Tennis

Annual Tennis Turkey Social

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Join us Friday, November 22nd, from 7:00 to 10:00pm for our annual Tennis Turkey Social! Doubles match play is from 7:00 to 9:00pm followed by food and prizes from 9:00 to 10:00pm. YES, we will have our raffle to close the festivities and you could WIN A TURKEY!

You can sign up with a partner or the Tennis Office can find one for you. Members are encouraged to invite guests along to participate! The cost is $40 plus tax for tennis and food, or $18 plus tax for food only.

Sign-up today in the Main Lobby; or contact Terrance at ext. 121, terrance.scott@aspenhillclub.com.

 

Tennis

Clash Mania at AHC

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By: Terrance Scott, Adult Tennis Director

I was teaching a class on Monday night and on the court next to me there were four ladies playing during their Reserved Season Contract Time. I couldn’t help but notice that all four of them were playing with the same racquet, which I also play with. The Wilson Clash has been selling like crazy and for good reason. The racquet provides phenomenal control yet allows you to give off a powerful shot with the flex from the racquet head. If that’s not enough for you to go out and buy it immediately, did I forget to mention that you don’t feel a thing in your arm during the impact of the ball. I love this racquet and apparently so does everyone else! See Tim Hahn at the Pro Shop to try it for yourself. You are in for a treat!

 

Club News & Events

Childminding Cold & Flu Policy—When to Stay Home!

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No one wants to keep his or her child out of school – or a sibling out of the nursery, but that’s the best way to control the spread of colds and flu. Children SHOULD NOT be placed in Childminding if they:

 

  • Have had a fever during the last 24 hours
  • Have a large amount of nasal discharge. If you try a decongestant, do so well enough in advance to observe its affect on the discharge, and the child’s behavior. Always tell the Childminding staff about the medications the child has received.
  • Have a “productive” cough (one that brings up a lot of mucus)
  • Have diarrhea (4 or more loose stools per day)
  • Have vomited in the last 24 hours
  • Have a sore throat and you are able to see white patches when you look into the throat
  • Have impetigo or any other contagious disease

 

If your child should contract a contagious disease (for example, chicken pox, measles), contact Childminding immediately so we can alert the other members. To help prevent the spread of colds and flu we recommend frequent hand washing. For best results, the hands should be washed with soap and water. Remember a sick child has lowered resistance to other germs and probably won’t enjoy coming to Childminding. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our director at extension 111.

 

Club News & Events

Fall Fun in Childminding!

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Halloween is right around the corner so don’t forget to sign up for our annual Pumpkin’ Carvin’ Party as well as our Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Parade. Your child will experience crafts, pumpkin carving, light refreshments, tractor hay rides, and spooky adventures.

The Pumpkin Carvin’ Party will be held Wednesday, October 23rd from 5:00pm—8:00pm.

The Halloween Parade will be held  Thursday, October 31st from 10:00—11:30am.

The cost for the Pumpkin Carvin’ Party is $10 per child. The Halloween Parade is FREE! Sign-up in Childminding for both of these fun and exciting events. We look forward to seeing you in Childminding in October. Questions? Contact Mindy Carter at ext. 111 or mcarter@aspenhillclub.com.

Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: The Sanchez Familty “Found It” at AHC!

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Three years ago, Lee entered his then 10 year old, Lola, in a tennis tournament at Aspen Hill Club. After seeing the Club, Lee said to himself, “WHAT? This is here?” and the rest is history. All three kids have found a place at the Club, all while Fannie and Lee stay very active with a variety of tennis and fitness activities.

Fannie has found “me time” by taking advantage of a wide array of the Club’s offerings. “I’m in Zumba, spinning, the pool, and I love my personal training sessions with Kevin!” Fannie explained. Fannie enjoys seeing her kids happy at the Club, in fact, “This is second home to our family. Anthony gets grumpy if he misses a day of working out!”

With Fannie being so active, you might think that Lee would have trouble keeping up with her—not the case! Lee takes advantage of the gym, weights, and basketball court. In fact, Lee and Fannie have joined Jeff Klein’s Saturday morning Adult Beginner Tennis class!

