Pickleball is Back at AHC for OUTSIDE Court Play Only!

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· We are excited to announce Pickleball play on our newly resurfaced outdoor hard tennis courts #20 & #21.  Freshly painted Pickleball lines will enable outdoor play to be fun and safe.
· You can reserve your slot for these times below by mailing ahcpickleball@gmail.com.
· Pickleball meets on Monday from 5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday from 5:30-7:30PM, and Saturday from 9-11AM.
· We will need a minimum of 6 players registered 48 hours prior for a session to be held. If the minimum is not met, the open session will be cancelled.
· Since we only have two courts the maximum number of players for any session is 10.
· In following the Club’s current guidelines for Tennis, please bring your own Pickleball paddles, water bottles and towels. Benches will be available on court. The Club will provide Pickleballs.
· We ask that you use the Club-provided hand sanitizer sheets as you enter the court.
· Masks must be worn at all times on the Club’s grounds.
· Masks are optional while playing.
· Please maintain social distancing as much as possible.
·  If you have a Senior Membership, you are able to participate in the Monday and Wednesday, 5-7pm sessions.

Personal Training Procedures

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In order to keep both our members, as well as our fitness team safe, here are a few updates to our Personal Training protocol. Please note that some of these new Covid-19 related changes are only temporary, and will be inevitably be subject to change. However, they will be in effect when our trainers resume Personal Training in the Fitness Center on July 6th .


  1. Member will need to  arrive to the Fitness Center 5 minutes prior to training session start time. Trainer will greet the member at the Fitness Desk and explain how the session will proceed.
  2. Trainer will wear gloves and a mask while training the member.
  3. Trainer will have to demonstrate each exercise prior to the member attempting the exercise. Trainer will then have to disinfect the piece of equipment prior to the member beginning the exercise.
  4. Trainer will carry the ozone spray bottle and rag during the session.
  5. Trainer will set up all equipment, rack, weights etc. for the member.
  6. Trainer and member will train in a relatively small area to ensure they secure the equipment they are using  and to ensure social distancing from other members.
  7. When/If the workout gets strenuous enough the member will need to let the trainer know that they need to momentarily remove their mask to catch their breath so the trainer has time to step 6 to 10 ft away.
  8. There will be a maximum total of three trainers training at one time. Two trainers will be in the Fitness Center and one Trainer in the Personal Training Studio.
  9. Trainers will clean the equipment once it is racked so they only have to disinfect once.
  10. Wipes will be placed in the Personal Training Studio to be used if the wood rings are used.


Club News & Events


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By: John Woodend, Reception Desk Director


The Front Desk Staff and I are looking forward to seeing all of you back at the Club healthy and ready to continue working out and playing tennis. However, we all still need to abide by the rules that are put in place to keep everyone safe.


While some people feel that reopening gyms has taken too long, others feel like they are still uncomfortable coming to the Club,  And that is fine! We all have the right to feel the way we feel and to hold differing opinions about our current situation. However, when coming to the club I would like to request that we all remember to be mindful of other members and employees of the Club.


Politeness — Please do not engage in conversations that may make others feel uncomfortable or triggered. Politics is always a hot button topic. Those around you may not appreciate hearing your take on the politics we are experiencing. Best to remember that we are ALL here to get exercise and DE-STRESS.


Patience — Coming and going to the Club is going to have a different pace for a while. This isn’t anyone’s fault — it is just the reality of the situation we are in. Remember to practice patience. I know members and staff will greatly appreciate it.


Consideration —  Be considerate of members and staff. Let the Front Desk Staff know if there has been a change of the players on your court. If someone is distancing themselves far away from others, consider that the individual may be more nervous being back at the Club than the next person. Be considerate and give that individual more space. It won’t hurt and it will make that individual feel more comfortable.


We are very much still in a stressful time. Let’s make all of our experiences at the Club as positive as we can, together.


Club News & Events

Checking In!

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By: Elliott Datlow, Tennis Director


We are so excited to offer outdoor play to our Aspen Hill Club members. You’ve read about our procedure for checking-in while keeping socially distanced. But what does it look like? Check out this check in guide so you know what to expect when checking into the Club!


  1. Enter the club by way of parking in the back lot and entering up the stairs of the deck.
  2. Observe the OPEN DOOR and sign indicating required 6 ft. social distancing!
  3. Check out the several floor markers indicating where to stand and wait. Our staff are wearing masks while checking you in!
  4. Follow the sign, exiting the side entrance.
  5. Out the door and down the ramp to your tennis court you go!
  6. Have fun!




Tennis is Back…Outdoors!

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By: Elliott Datlow, Tennis Director


We are ecstatic to be offering outdoor courts to our members as we get back into the “swing of things!” Usually we have the luxury of weaning ourselves back into outdoor play. If it’s a bit chilly we can change it to an indoor court. Or, maybe the wind gusts are driving us crazy— I’ll stay inside, thank you! But not now! BOOM! You are playing outside.


You’re right! Outdoor tennis is a lot different. What can we do to adjust to outdoor play? Here are a couple of key adjustments you can make as you hit the outdoor courts at the Aspen Hill Club!


