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when you smile, the world smiles back

SALT, PEPPER, & DON’T OVERCOOK tips for meal planning

OCOTILLO MOM member Kim Bradsky




Your Resort, Every Day Ocotillo Village 7 Things to Smile About Up and Coming Performance Center MyZone™ Weight Loss + Plitates Tuscany Trip + Tennis Center We’ll Help You Unwind Self A. Ware Focus on Kids Salt, Pepper, + Don’t Overcook Ocotillo Mom Focus on Members Social Spot + Referral

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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

HAPPY NEW YEAR, VILLAGE MEMBERS Once again we find ourselves reflecting back on 2015 and looking forward to an exciting new year here at the Village Health Clubs + Spas.

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MyZone™ is now at Ocotillo Village Indoor Cycling Studio! Learn more on page 13.

Our main focus for 2015 was to challenge all of our employees to add more value from each of their departments for our members. Based on the feedback we have received from you through our on-going Medallia surveys, we have added more group exercise classes in the evenings to accommodate our working members. We have increased the number of programs for our junior members at all of the clubs. This year all of the spin studios were upgraded to provide a fresh, motivational environment. New fitness and cardio equipment was added to all of the Village clubs.

services, improving our website, and developing a new Village mobile app.

In April, 2015, we opened our fourth Village club, the Ocotillo Village Health Club and Spa, our first club in the Chandler market. Many Village Choice members have taken advantage of this new club and are enjoying meeting new friends and participating in new programs at our Ocotillo Village. The Camelback Village remodeled their locker rooms and added a new group training space. The DC Ranch Village Tennis Center is in full swing and has brought a quality tennis facility to north Scottsdale for both adults and juniors. The Gainey Village is planning an expansion of their training center and will be adding more space for group exercise, Pilates, Cross Fit, and small group training. Construction will begin in the first half of 2016.

The New Year is a great time to share the gift of fitness and health with family and friends. As always, you will receive a free month of dues for every new member you refer that joins a Village club. Once again, thank you very much for your loyalty and support. It is our members that add such life and energy to our clubs.

The Village is also committed to bringing better technology to our members. We are working on a plan to improve our Wi-Fi at all Village clubs, re-cabling our older clubs in order to have individual TVs on the majority of our cardio equipment, adding more online

It is the support and loyalty of our members that allows us to accomplish all of these projects mentioned above. As we move into 2016, we will continue to reinvest a portion of our enrollment fees and dues revenue back into the clubs. To add to the value of your club membership, we will continue to introduce new programs, classes, and social events that will be included in your monthly dues.

Happy New Year to all of you.




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VILLAGIO CASINO NIGHT A big thank you! We would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations that helped make the silent auction at our Villagio Casino Night party a huge success. Close to $5,000 was raised for the TGen Foundation.

the 2015 Gainey member party.

Tim Mahoney at Westin Kierland Golf Club Majerle’s Sport Bar Carol Nalevanko OB Sports Golf Courses Pomo Restaurant Soi 4 Restaurant Ultra Smooth Skin The Upton Restaurant Village Tavern Restaurant

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gang had fun at the photo booth.

M  embers loved talking

with the Sean Connery impersonator at the party.

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Arizona Outback Adventures Casa Mia Restaurant Driver Provider Gainey Ranch Golf Club Gainey Suites Hotel Grayhawk Golf Club Stephen Hammerman The Hyatt Regency K O’Donnell’s Sports Bar Jeff Lemaster

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Neptune Swim Team

The Village pools are rocking all winter long! The pools are heated so Village Aquatics programs don’t miss a stroke. Swim Neptune at the Village offers year round swim team opportunities for swimmers ages five and up, from beginners through high school swimmers with a focus on Technique and Fitness. Practice groups are available for swimmers interested in fun, fitness, and stroke development, as well as for serious competitors at all levels interested in fun as well as honing their competitive skills. Swim meets are available for all levels. Contact for more information. Swim lessons are available at all Village clubs for infants through adults. Group, semi-private and private lessons are offered. Each instructor brings expertise and a love of swimming to share with you. Masters swimming workouts are available at all Village clubs whether you are just getting into lap swimming for fitness or are a serious triathlete or Masters competitor. A variety of water aerobics workouts are available at each Village Club. Check out the Group Fitness schedule for a class that meets your needs. For more information please contact Helen Zemaitis at


Halloween in the Desert Open

The Village Health Clubs & Spas hosted numerous squash tournaments in 2015. One of our biggest has always been the Halloween in the Desert Open, taking place at DC Ranch. This year was no exception! There were amateur divisions for all levels and ages and also a Pro draw with players competing for $1,000. Pro players from all over North America and Mexico participated. Lots of great matches, good food, and fun had by all! Congratulations to the following: Men’s 2.0 – 2.5 1st Farzam Maleki 2nd Diana Spagnola

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Men’s 3.0 1st Bill Wilkinson 2nd Pervez Siddiqui Men’s 4.0 1st Sam Zerbib 2nd Jim Franklin Men’s 4.5 – 5.0 1st Shashank Khandekar 2nd Frederic Ramioulle Men’s $1,000 Pro 1st Viktor Berg 2nd Bryan Cueto 3rd Thomas King 4th Heraclio Salaiz

Please look at our website for the next upcoming tournament. Or contact Viktor Berg (Head Squash Pro) at or 480.435.8971

+ G  ainey members had fun in the “Fall into Fitness” program with Personal Trainer Katie Suzewitz. They learned lots of new exercises and enjoyed training in small groups.


T  he Annual Jingle Bell Triathlon— a mini reserve order triathlon—held at Gainey in December


Fall Recap

Village Members were hard at work this past fall with so many local and out of state races. Members including TriScottsdale Founder Preston Miller, wife Clem Miller, Camelback Member Sam Coppersmith, and Gainey Members Christina Catalano, Tami Ramano, and Mimi Shaps (among other TriScottsdale members) competed in Ironman Florida on November 7th. Over 50 TriScottsdale and Village Members competed in Ironman Arizona November 15th, including first timers from the Camelback Village Mark Livingston and Christina Spetzler-Chambers. Gainey Member Shawna Glazier competed in Ironman Cozumel November 29th. Not to be outdone, many Village Members competed in local, smaller triathlons and running races this fall, including the New York Marathon, Hot Chocolate 5k/15k, Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon, Tucson Marathon, and the Tour de Tucson Cycling Event. We had a great crowd for the Annual Post Turkey Day Fun Run and the 16th Annual Jingle Bell Triathlon as well as our Kids Triathlon at the DC Ranch Village this past September.

