Is A Lack of Flexibility Keeping You From Improving Your Game?

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The TWITCH Stretch Method of practitioner assisted stretching was formulated specifically to meet the needs of a rising population of athletes and fitness enthusiast of all ages which simply require more flexibility to improve performance, reduce injury and alleviate pain!

Whether you are an avid walker or a competitive athletes stretching is an important part in the development  of greater body awareness, fluid movement patterns, and the generation of power through the symmetrical use of muscle groups that are not affected by pain and unevenly balanced muscles  which reduce joint mobility on the court. TWITCH practitioner assisted stretching provides its clients with a better sense of there bodies condition, resulting in a greater understanding of the state of their muscles which helps prevent and limit reoccurring  injuries. This awareness aids in developing a greater sense of control and confidence, ultimately improving peak performance on the court and in every day life.

During our 45-minute therapy sessions clients are treated to a customized wellness process that includes over 35 Physical therapy stretches, Vibration Technology, PNF Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation & AIS Active Isolated Stretching, which are some of the most successful treatments used in the holistic industry to relieve pain, improve muscle imbalance and reduce chronic tendon disorders. TWITCH Stretching will also help fitness enthusiast of all levels to accelerate recovery from workouts, increase work capacity and enhance physical performance after a long day of sitting at a desk.

How Does it Benefit Our Customers?

  1. Help clients feel younger…flexibility of the spin and major joints determines how old you actually feel!
  2. STRUCTURED / ACCOUNTABILITY along with working with a professional, clients are provided a structured program of rehabilitative services specific to there needs.
  3. Consistent rehabilitative therapy to the soft tissues of the body helps to reduce the probability of injuries.
  4. Soft tissue manipulation increases the bodies ability to move, stabilize, balance and create force during exercise and sports.
  5. Improved muscle length increases the bodies nervous systems ability to communicate at a faster / higher frequencies to all of the 640 muscles in the human body.
  6. Improved blood circulation which help remove toxins from the body.
  7. Convenient in that there is no undressing, can be done before and after workouts.
  8. Can be performed anywhere inside and outside the Club…high visibility that created a buzz!

What Does the Program Provide?

  1. Complete anatomical assessment which provides detailed information regarding clients daily life habits including sleep, nutrition and exercise habits.
  2. Medical information pertaining to high blood pressure, Hypertension, surgeries and anatomical ailments.
  3. Rehabilitative Stretching.
  4. Soft Tissue Manipulation.
  5. Personal Rehabilitative Exercise prescription to strengthen week muscles—done by clients between sessions.
  6. Personal Rehabilitative Stretching prescription to lengthen tight muscles which cause pain—done by clients between sessions .
  7. Nutritional Guidance regarding diet and Vitamin supplementation to help tissue disorders heal and regenerate.

All Sessions are 45-minutes Long 

Option 1 is a 1 time visit which provides clients a single treatment for $60

Option 2 is 1x bi weekly which provides clients 2 sessions per month at $50 per session—Total Monthly $100

Option 3 is 1x per week which provides clients 4 sessions per month at $45 per session—Total Monthly $180

Option 4 is 2x per week which provides clients 8 sessions per month at $40 per session—Total Monthly $320

 

640REHAB Programs are all 2 month Commitments:
understand that a one month program is not sufficient to treat muscles, connective tissue and nervous systems that have been problematic for years.

 

* Sign Up for your complementary 30-minute stretch session today! Contact Demitrus Willis at 619-316-9175 or demitrus747@gmail.com.

 

Member Spotlight: Justin Leak—With Tennis, It All Came Together!

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Justin Leak had just moved into the area from Philadelphia and knew he needed a gym and a pool. Those had been the two activities that Justin had put into his weekly plan to stay healthy. Being healthy was (and still is!) very important to him, so he knew finding a convenient place with a great gym and an indoor pool was a paramount to him being happy. With a little bit of research, he found a great gym with an indoor pool that was close to Olney—The Aspen Hill Club! What ended up happening was this gym and pool guy became a TENNIS NUT!!!

