Winter Blues Meet Platform Tennis

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It’s coming, Wisconsin winter (shudder) which often signals the beginning of indoor hibernation and the end of fresh air outdoor sporting fun. But for all you tennis aficionados out there Elite Sports Clubs offers a unique solution to the indoor tennis winter blues – Platform Tennis. Platform Tennis, a.k.a. “Paddle” is the only racquet sport that one can enjoy outside even on a cold snowy Wisconsin day. How is this possible you ask? The whole court is enclosed by a 12 foot high screen made of 1 inch hexagonal galvanized wire – open at the top (ahhh crisp clean winter air!). Under the deck are heaters to melt snow through the grated deck. Pretty fancy huh?

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Winter doesn’t seem so bad now huh?
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Platform Tennis is a bit different than traditional tennis; it’s more of a tennis / racquetball hybrid. Both singles and doubles matches can be played in Platform Tennis though doubles is the central form of play. There are a few differences between Platform Tennis and regular tennis, we break them down for you below.

  • A solid paddle rather than a strung racquet is used
  • Serves must be underhand and only one serve is allowed (except in singles). If the service is a fault, the server loses the point.
  • If the service touches the net cord and lands in the correct service court, the ball is in play.
  • If the ball in play or on the service hits the deck in the court and then touches any part of the back screen and/or side screen, the horizontal top, rails, or the snow boards it is still in play so long as it does not bounce a second time before being hit.
  • The court, at 44 by 20 feet, is a bit smaller so there is greater emphasis on net play and it makes for a fast-paced reaction game.

So, this year, don’t let the snow and frigid temperatures keep you cooped up inside! Get your tennis on, get your fitness on outside with Elite Sports Club’s Platform Tennis. Session I of Leagues starts October 7th get involved in platform tennis here.

One (not-so-secret) Secret to Becoming Happier & Healthier

By Tom “Yogaman” Feest, Elite Sports Clubs Exhale Studios Director

In our fast-paced and demanding world, the ability to manage our health is becoming increasingly harder. Balance your lifestyle, as well as manage your mind and body. Become happier, healthier, and more effective in your everyday life–How? Yoga!

It's no secret, yoga makes you happier and healthier

Living a Yoga-Centric Lifestyle:

  • Relieve stress
  • Restore, relax and energize your body
  • Increase fitness and lean muscle growth
  • Improve your mood, focus and overall energy levels
  • Ease aches, stiffness and back pains

Start developing overall well-being and better health now!

Yoga is a gift, a pathway to better health, a pathway that has changed many lives, including my own. (Tell us how yoga has changed your life! Share your story!) Yoga can enhance every aspect of your inner life; yoga can help you generate strength, grace, as well as healing in your body, in your mind and in your heart. As we make ourselves feel better, our body gets stronger, more flexible and healthier. At the end of class you may have feelings of joy, a sense of peace, rejuvenation and a feeling of compassion during meditation, as we turn our attention inwards.

Some come to yoga seeking refuge, others needing a challenge. I ask only that you come to class with no expectations, no judgment and above all no competition. We don’t come to yoga to compete because being competitive is actually counter–productive, we come to yoga to find peace with our inner connection. A mindful yoga practice will bring results and as you increase your yoga practice over the weeks and months you will notice those results.

There are many variations of yoga such as; Beginners, Restorative, Vinyasa, Power Flow and many other styles at all of Elite Sports Clubs’ Exhale Studios. Styles and intensity will vary depending on the type and the demographics of the class. There is a style for you, just attend a class and soon you will find a connection between you, the instructor and your fellow yogis in the class.

Find a yoga instructor that regularly attends conferences and additional seminars staying current with the ever changing world of yoga. As a result, they will be able to make correct anatomy adjustments, and safe modifications, while being up to date with new yoga poses and movements.

You can view our full yoga schedule on our online calendar. Or contact us if you need help figuring out which class is right for you.

