We are nearing the completion of the women’s locker room remodel. We hope to open the new showers, new whirlpool, steam and sauna on Monday, September 12.
- Finish laying tile this week. Start grout this weekend and all of next week
- Finish laying whirlpool tile this week and start grouting Saturday
- Install shower doors next week Friday
- Install ceiling grid and ceiling tile next week
They will begin moving the temporary walls to different locations to expose the vestibules leading to and from the showers. This will include closing off one side of the main dry vanity at various times. You will still have access to the main dry vanity but will be through one side.
We are in the final stretch of the women’s locker room remodel and it’s pretty much tile, tile and more tile! There is so much square footage that has to be tiled including hallways, floors, showers and whirlpool that there won’t be much more happening until the end of August.
We are still on schedule for a mid-September opening day!
You will see another “test sample” of a trash door in the main dry vanity. We want to come up with something that keeps the trash hidden but won’t pinch fingers.
The fluctuations in temperature in the temporary showers is fixed and the water is perfect. We also changed out shower heads in the family locker room so there is more pressure in those showers.
We are nearing the end of our women’s locker room remodel:
- The fluctuation in hot/cold temperatures in the temporary showers is being fixed tonight
- We are installing new shower heads in the family locker rooms to increase the water pressure
- LED lighting in the main dry vanity was installed last week. The shadowing has disappeared. The brightness of the lighting will burn down slightly over the next couple weeks
- We are pouring concrete for the whirlpool on Monday
- Prep work for the tile was completed this week
- We will begin laying tile tomorrow and all of next week
- Plumbing for new drinking fountain has been completed
- We are rebuilding the motor for the women’s steam room during the remodel
What is the proper follow-through for a forehand or backhand? What should I be doing with my footwork? What is the best grip at the net? Each of these questions is like asking a golfer, which club should I be using? Don’t feel bad, I see these same questions being debated throughout the coaching world as well. Having a variety of shots available to pull out in a variety of tactical situations is where the real advantage lies.
It seems everyone is looking for that one magic technical pill to unlock the mysteries of tennis, but the answer is…it depends. You have to understand that tennis is an “open skilled sport” meaning that the conditions out on the court are constantly changing, such as the height of the ball, the speed, the spin, the trajectory and where you are on the court. Pigeonholing your game into simple compartments like a follow-through or a backswing, stalls your development and puts you at a distinct disadvantage.
I think the best answer to helping us sort all of this out came in a simple comment by an Aussie friend of mine named Brett Hobden. “The key to player development is in finding technical solutions to tactical problems”. In other words, rather than spending all of your time trying to groove that optimal forehand follow-through, which will only work a small percentage of the time anyway, learn shots that will advance you tactically and learn how to do it from a variety of ball types and positions on the court. Getting back to my golf analogy, golfers can have up to 14 clubs in their bag to help them with a variety of situations they’ll encounter out on the course, such as a driver for hitting long distances and a putter for shorter strokes on the greens. It may help to
think of your tennis game as a giant toolbox. Sit down and do an honest evaluation of where you are with your game and try to determine what tools or shots you’re missing. Begin with the most important tools like a consistent and reliable serve and work out from there. Singles players often require slightly different tools than doubles players and if you’re struggling to figure that out we have several expert Tennis Professionals on hand who would be happy to assist you!
Tennis is a complex game, but if you understand what is happening at your level and can look ahead to the next level and the skills those players possess, you can begin to see what tools are most important in taking your game to the next level.
I look forward to seeing you on the courts!
Ron Steege, Director of Tennis
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club
Heart health could be the most important physical attribute of all. A healthy heart feeds oxygenated blood to every muscle, every organ and every cell in your body. So what is the best way to ensure you have a healthy heart? The most obvious way to improve heart health is to simply be active.
According to the American Heart Association, you should get at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise most days, if not every day for optimal heart health. We can all find 30 minutes in our busy schedules to dedicate to our heart. A 30 minute walk/run through your neighborhood will not only get your heart pumping but could be just the ticket to clear your mind, stimulate positive ideas and allow you to take in some Vitamin D from the sun.
All activity is beneficial. You only have one heart – take care of it, choose to be active and you will thrive in areas beyond heart health. Aerobic exercise like swimming, biking, or use of cardio equipment will strengthen the heart and lungs by improving the body’s ability to utilize oxygen. The stronger your heart the more efficient it is at pumping blood to the rest of the body and eliminating toxins. Yoga, deep breathing and other stress reducing activities help lower blood pressure and bring more oxygen to all areas of the body as well. If that isn’t enough motivation to get moving, I’m not sure what is!
Hate cardio activity? Yoga not your thing? Prefer to lift weights? That’s okay too because even anaerobic activities like strength training and high intensity interval training teach the body to become efficient at creating energy and recovering from bursts of energy output. Strength training will increase your heart rate while creating both muscle strength and muscle density. Increasing muscle strength and muscle density increases your metabolism and strengthens the immune system. Schedule your daily workout and vary your activities and you will improve your heart health and chances for a longer, healthier life. With all the options available to you, finding something to do for at least 30 minutes per day should be easy. Be creative. Use the stairs in your home if all else fails. I’m confident you’ll find something fun to do it in a heartbeat!