I am so glad to be back in the Club! I’ve been a member for a long time; the Club is my Happy Place. It is the place I go where I’m guaranteed to feel better than before I went.
I have felt safe since first going back when it re-opened. The COVID prevention practices directed by staff are followed by members – everyone is wearing a mask and are armed with a disinfectant bottle and wipe provided at the welcome desk upon entering.
Although it felt strange in the beginning, it is now feeling more normal. Some classes are back (Katie’s Yoga on Thursday (6 pm) and Saturday (10 am). Allison’s Body Pump is back too.) I’m seeing old friends and acquaintances.
I spoke to a member who just recently came back. He had been concerned about crowds and was relieved to see while there are some member present, it is far from crowded. In my experience, there have typically been fewer than 15 members in the fitness center.
The big thing for me is the mental health benefit that comes from being at the Club. I feel much better than those first awful months of COVID lockdown and am thrilled to be back at my Happy Place! We, as a society, still have far to go before this virus is under control. But the Club is doing it’s part responsibly and providing a needed respite from the madness.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, lcarter@aspenhillclub, or email@example.com for assistance. If you do have access, please follow the steps below.
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.
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”.
Click on the “Select Category” drop down menu on the right side of the page and select “Group Exercise”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By: John Kecman, Fitness & Personal Training Director
No one’s favorite new essential accessory how to help with your new mandatory accent piece
Unfortunately, the new normal when leaving the house has become wallet, phone, keys, and now mask. In my personal opinion, I don’t have a problem wearing one in public places, and usually forget I’m wearing one until I’m driving home. “Take five months off from the gym, and then I want you to try going back to the gym, getting back in shape, but I want you to wear an air restricting mask the whole time.”- said by no doctor, or physiologist under normal circumstances. Sadly these are not normal times and these are not normal circumstances, masks are here to stay. That being said there are ways to make things better or worse for yourself. I spent my first couple weeks in the gym wearing cloth masks. The first 30-minutes weren’t so bad. The following 30-minutes felt as if I was water boarding myself. Moving effortlessly, carrying on a conversation, and breathing while you feel as if you are underwater are skills that should be left to fish in Disney movies.
No matter how anyone feels about masks, they are here to stay and part of the new normal. The human body is amazingly adaptive, trust me, it will get easier. Unless you are in one of the designated spaces, like an outdoor tennis court, these are the conditions we need to operate under. If wearing a mask, and wearing it properly, is not something you are willing to do, then you are a liability to the Aspen Hill Club community. Accepting that I couldn’t run wearing a mask, I found a few ways to help mitigate the problems I described above.
The first thing you can do is make sure to keep your mask dry. Once you’ve sweat through your mask your work output and efficiency drop exponentially, so you might as well go home then. Make sure you bring a spare mask that you can switch to. The difference in working out in a dry cloth mask and a wet one is like night and day. Under Armour has made quick drying mask for this reason. Masks that are more rigid also help keep you from taking a breath in and eating your mask unintentionally. The Under Armour mask supposedly has this feature as well, but there are others out there already that help. The last helpful tip I can give while I wait for my Under Armour mask to get delivered, is to wear a paper mask, and bring a spare that you can switch to once it inevitably get wet. I’ve found it far easier to breath in a temporary mask even after wearing the same one long enough to soak it. That’s what I have from my experience, but if anyone else has tips, tricks, or information that might help others in the gym, please feel free to send me an email and we can share the knowledge.
“I’ve been back to the AHC fitness center several times since it reopened and want to say how impressed I am with the cleanliness of the facility and the safety procedures that are in place. Everyone must wear a mask and social distancing signs are everywhere. When members arrive they are handed a spray bottle and rag and must spray and dry any equipment or surfaces they touch, both before and after use. Equipment has been moved and/or reconfigured for distance and safety. Staff are always around to monitor the area to make sure guidelines are being followed. They are definitely staying on top of the safety, health and wellness of members! I would definitely recommend coming back to the club for others.
