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Your Resort, Every Day 3 Up and Coming 10 Ready to Row 14 From the Mat to Swivel Chair 15 Less-Stress Holiday Challenge 16 Do Less to Achieve More 18 TRX Suspension Training 19 A Note from the Desk of Todd Forbes 20 We’ll Help You Unwind 22 Challenge Yourself to Something New 24 Village Programs Directors 25 Oohs + Ahhs for Ocotillo 26 Focus on Members 28 Beating the Bloat 32 Social Spot 34

meet your managers Carol Nalevanko President, Village Health Clubs & Spas Rick Erdenberger Vice President, Village Health Clubs & Spas, General Manager, Ocotillo Village John Smallfield General Manager, Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club Jim krimbill General Manager, DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa Greg Nakagawa General Manager, Gainey Village Health Club & Spa

Challenge Yourself What better theme for this issue of Better Life? That’s really what health clubs are all about: challenging yourself to become more fit, eat healthier, get stronger, lose weight, and so on.

Don’t forget to ‘like’ Village Health Clubs & Spas on Facebook, where you’ll be privy to the recent contests we are running, fitness information and Village events—everything Village!

What’s your specific challenge? It may be training for an athletic event, reaching a target weight, or staying as youthful as possible. It may be recovering from an injury or preventing one. In one way or another we are all here to improve our lives. That includes those of us who work at the Village. We not only use the club with you, the members, but our main challenge is to help you with your challenges. Certain ways we help you achieve your goals are pretty straightforward: personal training, group exercise classes, tennis lessons, yoga, Pilates. Others are a little less obvious: keeping our equipment in good working order, having the locker rooms clean and well stocked, being friendly in all of our interactions with you.

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As you challenge yourself, we continue to challenge ourselves to serve you better. Here are a couple of recent examples:

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Village member Karen Gresham is training for IRONMAN Arizona. Read more, page 29.

• At DC Ranch we didn’t have the room on property for tennis, so we built the beautiful 10-court Village Tennis Center just up the road. • At Camelback Village it was no surprise to anyone that parking became a big challenge. Well, we were able to secure off-site parking for our employees so that we could give the employee lot to you, our members. Most, if not all, of you have received an email survey from us in the past several months. If you returned that survey, you know that we are personally

responding to everyone who completes it. We realize that you are the ones who can best identify our strengths and our challenges. We take the comments that you have sent our way in these surveys very seriously and are incorporating them into our next 3-year strategic plan which begins this coming January. Our clubs, like life itself, are a continuing series of challenges, and we are committed to facing these challenges as they present themselves.

And we, like you, take great pride and satisfaction in meeting our challenges. So, challenge yourself, challenge us, and we will succeed together. John Smallfield General Manager, Camelback Village



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Summer Swim Team Wrap-up

Over 180 Village member kids participated in the Swim Neptune summer league program this year. Offered at Camelback Village, Gainey Village, and DC Ranch Village, the summer team saw kids age 5–15 learning strong fundamentals in all four strokes, and learning to race with weekly meets against teams around the Valley. Summer is over, but swimming is not. The programs continue year-round at all Village locations. Email Helen at for more information.

special holiday

club hours Thanksgiving: Thursday, Novem ber 27 – 5 am to 2 pm Christmas Eve: Wed nesday, Dece mber 24 – 5 am to 4 pm Christmas Day: Thursday, Decem ber 25 – Closed New Year’s Eve: Wed nesday, Dece mber 31 – 5 am to 4 pm New Year’s Day: Thursday, Ja nuar y 1 – 10 am to 4 pm

V  illage member Bryce Fitzgerald (left) broke a 20-year-old Arizona state record with a time of 34.22 in the 10 & under boys’ 50-meter backstroke. He’s pictured here with Swim Neptune founder Joe Zemaitis (center) and teammate and friend, Max Kleinman. Max broke the 10 & under boys’ 50-meter butterfly state record. Max and Bryce also tied for the high point award.

G  ainey Village member Jeff Kootman completed the Leadville 100 mountain bike race in 10:57 and earned the famous silver buckle!

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S  wim Neptune athlete splashes his way to another win at the 2014 Arizona Age Group State Championship. Swim Neptune won 19 individual and 10 relay state titles en route to their 8th overall team championship. Photo by Ron French.

left to right Dave Lueth, Briggs Hubbell, Sid Rosenblatt and Don Roberts ready to hit the links.


Summer Golf at Gainey Ranch Golf Club

The Village Summer Golf League was a huge hit again this year. Make plans to join us in 2015!

r ight to left Anne Schilling,

Jan Wood, Alexis Suarez and John Preston are ready to brave the heat.

V  illage members getting instruction before heading out to play.

 njoying drinks and food at Downside Risk E after golf league play. SWINGERS

Summer USTA National Tennis Tournament Results

Congratulations to all of the Camelback Village players who competed in the USTA National Tennis Tournament this summer. Brandon Stringfellow and Nathan Ponwith both qualified for the USTA National Boys’ Championships played in August in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This tournament is the most prestigious and difficult to qualify for. Brandon played three matches in the 16 & under division and won two—the first round main draw and his first match in the consolation round. Having just turned 15, this was his first year in the division. Nathan reached the round of 32 players in singles, and quarterfinals in doubles, in the 18 & under division. A huge congratulations to both young men!

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 herri Bonson (left) and Tina Kawarsky (right), S winners of the women’s 60 & over USTA National Grass Court doubles this summer.

In senior tennis, Camelback Village member Sherri Bonson won the women’s 60 & over USTA National Grass Court doubles this summer. She received the coveted prize for winning a USTA National Championship—a gold tennis ball. She also won the National USTA 60 & over mixed doubles in Seattle in August. In the men’s 65 & over division, Camelback Village Tennis Director Brian Cheney won the National Hard Court singles and doubles tournaments in June, and the National Indoor singles in July.

 athan Ponwith, one of the top junior N tennis players in the country, competing in the USTA National Boys’ Tennis Championships this summer. Photo courtesy of David Kenas, USTA Southwest.  randon Stringfellow won two matches B this summer in the prestigious USTA National Boys’ Tennis Championships. Photo courtesy of Jeff Sikes.

C  amelback Village Tennis Director Brian Cheney at the 2010 ITF World Championships Von Cramm Cup finals against Spain.


 illage Summer Fitness Camp junior squash V participants take a break for a group photo with Village Squash Pro Roy Ollier.

It’s Fun for Everyone!

Hope you are enjoying this great time of year. With the arrival of cooler temperatures, it’s the perfect time for a game of squash followed by a dip in the pool or hot tub at the Village. Yes, it’s time to get your game in perfect shape for the upcoming tournament season. Our #1 tournament of the year is right around the corner—the 8th Annual Halloween Open at DC Ranch Village, October 24–26. Once again we are showcasing the best that squash has to offer. This year’s featured players are Julian Illingsworth, the 9-time and current 2014 U.S. Champion (as well as the highest worldranked U.S. player at number 24), and Viktor Berg of Canada, the former Pan American Games gold medalist and one of the most entertaining and best players and shotmakers you’ll ever see. It’s going to be great. Come join the fun. No matter what your level, there is a division for you!

D  rew Stauffacher, winner of the Division 2 Junior Summer Smash Tournament held at DC Ranch Village on August 2.


Squash Clinics C • Novice/3.0 Wed 4 – 5:30 pm

Junior Summer Smash Tournament Results

It certainly was a great day of squash with some amazing rallies in both divisions. The younger kids held their own in Division 2 and before long will be knocking on the Division 1 door. In Division 2, Drew Stauffacher served his way to victory in many close games to claim the prize. Division 1 saw Stuart Rucker overpower everyone in the division to remain undefeated. A big “well done!” to all the kids. We have a great group coming through!

Squash Open Play C • SAT 8 – 11:30 Am, Mon 5 – 8:30 pm,

Wed 5:30 – 7:30 pm

D • S AT 8 – 11:30 Am, Mon 5 – 7:30 pm,

l eft to right Robin Grenko, Dee

Wed 4 – 7:30 pm

Grenko, Kirk Gregor, Audy Wade, and Taylor Johnson. The Spa at Gainey Village gang competed in the Spartan Beast in the rolling hills of Monterey, CA on August 10. The race was 13.1 miles long with 25 obstacles along the way.

