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As a 4-year Leukemia survivor, Stacey Mertes is heavily involved in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association. Her 7-year-old son, Logan, is a recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetic, but keeps Stacey on her toes with his own active fundraising endeavors such as the Columbia Tower climb (for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), WaMu stair climb (for Cystic Fibrosis), and several triathlons and other stair climbs around the city. Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Stacey has lived in many of the local neighborhoods (including spending 11 years next to the Pike Place Market), since graduating from the University of Washington. She finally settled down in the most diverse zip code in the country, Columbia City, where she enjoys walks to the many restaurants, farmers market, and art events nearby. Her favorite hobby of late is finding the most fun “free” things to do around Seattle with her son. She loves movies, plays, visiting the Pacific Science Center and other museums, and finding those geocaching adventures.

Bar Method 60-Day Challenge For Charity And Fitness In Seattle

The Bar Method

The Bar Method (Photo Credit: The Bar Method)

I recently wrote an article about the Bar Method, a very effective workout that involves a ballet bar used to balance, stretch, and hold on to as you are lead through a series of exercises that work your core, back, arms, and legs.

Well, their altruistic owners are challenging you to raise the bar for health and charity. They have created a sixty day bathing suit challenge benefiting the Ben Towne Foundation. In addition to getting fit, by joining the 60-Day Challenge, you will have the chance to win amazing prizes and support an incredible local charity, working in conjunction with Seattle Children’s Research Institute in the field of childhood cancer research.

To take the 60-day challenge, starting April 1, 2013, you must commit to:

  • taking Bar Method a minimum of three days per week during the months of April and May
  • a clean eating and a healthy lifestyle

In return, the Bar Method will donate ten dollars on behalf of each person who completes twenty-four classes or more, and twenty dollars on behalf of each person who completes forty-eight classes or more to Ben Towne Foundation.

“We chose Ben Towne as our benefactor for the challenge because we are both inspired by the story of Ben Towne and strongly believe in their mission to accelerate the pace of pediatric cancer research, changing the way childhood cancers are treated and cured,” said Bar Method co-owner Luke Currier. “During last year’s challenge, we were able to donate $4,150 on behalf of our clients to the Foundation. One hundred percent of all funds donated go directly to research, and this year we hope to more than double our fundraising efforts.”

Ariana Kukors

Ariana Kukors, USA Olympic Swimmer and world-record holder (Photo Credit: The Bar Method)

On April 1st, the Bar Method hosted a kick-off to the 60-Day ‘Get Bathing Suit Ready’ Challenge at its South Lake Union studio. Bar devotee and Team USA Olympic swimmer and world record holder Ariana Kukors eloquently spoke about her challenges and successes in the Olympic swimming arena. Ariana will be taking the challenge herself as well as sharing motivation, assisting with goal setting, and revealing her best strategies for overcoming obstacles and achieving your dreams. She will be tweeting her successes and obstacles.

In addition, Bar Method enthusiasts Lindzi Cox (2012 runner-up) and Catherine Giudici (2013 Winner) from ABC’s The Bachelor will also be taking the 60-Day ‘Get Bathing Suit Ready’ Challenge. Cox was on hand at the kick-off event and found that the Bar Method helped her get bathing suit ready for national television on The Bachelor.

Jeff and Carin Towne shared their heartwarming story about their son, Ben Towne, who fought a brave, fifteen month battle of neuroblastoma and finally lost the fight in December 2008. Carin Towne told us that pediatric cancer is the number one disease killer of children and that cancer institutes spend less than three percent on pediatric cancer research. In an effort to make the outcome of the lives of other families dealing with pediatric cancer different than their own, they co-founded the Ben Towne Foundation. ” We will be a voice for pediatric cancer research — a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves…Our foundation is unique in that our costs are fully supported. This means that every gift to Ben Towne Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation right now is a donation that goes one hundred percent toward research. And from research will come cures.”

Bar Method

(From left) Beverly and Luke Currier (owners), Ariana Kukors, Maika Manring (owner), Jeff Towne, Carin Towne, Lindzi Cox, Darcy Camden ready for the challenge (Photo Credit: Bar Method)

And that’s not all.  Local stylist Darcy Camden is taking the challenge with everyone as well, and she is offering a prize of a ninety minute consultation for one lucky winner at the end who will learn from her how to find the perfect swimsuit or outfit to showcase the beautiful body they’ve work so hard for.

Nationally known certified nutritionist Deborah Enos, ‘The One-Minute Wellness Coach,’ will also be supporting challenge participants during the sixty days by offering One-Minute Wellness tips, nutritional support, and guidance via social media. Deborah is known for offering advice on achieving ‘Health in a Hurry.’

You can follow the participants on Twitter during the challenge at @ArianaKukors, @LindziCox, and @clmgiudici. Be sure to post the hash-tag #barbodychallenge when you tweet.

Bar Method is offering some incredible health and beauty prizes at the end of the challenge. Go to the Bar Method web site for more information about the challenge and the great prizes that you can win, including a bonus prize.

A Bar Method Challenge celebration will be held at the end of the contest on Saturday, June 8, 2013.

The Bar Method maintains two state-of-the-art locations in the hottest locales in town, South Lake Union and Redmond Town Center. The Bar Method is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, bringing to Washington the gold standard of barre-based workouts. Founder Burr Leonard has developed a revolutionary workout known for creating long, firm thighs, a lifted seat, and flat abs, as demonstrated by the emergence of “bar butts” in every city where its studios open. It’s no wonder that The Bar Method has attracted celebrity clients in droves across the country. Celebrity clients include Drew Barrymore, Zooey Deschanel, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kelly Osbourne, and Anna Paquin.

WHEN: The Bar Method Challenge takes place April 1 through May 31, 2013.

Bar Method Seattle
124 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Ph. 206-467-5249

Bar Method Eastside
Redmond Town Center
7551 166th Avenue NE, Suite D240
Redmond, WA 98052
Ph. 425-556.5163

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