I’m especially happy to start training again with John Kecman to try and regain strength lost during the shutdown. If you’re looking for a trainer or even some motivation to get back into a routine, I highly recommend John.”
“Considering the current situation, the club has been operating in a very safe and professional manner, while maintaining an excellent level of hospitality.”
“It’s a wonderful experience to be back at the gym. I feel completely confident that all measures are taken to secure the members’ safety. Safety is a priority. Masks are required at all times and staff and members practice social distancing.
Staff provides members with towels and sanitizer to clean the equipment before and after use. The staff makes sure that members follow all guidelines to ensure our safety. Equipment is clearly marked so members know what is available for use.
John Kecman, the Personal Training Director, is extremely helpful with keeping all the equipment clean and safe. John is an experienced trainer and listens to your needs and concerns – I absolutely recommend him.”
I had my first visit back to the club last week, and it is so great to be back. It’s been a second home for me for almost three decades, and I realized how much I have missed the Aspen Hill family. The team sincerely seemed happy to see me, and I truly felt welcome. The environment is extremely safe. I won’t even eat at any outdoor restaurant, and, in general, I am much more careful than most people. I had no concern at all for catching Covid-19 at the Club. Everything is super clean, and I had no trouble wearing my mask as I did fairly hard cardio.
Honestly, I’ve been working out a lot here at home over the pandemic, an average of 2-3 hours per day. I’ve even been making YOUTUBE SPIN classes from home on a weekly basis for members. It still hasn’t been the same these 5 months without the club as the foundation for my workouts and friendships. I highly recommend getting back into the club routine. It’s also nice for mental health to see friends and work-out in the club environment after this crazy 2020.
I have been a member at the Aspen Hill Club for over 35 years. When the club announced it was reopening the fitness center, I was concerned about how safe it would be. As many other members, contracting Coronavirus was a concern, especially since I am over 70 years old with some underlying health issues. However, based on the protocol identified in the reopening email, I decided to give the club a chance.
I made my reservation for the opening afternoon session and pleasantly surprised how safe I felt when I arrived. Instructions for wearing a mask on the entire campus are displayed from the parking lot and throughout the club. Plexiglass shields the front desk personnel and every member is given a bottle of their own sanitizing spray and cleaning rag upon entrance. The entrance and exit to and from the fitness center are clearly labeled. The fitness center was immaculate as club has done a great job cleaning every part of it. The equipment is strategically located to encourage physical distancing and fitness staff is very courteous to remind members to adhere to physical distancing and to wear their masks. I did my workout, felt very safe and look forward to being at the club daily as we persevere through the pandemic. My message to you is come on down to the club, I look forward to seeing you there.
Now that our Fitness Center has reopened here are a few tips for working out in a mask.
If you have asthma or underlying respiratory issues please consult with your physician prior to resuming your exercise regimen.
Choose a mask made of synthetic breathable materials made of two cloth layers or less. The lack of layers will keep your face from becoming overheated. The synthetic fabric will prohibit the mask from becoming drenched in perspiration and becoming less effective for the spread of infection.
Should you choose to wear a gaiter as your face covering. Make sure it properly fits and keeps your nose covered throughout the workout session. Please note that gaiters will provide better air flow but you may be exchanging breathability for protection from infection.
Whichever you chose, plan to carry several masks for your workout session. A wet mask makes breathing more difficult and is less effective in preventing the spread of infection.
Pace yourself through your workout and listen to your body. Studies from the American Council on Exercise have demonstrated exercising at one’s regular pace has rendered the exerciser to experience dizziness and overheating, Allow yourself proper time to adjust to the change in the workout.
Stay hydrated, Make sure you are properly hydrated before your workout (during and after). We welcome you back to our Fitness Center and we hope to provide a great experience as we all navigate through our “new normal”.
1 Fitness Band (optional)
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