Club News & Events

WE HAVE A NEW CAFÉ VENDOR!

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Welcome BJ from Ogeis Place located in Gaithersburg. BJ will take over the Club Café beginning in early June! He has an awesome menu planned with kid friendly foods.   We will also make purchasing food at the Café easier for you. If you want to charge to your membership account, you will be able to. Payments will be made to the Club via your EFT on the 15th of every month. Once your account runs in arrears, you will not be able to charge café products to your account until full payment is made.   We do want to make the purchasing of Cafe products easier, but still, want to ensure payment is made appropriately and timely. You will also have the choice of providing the Club Cafe with your credit card with a limit of spending. Once you reach that limit, you can either add more to the card or not. Your Club ID would be presented to the Club Café upon purchase of Café products.   For those of you with children, we would ask that you provide us with a limit you want to allow your child to spend on a monthly basis. Once that limit is reached, charging privileges would be removed unless we hear otherwise from you.

Update: The new Club Cafe will open Monday, June 17th

 

The Club Cafe hours of operation will be:
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 7:30pm
Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Tennis

Key to Success: How to Improve Your Game – June 2019

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Everyone wants to know what it takes to elevate their game to the next level. If that is you then you have come to the right place! It’s easy to take your game to the next level, the question is, are you willing to do what it takes?

Great Coaching

Find a great tennis coach who can help you clean up some of your bad habits, which can include incorrect grips and unorthodox swing patterns. Cleaning up your technique is the fastest way to get better. If your thought is you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, then be a master at what you do. Perfect your craft weather flawed or not. Do what you do and do it well.

Play More

Put in the time on the tennis court. Another simple way of getting better is simply being on the court—the more you play, the better you will get. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

Participate in Classes

Participate in tennis clinics that focus on skill building. Most classes will have a set theme on one or two aspects of the game to work on during the clinic. Listen to the information, absorb the information and apply the information even if you are bad at it in the beginning. We all heard the saying, practice makes perfect.

Match Play

Play more matches. Matches are a great opportunity to measure the things you are doing well while also showing you the areas in your game you are struggling with. When competing, a loss is way more valuable than a victory because it breaks down everything you need to work on. Some players will lose a match and just say ”I didn’t play well.” My questions to you are why did you play bad? Were you struggling with your backhand? Did you not get up to the net enough? Were you not moving well? Did you struggle mentally on the big points? Did you run out of gas? Were you making a lot of unforced errors? After each match, especially one that you lost, you should take a moment to reflect on the things that worked and didn’t work. Losing provides you with a blueprint of what you need to work on.

Eat Right

Nutrition is huge in all sports. You have to fuel your body properly for it to perform at it’s highest capacity. Everyone is different so I am not going to get into too many details, but you should eat and drink the things that give you energy during your time on the court. I will tell you a lot of tennis players eat a lot of pasta before their matches to have the carbs they need to sustain. Know your body and find out what works for you.

Get your Rest

If you show up to a match tired, you probably are not going to be able to give your absolute best effort no matter how hard you try. You would not be as focused as you need to be successful. You also will probably not have the best concentration. Getting a good nights rest is very important for your success on the court.

Get Fit

Last but not least, you need to get your butt in shape. We are very fortunate to have the best of both worlds here at our Club with a full gym and swimming pool. Take advantage of it! Getting in shape helps you be better not only on the tennis court but in all aspects of your life. Benefits of being in shape on the court are as follows: you can move better to the ball, have the strength to hit stronger shots, have the stamina to outlast your opponents and you’ll be able to recover faster to play more matches in the same week.

Hopefully, you find my tips for improving your game helpful. As always, keep on playing!

Aquatics

Summer Water Safety Tips

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Recently there have been a few stories in the news regarding kids drowning due to a dependency on a flotation device. Our multiple swim instructors are anxious to help you prevent this from happening to your child. In fact, the Aquatic staff is very excited about our summer and assisting your children with their water safety awareness. We have many options over these next few months. June Registrations are out along with a Summer Registration that covers all 11-weeks of summer. Don’t worry if you
cannot do all eleven weeks – we can pro-rate if necessary. If you are enrolling your children into Kids Kamp or Champions Camp you will also have the option to add swim lessons to their daily camp routine.

Don’t wait, slots are filling up fast for the summer session! For more information contact Aquatic Director, James Morrison at ext. 129.

 

Fitness

Training Testimonial By: Beatrice Grabowski

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I signed up for five sessions with Demitrus Willis and would like to say that he is an excellent and knowledgeable trainer. I was having problems with weakness in my hand and wanted to tweak my workout. He not only helped me regain strength in my hand, but also gave me pointers on posture and more effective ways of using the machines in my workout. Demitrus has an encyclopedic understanding of how the body works in real time and different postures. It was a pleasure working with him.

Club News & Events

CTR: Cross Training TRX Reformer Testimonial!

