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Yoga for Health

therapeutic + ashtanga yoga

member spotlight

Erin Scheidt

Table of Contents



Your Resort, Every Day 3 Swimming Success 7 Up and Coming 10 DC Ranch Village Tennis Center 12 Cycle for the Cure 13 Upgrade to First Class 14 How to Choose a Personal Trainer 15 Cancer-Fighting Superfoods 16 Focus on Kids 18 Try Nia 20 Therapeutic + Ashtanga Yoga 22 We'll Help You Unwind 24 Focus on Members 26

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

Now we’re cookin’! Don’t forget to ‘like’ The 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!

I hope all of you at DC Ranch Village are enjoying the many new features that have been added to spice up the club. Not the least of which is a whole new Veranda Café menu—hailed by some as fantastic, tasty and just plain “mmmmmm-good”—designed and implemented by Café Manager Chanel Kirkendoll who recently joined the DC Ranch management team. Additionally, it’s been exciting to open the Tennis Center, get Hot Yoga off the ground, add new fitness equipment and classes, and launch a regular member survey program.

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As often happens with new facilities, DC Ranch Village Tennis Center had its share of start-up operational issues. We are now proud to welcome Director of Tennis Nick Heron who took the reigns from the original staff and we are fortunate to have him. He has started a whole series of programs, activities, and league play for all levels. Stop by to meet him and wish him a g’day.

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Camelback Village member Bijan Dyrek pedals to support cancer research in the 2013 Cycle for the Cure. For information about the 2014 event, see page 13.

Hot Yoga has had some odd happenings, the first due to user error when one instructor turned the heat up to 105 celsius, about the temperature on the sun it seemed. That was easily corrected and then we began to have issues regulating the humidity. With the manufacturer’s assistance the system has been fixed and is working perfectly. The Hot Yoga room and its equipment are state-of-the-art and make a great addition to DC Ranch Village amenities. Brand new treadmills with built-in TVs have been added to the cardio floor and they have received great reviews according to some of the feedback from an important new service we have implemented—the Member Survey Program. A survey will be sent to each DC Ranch Village member four times a year. Your feedback will help us identify areas we can work on to improve everyone’s experience at the club. We attempt to respond within 24 hours regarding any requests or concerns.

Some of the things we are looking into or have implemented as a result of the surveys are: • Classes that start later in the evenings, after 6:30pm • Classes for less advanced/competitive members • More adult lap swimming available during swim team use • Interclub tennis, match service, and more social tennis • The new menu with more healthy choices and superfoods (see page 16) As general manager, I appreciate it when you take the time to talk to us about how we can create more value for your membership. Drop by anytime to chat. I’m all ears, and so are the general managers at Camelback Village and Gainey Village.

Enjoy a beautiful Arizona springtime. Rick Erdenberger General Manager, DC Ranch Village

camelback 4444 e. camelback rd. • phoenix, arizona 85018 phone: 602.840.6412 • fax: 602.852.0411

dc ranch 18501 n. thompson peak pkwy. • scottsdale, arizona 85255 phone: 480.502.8844 • fax: 480.515.5521

gainey 7477 e. doubletree ranch rd. • scottsdale, arizona 85258 phone: 480.609.6979 • fax: 480.609.6976 Comments, submissions and advertising inquiries can be sent to (Camelback); tclark@dmbclubs (DC Ranch) or (Gainey).

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 he 9.5-hour bus trip seemed to go quickly while T members mingled and watched movies.

We had our biggest group ever in 2014—116 Village members and friends enjoyed great ski conditions, beautiful accommodations at The Peaks Resort & Spa, fun après skiing/nightlife, and good camaraderie. We didn’t want the weekend to end!

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small rustic warming hut, are popular places to have lunch or relax and enjoy a Bloody Mary.

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√ Village skiers anxious to hit the slopes and enjoy 36 inches of fresh snow that had recently fallen in Telluride!

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beer special for Village members on Saturday.

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Adria Raines and Dan Marting, Mixed Open Doubles Champions


Camelback Village Mixed Doubles Tennis Club Championships

Our 2014 Mixed Doubles Tennis Club Championships were held in January under gorgeous Arizona skies! There were so many great three-set matches that the results could have gone any way! Here are the 2014 results: Mixed Open Doubles Champions Dan Marting and Adria Raines Finalists Jesse Ponwith and Manuela Emmrich 9.5 Mixed Champions Nadine Le Duc and Bruce Nichols Finalists Curtis and Meg Ekmark Consolation Winners Pam Ponwith and Mark Becker 9.0 Mixed Champions Donna McAndrew and Jeff Stengel Finalists Charlie Bennett and Mary Boff Consolation Winners Cathleen and Scott Hartman 8.5 Mixed Champions Casey Snyder and Brian Pratt Finalists Rush and Kari Williams Consolation Winners Bill Richardson and Carol Rose 8.0 Mixed Champions Aiko Karlshoej and Glen Faester Finalists Debi and Dwayne Rose Aiko Karlshoej and Glen Faester, 8.0 Mixed Champions

Nadine Le Duc and Bruce Nichols, 9.5 Mixed Champions

7.0 Mixed Champions Peter and Sang Hee Kim Finalists Jim Blakely and Phan Phu Consolation Winners Rich and Roxy Himelrick

 l eft Peter and Sang Hee Kim, 7.0 Mixed Champions c  enter Brian Pratt and Casey Snyder, 8.5 Mixed Champions

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r  ight Donna McAndrew and Jeff Stengel, 9.0 Mixed Champions

√  Members were ready to hit the trails

for the first Village hike of the year to Tom’s Thumb on January 25! The weather was perfect and everyone was excited to tackle the 12-mile hike.

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4.0 Tara Dugel winner (left); Chas Sargeant 2nd

The Arizona Open played at DC Ranch Village, February 21 – 23

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Brent Stein winner (left); Mason Smith 2nd

The first tournament of 2014 proved to be a classic in every sense of the word. Many long rallies, fantastic shots and very hard-fought matches happened all weekend with a few surprises thrown in along the way. When the last points had been played, the 2014 Arizona Open winners were: Junior Division 1 1st Brent Stein Junior Division 1 2nd Mason Smith Junior Division 2 1st Jude Torres Junior Division 2 2nd Jordan Perry 3.0 Brent Stein def Mason Smith 3/1 3.0 Consolation Richard Mueller def Lauren Jack 3/0 3.5 1st Navbir Aurora 4.0 Tara Dugel def Chas Sargeant 3/1 4.0 Consolation Brenna Dugel def Julius Dodson 3/2

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4.5 Tom Rusling def Bob Shakman (injury) 4.5 Consolation Joe Acton def Tyeson Cluff 3/2

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5.0 Stanley Zelizer def Jason Marquardt 3/1 5.0 Consolation Chris Mitchell def Jim Franklin 3/0

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6.0/5.5 Viktor Berg (A true magician with the squash racquet, Viktor displayed unbelievable talent in beating a well-played Jason Austin 3/0 in the final.)

