Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Moving up the Tennis Ladder! Kehoe Family

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By: Elliott Datlow

 

Jenny’s parents, Cindy and Randy Daly, brought her to Aspen Hill Club as a child while they played tennis, so when her husband Kevin expressed an interest in playing tennis himself— Jenny knew where the young family should go!

 

Jenny and Kevin both grew up in the area and met during college at the University of South Carolina. Living nearby in Kensington, Aspen Hill Club was convenient for the two of them to try something new— TENNIS! Both have busy schedules, Jenny working as a family nurse practitioner and Kevin building homes, but both have been able to dramatically improve their tennis and find a spot for two year old Conor to have fun while they play.

 

Kevin wanted to begin playing tennis as a way to keep active and stay healthy. As a former athlete, Kevin missed competition— and Kevin could not wait to start competing on the tennis court! Kevin started out by taking private tennis lessons with Elliott— and before long— he was hittin’ the Men’s Singles Ladder! Kevin couldn’t get enough of the competitive match play, but he did discover areas that needed improvement. Kevin kept up with his private lessons and supplemented them by adding the ball machine unlimited package, “I just wanted to play as much as possible” explains Kevin, and that he did! The combination of match play, private instruction, and ball machine play helped Kevin make jumps in his level of tennis, in fact, he was able to get revenge on ladder players that he had previously beaten him!

 

Kevin wasn’t the only one getting active on the tennis court. Jenny started out by participating in Jeff Klein’s adult beginner drills classes, and soon, supplemented these with private lessons with Elliott. As a former soccer player herself, Jenny found she enjoyed the exercise that tennis provided, and was ready to hit the courts with new players. “After playing with Jeff and Elliott once a week for awhile, I knew I was ready for Ilan’s Hit & Run Classes” Jenny said. “Child Minding was great because it allowed me to play more without finding a sitter for Conor” she added.

 

Jenny and Kevin started playing tennis just over a year ago. Besides finding a way to stay active, they’ve discovered something else, “It gives us an activity to enjoy together!” says Jenny. Kevin adds, “I’ve now found out that so many more friends and colleagues enjoy tennis, too.”

 

You can often find Jenny or Kevin at the Club during the week, and usually at different times. The variety of program time options has made it possible for both to make time for their health on their own schedule. Additionally, Jenny adds “We love how friendly and responsive the staff members are to us. It’s a family Club and every member we’ve met is so friendly!”

 

Jenny and Kevin, THANK YOU for being such a valuable part of our community at the Aspen Hill Club. It’s been spectacular to be a part of your family’s journey to being active and healthy— and we have been WOWED by the improvement in both of your tennis games along they way!

 

Group Exercise

In Person Group Exercise Classes – They’re Back!

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By: Heather Williams

 

We are gearing up to phase in additional In-Person indoor classes. Beginning Tuesday, October 13th we will add two additional class formats to our In-Person indoor class schedule:

  • Tuesday 6:00pm—Body Pump with Allison
  • Thursday 6:00pm—Vinyasa Yoga with Katie
  • Saturday 10:00am—Vinyasa Yoga with Katie

We will continue to offer our Virtual Class offerings with the exception of the Tuesday and Thursday Body Pump classes.  We ask that you carefully read the information below regarding class partctpation and registration:

For Class Participation:

  • All participants must register for each class. (See instructions below)
  • All participants must wear a mask before, during and after the class.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring the following: a mat, yoga props, towel and water. We are NOT offering these items.
  • Our vending machines and reception desk will have water for purchase. We also have a few Yoga equipment bundles remaining for purchase.

 

How To Register:

In order for you to be able to reserve your workout, you must have access to our Member Self Service/Empower M.E. If you do not please contact please contact Tina, Lori or Mindy at tlee@aspenhillclub.com, lcarter@aspenhillclub, or mcarter@aspenhillclub.com for assistance. If you do have access, please follow the steps below.

