Our New Website

Dauntless has a new website, and a new location on the web.  As part of the transfer process, WordPress (our previous site host) told us this:

“Keep in mind that while your email subscribers will continue to receive email notifications of new posts as before, WordPress.com followers will only see new posts in the Reader. They will not receive email updates unless they subscribe to receive those on your new site.You might want to post a notice on your old site about your upcoming move to keep your readers informed.”

So; to all our WordPress.com followers, please head over to our new site (we’re still WordPress, just self-hosted) and re-up. 

Thanks.  More to come…


Free Pilates Workshop


Thursday, July 24 from 7:30-8:30pm Jennifer Politte from Pilates on the Bay will be at Dauntless presenting a free Pilates workshop.

Building variety into your workouts is the best way to overall condition your body plus keep you from getting bored.  Pilates is most famous for it’s focus on core strengthening, but it provides so much more for your body (and mind).

Jenn will introduce you to all the benefits of Pilates, then conduct a short class. She’ll answer your questions about how Pilates can benefit you.

Registration requested. Follow the link on our home page for registration.


Working out today?

531778_10152337353963306_384606648_nDauntless30 workouts today at 5pm and 5:30pm:  drop in and get it done in 30 minutes.  No membership required here: everyone is welcome and your first class is free.   (only $10 after that.)

D30 is personal training in a small group format. These are high intensity interval training workouts, where you’ll get the attention you deserve and a workout that will appropriately challenge you.  A lot can be accomplished in 30 minutes!

We have lots of options to help you get stronger and feel better.  Come on in and join the fun!


Homemade Chipotle Vinaigrette

IMG_1604-500x725I liked the spicy salad dressing from Chipotle, but wanted a much lower salt and sugar version for myself.  Searched around on the web, but still so much sugar and salt.  So I pieced one together from a few different ones.  I promised I would share.  It’s even good if you completely leave the sugar/honey out of it…ketchup is typically sweetened anyway.  Enjoy.

Chipotle Vinaigrette

Pilates Workshop w/Pilates on the Bay


Jenn, fresh from the opening of her beautiful new studio at Pilates on the Bay, will be coming to Dauntless to give a talk about Pilates.  She will discuss a brief history of Pilates and how it is different from Yoga and other types of physical fitness.  There will be a short sample Mat Class and time for questions.

We hope you’ll join us, and bring a friend!


Speed and Strength Training for Student Athletes


Sport-specific camps will keep their skills sharp.  Strength and conditioning work keeps them strong, healthy, and dramatically reduces their risk of injury.  This camp is for athletes who want to enter their season in their best shape.  If you have an off-season plan; Dale and Craig will help you work through it safely and effectively. If you don’t have a plan; they will design one for you and get you ready to play your best.


Contact Dale or Craig directly with questions and for scheduling.  Full flier below for printing and passing on to your team.




Last Friday night I had one of the best night’s sleep I’ve had in recent memory and woke up feeing like a new person.  Really. Tons of energy. Clear head. No cravings. No negativity. And then Sunday night I had one of the worst nights in weeks and all day felt horrible; zero energy, foggy mind, carb cravings.

The weekend illustrated the two extremes for me.  I sleep well most of the time, but frequently about 30 minutes (or 60) short of my own personal ideal.  I know people who are highly functioning on 4-5 hours ( a very small percentage of the population can do this) and I know plenty of people who insist on 8-9 hours.  Regardless of how much sleep it takes for you to be your best, the science is pretty convincing about what happens when you don’t get it:

  • Impaired immune system. (Get sick much?)
  • Overweight and obesity: Several recent studies suggest the following: even one night of poor sleep can result in dramatic changes in appetite and food intake, restricting sleep to 5 hours a night for just one week impairs carbohydrate tolerance and insulin sensitivity, sleep deprivation is the single best predictor of overweight and obesity in children, and a brand-new study shows that not getting enough sleep causes fatty liver disease.
  • Fuzzy brain: sleep deprivation negatively impacts short-term and working memory, long-term memory and the generation of nerve cells – all of which effects our ability to think clearly and function well.
  • Mood and mental health: anyone who has had a few nights of poor sleep can tell you that insomnia is associated with depression. Insufficient sleep shuts down the pre-frontal cortex and can cause or exacerbate a number of psychological conditions, ranging from anxiety to PTSD to depression.
  • Systemic inflammation:  sleep deprivation causes chronic, low-grade inflammation. And we now know that inflammation is the root of all modern disease.
  • Last, but certainly not least, not getting enough sleep reduces your lifespan.

Wow. No wonder I felt so crappy on Monday.

I ask every client I work with about their sleep patterns, whether the goal is performance or weight loss.  The vast majority tell me they don’t get what they feel they need.  Most of us probably don’t need research to tell us that not getting enough sleep makes us less than our best.  But it sure does pound home the point that the consequences of poor sleep isn’t just feeling tired.

Bottom line? Set the DVR and turn out the lights.

P.S  Links to the studies and research mentioned here can be found within Chris Kresser’s article HERE