On Thursday mornings at 5:30 AM or 6:05 AM, come to the Fitness Center to take our new class, Express HIIT.
What is HIIT?
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. Basically, work your booty off in intervals for maximum benefit. We will work in bursts of energy and short bursts of rest for a short amount of time.
This type of work out is well suited for all fitness levels and modifications, and you are expected to work 80-90% of your max. The workouts are efficient because you burn a high amount of calories in a short amount of time.
Ceramics is a fulfilling hobby. There are endless components that test one’s skills.
Starting with wedging, the process of making the clay supple, there are unlimited techniques to learn. Whether you like hand building or use the wheel, it’s a challenge that takes practice.
Until this fall, my preference was building all sorts of items on the wheel. The tactile sensation of working the clay on the wheel and the visual affirmation when your product is complete is an amazing feeling. Bowls, mugs, colanders to serve berries, plates, even made a lemon squeezer...the projects are infinite.
The Splash 'n Dash, benefiting Justins TRIumph Over GAN, an organization that raises funds and awareness for Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAN), was held on Sunday, May 6 at the J. The event was organized for kids aged 7-15: 7-10 year olds swim 100m and run 1/2 mile, and 11-15 year olds swim 200m and run one mile.
The J hosted the event, race packet pick up and provided lifeguards. One very determined child and his mother shared their experience with us:
Summer is almost here and with the Outdoor Pool now open weekends, it’s time to think about preparing your child to pass the swim test. All swimmers under the age of 18 must pass the test, which allows them to use any area of any pool past the 3 ft. depth marker rope line.
It’s fairly common for kids to have the jitters about passing the swim test, especially if they haven’t been in a pool since last summer.
To help our young swimmers build their confidence and review the skills needed to pass the test, we’re offering a NEW Swim Test Class beginning May 22. The class will be offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:15 PM—4:45 PM or from 4:45 PM—5:15 PM for four sessions.
This Memorial Day our Fitness Center will host an outdoor Murph Challenge and an indoor circuit workout for all who want to participate.
In honor of Memorial Day, athletes across the world complete a “Murph” to honor our service men and women.
The workout itself is designed to honor a specific lieutenant named Lt. Michael P. Murphy. He put himself into the line of fire to save his team and call for back up.
The Golden Girls Plus One Tap Ensemble is an exciting and versatile senior tap dance group based at the J. We perform throughout the city for various community events, retirement centers and just about anywhere we have a space and surface that accommodates our tap dance shoes!
The group, formerly named the Golden Girl Tappers, has been together since June 1999 when they took a beginning tap class from Margorie Swiss at the Tracy Gee Community Center. One year after they started the tap lessons, the group began performing and eventually moved to the J where they still practice every Monday afternoon.
From May 15-31 we are challenging you to a 500m row challenge. As a Fitness Center member and exercise enthusiast, challenge yourself to beat your best time and the times of others while rowing, perfecting your form and getting some quality work in.
The winners will be announced after the end of the challenge, so keep rowing until you get a time you are happy with. We will keep track of them at the Fitness Center front desk.
First Lady Barbara Bush has a lasting legacy in the hearts of Americans as being an advocate for volunteerism and a dedicated matriarch to her family. For the families of Bertha Alyce Early Childhood Center, of which 1/3 flooded, Mrs. Bush will be remembered for a more personal reason.
After flooding in Hurricane Harvey, so much was lost in the homes of families at Bertha Alyce. In March, the entire school community was delighted to learn that the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation was giving each Bertha Alyce student ages 0-4 a gift of six books for the child’s home library.
On Sunday, April 22 over 325 Jewish teens from across Houston joined together for an afternoon of service. In addition to the service projects, the teens participated in a Holocaust commemoration and heard from keynote speaker, Allen Woods, about how they could make change in our community. The theme for the day was “Never Forget: You are the Force for Change.”
Hear from several of the teens about the experience:
Walking into a new gym can be an overwhelming experience: so many machines, big dudes by the dumbbells, and what the heck is that contraption that looks like I could break a limb trying to use?!
At our Fitness Center, we are holding periodic challenges to get our members interested and educated in the different machines and offerings we have, while upping that competitive spirit! The month of May will lead off with a 500m row challenge on our new skill row machines. The world record for the fastest 500m row is 1 minute and 14 seconds.