Archive for the ‘Health & Fitness’ Category

Tango Argentino at Quarry Ponds

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Have you ever wanted to learn how to Tango? 

Luis Caceres and his partner, Kae Sable, offer free dance lessons every Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Canopy Plaza (next to Toast) at Quarry Ponds.

 For more information, please contact Luis Caceres at 916.807.4210 or


Photographs courtesy of Kelly McMenamin Photography.  She can be reached at  Thank you, Kelly!


MAS Movement and Strength

Saturday, May 8th, 2010


When my friend Kelly and I walked into MAS, we saw a quote on the wall that read “the best exercise of the heart is to reach down and help someone up. ”  We loved the positive vibe that it reflected! 

It felt as though we were at home with good friends.  That zen feeling at MAS is everywhere – from the painted koi pond on the floor at the entrance of MAS, to the murals and quotes on the wall, and finally to the smiling faces of everyone we met there. 

Susan Binon founded MAS in June 2009 in honor of her late sister, Mary Ann Scott (thus MAS – her initials), who passed away from cancer. 

Susan and her husband, Paul, recently participated in the Kaiser Permanente-sponsored “South Placer Art in Public Places” by purchasing a 6-8′ tall sculpture of the breast cancer awareness ribbon.  Karen Dukes, an artist, will paint the ribbon to reflect Mary Ann Scott’s love of butterflies, and the finished sculpture will be displayed at MAS around June.  We can’t wait to see it!

About a month ago, Rex Owens, a corrective exercise specialist,  joined Susan as a co-owner.  Susan and Rex’s vision for MAS is to be a source of health and wellness at all fitness, health and age levels. As a community service, this summer, MAS plans to host a health fair with their trainers, a physician and a nutritionist on hand to assess and answer any general questions about health and fitness.  

In addition to personal training, their 7 trainers hold varied classes such as Cardio Hip Hop, Piloga, TaeBo and Zumba.  When we arrived at MAS, a trainer was working with some junior high school-aged boys who were doing the Teen Boot Camp. 

MAS also runs a 6-week training boot camp for the Granite Bay High School Girls’ Soccer team to sharpen their fitness and agility for their sport.  Susan and Rex look forward to expanding this type of training to other high school and jr. high sports.  

I love that they even have a class that caters to the littlest ones!  On Tuesday afternoons, kids ages 4-8 can take a boisterous, 30-minutes Zumbatomic course which is loosely based on Zumba!  How fun is that?! 


 MAS Movement and Strength
6085 Douglas Blvd.
Granite Bay, CA  95746
Phone:  916.626.4573


Photos courtesy of Kelly McMenamin Photography.  She can be reached at  

Thank you, Kelly – you rock!