Justin first joined Aspen Hill Club for the pool because it had his necessitates, the spectacular indoor pool and a great gym. Although he had experience taking college tennis classes for his undergraduate degree at Penn State, tennis didn’t grab his attention. He did appreciate the little things that Aspen Hill provided such as a friendly welcome when he came into the club, and towel service. For several years while walking in and out of the club, tennis did not speak to him. What spoke to Justin was the fact that the staff at The Club “always remembered my name, and they got to know me. That makes a difference.”

Unfortunately, a job change brought the Aspen Hill Club outside of his commute between work and home.  Justin immediately missed the friendly staff, the café, the pro shop, and especially the towel service! He joined a “big box gym” and his workouts just weren’t the same. Luckily for Justin, he finished his college program and found a job that brought him close to The Club! Justin rejoined Aspen Hill, and this time, he knew he wanted to add some more spice to his life!

Upon his return, Justin immediately signed up to become for our Presidential membership! Justin had his new member evaluation with Ilan, and after a few private lessons—he was ready to join his first tennis group class! Justin now plays AT LEAST three times per week. He gets his tennis in by a combination of group play in Hit And Run, Next Level Instruction, and he thoroughly enjoys his time on court with his Friday Night Doubles Frenzy buddies and tennis socials! Justin explains, “I like the clinics because I like the people. I’ve come a long way!” Justin is a big believer that each type of class adds a different element to his growth as a tennis player. He saw a big jump in his game when he added the Next Level Clinic to his schedule, as he believes he benefited from the strategy and technical help that the class provided. “This helped me be better at playing points in Hit & Run and Doubles Frenzy. The combo of Hit and Run and Next Level really came together when I started playing social tennis in Doubles Frenzy” Justin explains.

What Justin didn’t expect was tennis was going to help him become more social. “I started talking to people at The Club and smiling! I didn’t just come into the gym and leave, now I come into The Club and talk to so many people every day.” In fact, one of those people Justin talked to turned out to be a high school classmate. “Terrance (Tennis Director at Aspen Hill) and I figured out that we were classmates at Roxborough High School in Philly!”

You’ll find Justin using all of the facilities at Aspen Hill Club, not just the tennis courts! Justin is a pool regular, and definitely schedules his time for the gym. On his gym days, Justin spends 30-minutes for cardio exercise, 30-minutes lifting weights, and 30-minutes swimming. Justin enjoys the variety that he has been able to add into his schedule at The Club. In fact, one his favorite parts of the week is when Heather “kills me” in the gym. Justin has physical training sessions weekly, and Justin is very impressed with how she has been able to find areas that he needs to strengthen up. Heather has been great at building up Justin’s confidence in trying new exercises and making sure he is correctly using equipment, “I use to be scared of certain things, Heather is awesome.”

Justin clearly is someone that enjoys challenging himself, as demonstrated by his dedication to his own education. After graduating Penn State, Justin earned a M.S.  and finally a doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) from Argosy University. Justin has found Aspen Hill Club as great place to challenge him physically while meeting new people and continuing great relationships while exercising.

Justin, “Thank YOU” for being such a valuable member of our community. You help everyone around you be more positive and help our Club to be a special place. We are so happy that you are able to find so many activities to keep you busy and healthy at The Club.

 

Key to Success: Serve Like A Pitcher – July 2018

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If you follow baseball, you know that some of the greatest pitchers in the major leagues have a variety of pitches that they can execute at any time. They have a fastball, curveball, knuckleball, slider and off speed pitch. The pitcher will use different pitches based on what the batter likes and doesn’t like. For example, if the batter is phenomenal at hitting fast balls, the pitcher would intentionally throw everything but the fastball. The pitcher would also throw pitches that he knows the batter struggles with.

 

You should apply this same concept with your serve. The serve options are flat, slice, the kick serve, body serve, varied speeds and placement. The best servers would keep their opponents guessing by hitting a variety of serves against them. The last thing you want is your opponent to get a rhythm on your serve. If you are hitting the same serve over and over again, your opponent will know exactly what’s coming, therefore, you would make it easy for them to hit a strong return to put you on the defensive. If you mix up your serve by slicing away from your opponent, slicing into the body, serving flat down the T, and mix up your speeds with the various serves, your opponent would never know what’s coming. The more they are guessing, the better opportunity you have to win your serve. Mix up your serve, don’t be predictable and you will be in every match that you play. Keep on playing!