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Jude Torres winner (left); Jordan Perry 2nd

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

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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.

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A  nnual Super Bowl Sunday Pinnacle Peak Trail Run with athletes from ONE Multisport, TriScottsdale, and others from around the valley.


2014 by Storm

2014 started strong for our Village triathletes and runners. Members and employees participated in numerous events including the AZ Trail Run Series, PF Chang’s Marathon, Sedona Marathon, Ragnar Relay, Spartan Race, Phoenix Marathon, Runners Den Race, Desert Classic Duathlon, Kiss Me I’m Irish Run, Tri for the Cure AZ and many more. Upcoming races include, but are not limited to: Marquee/Leadman Tri on April 13; AZ Open Water Swim Series on April 6, May 10, and June 7; Answer to the Challenge Cycling Event April 25 – 27; St. George 70.3 on May 3; Esprit de She Triathlon on May 4; Splash N Dash Series on April 10, May 1, and May 15; Tempe International Triathlon on May 18; and Deuces Wild Triathlon June 21–22. Check with Abby Luedecke for a race calendar. ONE Multisport founder John Dean with his wife, Cyndi (left), and daughter, Amanda Schuster.

DC Ranch Village is pleased to be in

partnership with pro triathlete Jozsef Major. Jozsef is a 9-time Ironman distance champion who has made the move to Arizona from Hungary. Jozsef won Ironman Arizona in 2008. Look for Jozsef at the lap pool, on a group ride, or hosting triathlon clinics. Find out more at

The Village Clubs offer numerous triathlon-related clinics throughout the year. Early in 2014 we hosted cycling, running, and swimming clinics for all levels. Look for more beginning masters swim sessions at DC Ranch Village this fall as well as cycling, running, and swimming clinics at all clubs later this year. DC Ranch Village is currently hosting our first kids triathlon program and another session is planned for this fall. Our two spectacular triathlon clubs, ONE Multisport and TriScottsdale, were respectively first and second place in the Ironman TriClub Points Competition at the end of 2013. Each group received early-entry Ironman slots and a couple free 70.3 slots. Congrats to founders John Dean (ONE Multisport) and Preston Miller (TriScottsdale) and all club members for their dedication to the sport of triathlon. For more information on these clubs go to and

 hristina Catalano, founder of No Woman C Left Behind (NWLB) with TriScottsdale founder Preston Miller.

Gainey Village Spa team Muddy Paws at the Spartan Race held at the Ft. McDowell Rodeo Grounds.



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T riathlon Coordinator Abby Luedecke Check with Abby for the most up-to-date workout times and locations.

SwimMINGSuccess Village Family Members Find Success as Swim Neptune Club Swimmers

Swim Neptune, offered at all Village club locations, has become one of the largest club swim teams in Arizona and has won the Arizona Age Group State Championship every year since 2010. The Mike and Kathy Shiaras family have been members at Camelback Village for 16 years. “Big Mike,� as he is known by the staff and most members, was an international level track and field athlete in the shot put, and he can be found in the weight room nearly every day. Kathy is a yoga enthusiast who trains regularly in the advanced classes and takes advantage of the cardio facilities as well. Their son Michael joined the swim team when he was six years old. He also has been a frequent participant in Village Summer Fitness Camps and has competed for many years in the junior basketball program under the direction of LAURA Fitzgerald Greg Heisser.

We love the comfortable family-friendly atmosphere that the Village has to offer!

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The sport of swimming helps connect teammates and families in ways that run deeper than other sports. Since swimming is a year-round sport, swimmers are connected to the same team and same teammates for extended lengths of time. Three of these athletes are Bryce Fitzgerald, Devin Esser, and Michael Shiaras (pictured above, left to right). These three swimmers, all born in 2003, have been Village members for as long as they can remember and have been members of the swim team since they were five and six years old. Their growth in the sport of swimming is remarkable, as they have become good friends and strong teammates. At the time of this writing their 10 & under relay team in the 200-yard freestyle relay held the second ranked time in the nation so far this year. Michael and Devin were part of a state record-breaking relay last year. Individually, Michael set a state record in the 200-yard backstroke in January, and in March Devin won the state championships for boys 10 & under with Bryce in second place.

 eammates Bryce Fitzgerald, Devin Esser, T and Michael Shiaras (left) hanging in the pool with friend William Bansberg (below).

Being a part of the Village and Swim Neptune is more than a health club, it’s like family.

The Steve and Pam Esser family have been members at Camelback Village since 2007. Both Steve and Pam take advantage of the stateLAURA Fitzgerald of-the art cardio and weight training equipment. Devin has spent nearly every summer at Village Summer Fitness Camp and has also competed in the junior basketball program at Camelback Village. Devin started in the summer swim team in 2008, progressed to the “once-a-week” option for the year-round team, gradually stepping up his commitment to the competitive team. He first qualified for the state championship at age 8, was qualifying for finals at age 9, and was winning events at age 10! When Devin was 9 years old he joined the F.A.S.T. Foundation and Swim Neptune in a For more information 1.4-mile swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco and the on Swim Neptune following day swam the length of the Golden Gate and Village swim Bridge. He’s signed up again this year for that annual programs contact Helen event, as his passion for swimming extends outside Zemaitis at hzemaitis@ the pool and into open water! or 480.695.0667.

The David and Laura Fitzgerald family have been DC Ranch Village members since the club opened in the summer of 2005. Bryce joined the swim program at age five, joining his sister Emily who had already begun to have success in the pool. Bryce has also competed in the junior basketball program and enjoyed multiple birthday celebrations at DC Ranch Village. “We love all of the extensive exercise programs, state-of-the-art workout equipment and comfortable family-friendly atmosphere that the Village has to offer!” Laura says. “Being a part of the Village and Swim Neptune is more than a health club, it’s like family.” While Bryce, Devin and Michael are all state champion swimmers, they all started in the developmental level and worked their way up. Swim Neptune at the Village offers a full range of swim team programs for the summer swimmer, the developmental swimmer, as well as the competitive swimmer. With the flexible schedule and wide range of programs there really is something for everyone at the Village.

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SWIM team Swim team is for developmental and competitive swimmers age 5 through high school. The Swim Neptune program has experienced coaches at all levels of instruction. Swim team is offered year-round with a special summer program. Swimmers can start at any time. Meets are encouraged, but not required. A flexible schedule and a “once-a-week” option gives multiple-sport athletes a chance to add some time in the pool.


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The splash you hear is coming from the pool. No matter which of the Village clubs you’re visiting, chances are that there is something exciting going on in the pools! No matter your age, fitness level, or aquatic experience level, opportunities abound to get you into your swimsuit and into one of the Village aquatic programs. The Village pools are open the same hours as the club with lap lanes generally available at most times during the day.