F  lorida Competitors Clementine Miller, Brett Miller, Ashley Perrott and Preston Miller

I M Florida Competitors Christina Catalano, Mimi Shaps, Jackie Zaccaria, and Tami Romano

G  eorge Catalano, Terry & Eldon Dykshorn and IM Florida Competitor Sam Coppersmith at Panama City Beach

list item on your Quest for Excitement: Alcatraz/Golden Gate 2016. Event dates are April 16th to swim from Alcatraz to SF and April 17th to swim across the Golden Gate Bridge

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With an amazing location in South Chandler and its perfect winter weather, varied terrain, excellent accommodations, a plethora of sports resources, and wide variety of services and activities, the Ocotillo Village has everything a Triathlete would like in a location out of which to base their training. Triathlete Magazine named Arizona the number one place to go for winter training. It’s also the reason some of the country’s top triathlon and cycling coaches call Arizona home and so many top international professionals and teams train in Arizona in the winter. And no place on earth can beat our sunsets. Add great restaurants, bike lanes and bike-friendly drivers, easy access to trails, and the ability to easily get away from the hustle and bustle, and you’ll be so glad you live here!

Great bike rides There are several group rides each weekend on Saturday and Sunday mornings and you never know what pros and top amateurs you just might see!

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There are plans to start a twice-a-month group ride for beginner and intermediate riders, leaving from the Ocotillo Village. Be sure to check on specific details with the Program Director, Rodney Kinney. If you are wanting to just head out on your own, there are plenty of open roads with wide, smooth shoulders, and limited traffic and street lights, just minutes from the Ocotillo Village. Being in close proximity to the Gila River Indian Reservation gives riders access to long stretches of roads that are good for endless miles of riding. If you are looking for some hill work, it’s a very short ride to the Ahwatukee Foothills. If you are looking for other group rides in the Chandler area, Global Bike Shops have two locations in Chandler

that offer weekend group rides. Their Chandler North location offers a no-drop ride on Saturday mornings and their Chandler South location offers a no-drop ride on Sunday mornings. If you’re into mountain biking, there are endless trails to ride just a short ride away on South Mountain.

Great running locations If you run out the Ocotillo Village lobby doors, you are just steps away from some of the best road running in all of the Valley. There are group runs that leave the Ocotillo Village Club on varying schedules, so check with the front desk for details. You can run the Jacaranda Parkway loop, located inside the Ocotillo neighborhood. It’s a great five-mile loop that runs through the Ocotillo Golf Resort, around lakes, and over bridges. It has limited traffic, wide shoulders and bike lanes, and smooth pavement. There are other great options that include a run through Fulton Ranch, one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Chandler. It’s a beautiful run along lakes, open grassy parks, and small waterfalls, with sightings of an array of water fowl and some of the most beautiful multi-million dollar homes in the valley. If you’re a die-hard miler and looking for some nofrills straight miles, you’re a short jog from the Queen Creek Road extension through farm fields to the I-10 overpass. It’s a good ten-mile loop.

If you’re on the west side of town, try Starr Pass trail. The trailhead is in the neighborhood of Starr Pass, right behind the golf course. You’ll soon be so far in the mountains you’ll forget you’re ten minutes from downtown. If you’re looking for a track workout, there are many school tracks located very close to the Ocotillo Village that are open to the public as well, and are perfect for a group run workout or some speed sessions. If trail running or hiking is your thing, there are endless trails on South Mountain.

Wonderful swimming opportunities The Ocotillo Village has a beautiful five-lane lap pool available from open to close, every day. It is heated in the winter and chilled in the summer. Five days a week, you can join in a Masters Swim Class. You can do your own workout or one of the highly experienced Masters Swim Coaches can create a workout for you. Classes are scheduled at 5:30 am on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. There are also evening classes available at 6:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursdays.

State of the art fitness, strength equipment, and recovery The Ocotillo Village has the best Strength Training equipment and machines, to help build that base strength for the long season a head. If you prefer to do your running on treadmills, there is a variety of the top treadmills on the market available for you to use, including Woodways, along with a variety of indoor cycling options.

Other great services available to supplement your training Restorative Yoga consists of deep stretch poses to help release tight, tense muscles while reducing stress. Perfect for recovery from long miles on the bike or running. And when you’re ready to go out to a nice dinner after a hard day of training with fellow Ocotillo Members, or your friends or guests, there is a huge variety of local restaurants with varying types of food, from inexpensive to elegant dining, all within walking distance or minutes by bike or car. The Spa at Ocotillo Village is a must for recovery. Massage therapy has numerous benefits for athletes. Massage can speed up recovery after a large day of training, a race, or a big block of training. According to Spa Director Margo Altman, “Massage increases blood flow to the muscles to help speed healing by flushing out the metabolic waste.” Altman says it can also give the athlete a chance to reconnect his mind and body, and decompress.

Non-Member training options: For those members who have guests or friends that would like to join them for training at the Ocotillo Village, there are some ways to do so. If your friends are from out of town, there is a Holiday Inn Express, located just across the street. There are short-term guest passes available as well.

lakeview CAFE I’m Isaac Rios, Ocotillo Cafe Manager and chef by trade. I’ve only been with The Village since February but I love my role. The process of opening the restaurant from scratch was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. To start up a restaurant is every chef’s dream. When I put together The Lakeview Café menu I wanted to offer a smattering of options that would cover all fitness and flavor bases. Some of the most popular items turned out to be The Power Bowl, The Lean Bowl, The Tex-Mex, and Blackened Salmon. The Power Bowl is lean ground turkey breast sautéed in a little olive oil with diced tomato and roasted poblano chilies served over white beans and roasted red potatoes. I focused on including a certain amount of complex carbohydrates and protein per meal so that it helps “power” you through rigorous workouts. And the menu is full of items with the same focus. You’ll find fresh salads/ingredients, grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, seasonal produce, whole grains, organic items, gluten-free options, vegan choices, and so on. It is important to me that you want to eat here, enjoy what you’ve chosen, and hopefully feel good about what you’re eating, not only for your health but also for all the great flavors we offer.

Isaac Rios

ocotillo village café manager

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For those looking to be part of a team and a like-minded group of athletes, there is a growing group of Ocotillo Village Club Members that are unified by the love of participation in sports and a passion to compete and achieve their personal best. TEAM Village is, very simply, a group of athletes who enjoy group coaching, training, social fun, travel, and opportunities to work together to compete in their favorite sports (runners, cyclists, triathletes, obstacle racers, swimmers, crossfitters, etc.). They enjoy building strong camaraderie and the loyalty of being an active member of the Ocotillo Village Health Club and TEAM. For more information on joining the TEAM Village or Winter Training, contact the Ocotillo Village Program and Events Director Rodney Kinney at




when you smile, the world smiles back

How often do you smile in a day? Do you smile when you meet new people? When you see your friends? Around your co-workers? How about your significant other? Your face has 44 muscles in it that allow you make more than 5,000 different expressions, many of which are smiles. Read on for seven reasons why smiling is good for you, your health, and your social life!

Reducing stress is important for health, too, as it can lower blood pressure, improve digestion and regulate blood sugar. Note that this works during workouts, too! If you’re having a hard time getting through that last rep or getting those final five minutes in on the treadmill, smiling can do wonders!

Smiling can make you happy (even when you’re not). It turns out that the simple act of smiling sends a message to your brain that you’re happy. And when you’re happy, your body pumps out all kinds of feelgood endorphins. This reaction has been studied since the 1980s and has been proven a number of times. In 1984, an article in the journal Science showed that when people mimic different emotional expressions, their bodies produce physiological changes that reflect the emotion, too, such as changes in heart and breathing rate. Another German study found that people felt happy just by holding a small pen clenched in their teeth, imitating a smile.


