Camp kids playing Beach Volleyball

Registration for Summer Camp 2021 is now open!

Although the groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter, at Wembley, we have been hard at work planning a great summer camp season for our members!

This year, camp will run from June 1 through August 6. Each week will have a focused theme. Each week will include one tennis clinic, swim lesson, and fitness class. Your child also has the option to add tennis lessons, and join in the summer swim team.   

Busy families also have the option of opting in to use the the before, and after-care facilities that will also be staffed by our camp counselors. 

Capacity this year is limited once more due to the ongoing pandemic, register today for Wembley’s summer camp! 

Grow & Glow From Within With Your Yoga Practice

Namaste: A greeting we use in Yoga practice to express honor to the community we share. Wembley embodies that community, fosters lifelong friendships, and promotes a sense of oneness that this centered around positivity, love, and respect. It was fate that brought me to Wembley, and it is the same fate that brought me to find this podcast episode/series and subsequent self exploration of my own spirit and the role that spirituality plays in healing the whole person.
namasté
As a physical therapist and fitness instructor, it was easy to see the importance of the physical body and the mind’s control over that body, however I could never have imagined the role of our spirit in both the development of or healing of disease processes. We are all miracles, we are all on a journey, and we all have a purpose. We are meant to be where we are right now. Here’s to your journey and those you meet along the way. I am sure glad it has been this Wembley Family!

Take a moment to listen to one of Jessica’s podcast picks:

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
Guest: Caroline Myss: Discovering Your Life’s Purpose

the triangle of yoga

By Jessica Pisano, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, CIDN

The Wembley Club offers yoga everyday of the week, mornings and evenings, youth and adult. Modifications are always given for ANY level class.  Commit yourself to trying a yoga class for the first time this week, or continue your practice with one of our many offerings.

Wembley Fitness Classes

Take a look at these different blogs relating to yoga!

Check out this blog to see all of our yoga instructors in their favorite poses!

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

The Advantages of Practicing Yoga

What is Buti Yoga?

Check out our YouTube Page to see some of Jessica’s yoga classes!

Wembley on cover of Club Business International

Wembley in Club Business International

The article about Wembley in Club Business International is a great celebration of a dream come true. I would just like to thank everyone who made it possible.  The evolution of Wembley from a troubled, and mostly abandoned facility in 2014, to a vibrant center of exercise and friendships in 2021 happened through the love and effort of amazing members and staff.

The Beginning

From the beginning of the journey, it has always been the goal to build the most positive, and spirited atmosphere.  Every hire for the staff has been made with the determination to have the most friendly, and welcoming club.  In the beginning, we quickly promoted our future stars Ali Hively, Garry Tyson, and Michelle Scacchi to take on club leadership positions.  In the early years, we grew due to the charisma of the staff, even while the facility was still in need of much improvement.  I am extremely proud that the same key people continue to put their imprint on the Wembley atmosphere.

Later years

As the years have moved on, new club leaders have elevated us to outstanding levels of positivity and success.  Colleen Ryan and Katie Allan have the rare ability to impact every corner of Wembley with their incredible versatility and ability across the entire spectrum of Wembley activities.  The acceleration of Wembley’s facility and programming are in direct correlation to Colleen and Katie’s leadership over the last couple years.

The development of our fitness program is a true jaw dropper. We went from 7 classes per week, to 54 classes filled with love and good vibes.  We are fortunate to have the same kind of spirited leadership with our tennis and pickleball pros.  Our team of Dre Mick, Sherif Abohabaga, Ben Slade, and Robert Golsmith fulfill that vision of positivity.  Heather Horschler and Laura Bursee continue that customer-focused friendly and skilled instruction in the pool.

The Heroes Behind the Scenes

Our behind the scenes heroes are also a huge part of Wembley’s ascension.  Kelly’s unwavering support through every stage of the journey has been incredible.  I am not sure how many wives would have been so willing for her husband to abandon a successful career to take on a dream.  Trevor, Bob, Ira, Larry, and Tino have been instrumental in improving the facility, which has been a big challenge from day one.  Kathy gives us great reliability and stability in the front office.  The Wembley 2021 team is the foundation. It is my pleasure to be able to work with such great people every day!

