Tennis League Kickoff – Partay!

By Marty Badt, Elite Sports Club-North Shore Member Services Representative & Tennis League Co-Coordinator

Tennis Kickoff Party at Elite River Glen
Cheers to Tennis!

This past Monday (Sept. 9) we had tennis league kickoff party at Elite River Glen. It was a great turn out with lots of fun and enthusiasm. There were some great questions regarding upcoming tennis leagues – since great minds think alike, we figure you have similar questions. Continue reading Tennis League Kickoff – Partay!

Unlikely Pairs: Bikes & Brews

Five years ago Kay, Elite Sports Clubs owner, challenged her staff to share their passions with the members, the point being to connect with more members and go beyond being seen as just a fitness center, but also become a destination for a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Bikes & Brews founder, Paul Alexander says he is “passionate about health and fitness, but I also love good food and great craft beer. Little old Milwaukee, Wisconsin has some great dining options, but the city and the state is truly becoming a mecca for craft beer. Before I went to college, I cooked for a living. I thought to myself; whip up some grub, pair it with locally brewed craft beer and share! ‘Bikes and Brews’ was born!”

In the years since, Elite has hosted many variations of Bikes & Brews. Paul started with your traditional indoor cycle class with craft beer tasting to follow, but then ventured outdoors to the Elite Sports Club-North Shore deck, and even biked the streets of Milwaukee on the now well-known Pedal Tavern!

Elite Bikes Brews Pedal Tavern Outing

Next week “Bikes & Brews” is switching up the location, and hosting the event at Elite’s West Brookfield location. Paul and co-host Melissa Mueller say that they are “excited for a change of atmosphere, and hopefully will see some new faces. We are also excited to welcome back  craft beer samplings from Big Bay Brewery!”

Paul explained that “from past visits we have learned that Chris Piotrowski, one of the founders of Big Bay, has a wonderful story on how he named his beer company. He contacted a local historical society to find out if there was ever a brewery in Shorewood or Whitefish Bay in the past. Surprisingly, there never was a brewery in the North Shore. That’s not to say there wasn’t beer in North Shore.”

“Pabst Beer had a beer garden at Big Bay Park in Whitefish Bay and people took the trolley up Lake Shore Drive on the weekends. Chris’s beers utilize a unique hop to flavor the beers so they have a very distinct taste. One of my personal favorites is “Long Weekend,” a slightly hoppy and very balanced India Pale Ale. (It pairs very well with my honey jalapeno chicken wings!)”

Beer tasting at a health club? What does that have to do with health? At Elite, we believe a big part of health is balance, “Bikes & Brews” is a perfect example of this balance. Our members come to the club after a hard week of work, break a good sweat during a special cycling class, and then relax while learning about Milwaukee’s long history of being America’s brew city. We are supporting local small businesses, which is healthy for our local economy, and balancing our hectic, fast-paced lives with a little R & R.

Bikes Brews Handout
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As mentioned above, the next Bikes & Brews event will be held at the Elite Sports Club-West Brookfield location, on Friday, September 20th, 6-8 pm. Elite Sports Club-West Brookfield Fitness Director, Melissa Mueller, and Elite Sports Club-North Shore Personal Training Director, Paul Alexander will once again host an easy-paced 45 minute cycle ride, followed by food and beer tasting featuring Big Bay Brewery. Check out the Facebook event, and RSVP with the Front Desk or in the Fitness Center 262-786-3330.

Can’t make it to the first event? The next one will be Friday, October 18th at Elite Sports Club-North Shore! Everyone is invited to both events, so members, you are welcome to bring friends!

What is your favorite unlikely pair? Can you think of other exercises that “pair” well with certain foods, drinks, or hobbies?

Member Stories: Margaret Zitzer “I always joked about losing my baby fat”

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be Elite, and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s accomplishments:

I have struggled with excess weight my whole life. And it’s been a long struggle.

Elite Member: Margaret Zitzer (Before)

I celebrated my 50th birthday last October. My weight really ballooned after I had my children though. I always joked about not losing my “baby fat” after I had my babies. Well, my babies were no longer babies and I had to do something about my weight problem.

(Pregnant now? Don’t worry, you can safely maintain your exercise routine through pregnancy too!)

Two years ago, I had gastric bypass surgery to help me lose weight. The surgery is just one tool in losing weight, however. I still have to eat the right foods and exercise. I started exercising by just walking and then joined Elite.

I started out slowly by riding a recumbent bike and using the resistance machines. My son and I love to swim and enjoy the outdoor pool at Mequon.

I also joined Jane Zien’s Zumba classes on Monday and Wednesday nights in Mequon and Sunday mornings at River Glen. I love to dance and Zumba just makes me happy! Jane is a super teacher and so motivational. I don’t have a workout buddy, but knowing that Jane looks forward to me being in class motivates me to go. She worries about me if I do miss. She is a challenging teacher and I am so happy to have found her.

