January Newsletter 2016

Holiday Hours

  • December 31st Close at 5pm
  • January 1st OPEN for normal hours
  • January 8th Close at 6pm for Employee Holiday Party

Winter Tennis Programimg

La Madrona Athletic Club tennis staff has developed a multi-tiered program to help develop the skills of junior players. The program is open to students from 4-16 years old. Each student will have a distinctive color coded mark on their racquet, to identify their skill level. The program will offer the following levels:

Rookies ages 4-6
Tue & Th 3:15-3:45pm

Brand new students to the game of tennis. This program will develop hand eye coordination, ball and racquet control, and basic swing bio mechanics. Games and simple footwork will be introduced to the future champions.

Super Rookies ages 4-6
Mon, Wed, & Fri 3:15-3:45pm

Students in this age bracket have already developed basic hand eye coordination skills and basic swing biomechanics. Students will learn to rally over the net, and staff will reinforce correct footwork and court

New Stars Team (Beg.) ages 7-11 &12-16
Mon-Fri 3:45-4:45pm

Graduates from Super Rookies, new students to the school or students with very little tennis experience. Students will learn the a-b-c's of the game, correct grips, stance, and basic swings for the forehand, backhand and serve. La Madrona Athletic Club Junior Tennis School professionals will perform demonstrations and design fun games, where students improve their hand- eye coordination and racquet control skills. Red balls will mainly be used in this class.

Premier Team (Int.) ages 7-11 & 12-16
Mon, Wed, Fri 4:30-6:00

At this level students should be comfortable rallying with a "rally ball"
(low pressure ball). Swings are basic, but consistent. Students will
receive technical instruction to their original swings, in order to become a more rounded player. Basic scoring and match play will be introduced. Orange balls will mainly be used in this class.

Masters Team (Adv.) ages 7-11 & 12-16
Mon, Wed, Fri 4:30-6:00

Students will perfect their volleys, and become more comfortable in creating spins and specialty shots. Students will continue to develop their basic strokes (forehand, backhand and serve). Students will be introduced to strategy, and will learn the official scoring system, including no-ad scoring. Students will learn different tactics for singles and doubles. "Green dot" balls and official tennis balls will mainly be used in this class.

Elite Team (Competition) ages 12-16
Thursdays 4:30-6:00

Ready for serious competition, the students on this team have developed a well-rounded game, making them suitable for competition. Students will continue to improve their skills (shot selection, accuracy, footwork and strategy) in all aspects of their game, in order to reach their personal goals. Championship tennis balls will be used in this class.

Note: In some instances, a student with high level skills may be placed in an older age bracket.

Click here for pricing & the registration form

Winter Aquatics Programs

It’s a New Year, and the pool has many offerings to help make 2015 your fittest year ever. If you’ve ever made a promise to yourself to make swimming a part of your life, let our NEW Swim Fit Program guide you. No matter your age or fitness, the aquatics department has something for you.

The winter aquatics programs begin on Sunday, January 11th and end on Thursday, March 19th.



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This is the solution to your resolution. New to swimming? Out of practice? Need guidance? This is for you!

50 classes--30 minutes each--10 weeks for $99.00
Classes will be held on the lap side of the main pool with Coach Jen.

Monday and Wednesday from 8:45 to 9:15 am
Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 1:00 pm
Wednesday evening from 5:15 to 5:45 pm

You don’t need to attend them all, but if you commit to at least nine classes, you will learn enough to be able to swim on your own for fitness. As an added incentive, you’ll graduate with your own La Madrona swim gear if you commit to coming only three times per month! Of course, the more you attend the greater the benefit...that’s where your resolve comes in. Contact Coach Jen at [email protected] for more info or to sign up.



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Aqua Fit is a 45-minute water workout using buoyancy belts and water displacing dumbbells for a low-impact, total body workout. The classes are perfect for those who want to maintain a daily fitness routine without excess strain to bones or joints. You can attend Aqua Fit four days per week for a great workout, or incorporate it into your other fitness routines to keep your joints lubricated. Sore from the gym on Monday? Aqua Fit on Tuesday. Tennis got you tired on Wednesday - Aqua Fit on Thursday. Pick the number of days you wish to attend in advance or choose the daily rate to try it out.

Aqua Fit is held on the recreation side of the man pool at the following times:
Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:15 am.
Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm.

The lap lanes will remain open for lap swimmers during this time.



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Advance your swimming skills, get stronger, and make new friends while having fun.

Space is still available to sign up. The winter swim team will hold practice at 3:30 to 4:00pm for the B "Beginner" Group and 4:00 to 5:00pm for the A "Advanced" Group. The team will have practice in the two lap lanes during this hour and a half time slot, Monday through Thursday. The recreation side of the pool will be kept open for general pool use during swim practice times.