SWIM LESSONS All swimmers have to start somewhere! The Village offers swim lessons for all ages. The Parent/Tot classes start as young as six months. At age 2 – 3, children are accepted into the Level 1 program where they can be in a group with an instructor and not have a parent in the pool with them. The Village swim lesson program focuses on getting kids safer and more comfortable in the water. The Village pools are heated year-round, providing a comfortable swimming environment throughout the year. Registration peaks in the late spring as many members make sure their children get a jump on becoming capable and confident swimmers as backyard pools heat up. The Village employs swim instructors with extensive experience teaching kids of all ages. If you want more personal instruction and a more flexible schedule, then private or semi-private lessons might be more your style. These custom classes are offered at all Village clubs subject to instructor availability. Swim lessons are not just for kids! Village aquatic instructors work with adults of all ages who want to learn to become more comfortable in the water and gain the skills necessary to be able to add lap swimming to a balanced fitness regimen.



Masters swimming is an adult lap swimming workout group. Members who are comfortable swimming laps in a group environment are welcome to join this free class. You don’t have to be a “master” swimmer to get the benefit of the workout. Practice sets and intervals are adjusted to be challenging, but not overwhelming for swimmers of different ability levels. There are masters swim meets that are offered at various locations around the valley. Most masters swimmers don’t compete, but rather use the times for a structured workout in a fun and welcoming group environment.

MASTERS SWIM SCHEDULE CAMELBACK VILLAGE Tues/Thur at 5:45 AM + 6 PM with Amy Fondry Wed at 12 PM with Abby Luedecke GAINEY VILLAGE Mon/Wed at 5:30 PM with Lewis Elliot Thursdays at 12 PM with Abby Luedecke DC RANCH VILLAGE Mon/Wed/Fri at 5:30 AM with Klas Kuntz and Greg Plank Tue at 12 PM with George/Jane Esahak-Gage check with your club for a pool schedule that will inform you of when the lap pool or recreational pool is restricted due to scheduled group classes or other member activities.

AQUAFIT + WATER WORKOUTS The Village offers a variety of aquatic fitness classes as a great way to get a water workout year-round. These low-impact workouts welcome beginners, but are challenging enough to keep you coming back for more. Classes are a safe, low impact fitness alternative that uses the natural resistance of water to provide both muscle toning and cardiovascular benefits. Deep water classes use buoyancy belts and dumbbells. Most classes also offer some shallow water work.

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WATER SAFETY Remember that parents are responsible to watch children at the Village pool. Please follow club pool rules and make water safety a priority this season.

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Pet Food Drive

April 1 – 18

Benefiting: Paw Placement & Arizona Poodle (all breeds rescue)

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Needed: Natural Balance wet or dry food, but will take other brands. Gift cards are also welcome. The donations can be placed in the decorated box next to the front desk at Gainey Village. The Goal: To find homes for dogs and cats that are homeless. All of the animals are fostered in volunteers’ homes until adopted. We know Village members have a kind heart when it comes to dogs/cats and animal rescue programs and your support is appreciated.

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Jamaican Me Crazy Pool Party

April 24, 6:30 – 9 pm

Join us poolside for a night of fun with good friends, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music. No charge for members and one guest (additional guests $20 each). RSVP at the front desk by Monday, April 21. Must be at least 21 years old to attend. Note: in the event of rain, party will be held inside. D •

Boutique Fashion Show

May 2, 6:30 – 9 pm

Enjoy viewing the hottest summer fashions poolside on a beautiful Arizona evening! Members may bring 1 guest. This is a 21-and-over event. Please RSVP to the front desk. C •

Camelback Village Spring Fling

May 9, 6:30 – 9 pm

This adults-only party is open to all Camelback Village and Village Choice members. All members are invited to bring a guest to this fun event!. G •

Cooking Class with Chef Maggie

May 6, 6 – 7:30 pm

Chef Maggie Norris loves to share her passion for food by teaching cooking classes at Gainey Village.


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C D G • Summer Golf League at Gainey Ranch Golf Club Tues, June 3 – Sept 9, 4:30 pm

This is a fun recreational league and you will play your own ball. You need to know how to play “ready golf” so that you keep up the pace of play. We will pair you up at the course so make sure you arrive no later than 4:15 pm. Cost: $25 per player. You will pay the course each week. Sign up by the Monday prior to each week’s play. For more information please contact Chelse McCready at or Shelly McGann at

Learn how to make two healthy salads to impress your guests: Seared Scallop and Haricot Verts Salad and Tomato, Watercress and Fennel Salad. Chef Maggie owns Whisked Away cooking school and has eleven years of teaching experience. She had a stint at the Food Network in New York, has been a frequent guest on Arizona Midday (KPNX-TV Channel 12) and is a regular on Your Life A to Z (AZTV Channel 3). Where: Upstairs in the conference room, but we will eat the food afterward down in the café. Cost: $20/person—includes demonstration, eating the food, and taking the recipes home with you. Sign up at the front desk by May 1. Limited to 25 people. Please contact Chelse McCready at 480.624.9108 for more information.

racquet sports C D • Village Cup Tennis Challenge Camelback Village vs. DC Ranch Village

May 3

Which club will bring home the first Village Cup trophy? This will be a team competition featuring men’s and women’s play at all levels. For more information, please contact Judi Buterbaugh at at Camelback Village or Nick Heron at at DC Ranch Village Tennis Center.

C D G • Village Squash Club Championships at DC Ranch Village May 16 – 17

It’s always a major achievement being the "club champion"—a true milestone in anyone’s squash game no matter what division. Could this be the year with your name on the trophy? Come and have a game and find out. All divisions available. Contact Roy Ollier to register or for more information at or 602.350.5173.


TRIPS Village Health Clubs is very excited about partnering with Arizona Outback Adventures (AOA) for some exciting trips and events in 2014. AOA is the Southwest’s premier adventure tour and corporate team-building company and they’re located right here in Scottsdale! C D G • Beginner Stand Up Paddle Boarding at the Salt River May 18, 7 AM – 12 pm

Cost: $90/person includes board/paddle, water, snacks and professional and safety-certified guides. Ages 12 & up are welcome. We will meet at the Barnes & Noble on Shea & the 101 at 7 am to carpool out to the river. We will be in an area of the Salt River that has almost no current and members can move up and downstream with ease. We should be back by noon. Look for a flyer with all the details. C D G • Advanced Stand Up Paddle Boarding at the Salt River JUNE 21, 6:30 – 11:30 am

The advanced tour will proceed down the Salt River and will feature more current and occasional obstacles to negotiate. Cost: $90/person includes board/paddle, water, snacks and professional and safety-certified guides. Ages 12 & up are welcome. We will meet at the Barnes & Noble on Shea & the 101 to carpool out to the river. We should be back by 11:30 am. Look for a flyer with all the details.