Smiling can help you land a job.

Just remember that the research goes both ways. When the people in the first study frowned, they felt less happy, and in the German study, people who held a pen in their protruding lips, imitating a pout, felt unhappy. So the next time you feel sad or upset, try smiling. It just might make your body—and therefore you—feel better.

Smiling can make others happy. “When you’re smilin’, the whole world smiles with you.” Ever heard that song, made famous by Louis Armstrong? Well, it’s true. Research shows that smiling is contagious. Ever been around someone who just had something fantastic happen to him or her? Isn’t it almost impossible not to feel good, too? Studies show that something as simple as seeing a friend smile can activate the muscles in your face to make that same expression, without you even being aware that you are doing it. Crazy, right? But remember that this, too, can be for better or for worse. You know the expression “misery loves company”? Frowns act just like smiles, just with a negative reaction, so choose to smile and watch the world smile back!

Smiling makes you more attractive. Ever wonder why are we always asked to smile in photos? Because people usually look their best—and happiest—when smiling. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of American adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. So the next time you are about to ask someone on a date, smile. It’ll make them feel happier (see No. 2), and you’ll already be more attractive in his or her eyes!

Article provided by Karen Hartmann, Gainey Village Membership Representative Reference: Article by Jennipher Walters, Health and Fitness Writer for SparkPeople

Smiling can lead to laughter. Have you ever laughed without smiling? It’s pretty impossible to do. And it’s funny how a smile here and a smile there with friends can turn into a whole fit of hysterical laughter. Numerous studies have been done on the health benefits of laughing, including how it acts like a mini-workout that burns calories and works the abs. Laughter also helps blood flow, lowers blood sugar levels, reduces stress, and improves sleep. It may also raise the level of infection-fighting antibodies in the body, which helps boost your immune system. So the moral of this story is smile—and laugh—often!


Smiling just feels good.

Have you ever found that smiling just feels good? Go ahead, smile now. Doesn’t it feel natural? Make you feel happy to be alive? It sure does beat the heck out of a frown.

So the next time you’re feeling down or out of sorts, try a smile. If you can’t find a reason to smile, pop in a funny DVD, read the Sunday comics, or call a friend. Heck, you may be able to even read the word smile and feel better. According to research published in Psychological Science, simply reading certain words may also have the same effect. Just like seeing someone else smile makes you smile, reading emotion verbs (like smile, grin, frown, etc.) can also activate specific facial muscles. Isn’t it time you turn that frown upside down? Now say “cheese!”

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Smiling can help you de-stress. The next time you’re stressed about work or realize that your favorite jeans feel a little snug, don’t freak out. Take a few deep breaths and smile! Smiling may help to reduce symptoms associated with anxiety. When that smile signals to your brain that you’re feeling happy (even though you’re not really feeling happy...yet), your body will usually slow its breathing and heart rate.


If you’re about to go on a job interview, you may think that your appearance is just about wearing nice clothes. Wrong! You can’t just wear that suit; you have to wear it with a smile. In a study published in the December 2009 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, people looked at full-body photographs of 123 people they had never met. The people in the photos had one of two expressions: neutral (think of your passport photo) or a smile. And guess what? When observers saw the photos of smiling people, they were more likely to think that the person in the photo was likeable, confident, conscientious and stable. Sound like traits most companies want in an employee, right? So the next time you’re dressing to impress, make sure to take that beautiful, natural smile with you!

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Member Casino Night Party

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First Wednesdays Lecture Series

MARCH 2016

WED, JAN 6, 6 – 7 PM

Join your fellow Village members and celebrate Spring with us at our Annual Casino Night! Members and their guests are encouraged to come out and join the fun, playing with funny money and using the winnings for some great prizes. Complimentary food and drinks make this a party you will not want to miss!

Join us for a presentation from with various experts in their field. Topics include Nutrition, Chiropractic Care, Physical Therapy, Women’s Health, etc.

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Sunset at the Village Happy Hour


Come enjoy wine and light snacks with your fellow Village members. Bring a guest!

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Lean Into the New Year

SAT, JAN 11 – MAR 4

Join this small group fitness program by January 6 to save your spot for a refreshing 8-week transformation! This challenge begins January 11 and ends March 4. Learn new nutrition strategies and a variety of new

workouts through our well-trained personal trainers and Registered Dietitian. InBody measurements will be completed during your first and last sessions to determine your overall level of health and progress throughout the 8 weeks. Contact Erica Hubber, Assistant Activities Director, at ehubber@dmbclubs. com for more information.

HIKES C D G O • Thompson Peak Hike Fountain Hills


SAT, JAN 23, 7:30 AM

Advanced 9.5-mile hike. Get ready for your quads and hamstrings to burn on this one! If you go to the top this is definitely an advanced hike. It starts out on the easy Dixie Mine trail in Fountain Hills and then connects with the very steep road up the east side of Thompson Peak. If you don’t feel like you’re an advanced hiker, you can just go up as far as you want and then turn around when we are coming back down. We’ll meet in the Sprouts parking lot on Shea & 92nd Street at 7 am to carpool to the hike. We’ll stop for lunch afterwards and should be back around 12:30 pm. sign up: Contact Shelly McGann at 480.624.9125 or by January 17. C D GO •

Sunrise Peak Hike

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SAT, FEB 13, 7:30 AM

Intermediate to advanced 5.5-mile hike in the McDowell Mountains. Meet at 7:30 am at Desert Mountain High School (126th Street & Via Linda). We will carpool over to the trailhead which is only a few minutes away. We will return the same way. Bring water and snacks for along the way. We’ll go to breakfast afterwards and should be done around 11:30 am. sign up: Contact Shelly McGann 480.624.9125 or Please sign up by February 8. Guests are welcome.

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Join Hiking Leader Chris Stalzer as he leads members and guests out on the trails right from the DC Ranch Village front desk. Hikes are monthly; for details, contact Tom Clark, DC Ranch Programs Director, at C D GO •

Hike to Havasupai

JUNE 2 – 5

Advanced 11-mile hike to three amazing waterfalls in the Grand Canyon. Join us for one of the most beautiful hikes in Arizona…Havasupai Falls. cost: $599/person if we have at least 45 people. The price will go up if we fall below 45 people. Includes hotel on Thursday night, camp fees, tents, horses for your pack in/out, three guides, four meals cooked for you (two dinners, one lunch and one breakfast). sign up: Limited to the first 50 people who sign up. Contact Shelly McGann at Gainey Village, 480.624.9125 or smcgann@ An informational meeting will be held in early March to answer any questions you might have about the trip. special note: The club reserves the right to decide if you are at a high enough fitness level to do the hike.


Junior Group Squash

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Spring Squash League

MON + WED, 4 – 5 PM


Open to all ages.

Starting soon.