Don’t be afraid of the cold: the water is heated to 81 degrees and your teammates will make the time go quick. Of course, there is hot tub time after practice!



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Don’t wait until spring to get started with swim lessons. The pools are heated year-round and there are less distractions during the winter months so you can focus better on your lessons.

Sundays at 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 and 11:00am with Greg.
Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 am and 12:00 pm with Jen.
Tuesday at 5:15 and 5:45 pm with Jen.
Wednesday at 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 with Jen.
Thursday at 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 5:15 and 5:45 pm with Jen.
Fridays at 3:15, 3:45, 4:15 and 4:45pm with Greg.

Contact Aquatics Director, Jen Kruse at [email protected] to reserve your swim lessons or request information.

Holiday Party Recap

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Thank you to all that came to celebrate the holidays with us at La Madrona. It seemed to be a great time had by all. Santa Claus came and handed out candy canes to our junior members and a few of those big kid members too!

Guest Waiver Reminder

All non-members are required to sign a liability waiver each calendar year.

Children under the age of 18 must have their parent or guardian sign a waiver for them (Grandparents and other relatives cannot sign for minor).

Please feel free to take copies home with you from our front desks or download from the website.

Welcome Jessica & Tobin to our Fitness Department!

imgJessica Goodwin, Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor

Jessica discovered her true passion for health and fitness growing up in the ocean. Being an avid surfer it was important to be in shape and appreciate a healthy lifestyle among nature. Jessica also began running marathons and cycling in college and still continues to surf, run 10K’s, Half Marathons and ride along the coast. Being fit and healthy became ever more important when it came to being pregnant and becoming a mom. After having two children and still being active Jessica finally pursued her true passion and became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Jessica specializes in Corrective Exercise, Women’s Fitness, Pre/Post Natal, Functional Strength/Conditioning, Half Marathon training and techniques to Restore the Core. Her approach of muscle, balance and functionality will help create a foundation to build upon so you work in the correct order to ensure you see results. Most importantly she feels involving external support in every aspect of living healthy and exercising is most important. Jessica’s main focus has always been to influence and motivate others to be healthy and help them to discover their ability to live a quality life.

To schedule a consultation with Jessica, you can contact her at (831) 227-6019 or email at [email protected]

imgTobin Shaeffer, Certified Personal Trainer

Hi, my name is Tobin Shaeffer. My road to becoming a personal fitness has its beginnings when I was in the Navy and helping to motivate shipmates to pass the annual Physical Readiness Test. One of my best friends at the time failed the test, so I helped him and a few others prepare for re-testing. It ended up being a job for me on my next ship. Many years later I began working with my mentor and began pursuing my AA in Physical Education. I interned with my mentor until just before I finished my PE degree in 1999.

My next stop was working at Toadal Fitness. 15 years later I have worked with 3 other gyms and still maintain clients through Toadal. I stay dedicated to clients who still have goals on the table.

Many different fitness goals have been presented to me and I have worked with each of the clients, regardless of age or ability level, to work toward those goals. I have the most experience working with people who are trying to regain strength or ability after injury.

I am looking forward to helping La Madrona club members find their fitness success stories.


Construction Update

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Our construction on the new building has been moving along quite nicely. We look forward to this building hosting an array of group fitness classes such as group cycling, yoga, kids fitness, and much much more. We are hopeful that the building will be complete for you early in 2015!

Fitness Department Kudos

imgCongratulations to our December Hot Chocolate Challenger winner Freny Cooper with 70 points!
Congratulations to Debbie Sek, 2014 First Friday Fitness Winner!

Debbie topped our charts with 417 total points accumulated for 2014!!!

10 Health Tips for 2015

imgDedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle in 2015 with these food, nutrition, and exercise tips:

1. Eat Breakfast
There's no better way to start your morning—and the year—than with a healthy breakfast. The key to a good breakfast is balance. Include lean protein, whole grains and fruits and vegetables. Try oatmeal cooked with low‐fat milk, sliced almonds and berries, or crust‐less quiche with mixed veggies, low‐fat cheese and a slice of whole wheat toast.

2. Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber to your plate. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal. Don't let winter stop
you from enjoying produce. It might be harder to find fresh options, but frozen and canned
are great alternatives.

3. Watch Portion Sizes
Do you know if you’re eating the proper portion size? Get out the measuring cups and see how close your portions are to the recommended serving size. Using smaller plates, bowls and glasses can help you keep portions under control. Use half of your plate for vegetables, a quarter for grains and a quarter for lean meat or protein. To complete the meal, add a glass of fat‐free or low‐fat milk and a serving of fruit for dessert.