  • Know that it’s not going to feel good! Outdoor tennis is an adjustment. You will feel much better the second time you play outdoors, I promise!
  • Have a hat or sunglasses! We aren’t giving our eyes time to “toughen up” to the sunshine. Be kind to those eyes and give them some protection!
  • Know which way the wind is blowing! You want to hit HARDER if you are playing into the wind, and use more spin if you are hitting WITH the wind.
  • Take a long warm-up Your body and mind aren’t use to playing outside, try and work into it. Make sure you start the warm-up with short court rallies and start slow from the baseline.
  • USE EXTRA SPIN! Topspin and slice are going to keep the ball in the court and helps to keep your consistency up… Use your spin.
  • Move those feet! The ball isn’t going to bounce how you expect. Instead of taking 3 big steps to the ball you need many many small little steps (especially as you approach the ball). With little steps your body will be able to make those adjustments that are necessary in fractions of a second.
  • SPLIT STEP! As your opponent get’s ready to make contact, take a “split step.” This is like a little “bunny hop” that can be critical to getting your timing and ball anticipation correct.
  • HAVE FUN! I think we can all agree that a bad day on the tennis court is better than being stuck inside at home— we can ALL relate to that.
Photo taken pre-Covid



Zoom Tips

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By: Heather Williams, Group Exercise Director


Here are a few helpful reminders when attending Zoom sessions:


  • Remember to Mute yourself when entering the session.
  • For Safety measures: If you must leave the session to attend to a personal matter, it is advised you do not resume the exercise session.
  • Please remember when you Zoom, you will be seen, as well as the others in your home and personal space. We encourage proper attire when participating in the Zoom sessions. We also encourage you to remind your family that the camera is “on”.
  • Speaking of being seen, while we know many prefer NOT to be seen, it is helpful for the instructors to see you. The instructors are unable correct your form in the Body Pump, Senior Strength or Yoga sessions if they can’t see you.


We thank you for participating in our Zoom Live Streams and look forward to continuing them.


“THE END IS IMPORTANT IN ALL THINGS” Yamamoto Tsuentomo (Hagakure)

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By: John Woodend, Reception Director


In Aikido, moves are called arts. Each art is divided into three separate parts. The first, is called the “attack”. That is when one’s partner, your personal assailant, comes at you with a punch, a hold or grab, or a slash with a weapon. The second part of the art, is the “defense”. This could be moving in, moving off the line of the attack, moving back, or the always fun ducking. The third part of the art is confusingly enough called the “art”. This is where the person being attacked ends the conflict, via a throw, strike, joint lock, escape, or pin.


While practicing, psychology and human nature takes place, and inevitably, everyone develops favorite partners. People that you would prefer to practice with. Out of the myriad of reasons these favorites develop, there is always a common denominator. The end! And if your partner performed “the end” well!

The end is the silent unspoken fourth part of the art that has no instructions. It is based on safety and etiquette. The end is when the assailant rolls out of a throw, taps out of a pin, yields from a joint lock, and ends their attack when they receive a hidden strike. The end is the most important and practical part of all of the arts. It literally is the reason one can continue practicing and no one needs to be taken to the hospital.


We are now starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. With restrictions being lifted, plans and phases forming and being discussed, and summer around the corner, the end of this whole epidemic seems reachable in our minds eye. However, it is important to remember why “the end” is so important. The end is where we are most vulnerable.

So as news progresses and events happen, become honest and aware of what you are and are not comfortable doing. If your gut tells you not to do something. Don’t do that something. Just like practicing an Aikido art, preforming well during “this end” means unapologetically paying attention to safety and etiquette. So, you can get back up, continue to carry on and possibly have some more fun with life.

Stay safe everyone.


Fit ‘N 5 Exercises: Lower Body Workout

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By: Heather Williams, Group Exercise Director


5 Exercises
10 Reps Each
5 Circuits

Weighted Barbell
1 Dumbbell
1 Fitness Band (optional)

1. Barbell Romanian Deadlift
2. Band Goblet Squat (Widen Stance if band is not available. Drive through heels, keep hips contracted throughout the move)
3. Single Leg Deadlift
4. Box High Step Up (Needs to be a good height to activate glut)
5. Shoulder Elevated Single Leg Hip Thrust


Spice Up Your At Home Workouts!

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by: John Kecman, Fitness & Personal Training Director


Struggling with your at home workouts? Are boredom and monotony killing your motivation? Here are a few ways in which you can spice up your home workouts without having to think to hard.

  1. Play with Tempo Reps—The speed at which we normally complete a given exercise is an underrated variable you should tap into, regardless of whether you have a full home gym, or are only using your own body weight. If it takes you 10 seconds to do 10 pushups try a four second negative and a one second pause at the bottom and see how you feel after completing 10 reps. I can guarantee you will not miss your gym equipment nearly as much if you add some tempos to your home workouts.


  1. Add Weight—You may not have access to your usual machines, dumbells, a barbell, but I’m sure you can find various objects around your house to hold to make your bodyweight exercises more difficult. Go ahead and scout around your house to find suitable heavy objects to carry, lift, or press. This is a chance to get a little creative with your resistance, and as I can attest after messing around with lifting, and carrying a fire hydrant, those awkward, and oblong heavy objects are a lot harder to move than your standard barbell.


  1. Add a Time Cap, or Add Time Sets—Two other options will make you hate your at home workouts, in the best way possible, and in the same way you might have hated your trainer in the gym. The first option is adding a time cap to any given exercise or circuit. Try to see how many rounds you can make it through of 10 squats, 10 sit ups, and 10 pushups in 10 minutes would be an example. You can also do the timed sets as an option. Try 30 seconds of squats, then sit ups, followed by pushups, and add rounds as you build your work capacity.

There are many different ways in which you can fight boredom at home and Covid-19 related mental fatigue with fitness. Try to implement these concepts to your workouts if you have not already. There are far more to play around with, so get up and go do something. You’ll thank me when you’re done.