 

Member Spotlight: Manette Tao

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After several years of being prodded by her mother (who was a neighbor of John Parsley and had participated in tennis clinics with Jeff Klein) Manette finally made her way into the Club in March of 2017.

Manette had been working for MCPS as an Elementary school para-educator and then a Health and PE teacher when she and her husband began taking water aerobic classes at the JCC. When she visited AHC in the spring of 2017, she used her one week pass to hit with John Parsley and take several of our water classes. She says it was the “warm” pool and water classes that were the impetus to join.

Since joining the Club Manette and her husband Freeman are actively involved our water classes, tennis and Pickleball programs which have increased their level of fitness and social circle.

After about three months of attending water aerobic classes, former water instructors Letty and Jean, encouraged Manette to get trained to become a  water aerobic instructor.  In August 2017 Manette received my shallow water certification and began shadowing instructors Michele and Maria to prepare her to lead her on class. Manette is currently teaching the Wednesday morning 8:00am water class and encourages all to come in and try the class.

Manette shared she is enjoying her time as an active AHC member and water Aerobic Instructor offering thanks to her mom for encouraging the initial visit and our other team members past and present (Letty Rosen, Jean Rhodes, Michele Burrows and Maria Stagnitto) for the support as she embarked her on road to instructor.  She says “I truly believe that water aerobics is a great way to exercise because it’s easy on the joints, it’s a lot of fun, and you can work at your own rate.” Water aerobics aside, “there are so many activities to choose from at the Club; so many that there is not enough not time to do it all!

 

Tennis Etiquette

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By: Terrance Scott, Tennis Director

 

Tennis Etiquette
The game of tennis is by tradition one of focus and concentration, which is embraced by all who play the game. During play it is typically silent as observed by those on the professional level. It is important that we strive to embrace the proper etiquette passed on from  generations of the sport. Listed below are some friendly reminders on how we should conduct ourselves as students of the game. Please read every topic to ensure we treat our club and this sport with the upmost respect it deserves.

Indoor Court Etiquette
When entering or leaving the court, players must wait until the bell rings or they are invited to come on the court. All balls, baskets and equipment must be cleaned up and put away before the bell rings. Two hoppers should be left in each basket of balls.

Outdoor Court Etiquette
When crossing a court to get to another, please walk briskly across the court that is in play. Always wait until the point is over and you are granted to cross the court.

Noise Levels
Voices should be at a reasonable level in-between points and during change overs. Conversations should be had softly and at a minimum, as not to disturb the court in play next to you.

Calling Lets
If another courts ball comes on to your court, a let may be called immediately to ensure a low risk of injury or distraction. The court that the ball enters will determine if a let is deemed necessary. If a let is not called, after the point is over one of the players retrieve the ball and pass it back to the original court right away. The chaser of the ball from the other court is not allowed to disrupt play just because their ball rolled on another court.

Shirt Change
Wet shirts may be change during a change over or at the end of a match. A dry shirt must be put on right away. This process should take no longer than three minutes. Players are not allowed to walk around shirtless for any period of time.

Borrowed Tennis Balls
Members are allowed to borrow tennis balls from the Club baskets to work on their serve and/or for play. Balls must be returned after the completion of your usage of them. Do not leave balls in a hopper on the court as the courts must be fully clean for the members coming on court after you. If unreturned balls are left out, they risk being ruined by our sprinkler system or the rain. We try to maintain and keep fresh tennis ball in excellent condition for all of our members to use.

Checking in at the Front Desk
It is very important that everyone checks in at the front desk before you go to your reserved court. This process helps us keep track of who is at our Club, and in case of emergency provides us with information that you have arrived for your reservation. If you do not check in, your reserved court may be given away to another member on the waiting list.

Towels
Please place towels in the towel baskets when you are done with your play. Please do not take them home or leave them on the court when you are done. Always place your towel in the bin even if you didn’t use it. You should always be mindful of the members coming on after you.

Clay on Sneakers
Please wipe your feet on the clay brushes before walking into the Club. This will limit the trading of clay on our carpets, indoor courts and locker rooms.

Water
Please do not take the lid off of the water igloos for any reason. The water on the courts are for drinking purposes only. No one should be sticking their hands or any particle of clothing inside the cooler for any reason. If ice or more water is needed, contact the front desk and we provide you with some.