Please confirm all schedules and details listed here with Viktor at

VILL AGE TR AVEL CLUB We have a lot of fun and unforgettable trips planned for Village members in 2016! Take a look at the trips below and see which ones catch your eye. You can contact Shelly McGann at, or Village member and Protravel agent Jane Borman at or 602.400.7677. C D GO •

Village Ski to Telluride

FEB 18 – 21, 6:30 AM trip includes: Three nights lodging (double occupancy) at The Peaks Resort in Mountain Village, three-day lift ticket, roundtrip video-motorcoach transportation, rental discounts. cost: $689/double occupancy. Full amount due at sign-up. Refundable if we find someone to take your place. sign up: Contact Shelly McGann at Gainey Village 480.624.9125. Limited to 110 people.

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Biking in Loire Valley, France

AUG 28 – SEPT 2 trip includes: Five nights in casual inns, daily biking routes of different levels, five breakfasts, three lunches, four multi-course dinners, all taxes and service fees. Trip starts at St.-Pierre-des-corps train station and ends at Tours train station. cost: $3,498 – $3,698 per person (double occupancy).

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Unforgettable Ireland

SEPT 30 – OCT 9 trip includes: Nine nights (three Dublin, one Ballycotton, two killarney, one dromoland castle, two ashford castle), eight daily tours, nine breakfasts, one lunch, seven multi-course dinners, all taxes and service fees. Trip starts and ends in Dublin. cost: $ $4780 (22-25 people) $4980 (12-18 people) (double occupancy).

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Hiking Monte Blanc, French Alps

AUG 20 – 27 trip includes: Seven nights in a moderate hotel, private mountain guide, four escorted mountain walks, optional daily activities, three breakfasts, all taxes and service fees. Trips starts and ends in Chamonix. NOT INCLUDED: Meals (allow $300 – $400); some optional activities are additional. cost: $1,849 per person (double occupancy).

PLEASE NOTE PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE: International airfare and travel insurance.

C D G O • Unforgettable Tuscany Trip Encore!

SEPT 12 – 20 trip includes: Eight nights in a medieval castle, five daily tours to local villages, two days of Lessons of Tuscany, eight breakfasts, four lunches, eight multicourse dinners, all taxes and service fees, roundtrip airport transfers from Florence airport or train station. cost: from $3,800 per person (double occupancy).


Hike Cinque Terre and Tuscany! trip includes: Five nights in casual inns, daily hiking routes of difference levels, five breakfasts, three lunches, four multi-course dinners, all taxes and service fees. Trips starts at Pisa train station and ends at Florence train station. cost: $3,198 – $3,498 per person (double occupancy). C D G O • Tuscan Photography Workshop

SEPT 9 – 12

a-half-day workshop, three breakfasts, three dinners, all taxes and service fees. Trips starts in Florence, ends at Castello di Santa Maria Novella. cost: $1,259 per person (double occupancy). V  illage members enjoyed a beautiful day during their Humphrey’s Peak hike near Flagstaff in September.

V  illage members are treated to a special dinner in the Wine Cave at the Castle they stayed at in Tuscany.

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trip includes: Three nights accommodations, two-and-




We are proud to present the new Camelback Village Performance Center to our members! This space has been transformed from a racquetball court to a first-class group personal training center. We have many classes that this new space will house, including the Transformation Experience with Roger Cahill, Sweat Circuit with Megan Smith, Wow (Women on Weights) with Monique Machiz and Erica Rosenbaum, and a new class called Barbell Strength and Conditioning with Peter Love and Brock Bittle. A video monitor will be available at all times, so check often to see what new and exciting classes we will be offering. When not in use for a class, the room is available for trainers to use with clients.

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The room has been outfitted with sound-proofing materials, rubber flooring, a state-of-the-art sound system, Olympic lifting racks, two rowers, an Assault Air Bike, a Curve Treadmill, dumbbells, medicine balls, kettlebells, TRX, wall ball, landmine, plyoboxes, and much more. We are aiming to provide a boutique-like experience inside of our larger club for our members. Please contact Lia Pulver, Camelback Village Fitness Director, at 602.840.6412 ext. 235 or to inquire about what class would be best suited for you.


maximize your workout at ocotillo village In early November members of Ocotillo Village Health Club and Spa were introduced to a state-of-the-art new personal fitness wearable and system to assist them in their quest to achieve their health and fitness goals. At the center of the MYZONE™ system is the MZ-3 Physical Activity Belt. The MZ-3 is a next-generation heart rate monitor used to provide members with instant, accurate effort feedback—from anywhere.

(MEPs) accumulated for the session. This personal feedback allows members to put in optimum effort to obtain maximum results. Furthermore, this data is recorded within the user’s online personal activity report, accessible either through the MYZONE™ website or the smartphone app. After every workout session the MYZONE™ system sends each user a personalized e-mail with the specifics of their workout.

Your Competitive Instinct Kicks In The MYZONE™ system allows users to tap into their competitive instincts. The more time spent exercising, and the higher the intensity of that exercise, the more MYZONE™ Effort Points (MEPs) members earn. MEPs are earned for every minute spent working out in a personal intensity zone. Using MEPs allows users to participate in challenges and monthly leaderboards for the chance to earn prizes, all while improving their overall fitness level. Challenges and leaderboards make exercise fun. It drives a friendly competitive spirit. Keeping members motivated is the key. This system will also be used in organized classes such as Group Fitness, Group Training, and Studio Cycle. Please ask your friendly Ocotillo Village group fitness, personal training, or front desk staff if you have any questions. The MZ-3 belt is available for purchase at the front desk. Article provided by Linda Bernal, Ocotillo Village Group Fitness Director.

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Training Smarter with MYZONE™ The MYZONE™ system uses personalized readings to inform exercisers of their workouts’ intensity levels in real-time on big screens around the club. MYZONE™ also keeps track of information online so that members can see precisely how much progress they’ve made over time. The system works by having members wear the MZ-3 activity belt, which sends readings to screens around the club and/or the MYZONE™ smartphone app. Through a series of personalized, colorcoded activity tiles, users always know precisely what intensity zone (percentage of max heart rate) they are currently working in. This allows members to compare their effort with others at the club. The activity tiles also show calories burned, heart rate, and MYZONE™ Effort Points




Can Pilates help me lose weight? YES! Probably not in the way you are thinking, however; any exercise can help you burn a few calories, but Pilates works from the inside out. Julie Poplawski, Camelback Village Pilates and Cycle Instructor

If you are looking to be down a couple of pounds by next week, hit cardio hard and eat only fish and asparagus. If you are looking to live a few sizes smaller the rest of your life, call your Pilates trainer.

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Pilates makes long term victory over weight gain possible. How? It is the details, in the nuanced, nit-picky, exacting nature of postural strength and mobility that there’s victory! Smack dab in the middle of your powerhouse there is your stomach, which tortures your mind with demands. The critical question in weight loss is “Why are you so hungry?” When you spend weeks learning to feel your ribs, your waist, your hips and how they move both separately and together (the work of Pilates) you’ll also learn to sense the difference between hungry and void. Core training complements weight loss because it’s a physical experience that lets us feel core details over and over again. The discipline and detail required to move one bone at a time lets us practice controlling what happens in our center from our mind. The discipline to stick with the process of changing your posture, seeing only subtle change at first, is the same discipline required for changing your habits with food. Both practices, Pilates and weight loss, require your mind and body to connect and your discipline to override your habits.