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By: Dinitri Dantley

 

It was six weeks before my son’s wedding. I was trying to decide what to wear as mother of the groom. One outfit was a sleeveless, one shoulder jumpsuit. The other was a long sleeved jacket and pants.  My arms were in pretty good shape but, not quite sleeveless worthy. The six week combined TRX and Pilates Reformer class conducted by Heather and Renee was right on time.

 

Weddings are happy occasions.  However, the details and deadlines can be stressful and involve several food centered activities. The classes provided workouts that were calorie burning, muscle toning and core strengthening.  Heather‘s TRX regimens took me to the brink of my abilities while providing modifications for my individual limitations. Renee’s Pilates routines complemented Heather’s by providing a joint friendly series that improved my core, breathing, overall muscle strength and balance. Additionally, those two women are infused with vibrancy and a breadth of fitness knowledge. Together they provided the perfect counter balance to any extra calories and stress that came my way.

 

At the end of the six weeks, my arms were sleeveless worthy.  However, I wore the long sleeved one because my daughter convinced me that it was just more, Bam! That word also describes the TRX/Pilates workouts because they improved my Body and Mind during a critical period.

Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: The Tan Family

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You can always find the Tan family smiling at the Aspen Hill Club! This active family knows the importance of staying healthy and the Club has given everyone a way to be active in their own way.

 

Allen and Sunant grew up locally, both attending Kennedy High School and were members of the school varsity tennis team. Allen started tennis as a teenager after watching a some of his peers hitting the school tennis courts. He got a few friends together and they taught themselves how to play. Soon enough they were ready for the Kennedy High School Boys Tennis Team.

 

Now with two sons of their own, 9 year old Nathan and 11 year old Matthew, the couple knew they wanted to get the kids active in tennis. “A friend told me about the great program at Aspen Hill, so we came by. Tennis is great because they learn about exercise, competition, problem solving, and having a hobby for life! It’s much better than if they sat home and played video games!” explains Allen.

Nine year old Nathan is a member of Aspen Hill’s Junior Academy program, where he continues to work very hard on improving his tennis game, “Nathan is always one of the hardest workers in the class, and he makes everyone better,” explains Aspen Hill tennis professional Julien DeLaine. In fact, Nathan has been competing in USTA tournaments, winning his last two “10 and under” events. His last tournament was the USTA Orange Ball event at the Aspen Hill Club, congratulations, Nathan!

 

Matthew began his tennis in the Aspen Hill Club last winter in the Academy program. Through hard work in Academy and World Class Summer Camp, he is now a member of our highly competitive Future Stars program. Matthew was a key member of Aspen Hill’s Junior Interclub Team, tallying several key wins over strong opponents. In all of his matches, Matthew worked hard and never gave up! His great attitude on the court helped him earn several come-from-behind victories. Matthew is now competing in USTA sanctioned tournaments and his level continues to rise!

 

Sunant and Allen enjoy seeing the boys having fun on the tennis court from the comfortable couches of the Club, but they don’t just come to watch the action—they get involved too! “We enjoy the gym, it lets us get a great work out in while the boys are in tennis class,”
explains Allen.

 

Allen and Sunant, the smiles that your family shares with us at the Aspen Hill Club are contagious! We are so happy that you are part of our community and we are so looking forward to watching Matthew and Nathan grow on and off of the tennis court!

Club News & Events

CTR FIT—Cross Training TRX/Reformer Class on Mondays!

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Two Master Trainers—Renee and Heather, Two Studios, Two Disciplines

A Cross Training 60-Minute workout that includes TRX straps, Kettlebell, Fitness Slides and body weight HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts followed by the Pilates Reformer Apparatus. This workout will improve balance, core strength and flexibility.

Who: Members

What: HIIT TRX and Pilates Reformer class with Two Master Trainers!

When: Monday, June 10th, 17th and 24th, 2019
Class = 6:00—7:00pm
(Note: July 17th class will be a total reformer session)

Where: Aerobic and Pilates Studios

 

Cost: $45/per class—YOUR FIRST CLASS IS FREE!

 

Space is limited, please register with Heather at: hwilliamsahc@gmail.com or sign-up outside of our Yoga Studio. 

 

Cross Training Testimonial

By: Dinitri Dantley

 

It was six weeks before my son’s wedding. I was trying to decide what to wear as mother of the groom. One outfit was a sleeveless, one shoulder jumpsuit. The other was a long sleeved jacket and pants.  My arms were in pretty good shape but, not quite sleeveless worthy. The six week combined TRX and Pilates Reformer class conducted by Heather and Renee was right on time.

 

Weddings are happy occasions.  However, the details and deadlines can be stressful and involve several food centered activities. The classes provided workouts that were calorie burning, muscle toning and core strengthening.  Heather‘s TRX regimens took me to the brink of my abilities while providing modifications for my individual limitations. Renee’s Pilates routines complemented Heather’s by providing a joint friendly series that improved my core, breathing, overall muscle strength and balance. Additionally, those two women are infused with vibrancy and a breadth of fitness knowledge. Together they provided the perfect counter balance to any extra calories and stress that came my way.