G • Tues + Thurs 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Junior Squash Program We are having a great year for juniors with close to 20 now playing regularly. Why not introduce your kids to this fantastic sport through the junior program. You will have an opponent and a challenge for many years to come. C • Tues 3:30 – 4:30 pm

G • Thurs 3:30 – 4:30 pm

For more information on lessons, clinics or the junior squash program, or to purchase all your squash equipment, please contact Roy Ollier at or 602.350.5173.

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D • SAT 11:30 AM – 1:30 pm

G  ainey Village members Don and Jane Hill became champions at the FINA World Masters Swim Championships in Montreal, Canada in August. Don won the 50-meter freestyle and Jane won the 50-meter backstroke. Way to go you two—your hard work really paid off and we are so proud of you!

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Village Trip to Havasupai, May 29–June 1

Over 50 Village members made the trip to Havasupai this summer. They conquered over 30 miles of hiking, camped for two nights, and enjoyed amazing scenery! It was a bucket list trip for many members.

V  illage members swam out to an island in front of New Navajo Falls.

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T  he whole gang after a successful climb down to the bottom of Mooney Falls.

√ Betsy and Neil Gorges enjoying their camp spot along the creek.

E  njoying dinner and good conversation with fellow Village members.


Absolutely Hotter than Heck

Close to 30 Village members came out for the 4th Annual Hotter than Heck hike up Sunrise Trail on August 1.


Hiking down from the peak along Sunrise Trail.

 S topping at the Sunrise Trail saddle before making the final trek up to the peak.


Village members celebrate making it to the peak.

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T  he Village gang on the rim of the canyon before beginning the 11-mile hike down to Havasupai.

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Meet Jane

Wasserson a young camelback village member with professional tennis aspirations Meet Camelback Village member Jane Wasserson, new to the area from Philadelphia. At seventeen, Jane has been playing competitive tennis and developing her game to the point where she is now making her way into professional qualifying tournaments. At the recent US Open qualifying tournament in Phoenix, Jane defeated NCAA highly ranked Felicity Maltby from Texas Tech. In a recent $50,000 prequalifying tournament in Carson, California, Jane defeated the 26-ranked USTA 18-and-under player 7 – 5 in the third. “These wins were very encouraging to me,” Jane said. Jane’s formative years were spent in Newtown, PA where she watched her brother (6 years older) compete in tennis. That’s where she got the bug to play. She was trained by Mark Spann in Newtown who encouraged Jane’s goals. Now bound for the pros, Jane is focusing on adult tournaments rather than USTA junior events. She is wisely measuring the amount of competition she experiences to avoid burnout and discouragement.

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Jane has chosen home schooling for her current education, taking classes online and being tutored five hours per week. Her favorite subject is biology, but she eyes being a lawyer following her tennis career. Besides court time, Jane trains diligently—conditioning, strengthening, and quickness. Her realistic goal is to be in the top 500 of WTA by the time she is 21 and at peak performance by the time she is 25 – 26. Jane enjoys the Village for its level and quantity of competition. “I appreciate the number of players I appreciate the at the Village that I can practice with and get number of players at the competitive games. It’s good stuff,” Jane says. We wish Jane success and anticipate following Village that I can practice her progress toward her goal of being on the WTA tour.. with and get competitive

games. It’s good stuff! JANE WASSERSON

Jane focusing on her forehand volley preparing for a match.

Is Activewear the

New Denim?



The split step is a “must have” footwork tool for tennis. This step acts as a spring that can catapult you into action, leaving you ready to move in any direction the ball is traveling once your feet land back on the ground. You should perform this step every time your opponent hits the ball. For example, when your opponent serves, you should be doing the split step, vaulting an inch or two off the ground and landing on your toes with both feet. When you see professionals performing a split step, it looks like a hovering ready position— racket out front in both hands, knees bent, body angled slightly forward, eyes on the ball. Everything says “ready position” except that their feet are not on the ground. In the same way this footwork provides speed when you need it, it can also slow you down when you need to get to the net for a volley and are moving too fast. As you approach from the baseline, a few staggered splits on your way to the net will slow you enough that you won’t lose control of your movements or swings. The part that can be tricky is the timing. When should you launch up into the air? When should you be coming down to make contact again with the court? Ideally, you launch yourself off when your opponent starts making contact between racket and ball, and you land as you get a visual on the ball and see where it’s going. Try adding the split step into your game and you will see the improvement. Nick Heron Director of Tennis DC Ranch Village Tennis Center

Are workout clothes the future of day-to-day fashion? The trend is called “soft dressing.” It’s about more than clothes that transition from gym class to brunch. While part of this shift can be attributed to the proliferation of fitness as a priority in people’s lives, the huge gain in activewear popularity is driven by women who aren’t exercising at all—those commuting in comfort, running errands with efficiency, and working from home in secret spandex. Much like denim, activewear is increasingly being integrated into daily attire. It’s now become acceptable—even chic—to wear leggings to work under a dress, or out to dinner with a cardigan. From beach to street to some offices, the legging is part of the modern lifestyle. Ways to give your favorite comfy fitness clothes more mileage while looking fabulous: 1. F ocus on fit. Don’t sport gym clothes that are too small or too big. 2. H  andle with care. Read the washing instructions on your workout gear. 3. C onsider the occasion. Activewear is totally acceptable style for checking things off your to-do list: grocery shopping, lunch with a girlfriend, and running errands. But don’t show up to your mother’s retirement party in gym clothes. 4. Accessorize. Large aviator-frame sunglasses are perfect for a city chic look, and can cover a flushed, un-made-up face after the gym. Both denim and activewear are the modern girl’s street wear. It’s what she’s wearing on the weekends. And she knows that being healthy is always going to be trendy. Stop by your Village Pro Shop & Boutique to see what’s trending in activewear.

Alcatraz Escape your limitations! Preparations are underway for the epic 9th annual Swim FAST (Foundation for Aquatic Safety and Training) Alcatraz/Golden Gate Bridge event. The 1.4-mile swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco will take place on April 26, 2015 and the 1.2-mile Golden Gate Bridge swim on April 27. Local training in Bartlett Lake is beginning now. Email Joe Zemaitis at for more information.

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Lucky “15” Casino Night

OCT 23, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Gainey Village is turning 15 and we are very excited! Join us for a fun night of celebration! Gambling, dancing, food, drinks, and the chance to win great raffle prizes! There will be a photo booth and a special “Spin to Win” wheel. Everyone will receive $1,000 funny money to play with. There will be a silent auction benefiting the TGen Foundation during the party. FREE for Gainey Village members and one guest. Additional guests: $20 each. RSVP to a front desk associate by Oct 20. Must be at least 21 years old to attend. Valet service will be provided the night of the party. Childcare will not be available. D • 2nd Annual Adult Member Halloween Party OCT 24, 6:30 – 9 PM

DC Ranch Village members beware! Join us if you dare. You and a guest are invited to enjoy sweet treats, freaky food, DJ entertainment, and a fun photo booth. Prizes will be awarded for best costume. RSVP at the front desk no later than October 1 (21+ event). For more information please contact Carly Cercone at 480.515.4059.

Hike C D G • Holiday Hike to Tom’s Thumb (north side) DEC 6, 7:30 AM

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Let’s celebrate the holidays by getting a workout in on the trails! We’ll meet at DC Ranch Village at 7:30 AM and carpool over to Tom’s Thumb. This 4.2-mile intermediate hike will take about 2 hours. We’ll go for coffee/breakfast afterward. Please sign up by contacting Shelly McGann at 480.624.9125 or by Dec 1. Guests are welcome.