Elite Member: Margaret Zitzer (After)

Jane is also a runner, which I think has rubbed off on me. I am currently training for my first 5K run in September. Oh, by the way, to date, I’ve lost over 150 pounds!

Congratulations on your weight loss Margaret! You have done a great job diversifying your workouts and realizing that surgery is only one step to losing weight and keeping it off. We are so glad that Jane has been helpful in your journey. Elite strives to hire inspiring exercise instructors and trainers that help our members stay motivated and hold them accountable.

Share your own “elite” story of weight loss, conquering that first race, improving your tennis rating, or accomplishing some other goal! No story is too small, we are proud of ALL of our members! A person of few words? Check us out on Twitter @MyEliteStory too!

Member Stories: Katie Marx, “A small price to pay”

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be Elite, and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s accomplishments:

A few weeks ago (8/9/13-8/11/13) I joined thousands of walkers in the Susan G. Komen Chicago 3-Day. I signed up for this personal journey to walk 60 miles over three days to demonstrate my determination in finding a cure for breast cancer.

Katie Marx Susan G Komen Chicago 3 Day Walk

My best and lifelong friend, Molly Fuglestad was diagnosed 3 years ago with Stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 33. At the time she had 3 year old twins and an 18 month old. She was cancer free for less than one year before it came back in her sternum and she was upgraded to Stage 4. Molly is putting up her best fight possible. She has endured weeks of unbearable pain, countless rounds of chemotherapy, and lost her hair a second time. She fights every minute of every day while taking care of her family and living her life to the fullest.

I often found myself asking…what can I do? I, of course, loved spending extra time with her, attending chemo sessions, stocking her freezer with meals – but I wanted to do something to fight cancer in a bigger way, so myself and 8 other “Molly’s Army” members signed up for the 3 Day. After I submitted my registration, the fundraising and training began.

Elite Member Katie Marx and Molly's Army

The first step was getting fitted for running shoes and investing in good socks – then my training could officially start. First it was 2-3 mile walks at the club in the spring, then it was hitting the pavement for 15 miles around neighborhood parks and trails. By the time August rolled around I was ready.

The Susan G. Komen 3 Day is just an awesome experience. We had perfect weather and all nine members of our Army (including Molly) walked all 60 miles. I have never drank more water and Gatorade, or eaten more food in my life – plus now I am somewhat of an expert in foot blister care! I met so many inspiring men and women while walking. Breast cancer survivors, their families, and their friends are an amazing group of people that I am honored to be associated with.

Our team raised over $23,000 for Susan G. Komen cancer research and support. I was amazed and humbled by the generosity and kindness of our donors. I would also like to thank my husband Andy, my little girls Lauren and Ellie, and my parents Rita and Neal Larsen for helping my find the time to train for the 3 Day and meet my fundraising goal.

I was excited, nervous, and anxious for the 3 Day to come, but now that we have completed it, I would gladly do it all over again. The physical training, fundraising, and preparation for the event are a small price to pay to help find a cure for breast cancer.

-Katie Marx, Elite Sports Clubs member


Words can’t express how proud my family, Neal , Bob, Nels, and Abbey, are at the completion of the very long training and walking event that Katie Larsen Marx , our oldest daughter, has just finished.

Elite Sports Clubs Members Katie Marx and Family

3-Days for the Cure was indeed a challenge for all to imagine doing. From early spring the group of 10, nine women and one man, worked hard to train and to be ready for this event.
I have always taught my children to take the time out to take care of others, especially when in need, as her friend Molly is, who has stage 4 breast cancer. Ever so privately, the girls and (one man) hope that they will be able to somehow slow up the effects on this young mother of three.

The combined group of 10 walkers raised more than $23,000 as a part of the 3-Day event, as family and friends, cheered them on! Hats off to them; and hats off to Molly, who also raised money and walked!

A true survivor’s story!

-Rita Larsen, mother of Katie Marx

Thanks to Katie, and her mother Rita for sharing their story of great accomplishment and support–of each other, friends in need, and breast cancer research. Submit your own healthy story.

Elite Sports Clubs are proud to support its communities and charitable causes of all sorts. We will once again be teaming up with a local charity (ABCD) for breast cancer support at our Open House this Fall. Check out last year’s event, the “Totally Pink Breakfast & Fashion Show.”

Member Stories: Brenda Cullin and Pam Tullberg

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be Elite, and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s accomplishments:

Brenda Cullin and Pam Tullberg, both Elite members, recently won the gold medal at the 2013 National Senior Games Championships. The games were held in Cleveland, OH a few weeks ago. They competed in the age 50-54 tennis doubles competition.

Their semi-final match against a team from Florida was a marathon match with Cullin/Tullberg finally winning 15-13 in a third set super tiebreak. The final against the home team from Ohio also went three sets. With the pair from Wisconsin winning the Gold 10-6 in the final set to be crowned the National Senior Games Champions.

Pam Tullberg and Brenda Cullin

Congratulations to our National Champs!

Submit your own story! Or tweet us @MyEliteStory with not just your major accomplishments, but also those little everyday wins too!