Women’s Locker Room Remodel Update August 25

We are nearing the completion of the women’s locker room remodel. We hope to open the new showers, new whirlpool, steam and sauna on Monday, September 12.

Updates:

  • Finish laying tile this week. Start grout this weekend and all of next week
  • Finish laying whirlpool tile this week and start grouting Saturday
  • Install shower doors next week Friday
  • Install ceiling grid and ceiling tile next week

They will begin moving the temporary walls to different locations to expose the vestibules leading to and from the showers. This will include closing off one side of the main dry vanity at various times. You will still have access to the main dry vanity but will be through one side.

Thank you.

Women’s Locker Room Remodel Update August 11

We are in the final stretch of the women’s locker room remodel and it’s pretty much tile, tile and more tile! There is so much square footage that has to be tiled including hallways, floors, showers and whirlpool that there won’t be much more happening until the end of August.

We are still on schedule for a mid-September opening day!

You will see another “test sample” of a trash door in the main dry vanity. We want to come up with something that keeps the trash hidden but won’t pinch fingers.

The fluctuations in temperature in the temporary showers is fixed and the water is perfect. We also changed out shower heads in the family locker room so there is more pressure in those showers.

Thank you.

Paula Neubert
President/General Manager

Women’s Locker Room Remodel Update August 4

We are nearing the end of our women’s locker room remodel:

  • The fluctuation in hot/cold temperatures in the temporary showers is being fixed tonight
  • We are installing new shower heads in the family locker rooms to increase the water pressure
  • LED lighting in the main dry vanity was installed last week. The shadowing has disappeared. The brightness of the lighting will burn down slightly over the next couple weeks
  • We are pouring concrete for the whirlpool on Monday
  • Prep work for the tile was completed this week
  • We will begin laying tile tomorrow and all of next week
  • Plumbing for new drinking fountain has been completed
  • We are rebuilding the motor for the women’s steam room during the remodel

Thank you.

Paula Neubert
President/General Manager

You Can’t Play Tennis Through Rose-Colored Glasses

What is the proper follow-through for a forehand or backhand? What should I be doing with my footwork? What is the best grip at the net? Each of these questions is like asking a golfer, which club should I be using? Don’t feel bad, I see these same questions being debated throughout the coaching world as well. Having a variety of shots available to pull out in a variety of tactical situations is where the real advantage lies.

It seems everyone is looking for that one magic technical pill to unlock the mysteries of tennis, but the answer is…it depends. You have to understand that tennis is an “open skilled sport” meaning that the conditions out on the court are constantly changing, such as the height of the ball, the speed, the spin, the trajectory and where you are on the court. Pigeonholing your game into simple compartments like a follow-through or a backswing, stalls your development and puts you at a distinct disadvantage.

I think the best answer to helping us sort all of this out came in a simple comment by an Aussie friend of mine named Brett Hobden. “The key to player development is in finding technical solutions to tactical problems”. In other words, rather than spending all of your time trying to groove that optimal forehand follow-through, which will only work a small percentage of the time anyway, learn shots that will advance you tactically and learn how to do it from a variety of ball types and positions on the court. Getting back to my golf analogy, golfers can have up to 14 clubs in their bag to help them with a variety of situations they’ll encounter out on the course, such as a driver for hitting long distances and a putter for shorter strokes on the greens. It may help to
think of your tennis game as a giant toolbox. Sit down and do an honest evaluation of where you are with your game and try to determine what tools or shots you’re missing. Begin with the most important tools like a consistent and reliable serve and work out from there. Singles players often require slightly different tools than doubles players and if you’re struggling to figure that out we have several expert Tennis Professionals on hand who would be happy to assist you!

Tennis is a complex gaTENNISme, but if you understand what is happening at your level and can look ahead to the next level and the skills those players possess, you can begin to see what tools are most important in taking your game to the next level.
I look forward to seeing you on the courts!

 

Ron Steege, Director of Tennis
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club

Choose a heart healthy path…

 

blogpath3Heart health could be the most important physical attribute of all. A healthy heart feeds oxygenated blood to every muscle, every organ and every cell in your body. So what is the best way to ensure you have a healthy heart? The most obvious way to improve heart health is to simply be active.