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Havasupai Hiking Trip

May 29 – June 1

Join us for one of the most beautiful hikes in Arizona… Havasupai Falls. This 11-mile advanced hike will take us to three amazing waterfalls. We’ll meet at Gainey Village on Thursday, May 29 at 1 pm and carpool to the Grand Canyon Caverns Inn in Peach Springs (about a 4-hour drive). We will eat dinner together at the Caverns Inn. Early Friday morning we’ll drive an hour to the rim of the Canyon and begin our hike down to Havasupai Falls. Camp Friday and Saturday nights in the Canyon and play during the day! We’ll hike out on Sunday morning, June 1 and arrive back around 6 pm. Cost: $579/person includes Thursday night hotel, camp fees, tents, a mule for your pack in/out, 3 guides, 4 meals cooked for you (two dinners, one lunch and one breakfast). Limited to 40 people. Contact Shelly McGann at Gainey Village, 480.624.9125 to sign up. Special Note: The club reserves the right to decide if you are at a high enough fitness level to do the hike. C D G •

Zion to Bryce Cycling and Hiking

SEPT 24 – 29

Reserve your spot today by contacting Shelly McGann at or 480.624.9125. Limited to 30 people.

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How would you like to go biking through Zion National Park and hike the famous Angels Landings trail, then hike Emerald Pools in Zion and bike in Bryce Canyon to see the iconic hoodoos? The Village is offering this amazing trip for outdoor enthusiasts with spectacular scenery. Bike anywhere from 15–37 miles a day and hike anywhere from 2–8 miles. Cost per person/double occupancy is $1425 to $1674, depending on the group size and whether you have your own road bike.

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Tennis Center

Off to a great start… WITH PLENTY MORE ACTION TO COME! We decided to start 2014 the way they do “down under” with an Australian Open mixer in January. The competition in Melbourne was nothing compared to what we witnessed at our event. We had 40 participants enjoy competitive match play followed by some Australian delicacies expertly put together by the club’s café staff. I may be biased but the Vegemite tasting was a definite crowd favorite.

Every week we offer clinics for players of all levels including tennis boot camps, stroke fundamentals and advanced clinics. The junior program is well underway. Every afternoon you will see juniors of all levels having fun and perfecting their games. If your child is 4 years or older we have a program that will fit their level. Give yourself a break while your kids are out of school— Summer Tennis Camps will keep them active.

January also marked the commencement of our in-house singles and doubles leagues, weekly clinics and Friday night round-robins which have been fun and enjoy great participation. Round-robins are a perfect way for you to connect with other members that play at your tennis level. The complimentary 4-week Tennis 101 program has also been very popular with adult members who are new to the game.

If you have not stopped by to check out our beautiful new facility, you are missing out and need to come pay us a visit! Nick Heron Director of Tennis, DC Ranch Village Tennis Center

Tennis “love” is in the air all throughout the year! Each month we continue to plan fun, social tennis events for members and guests. Check with the Tennis Center front desk often to see what’s coming up. We have both singles and doubles club championships, member/ guest doubles tournaments, and to commemorate the major tennis tournaments we have our French Open and Wimbledon mixers.

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Nick Heron

Nick Heron was born in Orange, Australia and came to the United States to attend The John Newcombe Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, Texas. He also spent some time playing at Troy State University in Alabama. Nick moved to The Ritz Carlton Tennis Garden in Key Biscayne, FL to join Cliff Drysdale Management and went on to direct clubs and programs in Florida, New York and California. During his time with Cliff Drysdale Management he spent 3 years traveling to clubs and ATP/WTA tour events across the United States conducting clinics and special events. Most recently, Nick directed a club in California before moving to Scottsdale with his family at the end of the summer in 2013. Although new to DC Ranch Village Tennis Center, Nick has made himself right at home as part of the Village family and as a valley resident. He demonstrated his expertise off the courts and in front a television camera when he appeared on ABC 15’s Sonoran Living Live on January 3, giving host Terri Ouellette tips on how to "rock the racquet.” If you missed the show, get on down to the Tennis Center and ask him to give you that demonstration in person. He makes it all look so easy! Welcome to the Village, Nick.

Cycle for theCure is back again benefitting cancer research at tgen Ready to help cure cancer? Join us for the 4th annual Cycle for the Cure, an indoor cycling event that takes place Sunday, May 4, at all three Village clubs. Whether you are a novice or experienced cyclist, this is a great event that you do NOT want to miss! We encourage family and friends to participate together— the more the merrier. Not up to a 2-hour, heart pumping ride? Going to be out of town? There are opportunities to get involved as a volunteer during the event or even as a virtual rider to help support the important work of TGen. Located in Phoenix, TGen (Translational Genomics Research Institute) is a nonprofit biomedical research institute working to develop methods of earlier diagnoses and smarter treatments for patients with cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes. At the heart of TGen’s research efforts is the goal of improving patient care by more effectively and efficiently targeting treatments to an individual’s genetic profile, resulting in improved patient response. 100% of the funds raised from Cycle for the Cure support cancer research at TGen and benefit patients right here in Arizona. Are you ready to ride? Are you ready to make a difference? Many will dedicate their ride to a loved one. Who will you ride for?

Details Each two-hour cycle event will be led by some of your favorite instructors, and will be filled with dynamic music, laughs, some good ol’ sweat and lots of fun. If you can’t ride the full two hours, consider getting a team together and split the ride. There’s no reason not to participate. TGen scientists are riding, too. Afterward, we hope you’ll join us for the post-ride party! We will be celebrating with small bites, beer, wine and music!

Registration Bikes are limited! Reserve yours for a $200 tax deductible donation at or fill out a registration form available at the front desk of any Village club location. Cycle for the Cure is also looking for sponsors, both financial and in-kind contributors.

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GET ONLINE WITH THE GAINEY VILLAGE PILATES STUDIO How is your Village Pilates body looking and feeling? It’s spring in Scottsdale and the weather is perfect, which means you are spending more time outdoors and it’s time to pull out the shorts and swimsuits. Fine-tune your figure by joining one or more of our numerous Group Reformer or ReBarre classes. It’s easier than ever! Now you can sign up for classes using the Gainey Village Pilates ONLINE Registration link!

Upgrade to First Class! why be a member of just one village club when you can join all three?

(Currently, online registration is being tested at Gainey Village Pilates studio only.) Simply click on the “Group Pilates Reformer Class Sign-Up (Gainey Only)” link provided on the PILATES page under the FITNESS tab on You will see the entire class schedule and can easily sign up. If a class is full, you can even get on a waiting list to be automatically notified if a spot opens up. Gainey Village takes its Pilates seriously. Our instructors are interested in helping you attain the Pilates body you are after. We offer morning, noon and evening classes for all levels. It’s a fantastic workout to consider for core strengthening, stretching and overall body toning. See you in the Pilates studio soon!

Do you live in one part of town, but work in another? Do you and your family enjoy the amenities and activities of the other Village clubs as well as your own? We have an option for you. For as little as $36 per month (depending on your membership type) you can upgrade to Village Choice which essentially makes you a member of ALL Village clubs!

