UPDATE FROM OUR GENERAL MANAGER
It’s hard to believe that 2015 is in the bag and we’ll have a clean slate in 2016. Personally as I look back on the year I’m excited to think about some of the improvements around the club as well as the relationships we’ve built. Some of our improvements took place in the cafe with the addition of smoothies and the use of a wireless paging system for café orders. The smoothies have been a hit all around and the paging system has cut down on the noise of calling orders over a microphone. Another great improvement was the addition of air conditioning in the fitness center and clubhouse, although we realize there is still more work to be done in regards to insulation with the clubhouse as it is currently insulated like a barn (no insulation). Also, many of you have commented on the much improved Wi-Fi that can be reached all the way to the lower deck. Lastly, we switched cable providers which allowed us to upgrade from 6 channels on our fitness equipment to 37 channels. All of these improvements have led to a greater experience here at The Hills that I’m proud to be a part of.
Enough of living in the past, let’s talk about some improvements that will be underway as many of you may be reading this. The fitness center will be receiving a much needed facelift with new paint, flooring, and all new fitness equipment. We wanted to get this accomplished as we wait on the permits, which are now waiting on parking lot improvements that the county is requiring before the fitness center can be expanded. The fitness center will be closed for renovations January 3rd through the 10th, but don’t let that stop you from staying fit; there will still be many classes available for you to supplement your workout. Take advantage and see the Group Fitness section and schedule for more details.
With the overwhelming feedback and participation last year, we are starting off 2016 with the Around the Club in 90 days Passport program. This is a great opportunity to get out and try new things around the club and earn $20 toward your dues. There are more prizes so read below for details on this fun program.
Cheers to the new year, wishing you and yours a happy and healthy year. Make every moment count!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
To your health and happiness,
A New Year’s Challenge! The 90-Day Club Passport
With over 30 fitness and well-being programs to choose from, our Passport program gives you incentive to try some new activities in the New Year! Complete at least 12 different activities in any of the next three months and receive a $20 credit for each month (up to $60) on your account. Complete 12 activities during each of the three months and you will be entered to win the Grand Prize of a $250 account credit. Staff members will date and initial completed activities, one per visit. Ask the front desk after Dec.25th for your Passport and get started January 1st!
Due to the passing of Measure FF which increased minimum wage over 30% in 2015 and another increase starting January 1 with more additions to PTO for the state of CA, we have raised the dues. Good news is, it was only a 1.7% increase. Family dues are now $285 and a single membership is $178. You can prepay your dues in the month of January and receive a 5% discount via check and 3% discount via credit card. Don’t let this discount slip away as it expires January 31st.
Fitness Center Closed
If you didn’t read the Manager’s Update, the Fitness Center will be closed January 3rd-10th for renovations. The renovations include: new paint, new floors, and new equipment. Our equipment will now be supplied by Technoqym, one of the leading manufacturers of gym equipment. Technogym’s equipment features more functions for a personalized, motivational, and entertaining workout that also improves technique. We will set up a temporary fitness area ready to use January 4th with cardio equipment, Olympic bench, and free weights in the Child Care area which will not be used for child care during this time. We hope that you’ll use the temporary closing of the fitness center as an opportunity to enroll in a TRX class, which uses your bodyweight to build muscle; walk-in to a Yoga class to lengthen and lean muscles for more flexibility; or join one of our many other classes or personal training appointments. The closing of the fitness center is also a great reason to try the 90-Day Passport program (see details above). Check out the Group Fitness schedule on our website or see the Group Fitness section for more details.
Child Care Temporarily Closed
Please note that during the Fitness Center renovation, January 3-10, the Child Care Center will be closed to be used as the temporary fitness area. Temporary fitness area will be ready to use January 4th.
Pre Competitive Swim Team 2015 Season Starts January 6
Manta Rays AGE 4 - 6 Wednesdays and Fridays 4-4:30pm
Swimmers will learn basic swimming skills up to advanced strokes. Team activity skills and group swim safety is introduced. Swimmers will learn to swim in deep water as well as jump or dive into deep water. Instruction will be conducted in water with one or two instructors at any given time. This class is takes place in our recreation pool, 86 degrees.
Tidal Waves AGE 5 - 11 Wednesdays and Fridays 4:30-5pm
Swimmers must pass the prerequisite for swim team: *50yards of freestyle with side breathing *25yards of back swimming *Treading water for 30 seconds *Streamline off wall for 5 yards. This group prepares swimmers for the swim team. This class takes place in the main pool and diving well with on-deck coaching.
Parents are encouraged to watch from a distance, poolside supervision is not permitted. Please be advised that these are not “intro to swimming” classes and swimmers must be comfortable in water without parent assistance.
Join the New Year’s Resolution Group!
