Fore Court Racquet & Fitness - September 2017

September 2017

44 Cray Street, Cumberland, RI 02864



exercise classes this month, as well as the unveiling of our new courts. If you haven’t seen our obstacle course yet, take a peek next time you’re at the club. Page 3 highlights features of the course and a group of our members who took their obstacle course training to the next level. “ Our energetic teachers excel at meeting you at your level and helping you build from there.

in college studying business management, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after graduation. My studies opened my eyes to the business world, but it wasn’t until I took a marketing course that I became really engaged. What was it about the course that made it so engaging? The material was interesting, but more importantly, it was the professor who taught it. He had extensive real-world business experience as a vice president of a big company, and as a result, his lessons were relevant and exciting. After college, I decided to be part of the family business, and it’s been my passion ever since. Oh, and even though I’m out of school, I still get to see my college professor — he’s a member of our club! Like my professor, our instructors bring their real-life fitness expertise to every class. They care about your health and fitness and will keep you motivated. So, start September right and come check out our new and updated features. On page two, we share more about why you should be particularly excited about group

Summer at Fore Court has been a blast. We’ve had parties, hosted graduation celebrations, and refreshed our tennis courts, not to mention we’ve had members participating in races all over the East Coast. That being said, we’re excited for the fall season and especially September. It’s a good time to return to routines and start new ones. If you’ve been wanting to get back into the game, this month is a great time to do it. The reopening of our tennis courts means new surfaces that are sure to lend an extra pep to your serve. With kids going back to school and getting into their groove, it’s the perfect time to try a new class. Our energetic teachers excel at meeting you at your level and helping you build from there. Whatever your fitness goals, they’ll work with you to reach them. Our group exercise classes are a great way to get excited about fitness thanks to our enthusiastic instructors.

I’ll see you on the courts (or on the obstacle course)!

- Dave Morin

Speaking of great teachers, I’ve been lucky to have some incredible ones. When I was

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School Lunch Hacks Get by When School Lunch Isn’t Cutting It

Jokes about the quality of school lunches are about as old as lunch itself. But children’s health is no joke. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that 67 percent of middle school students who eat school lunches are overweight. Packing a better lunch can be a hassle, especially if you’re trying to choose food your children actually want to eat. Here are a few hacks to make bag lunch better for your kids. Utilize jars. You want to pack your kid a salad, but you keep losing the itty-bitty container for the dressing. Try using a jar, but put the dressing in first, followed by items that won’t get soggy, like corn or cherry tomatoes. Put the lettuce on top. You can also use jars for dippable foods like celery sticks and peanut butter. Thermoses aren’t just for your morning coffee. Kids with a cold lunch from home might look over at Tommy’s unpleasant school lunch and think, “Hey, at least the mystery mush is a hot meal.” Use thermoses to keep chicken nuggets and other warm foods at their ideal temperature. Give the power to the kids. Nothing tastes better than the power of choice. Homemade fruit cups, hard-boiled eggs, and other healthy foods have a refrigerator life of more than a week. That gives

you time on the weekend to make up a snack bar for your child to pick from every morning. Make fruit cool again. Colorful melons look more delicious if you use a small cookie cutter to cut them into interesting shapes. Also, pen ink looks great on an unpeeled banana, so try inscribing a funny joke or an embarrassing message, like “I love you,” on the outside. With these tips, your child will never have to worry about being served mystery mush again, and they’ll be happier and healthier for it.

We couldn’t be more excited for this month — because a lot of exciting things are happening at the club. As much as some people look forward to football, we look forward to the kickoff of our club season. Like we mentioned in last month’s Club Happenings, our season kicks off on September 5, and we know you all are as ready as we are to put the new courts to use. Our open house will be happening at the end of the month, and it’s the perfect opportunity for new, returning, and interested members to check out the fresh look. The entire club will be reopened, allowing you to hit the courts and see the exciting updates we’ve made. September also means the next group exercise launch! What’s the best way to keep the exercise class you love from getting stale and keep your muscles guessing? New music and new moves! Four times a year, we launch new routines in our group exercise classes to keep you from feeling bored. Love the Les Mills series? Go to the class you’ve come to love and have your muscles challenged with new variations and groovy tunes — same class, but with updated moves and music! Haven’t tried a group exercise class yet? This is the perfect month to do it. Because of the launch, everyone will be new to the routine, so you’ll get to learn with the rest of the class. Our friendly teachers love having new students and will be so excited to see you. We’re all in it together! Club Happenings in September