  1. Log Into Empower M.E. (EME)/Member Self Service (MSS). a. https://www.ourclublogin.com/Account/Loginb. You can also access the Member Account Login page from the AHC app or website. You will have to login with your username and password.
  2. Once you are on the home page, select the navigation menu (Three dashed lines surrounded by a blue circle to the left of your screen under the Club’s logo). The menu will pop up, select the down arrow of “My Activities”, then select “Class Schedule”.
  3. Click on the “Select Category” drop down menu on the right side of the page and select “Group Exercise”.
  4. Next, select the calendar icon and search for the day or week you are attempting to choose. Once your date is chosen, available class options will display.
  5. Click on the arrow on the right side of the class you are interested in; once you have expanded the class you will be able to read the long description. Please note that one class is indoor and one is outdoor which is only listed in the description.
  6. Select the “Sign Up” button and follow the prompts; once you have completed your enrollment and payment you will see a “thank you for your order screen” and you will receive an email confirmation.

 

We will continue to offer our virtual class offerings during this time.  We thank you for your continued support of our Club and our programming. We look forward to seeing you virtually and in person.

Member Spotlight

ROAD TRIP: An August Adventure with Laurel Chiat and Mark

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By: Heather Williams

 

In the middle of August Laurel and her beau Mark Erwin took a mini road trip to Assateague Island for a little “R&R” and a test drive for a longer cross country trip in September to Arizona. Both Laurel and Mark are avid travelers and experienced campers but the trip to Arizona would be different, COVID different.

The couple is planning to visit Laurel’s father early fall and flying was out of the question. The “goal is not to have to quarantine when we arrive” Laurel told me. “I want to arrive and head straight in to see Dad”. In order to ensure they could make a cross country trip, they chose to test the theory by a shorter closer destination. The “test drive” if you will, would allow them to iron out any kinks before the BIG trek. Here’s a little of what Laurel shared about her trip:

Heather: How did you choose the test drive location?

Laurel: We wanted somewhere we would have to car camp and that would provide similar challenges with managing food, personal care and sleeping arrangements.  We would like to have as little access to people, limiting the potential of exposure.

Heather: How many nights did you camp?

Laurel: Two nights. We camped out for one night; we could only get a one day/night reservation at the campsite. It was great. We were able to swim in the ocean and sight see. Our second evening was spent at a Historic Inn.

Heather: How did you prepare for the trip?

Laurel: Oh, that was one of the easiest things. Each time we travel, I keep a packing list and I refer back to the list to ensure I do not forget anything. We also made sure we were prepared to many of our meals and used web sources to help us find places to carry out food and pick up any items we may have needed. We didn’t have a large umbrella for the beach but we were able to locate one locally.

Heather: What was the most challenging thing on your trip.

Laurel: My night routine!

Heather: As in your “beauty routine”?

Laurel: YES! I am not 21 and my routine is necessary.

Heather: (Chuckle) I hear you, I wouldn’t even want to think about trying to duplicate mine on a car camping trip. I thought you were going to say sleeping,

Laurel: Not at all, Mark had plenty of equipment and necessities. We have a great two person tent and I purchased a great Therma Rest Inflatable Mattress. I bought the most comfortable one for about $100.

Heather: Outside of the necessary “potions”, what else did you pack?

Laurel: I actually packed pretty light. My bag was about the size of the average gym bag. I had swimsuit, light weight easy to wash pants, rain coat and other beach items. My bag to Arizona won’t be much bigger; I keep a lot of items at my Dad’s. In the event there was an emergency, I don’t want to have to think about packing or what to carry,

Heather: But you have your lists. Did the test trip change your mind about driving to Arizona?

Laurel: Not at all. I know that we can make the trip. The challenge will be in the route we choose. COVID-19 is the reason we are taking the trip, it will also dictate our route. We want to make sure we are not travelling through “hot spots”. Other than that I am confident we can do it.

Heather: Laurel, thank you for doing this with me. Like I said, when you told me about your trip, I think many of our readers will consider doing a car camping/road trip. Before we wrap up, do you have any advice for those considering driving instead of flying or using other public means of transportation?

Laurel: Yes, plan your trip by using online resources and travel guides for the areas you may be visiting or using on route. Pack light and smart, know the environment. Assateague is known for it’s mosquitos. We had plenty of “heavy duty” bug spray, it lessened the effect.

Heather: So the trip was a thumbs up?

Laurel: It was. Yes, it was

Note from Heather: We had planned to run this article last month. As we prepared for the October newsletter, I am happy to report Laurel and Mark have started on their cross country trek. We wish them Godspeed.