I am enormously grateful for our members, who feel more like family.  It still amazes me when I think back to 2014. So many special members that endured all of the tribulations, and continued to support the club.  To the investors who believed in our potential, and helped us to move on the path to success, thank you.  And to all of the members who have joined over the years, you have made Wembley the best place for the combination of exercise, and friendships.  I have visited many dozens of clubs all through the Midwest, and northeast. I can say with certainty that there is not a single club anywhere that matches our camaraderie, and fun spirit.  You have created something truly unique, and I am so proud to be a part of it.

-David Barr

When you have a chance, please take a few minutes to check out the article about Wembley in Club Business International.

Wembley on cover of Club Business International

Want to learn more about the club? Check out the rest of our website!

Ali Hively; brain health

CLE: Connection, Lifestyle, Emotional Processing

As we continue to move forward in this ever-changing and crazy world, we can often forget to take care of the thing we need the most to function well – be ourselves and have a positive impact on the world, our brains! Brain health is one of the cornerstones of optimal productivity. What does it really mean to improve the health and functionality of your brain? Find out what the CLE stands for in Brain Health.

In this podcast episode

The 5AM Miracle Podcast with Jeff Sanders, featuring Dr. Mary Rensel and Ali Hively (our Wembley Instructor), Mary and Ali talk about how we can optimize our brains for stress, resiliency, and performance. They give everyone their special formula for making sure you are doing what matters most from your brain. Dr. Mary’s research outlines where we need to put our attention and energy and Ali shares ways to make it happen in our busy lives. The great news is that many of the things proven to be important to resiliency (ability to bounce back and manage stress) are things we do here together at Wembley. It’s an easy listen and can reinforce all of the good things you are doing for your body and brain as well as give you some new insights! If you have any questions, Ali is more than willing to chat with you!

Hop outside with a set of headphones, go for a walk, and give this great podcast a listen.

5AM Miracle Podcast with Jeff Sanders, featuring Dr. Mary Rensel and Ali Hively (our Wembley Instructor)

You can find Ali at Wembley on Mondays at 8:30am, Tuesdays at 5:30am, and Fridays at 8:45am. She will always find time to chat with you after class or set up an appointment. Below you will find all the fitness classes offered at the Wembley Club! Sign up here!

Fitness

Learning to Swim the Wembley Way

Our mission is to ensure that everyone has the skills and knowledge to be safe around and in any body of water; be it a pool, lake or ocean. We find students excel using our “unstructured-structured” lesson plan. We use our unique method of giving swim lessons to ensure students not only learn safety but enjoy the water!

Unstructured-Structured Swim Lessons

What is the unstructured-structured swim lesson? We believe that every student learns differently. Our instructors use the Red Cross WSI guidelines as many others use — that is the structured part. What makes us unique is that we use the “structure” in an “unstructured” way and adapt to the needs of the students. Our lesson plans are never the same for any student or even each lesson. The instructor gets to know the students and adapts the lessons according to their needs. 

Repetition is important for learning; but doing the same exact routine every lesson can get boring and eventually slow down progress. We use repetitive skills but change it up so the student doesn’t associate the activities as being the same.

For instance, blowing bubbles, doing 10 submerging bobs, making chipmunk faces, and retrieving objects from the bottom of the pool are all practicing breath control? Did you know breast stroke can be improved by using a kick board or even hula hoops? A child typically has the average attention span of 3-6 minutes for each year old. Our lessons are set to be 30 minutes long. The majority of our students aren’t able to swim for the full 30 minutes without their mind wandering off or giving up on lessons all together. We use simple steps to keep the lessons moving forward and the students attention for the entire 30 minutes! 