Anthony and Octavio can often be found trying to keep up with their dad in the gym. But, in addition, you will find them helping out their fellow members! Anthony assisted in teaching Champion’s Tennis Camp and Octavio now works at the Front Desk.

Since first finding the Club through a 10 and under USTA tournament three years ago, Lola has thrived on the court. She participated in our Futures program last Fall and High Performance Camp this past Summer. You also may have seen her taking part in USTA Mid Atlantic tournaments over the summer—it has delighted us that she has earned three championships at her home Club!

Fannie, Lee, Octavio, Anthony, and Lola—THANK YOU so much for adding to our community! Your positive attitude and commitment to staying active motivate so many kids and adults of all ages.

 

Club News & Events

Member Review – Sterling Hoffman

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I love to share the good things in my life and one of them for the past 31 years has been our fitness club – The Aspen Hill Club – located in north Silver Spring, MD.

It is our daily go-to place providing so many fitness options. It opens early – 5:30am – so those who want to get in and get out to go to work can do so.

Among its “amenities” are:
• Tennis 21 courts (6 indoor hard and 13 outdoor clay and 2 outdoor hard)
• Racquetball (4 courts)
• Pickleball
• Basketball court (indoor)
• Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool
• Jogging track (1/10 mile)
• Free-weights, treadmills, ellipticals, ski, and other cardio machines, resistance machines for upper body/lower body and core, kettle bells, straps and bands, fitness balls and much more.
• Dedicated specialty training room (the “torture chamber” formerly a racquetball court)
• “Spinning” room (formerly a racquetball court)
• Dance studio-like classroom
• Massage therapist on-site
• Instructive classes galore: spinning, water aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, stretching, HIIT, Feldenkrais, yoga, boxing, tennis (drills and private lessons, leagues, ladders and contract time), swimming lessons, personal training
• Summer camp for kids
• Field trips to US Open (tennis)
• Morning coffee service and newspapers
• On-line reservations for courts
• Towel service
• Locker room services of jacuzzi/hot tub and sauna
• Restaurant
• Child care
• A beautiful, modern facility inside and out

While more expensive than some limited-offering gyms, it is so worth the price! There is a camaraderie among members not found elsewhere. Many lifelong friendships have been made, savvy advice from the wise and successful and even some client acquisitions for our portrait art business!

It’s like a country club without the golf, the expense and the attitudes!

If you live in the DC area, check them out. You can get a free guest pass, have a yearly membership or be a month-to-month member!

Club News & Events

Coming Soon… Locker Room Updates!

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By: Danielle Bouchard, General Manager

UPDATE 9/30/19:

At this time it appears that we will begin construction on the Pool Locker Rooms first. Our tentative start date is Monday, November 4th with an estimated time of construction of three to four months.

The pool will be closed for the first 10 days of this project. At that time we will perform our annual drain and clean. Once we have that completed we will reopen the pool, but not the locker rooms.  At that time, the main locker rooms will be available to you.

We understand this will be a difficult process for you to endure. It will be for us as well but we will do everything that we can to ensure “smooth sailing” as we embark on making our locker rooms much better for you.

I will keep you posted if our timeline changes. Please have your lockers emptied no later than November 1, 2019. In advance, we thank you for your patience and cooperation during this
construction.


We have hinted over the past year or so that we will be renovating our locker rooms.  Well, the time has arrived!

Although we don’t have an exact date of the demo and construction, we do believe it will begin sometime in October.  So, hang in tight just a little longer!

The renderings you see simply show the colors and materials used for each locker room. The pool locker rooms will be identical; however, we will be adding a small family locker room.

We hope you enjoy the renderings as it is a good reflection of what is to come!

 

aspen hill club men's main locker rooms aspen hill club pool locker rooms aspen hill club women's main locker room

Member Spotlight

“You’re Only As Old As You Feel” – Senior Member Highlights

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Over the next several months, we will be using our newsletter to highlight members who have redefined aging. Check back for updated entries.