Namaste


Tom Feest, Yogaman Elite Exhale Studios DirectorFeest, who has been a yoga instructor at Elite for five years, will now manage all of the clubs Mind/Body programs and provide business and educational support to the clubs 45 yoga instructors. Over the past few years, Feest has been instrumental in helping Elite Sports Clubs grow its Exhale Yoga Studios, a “club within a club” approach focused on providing a relaxing studio atmosphere and wide variety of yoga classes and workshops directed by certified instructors.

“Yoga was something I did when I needed to release stress, tension, and anxiety from personal and work life issues and it became a passion,” said Feest. “The sense of peace and rejuvenation as well as physical benefits that yoga provides is a gift that I want to share with everyone who attends classes here.”

Feest is also well-known for establishing his popular yoga classes at Bradford Beach during summer and fall which now draw close to one hundred participants.

“Tom is one of the most dedicated yoga practitioners I’ve ever met and we are fortunate that he will bring his great skill level and love for yoga to all of our Elite clubs.” said Kay Yuspeh, owner of Elite Sports Clubs.

3 Healthy Food Products Worth Trying

By Rita Larsen, RD; Elite Sports Clubs Dietitian & Nutrition Counselor

Every year we have changes in the rational of what makes for “good health” and what makes for “good food” products to support this health plan. This year we are following many new low cholesterol food selections and also we are looking at foods that are gluten free. You may be interested in taking a look at these items:

  1. Farm Fresh Eggland’s Best All Natural, Vegetarian Fed Hens Eggs:

    Eggland Broccoli Frittata These eggs are low in cholesterol (only 175 mg), but quite high in vitamin D, B12, and E. They are made from real shell eggs, but have no antibiotics, animal by-products, or added hormones. The eggs, I can tell you, are rich and delicious. (Check out this recipe for a Broccoli & Cheddar Frittata using Farm Fresh Egg.land’s Best All natural, Vegetarian Fed Hens Eggs.–I’d suggest also adding 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme, and 1 teaspoon of fresh basil to boost the flavor without adding calories!)

    Just how are these eggs produced? As mentioned, these are real eggs. Hens are fed a special combination of all-natural, vegetarian feed of healthy grains, canola oil, and an all-natural supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and vitamin E. And for our use at home, still comes out a natural egg. They are more expensive; but research has shown that these eggs, even consumed twice daily for a week, will not contribute to a higher cholesterol level. They may be worth a try!

  2. LÄRABAR snack bars:

    LARABARS The “original fruit and nut bar,” according to the company. They are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and kosher. Each bar is small but contains enough fruit to equal ¼ cup of fresh fruit. They each are 190 calories, so they are equal to any health bar recommended as a snack serving. The fiber and protein is fairly high. As most gluten free users can find it hard to find good food products, these rank high for taste and satisfaction. They are a little more expensive, as are most gluten free products. They would be worth your trying.

  3. Yonanas Banana Ice Cream Maker:

    Recently purchased at Target for $49.00, this machine was demonstrated at our Scamp Kids Nutrition program this summer at Elite Sports Club-Brookfield. Kids enjoyed seeing the bananas become a smooth ice dessert right in front of their eyes. Primarily, the machine works with bananas only, it can also handle additions such as strawberries, pineapple, and kiwi fruits. The object was to demonstrate yet another way of incorporating fruit into the children’s diet, and in a fun way.

    The machine is easy to operate and to clean up. I would still suggest an adult being nearby. Bananas are high in antioxidants and potassium. Children can participate preparing the bananas by peeling the skins off and placing in the freezer for 24 hours before making into the dessert. Overall, this is a fun activity for the entire family.

Staying in touch with new products and new appliances will help to increase the choices that you have to improve the quality of your diet and to keep your selections interesting! What new health foods or kitchen gadgets have become your favorites lately?

