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?

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.

Back to School Means Back to a Routine

It’s amazing how quickly summer comes and goes. Before you know it, the air is crisp, the leaves are turning and the sweaters are coming out of the back of the closet. Just because cold-weather clothing provides a little more coverage, doesn’t mean we have to let that summer body go. With “back to school” time comes a little more routine and therefore the capability for a consistent workout strategy to help you maintain that physique you worked so hard for this summer.

Back to School Back to Routine

Try some of the tips below to get started in creating your own Back to School Fitness Routine.

  • Just like you plan out the kids’ schedules on the family calendar, build in some workout time for yourself as well. Remember, just 30 minutes a day can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Things can get hectic and you may not be able to get away on your own to the gym. Don’t forget to take advantage of your health club’s child services or playroom. If unavailable, try playing basketball with the kids or taking advantage of the pool. We often forget that play is not just fun, but also a good workout.
  • Be prepared for your workouts, otherwise you will be more likely to skip them. When you pack your kids’ lunches, pack your gym bag or set out your clothes/shoes for your morning run.
  • If you think of working out as something as necessary as brushing your teeth, you won’t feel inclined to pass it up if you get busy. It will just become a part of your daily routine.
  • Be flexible and get creative. Sometimes the unexpected will interfere with your plans, that’s inevitable. Don’t beat yourself up over it though. Take a deep breath, and re-adjust. See if your group exercise class is offered at a different time or club location, or even do squats and lunges while you make dinner.
  • Stay fit by incorporating workouts into family activities. Take date night out of the restaurant and onto bikes in the park. Turn family game night away from board games and into the backyard. Who doesn’t love a good game of Kick the Can or Ghost in the Graveyard?

Back to School Check List

Remember, back to school time isn’t all about the kids, it’s about you too. Summer will be back again before you know it!

Are you excited to get back into a routine? What about your workout routine changes between summer and the school year?

Don’t forget to get the kids back into a routine too with Elite Sports Clubs youth tennis lessons and youth swim lessons! Registration is now open for Fall and Winter sessions!

Member Stories: Emily Sydnor “Motivation was the most difficult part.”

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:

About a year ago, I had a bit of a wake up call. For a time prior, I was under a lot of stress and, in turn, gained a bit of weight. I knew I something needed to change.

My family joined Elite many years ago and I had always been around the club. I was a multi-sport athlete in high school, so I was no stranger to training and conditioning. Like most people, motivation was the most difficult part of change. Training for sports is much different, and in my opinion less difficult, than training for “pleasure.” When training for sports, coaches and other players are there to guide and motivate you through the process. When training by yourself, you have to push yourself.

Luckily, my mom has been going to Body Pump class at West Brookfield for years. I began going to Body Pump three mornings a week and developed relationships with the other members in the class. Having someone to workout with made the process so much easier. They were always so positive and complimented me as my weight loss became apparent.

After months of Body Pump class, cardio training, weight training, and watching what I ate, I lost 60 pounds. Everyone, including me, was so proud. My Body Pump family and support from family and friends were instrumental in my weight loss journey. Thank you, Elite, for helping me attain my goal!

Congratulations Emily for meeting your goal! Body Pump is a great class, and we are happy that along with support from others, it could help you lose weight.

For those of you out there still trying to lose the weight, have you considered incorporating regular exercise classes in your routine? Clearly it’s not just about exercise, it’s also very much about support and finding those who will help you push yourself.

What’s your favorite group exercise class? What about it makes the class “awesome”?

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

Recreational Sports: The forgotten cardio workout

Can recreational sports be a supplementary part of your cardio workouts? I seem to be asking myself this question on a regular basis as I try to decide whether clients, and myself, should only participate in a workout designed for the fitness center. Would playing basketball three days a week be a good replacement for running on the treadmill?

As a sports junkie it is hard for me to continually run on a treadmill because it gets very monotonous with no chance of any of the conditions changing as I keep pounding away on that belt on the treadmill. Wouldn’t one rather take part in a sport during which the conditions constantly change, and still get the needed workout for your goals?

I am definitely an enthusiast for recreational sports as a part of your workout. It keeps one coming to the gym because they never know what will happen in a game of volleyball, basketball or even soccer at the club. Running on a treadmill or even using an elliptical would be great workouts as well, but as a “sports person” I can’t bring myself to participate in these activities on a regular basis.

If you are an individual that has been a sports enthusiast for much of your life it would make sense that you have trouble transitioning your workouts into a fitness center as you bypass your high school, and collegiate days on the courts. A typical fitness center or health club in general isn’t designed well for a former competitive athlete because everyone is there doing their own individual workouts. As athletes we are used to being a part of team workouts, or even competitions that bring us all closer together.

The best way we can get that feeling from our clubs is by participating in the recreational sports that our respective club may offer or even a group exercise class. For Elite Sports Clubs this could range all the way in the spectrum of sports from swimming, tennis, basketball, and volleyball to even indoor soccer in one of our Milwaukee Wave clinics. If one is used to the competitive spirit of sports then these recreational sports can at least help you offset your desire for competition. It is also a great way to get a workout in if you are an individual who only worked out because of sports in high school or college.

Men playing basketball photo

Playing basketball for an hour is an aerobic activity that can easily help offset running on a treadmill or using an elliptical machine. So, if you are someone who is looking for workouts that will not only challenge you physically, but also mentally then my club, Elite Sports Clubs, like many others offer opportunities to compete against others in a recreational sport of your choice.

Do you prefer machines for cardio or recreational sports? Does your health club offer recreational sports? How do you change up your treadmill runs, stationary bike rides or elliptical workouts to keep it new? Please share your comments.

Plus check out the recreational sports offered at Elite Sports Clubs.

Thank you,

Kyle Krogmann
Personal Trainer
Elite Sports Club-Mequon