For more information please contact Patricia Vamos at

Village Choice membership gives you: • The freedom to work out at all 3 (soon 4!) Village clubs • Hot Yoga at Gainey Village and DC Ranch Village • Over 400 weekly group fitness classes • Tennis at Camelback Village and DC Ranch Village Tennis Center • Gainey Village CrossFit • Mountain biking and hiking • Complimentary use of conference rooms • Two complimentary thirty-minute spa services per adult annually • A ll Village member parties and the ability to bring four guests complimentary

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In addition, you get to meet a whole bunch of new friends, and three times the professional staff and world-class facilities to support your fitness goals! Stop by the membership department today to see how easy it is to upgrade to Village Choice! Gainey Village Pilates instructors are the most knowledgeable in the region.

Sam Humphrey Membership Director, Gainey Village

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How to Choose a

Personal Trainer your perfect “fit”

Contemplate Your Goals


What are your reasons for training and what challenges motivate you? A good trainer will educate, support, and coach you to success. Look for a trainer who knows how to address both your general and specific goals. If you are trying to lose fat and gain muscle, choose a trainer who has a proven track record of reshaping bodies. If you are trying to be an Olympic swimmer, choose a trainer who has experience working with swimmers.

Ask if you can speak to a prospective trainer’s long-term clients to see if they have achieved the results they desired and are still receiving benefits from the training. Many happy clients would love to spread the word about their trainer!

Certifications and Degrees

You have to be able to get along with your trainer. Be sure that your personalities don’t clash by working with them for a session before purchasing your training package. Don’t rely on a short interview to give you the full picture. You need to make sure they fit the bill! After all, you will be spending a few hours each week together!

“I invite anyone to speak with me about finding the perfect trainer!” Contact Lia at lpulver@dmbclubs. com or 602.553.4935.

Schedule a Meeting or Consultation Nothing beats a face-to-face visit to discuss your medical history, goals and to receive a fitness evaluation. Feel free to ask the club’s fitness director for assistance in trying a few different trainers before making your final selection. The Village goal aligns with your ultimate goal—to find a personal trainer that is the perfect match.

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You are in luck—all Village trainers are required to have a 4-year degree in the field of exercise science (many have a master’s degree) and a national certification. What does it take to call yourself a personal trainer? Unfortunately, there are companies that will grant “fitness certificates” in a weekend and for only a few hundred dollars! The personal training field is unregulated and your “trainer” may be doing more harm than good. Or worse, an inexperienced trainer may cause serious injury. Find a trainer who has a degree in a health/fitness related field and/or a certification from ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), NSCA (National Sports and Conditioning Association), ACE (American Council on Exercise) or Cooper Institute. These are recognized to be the best certifications in the industry.


Lia Pulver, MS, ACSM, FMS Fitness Director, Camelback Village

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superfoods 4 foods you should add to your diet now

Imagine foods powerful enough to help lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and put you in a better mood without side effects. Yes, superfoods are in a category all their own.

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Chanel Kirkendoll Café Manager, DC Ranch Village ckirkendoll@

By definition they are low in calories and high in nutrients. They are superior sources of antioxidants and essential nutrients—nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves. Foods containing these nutrients have been proven to help prevent and, in some cases, reverse well-known effects of aging including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and certain cancers. DC Ranch Village Veranda Café has introduced a new salad to the menu. It’s called the “Superfood Salad” and it contains several superfoods including four which are among the most powerful cancer-combatting weapons in our dietary arsenal. Meet the main ingredients:


Brussels Sprouts

Broccoli, according to the American Cancer Society, is a source of phytochemicals, or plant chemicals, that may contain anticancer properties. Broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol which recent studies have also shown contains anti-cancer agents. Early studies have shown that this substance acts as an antioxidant and boosts detoxifying enzymes in the body.

Brussels sprouts are packed with plenty of essential vitamins like vitamins A, C, and K to help promote heart health, assist in brain and nervous system development, and boost the immune system. Brussels sprouts are also a source of phytonutrients that have been known to help lower the risk of cancer and heart disease.



Cabbage contains powerful antioxidants like vitamins A and C and phytonutrients such as isothiocyanates and sulforaphane which stimulate detoxifying enzymes and may protect against breast, colon and prostate cancers. Sulforaphane also selectively targets cancer stem cells, and by doing so it effectively prevents the cancer from spreading and/or recurring. Antioxidants also help protect your body from oxidative stress which is thought to be involved in the development of cancer.

Kale is so healthy because of its great quantity of phytochemicals, substances that have been shown to fight against a number of diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease. Kale also contains antioxidants to fight inflammation and detoxify the body and rid it of carcinogenic substances. Stop by Veranda Café and order the Superfood Salad— now that you know it’s good for you come see how good super-healthy food tastes!

Teff Is The New Quinoa Have you heard? There’s a new grain everyone is talking about that is just as nutritious as quinoa! This new healthy, nutritious grain is called “teff.” Teff is a gluten-free, fine grain (about the size of a poppy seed) that comes in a variety of colors, from white and red to dark brown. The grain has a very mild, nutty flavor which allows you to give it any flavor profile you desire and add it to any dish. A 2-ounce serving of teff has 7 grams of protein including 8 essential amino acids. Teff is low in fat (1 gram per 2-ounce serving), and high in fiber (8 grams per 2-ounce serving). Teff is also a good source of calcium, iron, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, copper, manganese, boron, phosphorous and potassium.

Teff Breakfast Muffins Try this great teff recipe I tried from Enjoy! 2 cups teff flour

∞ teaspoon sea salt

∞ cup tapioca flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (make sure they are ground)

∞ teaspoon nutmeg

2 teaspoons baking powder ∞ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional—I did not use this)

cup extra virgin olive oil or melted virgin coconut oil or grape seed oil (I used EVOO) ∞ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

cup orange juice ∞ cup applesauce

∞ cup Zante currants or raisins (I used raisins)

∞ cup agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup (I used pure honey)

1 cup grated carrots 1 small tart apple, diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil a 12-cup muffin pan. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the teff flour, tapioca flour, ground flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, sea salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk together well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk together. Then add the nuts, dried fruit, grated carrots, and diced apples. Continue to mix with a large wooden spoon until all of the ingredients are combined. Be sure not to overmix the batter! Spoon batter into oiled muffin cups and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool muffins on a wire rack. Yield: 1 dozen muffins

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In another mixing bowl, whisk together the orange juice, applesauce, agave nectar, and oil.

Summer break is closer than you think and it’s time to start planning your child’s activities. The Village is on top of the trends for this year to ensure a great camp experience for you and your child! Here are the top 5: Health It should be no surprise, since electronics are so popular these days, that parents want to get their kids to move. If your child spends too much time on a hand-held device, think about picking a camp that will provide lots of activity as well as fun with peers. Village Summer Fitness Camps are lead by top-of-the-line health and fitness experts. Programs vary from club to club but may include fitness classes, yoga, nutrition, and more.