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Member Holiday Party

DEC 4, 6:30 – 9 PM

Celebrate the season with DC Ranch Village. You and a guest are invited to attend our annual holiday party (21+ event). Toast the night away with champagne, food, live music, and good friends. RSVP at the front desk by December 1. Happy Holidays! C •

Holly Jolly Holiday Party

DEC 5, 6:30 – 9 PM

Save the date for Camelback Village’s Holly Jolly Holiday Party! Mix and mingle with your friends and guests while enjoying festive holiday food, drinks and jingles! This adults-only party is free for Camelback Village and Village Choice members. Want to share the fun with your friends? Members may bring one guest for free, and Village Choice members may bring up to four guests! Please RSVP to the front desk no later than Mon, Dec 1. G •

Member Holiday Social

DEC 11, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Gainey Village Health Club & Spa invites you and a guest to attend. Come enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, holiday spirits, merry jingles, and good friends—plus, our 5th Annual Village Boutique Fashion Show. Please RSVP at the front desk by Dec 8. Bring one guest for free. Must be 21 years or older to attend. For more information, contact Shelly McGann at 480.624.9125.

R ACQUE T DC Ranch Village Tennis Center Doubles Club Championships OCT 9 – 12

C • Camelback Village Open Fall Tennis Classic OCT 24 – 26

Matches will consist of best-of-3 sets with a super tiebreak for a third set. Entries close Oct 5 and draws will be posted Tues, Oct 7. Matches on Oct 9 and 10 will be played at 7 PM. For more information, contact the tennis staff at 480.515.4040.

This annual event will feature men’s and women’s singles along with mixed doubles play. The tournament is open to all Camelback Village Executive members and Village Choice members. $45 per player for one event and $60 per player for two events. All players will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt, food, and beverages throughout the tournament. There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and consolation winners, as well as a great time for all! Please contact Judi Buterbaugh at for more information.

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8th Annual Halloween Squash Open


Includes tournament shirt, prizes, Friday pizza, snacks, and drinks. Always a great weekend, both physically and socially. Come test your game and see some of the best players in the country. No matter what your level, you will enjoy this tournament. To register, go to www. and click on tournaments. Look for Halloween Open and all the details are there. For more information, please contact Roy Ollier at rollier@ or call 602.350.5173. Adult Divisions: 6.0/5.5, 5.0, 4.5, 4.0, 3.5, 3.0, 2.5/Novice Junior Divisions: Advanced, Novice Cost: $65 adult, $35 junior

C D G • Phoenix Motor Company’s Annual Holiday Racquet Sports Tournament


This year’s event will return to the original format of tennis only. This tournament is open to nonmembers as well, so if your favorite partner isn’t a Village member, this is your chance to shine with them. Please contact Judi Buterbaugh at jbuterbaugh@ for more information.


Village Ski Trip to Telluride

FEB 19 – 22, 2015

Includes 3 nights lodging (double occupancy) at The Peaks Resort in Mountain Village, 3-day lift ticket, round-trip videomotorcoach transportation, and rental discounts. $675/person, double occupancy. Full amount due at sign-up. Refundable if we find someone to take your place. Contact Shelly McGann at Gainey Village 480.624.9125 to sign up. Limited to 130 people.

H  itting the Telluride slopes during the 2014 Village ski trip.

WELLNESS D • Annual “Fall Into Fitness” Team Challenge OCT 5 – DEC 14

Health and Exercise Lecture Series

Topics include heart health, mental health, pregnancy. Co-presented by leading physicians and Kevin Shepard MS, CISSN, & CSCS, DC Ranch Village nutritionist and personal trainer. Members $10/lecture, nonmembers $20/lecture. Sign up at the front desk 24 hours in advance. Veranda Café special: 20 percent off any meal ordered before the lecture begins (eat in the conference room during the lecture). For more information please contact Kevin Shepard at or 480.502.8844 ext 243.

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This 10-week weight loss/training team challenge is sure to be an experience you won’t forget. Meet new people while learning how to make the right healthy life choices for you. It’s no secret—choose the life you want and say, “Yes!” For more information, contact Michael Williams at or Skip Gagnon at

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OCT 14, NOV 18, + DEC 9, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

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Arizona temperatures are beginning to cool down, but kids’ activities at the Village are just heating up!


Here are some of the upcoming events and ongoing programs we offer. Please check with your Kids’ Club for rate information, to confirm times and details, and to sign up!


Marcia Leach Youth Services Director, Camelback Village Kim Miller Youth Services Director, DC Ranch Village Kristin Bullock Youth Services Director, Gainey Village


Fall/October Break Fitness Camp

OCT 13 – 17, 9 AM – 3 PM

Kids age 5 – 12 will enjoy a variety of activities including games, walks, swimming, crafts, and healthy-eating classes. Weekly or daily (as well as full- or half-day at Camelback Village) options available. C D G •

Winter Break Fitness Camp

DEC 22, 23, 24 (half day), 29, 30, 31 (half day) at Camelback Village, 9 am – 3 PM DEC 22, 23, 26 – 30 at DC Ranch Village, 9 am – 3 PM DEC 22, 23, 29 + 30 at Gainey Village, 9 am – 3 PM

Loads of fun for ages 5 – 12.

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Parents Night Out

Each month has a different theme and includes dinner, activities, and a movie in the Camelback Village Kids’ Club. C •

A Night On The Glow!

OCT 24, 5 – 7 PM

Wear your brightest colors as everything will be glowing in the dark at this Camelback Village kids’ party. G •

Boo Bash

OCT 30, 4 – 6 PM

An annual event at Gainey Village. Wear your costumes and enjoy treats and all of the Halloween fun! G •

Picnic and Movie by the Pool

NOV 14, 5:30 PM

Enjoy a family evening at the Gainey Village pool. Get there early and don’t miss the start of the movie at 6:15pm. G •

Black Friday Drop N Shop

NOV 28, 7:30 AM – 2 PM

Drop your children off at the Gainey Village Tot Stop for any 4 hours during this time! C •

Breakfast with Santa DEC 13, 9 – 11 AM

Snow, sledding, food, and activities will provide lots of holiday cheer at Camelback Village. D •

Second Annual Winter Wonderland Party

DEC 20, 9 – 11 AM M  adison Miller in reindeer antlers at the 2013 Winter Wonderland Party.

Snow is a rare sight in the desert, but it’ll be snowing at DC Ranch Village for this holiday party! Please join us in the kids’ backyard for snowball fights, hot cocoa, and cookie decorating. Don’t forget your mittens and snow shoes. Please RSVP in the Kids’ Club by December 15.

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Santa and Snow

DEC 21, 10:30 AM – 12 PM

Families, come meet out at the west end of the Gainey Village parking lot for some fun in the snow and Christmas spirit! Snowball fights, yummy breakfast foods, cookie decorating, and a Christmas craft! Santa will be ready for pictures with our professional photographer, and you will be able to leave that day with one free picture (additional pictures will be available for purchase). Sign up early in the Tot Stop!




AGES 5 + UP, SAT 10 AM

A combination of dance, martial arts, and rhythmic movement. Classes in the Camelback Village Exercade. C •

Village Performance Academy


Improving sports performance through speed and agility, injury prevention and more. 12-week sessions and drop-in available. C •

Toddler and Preschool Programs

Pee Wee Potty Training Offered daily in the Camelback Village Kids’ Club. Staff will introduce toddlers to the potty and how to wash hands. Just ask the youth attendant to put them down as potty training that day!

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Junior Certification Classes

AGES 11 – 13 at Camelback Village and DC Ranch Village AGES 10 – 13 at Gainey Village

For junior members who wish to gain access to the club without direct parental supervision. Must be a Family member. Parents are required to attend the first 15 minutes of the class. Class schedule varies by club. Inquire or sign up at the front desk. C D •

Junior Tennis

AGES 4 – 15+ at Camelback Village AGES 5 – 15+ at DC Ranch Village Tennis Center

Tennis lessons for kids of all ages and levels are in full swing! Beginners learn basic hand-eye coordination, stroke production, and rules of the game. Competitivelevel students will be prepared for tournament play by focusing on technique, point play, live ball drilling and strategy.

Toddler Yoga AGES 15 Months to potty Trained, SUN 9 AM

Have fun with yoga poses and breathing exercises in the Camelback Village Kids’ Club.

Little Athletes AGES POTTY TRAINED TO 5, Sat 9:15 AM

Play different sports, active games and learn about sportsmanship and teamwork in the Kids’ Club.

Preschool Yoga AGES POTTY TRAINED TO 5, SUN 9:45 AM

Have fun with yoga poses and breathing exercises in the Camelback Village Kids’ Club. C •

School-Age Programs

AGEs 5 – 10

Kids Fitness MON + WED 3:45 – 4:15 PM AT Camelback Village GX2 Ladders, Bosu workouts, resistance bands, trampoline workouts, and more!