 

Fitness

Back to the Gym

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By: John Kecman

 

Hesitant about coming back to the gym? I know many people are not ready to come back inside the gym, or any indoor space for that matter, where they may face an interaction with people outside of those they have been quarantined with. For many the risk of exposure in an indoor setting with others, even in a place designed to help improve one’s health and wellness like the Aspen Hill Club, do not justify the rewards. Since Covid-19 is something we will all be dealing with for the foreseeable future, there are a few different services we are offering to help ease concerns.

For those who do not feel comfortable leaving home, virtual training is a viable option to help you get the most out of your
at-home workouts, whether you have equipment or not. Accountability, and direction in your home workout programming is something our trainers have had to do since March so having them assist you on what you should be doing, and how to progress makes more sense than fumbling around in the dark on your own.

For those who are comfortable with working outside, but are not ready to venture indoors, we offer outdoor training where social distancing is more than capable. Both our outdoor small group (max. 5 people), and personal training offer exercise variety that we cannot offer inside. Nothing more functional than moving heavy, awkward, yet everyday items from point A to point B. If you have ever chopped wood, you probably know it is not easy. Come try swinging a sledgehammer a few times and tell me it is not a wholebody workout.

If you feel comfortable coming inside the fitness center but are not comfortable being around people, we can accommodate those conditions as well. Meet with one of our trainers during the gym closure from 12:00pm to 4:00pm Monday through Thursday, or 12:00pm to 2:00pm on Friday. So, you and your trainer, based on availability, can enjoy the fitness center as your own personal training studio.

Contact Fitness director John Kecman at john.kecman@aspenhillclub.com with questions or concerns to see which option is right for you.

 

Club News & Events

DYNAMIC STABILITY – The Practice of Mind and Body Coordination

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By: John Woodend

Balance is the stability of the body.  Centering is the stability of mind. Together, being balanced and centered creates mind and body coordination.  While having mind and body coordination, one can move with stability, which happens to be the underlying goal of every sport, action, or endeavor that requires movement. Seems simple enough. However, the methods of how to get there are vast and it seems all teachers have different explanations on how to get to the same place. Aikido is no different. It is just one more method of trying to attain and practice dynamic stability.

There are four principles for mind and body coordination: Keep One Point, Relax Completely, Keep Weight Underside, Extend Ki.  The good news is if you learn one principle you will be doing them all. The bad news is if you are breaking any of the principles you can’t have mind and body coordination.

Keeping one Point – Simply put, this is centering your body.  Your center of gravity is in your lower stomach, three to four inches below your navel.  If you want to see a perfect example of “One Point” look at a baby that just learned how to stand and walk.  Awkward for sure, but perfect natural balancing.

Relax Completely – Just like it sounds.  Not holding tension in your muscles or in your mind.

Keep Weigh Underside – This principle connects you to the ground.  It is the practice of feeling gravity and utilizing gravity for your advantage.

Extend Ki – Ki is the thing/energy/force that has no translatable word in the English language. It is the thing that makes a live person alive.  Extending Ki is the practice of feeling beyond your skin, having a large presence and avoiding collapsing in on oneself.

There is a lot more instruction and details that goes into each of these principles. However, when practicing and understanding each of the four principles the others fall into place. You can feel it in your gut when you have mind and body coordination. Things just fall into place. Whether your movement is related to a sport or carrying bags of groceries, mind and body coordination will make you more effective, perform tasks easier and more importantly it keeps you safer from injuries.

Tennis

French Open – In October?

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By: Elliott Datlow

It’s October, and as a tennis fan, you know what that means! French Open??? That’s right! The French Open at Roland Garros kicks off the spring for tennis players, and occurs annually in May. But due to Covid-19 it was postponed until September! Main draw matches began on Sunday, September 27 with the finals occurring the weekend of October 10.

 

There are so many many storylines to watch out for! What I am keeping my eyes on is the level of play from the players that didn’t play the US Open. When the US Open started, there were very few events for players to play in preparation. We saw pros such as Nadal, Henin, & Barty sit out. And then we saw the players that stayed active through exhibitions such as World Team Tennis  excel—think  about the emergency of Jennifer Brady! And Victoria Azarenka’s hard work during quarantine paid off with a title at the Western & Southern Open and carried it into New York with a runner up finish!

