Thank you for your interest in the April 2021 Aspen Hill Club Newsletter.
By: Elliott Datlow
Julie and Andrew moved to the Montgomery County from Indianapolis, and they were looking for somewhere where the entire family could be active. Not really knowing their way around the area (yet) they did what anyone would do—they hit up the “all knowing” Google. Their Google search lead them to the Aspen Hill Club, and we are so happy that they are now a part of our community!
Julie and Andrew were not big tennis players prior to their initial info session with Membership Director Eric Suchinsky, but now it’s hard to find a day that someone from the Harrison family is NOT at the Club! Julie is into her second session of our Adult Beginner tennis program with Coach Elliott—and she is making big strides, “I promised myself that when I got good, I’d treat myself to a new racket, I think I’m there!” In addition to being a star player in her tennis class, Julie has had private tennis lessons with Aspen Hill’s newest pro, Chris Cozzillio. In addition to the tennis court, Julie has had a fantastic time joining Allison’s Body Pump class.
While Julie was new to tennis, Andrew did have experience prior experience playing tennis. Andrew has met many new friends on the tennis court and has made it part of his routine. After having his initial New Member Evaluation with Coach Ilan, he was set up with new players to meet—and he just can’t get enough!
The couple has definitely enjoyed their tennis time, but a big part of the family’s membership was for the kids! Hayden and Hazel started playing in our Young Stars tennis class, where they are learning basic tennis skills using larger low compression balls and other specialized equipment designed to keep tennis FUN for the younger ones! On a rainy day you might even find the entire family playing tennis together on the indoor tennis courts.
The family is at the Club at least 4 times a week! “Oh, we are a tennis family forever now. We just can’t get enough! And we are so looking forward to Child Minding and using the pool. There is already so much for us to do at the Club, and we are so looking forward to having even more activities!” Julie adds.
Julie & Andrew, your family has been such a welcome addition to the Aspen Hill Club community. Smiles follow your family around to all of your activities, and we are so lucky that you found us!
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Recently I taught an Iyengar yoga class and it turned into a workshop. One of the biggest misconceptions of Iyengar yoga is that it is too prescriptive and teachers are unyielding in the repetition of standing poses and our teaching sequences. There is some truth to this statement, but with a few caveats, as many who attend my classes can attest. It may vary depending upon class size, level of yoga experience and /or familiarity with the Iyengar method.
I teach to all ages, levels of experience and every body, regardless of restriction or limitation. Our sequences prepare the mind and body for the needed strength and flexibility to add variations to the 200 plus asanas (poses) in our practice. Yoga among other things, is an invitation to explore and discover where you are and how you are in your practice.
In the Iyengar tradition there is heavy emphasis on observing every action and making needed adjustments or corrections to ensure we cause no harm (ahimsa) to self or others which is one of the most important sutras as a teacher.
My classes have students who range in age from their 20s to their 70s. In in class, we explored halasana (plow pose) and salamba sarvangasana (shoulder stand) with the use of props to ensure proper alignment and support for these weight bearing poses.
Three AHC students-Kalina, Qi and Shirley, with varying levels of experience and ages hit the mat with the curiosity and enthusiasm that makes teaching a true joy. Our class quickly morphed into a workshop for the inquisitive.
I’ve taught at the club for five years and I remain as dedicated and excited to teach yoga every day I’m on the mat….what a JOY, what an HONOR!
Oana Hinely & Tet Miyabra
We returned to the Club as soon as it reopened. The Club was completely sanitized and felt very safe. When we work out in the morning there are 6-10 others and in a space the size of the gym it seems empty. All members are following the rules—using masks, cleaning off machines with a disinfectant before and after use, and being very courteous. The staff regularly sanitizes the machines during the day and the members also clean the machines and are very cautious.
It was great to work out again, using the cardio machines and weight machines and working out with John in personal training sessions. The environment is definitely safe and we feel secure.
As a loyal consumer of AHC, I would like to applaud everyone employed at our great Club for the vigorous methods they are implementing to keep our Club safe. Since the day AHC reopened, I have been attending several times per week, and not once have I seen a lapse in safety practices to keep us all healthy. I am somewhat of a germaphobe and have felt completely protected at all times. I encourage my fellow members to get back out and enjoy our great center.
At this time, I would also like to applaud personal trainer, Beth Konzmann who I have worked with happily for 3 years and counting. Beth is an exceptional “coach”, and because of her skills, I have become a devoted fitness fan.
Especially during the current COVID pandemic, we need to stay fit and I encourage all to avail themselves of all the fine staff and services at AHC.
Thank you for your interest in the November 2020 Aspen Hill Club Newsletter.
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.
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 email@example.com with questions or concerns to see which option is right for you.
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!
Thank you for your interest in the Aspen Hill Club October 2020 Newsletter!