Fore Court June2017

June 2017

44 Cray Street Cumberland, RI 02864


Keeping Our Ear to the Ground “ Embracing Changing Exercise Trends

Fitness classes and workshops are always popular, even if the content changes a bit with the years. Remember step aerobics back in the ’90s? So do we! Now, of course, we offer classes from Les Mills’ Bodypump, Bodyflow, Bodycombat to boot camps and everything in between. And if you want to do some stepping, well, we still offer those classes, too. Adventure racing is very popular right now, and our obstacle course was an obvious thing to build. As much fun as it was to put together, it’s even more fun to see athletes train on our equipment for mud, Spartan, obstacle, and other races. They’re building the skills and athleticism needed for some of the most fun experiences of their lives. We’ve offered obstacle training for four years now, and while exercise is always changing, I think these races will be very popular for years to come. But when you get right down to it, tennis is still our bread and butter. Fore Court’s youngest tennis player is 3 ½ years old and has been with us for just a few months now. Our oldest is 94, and she’s been with us since my dad opened the facility on day one. Personally, I love playing tennis. If I’m not working in my woodshop or hunting, tennis is my favorite recreational activity.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned at this job, it’s that exercise trends are always changing. My father Maurice (“Moe”) founded the club back in the ’70s, and since then we’ve seen our fair share of change. It started off as an indoor tennis facility with eight courts — courts that are still our pride and joy today. But Dad realized that people wanted more than tennis out of a fitness club. In the next decade, racquetball got big, and Dad was an early adopter of the fad. He saw that people were going nuts for the sport, so he started building racquetball courts to meet the demand. At the peak of the trend, Fore Court had 10 racquetball courts. Now, of course, we only have three. The fad died as fast as it came on, and Dad decided to make room for other activities.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned at this job, it’s that exercise trends

are always changing.

My whole family grew up on these courts, and my brother Brian and I are now heavily involved in the business. We both still love to play, as do my kids, and hopefully my grandkids will also discover a love for the sport. Because at the end of the day, the one thing that hasn’t changed is that Fore Court is really about family. You all know our family, and chances are we know yours as well. I get to come to work every day and see people I know very well, people I’ve grown up around and people I love. What’s better than that? - Dave Morin

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Summer Reading for Busy Families Audiobooks Inspire a Love of Stories in All Ages

coin only grants half of what they wish for, and an unplanned vacation to the Sahara, followed by chaos in King Arthur’s court, is just a one of the hilarious misadventures this family must overcome together. For Something Entirely New “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown, read by Kate Atwater When lonely robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she finds she’s trapped on a wild island. Struggling to survive and

Summer reading lists are always popular, but most families rarely have time to have dinner together, let alone sit still reading for hours. Luckily, the ever-growing popularity of audiobooks means you don’t have to wait for school to start again for your kids to get back into literature. Here are a few great audiobooks you can introduce to your family this summer. For the Long Road Trip “The Bad Beginning” (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket, read by Tim Curry When a terrible fire destroys the Baudelaire mansion, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny find themselves orphans and are sent to live with the terrible Count Olaf. Convinced their awful new guardian is only after their fortune, the Baudelaires must use their intelligence and skills to stick together and (maybe) overcome their sad circumstances. Fans of the Netflix series will love to hear the story that started it all! Who knew such an unfortunate series could mean fun for the whole family? For Family Bonding “Half Magic” by Edward Eager, read by Words Take Wing A beloved family favorite since it was first published in 1954, “Half Magic” tells the story of siblings Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha, who discover a magic wish-granting coin. They soon realize the You’ve probably seen our obstacle exercise area at Fore Court. It’s designed to get athletes into great shape, either as an alternative way to work out or to train for one of the many popular obstacle races in our area. We love to support these athletes in any way we can, and on April 23, we had a fantastic opportunity to do just that. Spartan, one of the organizations behind the obstacle races, frequently partners with local exercise facilities to provide “Spartan Training” workouts for people getting ready for one of their infamous races. We partnered with them to deliver an awesome workout — and a cool T-shirt — to over 140 people. It was two hours of intense body-weight and routine exercises

befriend the island’s hostile animal inhabitants, Roz must eventually face her mysterious past, which threatens to tear her home apart. This brand-new book is a stunning tale about the environment, technology, and the wonder of being alive. These are just a few of the many titles your family can enjoy this summer. Find even more by visiting or checking the audiobooks catalogue on iTunes.