If weight loss for a short-term goal is your desire, make cardio classes your daily routine. For a lifetime in a new size, call Linda Hertzberg, Camelback Village Group Exercise Director, at 602.553.4912.

TUSCANYTRIP I want to share with you the incredible experience of the 2015 Tuscany trip for Village members.

with overwhelming history and beauty, and Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera.

We departed on September 4, arriving the next day in Tuscany at the Castello di Santa Maria Novella, which is the highest point between Florence and Sienna in the rolling hills of Chianti. This amazing Tuscan Castle was to be our home for the week. We could enjoy daily tours or stay at the castle, relax, and do other activities such as cooking classes, watercolor painting, or ceramic painting, taught by Italian cooks and artists.

The food was fabulous, and we dined each evening in different restaurants in addition to a dinner in the castle with our own private concert by an opera singer while we dined.

We toured the Uffizi Gallery in Florence with the statue of David and other Michelangelo sculptures, and other amazing cathedrals and sites, such as the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. Siena was another favorite of mine, with Giovanni Pisano’s wonderful black and white Gothic cathedral. We saw San Gimignano, Voltra

T  he 2015 Tuscany group in Florence at Piazzo Michelangelo.

This region is noted for Chianti and we were in Greve and visited the vineyards with wine and cheese tasting. One of the biggest joys of the trip were all the people in our group who were fun, enjoyed the beauty, and we were all impressed and fascinated as each day brought a great adventure to share. Thank you Karen Hartmann and the Village Health Club staff for again proving that The Village goes beyond the expected for its members.

Anne Schilling, Gainey Village Member See page 11 for information about the 2016 trip!


If you have yet to experience the fantastic views and relaxing atmosphere of the DC Ranch Village tennis courts, then you need to put it on the top of your priority list this winter! If you are an avid player or have decided that now’s the time to take the leap and pick up the sport of tennis, we have all the programs for you!

Tennis Boot Camps are a fantastic way to freshen up your cardio workouts. For players of all levels, our Tennis Boot Camps are offered three days a week to cater to all schedules. In addition to working out in the gym, why not also experience a beautiful sunrise over the mountains, get a fantastic workout, and have fun doing it?

We have our little ones and the not-so-little-ones covered with our extensive Junior Tennis Program. Afterschool and weekend classes for all ages and ability levels utilize age-appropriate low-compression balls and racquets. In 2016 we have some exciting new events planned for the Junior Program, including monthly Junior Tennis Carnivals. Stop by the DC Ranch Village Tennis Center today, grab a cold beer or glass of wine, and see what all the racket is about!

Nick Heron, DC Ranch Village Tennis Director

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For those of you that have never picked up a racquet, our popular Try Tennis Today program is the ultimate way to start. The Try Tennis Today program runs for four weeks and includes a weekly group lesson, ball machine passes that allow you to practice what you have learned, and a racquet to get you started. Try Tennis Today sessions start each month, so call the tennis center today to reserve your spot!

For those players who have that competitive spirit and want to test themselves, our Singles Ladder is designed to be flexible with your schedule. Challenge other players and schedule the match at a time that suits you and your opponent. Players can sign up for the ladder at any time and our Singles Ladder Tournaments also make for fun, competitive weekends.

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Last year The Spa at Gainey Village launched our new Spa Bar Concept, featuring shorter facial services that provide maximum results in a minimum amount of time to accommodate active lifestyles. This program is designed to constantly be refreshed and updated. Each month throughout 2016, all of our Spas will be featuring a monthly Spa Bar Special. While our product lines may vary slightly at each location, you can be sure that these services provide the latest results-focused treatments available. Some may be organic. All will be effective treatments featured at special reduced prices throughout the month. Stop by the Spa Desk, call, or check out our media screens to see what this month’s new treatment is.

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IREDALE We are excited to announce that DC Ranch, Camelback and Ocotillo Clubs now carry Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics. Call us to set up a time for a consultation with one of our Jane Iredale specialists.

The Village Spas take great care in recruiting only the best service providers in the industry to assure you receive 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.




• MASSAGE 60 min • SIGNATURE FACIAL 60 min • SEASONAL BODY TREATMENT 6 0 min • HAIRCUT + STYLE • VILLAGE SIGNATURE MANICURE AND PEDICURE * S ervices need to be completed on the same day.


Purchase your Valentines Gift Card of $100 or more and receive an additional $10 to use with your next service 60 minute service.



PF Changs’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon $75 Massage. Bring in your PF Changs racing bib and receive your 60-minute massage for $75 on Monday, January 18th.









Carrie Sotebeer, Spa Director

Constance McCarty, Spa Director

Kirk Gregor, Spa Director

Margo Altman, Spa Director





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Front Desk Manager Amanda Ware knows that she needs fierce competition to thrive. “A few years ago, I decided I wanted to compete in something,” recalls Amanda Ware, a Village employee with an impressive tenure that spans the past 15 years. “I tried figure competitions, but it just wasn’t enough for me. Eventually, I found Half Ironman triathlons and I’ve never been happier.” Fresh off a 10th-place finish out of a field of 120 in the 30–34 age group at Ironman Austin 70.3, Amanda is already looking ahead to next year. “I want to qualify for Worlds,” she says. To do so, she must finish in the top five of her age group at any qualifying event before next September. “I’ll pick two or three races, including one in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, that my dad will be running in.”

Amanda’s pursuit of excellence is just as obvious outside the confines of a 70.3-mile Half Ironman course. At the Village, she’s a powerful advocate for the eight front desk attendants she supervises. “I was a front desk attendant before, so I know how important it is for the people at the front desk to know everything. I’m tough on other department heads when it comes to communicating with me about everything that’s going on at the Club.” We caught up with Amanda to see how a competitive spirit can really take you places.

the village: What do you like best about triathlons? amanda ware: Triathlons offer a ton of variety. I tried cycling competitions for a while and did really well, but the races and the training were a little too boring for me. With triathlons, I get to train in a different way every day, and each race forces you to really focus on what you’re doing. Have you always been active? Yes. Sports have always been important in my life and I’m dedicated to helping other people live an active lifestyle. I’ve coached varsity volleyball at Tempe Preparatory Academy for 15 years and I teach spin and yoga at the Village. Why do you think that competition is so important to you? It’s probably because I was born in Texas. I moved here when I was 18 months old, but I honor the fact that I was born in the place you don’t want to mess with. With a competitive spirit, the Village must be great place to work. It’s hard not to be active when you work here! While most of my training is done outside, it’s great to have access to the pool, the weights and the foam rollers. And it’s nice to be able to run inside if I have to. We’ve got the best treadmills, which are really easy on your body. All the resources at the Village are incredible. When I was competing for a figure competition four years ago, I relied on Kevin Shephard for all sorts of training advice. I won second place, but the sport wasn’t active enough for me. How long have you worked at the Village? I started working at Gainey when I was a senior in high school, so 15 years! I worked at Camelback for a while, then I moved to DC Ranch when it opened. I taught the first spin class ever at DC Ranch!

