Fitness

Member Testimonial: Fitness

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By: Mary Cullen, Member Since 1990

 

I am so glad to be back in the Club!  I’ve been a member for a long time; the Club is my Happy Place. It is the place I go where I’m guaranteed to feel better than before I went.

 

I have felt safe since first going back when it re-opened. The COVID prevention practices directed by staff are followed by members – everyone is wearing a mask and are armed with a disinfectant bottle and wipe provided at the welcome desk upon entering.

 

Although it felt strange in the beginning, it is now feeling more normal. Some classes are back (Katie’s Yoga on Thursday (6 pm) and Saturday (10 am). Allison’s Body Pump is back too.)  I’m seeing old friends and acquaintances.

 

I spoke to a member who just recently came back. He had been concerned about crowds and was relieved to see while there are some member present, it is far from crowded. In my experience, there have typically been fewer than 15 members in the fitness center.

 

The big thing for me is the mental health benefit that comes from being at the Club. I feel much better than those first awful months of COVID lockdown and am thrilled to be back at my Happy Place!  We, as a society, still have far to go before this virus is under control. But the Club is doing it’s part responsibly and providing a needed respite from the madness.

 

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AHC GIFT GUIDE

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Purchase any of these items as a holiday gift for your friends or family and support the Club! All items can be purchased at the Front Desk.

· AHC Logo T-shirts—$12 + tax

· AHC Logo Water Bottle—$15.95 + tax (limited quantity available!)

· Tennis Lessons—ranging price from $41 to $135 depending on membership type and pro level

· Personal Training Sessions—ranging in price from $56 to $103 depending on trainer level and time

 

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RELAX COMPLETELY

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By: John Woodend

“Don’t do anything. The less you do, the more you do. . . Do less . . . Try less . . . You’re doing too much, do less . . . Remember don’t do anything, nothing . . . Well you . . . No, you gotta do more than that, because you’re just laying . . . Yeah! That wasn’t quite it, but we’re gonna figure it out.”
Chuck (Paul Rudd), in Forgetting Sarah Marshall

In November, I explained how to get “One Point”, the first principle of mind and body coordination. Now that it is December and everyone is gearing up for the holidays I’m going to explore the second principle, “Relax Completely”. Mostly because the second principle comes after the first, but more importantly because everyone can benefit from being more relaxed during the holidays.

 

Relax Completely, like One point, can be separated into two parts. Mental Relaxation and Physical Relaxation. These parts are symbiotic, when you relax mentally your physical relaxation increases, and vice versa.

 

Practicing physical relaxation is the practice of doing less with your muscles. This at first means identifying muscles that you are holding tension in and consciously reducing the tension in those muscle(s). If you hit a road block with this, practice relaxing parts of your body that are not tense. This can have a ripple effect on your tense muscles and you wind up tricking your tense muscles into relaxing more.

 

Mental relaxation is the practice of taking the reins of our gigantic and often chaotic minds. And again just doing less. The “doing less” is taking action to reduce triggers that send your mind into a state of tension.  That can be any number of things but a good rule of thumb to see if you need to reduce something is to ask yourself, “Am I helping/making the situation better by giving this my mental space?” If the answer is no, then you have a task and direction to work with. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think on things, however, you should monitor what things and thoughts are causing you useless and unproductive tension. This practice will give you a base of what does matter and what to pay attention to. Which can lead to confidence and that confidence will positively feed into your mental relaxation.

 

This is all just scratching the surface of Relax Completely. However, the most fun aspect of this principle is, unlike weightlifting or competitive sports, relaxation has no ceiling. You can always be more relaxed than you were before. So, practice doing less and reducing stressors in your daily lives and you will find that your body, thoughts and words are the only things, in the universe, that you have a modicum of control over.

 

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Member Testimonial: Yoga

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By: Joyce Korab

 

I love that yoga with Katie is back in person. I have enjoyed both the Thursday evening and Saturday morning classes.