Here are the questions we posed:

  1. How do you define aging?
  2. How have you defied society’s idea of aging?
  3. What advice would you give to your 20 or 30 something self?
  4. What do you do to stay mentally and physically fit?

 


Michael Leonard

  1. How do you define aging?

Aging to me is: (I’m a runner). “Hey! I’m running just as fast as ever, but my elderly Timex Race Watch is really slowing  down!”

  1. How have you defied society’s idea of aging?

I’m in training for a marathon (26.2 miles) at age 81, I’m told that might not be society’s idea of what a person my age would be doing. 

 

  1. What advice would you give to your 20 or 30 something self?

I would have advised my 20 to 30 year old self—- (a ‘no-nothing’ who thought he was such a ‘know-it-all’) to listen more carefully and understand better the wisdom and maturity of his elders. 

 

  1. What do you do to stay mentally and physically fit?I’m a distance runner. Most of the people I train with are one or two generations younger than me. That makes for some pretty tough workouts! I also do lots of ‘cross-training’ here at AHC—Pilates, body-pump, weight-training, and supplemental running on the indoor track. Mentally, I play brain games that emphasize training in memory, attention, flexibility and math. I believe whatever mental acuity I have has been greatly enhanced by being physically fit. (“The body is the temple of the mind.”) Folks, as the old saying goes, “Old age ain’t for sissies!” You have to really work hard  to keep mind and body from succumbing to the ravages of Father Time! Do your best to make the most of each and every day!

 


Liz Hastings

 

  1. How do you define aging?

As a process that takes place over time and is universal to all living beings.

 

  1. How have you defied society’s idea of aging? 
    I’m not sure I have, unless the definition of a 73-year-old woman is befuddled and decrepit.

 

  1. What advice would you give to your 20 or 30 something self? 
    Start now to develop the habits that will serve you well for the future.  I’m sure I didn’t do that in my 20’s but

thankfully, I started in my 30’s.

 

  1. What do you do to stay mentally and physically fit?
    Do the things that I love to do that keep me moving – tennis, walking, traveling, cooking, and, actually, using the gym. Plus, I try to keep myself informed and use my time to help my family, friends, and people I don’t even know.

 


Cheryl Bunyan

  1. How do you define aging? 

I see aging as just the normal passage of time that brings about dynamic change in people; some changes are for the better especially those intellectual ones that come about from life experience.

  1. How have you defied society’s idea of aging?

Perhaps staying true to myself and not letting others dictate what is appropriate for me has served me best.

  1. What advice would you give to your 20 or 30 something self?

I would have been more encouraging when it came to making health and fitness an important priority.

  1. What do you do to stay mentally and physically fit?

I try to find a balance of both physical and mental pursuits especially activities that lend themselves to new learning and personal growth.

 


 

Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Family Time is Fun Time! September 2019

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By: Elliott Datlow

 

Alex and Yoli were searching for a place where they had activities for the whole family, and it seems as though they struck GOLD! While trying to figure out what their family could do to stay active, Alex received a marketing pamphlet in the snail-mail. The new facility offering so much enticed him to come for a visit, and the rest is history!

It isn’t tough to spot the Barresi family. Pick a day and you will usually find them smiling while being active at The Club! “What we love about AHC is the family atmosphere, our entire family has fun while we work out,” explains Yoli. Yoli adds “Nico (age 6) learned to Swim with the AHC swim instructors. Lucas (age 4) has come a long way since watching his older brother while sitting on the side of the pool!” This summer both kids have been fixtures in the summer camp, Nico has been a star in Champion’s Camp while Lucas is the social butterfly of Kids Kamp.

During the Fall and Winter season, both kids keep their activity level up. Six-year-old Nico has been working hard on his tennis game during the Junior Development clinic, where he has been learning proper technique with Coaches Julien and Elliott. Nico now has advanced up to orange ball tennis, where he has recently rallied over 100 balls in a row! In fact, his game stepped up so much that Dad bought him a new racket last week — Nico was so excited that the new racket was invited to a slumber party and spent the night in bed with Nico. This coming Fall season Nico is upping his tennis time by participating in our All-Stars tennis clinics twice a week.
Having fun in USTA tennis competitions are not far away!