Amanda won the 30-mile Tour de Scottsdale cycling race in 2014 and 2015

How long have you been the Front Desk Manager? For about two years. I took the position about the same time I started running triathlons! Do members ask you for triathlon training advice? Sometimes. I mostly get questions about cycling and yoga, though. A lot of people ask me for tips on what kind of bike they should get, and what stretches they can do. Is stretching important? It’s huge, especially for someone in endurance sports. Bike riding and running are really hard on your body, so stretching has to be a priority. How often do you stretch? I do about 30 minutes a day, usually in the afternoon or evening. How do you get people to stretch more? I tell people not to do the same stretches every day. In my opinion, it’s a lot easier to get your stretching in if you have a threeday rotation. I’m also a huge proponent of foam rollers. They may make you cry, but they really help your body heal and stay flexible. Has your diet changed since you’ve been doing triathlons? Yeah. Six weeks ago, before I ran the Austin race, I cut all candy, dessert, alcohol, and processed sugar out of my diet. I was really clean, felt great, and even lost some weight. And it was a big deal for me, because I used to eat at least some candy every day. Do you have goals for yourself professionally at the Village? Just to make sure that the members are happy and that my Front Desk Attendants have everything they need to provide the best customer service.

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You left The Village for a while. Why did you decide to come back? I left The Village in 2002 and came back as a part-time cycle instructor in 2003. I jumped at the opportunity to become the front desk manager in 2013. I love being at The Village because of the positive relationships I have developed with my fellow co-workers and members over the years.  I could not imagine accomplishing what I have without the support of everyone. The Village is home for me and is my second family.

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What parent hasn’t felt burned out at at least one point in the adventure of raising kids? Most experts will say that there are five essential tips to follow to prevent burnout, and the Village is there to help you along the way! Take care of your own needs—Exercise, Nutrition, and Sleep. Take a new exercise class, make a nokids lunch date with friends at the Lakeview Café, or just take a much-needed nap in the locker room lounge. (Trust me the couch is mighty comfy!)

Manage Stress—find ways to relax. Get a massage at the Spa, relax in the Jacuzzi, or read a book out by the pool (really, how long has it been since you actually read a book?!) Cultivate a Support Network. What better place than the Village! We have the childcare area and activities to keep your kids busy and employees that are willing to help! Spend some time in the café area to catch up on emails and phone calls, or meet with other parents to share stories and ideas. Because it takes a Village to raise a child!


Be a Realistic Parent—you don’t have to be a “super” parent. As parents, we tend to juggle everything around our children, which leads to very busy schedules with not a lot of time for ourselves. At the Village, there are kids activities and programs that are offered alongside classes for you. You don’t have to drive all over town to be a good parent! Don’t Compare Yourself to Others. At the Village you are sure to find what is best for you, your family, and your lifestyle.

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The Village isn’t just a place to work out. It’s your community, your support group, your sanctuary, your second home. Make your Village Lifestyle all that it can be today.

Marcia Leach, Ocotillo Village Youth Services Director

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COMING for kids

SPORTS 2nd Annual Kids Triathlon + Clinic

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Keep an eye out for our 2nd Annual Kids Triathlon and Clinic at the Gainey Village. For information contact Village Triathlon Coordinator Abby Luedecke

Full Day Sports Camp

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JAN 16 + FEB 20, 9 AM – 3 PM, AGES 5 – 12

Due to school being out. Camp will consist of sports in the morning, lunch and then an afternoon swim!

Spring Break Sports Camp

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MAR 6 – 10, 9 AM – 3 PM, AGES 5 – 12

The Youth Service department offers a full week of spring break sports camp! Your child can attend all week or do day-to-day drop-ins and/or full and half days. Camp will consist of sports in the morning, lunch and then an afternoon swim!


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Let your child try a fun and exciting sport this spring break! Fencing is a great workout for both the mind and the body. Please contact Judi Buterbaugh at for more information.


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A non-intimidating approach to introducing a new sport to kids. Where kids can have fun, learn the basics, and just play! Every participant will receive a Village Try-a-Sport long-sleeved shirt. fm:

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Spring Camps

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MAR 7 – 11, MAR 14 – 18, AGES 5 – 12 fitness camps: Camps that keep kids active and having fun. Half day (9 am – 12 pm or 12:30 – 3:30 pm), full day (9 am – 3:30 pm includes lunch period), and daily options. Activities include basic team sports, games, swimming, and team building. specialty camps: Camps that are specialized training with professional instructors. Includes Tennis, Basketball, Sports Training, Swim Strokes and more. Classes are 90 minutes in length, offered at various times between 9 am to 3:30 pm. combined fitness with specialty: Integrate Specialty camps with Fitness camps for a more personalized camp experience. 30% off Fitness camps to combine with Full Day and 50% off Fitness Camps to combine with Half Day.

Jr Basketball

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Practices during the week, games on Saturdays. Contact Tom Clark at for all the details.

E VENTS Easter Eggstravaganza

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More details on page 22.

Parents Night Out

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Dinner, activities, and movie included.

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Dinner and activities included. family of 3: fm: $10; s c: $15;

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Spring Fling

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Petting zoo, bounce house, face painting, and more! For more information contact Marcia Leach at 35/session

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focus on KIDS A Night on The Glow Family Event C  J and Taylor (to the right) rocking out! M  s. Gretchen helping with glow in the dark games

F  amilies got to carve pumpkins, eat a family dinner, and play in the dark! M  ason waving hello.


March 25th @ Camelback Village 9 – 11 AM

E  liza Kiburz on the left, Meaghan Cosgrove on the right Juilette with a Flamingo balloon  onnor Miracle and C Krista Record holding the goat

How do you know when it’s spring in Arizona and at Camelback Village? You know because you see all the Easter flyers all over the place, and kids chatting up a storm about what they will wear on Good Friday to see the bunny himself! It’s time for the Camelback Annual Easter Eggstravaganza. If you have never been you are truly missing out, and if you have been you know how much fun it is for the whole family. The Easter Bunny arrives and he’s ready for his two hours of fame. Families will partake in professional photos, and laugh and play with the adorable baby pigs, chicks, and goats. Watch the children in an action-packed egg hunt every 15 minutes, zoom in the trackless train, and make dreams come true with non-stop pony rides. Don’t forget our world famous balloon artist, Ed Chee, who has been featured on television for making prom dresses and much more. Before it all winds down make sure you stop and enjoy the centennial breakfast. Our Easter Eggstravaganza is one of the best family events offered at Camelback Village. We love making family memories with you and we can’t wait to see all the fun!