Not all kids of the same age are developmentally equal and no student should be controlled in the water by their differences in coordination, motor functioning and general comfortability in water. Our Wembley Club Way of swimming lessons allows everyone to learn!

Our Commitment to Health

As the number of coronavirus infections surge across the country, we would like to remind all of our members and visitors about actions we are taking to ensure the safety of everyone who visits our facilities, and our efforts to better the community health in the area. 

This post is just highlighting club guidelines that were published earlier; please refer to the guidelines for more detailed information. 

Self assessment

We request all of our members and visitors to continue checking their temperature every day. Please stay home if you or anyone in your immediate social circle does not feel well or has tested positive for COVID-19.  

Face covering requirements

A face covering that meets or exceeds CDC guidelines is required to be worn when visiting the Wembley Club. All employees and instructors will be adhering with this requirement. 

Swimming Pool

A face covering is to be worn at all times when you are not in the water. For safety reasons, face coverings should not be worn by anyone who is in the water.  Lifeguards are required to keep their face uncovered for safety reasons when they are on duty around the pool or in the lifeguard chair. 

Fitness

A face covering is to be worn at all times when you are not actively working out. Please be sure to wipe down all surfaces you touch after completing your workout.

Tennis, Pickleball, and Paddle

A face covering is to be worn until you are on the court.  Effectively immediately, for all USTA League matches, spectators from the opposing team are not allowed to watch the match. Members can still watch tennis matches as long as they follow all face covering and distancing protocols.

Child care

While children are not required to wear face coverings, we recommend it if your child is comfortable with it. Please remember that childcare must be reserved in advance. This helps us control the number of children in the room at any given time.

Taverne

A face covering is required to be worn unless you are actively drinking of eating in the Taverne area. Please be mindful of other patrons already seated at the Taverne and choose seating  options that allow for safe distancing.

Regular cleaning

We have contracted with Your Healthy Spaces for a deep cleaning of all our common spaces. You can read more about this partnership on an earlier blog post.  Your Healthy Spaces completed their last cleaning at the club on November 4 and will return approximately every 4 weeks. 

Indoor spaces

As the temperature drops and we move more of our activity indoors, we are taking additional steps to ensure everyone’s safety. We are installing air purifiers with H13 HEPA filters in fitness locations.

We would also like to share an excerpt from this recent post by the Farley Group:

  1. The Air Quality In a Dome Resembles Outdoor Conditions.
    A typical dome contains 500,000 to 5,000,000 cubic feet of air; for a topical comparison, a typical classroom contains just 6,000 cubic feet of air.
  2. Dome Ventilation Is Remarkably Better Than In Most Buildings.
    Under ASHRAE standards, a normal classroom’s ventilation is designed to move 222 cubic feet of air per minute; domes have a minimum of 50 times more outside fresh air!
  3. There’s Tons of Room To Breathe In a Dome.
    At 6-foot social distance, a dome provides about 800 cubic feet of ventilation air per person per minute; a typical classroom with 20 students would provide 11 cubic feet. 

We hope you will join us in ensuring the health and safety of our whole community by reviewing these guidelines and adhering to them as closely as possible!

community health

Thank you!

Magazine article

Michelle is Featured in a Magazine!

Just last month, we highlighted an article by our very own Michelle Scacchi about the importance of functional fitness. We are excited to learn that Michelle has been featured elaborating her views on Functional Fitness in the Club Business International magazine!

Club Business International (CBI) is the health and fitness industry’s leading magazine published by International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).

Michelle notes that with the lockdown that was in effect earlier this year and the continued strain On outdoor activity during the pandemic, it is more important than ever to focus on functional practices.  

She goes on to say:

“The special circumstances having to do with the pan-demic have led us to reexamine the role of functional fitness in different populations, young and old, alike. As people return to their routines, the best functional practices have never been more vital, especially given how many members have lost conditioning. Movement patterns—such as squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling, hinging, rotating, walking, and running—are essential for performing everyday activities, so we’ve put movement in the forefront of our fitness classes, across the board.”

