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Happiness Happens: August Newsletter

Welcome to August! We hope you have been enjoying your summer outside in the Adirondacks & inside our facility. If you haven't heard our latest news, you may now work out in the gym without a mask if you are vaccinated. Masks are still required when entering and leaving the facility. Please stop by the front desk to have your photo retaken without a mask on!

During the month of August, join us in celebrating Happiness. Happiness Happens is the theme of the month. Our philosophy on happiness is that it happens in many ways. Oftentimes, in the smallest of ways, like a simple hello from a stranger, or just by noticing the way your favorite spot in your house looks on a sunny morning, or the sound of a loved one laughing. We encourage you all to be a little more observant this month, in the small things and notice how they make you happy. Many times we are on a constant search for happiness from the larger things in life, and forget that happiness happens all around us all the time, in the tiniest of moments, we often forget to notice. Slow down, pay attention, and take note of all the little happy things in your life.

Coming up in August:

  • Bring a Friend to the Gym Day

  • Watermelon Day

  • Back To School Drive

  • Women Are Not Small Men Workshop with Sarah Keyes

  • Fajita Day Cooking Class

  • New Group Fitness Classes

  • Lake Placid Classic 5k to 10k Training Program with Erik Lewis

In honor of National Friends Day, we are encouraging you all to bring a friend to the gym on Monday, August 2. Download or take a photo of your FREE DAY GYM PASS and show it to the front desk. All guests must sign in at the front desk with the member who is giving the pass away.

You won't want to miss your workout on Tuesday, August 3! To celebrate National Watermelon day and its healthful benefits, we will be sharing delicious watermelon slices with our members!

It is that time of year again! Help support our local community by donating school supplies to those in need. All you have to do is drop off school supplies to our designated location at the front entryway and we will do the rest! Last year we had a tremendous amount of support, and we can't wait to see the generosity again this year.

Who will win the T-Shirt Design Contest!?

Submit your designs for a chance to have your design featured on all of our future retail shirts! To add to the excitement, the winner will also receive one free month of membership!

How to participate:

1. get creative

What are we looking for in a design?

  • We aren't looking for a logo replacement. Our logo will remain the same.

  • We are looking for something that is in alignment with our logos colors, greyscale, or Adirondack appropriate color scheme

  • We are looking for something that represents any combination of the Adirondacks, Fitness, Mountains, Outdoor Activities, Wellness, Community, Swimming, Health

Have fun designing, and we can't wait to see what you come up with!

Submission deadline: August 31, 2021

Tuesday, August 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Register here

If you are a woman and have been wondering if there are different needs for your physiology and fitness, this workshop is for you! If you are a man who is in the field of coaching women and are interested in further education on the difference between training women and men, this workshop is for you!

The fitness industry is a relatively new industry in regards to its science. For years, studies have only been conducted on men, and results utilized on men and women. Recently, there has been an exciting progressive movement within the industry: research conducted on the science behind the different needs of men and women in regards to fitness. Women Are Not Small Men is a scientifically backed program Sarah Keyes, Ultra Marathon runner, coach, and Adirondack Health nurse has been trained in by Dr. Stacy Sims.

Learn science-based strategies to help active women perform with their physiology.

"When it comes to exercise, nutrition and medicine, it has long been assumed that women are just smaller versions of men. Common sense would tell you this is not true... but in spite of this, very little research has been done specifically on women in these areas. This seems crazy given women makeup about 50% of the population.

There is a lot of confusion in the market as all sorts of programs are out there pushed by anyone with an idea and a loud voice. This lack of science-based information often means women are doing the wrong training, eating the wrong food, not reaching their full potential, and/or often suffering unnecessary discomfort and pain. For example, how many of those programs take into account the menstrual cycle where there are large, repetitive changes in hormone levels?

I am working very hard to change all this. I have been doing research in the areas of physiology and nutrition for over 20 years and I have a wealth of experience implementing practical, science-based interventions specifically for women." Dr. Stacy Sims Join us for another virtual cooking class! Our previous cooking class was such a hit, we are doing it again!