My Gym Time WED 1:30 – 3:30 PM AT Camelback Village EXERCADE A group exercise class, nutrition, learning about exercise, and more!

Kids Yoga SUN 10:30 AM AT CAMELBACK VILLAGE Having fun with yoga poses and breathing exercises. D •

Kids’ Club Classes

AGES 21/2 – 9

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Swim Neptune at the Village boasts beginners, champs and everyone in between! Groups are assigned by age and ability. Free evaluation and trial practice. Afterschool practices—join anytime! Please contact Helen Zemaitis at for more information or pick up a registration form at the front desk. C D G •

Learn how yoga can help reduce daily stress and increase performance in athletics.

Swimming Lessons


The Village offers everything from Parent/Tot classes (teaching important survival techniques to parents and infants, 6 months, with parent in the water) through Level 3 for students who can swim unaided and are continuing to work on breathing, stroke, and endurance skills. C D G •

Junior Basketball Leagues

AGES 5 – 11 at Camelback Village AGES 5 – 12 at DC Ranch Village

The goal of Village Jr. Basketball is for children to acquire the knowledge and skills of the game, have a strong understanding of sportsmanship, make friends and develop skills the child can use on and off the court. Games are on Saturdays and leagues are seasonal. G •

Junior Basketball Clinics

AGEs 7 – 9


Weekly clinics at Gainey Village will cover the fundamentals: dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and defense. $10/week. No sign-up necessary, just show up on the basketball court. (No clinic on Oct 15.)

Junior/Teen Yoga

AGES 10 – 14 at Camelback Village AGES 8 – 13 at Gainey Village

Junior Swim Team AGES 5 + UP

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Focuses on the recreational and conditioning aspects of saber fencing, as well as the competitive.

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The DC Ranch Village Kids’ Club offers a variety of fitness classes for children such as soccer, dance, cheer, yoga, gymnastics—and Fun Fitness classes are back on the weekends in the kids’ gym. Call to reserve a spot!

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Ready TO ROW!

Boost your cardio workout on a rowing machine

The Village clubs offer a variety of top-notch cardio equipment at each facility. Rowing machines, in particular, have been around the fitness industry for decades and are seeing a resurgence in popularity. They offer a tremendous alternative to treadmills, ellipticals, stepmills, and bikes. We all know the importance of good cardiovascular conditioning. With so many options available, changing up the machine (as well as the intensity) helps your cardio routine remain interesting while it keeps your body working to adapt to varied stimuli.

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Rowers offer the same great cardiovascular conditioning as other pieces of cardio equipment but with a slightly different approach. Rowing engages more back (core) and arm action than a typical cardio machine. Getting set up and familiar with the rower technique points may take a few minutes, but you’ll quickly be ready for a great workout. Technique points are similar whether you are using a Concept 2 rower or a water rower. After placing your feet on the foot pads and securing them with the provided straps, reach forward and grab the handle. A row stroke begins with a big leg extension, follows with a slight extension of your torso, and finishes with a strong pulling of the handle into your midsection. Returning the handle to the start position (called the “catch”) with efficiency requires a reversal of the stroke pull. First, extend the arms back out in front of you, lean slightly forward with your torso, then finish by bending your legs back to the start/flexed position. Focus on sitting up tall with

good posture and keeping the chain in the center of the rectangle from which it originates. This may sound like a lot of small technical steps, but they will flow and feel very natural after a few minutes on the rowing machine. After getting the basics down, the rower has many different preprogrammed options. There are standard 500-meter, 1,000-meter, and 2,000-meter workouts to name a few. Customizable workouts allow you to set the duration and rest intervals. Rowers are a great tool for working with intervals. Intervals are the perfect way to get short, intense bouts of exercise without having to spend a prolonged period of time on one piece of equipment. One popular interval variation is called Tabata. Tabata is 20 seconds of intense work with 10 seconds of rest. This can be repeated numerous times depending on your fitness level. Try 4–8 Tabata intervals on a rower and you will get a very effective and intense interval workout in 2–4 minutes!  For more information about the rowing machines at your Village club, contact your Fitness Director. Corey Degenstein Fitness Director, Gainey Village

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the top 5 ways to apply yoga to your work life!

The practice of yoga does not begin nor does it end on the yoga mat. It is a practice of committed consciousness and union of mind, body and soul as a way of life. There is no longer a need to compartmentalize those facets of ourselves or to play separate roles as partner, parent, businessperson, spiritual seeker, etc. There are many examples in today’s society of successful businessmen and women who are bringing wellness and spirituality into their corporate culture. It is time for us to connect the dots between the business world and the wellness world. As Arianna Huffington, President & Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group explains on her blog, “What’s good for us as individuals is also good for corporate America’s bottom line. When we separate these two worlds, the costs come in two forms. First, there are the direct costs due to stress and its associated medical conditions, and, second, there’s the cost of lost creativity and diminished performance and productivity.” Here are 5 simple ways you can take a holistic approach to your daily work:

Act Mindfully Mindfulness begins by creating an awareness of your thoughts and feelings to help bring clarity to your thinking. Understand what it is that you value and what it is that motivates you. Every morning cultivate an awareness of why you are about to do what you are doing and stay present with that intention throughout the day.

Slow Down

Practice Non-Attachment Allowing yourself to become attached to small results without the concept of the bigger picture will deplete you. Be conscious that everything you are doing is creating a bigger picture of success. Stress is about perceived control (or the lack thereof). When we feel we are out of control, we get anxious—and that anxiety ultimately manifests as stress. Ask yourself if it is possible to work from a deeper level of commitment without being affected by the direct outcome of that action. Remind yourself to relax and let go. Know that ultimately nothing is under control but everything is exactly as it should be!

Unplug Grant yourself a healthy “time-out” period every day. Give yourself permission to disconnect from the technological world for at least 20 minutes during the day by turning off your phone, computer, the radio, anything that is pulling on your energy, but does not require immediate action. Even your smart phone needs a chance to recharge!

Bonus Tip Avoid the embarrassment of rolling out a not-so-fresh yoga mat the next time you enter the studio by giving your mat a dip in the pool! Just swirl your unrolled mat around in the water for a minute. Lay the mat out to dry for about half an hour, then roll it back up and walk into your next class with confidence.

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We have become much too “good” at multitasking so as to create an image that we are efficient and highly accomplished. In reality what we are doing is watering down our own presence, the unique fingerprint of our individuality. With every professional interaction you have, try bringing more of your (authentic) self to the table and see how much richer the experience becomes.

Tawny Calvet, RYT Breathe Village Yoga Instructor, By nature we are shallow breathers, which means Realtor, GRI we aren’t doing all we can to get as much oxygen to our brains as we really need. More oxygen brings neurological benefits and an optimally functioning brain can be a strategic advantage for any business leader. However, when we become stressed, the breath is the first thing to go. By simply closing your eyes and connecting to the sound of your breath for just a few minutes you will invite in a sense of well-being and slow the body’s fight-or-flight response, reducing your stress levels.



the challenge: survive the season with your health and sanity intact

The holidays can be challenging, on so many levels. Here are some ideas to help maintain some balance and keep stress at bay.

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Scott Hagler

Try your best to stick to your normal routine, particularly where your workout, diet, sleep and self-care are concerned. If you’re the kind who likes to work out after work to blow off steam but holiday gatherings interfere, perhaps an early morning or noon-time visit to the Village would be in order. Or pick up an extra yoga class here or there to help cope with simple holiday “overload.” Speaking of overload, does anyone else feel heightened tension caused by family dynamics during the holidays? As much as I love them, some of my family push my buttons the second they open their mouths. Others seem overly excitable, agitated or generally stressed. Don’t let it get to you. Strengthening boundaries may be the best defense. Retreating to the kids’ area during family gatherings can sometimes be entertaining. If the littlest ones don’t enchant you, the preteens can probably show you the latest phone app or a new cat video online. It took me many years

to realize that I can avoid family overload by assuring there’s a get-away vehicle handy at all times. Just kidding (sort of)! For many, the holidays are a time to gain weight. You can avoid having to make that typical New Year’s resolution to lose weight if you challenge yourself now to remain the same weight through the holidays. It’s not the time to try to lose weight, but concentrate on socializing rather than eating at get-togethers. Eat before you go to a party so that you’re not hungry when you get there. Plus hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Thin down alcoholic drinks with fizzy water and consider alternating water or sparkling water with cocktails. Make it a gift to yourself to stay in control of your weight. Maybe most importantly, try to keep your sleep schedule intact. Stick to your bedtime as best you can, and try not to shortchange yourself in the sleep department.