 

In the Rome event leading up to the French, the “King of Clay,” Rafael Nadal, took an early loss. This was more than likely, at least in some part, due to not playing much competition. Meanwhile Dominic Thiem, known for doing great on the red clay, surprised us all by taking the US Open title! This is going to set up an interesting dynamic for the French Open!

 

The French Open is my favorite Major to watch and I was lucky enough to attend as a coach, helping my college teammate, Jesse Witten, on his journey as a pro tennis player. Roland Garros is a special place and every year we are treated to fantastic tennis. The pros battle the slow court surface of the red clay, and tennis fans watch in awe. This year the pros won’t have had long to prepare for their battles on the intriguing court surface—so get your popcorn ready!

 

 

Tennis

UTR at the Aspen Hill Club!

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The Tennis Department is extremely excited to announce that we have teamed up with Universal Tennis Rating (UTR)! You likely have heard about UTR while watching tennis on TV— and now you will be part of it!

 

The Club is going to offer programs partnered with UTR. Being a part of UTR is going to mean that YOU will be able to more easily play with people of your level— and that is what we ALL want! As you beat players with a higher UTR, your own UTR number will increase. We will input scores from our Club programs into the UTR system and these scores will be part of the global UTR community.

 

Dave Fish, Hall of Fame Coach with over 30 years as Head Men’s Coach at Harvard University, and co-founder of UTR, does a great job of quickly summing it up “UTR-based events yield more close, competitive matches. And, UTR makes it possible for any player, anywhere, to find a level of competition that’s right for them – enough challenge to satisfy, but not too much to overwhelm.”

Introduction: UTR Powered by Oracle is a global rating system that promotes fair and competitive play across the tennis world. All players, regardless of age, gender, geography or skill level, are rated on a same scale between 1.00 and 16.50 based on actual match results.

 

Benefits of UTR: UTR provides a real-time view of a player’s true skill level. Having a UTR enables you to track your progress, find level-based play, and expand your tennis network to play with people across age, gender and tennis silo.

 

Who has a UTR?: Every tennis player can have a UTR. UTR provides an accurate measurement of a player’s true skill level, whether you are a recreational, junior, high school, college or pro player.

 

Verified UTR vs UTR: UTR counts all results, including matches played in verified tournaments/events and non-verified matches. Verified UTR counts match results played in only verified tournaments and events.

For example, USTA league/tournament matches count toward Verified UTR and UTR. Casual/practice matches and self-posted scores count only toward UTR.

 

How is UTR calculated?: UTR is calculated by an algorithm using a player’s last 30 eligible match scores from the last 12 months. For each eligible match, the algorithm calculates a match rating and a match weight; a player’s UTR is the weighted average of all the match ratings.

 

Club News & Events

AHC Spinners

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By: Katy Reid, Cycle Instructor

Can you believe it’s been five months since our last in-person cycle class? Are you getting 3-5 or more cardio workouts each week? Are your cardio workouts challenging you? The benefits of consistent weekly aerobic and anaerobic workouts for body and mind are enormous. Exciting relatively-new research shows that high-intensity interval training even has the potential to reverse the aging process. Active members have access to two carefully designed cycle workouts each week: a HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL (HIIT) CHALLENGE  and a THRESHOLD LEVEL ENDURANCE WORKOUT. To receive these workouts, contact Heather at   hwilliamsahc@gmail.com.

  • HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL (HIIT) CHALLENGE

This workout will burn lots calories and give that endorphin-high good feeling. Each week  the interval is a different length. Resistance is lighter, and cadence (RPM) is higher. There’s an incentive to win prizes every week, depending on how many intervals you can complete.

  • THRESHOLD LEVEL ENDURANCE WORKOUT

This workout will challenge you to hold a consistent pace for 60-90 minutes. You will be guided through each step of the workout through the amazing INTELLIGENT CYCLING software so that you know the resistance intensity and cadence. The workout synchronizes to a fun Spotify playlist with great music.  Note that you always have the option to use the Spotify playlist without the APP controls if you prefer doing your own thing.