Thursday, August 19, Anna and Joni will be cooking Fajitas. After registering you will receive the ingredient list a few days before the class. All of our cooking classes are fun, simple, tasty, and HEALTHY!

Wednesdays at 7 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.

Join Justin for his High-Intensity Interval Training class, starting August 4.

Meet on the turf for a circuit workout that is guaranteed to get you moving and sweating early in the morning so you are left invigorated ready to attack the rest of the day!

Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

This half hour class

will tighten and tone your abs, obliques and lower back. The class has a strong focus on core strength and stretching out commonly tight areas of the body including the back, hips, and legs. Many of your body's movements originate form your core, and working towards improving its strength will improve overall fitness.

Mondays and Thursdays at 8:15 a.m. By popular request! You don't want to miss this NEW! Step Class If you’re someone who feels great after a workout but struggles in motivating yourself to get to the gym for a solo session, this class is for you. If you are tired of doing hours of cardio with little result, this class is for you. If you’re feeling stagnant in your exercise routine and want a change of pace, this class is for you. We’ll have fun working cardio and strength, sweating lots, getting strong, and being proud of ourselves for getting through an awesome workout together one step at a time.


Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

Join Joan for one of the best yoga classes you can attend. Let the stress and tension of your day melt away in this creative, flowing, breath-based class. Upbeat music and a dose of inspiration will set the tone as you journey through a series of poses that will improve strength, balance, and flexibility. Sun salutations and moving asanas will guide you to feeling more open, calm, and present both physically and mentally. The class cultivates deep physical opening and absorption of the mind in the rhythm of breath and body. Creativity in sequencing assures this is never the same class twice.

If you are new to yoga, this class is for you. If you are experienced in yoga, this class is for you.

Another Step Class!

Mondays at 10 a.m.

This step class is a little different than Anna's. Here you will experience 30-minutes of cardio training that uses the step in a highly effective and athletic way. It will get your heart pounding and sweat pouring as you improve your fitness, agility, coordination, strength, and balance. Step to the beat of good music and good energy. This class is perfect for healthy aging! Try something new, that you will enjoy and step your way to better health, one step at a time!Sadly, Pilates is leaving the schedule. We are working hard to replace this class. Stay tuned!


It isn't starting until September, but wanted to give you plenty of time to look forward to something new and fun!

We have been trying to think of different ways to create an active healthy lifestyle for our members that also doesn't feel like working out or a structured class; we came up with the perfect solution!

Traci Marie Wagner, our general manager will be leading our FIRST walking group! "Due to COVID-19 and moving my office location, I have really been missing engaging with the members. Having members stop in and talk used to be one of my favorite parts of the day" Says Traci.

This is not a class, with targets, benchmarks, instruction, etc., it is more of a walking group. A time for you to connect with nature, yourself, and others all while reaping the many benefits of walking. This is for everyone, it is for those who may not feel comfortable attending a group fitness class, for those who would benefit from getting away from their desk to take mental wellness walk, for those who may not feel comfortable walking in the woods alone, for those who want to slow down from their overly active lifestyle, for anyone who is ready to experience the benefits from walking.

Starting Thursday, September 2 at 11 a.m. The walking group will meet every Tuesday and Thursday at the front desk and head out for a walk in Henry's Woods.

*Note, Zelda (the puppy) will be joining the walks.

It is that time again! Start training for your fastest or first 10k! Erik Lewish will get you there. The program fee includes entry to the Lake Placid Classic a race you won't want to miss this year!

This nine-week program includes eight weeks of training and one recovery week. Training starts August 10, every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. (if you wish to train alone, Erik will send you the workouts virtually).

Register by August 8 here

We want to hear from you! Let us know exactly what you are looking for in group fitness classes. You ask, we listen!

Fall is approaching fast and we hope to develop the perfect group fitness schedule that fits your expectations.

It's been a long wait, and a worthwhile one! The group fitness patio build has begun. We would like to thank the town of North Elba for donating the patio material and labor. Our members are going to absolutely love this new exercise space with a view!

Join during the month of August and receive THREE free half-hour fitness coaching sessions.

*only three sessions per membership, sessions may be shared within family and couple memberships.

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