Perhaps, if you’re an extrovert, keeping your inner party animal caged is helpful to maintaining balance. Introverts may have to politely decline party invitations, or make only brief appearances to avoid feeling guilty about it. I have to intentionally limit my exposure to large, loud groups of people to maintain my sanity. Bag the expectations. I know what triggers the most holiday stress for me are the expectations I have developed around all things holidays. I finally understand that it’s impossible to recreate the magic and mystery of the holidays that we experienced as children. Do I really need to win the award for the best decorated house in the neighborhood for Halloween? To stay home and pass out candy? Must I, for the umpteenth year running, host a dozen for Thanksgiving dinner, with a whole turkey, three kinds of potatoes, two flavors of stuffing, four kinds of cranberry relish? Oh, and don’t forget the green-bean casserole. Do I have to put up a tree? Do I have to spend too much money and spend hours and days shopping for the perfect gift for everyone on the list? Have you asked yourself any of these questions? If the answer is always “yes,” ask yourself what would happen if you decided to break convention this year. I bet, if you’re anything like me, the answer to many of them really is “nothing.” If you’re a perfectionist, could you let go of some things? Delegate or ask for help? Many people, perhaps due to loss—loss of work, a loved one or a pet, for example—find holiday time particularly difficult. Not only can it destroy the desire to celebrate, but sadness during this time of the year can seem even more overwhelming than usual. Feelings such as “I should be happy” may cause guilt or add to depression. If you find yourself relating to this scenario, I encourage you to cut yourself a lot of slack, ramp up the self-care, participate in holiday activities only as much as you’re able, and perhaps seek out the company of a good friend, or even find a professional to talk with. 

Sweets Challenge


Halloween and Christmas = sweet treats for the kids = a huge challenge! Here are a few helpful hints for getting your kids to eat healthy and choose new foods:

• Offer a new food only when your child is hungry and rested. • Present only one new food at a time. • Make it fun: present the food as a game, a play-filled experience. Or cut the food into unusual shapes. • Serve new foods with favorite foods to increase acceptance. • Eat the new food yourself—children love to imitate. • Have your child help to prepare foods. Often they will be more willing to try something when they helped to make it. • Limit beverages. Picky eaters often fill up on liquids.

This holiday season, why not challenge yourself to stay healthy and sane? Allow yourself to enjoy friends and family (with boundaries in place), and just say “no” to things that seem overwhelming or that might push you over the edge. Hang in there, and we’ll see you on the other side!

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Victor has over 25 years of experience in the restaurant and bar business in New York and Arizona and has brought a great energy to the V Lounge and the Courtside Café. He and his team have implemented a number of new and healthier menu options including more salads, lighter dressings, and saké drink cocktails to name a few. The taco salad with baked wheat tortilla shell is not only healthy, but delicious too! The açai berry bowl is a sweet treat which is blended with banana and topped with coconut, nuts, granola, and berries. What a great way to enjoy a superfood! The V Lounge has a new dinner menu featuring roasted chicken, fish, and beef along with pasta and potato options. Enjoy an evening on the patio near the firepit with a cold beer, a glass of chardonnay, or a refreshing saké margarita. Life is good at the Village!


Nadia Mustafa Village Yoga Instructor

When we hit the gym, most of us want to challenge ourselves. Usually that means going faster, harder, doing more. In yoga, the challenge is to go slower, find ease, do less to achieve more. Yes, even in “power” classes. This doesn’t mean you won’t sweat, build muscle, and burn calories. In reality, being mindful and attentive on the mat is more difficult, and more rewarding, than haphazardly racing through a sequence of poses. Next time you’re in the studio, take a peek at the most advanced practitioner in the room. Chances are he or she is going just a tad slower than the rest of the group. Watch how he or she moves with grace—almost as if through quicksand—and pays attention to exactly where and how his or her foot lands, ever so lightly, yet brimming with intention. Notice the subtle glow in which he or she unwittingly basks after settling deeply into warrior, fully relishing a sun salutation, or lingering a couple extra breaths in cobra. These are the fruits of a yogi’s labor.

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Everyone ends up in downward facing dog. It shouldn’t be about how much you beat yourself up to get there, but rather about how fulfilling the journey was. You’ll gain more strength if you take your navasana (boat) crunches extremely slow, if you hold a pose—any pose— for five breaths instead of the standard two, if your chaturanga lasts 10 seconds instead of squeezing in 10 push-ups. It’s easy to become rote in one’s practice, to mindlessly go through the motions. Here are a few ways to be mindful:

Let go of the idea that you know everything. Even the most seasoned yogi is still learning, evolving. That’s the beauty of yoga. Approach each class with open eyes, ears, mind, and heart.

I just told you to open your eyes, but now close them. Every now and then, try not relying on sight to orient yourself in a pose. Closing your eyes forces you to focus on every fiber of your being, and you’ll find yourself making adjustments you may have overlooked while gazing in the mirror.

Root to rise. Make a conscious effort to lift, spread and energize your fingers and toes before grounding them. Glide your shoulders up and back, allow your heart to be spacious and light. Lift the crown of your head, grow taller. Breathe. Pay attention to alignment. If you’re unsure of the ideal posture in a pose, ask! Don’t be shy—instructors welcome questions, even in the middle of class. Feel. Listen to your body. Be vulnerable. Focus your thoughts positively on what’s occurring on your mat. If an outside thought crosses your mind, let it in, and then gently usher it out.

Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you have to. Sometimes skipping that handstand is more challenging than going for it. The true spirit of yoga is to shed competition, which may seem antithetical to a health club setting. But if you detach from what others are doing on their mats, and from the notion of looking like the model on the cover of Yoga Journal, that’s where the Zen is—in accepting your own body and mind, your own path. So give yourself a break. Therein lies the ultimate challenge. You’ll achieve a deeper, more meaningful practice in the process.


Suspension Training

up on the roof

The rooftop at Camelback Village is where you will find Vince Ruiz, Heidi Malano, Maria Kowch, Ulyssa Preciado and Lori Krimbill putting small groups of Village members through their paces on the TRX Suspension Trainer. Even though the TRX Suspension Trainer is a portable piece of equipment, it is important that it be hung from a substantial steel beam for safety. The TRX trainer leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete hundreds of exercises. Simply adjusting body position allows you to control your own physical challenge. Participating in a TRX class 2 times a week will increase your muscular endurance and help develop a rock-solid core. Some of the world’s most elite athletes train the TRX way. While most of us aren’t elite athletes, we certainly would like to achieve a high level of strength and endurance in as little time as possible. TRX training is the best way to maximize your time and effort toward those goals.

Linda Hertzberg Group Fitness, Pilates + GYROTONIC® Director, Camelback Village

S  mall group TRX classes in progress. H  eidi Malano demonstrates the TRX Suspension Trainer against a beautiful Camelback Mountain backdrop.

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Our small group TRX classes are led by TRX-trained instructors. This is a necessity! You need trained guidance and attention to ensure a safe, effective workout—which is why TRX classes are not offered as an open class. There is a small charge for this level of attention and specialization: $40 for 4 classes, $15 for a drop-in. Classes are limited to a maximum of 12 participants. It’s important to email Linda Hertzberg at lhertzberg@ to purchase your TRX package and to call the front desk to reserve equipment for each class that you would like to attend. Since classes are held outside, times vary with the season. The rooftop view of Camelback Mountain is a beautiful year-round perk.