Profanity, Court  Abuse, Curtain Slamming and Throwing Racquets
There is no profanity allowed at the Aspen Hill Club. Foul language will not be tolerated by juniors or adults. Loud outburst, curtain abuse and throwing of racquets is prohibited. If any of the instances occur, you will be warned. If intolerable behavior continues, you may be asked to leave the court. The racquet, courts you play on and curtains are very expensive. We must take care of our equipment and facility to ensure it remains intact.

I hope you have found these tennis etiquette reminders helpful to ensure that all of The Aspen Hill Club Members  both enjoy and have a pleasurable experience here at our beautiful facility.

Key to Success: Serve Like A Pitcher – July 2018

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If you follow baseball, you know that some of the greatest pitchers in the major leagues have a variety of pitches that they can execute at any time. They have a fastball, curveball, knuckleball, slider and off speed pitch. The pitcher will use different pitches based on what the batter likes and doesn’t like. For example, if the batter is phenomenal at hitting fast balls, the pitcher would intentionally throw everything but the fastball. The pitcher would also throw pitches that he knows the batter struggles with.

 

You should apply this same concept with your serve. The serve options are flat, slice, the kick serve, body serve, varied speeds and placement. The best servers would keep their opponents guessing by hitting a variety of serves against them. The last thing you want is your opponent to get a rhythm on your serve. If you are hitting the same serve over and over again, your opponent will know exactly what’s coming, therefore, you would make it easy for them to hit a strong return to put you on the defensive. If you mix up your serve by slicing away from your opponent, slicing into the body, serving flat down the T,  and mix up your speeds with the various serves, your opponent would never know what’s coming. The more they are guessing, the better opportunity you have to win your serve. Mix up your serve, don’t be predictable and you will be in every match that you play. Keep on playing!

May 2018 Powerlifting Meet Wrap Up

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Thank you to everyone who lifted, sponsored, advertised, or supported this event in any way!! John and I could not have done it with out you. Thanks to our cumulative efforts we raised over $500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society which uses that money to fund lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and to provide free information and support services. We made a difference on Saturday.

We have LOTS of pictures from the event. We have uploaded them to Google Photo and shared them on our Club Facebook page. If you took photos please upload them here too so everyone has access.

If you participated or volunteered and did not get a t-shirt stop by the Fitness Center Desk and pick one up. We also have some extra shirts available for sale at the Front Desk.

Lastly, please take a minute to leave your feedback about the event!

We would love to know how we can improve. Email Dana at dana.shorb@aspenhillclub.com for a link or visit our Club Facebook page!

 

By: Dana Shorb and John Kecman

 

Pilates Testimonial: Susan Osmun

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I have been a member at Aspen Hill Club for many years. I regularly exercise doing multiple spin       classes, private weight training once per week, and a weekly gentle yoga class. About 3 years ago I    decided to add private Pilates with Renee. Wow, what a great addition to my routine! Pilates has built up my core and strengthened me all around. I really look forward to my weekly session and view the time spent in Pilates as the best time spent on me! When I have to choose what activities to do I always choose to fit in my Pilates session. Renee is a wonderful instructor and has helped me by  modifying our routine to fit my aches and/or injuries. I highly recommend Pilates to anyone interested in building core strength and for stretching your muscles from other workouts.

 

Key to Success: How to Survive Brutal Outdoor Conditions – May 2018

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Cold Weather – On very cold days, it is very important that you layer up. It is better for you to have too many layers on than too few. As you start to warm up, start taking layers off. I would also recommend long tights, shorts or skirt over the tights and then sweat pants on top of everything. That should keep your body nice and warm and loose. As for your hands, try and have pockets with fleece material on the interior. Another option would be hand warmer rocks. There is a packet that you can buy that will heat up once you crunch up the little rocks. You may purchase that and keep them in your pocket as well. It is very important to keep your hands warm. If your hands get super cold and numb, it will be very difficult to feel your shots and maneuver the racquet the way you would like.