 

The basketball court has been good for class, but it’s great to also take advantage of these beautiful fall days. We recently took one of the Saturday classes on the deck. Thank you Katie!

 

Thank you to Heather and the club for setting this up. It’s great to see some in person small group classes being held.

 

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EMAILS FROM THE CLUB AND CLUB UPDATES

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We need to communicate important Club information with you, the member. If you do not currently receive our emails, please follow these steps:

  1. Text ASPENHILL to 42828— You will be promted to send your email address which will then be added to our email list.
    OR
  2. Contact Alex at aaguendel@aspenhillclub.com to be added to our email list.

 

Please Note:

  1. If you have previously unsubscribed from our email list, you will need to be added back onto the list. We will need to send you a link to complete a form and opt-in to our email list.
  2. If you receive an email from the Club that you are not interested in, please DELETE the email instead of unsuubscribing. When you unsubscribe from our emails, you are removed from ALL email lists.
  3. If you would like for our emails to show up more prominitley in your inbox, please add marketing@aspenhillclub.com to your email address book.
  4. If you can’t find our emails but you are subscribed, please check your spam and promotional folders. Sometimes email hosts (gmail, etc.) will flag large emails (sometimes we send large emails if there is a lot of information to communicate with you!)

 

All Member Updates are emailed and also posted on our website on the COVID-19 Updates page. You can find this page by following this link: https://aspenhillclub.com/covid-19-updates/

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Indoor Cycling Update

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Do you miss spinning to fun, upbeat music with your AHC friends? It’s an amazing experience. We will be back! In the meantime here are some things to consider:

 

WEEKLY CYCLE CHALLENGES:

Email Heather at hwilliamsahc@gmail.com to get my weekly interval challenges. See how many intervals you can complete each week. You can win prizes. If you want to stay young and fit, these intervals are for you.  You will feel great each week after you finish. Exciting research has shown that high-intensity intervals and/or threshold endurance can possibly reverse the aging process. You can walk, run, or use any cardio machine with the workouts, including the spin bikes in the fitness center at the Club.

 

UPCOMING LIVE VIRTUAL CLASSES:

I am in the process of converting my home office into my private workout room and spin studio for hosting live ZOOM classes for Club members. It should be fun and give us a chance to stay accountable to our fitness routines and stay in touch with friends. I hope to be ready soon so that we can cycle to holiday-themed playlists.  If you don’t have a bike at home, you can use any kind of cardio with the workouts. There are also 2 spin bikes in the fitness center at the Club.  Stay tuned for more detail. I am very excited.

 

SUGGESTION:

If you want to get more out of your cardio, have a goal for each workout. For instance, you can count your intervals as we do in the weekly cycle challenges. You can also have a competition with yourself. In other words, try to beat your personal record with one metric on each workout by doing more calories, more steps, more watts than you did on your previous workout. If you do this you won’t be bored, and you will improve. Make it fun!

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at katyreidspin@gmail.com.
Happy holidays to all!

 

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CORONAVIRUS REMINDERS

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How You Can Help Protect Yourself and Others? You can take the following steps right now to reduce the risk of infection to yourself and others:

 

  • Wash your hands – often! Wash with soap and water and keep going for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect the objects and surfaces you touch.
  • Practice 6ft or more social distancing every time when possible.
  • Remember to wear your mask when you exit your car and when entering the Club. Keep your mask on when you are engaging in conversation. Social distance when on the court and when having conversations with others. Wear your mask when playing on the indoor tennis courts, racquetball courts, bubble courts, and when you are working out in the fitness center or during all on site group exercise classes.
  • People not feeling well should seek medical attention and stay home.

 

Member Spotlight

Tennis Family for Life!

