Locals to Know: Meet Debbie Minugh, trainer, skier and proud mom

Today’s Locals to Know interview is sponsored by Orangetheory Fitness. Orangetheory is a total-body group workout that combines science, coaching, and technology to guarantee maximum results from the inside out. This holiday season, Orangetheory Fitness’ 18 locations across Washington.

Hi, Debbie! Tell us a little about yourself.

I have the privilege of being a mom to two amazing young men aged 16 and 19. I also have a very fun job as a Regional Training Manager for Orangetheory Fitness studios.

Wax poetic for a minute: what brings you most alive about this city?

What I love about the city is that there is plenty to do, something new in town, a sports game to catch, or even an old favorite to visit. Whether rain or shine, you can always find an adventure.

What’s your favorite Seattle memory?

My favorite memory is probably like many other visitors or Seattleites, visiting the Space Needle. But when you see it through a child’s eyes, wow; that is truly a memory you will never forget. To see the fear and excitement in them and how their eyes light up when they get out on the viewing deck is magical.

Which three destinations would you pick for a perfect day out in Seattle?

My perfect day in Seattle… brunch and a mimosa or two before hitting a Seahawks game. Nothing like watching a game at Lumen Field! In the summer, a ferry ride across the water. Last but not least, a short drive to Woodinville for wine tasting, some of Washington’s finest.

This holiday season, 18 Orangetheory Fitness locations across Washington (listed below) are throwing down in a friendly competition to raise lifesaving funds for Motley Zoo Animal Rescue. Committed to supporting community members both human and four-legged, Orangetheory is thrilled to partner with Motley Zoo Animal Rescue and help them in their time of need. (📸: @dash.dog)


If you could give any one piece of advice to locals, what would it be?

Don’t let the rainy days bring you down. Make plans, put on a jacket, and head out — there’s so much to do and see. You get used to the winters, and after a hot summer, sometimes those that have lived here for a long time actually look forward to the change.

What’s an unpopular opinion you have about the city?

That it’s always dark and rainy in the winter. I disagree… while there are some dark days, when the sun is shining in the winter, Seattle is the most beautiful place on earth. The air is fresh and the crisp weather is delightful.

How does Seattle help you do what you do/influence your work?

People in Seattle are very outdoorsy and active. Working in the fitness industry is exciting because our members are typically using Orangetheory to impact something in their life, whether that is their next 5k or 10k, preparing for a big hike or just being in shape to explore the city with the kids. Training our teams to be able to provide an amazing experience for our members to ultimately help them achieve their goals is very rewarding and motivating.

What are you looking forward to this year?

I have so much to look forward to this year. Personally, I am looking forward to a fun winter of skiing with my family. We love visiting several of Washington’s slopes but have a special love for Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge. My oldest will be starting his Junior year at WSU this January, and while I’m going to miss him being home, I’m excited to see him enjoy some independence and the college experience. Professionally, I am excited to see our studios full of new and existing members work towards their fitness goals and milestones.

To learn more about Orangetheory’s animal rescue work, and meet the adorable Motley Zoo Adoptable Roadies each location is working out to support and donate to a Motley Zoo animal, click the link below. 👇 

Orangetheory Holiday Fundraiser for Motley Zoo

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