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POLITENESS, PATIENCE & CONSIDERATION

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By: John Woodend, Reception Desk Director

 

The Front Desk Staff and I are looking forward to seeing all of you back at the Club healthy and ready to continue working out and playing tennis. However, we all still need to abide by the rules that are put in place to keep everyone safe.

 

While some people feel that reopening gyms has taken too long, others feel like they are still uncomfortable coming to the Club,  And that is fine! We all have the right to feel the way we feel and to hold differing opinions about our current situation. However, when coming to the club I would like to request that we all remember to be mindful of other members and employees of the Club.

 

Politeness — Please do not engage in conversations that may make others feel uncomfortable or triggered. Politics is always a hot button topic. Those around you may not appreciate hearing your take on the politics we are experiencing. Best to remember that we are ALL here to get exercise and DE-STRESS.

 

Patience — Coming and going to the Club is going to have a different pace for a while. This isn’t anyone’s fault — it is just the reality of the situation we are in. Remember to practice patience. I know members and staff will greatly appreciate it.

 

Consideration —  Be considerate of members and staff. Let the Front Desk Staff know if there has been a change of the players on your court. If someone is distancing themselves far away from others, consider that the individual may be more nervous being back at the Club than the next person. Be considerate and give that individual more space. It won’t hurt and it will make that individual feel more comfortable.

 

We are very much still in a stressful time. Let’s make all of our experiences at the Club as positive as we can, together.

 

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Checking In!

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By: Elliott Datlow, Tennis Director

 

We are so excited to offer outdoor play to our Aspen Hill Club members. You’ve read about our procedure for checking-in while keeping socially distanced. But what does it look like? Check out this check in guide so you know what to expect when checking into the Club!

 

  1. Enter the club by way of parking in the back lot and entering up the stairs of the deck.
  2. Observe the OPEN DOOR and sign indicating required 6 ft. social distancing!
  3. Check out the several floor markers indicating where to stand and wait. Our staff are wearing masks while checking you in!
  4. Follow the sign, exiting the side entrance.
  5. Out the door and down the ramp to your tennis court you go!
  6. Have fun!

 

 

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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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Helpful Links

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Hi Everyone!

With everyone working from home, including your AHC staff, I wanted to put together a master list of information to ensure you are getting all of the information we are providing you!

These are things we have been sharing with you recently:

  • Club-wide updates, including info on billing, membership dues, pool construction, etc.
  • Weekly Group Exercise class offerings
  • Tennis workouts and tips
  • Fitness workouts and tips
  • Checking in with members and staff
  • Funny and uplifting content

AHC website: We have been updating the homepage of our website with Club-wide information our GM, Danielle has been sharing. Be sure to scroll down and get caught up on everything. We are also posting to our Blog with this and some other information.

Email: We send emails to our membership via Constant Contact. Our email database is different from our billing database. If you do not already receive our emails from marketing@aspenhillclub.com, please send us an email to get added to the mailing list. You also can sign up to be added to our email list via a link on our website.

Please add marketing@aspenhillclub.com to your email address book to ensure that our emails go directly to your inbox.

Please Note: if you receive an email from us that you are not interested in, please delete that email. If you unsubscribe you will not receive any Club emails.

If you have previously unsubscribed, we will need to send you an email to “confirm your subscription” this email will come from Constant Contact/marketing@aspenhillclub.com. Please follow the prompts in the email (click the link) to confirm your subscription and you will begin receiving emails from us again.

 

Aspen Hill Club Social Media Guide: 

We have been posting to our social media accounts and would love for you to visit us. Please be sure to “Like” and “Subscribe” and turn “Post Notifications On” so you get notified when we post new content!

Facebook – www.facebook.com/aspenhillclub

Instagram – www.instagram.com/aspenhillclub

YouTube – www.youtube.com/aspenhillclub

For tennis videos with Elliott visit HERE. Elliott has been posting great tennis tips and videos for you to keep practicing your tennis skills while at home!

 

Please Share With Us!

Now more than ever we want to connect and stay connected with you, our members! Please share with us! Ideas of things to share: recipes, workouts, arts and crafts projects, movies and TV shows you are watching, music you are listening to, podcast suggestions, funny memes, cute pictures of your animals, and anything that puts a smile on your face!

How should you share?

  1. Be sure you “follow” or “like” us on social media. Our handle everywhere (InstagramFacebookTwitterYouTube, etc.) is @AspenHillClub
  2. Please either tag us @AspenHillClub or Direct Message us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to share
  3. You can email me at: aaguendel@aspenhillclub.com
  4. When you are sharing something with us, please know that we may post or re-post it. Please be sure you are comfortable with us sharing it online with the rest of our membership.
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We Miss You!