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By: Elliott Datlow

 

Julie and Andrew moved to the Montgomery County from Indianapolis, and they were looking for somewhere where the entire family could be active. Not really knowing their way around the area (yet) they did what anyone would do—they hit up the “all knowing” Google. Their Google search lead them to the Aspen Hill Club, and we are so happy that they are now a part of our community!

Julie and Andrew were not big tennis players prior to their initial info session with Membership Director Eric Suchinsky, but now it’s hard to find a day that someone from the Harrison family is NOT at the Club! Julie is into her second session of our Adult Beginner tennis program with Coach Elliott—and she is making big strides, “I promised myself that when I got good, I’d treat myself to a new racket, I think I’m there!” In addition to being a star player in her tennis class, Julie has had private tennis lessons with Aspen Hill’s newest pro, Chris Cozzillio. In addition to the tennis court, Julie has had a fantastic time joining Allison’s Body Pump class.

While Julie was new to tennis, Andrew did have experience prior experience playing tennis. Andrew has met many new friends on the tennis court and has made it part of his routine. After having his initial New Member Evaluation with Coach Ilan, he was set up with new players to meet—and he just can’t get enough!

The couple has definitely enjoyed their tennis time, but a big part of the family’s membership was for the kids! Hayden and Hazel started playing in our Young Stars tennis class, where they are learning basic tennis skills using larger low compression balls and other specialized equipment designed to keep tennis FUN for the younger ones! On a rainy day you might even find the entire family playing tennis together on the indoor tennis courts.

The family is at the Club at least 4 times a week! “Oh, we are a tennis family forever now. We just can’t get enough! And we are so looking forward to Child Minding and using the pool. There is already so much for us to do at the Club, and we are so looking forward to having even more activities!” Julie adds.

Julie & Andrew, your family has been such a welcome addition to the Aspen Hill Club community. Smiles follow your family around to all of your activities, and we are so lucky that you found us!

 

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BIG ASS FANS at AHC

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Check out our new addition to keep you safe.  Coming soon…the AirEye from BigAssFans.com with ionization that KILLS 99.99% OF SARS-COV-2 AND OTHER AIRBORNE PATHOGENS.

 

AirEye is now part of Clean Air System, the industry’s most effective air disinfection solution. Its powerful airflow and ozone-free ion technology safely eliminate airborne and surface pathogens, including the virus that causes COVID-19, and delivers cleaner, safer air.

 

Installation will take place mid-December with fans on indoor tennis courts and the fitness center. If you haven’t heard, we are doing all that we can to keep you safe!

For more information view our 11/24/20 Member Update on our website.

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Denise’s Wednesday Iyengar Yoga Class

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Recently I taught an Iyengar yoga class and it turned into a workshop. One of the biggest misconceptions of Iyengar yoga is that it is too prescriptive and teachers are unyielding in the repetition of standing poses and our teaching sequences. There is some truth to this statement, but with a few caveats, as many who attend my classes can attest. It may vary depending upon class size, level of yoga experience and /or familiarity with the Iyengar method.

I teach to all ages, levels of experience and every body, regardless of restriction or limitation. Our sequences prepare the mind and body for the needed strength and flexibility to add variations to the 200 plus asanas (poses) in our practice. Yoga among other things, is an invitation to explore and discover where you are and how you are in your practice.

In the Iyengar tradition there is heavy emphasis on observing every action and making needed adjustments or corrections to ensure we cause no harm (ahimsa) to self or others which is one of the most important sutras as a teacher.

My classes have students who range in age from their 20s to their 70s. In in class, we explored halasana (plow pose) and salamba sarvangasana (shoulder stand) with the use of props to ensure proper alignment and support for these weight bearing poses.

Three AHC students-Kalina, Qi and Shirley, with varying levels of experience and ages hit the mat with the curiosity and enthusiasm that makes teaching a true joy. Our class quickly morphed into a workshop for the inquisitive.

I’ve taught at the club for five years and I remain as dedicated and excited to teach yoga every day I’m on the mat….what a JOY, what an HONOR!