According to the American Heart Association, you should get at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise most days, if not every day for optimal heart health. We can all find 30 minutes in our busy schedules to dedicate to our heart. A 30 minute walk/run through your neighborhood will not only get your heart pumping but could be just the ticket to clear your mind, stimulate positive ideas and allow you to take in some Vitamin D from the sun.

All activity is beneficial. You only have one heart – take care of it, choose to be active and you will thrive in areas beyond heart health. Aerobic exercise like swimming, biking, or use of cardio equipment will strengthen the heart and lungs by improving the body’s ability to utilize oxygen. The stronger your heart the more efficient it is at pumping blood to the rest of the body and eliminating toxins. Yoga, deep breathing and other stress reducing activities help lower blood pressure and bring more oxygen to all areas of the body as well. If that isn’t enough motivation to get moving, I’m not sure what is!

Hate cardio activity? Yoga not your thing? Prefer to lift weights? That’s okay too because even anaerobic activities like strength training and high intensity interval training teach the body to become efficient at creating energy and recovering from bursts of energy output. Strength training will increase your heart rate while creating both muscle strength and muscle density. Increasing muscle strength and muscle density increases your metabolism and strengthens the immune system. Schedule your daily workout and vary your activities and you will improve your heart health and chances for a longer, healthier life. With all the options available to you, finding something to do for at least 30 minutes per day should be easy. Be creative. Use the stairs in your home if all else fails. I’m confident you’ll find something fun to do it in a heartbeat!

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Women’s Locker Room Remodel

Temporary Shower Update:

  • We have finally been able to pinpoint the problem with the hot/cold temperature fluctuations
  • Unfortunately, the problem is not fixable so we have gone to Plan B
    We will tap in to a completely different water line and run new piping to the temporary shower area
  • This will be all night work and will take a few days to get scheduled but we will get the problem fixed

Main Dry Vanity:

  • The LED lights have been installed
  • The lights are much brighter and are lighting the mirrors to take away all shadows
  • We have placed a dimmer on the can lights and decreased the lighting in the middle section of the vanity

Showers:

  • Whirlpool rebar and plumbing is nearly complete. They will call for inspections next week
  • Whirlpool will be poured end of next week
  • CMU shower walls have been constructed
  • Trench drains have been installed
  • Tile starts next week

Everything is going according to schedule. Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

Women’s Locker Room Remodel Update July 22

Moving forward according to schedule:
•        Continuing with whirlpool install
•        Rough wall and hard lid MEP inspections complete
•        Shower walls (CMU block) complete
•        Fire sprinkler rough-in complete
•        Begin drywall/Durock install next week
•        Begin tile install next week

We are aware of the hot/cold temperature fluctuations in the temporary showers and doing everything necessary to mitigate the problem.

The LED lights for the dry vanity are scheduled for install next week Tuesday.

Thank you, Paula

Running for a Cause and a Cure

Many of you know that I run for exercise, whether it’s on the treadmill in the lower CV area or on the trail west of the club. It’s my peace and sanctuary that allows me to have a few minutes of time to myself and keeps my heart and lungs strong. I used to race (10K, half or marathon) at least once a year but haven’t in a number of years. This year I am running a race to help cure a disease that goes against everything I know and love.
With a degree in exercise science and being the President of one of the top clubs in the industry, I have a strong passion for fitness and moving; ALS is a horrible disease that ultimately keeps you from moving. I have had the privilege to coAugie-Nietonnect with an organization that is fighting this disease and making progress; ALS.TDI and Augie’s Quest. Augie Nieto was the founder of Life Fitness, a company that revolutionized the fitness industry by creating the indoor life cycle and you all know what happened after that….a multi-million dollar industry was created that has helped millions of people across the globe find health and fitness and make positive changes to their lives. Augie was diagnosed with ALS 11 years ago and since 2006 has raised over $45,000,000 to find a cure. I want you all to know, ALS is a curable disease, it’s just been underfunded. ALS.TDI is the scientific research institute that is conducting studies and is making progress toward finding a cure. They just need more money to do it and they need it fast.
I attended a fundraiser for ALS in March and met some more folks that have the disease. One gentleman was diagnosed two years ago and is walking with a cane now. Another was diagnosed in October, and is already in a wheel chair and finding it harder and harder to talk and eat. Needless to say, I counted my blessings, thanked God for the miracles that have occurred in my life over the years and said I was going to do whatever I could to help.
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club, along with a handful of clubs throughout the country, have made the mandate to start a team, create a goal for a certain number of runners, raise money aTEAMQUEST_PULSE AD3nd travel to Brooklyn on October 8, 2016 to participate in the Brooklyn Rock n Roll Half Marathon. Of course, the competitive nature running through my veins is helping us strive to have more runners than any other club. We are making this more than a Greenwood team; we created the Colorado Team Quest 4 ALS and are including participants from anywhere that want to walk/run with us to help find a cure for ALS. This is one simple race but if our team hits our goal of 60 runners we will raise $210,000 toward finding a cure.
You don’t have to be a runner to participate and with the help of our resident Elite Runner and Personal Trainer, Tristan Mitchell, you will be able to finish. We will provide you with a program,  opportunities to participate in track workouts, training runs, and mobility classes to help you run pain free. More details about the race and fundraising requirements are located on our website at GreenwoodATC.com or feel free to contact me at 303.770.2582 x309, paulan@greenwoodatc.com or stop by my office.
Join, me, Tristan, Tiffany Levine, Sheri Warren, Joe and Sara Talbert and Shaun Cook and lets show New York what being Colorado Strong is all about!
Learn more and register to run today!

