eNews from The Hills June 2


Dear Members:

As the summer season heats up, we are focused on keeping The Hills safe and enjoyable for you, your children and guests. One step we announced was hiring a pool manager to provide oversight and a presence on the pool deck on weekends, holidays and other busy days. I am pleased to introduce Marika Holtzman in this role.

Marika is a Hills "veteran" who many of you will recognize. She grew up in the area and progressed through swim lessons and swim team at The Hills. She started teaching swim lessons at 16 and continues as an instructor to this day. Marika is studying psychology and criminal justice at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is excited to be back at The Hills this summer. You'll see her around the pool deck making sure everything is running smoothly.

Also, we've instituted an online reservation system for our popular cabanas around the pool. This system runs alongside our online billing service. If you don't have an online account and password, contact Jeni Nguyen at [email protected].

Our cafe is now open seven days a week, 11am to 8pm. We just hired Jeff Zimmerman as our day-to-day cafe manager. Feedback about our new menu and service has been very positive, so please try a sandwich or salad and let us know what you think. We want the cafe to be a success and your patronage is appreciated.

Finally, I want to ask that you enjoy our saunas and hot tubs with respect for other members' comfort. To promote quiet reflection and relaxation, we ask that you avoid loud conversation in these areas. Likewise, please refrain from using any oils or personal products in the saunas. Some members are sensitive or allergic to these products.

Thanks for your cooperation with the club's rules and regulations, and for your helpful feedback and suggestions. We are all looking forward to a fun, sunny summer season!

To your health,

Ernesto Chamorro
General Manager


Kinderdance Summer Camp Free Trial

imgKinderdance is an engaging, musical experience that blends physical and creative development with preschool-education concepts. Designed for 3-to-5 year olds, featuring songs and dances from the hit musical "Frozen" and with fun themes like Dancing at the Beach, Dancing with the Animals A-Z, and Dancing on a Jungle Safari! We incorporate colorful props, music and dance moves. Children learn the basics of tumbling, floor gymnastics, ballet and tap, while free-movement is fostered in imaginative realms like the sea and jungle. Kinderdance teaches to the “whole child,” building self-esteem through positive reinforcement, encouraging new levels of physical development, and stimulating the brain with colors, shapes, letters and numbers. For more information, contact [email protected] or sign up on our website: Summer Dance Camp Registration.

No sign up or fee for these two trial classes:
Tuesday, June 3, 3:45-4:15pm
Sunday, June 8, 11:30am-12pm

Six one-week sessions, Monday through Friday
Starting June 23 through August 8, 9:30am -11:30am
(Note: No camp June 30-July 4)

Pilates Reformer News

imgNew Machine: Come try out our Reformer program, now expanded to accommodate one extra student in all current classes. This is great news if you were waiting for a spot to open up or if you need to alternate your schedule. Please sign up for class ahead of time on the Hills Pilates Scheduler.

New Class
Beginners and intermediate students are invited to join Pilates instructor, doula and elite runner Caitlin Smith.
Thursdays, 8:30am

Not Sure?
Try our Pilates Reformer free trial with Barbara Hoffer. Learn great exercises for strength, length, and core control. To register, contact [email protected].
Saturday June 7, 9-9:45am

imgMassage in Progress

Thai massage with Patricia Brown has generated a huge response! Due to demand, we will soon build a closed cabana with massage amenities outside. To schedule a massage, contact [email protected].

Welcome to Cathyn
Please welcome new instructor Cathyn Fan to our studio. She is a warm, friendly (and fierce!) STOTT-certified Pilates instructor who teaches around the East Bay community. Cathyn will be offering reformer and private training in the studio.

Group Fitness News
Our group manager Birgitte Rohrbach reports the clubhouse renovation is now complete. "It's an addition that we have needed and wanted for a long time. The new partitions should help control noise problems and lend a more private and serene feeling to our classes."

New Barre Class
A beautiful new barre just arrived! Added to the existing barre along the windows, we will be able to accommodate more students in two classes each week.
Mondays, 4-5pm
Wednesdays, 11.30am-12.30pm

Vacation Time

imgDuring summer season, our instructors and staff also take time for vacation. So we all help each other out, covering when somebody is gone. Please be receptive to an occasional substitute, as we do our best to maintain your consistent routine.

Kids Sport Tour

imgFor ages 6 to 12 years, the Tour is fun and exercise aimed at improving sports skills through a variety of "theme-weeks." Different sports and creative activities to heighten your child’s familiarity and love of sports including basketball, tennis, kickball, tee ball/baseball, soccer, pickle ball, numerous cooperative and fitness games.

June 3 through July 10
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1–2pm
$180 ($10 off for additional siblings)
Drop-in $30
Non-members, 20% higher

Join Us for "Super Fit"

Enjoy a quick, high-intensity workout. We’ll keep you moving through the entire 30-minute workout. Hit the ground running with these morning eye-openers -- your coworkers will marvel at your new energy.

June 4 through July 12
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6am
Saturdays, 8am
Drop-in $30
Non-members, 20% higher

Hills Basketball Tournament

imgHoop it up! The Hills is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball league for all abilities. The "Hills League" culminates with a Tournament of Champions to crown the kings of the court! Sign-ups will be accepted on an individual or a team basis. Individuals will be matched by skill to create competitive flights of younger players and adults. We'll schedule up to eight games for each team. Trophies and prizes!

Youth Bracket (ages 5-15); Sundays, 9:15am
Adult Bracket (16+); Saturdays, 9:15am
Weekends beginning June 14
$250 per team entry fee

TRX Boot Camp

imgWant to step up your fitness level but still have fun? Have you heard all the HIIT (high intensity interval training) hype but aren't sure what it's all about? If so, check out our summer TRX Boot Camp Classes. Each class is different, to push you harder than you would push yourself. We want to keep your body guessing -- and challenge you with every class! Using the TRX structure, jump ropes, medicine balls, agility ladders and more, you will burn calories, build muscle strength, and wonder where the time went!

June 16 through July 18
Mondays, 9:30–10:15am
$130, Drop-in $20
Non-members, 20% higher

Health & Fitness Sessions

imgPersonal Trainer and TRX Trainer Meredith Thomason offers health and fitness sessions outside the gym. Sessions take place in the Cafe Lobby or in one of our lovely cabanas. Meredith is now a Health and Lifestyle Coach with a focus on revving up your health, fitness or performance-training plan. She coaches cyclists and triathletes of all levels, including beginners. Book your appointment now for these one-hour sessions. At least three sessions recommended for optimal results. Contact Meredith or stop by the front desk for more information or to book your sessions.

$100/session ($250 for three)
Non-members, 20% higher

Bronwyn’s Nutrition Tip

When trying to lower blood pressure through diet, most would cut back on salt. Yet salt, or sodium, is just one of several minerals that regulate blood pressure. Magnesium, potassium and calcium are also key players. These minerals need to be increased to reverse hypertension. Great sources of these nutrition’s are found in nuts and seeds, grains, beans, lentils, fruit and vegetables. Studies show boosting these minerals in the diet can significantly lower blood pressure even when dietary sodium levels stay the same. The more plant-based foods you consume, the better for your blood pressure. And of course, keep up the exercise!
To schedule a consultation with Bronwyn, email her at [email protected].