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A Note from the Desk of

Todd Forbes, D.C.

two of the most common questions patients have asked me over the past 17 years

What causes a vertebral subluxation/misalignment? What causes the audible crack or pop which often accompanies an adjustment? I will attempt to provide clarity about the causes and mechanisms of these two occurrences so as to alleviate the mystery and fear often associated with either of them. To begin, we must first acknowledge the fact that humans are creatures of largely symmetrical muscular and skeletal proportions. The problems begin when we, as dynamic beings, engage in physical work (dictated by habit, necessity, or circumstance) in an asymmetrical fashion. The biomechanical tug of war begins between the overstimulated side and the under-stimulated side. Recall from biology class that the musculature of the human body overlies the skeletal structure (which includes the spinal column) like a shirt on a coat hanger. The role of the spinal column is to support and protect the spinal cord and the various nerves that emanate outward at all of the various vertebral levels, innervating the body’s organs and structures. During asymmetrical exertion, the muscles that are contracted, either more forcefully or repetitiously (for the purposes of this discussion, in the neck and mid/low back), ultimately pull the vertebrae to which they are attached in the direction of greater exertion. This results in “subluxation” or misalignment of the affected vertebral segments and the role of the spinal column is compromised. The first job of the chiropractor is to identify subluxation and then, through the use of manual manipulation, re-establish the proper positioning of the affected/misaligned vertebrae. This ultimately restores proper function to the compromised joints, nerves and soft tissue structures.

The second mystery I’ll explain is the dreaded sound that is commonly associated with the chiropractic adjustment. Beginning with a brief anatomy lesson, each vertebral joint in the neck and mid/low back is connected both above and below via a ligamentous capsule. These vertebral joint capsules contain synovial fluid which is used to reduce friction between bony structures. When the vertebrae become misaligned (subluxated), a capsule (which is sealed and pressurized) is stretched. During a chiropractic adjustment, a corrective force is administered in the opposite direction, resulting in further stretching of the capsule. This action leads to an increase in volume of the now-stretched joint capsule which ultimately yields a decrease in intracapsular pressure. When the pressure in the joint capsule is temporarily reduced because of capsular stretch, there is a liberation of nitrogen gas from within the synovial fluid. This action results in the “cracking” or “popping” sound (similar to the way opening a can of carbonated soda produces a sound). Questions like these are important to ask and I’m happy to provide an explanation. It’s only through education that people can then make rational, informed choices and decisions about the potential benefits that chiropractic care can offer.

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Todd Forbes, D.C. is a Palmer Chiropractic College graduate and has been in private practice for 17 years with an emphasis on sports injuries. Please contact him at his DC Ranch Village office, Monday – Friday, 480.515.4053.

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The Power of

Essential Oils

Discover real benefits that go far beyond just filling the air with pleasant aromas. Used by the Chinese and ancient Egyptians, essential oils are mankind’s first medicine. They are distilled from plants and embody their regenerating, oxygenating and immune-strengthening properties. The oils are so small in molecular size that they can quickly penetrate the skin. Because they are lipid-soluble they can penetrate cell membranes and are metabolized like other nutrients. They also contain oxygen molecules that help transport nutrients which can work to stimulate the immune system. Few realize that essential oils can be incorporated into cooking. While many commercially available extracts use artificial flavors or are diluted in alcohol, essential oils provide a concentrated, pure flavor that is extracted naturally from the plant. They can also be great substitutes for dried spices that may have lost many of the liquid oils that impart much of the flavor and aroma of the natural plant. Many oils have demonstrated the ability to inhibit or kill various types of bacteria, mold and even viruses. These properties can make them a natural substitute for the harsh chemicals used in many cleaning products. Essential oils are powerful antioxidants. They are also antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiseptic. Scientists, physicians, and researchers are just beginning to explore the amazing benefits that pure, therapeuticgrade essential oils can offer. Look for doTERRA oils on the Village Spa menu as well as in the Spa Shops.


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Celebrate the holidays with our Sugarberry Wine Scrub. This organic treatment from Farmhouse Fresh starts with the Rasmopolitan Vodka Scrub, a juicy body-polish cocktail crafted with organic vodka, raspberry extract, sugar and rice bran oil. The vitamin-rich raspberry combines with vitamin E from the rice bran to hydrate skin, while the sugar sloughs away dead skin cells. Wine Down serum is then applied to the body. Containing resveratrol extracted from red grapes, chamomile and other natural ingredients, this application provides potent antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. An application of Whoopie shea butter cream packed with Vitamin E from jojoba and soybean oils finishes off this luxurious treatment that will hydrate and calm even the severest dry, winter skin. Available at Village Spas November 28 – January 3, 60-MIN, $94

The Village Spas pride themselves in recruiting only the best service providers in the industry to provide you with exceptional spa and salon services. Whether you are looking for a quick manicure, a full day of relaxation or a specific therapeutic treatment, we have the diverse staff to ensure your expectations are exceeded.

Raisingthe Bar The Village Spas have created a new way for you to build the ultimate in customized spa experiences: The Village Spa Bar. Choose individual items from the menu of targeted treatments to create a service that best meets your needs.

THE FACIAL BAR Featuring instant results with corrective treatments that have no downtime. You will leave bright, glowing and hydrated. Choose from Dermaplane, Microdermabrasion, Instant Lift, Fabulips, Lighten Up Pigment Treatment and more. Mix and match to create your perfect facial.

THE ULTIMATE CORRECTION BAR Advanced treatments that may have some minimal downtime. Choose from our collection of PCA and SkinMedica Peels. Though body add-ons are okay, these cannot be combined with any other facial treatment and consultation is required.

THE BODY BAR Featuring Spray Tan, Arm Candy arm treatment, Foot



Patrol, Thigh Thinner, “Abs�olutely abdominal treatment among others. Choose the issues you would like to address and combine with a massage for a more relaxing experience. Full-body treatments are also available.



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THE WAXING AND LASH BAR Finally, choose a service from The Waxing and Lash Bar or a dry style from our salon to complete your look before leaving completely refreshed and revitalized.

Pure Bliss

Village Spas are proud to announce the addition of Bliss products to an already fabulous list of skincare lines.

Known for blending skincare mastery with a signature sense of whimsy, this unique brand helps clients worldwide look and feel their very best. Look for new state-of-the-art Bliss treatments as well as face and body-boosting products that will leave you positively glowing.




GIFT CARDS Gift cards available in any dollar amount are available all season long. Members receive their discount on all gift card purchases. An additional $10 card will be issued for every $100 gift card purchased. Gift cards can be used anywhere in the club, and can be redeemed at all Village clubs.

The Spa at Camelback Village

The Spa at dc ranch Village

The Spa at gainey Village




Carrie Clarke, Spa Director

Constance McCarty, Spa Director

Kirk Gregor, Spa Director


Challengeyourself to something new this fall!

Judi Buterbaugh Programs Director, Camelback Village

Are you looking for a new and interesting way to exercise? You may not realize it, but the Village clubs offer a number of sports that are fun and will help you burn a lot of calories!

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If you are on the fence about trying FENCING, don’t be! The sport is great for strengthening muscles, improving cardiovascular function, and challenging your mind, while being a lot of fun! Camelback Village and DC Ranch Village have programs that run year-round for adult and junior fencers. If you would like to try the sport, we are offering a 25% discount on your introductory package through December 2014. That’s a $50 savings on 4 private lessons to get you started. Please contact Judi Buterbaugh at jbuterbaugh@ for information at Camelback Village or Tom Clark at tclark@dmb for DC Ranch Village. Remember RACQUETBALL? That game you used to play as a kid. Why not get back on the court and try it again? It’s not only a fun game, but a super workout. According to Diet and Fitness Today, playing an hour of racquetball for a 200-pound man will burn 950 calories per hour, depending on the level of competition. Racquetball will require you to run approximately two miles in a one-hour session, according to U.S. Olympic Training Center. You’ll be working all major muscle groups, while having a great time. Camelback Village will be offering “Teach and Play” adult and junior classes beginning in November. Come out and see what all the fun is about! SQUASH— not only a very healthy and delicious vegetable, but it is also one of the best sports for getting the most calories burned in an hour! Squash uses a longer, more slender racquet than racquetball, and a


ball that doesn’t have much bounce. Because of this, you have to move faster and lunge more while working all your major muscle groups. According to www.exercise. com, a 200-pound person can burn over 1,090 calories in one hour of play! Now that’s some serious calorie burning! Camelback Village will offer “Adult Learn to Play Squash” clinics this fall. Let’s get you out of the garden and onto the courts! Are you looking for a way to get good exercise while protecting your joints? SWIMMING is a great option for almost everyone! All you need to get a good workout is a suit, goggles and the pool. For those of you who are comfortable swimming lengths of the pool, why not try a “Masters Swim” class to up your game? These classes are free with your membership and no registration is necessary. Pick up a pool schedule at your club’s front desk. How about a sport that’s easy to learn, is very social, and burns a lot of calories? Of course we are talking about TENNIS! Camelback Village offers “Learn to Play Tennis” classes called USA Level 1 and 2. Level 1 is the beginning class and runs for 6 weeks. You’ll learn the all the basics and be able to play games by the end of the session. The next session (level 2) will teach you more about strategies on the court. The cost is only $75 for members for these classes. Please contact Brian Cheney at for more information. DC Ranch Village Tennis Center offers a complimentary 4-week beginner program called “Tennis 101” for members who are ready to learn the game. Reserve your spot by contacting the tennis staff at 480.515.4040. See you on the courts!


