eNews from The Hills

September 2, 2014


Dear Members:

I hope everyone had a great time at our annual Labor Day Celebration this pasty Monday afternoon. The sun was shining and we had a lot of fun with karaoke and music as we bid farewell to Summer Season 2014.

As we move into the month of September, we'll again be accepting free guest passes. As a reminder, parties with more than six guests must call in advance to reserve space. We cannot accommodate more than three such groups on any given day in consideration of our regular membership. Also, please be sure your guests understand and observe the club's rules and regulations.

Throughout the coming month, we'll staff the pool with monitors and lifeguards. I mentioned this in my last communication but we have slightly altered the announced schedule for pool monitors. As stated, we will have a full lifeguard crew on duty on the weekends. We'll also staff a pool monitor on weekday afternoons from 4pm to 7pm, and 1pm to 7pm on Wednesdays when kids typically get out of school early. Our pool manager will be on duty Friday through Sunday.

Speaking of swimming, we have decided to make some changes in the structure of our swim team. The team is a big part of The Hills culture and is also a great way for new families to experience the club. We also understand that the popularity of the program puts a great demand on pool space in the afternoons and evenings. As a result, we will be reducing the number of non-member kids on the swim team to seven. After 90 days on the team, these families will be expected to join the club to continue with the team.

Also, we will sponsor up to three "scholarship swimmers" to join the team without the obligation of a membership. These kids will be chosen through an application process reviewed by myself and the management team. If you know of a child who would benefit from competing with The Hills swim team, please contact me directly for details of this scholarship program. This is one way The Hills gives something back to our local community.

Thank you for making the summer a success at the club. I always welcome your questions and feedback.

To your health,

Ernesto Chamorro
General Manager


imgNew Swim Team Policy
The number of non-members on the swim team will be limited to seven participants. This is a short-term privilege that expires in 90 days, at which time these families must purchase a club membership to continue with the swim team.

Group Fitness News
Jodie Jonas, who many of you know as one of our stellar substitute instructors, is now permanently taking over the Monday Balance-and-Strength class at 11am. Unfortunately Ryan Head has other obligations and can no longer lead our Spin class on Fridays at 6pm. For the time being, Martin will take over that session.

Try Something New!
The Hills offers a wide variety of classes and we hope that you will try something new to take advantage of different styles of teaching with our experienced instructors. For example, try out our Tai Chi class on Wednesdays at 8am with Robin Rosario!

Pilates & Studio News
Want to try Pilates but not sure where to start? Pilates training offers numerous benefits; however, the looks and operation of the Pilates equipment can be somewhat complicated and intimidating. Furthermore, Pilates is small group personal training, so both student and teacher may need a few sessions to create an optimal routine. Contact tbrewitz@caclubs.com to get started with Pilates.
> Tuesdays at 4pm with Barbara Hoffer

Pilates Is Great for Swimmers
Olympic athletes Natalie Coughlin, Dara Torres and Rebecca Soni all swear that Pilates provides an edge in the water. Pilates builds core strength, introduces movement with flow, deep mental concentration, and improves lung capacity and breath control -- all essential for swimmers. Pilates is fun cross-training and addresses shoulder and back injuries. And Pilates on the Reformer mimics many swim strokes. Sign up with tcpilates@sbcglobal.net.
> Tuesdays 6:30am and Saturdays 8am

imgCardiotrampoline Pilates – Get Fit to the Core
For most of us, time is the biggest obstacle to achieving our fitness goals. Wouldn't it be great to combine your cardio training, strength training and stretching into a single session? With the cardiotrampoline workout, you get your heart pumping while your core is working hard and your muscles are stretched. Plus this is very gentle on the joints. The music is motivating and the workout is fun and energizing! Sign up with tcpilates@sbcglobal.net.
> Wednesdays at 9:00am and Saturdays at 9am (Childcare is available at this time.)

imgKinderdance Returns this Fall!
The Hills is delighted to bring additional programming to our preschool-aged members this fall with Kinderdance! The class is specifically designed for boys and girls ages 3-5 years. Kinderdance is a planned, developmental dance/movement and fitness program, teaching the basics of Acrobatics, Creative Dance, Ballet and Tap, while blending educational concepts. It is designed to enhance physical and neurological development and build self-esteem in children. Watch your child's physical, mental, and emotional functioning improve with Kinderdance! For more information and to register, contact tbrewitz@caclubs.com or Kira Lancaster at KinderdanceEastBay@yahoo.com.
> Tuesday afternoons 3 to 3:45pm, beginning September 9

Fall Swim Programs at The Hills

Sessions start in September, so sign up now in the Aquatics section of The Hills’ website. Or copy and paste this link to register: https://thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/Form.aspx?IDTD=5507582&RF=11909750

Tadpoles (Intro to Swimming) Ages 3 to 5
Fun activities and songs engage your child in the pool environment. Your swimmer will be swimming in four feet of water by end of class. Floating, swimming motions, jumping in, and supported kicking are introduced.
Session 1: September 7 - 28
Session 2: October 5 - 26
Session 3: November 2 - 23
> Sundays 10-10:30am, $65

Minnows (Learn to Swim) Ages 3 to 7
The stepping stone to safe swimming. Instructed with a positive approach, front and back strokes in deep water. Swimming underwater, freestyle, backstroke, dolphin kicks, and diving are introduced.
Session 1: September 4 - 29
Session 2: October 2 - 27
Session 3: October 30 - November 20 ($10 off for short session)
> Mondays and Thursdays, 4:30-5pm, $95

Manta Rays (Pre-Swim Team) Ages 4 to 8
Basic swimming skills including all four strokes. Team activity skills and group swim safety is introduced. Deep-water swimming as well as jumping and diving. Instruction will be conducted in and out of the water.
Session 1: September 3 - 26
Session 2: October 1 - 24
Session 3: October 29 - November 21 ($10 off for short session)
> Wednesdays and Fridays, 4-4:30pm, $95

Tidal Waves (Novice Swim Team) Ages 6 to 12
Participants must pass several prerequisites: *50yards of freestyle with side breathing. *25yards of back swimming. *Treading water for 30 seconds. *Streamline off wall for five yards. Prepares swimmers for the competitive team in the main pool and diving well with on-deck coaching.
Session 1: September 3 - 26
Session 2: October 1 - 24
Session 3: October 29 - November 21 ($10 off for short session)
> Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:30-5pm, $95

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