Specialty Specialty camps are becoming more and more popular because kids are eager to learn new skills and they tend to get bored with the routines of traditional summer camp programs. Village specialty camps are taught by qualified, professional instructors and include options such as tennis, squash, fencing, cheer, martial arts, and more.


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As kids get older, they want to have more responsibility and choice regarding summer activities. Although most kids would love to be left alone at home, a volunteer camp is probably more suitable. The Village offers a Jr. Counselor program designed for older kids to gain work experience, have fun with peers, and be able to lead activities they enjoy.

Performance As parents, we love to see our children in action, especially if your child is a ham. This summer the Village wants to make sure you see what’s going on behind the scenes. We have created a Facebook page for you to view photos, find out about upcoming projects, get special reminders and field trip information, and more. Don’t forget to sign the photo release section on your registration so you can see photos of your child!

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Special Needs It’s hard to find camps able to accommodate special needs. It’s always important to let your camp provider know of any special needs prior to registration. The Village will accommodate you the best they can in finding a suitable camp for your child’s needs. The Village has even partnered with other services to offer one-on-one child aides. So, no matter what the trends are, the Village has you covered! Weekly camps for ages 5 and up begin May 27 and registration is going on now.

Kids Yoga & Fitness Gainey Village kids love coming to class at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays! Instructor Shawn Wilson teaches the group fun exercises that keep them moving and coming back for more!

To find out what your Village location offers, contact the youth services director for your club: D •

Kim Miller 480.502.8844

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Kristin Bullock 480.609.6979

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Marcia Leach 602.840.6412

Sheer joy to soar This summer the Village Spas are proud to partner with Camp Soaring Eagle to help send kids with serious illnesses to camp. This Arizona-based foundation provides medically supervised camping programs to children and family members from across the state with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

You can learn more about Camp Soaring Eagle at

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Completely funded by donations, camps are free of charge and include family retreats, illness-specific camper weekends and travel programs, all with 24-hour medical care. Help us support Camp Soaring Eagle’s mission of giving children with serious illnesses the chance to discover the healing power of laughter and sheer joy of play with your summer spa purchases. $5 from every Village Summer Spa Series purchased June–August will go directly to help sponsor children. Our goal is to sponsor 5 children this year.


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Try Nia wanna shake up your movement routine?


SHOP Need something fun and easy but that also gets you sweating and breathing?


Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries. Trainings teach people how to get in their bodies and cultivate bodycentered awareness. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. The Nia experience typically includes 55 minutes of movement to diverse music. Nia classes have 7 Cycles beginning with a focus and intent. Classes offer a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: base, core and upper extremities. Stiff beginners and highly-fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels.

In fact, Village Pro Shops + Boutiques offer both style and function. Make a seamless transition to and from the club with fashionable brands in performance and activewear like Nike, Under Armour, Hard Tail, Om Girl, Lululemon, Beyond Yoga and more. Remember, each Village Pro Shop + Boutique is open to the public, and Village members receive a discount at all club locations.

Nia moves optimize the body’s natural design. Nia choreography is body-centered and allows practitioners to connect to nine diverse movement styles: Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, jazz dance, modern dance, Duncan dance, yoga, Alexander Technique and teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais. Nia classes balance form with freedom, encouraging people to personalize the movements by making choices for pleasure and comfort. In addition to classes, Nia Jams are held seasonally at Camelback Village. Jams bring students and teachers together from all over the valley (and sometimes the country!) to create a fabulous creative exploration and unified funfest! Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live. Nia is offered at Camelback Village on Sundays at 11 am. P. Casey Fernandez, E-RYT 500 Village Yoga Instructor and Nia Guide

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Many people are aware of the benefits of yoga as an effective means to address common conditions such as insomnia, lower back pain, stress, or anxiety. However, more recently yoga has been emerging as an effective, complementary therapy for more serious health issues like asthma, arthritis, or even cancer and multiple sclerosis. Zuzana Kolinkova Village Yoga Instructor Zuzana teaches Therapeutic Yoga at Camelback Village Fridays at 10:30 am

Whether you are experiencing common issues, dealing with more serious health conditions, or just looking to maximize the benefits of your practice, yoga therapy classes can help you to discover the right set of postures for you. What is yoga therapy? Simply stated, yoga therapy is the application of specific yoga postures to address specific health issues, while maintaining awareness of a person’s current body condition. Therapeutic Yoga classes by Village instructor Zuzana Kolinkova (recently named as one of the top restorative yoga teachers in the valley by Arizona Foothills Magazine) mostly consist of postures performed on the floor. Attention is paid to physical alignment, proper breathing techniques, and methods of visualization. 

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Yoga has a wide range of therapeutic benefits, but in addition to understanding the benefits, it is equally important to know the contraindications of certain postures: which postures and movements should be avoided based on any specific health or athletic limitations such as high blood pressure, pregnancy, weak lower back, sensitive knees, recent surgeries/ injuries, etc. In Zuzana's classes, students are guided through a set of postures and informed about the specific health benefits of each posture. Detailed instruction is given for posture modifications reflecting a student’s limitations. This allows students to tailor the practice based on their current physical/ health condition. Postures are held for a longer period of time (2 – 10 minutes) to achieve the therapeutic benefit, and to allow time to adjust not only the posture alignment, but also the proper breathing and state of mind— which can vary based on the posture.

There is a wide variety of postures to choose from in order to maximize the practitioner’s desired health, athletic, or spiritual improvement. In addition to understanding which postures provide the greatest benefit, performing these postures correctly is of key importance. An effective yoga therapy practice includes the proper use of yoga props. The props allow the practitioner to stay longer in the postures and gain a greater therapeutic benefit. There is a common misunderstanding of the use of yoga props. Many people believe that props are just for beginners or inflexible people. Yoga props do help in these cases, but even for very advanced and flexible students, yoga props can bring greater therapeutic benefit. This concept is illustrated with the simple example of the Triangle pose (Trikonasana). When performing triangle pose with the hand supported on a block the practitioner is able to completely ground the legs while maintaining the spine in the level of the hips to maximize movement of the spine and rib cage. In this way a much deeper, therapeutic stretch is achieved rather than emphasizing the athletic elements of the posture. Yoga therapy allows the you to understand your body, with its natural limitations, and learn how to efficiently but safely engage it. It’s important to know which few postures you should focus on in a 10- to 20-minute self-practice for the greatest impact on your mind and body, especially at times when you aren’t able to attend class.