4. Be Active
Regular physical activity lowers blood pressure and helps your body control stress and weight. Start by doing what exercise you can for at least 10 minutes at a time. Children and teens should get 1 hour or more of physical activity per day, and adults should get 2.5 hours per week. You don’t have to hit the gym—take a walk after dinner or play a game of catch or basketball.

5. Fix Healthy Snacks
Healthy snacks can sustain your energy levels between meals. Whenever possible, make your snacks combination snacks, including lean protein, healthy fats, fiber or carbohydrates. Try low‐fat yogurt with fruit, whole‐grain crackers with low‐fat cheese, or a small portion of nuts with an apple or banana.

6. Get to Know Food Labels
Ever wonder about the difference between "reduced fat" and "low fat?" Or does "calorie free" on a label really mean no calories? The Food and Drug Administration has strict guidelines on how these food label terms can be used.

7. Get Cooking
Cooking at home can be healthy, rewarding and cost‐effective. Resolve to learn some cooking and kitchen basics, like how to dice an onion or how to store herbs and spices.

8. Enact Family Meal Time
Research shows that family meals promote healthier eating. Plan to eat as a family at least a few times each week in 2015. Set a regular mealtime. Turn off the TV, phones and other electronic devices to encourage mealtime talk. Get kids involved in meal planning and cooking and use this time to teach them about good nutrition. For more family mealtime tips, visit Kids Eat Right.

9. Drink More Water
Our bodies depend on water to regulate temperature, transport nutrients and oxygen to cells, carry away waste products and more. For generally healthy people who live in temperate climates, the Dietary Reference Intakes from the Institute of Medicine recommend a total daily beverage intake of 13 cups for men and 9 cups for women.

10. Consult an RD
Whether you want to lose weight, lower your cholesterol or simply eat better, consult the experts! Registered dietitians can help you by providing sound, easy‐to‐follow personalized nutrition advice and put you on the path to losing weight, eating well and reducing your risk of chronic disease.

Our La Madrona Athletic Club Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Jacqueline is your best source of reliable and up‐to‐date food and nutrition information. Contact her via phone: 831.278.1721 or via email: [email protected]!
(Source: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442474069)

Make Resolutions Stick: Focus on Family!

imgWant to stick to your New Year's resolutions and help your kids to stick to theirs? Yes, you're the greatest role model for your child, so make 2015 the year to not only make healthy choices, but also model a healthy lifestyle and eating habits for your family. Dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle in 2015 with healthy behaviors and small changes – they really will add up over time:
• Enjoy regular, balanced meals and snacks with a variety of nutrient‐rich foods.
• Start the day with a nutritious breakfast.
• Focus on health, not weight. Don't talk about your weight or put yourself down in front of your kids. You don't want them to think a healthy lifestyle is only about how much they weigh!
• Sit down for family dinner together each night, or as often as possible.
• At each meal, fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
• Make at least half of the grains you eat whole grains.
• Get active: Fit in physical activity wherever you can throughout your day, whether taking a family walk after dinner or hitting the gym. Remember, children and teens should get 1 hour or more of physical activity per day, and adults should get 2.5 hours per week!
• Make simple food safety, like washing hands, part of every eating occasion.
• Stay positive and try not to complain about how much you dislike exercising or eating healthy foods; your child is listening to everything you say, even if you think they're ignoring you.

Remember, small steps can turn into greater strides towards a healthier lifestyle. Seek help from a qualified health professional.

Our La Madrona Athletic Club Dietitian Jacqueline is your best source of reliable and up‐to‐date food and nutrition information. Contact her via phone: 831.278.1721 or email: [email protected] to schedule your personal appointment with her!

(Source: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442479386)

Body Fat Testing

imgSet realistic Fitness Goals
this New Year for only $20!

This 30 minute meeting includes a Bio Electrical Impedance test with results for Body Fat % and BMI, and a consultation with one of our personal trainers to discuss the best way for you to reach your goals this year.

January event date to be announced!


Attention Adult Tennis Players:

The USTA age 40+ league is about to begin, offering men's, women's and mixed
doubles league teams for nearly all levels of players at La Madrona. Match
play begins this month and continues through March. Be sure to sign up for a
team by first contacting the captain. Here are the captains (and their
e-mail addresses):

Men's 3.0, Rob Corrigan
Men's 3.5, Dan Bolger
Men's 4.0, John Sczmansky
Men's 4.5+, Phil Mindigo
Women's 3.0, Jeanne Rosseau
Women's 3.5A, Sarah Castro
Women's 3.5B, Jeanette Cook
Women's 4.5, Lynne Sheehan
Mixed combined 6.0, Rob Corrigan
Mixed combined 7.0, Terry Gale
Mixed combined 8.0, Dave Kelso.

La Madrona would like to send out a heart-felt THANKS to our captains for
leading the teams and GOOD LUCK to all our players...you do us proud!