Camelback Village

DC Ranch Village

Gainey Village

Ocotillo Village

Lari Miracle, Youth Services Director

Kim Miller, Youth Services Director

Kristin Bullock, Youth Services Director

Marcia Leach, Youth Services Director



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Sit down with a clean sheet of paper and map it out. Begin with your first meal of the day, and continue for each meal until you have planned what to have, even up to pre-bed time if you choose to do so. Map out each possible meal you might have. Next, write down your choices. If you don’t like to eat breakfast upon waking then have a glass of milk or a one-scoop protein shake with half of a banana. This is the first feed of the day and it will jump start your metabolism and buy you some time before you have a breakfast meal later. Step, by step, by step, etc… This initial planning lays the foundation of the plan and the map toward success.

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Next make a list of your favorite food choices for each meal. For example, for my breakfast, I have 3/4 cup oatmeal with 1.5 cups of water, all microwaved for 3 minutes and 15 seconds. I add cinnamon, raisins, and some butter. What is your favorite breakfast choice? Have it 5 to 7 days a week. You might make cold oatmeal and have a portion every morning. I do not support having shakes as meals when there are so many wonderful food choices that are just as fast to prepare, and that are more filling and just as nutritious. Take the time to figure out what works for you. What do you like for snacks? What would you plan for lunch that you can bring from home? What is the dinner you made the night before? Can you make extra food so you can take leftovers for lunch for several days? This is planning your meals. Any food choice you make and bring from home will taste just as good as purchased food, cost less, and have fewer calories. Plus you know exactly what’s in the food. Next, make a shopping list of ingredients for your meals and snack choices. Go to the store the day before you plan to cook.

What is your cooking day? For me, it’s Sunday afternoon. I pour a club soda, add lemon and lime, turn off the phone, and put on some Motown soul music for two to three hours. I’m the labor, instead of paying a restaurant or food establishment. When I emerge I have my own kitchen café full of freshly prepared food for the week… a large beautiful green salad with fresh balsamic dressing, salt-and-peppered baked chicken, and salt-and-peppered sautéed salmon. Wrap the cooked portions tightly in plastic wrap, then place in freezer bags. Each morning, take out a portion of protein from the freezer for the next day. Frozen, pre-cooked food will thaw in the refrigerator in 24 hours. Learn to make a delicious mixed green leaf or garden chopped salad. Learn to make your own balsamic vinaigrette dressing in a jar, which is simply 1 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup of any wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and that’s it!

Wash and clean grapes or your favorite fruit choice. Place four ounces in snack bags. When the week begins you can have eight four-ounce bags of grapes ready to go. Why pay a company to do this when you can do it yourself? Wash and clean snack vegetables and place them in snack bags and be ready to go. If you routinely perform these simple acts you increase the likelihood, 100 percent, that you’ll eat fruit and vegetables all week long. Buy your favorite frozen mixed vegetables and microwave for five minutes. Add a pinch of salt and 1/2 tablespoon of non-salted butter for taste and you’re good to go. Make the vegetables as you need them all week long. Using a container with a lid, measure three to five ounces (using a food scale) of protein, and add three or four ounces of vegetables. Or measure three to five ounces of protein in a container. In another container take some salad and place the dressing in a separate container on the side. Toss salad prior to eating. Now you have a protein choice and salad meal. Learn to repeat this process all week long. If this is your first go-around of trying this type of meal planning know that it may take you several weeks or months of trial and correction to get this figured out. Remember you are the labor. You’re not paying someone else to feed you. Once this is learned, this is how simple cooking for and feeding yourself can be, on a regular basis. You have a lifetime to figure this out. Have fun experimenting and learning. Only you can create the perfectly cooked and spiced meal of your liking. I have learned to cook ALL my favorite restaurant foods at home—including chocolate cake.

“Getting people to change their eating habits is like asking them to change their religion.”

Kevin Shepard, DC Ranch Village Sports Nutritionist and Personal Trainer

 typical day might look like this. This will also determine the timing of your A meals for the day. Drink water all day.

1 cup milk or 1 scoop protein shake


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cleaned vegetables


1 ounce tree nuts


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It’s not easy to uproot yourself from the place you grew up and move to a completely different environment, especially when you have four kids who have to leave friends and familiar activities behind. But that’s exactly what Kim and Rich Bradsky did in June of this year, when they gave up the cold climate and small-town feel of Rapid City, South Dakota, for a warmer, more urban lifestyle here in the Valley. “We were told the summer months would be brutal,” Kim recalls. “Our house didn’t have a back yard yet and the kids were pretty limited when it came to activities.”

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Kim and her family found solace just five miles away at the Ocotollo Village. “It quickly became an extension of our house,” Kim says. “The kids were excited to have a pool to swim in and a basketball court to play on.” The Village helped the Bradskys make a smooth transition to desert living. “Everyone made a huge effort to welcome us,” Kim says. “Very quickly, the people at the Club knew who we were. Everyone’s been so friendly.” We caught up with Kim one cool fall morning, to find out how she and her brood are adjusting to life in the Valley.

the village: What attracted you to the Phoenix area? kim bradsky: My husband and I were ready to pave a new path in our lives, and we wanted to settle in a place with warm weather and more of a big-city vibe. My husband still does business in South Dakota, and it’s fairly easy for him to travel back and forth each month. What do you think of the Valley now that you’ve been here for a while? We like it a lot. There’s definitely no shortage of things to do and new places to visit nearby. We lived in the second-largest city in South Dakota, but there were still only 75,000 people and it’s fairly remote. How did you find the Village? We were members of a club in Rapid City and the owner told my husband that we should check out the Village. Apparently, the Village has a great reputation, even up in South Dakota! We did our due diligence and looked at other clubs, but the Village had everything we were looking for. What was the major factor in your decision to join? Any club we picked had to meet a lot of criteria. We have four active kids aged 12, 14, 16 and 18, and they all needed a place where they could train and have fun.

Rich and I needed a place where we knew they’d be safe. One of the biggest advantages the Village had over the other clubs we looked at was that it offered a place for our youngest to feel like he had things to do, since he’s not quite old enough to train on his own. How was it when you got there? Everything was just terrific, but the icing on the cake was meeting Ryan Udarbe, an NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He’s an unbelievable trainer and became our family’s first friend in town. How has he been helpful to your family? Ryan started working with our 16-year-old, who’s six-foot-five and plays basketball. Our son wanted to put on size and we wanted him to learn how to train to avoid hurting himself. We’ve seen high school athletes sustain some serious injuries that can lead to lifelong problems and we want to do what we can to avoid that for our kids. Through training with Ryan, our son put on nine pounds of muscle in a month. But Ryan’s impact didn’t stop there. Our daughter started college this year and made the club volleyball team, thanks in part to Ryan’s training as well. Our 14-year-old is a golfer and he trains with Ryan twice a week. And my husband and I have started training with him, too. What are you hoping to get out of your training with Ryan? I’m a Stott Pilates-trained instructor, and I wanted to see what his methods were compared to what I know. He’s showing me his craft and it’s really expanded my view of different ways to build strength and improve performance. What else do you do at the club? I know, right? It’s not all about Ryan! We do a lot of classes. My husband and I had never done yoga before, and now we do it together. We also take spin and Kinesis classes. We’ve tried it all. What I like about the Village is that there’s always something going on. If you have an open mind, you can benefit from trying a cross-section of things no matter how busy your schedule is. We also enjoy the Spa, because massage is an important part of wellness. We’ve traveled quite a bit, and I can honestly say that the Village has some of the best massage therapists I’ve ever experienced. In addition to all those things, my husband has been able to take care of business at the Club, by taking advantage of the Wi-Fi and some of the meeting rooms that are available.