Paula Neubert, President and General Manager
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club

Women’s Locker Room Update July 14

Women’s locker room updates:

  • Whirlpool demo is complete
  • Concrete slab was poured
  • CMU block for shower walls in progress and scheduled for completion next week
  • Plumbing rough-in for walls begins next week
  • Ceiling frames complete
  • Electric ceiling install is in progress
  • Calling for rough wall and hard lid MEP inspection early next week

Dry vanity updates:

  • Still working on re-design for the trash doors
  • LED lighting expected to ship on 7/20/16; install soon after
  • Searching for better magnifying mirror due to wall damage and damage to the arm of the mirror

Everything is running according to schedule. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Fit Family

When Tony and Natalie Plant first joined Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club two years ago, “the best part of your day” seemed a rather large promise.
Not anymore.
“I think it is true! We are here almost every day and even had Dylan’s birthday party here.  It is a home away from home.  We hFavorite 2ave gotten to know members slowly over two years and now we know many people.  It is nice to see other parents by the pool or other members in class, to know them on a first name basis and wave “hello” as we walk in the door. It is all very welcoming.”
It is natural for Natalie and Tony to incorporate fitness as a family. In the 15 years they have been married, working out and a healthy lifestyle has been part of their lives.
“Fitness is important – when we don’t work out we feel yucky. We need it emotionally and physically.  We also want to be in good shape and live a long time.  We eat well too and cook together as a family.”
Prior to joining GATC two years ago, they were members at Lifetime Fitness and CORE power yoga.  Natalie was pregnant with her second child when they started their search for a new fitness home.
“I thought I really needed something great to get back in shape.  Greenwood has everything we were getting from two locations.  There is also more of a family and community vibe here.  We just like the atmosphere and energy here.
Dylan (5) wants to come to his tennis lessons with Coach Lisa and basketball lessons with Coach Brian. He asks to come to YAC; the staff members that supervise know Dylan and he knows them.  He feels wanted there and that is important. Both Dylan and Jameson (18 months) take swim lessons, Jameson with her father.”
When asked why Dylan likes basketball, Natalie said: “Coach Brian has a way of talking to them.  He doesn’t treat them like babies.  Coach Brian treats Dylan like he is really playing basketball.”
Tony’s work in commercial insurance  takes him out of town 1-4 days a week, but GATC is often the last stop on the  way to the airport and first stop on the  way home.
With Dylan and Jameson in good hands, Natalie can focus on taking care oFavoritef herself. Yoga classes are her favorite but Natalie also participates in Indoor Cycling, cardio, weights and tennis lessons. Tony mainly utilizes the weights, cardio and yoga. The pool is a family favorite all summer long!
They have so many good things to say about so many staff members. For Natalie, “Amy (Baker) really inspires me with how much she is (successfully) juggling as a mom herself. She is here all the time, teaching, working out.  I look up to that. Lana is also a great example and she feels like a friend to me now. She inspires me to get here more.”
“We want our kids to grow up here.  In addition to school and our Highlands Ranch neighborhood, we want to have GATC as one of the communities where they have friends.”