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By: Danielle Bouchard, General Manager

 

Here I am writing to you from home and wishing I was at the Club providing you the customer service I have become accustomed to providing. There is much to tell you, what the team has done, what services the team continues to provide and how the team is trying to help brighten your day.

The first thing we (AHC) did on March 16, 2020 when we realized we were going to be closed for a good period of time was to communicate to you that we had your back.  We knew you would have questions regarding our next billing and what we would do regarding prepaid programs.

March 17, 2020, I wrote a short note regarding Governor Hogan’s mandated closure. Based on not knowing how long we (AHC) would be closed, we would do everything we could to help make you whole once we would get back to work.

Since then, on March 19, I wrote a short message ensuring you that we were working on how to proceed in the next week regarding member accounts and that it was important to address everyone collectively versus individually.

That was followed by another message on March 25, 2020, letting you know that we would not be processing dues billing until we would reopen. Some of you have asked about dues that were billed prior to April and we have decided, once we reopen, you will not be charged for that first month’s dues. So, please rest assured we do have your back.

Since our reopen date is unknown, we ask for your patience regarding our prepaid programs. We thank you in advance for understanding and we certainly miss you and can’t wait to get back to work!

Now to address what has been taking place behind the scenes:

Zaf Khan continues to manage the physical property.  That is an especially important task at the moment as it usually is.

Heather Williams and some of our group exercise team have been conducting virtual classes for you.  Based on participation, those classes are well attended – so THANK YOU…to you the member and the team for making it happen!

Alex Aleshin-Guendel has been the executer of making sure all those videos and messages have been put on our website and all social media platforms. Without her knowledge on this, well, I’d be lost!

Elliott Datlow has been putting out virtual tennis tips and lessons. Check him out while he is guiding us on how to improve the game, by ourselves, up against a wall! How’s that!

John Kecman and Cory Hill have been putting out virtual classes and exercises for you to do in the space of your own home.  What a team for ensuring that they are keeping you engaged and working out.

John Woodend has been writing some very thought-provoking Facebook posts. If you haven’t seen them yet, look up John’s posts on our AHC Facebook page. All very much worth the read.

Mindy Carter, Frances Cardea have been assisting me administratively with our team’s payroll, member accounts, the recent COVID-19 laws and how we are impacted. We continue to seek what benefits we may be eligible for and how we go about gaining those benefits. It has been non-stop for us. We now know the definition of 24/7!

I am grateful for my team – Thank you for all that you do!  I am grateful for you, our member. I hope that you have the patience to hang in there with us (AHC). We (AHC) are doing the best we can during these unprecedented times. There is a first for everything…this is my first, as it is for many of you, of this sort of thing!

Be well – stay safe – can’t wait to see you again!   Danielle Bouchard, GM

 

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We Need Your Emails and Updated Contact Information!

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Please contact Tina at tlee@aspenhillclub.com to ensure she has your most recent email on file. When you reach out, please be sure that all of your information is updated in our system, including: emails, phone numbers, address, credit card number, and emergency contact etc. 

  1. Why are we asking for your updated email? Member statements must be emailed to you since we will not be able to mail them to you at this time. Please take this time to consider transferring to paperless billing.
  2. Why are we asking for your updated contact information? If we are going to be updating your email, let’s make sure we have the rest of your contact information up to date! This also includes having an Emergency Contact name, relationship and phone number on file. If anything happens to you while at the Club, we want to ensure we are able to contact your loved ones immediately.

  3. I am already getting emails from the Club, why do I need to contact Tina with my email address? Our email system (Constant Contact) and our billing system, are different! We may have the correct email in our email system and we may have an old one on file in our billing system. Please help us update our billing system. (There is no way to transfer this information from our email system.)

 

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Keep It Positive

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By: John Woodened, Reception Desk Director

 

“Always keep yourself in a safe and unassailable position”

 

“Good posture reflects a proper state of mind”

 

– Morihei Ueshiba-

 

While taking summer classes at the University of Delaware, all of the students that lived on campus were put in freshmen dorms. The freshman Rodney complex would be my home for those summer weeks. The rooms were a little bit bigger than a walk-in closet. The mattresses were a little bit better than sleeping on a tarp in the forest. When you closed your door, it was a bit better than being in a prison cell, because you could open the door at any time. The bathrooms and showers were down the hall. And I considered my stay there heaven.

 

Being in such a cramped environment, most students on the floor, if they weren’t sleeping, kept their doors opened.  This led to making friends very quickly. And remarkably about 75% of my floor became friends. It wasn’t unusual for five to seven people to be sitting or standing in the small hallway having group conversations with four or more people sitting in their individual coffin sized dorm rooms.