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Article Headline/Title Goes Here! Show Me the Way to the Next Ninja Warrior

Have you watched “American Ninja Warrior” and found yourself thinking, “I wish I could do that?” Well, do we have an exercise option for you! Our outdoor Fore Court Obstacle Course provides a way to train for your next Spartan Race or “American Ninja Warrior” challenge — or just build the muscles to do that pullup you’ve always said you could do. Whether you go on to compete on TV, in a race, or even just in your own backyard, the outdoor obstacle course will provide a challenging and fun way to get in a workout. Complete with obstacles to work on agility and speed and rope climbs to build strength, our trainers will work with you through the challenges to conquer the course. We also offer a variety of classes all week long designed with the obstacle course in mind, including our Athletic Training Bootcamp and Commit to Conquer. In addition to all these features, the obstacle course gives you motivation to take your workout outside and enjoy the nice weather while it lasts. Instead of watching people on a show do it and wishing you could, come out here and see what your body is really capable of!

Spartan Race in Boston, and they trained for it using the Fore Court Obstacle Course. Check out this impressive group, pictured here. Just finishing that race is a huge accomplishment, and we are so proud of them!

You can see how hard work on the course has paid off for our members. In August, 25 of our members participated in the

One-Pan Harvest Pasta

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This easy, healthy, hearty recipe is a delicious way to employ the harvest from your vegetable garden.

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• 1 cup dried whole grain elbow macaroni • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper • Kosher salt • Ground black pepper (optional) • Snipped fresh basil • Grated Parmesan cheese

• 1/3 cup chopped red onion • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained • 1 3/4 cups reduced- sodium chicken broth

• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces (4 cups) • 1 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped (2 cups) • 2 tomatoes or 4 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (1 cup)

Directions 1. In a very large

until vegetables and pasta are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper; top with basil and Parmesan cheese and serve.

are almost tender, stirring occasionally. 2. Add beans, broth,

skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, red onion, and garlic. Cook, uncovered, 7–10 minutes or until vegetables

pasta, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer 7–10 minutes more or

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September Brings New Courts and Classes Try These School Lunch Hacks Club Happenings in September Spartans, Ninjas, and Warriors, Oh My! One-Pan Harvest Pasta Memes Put Positive Thinking to Bed





Put Positive Thinking to Bed

Why This Way of Thought Isn’t What It’s Cracked Up to Be

And this presents another problem with positive thinking. Anne Harrington, Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science and director of undergraduate studies at Harvard, and author of “The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine,” says, “It’s just as stressful to keep up a performance of positivity as it is to [keep up] a bad mood. It’s very stressful to be inauthentically upbeat all the time.” So, what can you do? Let yourself think negative and positive thoughts. Don’t dwell on the negative, and let it run its course. Then, turn your attention to your sources of stress and do what you can to minimize them.

negative thoughts and emotions enter the mind, but not dwell on them, so they pass with the moment. Research into the subject agrees. In the 1960s, researchers studied grief — or the lack of it. When people attempted to suppress grief, it took them longer to recover from what caused the grief in the first place. In reality, the biggest factor at play when it comes to positive or negative thinking may be stress. Stress comes with its fair share of negative consequences. Stress can influence overall health, both mentally and physically. If you are stressed, chances are you are not in a good mood and, by extension, are thinking negative thoughts.

Can the power of positive thinking change your life? Bookstores brim with self-help books written to guide readers toward positive thinking and countless websites claim to do the same. But what is positive thinking? Essentially, it’s shutting out negative thoughts. One website,, says, “Negative thoughts drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become.” This sentiment is ironic considering the Buddhist philosophy of detachment (or non- attachment) suggests that one should let

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