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.

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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.

Fitness

Zoom Tips

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By: Heather Williams, Group Exercise Director

 

Here are a few helpful reminders when attending Zoom sessions:

 

  • Remember to Mute yourself when entering the session.
  • For Safety measures: If you must leave the session to attend to a personal matter, it is advised you do not resume the exercise session.
  • Please remember when you Zoom, you will be seen, as well as the others in your home and personal space. We encourage proper attire when participating in the Zoom sessions. We also encourage you to remind your family that the camera is “on”.
  • Speaking of being seen, while we know many prefer NOT to be seen, it is helpful for the instructors to see you. The instructors are unable correct your form in the Body Pump, Senior Strength or Yoga sessions if they can’t see you.

 

We thank you for participating in our Zoom Live Streams and look forward to continuing them.

Fitness

Fit ‘N 5 Exercises: Lower Body Workout

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By: Heather Williams, Group Exercise Director

 

Program
5 Exercises
10 Reps Each
5 Circuits

Equipment
Weighted Barbell
1 Dumbbell
1 Fitness Band (optional)

Exercises
1. Barbell Romanian Deadlift
2. Band Goblet Squat (Widen Stance if band is not available. Drive through heels, keep hips contracted throughout the move)
3. Single Leg Deadlift
4. Box High Step Up (Needs to be a good height to activate glut)
5. Shoulder Elevated Single Leg Hip Thrust

Club News & Events

Weekly AHC Virtual Zoom Classes

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Monday

12:00 – 12:30pm – Silver Senior Fitness with John K.

12:00 – 12:45pm – Body Pump with Heather

6:30 – 7:25pm – Zumba with Kiki

Tuesday

5:30 – 6:05pm – Zumba with Jonelle

6:00 – 7:00pm – Body Pump with Allison

Wednesday

12:00 – 12:30pm – Silver Senior Fitness with John K.

12:00 – 12:45pm – Body Pump with Heather

5:30 – 6:00pm – Int/Adv Yoga with Denise

Thursday

6:00 – 7:00pm – Body Pump with Allison

Friday

12:00 – 12:30pm – Silver Senior Fitness with John K.

12:00 – 12:45pm – Body Pump with Heather

1:00 – 1:45pm – Power Stretch with Heather

Sunday

9:30 – 10:00am – Zumba with Debbie

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How To Keep Sane While Staying At Home

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By: Heather Williams, Group Exercise Director

 

Here are a few tips to help you get through this time:

 

  1. Keep a routine! Whether your daily routine was going to the office or heading to the gym, maintaining some semblance of your day to day will be critical. If you are working at home (it cannot be said enough) start your day with your regular routine. While a suit and tie may not be required, I would encourage something other than PJs. While your favorite group exercise may not happen during your regular time, scheduling a time to workout each day will help you stay close to your regular schedule. Watch for our postings and emails of classes you can take using ZOOM and visit our Aspen Hill Club YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/AspenHillClub) for workouts.

  

  1. Get outdoors! Our “stay order” lists biking, hiking and running as essential activities. These activities do not require you to leave your neighborhood or forgo our “social distancing” guidelines. The sunshine, cool spring breeze and sounds of birds will help ease your mind, and help you maintain peace within your four walls (LOL).

 

  1. Acknowledge your neighbors and strangers, whether you are out walking your neighborhood or getting groceries. We are all in this together and must remain some sense of connection even as we are physically distancing. Don’t forget to thank the employees and staff who are making sure the stores are open, restaurants have curb side service, and that gas can be pumped etc. Remember they have families and loved ones and are making critical decisions when they decide to fulfill their shifts. While they may not be our first responders, they are necessary to our day to day.

 

  1. Catch Up! This is a great time to catch up with family and friends. Finish a book, binge a series, clean the garage, basement or attic. Keeping busy will help you pass time during the day.

 

  1. Stop! It’s the old adage when you tell you doctor it “hurts when I do this.” She/he responds, “well stop doing it”. So, if it is painful to watch the news, watch the market report or count the days. STOP!!! Take a few breaths and go back to numbers 1-4. That’s plenty to keep you busy and sane.

 

Thank you for your patience, and support as we all juggle this new, (not so) normal. Looking forward to the day we can close our physical and social distance.

 

Group Exercise

Why We Yoga

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We all know or have heard of the many benefits of yoga. This 5,000(+) year old practice has been credited with improving diabetes, high blood pressure heart disease and increasing one’s flexibility, strength and mind-body connection. In addition Yoga has many personal and social benefits with an added focus on concentration and the ability to quiet ones mind.

 

Our Tuesday 10:00—11:30am Yoga class will have a new focus this year. While the class will remain a gentle class the structure of the class will be different. The class will combine Yogic philosophy with the physical practice.

 

Audrey will begin each class with a brief discussion of the 8 limb path and then apply the philosophy through the physical practice.  Participants will have blocks, chairs and straps to amplify, assist and /or modify each asana (pose). Class will remain 90-minutes in duration and will end in Sivasana.

Group Exercise

Sunrise Yoga Flow with Audrey

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Join Audrey Wednesday at 6:00am for an hour long Vinyasa Flow. This will be a multi-level class but, some Yoga experience is ideal.

 

Testimonial – By: Jane Beston

Jane BestonI’ve been a member of Aspen Hill club for a little over four years. When I first joined I was doing an early morning class two days a week that I loved until it was discontinued two year’s ago. Since that time I have been requesting the return of early morning classes, specifically yoga. I was pleased to see sunrise yoga on the schedule earlier this month. We’ve now had two classes on Wednesday at 6:00am and attendance has been quite healthy…apparently there are others like myself that enjoy early morning exercise. Our instructor, Audrey, is excellent. She is quite thoughtful in her practice and her instructions are spot on. Audrey will provide as much or little guidance as you need. This class,  although they encourage experience, I think if you have an interest in yoga, you will enjoy. Bottom line…It’s a great way to begin your Wednesday! Hope to see you there!

 

Fitness

Welcome Back Kiki!

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We are happy to welcome back Kiki Tyler! Many of you may remember Kiki as one of our first Zumba instructors. Kiki has been away for some time and has returned ready to dance and pump with us.

Kiki and Jonelle will rotate the Monday evening 6:00pm Zumba class during the month of August. Kiki will take over the Monday evening class in September, after Labor Day. The Monday format beginning September 9th will be a combination Zumba and WERQ fitness.

WERQ is the wildly addictive cardio dance class based on the hottest pop and hip hop music. The workout is nonstop with repetitive athletic moves and fresh dance steps, so you get the best sweat.

We hope to have Kiki subbing some of the evening Body Pump classes in the fall in addition to all the dancing she will bring to the basketball court.