 

One day, while studying in my dorm, I got up to use the restroom. I locked my door and walked a little down the hall, where the floor’s RA, who I was friends with, was talking to another student. As I was approaching and passing him he asked, “Where you going?”. I replied, “Nowhere, I’m just using the restroom.” In a baffled and slightly mocking tone he said, “You lock your door to go to the bathroom?” I replied with a smirk, “Yep! Always keep yourself in a safe and unassailable position.” And as I continued down the hall, my friend now making a bantering joke said, “Okay, make sure you lock the stall door when your in there.” Without looking back, I responded, “Don’t worry. I will!” It was one of a thousand college good natured interactions between friends. I could tell by my friend’s tone though, that he was confused and maybe even a little insulted or hurt that I locked my door.  Maybe wondering if I didn’t trust him? Or one of our other friends that was there with their doors open that day? I just know it didn’t make sense to him. That, however, was short lived.

 

Two weeks later, my friend the RA, while going to address something with a student on the other side of the building, left his door open and had $120 stolen from his room. He was angry about it for a week. And salty about it for the following two weeks. When I learned about the theft, we were in a group. He looked at me and no words were spoken. None were needed. He just learned a life lesson the hard way. We have all been there and I wish all my life lessons only cost me $120 each.

 

Keeping yourself safe isn’t about being paranoid, mistrustful, or negative. It’s about understanding that you and only you are responsible for you and your safety. Understanding that mother nature and the vast majority of the millions of humans on this planet don’t ever think about your feelings, your safety, or how you think things should be, is a good place to start when contemplating one’s safety.  Too heavy? Possibly overwhelming? Okay I get it. I will reel it in a bit.

 

Lets talk about what is happening right now. We are all being told to stay home and avoid any contact with anyone or anything that isn’t already in your house . . . for your safety. However, there is a element in this time of quarantine, that is absolutely essential to stay safe. One’s state of mind. Just for a moment, let’s do a mental exercise. Toss out the idea of a “good” or “bad” state of mind. There is only “a proper state of mind”. If you do not have a proper state of mind, you simply do not have it at the moment. There is no negative describer for this.

 

So what is a proper state of mind? It is an awareness of what you can do, what you can control and what you can not control, for the betterment and safety of yourself and those around you.

 

How do you attain a proper state of mind? Lots of ways: meditate, pay attention to nature, read books by people who are smarter than you are, listen to music and/or play a musical instrument, etc. However, having a good posture is the easiest and most practical form of attaining a proper state of mind. Good posture keeps you alert and attentive. And it just so happens the best way to keep yourself safe is to be alert and attentive. Being alert and attentive leads to better informed decisions and actions.

 

Friends, small actions like locking a door or watching Netflix for an hour with good posture can lead to positive events and help reduce negative events. So, practice good posture (and it does require practice) and act as if you are your own best friend and always keep yourself in a safe and unassailable position.

 

Keep it positive, if possible everyone.

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At Home Workout Ideas—AMRAP

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By: John Kecman, Fitness and Personal Training Director

 

Struggling to work out at home without your favorite machines, or gym equipment? The quarantine may not be ideal for most gym goers, but it hardly means you have to give up on your fitness or health related goals.

 

Everyone should incorporate body weight resistance exercises into there training regardless of what equipment you have at your disposal.

 

Do all A exercises before B exercises (Set one of A1 should be followed by set one of A2, and set one of A3 until all A exercises are completed). Try doing these simple AMRAP (As Many Reps as Possible) at home:

 

  • A1—Air Squat – two times, 15-25 reps then, one set of AMRAP
  • A2—Planks – brace as hard possible three sets of 30 seconds to one minute
  • A3—Doorway Towel Row, two sets of 10 to 20 reps, one AMRAP set
  • B1—Push Up (traditional, or using a counter top, or from your knees) two sets of 10-20 reps and one AMRAP set
  • B2—Side Plank (from you knees or feet) keep your glutes and core tight throughout—three sets of 30 to 60 seconds

 

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Tips for Using Zoom

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By: Heather Williams, Group Exercise Director

 

  1. While waiting for the class to begin, keep your mic on mute. The instructors will give cues as to when you can unmute; they will also mute the group while class is in session.

 

  1. We respect your privacy and understand many prefer not to be seen. Please realize in our Body Pump and Mind Body classes the instructors cannot see you and therefore will not be able to correct form and offer assistance.

 

  1. When taking the class I encourage you to do your best to complete the full class. In the event you get tired you can go at your own pace or sit to catch your breath. I would not encourage sitting to have a snack or to take a phone call; If you must take a business call, I would suggest you not resume the class as it may be challenging to sustain your aerobic out put.

 

  1. When finishing a class/meeting please be sure to leave the meeting. When you select “end meeting” it does not end your session. In essence, you are leaving us in your home.

 

Questions? Feel free to email me: hwilliamsahc@gmail.com.

 

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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.