If you were a part of our WINTER CYCLE training, you know that we were working on endurance with longer and harder workouts. Endurance training can increase energy,  boost confidence,  give a sense of well-being,  and build mental toughness/resilience. It can also be meditative and a way for to clear our minds and rejuvenate.  It’s just the thing to help us through this pandemic! Don’t have a bike at home? You can easily adapt these workouts to use on any cardio machine at home or in the fitness center.It  will not be a workout. It  will be a fun way for me to present a short tutorial and answer questions about the Intelligent App. Most importantly, it will be a chance for us to visit.  It will be great to see you. You are welcome even if you’re not interested in using the APP for workouts.

Club News & Events

MASKS

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By: John Kecman, Fitness & Personal Training Director

 

No one’s favorite new essential accessory how to help with your new mandatory accent piece

 

Unfortunately, the new normal when leaving the house has become wallet, phone, keys, and now mask. In my personal opinion, I don’t have a problem wearing one in public places, and usually forget I’m wearing one until I’m driving home. “Take five months off from the gym, and then I want you to try going back to the gym, getting back in shape, but I want you to wear an air restricting mask the whole time.”- said by no doctor, or physiologist under normal circumstances. Sadly these are not normal times and these are not normal circumstances, masks are here to stay. That being said there are ways to make things better or worse for yourself. I spent my first couple weeks in the gym wearing cloth masks. The first 30-minutes weren’t so bad. The following 30-minutes felt as if I was water boarding myself. Moving effortlessly, carrying on a conversation, and breathing while you feel as if you are underwater are skills that should be left to fish in Disney movies.

No matter how anyone feels about masks, they are here to stay and part of the new normal. The human body is amazingly adaptive, trust me, it will get easier. Unless you are in one of the designated spaces, like an outdoor tennis court, these are the conditions we need to operate under. If wearing a mask, and wearing it properly, is not something you are willing to do, then you are a liability to the Aspen Hill Club community. Accepting that I couldn’t run wearing a mask, I found a few ways to help mitigate the problems I described above.

The first thing you can do is make sure to keep your mask dry. Once you’ve sweat through your mask your work output and efficiency drop exponentially, so you might as well go home then. Make sure you bring a spare mask that you can switch to. The difference in working out in a dry cloth mask and a wet one is like night and day. Under Armour has made quick drying mask for this reason. Masks that are more rigid also help keep you from taking a breath in and eating your mask unintentionally. The Under Armour mask supposedly has this feature as well, but there are others out there already that help. The last helpful tip I can give while I wait for my Under Armour mask to get delivered, is to wear a paper mask, and bring a spare that you can switch to once it inevitably get wet. I’ve found it far easier to breath in a temporary mask even after wearing the same one long enough to soak it.  That’s what I have from my experience, but if anyone else has tips, tricks, or information that might help others in the gym, please feel free to send me an email and we can share the knowledge.

 

Tennis

Summer Junior Tennis Wrap Up!

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Summer has come to a close—and I have to say… it was something! It was a challenging couple of months for all of us. But I know that your tennis staff had an incredibly positive experience with our members these past few months. We ended August on such a high note—with 25 juniors joining us for our Friday match play!

 

In June, we came out of our houses and hit the courts. The pros have had a fabulous experience getting our adults and juniors ACTIVE in a safe and happy way. Tennis has gained national attention as one of the safest activities that one can participate in. We all know that getting outside and running around is a vital component of being healthy, as is the social interaction of meeting old and new friends at the Club!

 

All Summer long more members joined us on the courts, and this resulted in additional classes being added to our schedules! We were so happy to have our members trusting us to offer classes in a safe way. I can tell you that nearly every day your team of coaches smiled while we chatted about the improvement of our players.

 

With the Club’s Covid-19 safety protocols, we shifted to total outdoor play with small groups. These small groups allowed your tennis staff to get to know everyone on a more personal level and provide a new level of individualized instruction. This was exciting for our team of coaches—and we’ve received such positive feedback from many of our members that they are delighted with our coaches and classes. These small groups will continue into Fall!

 

Tennis at the Club this season is going to be exciting with new offerings, and I can’t wait! It’s a very exciting time to be a member of The Aspen Hill Club!