The Sun – One of the first things you should check out when stepping foot on the tennis court is where the sun is. This will help you determine if you would like to serve first or receive. If you can, you should always try and have your opponent serve first into the sun. This is a great way to get out to a quick lead as they struggle to figure out the sun. When it’s your turn to serve into the sun you have two options; 1. Try and block the sun with your tossing hand. While the ball is up in the air, extend your 5 fingers and use your hand as a shield. 2. Try and toss your ball where the sun is not. This may take a few practice tosses to find out exactly where that spot is. Do not try and go after a toss that you have lost in the sun. Let the ball drop and start your serve over again. There is no penalty for catching the ball and starting again.

The Wind – Now this one is my Achilles heel. I have always struggled with playing in the wind. I have won some and I have lost some, badly. A good way to prepare your mindset for that dreadful windy day is to remember that your opponent has to deal with the same condition as you do. If you go in with that mind set, that makes it a little easier to have to cope with. The winner of the match is going to be determined by who manages the wind the best. First things first, let’s find out which direction the wind is blowing. Take a look at flags, trees or even your hair if it’s long enough. Knowing which direction the wind is blowing in is half the battle.

Now how do we play the wind to our advantage? If the wind is blowing north and south (toward your opponent or toward you), I find it easier to hit into the wind. This way you can hit out on your shots and the ball will stay in the court. If you are hitting toward the wind, you will have to take some pace off of the ball and try and put a little extra top spin on your shot to keep it in.

When the wind is blowing East and West (toward the left or right), you want to hit toward the opposite direction the wind is blowing. For example, if the wind is blowing toward your right, you should try and hit majority of your shots toward your left.

When the wind is swirling, simply hit the ball right down the center of the court. The wind will take the ball all over the place but hopefully the ball will stay in play.

Outdoor conditions are tough for us all to handle, go into the match with a positive attitude and know that your not the only one that will have to struggle. Good luck to everyone as we transition into our outdoor season. Keep on Playing!

Member Spotlight: Raveena Kingsley – Going Back on Tour!

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You have probably seen Raveena at the Club—she is with us nearly every day! If you have been lucky enough to watch her practice sessions while you sit in the Club lobby, you will have noticed that she is REALLY, REALLY GOOD! In fact you may have thought, “She looks like a pro!” If you did in fact have that thought, you were right!

Raveena Kinsley is a professional tennis player! The Baltimore native started play tennis at 7 years old, when her father started play tennis with her. He noticed that she had very strong technical mechanics, so he signed her up for tennis lessons when she was 8 years old. Fast forwards to  Raveena being 17 years old—and she is a GRAND SLAM PLAYER! She has played in all four of the tennis Majors (US Open, Wimbledon, French Open, & the Australian Open) and been ranked as high as #22 in the World ITF Jr.  rankings!

Since turning professional, Raveena has played in some of the world’s top events including Indian Wells, Volvo Women’s Open, and DC’s own Citi Open. Since achieving her career high ranking of #285 in the world, Raveena has unfortunately been battling injuries.

Recently, Raveena took 3 months off from tennis to recover from a foot Injury and did not pick up a racket until this passed February. Since returning to the court, she is now playing at least 5 days a week at Aspen Hill and making use of our Fitness Center. On the court, she has been playing points and drilling with AHC Senior, Pro Michael Gee. Her time with Michael is helping her prepare for a return to WTA Tour tournament tennis—aiming for this coming May! She enjoys how positive the staff of the Club is, and if she had a great workout—she treats herself  to the delicious tuna sandwiches served by Kristen at the Aspen Hill Café.

Raveena is looking forward to hitting the WTA Tour clay court season in Europe, and can’t wait to get back on the court competing. Raveena feels that the  time off from injury helped give her a new perspective “I’m really lucky to be playing tennis, I like being on the court and enjoy being positive.”

In Europe, Raveena is going to start out playing $15,000 and $25,000 prize money tournaments. As an example, a #1 seed at a $25k WTA Tour event might be ranked #100 in the world. With solid results at these tournaments over the summer, Raveena will be playing qualifiers at tournaments such as Citi Open. And from there—we will be watching her play on stadium court!

Raveena, it is so great to see you working hard at the Club every day. Your hard work is motivating to our members, adults and juniors alike. Good luck on the pro tour, and you have about 4,000 of your fellow members rooting you on! We can’t wait to follow your results!