group braved their first snowshoe and several joined us again that came last year.  Check out the slideshow below.  Highlights:  A discussion about whether or not wine should be allowed on our first ever Booty Camp Restorative Retreat this May ; )  Also Melissa brought along the star of the parade – baby Grace and also her hubby Greg of Freggies – one of our co sponsors!


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5th Anniversary Holiday Party!


Southside Booty Camp celebrated our 5th Anniversary in style this holiday season!

Thanks so much to all who attended and made it special.  Highlights were the mid dance party plank contest.  Camper Kathleen Skeels (the champion) and Laura Shoemaker each won a week of camp each, with both coming in at over 7 minutes 30 seconds!  So you all can expect some longer plank holds during camp now!  The table was set with amazing food from so many excellent kitchens.  Randi Rascal gave us the sweetest burlesque act which involved clothes being shed in the effort of trying to fit into a box… And Camper Xena Harris performed and showed us how to get our Bollywood on as we all took the dance floor.  We celebrated 5 years of sweating together and plan on many more to come.  Extra special was Jessica getting to present “I’m a Booty Babe’ onsies to FIVE campers who will all give birth to new booty babes early this year!  Congrats all around!

Many thanks to Cheri Pearl Photography, Waid’s Haitian Lounge, Mean Girls Massage, Dahlia Spa, Freggies, and Communichi Acupunture.

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End of Season 5k/10k and Harvest Picnic!

An abundance from the earth was shared at our Harvest Picnic.. many mother – daughter teams ran and walked the trails together… and it was simply an altogether lovely September day to share fitness, camaraderie, fun and food!

Thanks to our awesome sponsors and camper crafters… our campers went home with drawing prizes that included fresh produce boxes from FREGGIES, Mean Girls Massage, Communichi Acupunture, and Camper Tina Fogall’s Big Spoon Jam! xoxoxoxoxo

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A beautiful run thru the arboretum

We had a gorgeous sunny day and great turnout of 30 campers, friends and family for our first 5k/10k event of our new series. The colors of the rhodies and azaleas were incredible.  And the heavy perfumed air surrounded us as we ran through the trails.

We had great feedback and are now busy planning for the next one already that will be held on June 16 – so mark your calendars and commit to your next goal.

Thanks to FREGGIES who provided wonderful organic fruit for the community potluck afterwards and to Mean Girls Massage and Communichi Acupunture  for providing door prize gift certificates!

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First Annual Spring Soiree!

We had a most magical evening at camper Teresa Santerre’s home.  First, their home is amazing – Teresa and her husband run Prestige Custom Builders.  It was pretty incredible to see the photo of the original craftsman home – in which it was pepto bismol pink and well not so purty –   and the complete transformation they did on the whole place –  including a wide wrap around porch and an outdoor covered fireplace where we wound up spending most of the night.

Then there was the fact that the weather held and we were able to be in those outdoor spaces at all!  And a soiree ain’t no good if its not about the food… so many amazing dishes – all yummy AND healthy!  We went home with a stack full of recipes to take home and try.  And I think next year it will also be a bring a container to take home for lunch the next day kind of operation!   To top it off dessert was chocolate tofu mousse (really? yes. so good.) with girl scout cookies!

Many of us also went home with new fitness clothing that everyone brought from their closets – yay for the clothing swap.

Lastly we were also treated to an intimate bellydance performance by Amy Horn of Verbena Bellydance and got to try it ourselves with a little booty belly dancing tutorial!

Thanks go out of course to all the donors of Door Prize items:  Camper JLo brought some lovely bath oils, Mean Girls Massage donated two massages, West Seattle camper Jennifer Guanga brought some of her detoxifying wraps as well.

Also Freggies, an up and coming Organic Produce delivery service, donated one of their boxes.  Freggies is one of our new camp sponsors in general as well (and Trainer Melissa’s husband who operates the business is our connect ; )  A box is sold and delivered for $40 and I was actually incredibly impressed with the variety and the quantity of produce for one box.  Check them out and email the office if you need the camper discount code  ; )