ProgramS Directors

We supply the fun, know about the fun…are the fun!

Meet three very busy people: Shelly, Tom, and Judi. Their business cards call them Village Programs Directors, many people refer to them as Activities Directors, and they will answer to both—because if there’s an activity or a program happening around the Village, they most likely are deeply involved. They may be busy, but they also make time for fun and are fun to be around. That’s probably why they’re so good at what they do. Next time you run into one of them, take a minute to thank them for the program you enjoy most. Certainly they’ll let you know what new and exciting things are on the horizon.

Just Call Her Julie When Shelly tells new members what she does at Gainey Village, they often say, “you’re like Julie McCoy from the TV show Love Boat.” It makes her smile because it gives away their age and hers, too. She always wanted to have a job like Julie’s and now she does! She plans all the social events—hikes, cooking classes, happy hours, parties, the annual ski trip, golf leagues, and club trips. In addition, she oversees swim lessons for kids and adults, and basketball training for kids. Shelly says, “I’m an avid sports fan and being from Wisconsin, I still root for the Badgers and Packers but love the Suns, Diamondbacks, and Cardinals, too! My favorite outdoor activity is hiking and I hope you will join me on a Village hike soon!”

Shelly with her Mom at the 2011 Rose Bowl and atop Sunrise Peak with a Village member.

Shelly McGann Gainey Village Programs Director

A Man of Many Disguises

Tom (right) with Amanda Ware and Rick Erdenberger at the 2013 Village Member Halloween Party. Photo © Buttel Photography.

Tom Clark DC Ranch Village Programs Director

Tom isn’t one to sit around and do nothing. Besides all he does as Programs Director, he keeps himself really active. Twice a week you’ll see him out on the basketball court teaching a bootcamp class. In November of last year he completed his first IRONMAN triathlon. With that accomplished, he’s decided it’s time he learned how to play tennis! When he’s not dressed up as the Mad Hatter, Tom sports a shaved head. “The best part of that costume was getting to have hair for awhile,” Tom says.

“Just don’t try to order your holiday turkeys from me!” says Judi, shown here dressed for Halloween 2013 as the “Buterbaugh Turkey.”

Her Dedication Shows!

Judi Buterbaugh Camelback Village Programs Director

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Judi was born in Iowa and lived on a farm outside a very small town. So when the family moved to Scottsdale in 1972, a whole new world opened up, including the chance to play sports! She loves all sports, but learning to play tennis in the 8th grade ended up being a life changer. After graduating from ASU (on the 10-year plan), the job of Assistant Programs Director opened up at the Village, and 22 years later, the rest is history! Judi oversees basketball, racquetball, squash, fencing, swimming, tennis programming and the member parties. In her free time, Judi enjoys gardening, getting back into shape, and has a new obsession with reality cooking competition shows.    

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CHARTER MEMBERSHIPS ARE MOVING FAST AT OUR NEW CLUB IN CHANDLER June Kleier is on a mission to entice 1,500 people—or more—to the new Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa before opening day in April 2015. And with exciting specials for charter enrollees, the new club’s membership director is well on her way to reaching her goal. “With our temporary membership office on-site, it’s easy for people to visualize all the wonderful things that will be available to them when the club opens,” Kleier says. The 82,000-square-foot facility will feature a wide range of amenities, including seven tennis courts, a hot yoga studio and a great outdoor aquatic area.

June Kleier Membership Director, Ocotillo Village

Kleier and her staff of membership sales representatives—Lisa Tauer, Glenn Parat, Dion Kunellis—supported by membership accountant Alicia Hastings, have been selling charter memberships since September 5. “We’re reaching a diverse group of people with an emphasis on families,” Kleier says. Representatives from nearby homeowners associations, golf clubs, retirement communities and prominent businesses such as Intel, Wells Fargo and Toyota have all shown interest in the property.

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According to Kleier, Ocotillo Village will be the first of its kind in Chandler. “People are really excited because there’s nothing else like it in the area.”

left to right Ocotillo Villlage membership sales representatives Lisa Tauer, Glenn Parat and Dion Kunellis.

Get the Party Started Ocotillo’s charter members will be treated to exciting perks in addition to introductory savings, including a stylish OGIO duffle bag (while supplies last) and invitations to happy hours, on-site barbecues and other events designed to get everyone together and ready for opening day.

Satisfaction Guaranteed Ocotillo charter members have 30 days after the club opens to cancel their membership and get 100 percent of their money back. But with the care and quality that’s going into the development of this new addition to the Village family, it’s unlikely that anyone will take advantage of this guarantee.

Become a Charter Member! Join on-site or call 480.656.0045.

500 FREE OGIO bags!

4200 S. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85248 Southwest corner of Alma School and Ocotillo

The first 500 Ocotillo members will get a stylish duffle bag by OGIO. Hurry—these great bags won’t last long!

Office Hours

Already a Village member?

Monday – Thursday, 9 AM – 7 PM Friday – Sunday, 9 AM – 5 PM

It’s easy to transfer your current membership to Ocotillo with no additional enrollment fee. Just call the Ocotillo membership office at 480.656.0045.

BREAKING NEWS As Village Health Clubs and Spas adds a new club to our family, we are happy to announce the first staff promotions and changes. Rick Erdenberger, vice president/general manager from DC Ranch Village has moved to the vice president/general manager position at the new Ocotillo Village where he is overseeing construction of this beautiful new club scheduled to open in April 2015.

Jim Krimbill

Jim Krimbill, former Gainey Village general manager has moved to take on the role of general manager at DC Ranch Village.


Rick Erdenberger

Greg Nakagawa

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Greg Nakagawa, former assistant general manager at Gainey Village has been promoted to the Gainey Village general manager position.

focus on members Scenes From Summer Camp Camelback Village kids enjoyed a summer of fun camp adventures and themes. They were constantly active and on the go, but we were able to catch a few of them on camera.

D  esert Survival Camp participants take a break in the shade to enjoy the view from Bobby’s Rock on Camelback Mountain.

H  onor Leach wears team colors for her MACH 1 in the Ice Throne Challenge.

Joe Kurtzman hangs out during Adventure Camp (a travel camp designed for older kids) at ClimbMax Climbing Gym.

L  iam Ross carefully chooses his next step on the rock wall.




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Mom and son, Karen and Troy Gresham, cross the finish line together.

IRONMAN Material Dozens of Village members are gearing up for triathlon’s greatest challenge What are you planning to do on Sunday, November 16, 2014? How does a 2.4-mile swim and a 112-mile bike ride sound, topped off with a marathon for good measure? (continued on next page)

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focus on members members That’s what dozens of Village members are actually looking forward to, when they compete in this year’s IRONMAN Arizona. Since the event kicked off in 2005, it’s become one of the most popular of the officially sanctioned triathlons that culminate in the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. To get IRONMAN bragging rights, you have to complete the grueling endurance contest— which starts and ends in Tempe— in 17 hours or less. While this may seem daunting, the Village has a comprehensive triathlon-training program that can help just about anyone achieve the IRONMAN designation, as long as they’re willing to make the commitment.

K  aren Gresham and her husband, George, both competed in the SOMA Half-IRONMAN last year.

