• Welcome Jesse Thomas

    4/18/2014 5:50:00 PM |

    We’re excited to welcome Jesse Thomas as the new ASC Director of Group Fitness. Get to know Jesse by reading his interview below:

    What do you like to eat for breakfast?
    My breakfast typically starts with my Vitamix and a healthy juice made of carrots, banana, kale, spinach, seasonal fresh fruits, flax seeds, chia seeds, Acai or other juice and frozen fruit.  Just blend, and enjoy! Other than juice, it’s usually oatmeal or eggs.

    Describe your perfect workout:
    My perfect workout includes a dynamic warm-up followed by 45 to 60 minutes of a well-rounded, high-intensity workout focusing on biomechanics: power, strength, balance, range of motion, muscular endurance and flexibility. My ideal exercises put my heart on a roller-coaster of intensity and recovery times, and most challenge my core. I'll end my workout with 5 to 10 minutes of static stretching. I look for efficiency when I train; if I’m going to spend an hour working out, I want it to be time well spent. I get mentally focused and bring 100% effort every time.

    What’s your favorite way to spend your free time?
    My free time is spent with my family and friends while doing lots of outdoor adventure type things. I'm an adrenaline junkie, and an outdoor sports fanatic! Hiking, hunting, fishing, backpacking, camping, river rafting, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snowboarding, road and mountain biking, roller skating (not rollerblading), playing soccer, basketball, Frisbee, beach volleyball, swimming, surfing, snorkeling; or, just traveling the world taking in endless life experiences and cultures.

    What’s your personal teaching philosophy?
    My goal when teaching/coaching is to help...Read More

  • Race Training Exercises

    7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM | Justin

    Race Your Way to Your Best Self

    Active Sports Clubs is dedicated to helping you reach the finish line. Incorporate these exercises into your training and fitness regimen three times a week and you’ll be ready to race! We’re cheering you on, every step of the way.

    Get ready to stretch, move, squat, march and kick!

    Download the workout >

  • One Medical Group Post: 4 Tweaks, Big Impact

    7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM | Emily Harrison, MD, One Medical Group

    Natural Ways to Treat High Blood Pressure: The Most Effective Exercises


    In Part One of One Medical Group’s series on natural treatments for high blood pressure, we looked at how can help reduce blood pressure. In this installment, we examine various types of exercise and the role exercise plays in treating hypertension.

    Don’t love the idea of high-intensity aerobic exercise? While it’s true aerobic activity wins the blue ribbon for blood pressure reduction, any kind of activity is better than none at all. Here are the best types of exercise for managing hypertension. 

    1. Aerobic Exercise: Best for Lowering Blood Pressure

    Aerobic exercise refers to any sustained body movement that gets your blood pumping. Aerobic exercise increases the efficiency of your cardiovascular system, which, in turn, lowers blood pressure–by five points or more. A good rule of thumb: When aerobic activity makes you breathe hard, you’re working effectively.

    But you don’t have to start training for a marathon to see results. You can start slowly. Use these suggestions to incorporate aerobic body movement into your daily life.

    > Go for a walk. A dose of sunshine and fresh air is good for your mood as well as your heart. Short on time? Even a 10-minute walk can be a great de-stressor–work it into your lunch hour.

    > Dance! Sure, you can sign up for salsa lessons, but you also can also get moving in the privacy of your own home.

    > Play a team sport. Basketball, volleyball, and softball leagues offer camaraderie and competition. Tennis and racquetball require you to make an appointment...Read More

  • For Better Results, Work Out Together

    2/6/2013 11:52:00 PM | Channing Azzolino

    Why group fitness works.


    Let’s face it. We all need a dose of motivation now and then. Juggling busy schedules is challenging, and we often sacrifice “me time” to keep up with everyday life. But together, we’re one. One force to be reckon with, keeping each other accountable to our own well-being so we have the strength to be our best in life.

    For me, my workouts give me the mental strength to do my most important job–be mom. And I have you and my fellow Active Sports Clubs instructors to thank for that.

    Social motivation keeps workouts fun, so you’ll keep coming back for more. Here are some interesting facts about group fitness enthusiasts that show why working out together is better:

    > They come to the fitness club more often – averaging 3 visits a week
    > They want “connection” and human energy
    > They're pressed for time and are very knowledgeable about the club offerings
    > They want choices and customized programs
    > They want “fun” and a certain amount of friendly built in accountability!

    It’s our mission to provide you with best-in-class studio programming. Our class schedules are ever-evolving to meet your needs.  As always, we welcome your feedback. Please fill out a comment card and share with us the programs that you love the most!

    New to classes? We have the latest and greatest group fitness favorites, included in your membership. Check out our group fitness schedule and try a few out to find the best fit!

    Source: Mills, P., (2011). The group Exercise Impact on Club Membership, IRHSA Health Club Report.