This Is Sparta! Shredding the Spartan Workout

designed to get participants in shape for a race and show them how to train on their own.

It was pretty intense for participants and athletes alike, and we even had a few spectators cheering on their favorite Spartans. It’s no coincidence that these races are named for the fierce Greek warriors of old. We were impressed with the grit and drive all athletes showed just by finishing! Sound like fun? If so, ask us about the Outside Obstacle Training Center or Spartan race when you come in. We look forward to running these events in the future, and right now we’re the only facility in Rhode Island that’s doing them!

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Article Headline/Title Goes Here! The 4-Week Rul Treat Tennis Elbow Quickly for Best Results

Coach and health fitness expert Lindsay Matthews is no stranger to tendinitis in the elbow. This condition is commonly referred to as “golfer’s elbow” when the muscles affected are on the inside of the forearm, or “tennis elbow” when the muscles are on the outside. Writing for, she says the first thing she finds out is how long the symptoms have persisted. “Generally, if the symptoms have been around less than four weeks, the quicker it will go away.” In most cases rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers will do the trick. If the athlete takes it easy for a few weeks and waits for the symptoms to subside, they can often return to a full range of pain-free motion and their normal fitness regimen within the month. If the condition persists for more than a month, “serious intervention is needed,” says Matthews. This is the four-week rule. Continued pain after four weeks could mean several things. First, it could just mean the athlete has tried to push through the pain and ended up with more serious tendinitis. But it could also be symptomatic of another issue — tendinitis in the elbow presents with the same symptoms as other, more serious conditions. Many athletes have gone in to the doctor with a case of chronic tennis elbow and walked out with a diagnosis for a broken bone!

Whether you’re dealing with temporary tendinitis, chronic tennis or golfer’s elbow, or another issue altogether, see a doctor if the symptoms don’t improve after a few weeks of rest.

Sensational Summer Salad

Have a Laugh!

It’s officially the season of salads, and fruit salads are summer’s specialty! Enjoy this tasty dish as a side or main course. For some added protein, toss in a handful of slivered almonds or chopped pecans.


• 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 1 tablespoon maple syrup • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

• 1 pound strawberries, thinly sliced • 3 medium peaches, thinly sliced • 1 cup blueberries • 1 heaping tablespoon fresh basil or mint, chopped


1. In a medium serving bowl, combine the strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and basil. 2. Drizzle lemon juice, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar on top. 3. Gently toss to combine. 4. Serve immediately, or chill for later.

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Embracing Changing Exercise Trends Audiobooks Your Family Will Love Shredding the Spartan Workout The 4-Week Rule Sensational Summer Salad Memes Work Out on the Road





Work Out on the Road The No-Equipment Workout

problem. The number of repetitions increases your lower body strength and challenges you mentally, too. The Sore Legs, No Equipment Workout involves 40 alternating bodyweight lunges, followed by a 30-second wall-sit. Then, 38 alternating lunges, followed by another 30-second wall-sit. You reduce the number of lunges by two until you are down to two alternating lunges and a 30-second wall-sit. To get the most out of this workout, it’s recommended that you make it through the workout without resting. You’ll find that a few reps into this Sore Legs, No Equipment Workout, your legs will be just that — sore. But it’s a great way to add variety into your normal workout routine and keep you at your strongest all summer long.

The Sore Legs, No Equipment Workout was created by Bobby Maximus, author of “Maximus Body.” While this workout is especially beneficial for endurance and strength athletes, anyone up a creek without a paddle — or in a hotel room without gym access — will find this workout helpful. Maximus’ Sore Legs, No Equipment Workout involves a series of repeated lunges and wall-sits. Not only will this give you more stamina during a long run or ride, but you’ll also get rid of aches and pains. Even if you don’t have issues running now, you’ll prevent these issues down the road thanks to this workout. Most strength athletes find themselves in a rut because they don’t do enough repetitions. This workout solves that

To dedicated athletes, the thought of laying on a beach for a week during vacation sounds absurd. So what should you do when you have to leave your workout routine behind? Luckily, there’s a workout for you.

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