Member Stories: “We Are ELITE!” Spartan Sprint Team

Congrats to the Elite Spartan Sprint Team

We’re extremely proud of our members who participated on the Elite Sports Clubs team for the Spartan Sprint at Miller Park on Saturday, November 2nd. Our members’ 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! Below are a few photos of some of the team members who participated in the race. Continue reading Member Stories: “We Are ELITE!” Spartan Sprint Team

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?

Star-struck! U.S. Olympic Swimmer & 12-Time Medalist, Dara Torres was at Elite Sports Clubs!

Wow! How could we ever describe yesterday at our Mequon club?! We were lucky enough to host a 5-time U.S. Olympic swimmer & 12-time medalist. Dara Torres was not only extremely friendly, but also very informative! She was quick to share her experiences as an athlete training for the Olympics as well as a mom training for LIFE.

Elite spin class with Olympian Dara Torres, led by Elite Group Ex Director, Annie Farley.
Elite spin class with Olympian Dara Torres, led by Elite Group Ex Director, Annie Farley.

Dara was at Elite with Koss Stereophones to release a new line of fitness-oriented headphones made specifically for women. We even got to test them out during a spin class led by one of our very own Group Exercise Directors & instructor, Annie Farley. The class was intense, but the sweat-resistant, and slightly smaller earbuds stayed put, good job Koss!

Elite Sports Clubs Owner, Kay Yuspeh meets 5-Time Olympian, Dara Torres
Elite Sports Clubs Owner, Kay Yuspeh meets 5-time Olympian, Dara Torres.

Even Elite owner, Kay Yuspeh got in on the action. A quick chat with Dara, and it was like they were old friends! We were so lucky & pleased to have such an accomplished athlete visit one of our clubs, opening herself up to our members for photos & autographs after the Koss media event was over.

Elite members & the public get to meet Dara after the announcement of the new Koss "Fit Series" headphones.
Elite members & the public got to meet Dara after the announcement of the new Koss “Fit Series” headphones.

Now that everything is all said & done, it makes us wonder what can the “average joe” learn from a star athlete like Dara Torres? As Dara made us realize, it’s not just about pushing yourself physically, but also mentally (and music is a great way to help you do that!) She also stressed varying your workouts. As an Olympic swimmer (and now), she didn’t just spend all of her time in the pool, she used the elliptical, she would spin, and of course incorporate strength training. It seems as if Dara finds great motivation in music, which makes her partnership with Koss very fitting. But who doesn’t LOVE music?! So, what songs really get you pumped up for your workouts…maybe even feeling like an Olympian yourself?

Oh! And not to get too much of an ego, but here’s a video of Dara telling us how much she loooved Elite Sports Clubs!

And here’s what the rest of the world thought of Dara, her new headphones & the spin class at Elite Sports Clubs.

What I want to share with you however is what she said when I asked for her favorite memory from her Olympic career. When she was young, she just wanted to win but as she kept coming back for more Olympics, her mission became broader. (From JSOnline, read more.)

The champion swimmer, who helped design the headphone line, was at the front of a spinning class of reporters, fitness bloggers, models and other women as they tested out the product in action Wednesday at Elite Sports Club in Mequon. (From BizJournals, read more.)

The Real Milwaukee ladies head to Elite Sports Club in Mequon to take a spinning class. Did they survive? (From Real Milwaukee, watch the video.)

Interested in trying out a spin (indoor cycling) class yourself? Head on over to any of our five Elite Sports Clubs locations and check out our group exercise class schedule. All group exercise classes are INCLUDED in your Elite membership, so you KNOW you will get the variety in your workout that you need to get & stay in shape for LIFE!

Dara Torres Introduces New Koss Earbuds Designed Just for Women at Elite Sports Clubs!

Koss will be releasing their new Dara Torres earbuds designed just for women at Elite Sports Club-Mequon! Come for a chance to check out these headphones made for women, by women. They are designed for women who EXERCISE: they are sweat resistant, ultra lightweight, and extremely durable!

Five-time U.S. Olympian and 12-time medalist Dara Torres will be at the club to help announce her new line of headphones for women that she is co-designing with the Koss Corporation, the Koss Fit Series.

All Elite members and their friends are invited to this special day. Fans can meet the most acclaimed swimmer in U.S. history and get pictures and an autograph. Attendees can be the first to purchase the Koss Fit Series Headphones, win both headphones and memberships to the club, and much more.

The event is free to public Wednesday, May 8th, 2:30-4:30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity! For more information, visit www.koss.com

Getting all set up for Dara Torres and Koss at Elite Sports Club-Mequon! — at Elite Sports Club-Mequon.
Getting all set up for Dara Torres and Koss at Elite Sports Club-Mequon!

Hope to see you there! But have no fear, if you can’t make it, stay tuned for an event wrap up!