What are your health goals for the New Year? Want to lose weight? Reduce stress? This January, The Hills is offering a special program to help you reach your 2016 goals. Our Nutritionist, Rachel, will be facilitating a weekly New Year’s resolution group. Meetings will include a short lesson tailored to the group’s interests and time for participants to ask questions and share their successes and challenges from the week. In addition, participants will benefit from 2 private sessions with Rachel and 2 private sessions with a trainer of their choice.
➢ When: Wednesdays in January and February, 6:30-7:30pm
➢ Cost: $360 (total value of $430).
➢ Included: 2 private sessions with Rachel ($160 value), 2 private sessions with a trainer ($190 value), & 8 group meetings ($80 value).
Sign up by January 4th, space is limited to 10 participants. Email Rachel Barach at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign-up.
Become a Spartan
Do you want to be in shape like Jeff and Brenda? If the answer is “yes”, you have to train and compete like Jeff and Brenda. Do I expect you to sore through the trees, 80 feet above the ground? NO.
But after training with Jeff and Brenda, you can. And if you want to be a SPARTAN,
you have to train like a Spartan. The next Spartan race is on May 14th, 2016 at AT&T park. We will begin a training program in January 2016 for those of you who are interested, to get you prepared. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon.
Train with the Experts
The new gym equipment will be here January 11th, 2016. This would be a great opportunity for you to get with one of our expert trainers to help you with your new year's resolution. We offer free orientations and most importantly, 1-on-1 training. Take advantage of the special pricing (limited time only) and join our Small Group Programs (TRX, Funct. Fitness), Youth training, NIA w/ Lorna and Tae Kwon Do. You can also get together with our expert Nutritionist, Rachel, and let her lead you to healthier eating in the New Year.
Nia with Lorna
Nia is a 60-minute cardio routine incorporating martial arts, dance, and yoga. Nia uses whole-body movements that are crafted and choreographed to increase overall wellness. Certified Nia instructor, Lorna Moglia, says, “I’m inspired when students say that they have sensed more flexibility, agility, mobility, strength, and stability” after joining Nia. Join Lorna for classic Nia and improve your overall health!
Download a pdf flyer here
Enroll in Children’s Pre-Ballet and Intro to Dance
We welcome new and returning students to try our Dance program, led by Dance instructor and professional ballerina Rosalia Lerner. Our spring semester is starting on Monday, January 11th and ending on Monday, May 16th with a recital.
➢ Pre-ballet class for 3-5 year olds, 3:15-4pm
➢ Intro to Dance for dancers 6 and up 4-5pm
Cost for full semester (16 sessions) $224, or drop in for $15/session. Nonmembers: $246, or $16/session. For more info and to register, please contact email@example.com
Present the Perfect Holiday Gift – Pilates on the Go
Don’t stress about finding gifts. Give a loved one or yourself a great, stress-reducing, health-promoting fitness gift! This gift includes a set of Pilates weighted 3lb. toning balls, a flex band, and enrollment in a 90-minute workshop where we’ve put together a special full-body, Pilates-based, strength and core routine. Workshops held on:
➢ Tuesday, December 22nd; Thursdays, January 12th and 19th, 6–7:30pm
Cost for the full package: $70 for members, $80 for non-members
Led by Therese Brewitz, STOTT PILATES Instructor and athletic conditioning specialist
Please contact our office to enroll:
Try ZEN•GA™ - the latest in fitness and wellness (COMING in 2016)
ZEN•GA™ is a blend of yoga, Pilates, and breath work, that works and stretches muscles and fascia (the connective tissue in and between muscles). Fascial fitness is the new frontier in fitness and exercise. Injuries, imbalances, tight muscles, tension and weakness often stem from tight or dehydrated fascia that needs to be moved and released. No previous yoga or Pilates experience required. First class is free! Come try ZEN•GA™ on Mondays at 5:00PM! For more info and to register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Jolt awake with Megan
Megan King has extensive experience teaching boot camps, cycling, and TRX. She has also guided yoga classes and worked as a massage therapist. Group Fitness Manager, Birgitte Rohrbach says, “We are excited to have Megan on board.” Megan will be starting a new class called “Morning Jolt” on Tuesday mornings at 5:15-6:15am beginning on January 5th. Join her to jolt yourself awake for work!
The Saturday 8am yoga class has been cancelled due to low attendance. There will also be changes to the Monday schedule starting this month, so keep an eye out.
Free Clinics with Eddie
Join USPTA Elite Professional Eddie Pasternak for free one-hour tennis clinics at The Hills! Eddie leads clinics each month that address all ages and skill levels. If it’s raining on one of the Clinic dates, the clinic will be held either the next day or the following weekend.
➢ Saturday, January 9th at 3-4pm - Intermediate/Advanced
➢ Sunday, January 31st 3-4pm - Beginner’s Clinic