I want to go back to your son’s results. Was that just from training? Training and nutrition. We worked with Isaac Rios in the café to put together a trial nutrition program to complement our sons workouts, so he could gain the size he wanted appropriately. For an entire month, Isaac and the Café staff prepared

Has working with Isaac changed your eating habits? Definitely. Coming from South Dakota, we’re constantly learning to use ingredients that we weren’t as familiar with, like black beans and quinoa for example. We’re definitely getting a Southwest influence while making healthier choices and opting for more organic food. Working with Isaac really raised our awareness about what our bodies need to perform at their best. I think people usually look at diet as targeting weight loss, but young athletes and others who are training for events really need to understand the importance of caloric balance. For instance, I realized that I was actually underfeeding my husband and I by trying to cut out carbs. It seems like you and your family have always been active. What do you attribute that to? Sports are a big deal in the Midwest. My husband is an avid sports fan and has always inspired it in our kids. South Dakota is also really big for hiking, snow sports, and lake activities. How do you juggle all your workouts at the Village with four kids? We’re pretty flexible, and because exercise makes such a difference in your life, especially when you’re going someplace you enjoy, we make it a priority. It was a little more complicated before our daughter started college because we didn’t bring her car with us. I was actually stranded one morning. I walked out to go to the gym and the cars were all gone, so they had to come back and get me. As your kids grow up, what’s your future look like? It’ll definitely be different with four kids out of the house in a few years, but I’ve been learning more about how Pilates is taught at the Village. It’s on my radar to maybe get certified in Arizona and teach again. Who knows?

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Have you taken advantage of the Club’s social activities? We haven’t been able to go to any of the big parties, but we’ve made some friends at the Club. My husband even met someone at the Village who turned out to be our neighbor across the street.

our son’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was a lot of food, and now that we’re doing it for him on our own it’s really hard to keep up with!

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Havana Nights There was no passport required for the hot night of fun and dancing at the Ocotillo Village Havana Nights Party on October 12th. Members enjoyed authentic Cuban food and drinks, with high energy dance music that ranged from Latin, Caribbean to all the top dance hits that kept the members dancing all night long.  left to right Lisa Eshleman, Armando Pina, Nick Lodhi, and Melanie Pitts

Maxine Lake and Chase Lechner

Greg Pritchard and Lee Quintero

Perry and Cari Peterson

Jazz It Up Members and guests enjoyed a fantastic adult event with delicious food and drinks courtside while listening to the musical stylings of Diana Lee and Dennis Rowland. Music was also provided by Jazz in Arizona and The Nash.

Diane Hibbs and Myron Hammes



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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); (DC Ranch); (Gainey) or (Ocotillo).

bottom row left to right Paula Letter, Tracy Anctil, Rosie Herrera, Beth Wintermeyer. middle row left to right Marla Silverstein, Debbie Maschino, Karen Fogel, Jan Maculak, Barb Fenstermacher, Cherie Navratil, Marion Paul. top row left to right Kathy Babits, Denise Gonsales, Tess Blackburn, Sharon Papez.

DC Ranch 10th Anniversary Party Village members and their guests came out happy, smiling, and ready to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa! With a fun and active crowd of several hundred people, the dance floor was crowded and busy much of the night. The Veranda Café showed off their flair for originality and improvisation with unique and tasty choices. Join us for our next party, you don’t want to miss it!

Jan and Jerry Mackulak

Holly Henderson and Barbara Holland

left to right Cherie Navratil, Denise Gonzales, and Bernie Evans

Leslie Powell and Sue Clinch

left to right Marilyn Gerber, Jeff and Myra Cates, and Marti and Herb Zelikoff

left to right Bre Moro, Jamie Parker, and Krisi Bauer

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Photos by Buttel Photography

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REFERRAL PROGRAM Laura Gilbert, Camelback Village Membership Driector

The New Year is a great time to share the gift of fitness with family and friends. The highest compliment you can give the Village is the referral of the people you care the most about. You will be receiving by mail a $100 Off Membership Enrollment Certificate to give to someone who is ready to get started on a membership at the Village. This certificate will discount the enrollment fee when joining in January 2016. If they join on a new membership you will receive a FREE MONTH OF DUES* as a thank you from the Village. Happy New Year, The Village Membership Team *Ocotillo members will receive a $50 Off Membership Enrollment Certificate to give to someone interested in joining the Ocotillo club.

Ranked one of Scottsdale’s best. –TripAdvisor • All-suites upscale boutique hotel • Oasis-like pool area, lush courtyard, patio and Terrace Bar • Complimentary full hot breakfast buffet & evening reception daily • Free WiFi & NO RESORT FEES Next door, enjoy great shops and restaurants. Pamper yourself at The Spa or tee it up at some of the best courses in the Valley of the Sun!

7300 E. Gainey Suites Drive | Scottsdale, AZ 85258 800.970.4666 | 480.922.6969 |


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LOCAL & WORLDWIDE EVENTS ASU & UofA Basketball • Suns • NCAA Regionals Coyotes • Fiesta Bowl • Cactus Bowl College Football National Championship Waste Management Phx Open • Spring Training Macklemore • Dee Dee Carson • Styx Dave Mason • Martina McBride • Tiesto Rascal Flatts • Dierks Bentley • Robin Thicke Frank Caliendo • Dancing with the Stars Peppa Pig • James Van Praagh • Johnny Mathis Carrie Underwood • Fall Out Boy/Awolnation Selena Gomez • Twenty One Pilots 5 Seconds of Summer • Black Sabbath If/Then • Bridges of Madison County • Ragtime A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Million Dollar Quartet • The Producers • Annie


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7116 East 1st Avenue, Suite 101 Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 Purchase tickets online 24/7 at:

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All Las Vegas Shows • New York Theater All LOCAL and NATIONAL events!

This SUV has been working out.

Introducing the 2016 GLC300 SUV

People can’t help but notice the muscular new look of the 2016 GLC300 SUV. Honed in a wind tunnel and tuned on the track, its long wheelbase, big wheels and wide track add up to more space, stability and sportiness. A new 9-speed automatic transmission is quicker, smoother, lighter and more efficient. Shift paddles put control at your fingertips. And from its crisp proportions to its chrome details, it attracts admiring eyes like it is drawn to the road. Come in and see the muscles for yourself.

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

Arizona’s original Mercedes-Benz dealership since 1964.

Located just past the Sun Belt Plaza

Located across from the Scottsdale Fashion Square


93rd Avenue and West Bell Road


Scottsdale Road and Highland Avenue

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Wishing all Village members a prosperous and happy 2016.

8320 N Hayden Rd, E106 Scottsdale, AZ 85258


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