Ashtanga Yoga

More than a trend Perhaps it’s a testament to the power of yoga that so many spin-offs have emerged—dozens since it originated some 6,000 years ago. There’s Laughter Yoga, which turns humor into a healing power, AcroYoga, which revolves around flying, Hot Yoga, taught in a 105-degree studio, and Power Yoga, rooted from the Ashtanga tradition, linking the breath with the postures. Almost 11 million Americans enjoy its health benefits. Yoga can hardly be called a trend. Yoga is a form of exercise based on the belief that the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind. By controlling the breath and holding the body in steady asanas (poses) yoga creates harmony.

Develops strength and flexibility, tones muscles, lubricates joints, massages internal organs, releases chronic tension, improves circulation and energizes and refreshes, helps with weight loss as well.

Ashtanga for your mind: Calms restless thoughts, promotes inner peace, supports mental clarity and promotes self-awareness.

Ashtanga for your spirit: Invites deep stillness, encourages self-acceptance, honors inner wisdom. No matter your level of yoga, you most likely will see benefits in a very short period of time. The outcome is a sense of ease and fluidity throughout your body and you are never too old to improve flexibility. Try Ashtanga Yoga with Lisa Cohen at the Camelback Village on Friday mornings.

Lisa Cohen is a Master Yogini that has been practicing and teaching yoga for 20 years. She has studied with many Masters including Sri K. Pattahbi Jois, the father of Ashtanga Yoga. Lisa is a 14-year veteran of the Village and has been instrumental in bringing a variety of yoga classes and culture to the Village.

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Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga that involves synchronizing the breath with that of a progressive series of postures. It is a process which produces an intense internal heat as well as a profuse and purifying sweat that helps with detoxification of the muscles and organs of the body. These asanas can release muscle tension, stretch and tone muscles, lubricate joints, massage internal organs, increase circulation and help in weight control. Other benefits of yoga are greater resistance to stress, a stronger immune system, a balanced nervous system, decreased cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and lower blood pressure.

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Mother’s Day! This year create a customized Spa Day for Mom at a very special rate. We’ll even throw in a complimentary lunch entrée from the café.

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Packages are limited to the same person on the same day.

DON'T FORGET DAD EITHER! Remember, gift cards (available in any amount) make the great gift for anyone. What a perfect way to thank a favorite teacher or coach—they’ve worked hard this school year!

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FIT TO FINISH Do you sometimes tailor your workout based on having to do your hair? Do you cut your workout short or avoid getting too heated? We have your solution! The Salons at the Village introduce FIT to FINISH. Go ahead, finish your workout. One of our expert Stylists will await you in the Salon for an express blowout. Dry shampoo, styling product, stylish blowout— in 20 minutes or less. DONE. Go to your meeting or meet your friends for lunch. You’ll be fit and finished!


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.

Giving Back Every Chance we Get

Flip Flop

The Village Spas carry lovely retail products that directly support charitable causes. Shop for wonderful specialty items and know that you are making a difference. One of these featured lines is Hand in Hand Sustainable Suds soaps, bath salts and candles. Examples of the impact your purchase can have: PURCHASE 1 BAR OF SOAP AND 1 MONTH OF CLEAN WATER IS DONATED PURCHASE 1 BAR OF SOAP AND 50 SQ. FT. OF RAINFOREST IS SAVED Hand in Hand products are 100% vegetable based, vegan, organic ingredients, gluten-free, biodegradable, palm oil-free, paraben-free, petrochemical-free, and cruelty-free as well as Fair Trade USA certified.

Stop in to see the selection of Hand in Hand products available at The Spa at DC Ranch Village.

Fabulous Are you familiar with Clarisonic? Do you own a mia, mia 2, aria, or pro? Clarisonic has recently come out with a terrific new product—not for your face, but for your feet! It’s the new sonic foot transformation kit. It has been designed with two different heads—a smoothing disc and a wet/dry buffing brush—to thoroughly exfoliate and buff dry, cracked feet. These attach to the pedi unit and are used with the exfoliating buff, hydrating balm, and smoother. The unit is waterproof so it can easily be used in the shower or bath, has three adjustable speeds and adjustable timer, and comes with a 2-year warranty. The Clarisonic pedi kit is an at-home kit to use between pedicures that will help with the transformation from rough and dry to renewed and smooth feet for Arizona flip flop weather! It’s time for you to kick off your shoes and show off those beautiful feet!

AND EVEN MORE GIVING… Village Spas are donating $5 from every Village Summer Spa Series purchased (June-August) to Camp Soaring Eagle. Our goal is to help provide medicallysupervised camping programs for 5 children this year. See more on page 19.

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This mother, wife, career woman and competitive athlete has time for it all — thanks to the Village

When Erin Scheidt and her husband Mike were expecting their first child, they weren’t sure how they’d juggle a baby with their busy schedules. Both in their mid-thirties, they were settled into the routine of their jobs, socializing and training extensively for long-distance triathlons. “I book special events at Monti’s La Casa Vieja in Tempe, and Mike is a Tempe firefighter,” Erin says. “He was scared to death about having to be Mr. Mom on his days off.”

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Suitably motivated, Mike looked into joining the Gainey Village Health Club & Spa. “The Tot Stop was definitely a drawing card for us,” recalls Erin. “We could leave our baby there for a full three hours, knowing that she’d be in great hands while we were getting our workouts in.” As the Scheidt family grew, the couple came to realize that the Village is much more than just a place to park the kids. Their first daughter, Kelsey, is almost five years old and has a three-year-old sister, Mia. “The Village has become the focal point of all of our lives,” Erin says. “The kids love it as much as we do!”

Having kids has definitely shifted Erin and Mike’s priorities, even when it comes to their fitness routines. With no time for the kind of intense triathlon training they used to be involved in, the couple discovered a more efficient workout in Gainey Village CrossFit. The short, high-intensity “Workouts of the Day,” or “WODs” (pronounced like a “wad” of cash) have gotten these already elite athletes in even better shape in a lot less time. With all the extra free time the Village gives Erin and her family, we were able to have a nice conversation about how the club has helped her balance a career, kids and conditioning. the village: What was life like for you before you had kids? erin scheidt: It was pretty perfect. Mike and I got to the Ironman level in triathlons and probably trained 25 hours a week to be competitive. When I had kids, I realized that my life was going to change pretty dramatically. I could no longer be a triathlete and got adjusted to life at the gym.

