Member Stories: Annie Moeckler “Part of an Awesome Family!”

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:

Elite Member Story Annie Moeckler

I joined Le club back in 2007. I had been jumping back and forth from gym to gym before that. Continue reading Member Stories: Annie Moeckler “Part of an Awesome Family!”

8 Things to Remember for Indoor Tennis Season

By Marty Badt, Elite Sports Clubs Tennis Pro & Member Services Representative

It’s that time of the year again, tennis players – we’re bringing the matches inside! So for all you indoor tennis lovers, here are some things to remember as you prepare for the upcoming season…

  1. No, there isn’t anything wrong with your racquet. The tennis ball striking the racquet just makes a different sound indoors than it does outdoors.

Continue reading 8 Things to Remember for Indoor Tennis Season

Preparing for Fitness

This article was originally included in the Fall 2013 issue of our seasonal magazine. You can check out a digital copy of the East Side edition here, and the West Side edition here.

Making physical activity a part of your daily life isn’t an easy undertaking. It takes dedication, will power, patience, and a lot of hard work. But believe it or not, it’s not as hard as it may first appear, and you might even be surprised to find that you enjoy your new found lifestyle and the benefits it offers. But before we jump right in we’ll want to look at five steps that will help you stay safe, have fun, and be successful at getting fit. Let’s take a look at these five rules.

Preparing for Fitness 5 Tips for Success Continue reading Preparing for Fitness

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!