For more helpful nutritional tips & recipes, let us know a little bit more about your goals and we’ll get you in touch with our Registered Dietitian, Rita. You are also more than welcome to check out our other health & wellness programs offered at Elite Sports Clubs.

First Day at Junior Tennis Program QuickStart: What to Expect

So your little tennis prodigy is all signed-up and pumped-up for their first day at our Junior Tennis Program QuickStart right? If not, there’s still time to register here .

It’s almost like the first day of school all over again

And just like the first day of school, there are a few things you probably want to know before you send them on their way (ahhh… peace and quiet…you almost forgot what that was, didn’t you?).

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Here’s a short list of tips for your Junior’s first day:

Check-In

  • Don’t Be Tardy to the Party! Arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in at the front desk (there might be a little extra paperwork for you to fill out)
  • Tag Along! If your junior tennis star is 10 or under, please come along for the first day

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  • Dress For Success. To play like a tennis pro, you have to dress like one. That includes:
    • Tennis shoes (no black soles, please)
    • Athletic clothing that’s comfortable and easy to maneuver in around the court. If they’re in QuickStart II or higher, make sure they have pockets
    • Water or a sports beverage (remember hydration is critical)

 

Gear   Tennis_Racquet

  • Make Some Racquet. Having a good tennis racquet, – the correct size and weight for your athlete – is a key component to their developing a proper swing.
  • Dazed and Confused. Not sure where to start when it comes to buying a tennis racquet? You can consult one of our Tennis Pros – they’ve got the knowledge and knowhow to help you pick the best one.
  • We’ve Got You Covered. If your child is in the QuickStart program but doesn’t have a tennis racquet for the first day of class, no worries, we’ll provide one!
  • Rent-A-Swag. Junior tennis players do need to have a tennis racquet for the first day of class. If you don’t have one yet, you can rent one here at Elite Sports Club.

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Remember, if you haven’t signed your tennis tot or junior up for the Elite Sports Club QuickStart or Junior Tennis Programs there’s still time! The current session runs until November 23rd and Session II begins November 24th.

We look forward to seeing you and your tennis stars soon!

 

6 Signs You’re an Exercise Addict

By Grace Selwitschka, Elite Sports Club-North Shore Certified Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor

6 Signs You Are An Exercise Addict-Elite Sports ClubsIs exercise addiction for real? Yes, you can have an exercise addiction. Yes, you can be compulsive about it to the point that it disrupts your daily routine.

An uber fit lady I met in Germany, let’s call her Rebecca, used to run twice a day and lift twice a day during the week. On the weekends it was three times a day. She would exercise through pain, blisters and an upset stomach. “All I thought about was working out and nothing else seemed to matter,” said Rebecca, who lost 38 pounds in three months in 2003. “I was tired and sore but that didn’t stop me. I wasn’t sleeping and eating well. I ate a piece of fruit in the morning and maybe a bagel for dinner. My immune system was off as well.”

What are the warning signs?

  1. Exercising a couple of times a day, two to five hours total.
  2. Counting calories in order to figure what exercise you need to do to burn them.
  3. Rearranging your day in order to fit in exercise.
  4. When your daily routine or cycle is disrupted by a constant need to exercise above all else and you will stop whatever it is you are doing, no matter how important, to exercise.
  5. You view food as the enemy.
  6. Exercise becomes your sole social activity.

Rebecca says she is more balanced these days. She’s in a steady relationship and her weight has been stable for 12 months. She has been prescribed medication for depression and anxiety. She exercises three to four times a week and has now incorporated pilates and yoga to build mental strength. “I feel much more in control and not like I’m running all of the time chasing whatever,” she said. “I did see a doctor and got some help, eventually listened to people who kept telling me the same thing but I was too hardheaded to listen. Any kind of addiction and obsession is bad and can really disrupt your quality of life.”

Are you or someone you know addicted to exercising? We are here to help. We can set you up on a more moderate workout plan and help you monitor the above signs of exercise addiction.