Read the whole article on the IHRSA website using their e-magazine format.

Michelle Headshot

Michelle Scacchi

We wish Michelle more successes going forward! Check out our schedule and come work out with her!

Sesame Chicken with Noodles or Zoodles

Try this easy and healthy, seasme chicken with noodles, mid-week recipe – it is sure to be a family pleaser!

Sesame Chicken with Noodles or Zoodles

Sesame Chicken with Noodles or Zoodles

THE SESAME SAUCE

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey (omit for Whole30)
1 tablespoon garlic chili sauce
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

THE ZOODLES + Noodles

4 chicken breasts, cubed
4 medium zucchinis
Noodles
2 teaspoon sesame oil, divided
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

First, mix all the sesame sauce ingredients together. Place the chicken breasts in a bowl and pour 1/2 cup of the sauce over the top. Allow the chicken to set aside and marinate while you spiralize the zucchini.

Next, heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and all the marinade to the pan. Cook, occasionally scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pan, until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Last, combine the remaining teaspoon of sesame oil, the zucchini noodles and sauce to the pan. Continue cooking until the noodles are soft, about 5 minutes.

Finally, ENJOY!

Practical Strategies to feel good this week:

Map it out.
Think about what you need to do to feel good – maybe it has to do with sleep, or exercise, or yoga or reading a book. Look over the week and map it out.

Wembley Classes

Remember, you have control of you.

Don’t let your circumstances take over and control you. You have choices each day and all day, so just embrace that and take care of you.

Let go of this idea you have to be “good or bad”.
Focus on being intentional and not applying judgement to this. When you choose to do something – catch yourself if you say “I was bad”.

Relax and have fun.
Remember, what you do everyday matters way more than what you do once in a while. Keep this in mind and stay present so you can enjoy yourself!!

Kijia Living

~Ali

Private and Group Swim Lessons

Wembley's pool deck

Are you debating between Private and Group Swim Lessons? We believe each student learns differently and may benefit more from one type than the other, neither one is better. It is important to understand the 2 types of lessons, and to be able to choose what works best for your child. Water safety is always a priority, remember, the ultimate goal is to have a child that learns to swim, enjoys the water, and is comfortable with and aware of water safety. The type of lesson is a preference…the endgame is the same.

Group Lessons

Many swimming locations/schools focus on group lessons putting several students with one instructor for a 30 minute lesson. At Wembley Club, we limit our groups to a maximum of 4 students with the majority of the groups being 2-3 students. Why? This allows for adequate time for the instructor to correct and guide each student. Depending on the size of the group, individual attention during a group lesson is approximately 10-15 minutes per child. One great benefit of group lessons is encouragement and social interaction with other children at his/her same swimming ability. In a group setting, often times students push to excel in stroke development and other skills as they see each exercise as a competition to complete with the other students.

group swim lesson

Private Lessons

Private lessons allow for the student to have one-on-one instruction for a full 30 minutes. The student sets the pace for the lesson. If the student excels in a skill faster than other skills, it allows more time to give attention to weaker skills rather than following the abilities of the other students, like in a group lesson. Students learn at different speeds; this makes private lessons more beneficial especially when initially learning to swim and are timid about the water. Another perk to private lessons is the flexibility in choosing a day and time that fits best with your personal schedule.

private swim lesson

Adults who wish to either improve strokes or learn the basics of swimming benefit from private swim lessons. The instructor can work one on one with the individual no matter what the goal is. Some adults have never learned to swim….that is okay, and why we are here!

No matter what the lesson type is, ultimately we strive for a comfort level between the parents, students, and teacher that will allow the student to thrive and become an awesome swimmers or improve the skills they already possess. 

We are very fortunate at Wembley to continue lessons throughout the year with the pool being covered during non-summer months!

Please don’t ever hesitate to reach out for any swim lesson inquiries. Heather@wembleyclub.com

Check out our Swim Page for more information about everything going on at our pool!