Lucas can always be spotted—just look for the biggest smile! Last year he spent his tennis court time in the Young Stars tennis class, where he can rally with the red tennis balls. Lucas has fun on the tennis court, but also does not want to miss out on playing with the Childminding staff or Kids Yoga. Lucas is a very busy 4-year-old with a bright future on the tennis court!

Alex is doing his best to stay ahead of Nico and Lucas on the tennis court. The team in the Tennis Department does its best to keep Alex busy. His recent activities include Battle of the Ages, Men’s Tennis Ladder, Tuesday Night High-Performance Drills, Tuesday Night Singles Match play, and fine-tuning his strokes on the Club’s ball machine. Alex’s great attitude on the tennis court has made him a very popular tennis partner on the court.

Yoli found her place at Aspen Hill Club through her love of music and dance, “I came to work out with Alex but I was too distracted by Zumba” she said. Since that day two years ago, she finds time for herself during Zumba classes. While the boys are busy playing tennis and swimming, she definitely has been able to find her “Me Time.” In fact, she looks forward to Sunday mornings when the boys (with Dad) are playing tennis on the ball machine and she does Zumba.

On average the Barresi family is at The Club at least five days a week. They have found an incredible variety of activities at The Club, which helps keep everything fresh and fun. While the kids are having fun with their wide range of activities, it’s great to know that experts agree that this approach is best for the young Barresi athletes: “Most sport scientists and professional organizations advocate early diversification in sport” (BEST PRACTICE FOR YOUTH SPORT BY ROBIN VEALEY & MELISSA CHASE). These kids certainly are getting it all at the Aspen Hill Club!

Yoli and Alex — we are so happy that your family has found a home with us at The Club! The positive energy that your family brings is contagious to the members and the staff that surround you. It has been phenomenal getting to know you two and the kids, and we are excited about the model your family sets in motivating other
families to be active and healthy.

 

Fitness

Strength Training: A One Stop Shop for Your Fitness Needs

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By: John Kecman, Fitness and Personal Training Director

 

Are you trying to “tone up” a bit? Are you doing lots of reps with lightweight? Is this working? There is no singular method of training that makes you “tone.” The concept of toning is a false construct. You can change your body composition by building muscle or preserving muscle as you lose fat. Muscles do not get soft and you cannot train fat.

Doing high rep exercises and very light weights alone will not help body composition. Eventually, you plateau and there will be no visible change. Modifying your rep ranges and weights used makes all the difference. Lifting moderate to heavy weights with compound movements is by far the most efficient way to either build muscle or preserve it while losing fat.

If you are trying to crunch and triceps extension your fat into muscle stop wasting your time. Fat loss is systemic. The body will not take fat from a given muscle you are training and turn it into muscle. You cannot spot reduce fat. Hypertrophy or growth of muscles is a systemic process that heavily involves the endocrine system. The best exercises that produce the greatest increases in muscle size are squats and deadlifts.

Are you spending excessive amounts of time running on a hamster wheel so you don’t get bulky from the other side of the gym? If your concern is that you may turn into the hulk and rip through your clothes spontaneously after picking up a few weights let me assure you there is a 0% chance of that happening. Women do not have enough testosterone to build giant muscles and men won’t get bulky without a diet to match long hours at the gym. Testosterone is an important hormone for both men and women and this is increased through resistance training. Decreases in testosterone that come with age correlate with a loss of bone density and an increase in fat. I think we can all agree those aren’t the results anyone desires. By adding 3-4 pounds of muscle to your body you can increase your daily energy expenditure by 200-300 calories.

In combination with diet, cardiovascular exercise and resistance training using systematic planning and periodization will change body composition for anyone. Talk to one of our trainers about how you might be about to get the desired body composition change you are looking for.