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Flexibility Is The Key

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry

For the purpose of this article, flexibility has nothing to do with yoga, Pilates or gymnastics. It has everything to do with taking a different approach than your normal way of accomplishing goals and overcoming set-backs. The definition of flexibility is "the quality of bending easily without breaking". While this the definition is in the physical sense, I feel that it is relevant with what our society has been dealing with and for what may be to come. We want to bend, change and adapt but not to the point of simply giving up. The real key is to be cognitively flexible in order to improve your ability to create options.

So many changes have come about since this past spring...

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Age Is Just a Number

Sunday, November 1, 2020
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry

The following article is by Certified Personal Trainer Ellen Goren. Ellen has worked for the J nearly five years helping clients of all ages meet their fitness goals. Below is just a short recap of Ellen’s transformation to fitness and her dedication to working with others.

The other day I was training a client who said, “I never used to be able to lift the heavy bags of mulch into my car by myself before. Today I told the sales clerk...

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The Weather is GREAT, More Outdoor Activities at Merfish Teen Center

Friday, October 30, 2020
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry

We are pleased to announce that members will be able to enjoy Pickleball and Recreational Basketball at the Merfish Teen Center (9000 S. Rice) starting Sunday, November 1. Please continue to the full blog post for further details. 

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Tennis is THE Perfect Sport

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Posted by: Erik Kiser, Tennis Director

Tennis is a great sport that challenges us on multiple levels. It is a great tool for stress relief as well. Tennis can be played by anyone no matter their age or ability.

The fact that tennis is a non-contact sport played on a 78-foot long court makes tennis the ideal sport for social distancing. In fact, the Texas Medical Association came out with a risk chart, and listed tennis at a level 2 with 1 being the safest and 10 being the least safe activity to participate in during these trying times. It's socially rewarding while being socially distant.

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Fitness & Aquatics Updates

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry, Director of Fitness Services

Read our Director of Fitness Services, Robin Fortenberry's, update on new Group Exercise classes and protocols, changes to our water exercise class schedule and information about our outdoor pool schedule as we head into the fall season. 

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A Long and Healthy Life

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Posted by: By Robin Fortenberry, Director of Fitness Services, ACE CPT

Dr. Hurwitz Working OutIn Memory of Dr. Charles Hurwitz

A long and healthy life. When I hear that phrase, the person that comes to my mind is Dr. Charles Hurwitz. In my first year as Director of Fitness Services, I had the pleasure of meeting Charles. At that time he was a bit of a celebrity at the J, mostly because of his age. Charles was just over 102 years old at that time and had been a member of the J for 20 years, regularly working out three times a week.

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Fencing Comes to the J

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Posted by: Lee Hutchens, Sports & Recreation Director

Young Girl FencingFencing is one of the oldest sports, dating back to the very first Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. Its popularity in the U.S. is increasing, becoming the new "It" sport for kids. And while it may look easy, fencing is not only a great workout, it also builds your mental muscles as well. 

So why should you and your kids try fencing?

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Resolve To Be Successful

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Posted by: Robin Fortenberry, Director of Fitness Services, ACE CPT

2020 New Year's ResolutionsThis is the time of year where there is a lot of talk about resolutions to lose weight, gain muscle, get in shape, tone up, get fit, etc., etc., etc. There is also a lot of talk about "New Year, New You," which means exactly what? The problem is that all of this information is too vague and doesn't give the average individual, who wants to make positive changes with their health, any real direction. Don't get caught up in hype and catch phrases. Instead, start your New Year's resolution by setting some realistic goals. 

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Fall Men's Basketball Season Wrap-up

Friday, December 20, 2019
Posted by: Lee Hutchens, Aquatics and Sports & Rec Director

All Star PlayersWe finished up our men’s basketball season with two exciting championship games on Monday, December 9. The first championship game was in our 35+ League where we saw an exciting match with Rody Grant’s team beating Ohad Nezer’s team for the championship.

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Getting Through The Season of Indulge

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Posted by: By Robin Fortenberry, Director of Fitness Services, ACE CPT

LatkesWe are now in the middle of what is referred to as the Holiday Season. It is a festive time of year full of get togethers, travel and celebration. And regardless of what specific holiday you celebrate, almost all come with a wide variety of epicurean delights in the form of food and drink.

So how do we enjoy the festivities and maintain a healthy weight? By finding a balance of indulgence and maintenance. Here are some suggestions on how to enjoy your favorite holiday sensibly and with moderation.

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