We talked with Abby Luedecke, who runs the triathlon-training program at the Village, and Village member Karen Gresham, a mother of three who’s training for her first IRONMAN. the village How long have Village members been into triathlons? abby luedecke For a long time. A member at the Gainey Village started the Village Tri Team in 2006, and it just kept getting bigger. Shortly thereafter, because I had done a sprint triathlon and got hooked, I was hired out of the Kids’ Club to organize members from all three clubs who are interested in triathlons. We’ve got people who are part of one of the larger Scottsdale triathlon groups, as well as people who just want to train or compete on their own. How long does it take to get IRONMAN-ready? al For most people a year is ideal, but if someone’s already in good shape then a six- to eight-month schedule can work.

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Karen, you’re on a five-month training program. How did you get off so easy? karen gresham Ha ha! The next few months are really going to get grueling, but Abby thought I could get ready in five months because I’ve done several Half-IRONMAN events and I have a 10year history as an endurance trail runner. Abby, what if someone doesn’t want to train for an IRONMAN event right away? al There are lots of shorter events out there to try, and I encourage beginners to start with a sprint race that you can train for in about two months.

How long are the “short” races? al The sprint races consist of a 750-meter swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run. It’s a great way to see if you like the sport, and I recommend trying it out with whatever bike you have before investing in a new one. After the sprint races, the progression is to Olympic distance, then HalfIRONMAN and then IRONMAN. It can take people a few years before they tackle the IRONMAN, but you’re still a triathlete even if you never do one! Karen, why did you decide to go for the big distance? kg When we moved back to Phoenix last summer, I saw a flyer for group rides and masters swim classes at the Village. I got to know Abby, and before I knew it she was writing an IRONMAN program for me! I always like to give myself a new challenge, so I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a one-time thing that I can cross off my list when I’m finished. What do you think will be next for you? kg I’ll probably do an ultra-distance trail run. My longest was a 50K, so I’ll probably do something longer than that. Will you keep doing triathlons? kg Oh yeah. My husband got me into the sport a few years ago and even my six- and eight-year-old boys have done them. It’s something we can do together as a family so I’ll never quit the sport. Are you sure you won’t do another IRONMAN? kg Pretty sure. I’ve already questioned my judgment on this one a couple of times. Just to get in requires a lot of paperwork! So, what does your training currently consist of? kg I do two or three bike rides, swims and runs each week, mixing up longer and shorter distances. I also try to do a strength class once a week, like a Kinesis class, and I really should be doing more yoga. How do you know what to do? kg Abby does my schedule so I just do what she tells me to do. It’s easy and I don’t have to second-guess it. Sometimes I get off track a little bit, like when I was out of town in August. I did an 80-mile ride one day and then nothing for two whole weeks. Is training compliance a major problem? al You have to build in some flexibility for when life gets in the way, and again it depends on the person. I’m not worried about Karen because she’s a lot more familiar with what she’s getting into and she’s great at holding herself accountable. Are you ready for the really intense training leading up to the big race? kg I know that the next few months will be different. The workouts will be a lot longer and I’ll have to block out a lot more time. I’ll need to sleep more. And eat more. I think I’m mentally prepared for it, and fortunately my family is super supportive. I really don’t know how people do it with a full-time job, but I know lots of people do. If there’s a will, there’s a way! Are there any age restrictions for triathlons? al You have to be 18 to do an IRONMAN, and we’ve got Village members as old as 75 training for events at every level. kg And like I said earlier, my six-year-old has already been in a couple of kids’ triathlons.

E  ndurance trail runner Karen Gresham during a 30k in Austin, TX (shown here and on the cover). Photos by AzulOx Photography.

Karen mentioned that she should be eating more. Is that one of the advantages of training for a triathlon? al Food is pretty important, but it’s not like you can scarf down cake and ice cream all day long. I’m not a nutritionist, but I can give people pretty good advice from my own experience about the importance of protein and things like that. Also, we have dietitians at the Village who are always eager to help our triathletes. When you make a commitment to do the IRONMAN, how can you stay motivated given that the training period is so long? al I like to think that the social aspect has a lot to do with it. Our runs, rides and swims are group activities, and after our bike rides we usually hang out and have coffee together. When you’re all doing something healthy that you enjoy, you develop a lot of camaraderie. kg I agree. Some of my favorite training sessions are my Sunday bike rides with Tri Scottsdale’s No Woman Left Behind (NWLB) group. But still, if I can’t go with other people I’ll do the work on my own. And if the weather’s bad or I’m tight on time, the Village has the pool, the treadmills, and the spin bikes I need to get my workouts in. al To keep it interesting, we also do trips to different parts of the state and even to California and Colorado. We also compete in and watch events worldwide. In 2010 we had a group go to Switzerland. It sounds like fun! Karen, I wanted to ask if you were always an active person… kg No! I actually hated running when I was a kid and I didn’t do anything athletic in high school. Then I met my future husband, who was a backpacker. He told me that if I started running we could go backpacking together. I did start, and I’ve been an avid runner for 10 years now. So how do you think you’ll feel when the IRONMAN race is all over? kg Relieved! It’s going to be a long day, but I’m going to try and enjoy it. I’m hoping to finish in 14 hours and then I won’t do anything until January. My husband is competing in the race as well, so we’re hoping that my dad will take the kids for a few days so we can recover.

“When you’re all doing something healthy that you enjoy, you develop a lot of camaraderie.” —Abby Luedecke

+ T he Gresham children, Troy (left) and Cole

(below), attended triathlon training camp for kids earlier this year.

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You’ll Like It! Let Abby Luedecke put together a custom triathlon-training program for you, based on your current fitness level, experience, schedule, workload, family responsibilities and goals. Fall is a busy time for Village triathletes. Popular events around Arizona—many less demanding than the full IRONMAN on 11/16—include the Tour De Scottsdale (10/12), SOMA Half-IRONMAN and QUARTERMAN (10/19), Women’s Half-Marathon (11/02), Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cycle for Life at DC Ranch Village (11/09) and our own Jingle Bell Tri in late December at Gainey Village. Village triathletes, including those who train with our partners ONE Multisport and TriScottsdale, continue to dominate the local and national triathlon scene. Contact Abby today at

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Your body works each and every day to keep you alive and as healthy as possible. If you don’t get enough water regularly, your body retains what little water you do have as a safeguard! Drinking adequate water throughout the day (eight 8-ounce glasses) keeps the body functioning at a high level, and when a body’s getting consistent water, there is no need to retain it in excess. Not all fluids are created equal. Caffeinated beverages can temporarily have a diuretic effect, causing your body to excrete more liquid. In fact, so much more that the next time you drink water, it may hold on to that water in anticipation of another possible dehydration! Sugary drinks like soda can also cause water retention. This is also true of meals and snacks filled with simple carbohydrates and simple sugars. Alcohol is a simple sugar/carbohydrate that can dehydrate you as well as make you hungry. Another key factor in bloating or water weight retention (along with health problems including hypertension) is sodium. A diet high in sodium (above 2500mg/day) may cause water retention. Foods containing high amounts of sodium include processed foods (anything in a bag, box or can), soups, cheeses, pickles, potato chips, and the salt shaker! Many people are are choosing to use sea salt because, though not any lower in sodium than table salt, it tastes saltier to many people and often needs to be ground, which may cause a person to use less.

So, counteract bloat by getting in eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day (this does not include caffeinated beverages) and decreasing your consumption of simple sugars/carbohydrates (including alcohol) and sodium. These are simple changes that anyone can make! Finally, eat food high in fiber, high in nutrients, and cook as much as possible! A number of healthy food choices have been been shown to decrease bloat, including: • Lemon in warm or cold water has been shown to increase metabolism and is a natural diuretic. • Celery has a high water content in addition to being high in fiber and low in calories. • Cucumber also has a high water content and has been shown to decrease water retention—that’s why spas use it on eyes to help decrease puffiness. • Watermelon is about 92% water, plus it’s a delcious, healthy snack. • Tumeric is a spice often praised for its anti-inflammatory benefits and it also aids in bloat reduction. • Beans are high in fiber and potassium (increasing the electrolyte potassium has been shown to decrease bloating). Other foods high in potassium are bananas and strawberries.


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