 

At the end of the six weeks, my arms were sleeveless worthy.  However, I wore the long sleeved one because my daughter convinced me that it was just more, Bam! That word also describes the TRX/Pilates workouts because they improved my Body and Mind during a critical period.

Club News & Events

Spirits with Spirit – Friday Night Flow

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Join us for Friday Night “Flow” and post class happy hour. Spirits with Spirit is a multilevel outdoor Yoga class running Friday nights throughout June. Classes will be held on our pool lawn, followed by happy hour and light fare on our deck.

 

Who: Members and Guest (Daytime/Senior Memberships are able to participate)
What: Friday Night “Flows” and post class Happy Hour!
When: Friday, June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 2019, Class = 5:30—6:15pm, Happy Hour = 6:30—7:15pm
Where: Aspen Hill Club Pool Lawn & Main Deck (Indoor location in event of rain)
Cost: $60 = four class series
            $20 = Drop-in’s
            $25 = Guests (plus the $13 Club Guest fee)
Cost Includes: class, light fare and first glass of beer, wine or sparkling cider.

 

Space is limited, please register with Heather at: hwilliamsahc@gmail.com or sign-up outside of our Yoga Studio. 

Club News & Events

Summer Outdoor Tournaments 2019

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2019 Summer Outdoor Tournaments:

The Summer Outdoor Tournaments will continue June through September. Each tournament is two weeks long. First round matches begin on Monday and/or Tuesday.
There will be no extensions to any tournament. Please do not sign-up for a tournament if you are not available for the full duration of the event. Please be courteous as any scheduling conflict affects the entire tournament and note you may be defaulted if you cannot attend your match.
Matches will be played on the outdoor clay courts, usually beginning at 6:00pm on weekdays and early mornings on the weekends. In the event of rain, matches will be moved inside as long as there are courts available.
All participants will receive a t-shirt and awards will be presented to the finalists in each division. Scoring and play format may vary depending on the size of the draw. Entry deadlines are listed. Players will be contacted about their first round opponent.

Have fun and good luck to all!                                    $20 + tax per entrant

 

2019 Summer Outdoor Tournament Schedule: 

Event                                                               Date                                  Deadline

Men’s & Women’s 50’s & 70’s Singles          June 5 – 16                       June 3

Men’s & Women’s 60’s Singles                      June 19 – 30                    June 17

Men’s & Women’s 50’s & 70’s Doubles        July 10 – 21                      July 8

Men’s & Women’s 60’s Doubles                    July 24 – August 4        July 22

 

Men’s & Women’s 2.5 & 3.5 Singles              August 7 – 18                   August 5

Men’s & Women’s 3.0 & 4.0+ Singles           August 21 – Sept. 1       August 19

Men’s & Women’s 2.5 & 3.5 Doubles            Sept. 4 – 15                      Sept. 3

Men’s & Women’s 3.0 & 4.0+ Doubles         Sept. 18 – 29                   Sept. 16

Club News & Events

Four Seasons Dancers: From Motivation to Inspiration to Dedication!

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The Aspen Hill Club was the catalyst for a group of its members to eventually form a performing dance troupe dedicated to promoting an appreciation and celebration of world cultures through dance. What began as ballet classes at AHC, later evolved into a full-staged, performance dance troupe known as The Four Seasons Dancers. In its fifteenth year, the Four Seasons Dancers have impressed DC audiences with their complex choreography, colorful costumes and wide-ranging repertoire, with global influences that reach from Bollywood to Broadway, Israel to Ireland, Armenia to Uzbekistan and beyond, even to the Arctic.

The troupe’s artistic director-choreographer and AHC instructor, Elena Indrokova Jones graduated from a premier ballet school in her native Russia. She creates works in folk-inspired styles including gypsy, flamenco, polka, tarantella, mambo and more. The Four Seasons Dancers have participated in many community and corporate events and festivals including recent performances at the United Nations (NY), International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings (Washington, DC), Organization of American States (Washington, DC), The National Christmas Tree (Presidential Park, Washington, DC), Ike Leggett Legacy Forward Event (Strathmore Theatre, MD), International Festival (Bowie, MD), World Dance Showcase (PG County, MD), Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club (Bethesda, MD), a benefit concert for hurricane victims of Puerto Rico and productions with Bel Cantanti Opera.

You, too, can enjoy the many dances they rehearse at AHC by attending their annual summer performance: Four Seasons Dancers present Dances of the World, Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Montgomery College Performing Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Tickets available for pre-sale and sold at the door. For tickets and info, visit: www.FourSeasonsDancers.com or email: 4SeasonsDancers@gmail.com.