What did you do at the Village when you first became a member? We pretty much gave everything a try, and I even remember coming in to drop my daughter off just so I could take a shower! Mike and I took advantage of the pool, different classes, kinesis, weights and boot camps from day one. How did you discover Gainey Village CrossFit? We found it about two years ago, shortly after it was introduced at Gainey Village, and it’s literally changed out lives. Mike tried it first, and I got interested when I saw him high-fiving people on the basketball court after a WOD. How has Gainey Village CrossFit improved your fitness? I thought I was in shape when I started, but I could barely lift a 35-pound bar and I couldn’t do a single pull up. Just a couple of weeks ago, I achieved two more personal records: a hang clean with 135 pounds and 33 pull-ups in a row! Because we’re doing varied functional movements at high intensity, we’ve been able to get the best results in the shortest amount of time. You get very muscular and lean, and the gratification of achieving the WOD is really satisfying. I love that it’s encouraging, challenging and exciting every single day. Is Gainey Village CrossFit hard to learn? Not really, and the coaches at the Village — Corey, Grant and Brian — are great. They’re all level 1 certified. I’ve been to other gyms and the coaches aren’t half as thorough. The guys at the Village really coddle you and make sure you’re doing things with the proper technique. Can anyone do it? Absolutely. People of all fitness levels work together and you really only compete against yourself. The coaches provide recommended weights for men and women, and no one judges anybody. Lots of camaraderie develops, and Mike and I really enjoy doing Gainey Village CrossFit as a couple where lots of married and dating people are involved. Do you have to do WODs as a group? You can take one-on-one or group classes. Now that I know the technique I’ll often just go do it on my own, because they post the WOD on the wall. How often do you do Gainey Village CrossFit? The perfect scenario is four times a week, but life isn’t always perfect. The good thing is that a lot of WODs only take 20 minutes.

Which do you do first, Gainey Village CrossFit or yoga? If I’m doing them both on the same day I’ll do Gainey Village CrossFit first because it tends to tighten you up. Yoga lengthens your muscles.

What’s your perfect day at the Village? Gosh, every day there is pretty perfect. We can easily spend six hours there, which includes alone time as well as family time. Are your kids enjoying the Village more as they get older? They adore the Village. Every day when we get out of bed, the first question they ask is what we’re going to be doing. On gym days, they jump up and down! They have a whole community of friends there from different schools, and they’ve done so many fun things from attending birthday parties to dressing up as mermaids to making all kinds of little treasures to take home. They do kid’s yoga and can’t wait to try Gainey Village CrossFit Kids! Everything Mike and I do they want to do, too, so they’re definitely learning to make health and fitness a priority in their lives. I understand you went on the Village ski trip to Telluride this year. How was that? It was an absolute blast! I went with a bunch of girlfriends for a 40th birthday celebration. Although I’m not a fan of 10-hour bus rides, it went by super fast because we had cocktails, conversation and movies to entertain us the entire way! We had the best skiing conditions I’ve ever experienced, with fresh powder every day. The hotel was beautiful and everything was very well organized. I have a feeling that I’ll be bringing Mike along next year! The Village is such a big part of your life, have you gotten friends to join you there? Yes! It’s so easy to recruit people when you love a place so much. We’ve brought people to the Village and we’ve made new friends with people who were already there. It’s a great club to belong to because there are so many people there who are as health conscious as we are and also have work and family responsibilities. Do you have any advice for people who want to join the Village? Absolutely. Take advantage of everything the Village has to offer! It’s not only a great gym and spa, it’s also a great place to eat, socialize, relax and bring the kids. If you’re a busy person, it can definitely help you bring balance to your life!

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What else do you do at the Village these days? I love heated flow and hot yoga. Yoga is an amazing complement to my workout because it stretches you out. It’s also a great way to detoxify and get a Zen feeling. The whole day rolls off you.

Have you changed the way you eat since you’ve joined the Village or started training? When I turned 40 I started more of a Paleo Diet, which emphasizes meat and vegetables. But my husband would laugh if I told you I watch what I eat! As the banquet and catering director at Monti’s, I love food and all the festivity that surrounds it. I’ll still have a burger and fries, but I might push the bun off to the side now.

focus on members Be My Valentine Rooftop Dinner Words can hardly express how perfect the night was. The view of Camelback Mountain was one-of-a-kind, the weather was gorgeous, food was fabulous, and the company was unforgettable. The evening was all inclusive of a three course meal for two, a Parents Night Out package for children, entertainment, music and a handmade box of chocolates made at Parents Night Out.

Dave and Amber Alley

Kammy and Anthony Horne

√ left to right: Mike and Jessica Stackpoole; Kevin and Leslie Myers

L  isa and Vito Paine

Danielle and Ken Lepinskas




To have your Village Club event photo considered for the Focus on Members section next issue, please email it, with a short caption, to (Camelback); tclark@dmbclubs (DC Ranch) or (Gainey).

Enjoying the Holiday Cheer The DC Ranch Member Holiday Party held on December 12 brought out a large crowd and provided big-time enjoyment to all who attended. The night included food, drink, music and dancing and the mood was festive. Here are photos of just a few of the couples we caught long enough to snap one.

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Camps are skill-based training centered around fitness, nutrition, and fun! Several camps are offered each week so that you have choices. Camp choices include rock climbing, Arizona Science Center workshops, entertainers, hiking, inflatables, swimming, archery and more.

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Contests, healthy living tips, videos, events and so much more—have you connected with the Village online yet? Join over 8,000 other Villagers and “like” us online so you don’t miss a beat!

Village Yoga Instructors are showing off their favorite poses that bring power and inner peace!

Village Yogi Lisa Cohen showed us Pavirtta Trikonasana, or the Revolved Triangle Pose. This pose helps improve balance, strengthen and stretch legs, hips, spine and upper back while detoxifying abdominal organs and relieving back pain. Give it a try and share it with us! @VillageClubs R  evolved Triangle Pose by Lisa Cohen


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FRIENDS AND FAMILY WILL LOVE THE ALL-SUITES BOUTIQUE HOTEL TRIPADVISOR RANKS AS ONE OF SCOTTSDALE’S BEST. Your guests will enjoy plush new enhancements throughout the hotel including the new Terrace Patio Bar overlooking the oasislike courtyard and pool area. Along with stylish suite upgrades, the Gainey Suite Dreams Bed, HDTV and free WiFi, there’s also a complimentary full hot breakfast buffet and evening reception daily with appetizers, beer, wine & soft drinks. Next door, guests can explore a collection of great shops and restaurants, hang out at The Club or play some of Scottsdale’s best courses. It’s all waiting for them!

Enjoy the great outdoors, with your Mercedes-Benz!

2014 SLK55 AMG® Convertibile

2014 E350 Convertibile

Take advantage of all the safety, performance and comfort of a Mercedes-Benz with no roof over your head! It’s the best of both worlds. Our 2014 SLK55 AMG®, E350, SL550 and the all-new SLS-GTR will do just that. Drive class-leading styling down the open road knowing that if you need it, you can have your roof back. Get in touch with your outdoor side by coming in for a test drive of one of these convertibles.

Arizona’s first leed-certified and environmentally-friendly dealership.

Arizona’s original Mercedes-Benz dealership since 1964.

93rd Avenue and West Bell Road

Scottsdale Road and Highland Avenue



BetterLife (April, May and June) Ad 6.550" wide x 4.925" high 2014 MB Convertibles CMYK

Better Life | Village Health Clubs & Spas | Spring 2014  

Life's Better at The Village - see what's happening this spring!

Better Life | Village Health Clubs & Spas | Spring 2014  

Life's Better at The Village - see what's happening this spring!