7/25/13

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Summer Recipe: Cantaloupe Melon Soup with Lime Granité

Summer is the perfect season to enjoy light, refreshing cuisine. Today, Garden of the Gods Club Executive Sous Chef Carl McCartney shares one of his favorite recipes for cooling off and relaxing–a delicious cantaloupe melon soup. This recipe makes one gallon, which is plenty to enjoy with friends and family. Bon apetít!

Cantaloupe is a versatile, summer fruit that can be used for refreshing recipes like the one below!

Cantaloupe is a versatile summer fruit that can be used in refreshing recipes like the one below!

Ingredients for the soup:
3 lbs. diced cantaloupe melon
4 oranges, juiced
3 lemons, juiced
6 cups sparkling water
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 ounces cornstarch
5 ounces sugar

To create the soup:
Purée the melon and the orange juice together in a blender and refrigerate until use. In a separate pot, add the lemon juice, sparkling water, and orange and lemon zests to a boil. Next, add in the cornstarch to thicken the mixture and chill until cool. Then, add the chilled lemon juice, water, and lemon and orange zest mixture to the chilled melon and orange juice purée. Finally, stir in the sugar. You may add extra sugar to taste if necessary.

Ingredients for the lime granité (makes one quart):
1 quart water
2 cups sugar
4 ounces lime juice
Zest from 4 limes

To create the lime granité:
Combine all ingredients together in a shallow pan. Freeze the mixture until it is firm, stirring it every 25 minutes.

Serve the soup in chilled bowls, and place a small scoop of the lime granité into each bowl. We hope that you savor this fabulous cantaloupe melon soup with lime granité!


Garden of the Gods Club Members regularly enjoy delicious cuisine like the dish above as well as a variety of fun social events. To learn more about social/dining memberships at Garden of the Gods Club, we encourage you to contact Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com. You can also take a virtual tour of the Club by clicking here.

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7/18/13

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4 Fitness Benefits of Swimming & Water Aerobics

Although summer presents extra opportunities for working out outside, it can be difficult to stay cool during the heat of the day. One fabulous way of cooling off while getting fit is to move your workout to the pool. As swimming and water aerobics burn a ton of calories, adding a water workout to your routine is a great idea this summer. Keep reading to learn more about this refreshing form of exercise.

This summer, head to the pool for a great workout!

This summer, head to the pool for a great workout!

  1. Swimming provides excellent cross-training. Colorado is home to many hikers, bikers, runners, and other athletes. While these activities help keep you in shape, they can also take a toll on your joints over time. Water aerobics and swimming are a great way to cross-train, as they help combat the wear and tear on joints and ligaments. This article from dietsinreview.com recommends water exercise for cross-training, because it is a low-impact form of exercise that improves muscular endurance. Need ideas for swimming workouts? Click here.
  2. Water exercise increases lung capacity. Another great benefit of working out in water is that it’s great for your lungs. In her article “The Benefits of Water Aerobics: Not Just for the Elderly,” writer Katherine Ayers explains that swimming increases your lung capacity because your lungs are actually forced to work harder due to the pressure of the water.  So if you find yourself getting winded easily, or if you struggle with asthma or other breathing conditions, consider heading to the pool for a workout; however, make sure you clear the form of exercise with your physician first.
  3. Other forms of exercise can be adapted to the water. If you enjoy certain form of exercise–but you need a change of scenery–you may want to move your workout to the pool. You may be surprised to learn that almost any land-based workout can be adapted to the water. In addition to cooling off, you’ll enjoy the variety. Exercises such as yoga, running, cross-country skiing, weight training, and tai chi can all be performed in water. Click here for additional moves to try in the water.
  4. Water workouts can be therapeutic. Water-based workouts are also great for those who are recovering from an injury or who suffer from illnesses such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. This article on doityourself.com explains that both the temperature and the buoyancy of the body in water help alleviate pain and increase circulation throughout the entire body.

This summer, cool off and get in a great workout by swimming laps or trying water aerobics. As a reminder, don’t forget to clear this form of exercise with your physician if it is new to you. In addition to a variety of group fitness classes, personal training, Pilates, and state-of-the-art fitness equipment, sports memberships at Garden of the Gods Club also include access to water aerobics classes. To learn more about membership at Garden of the Gods Club, please contact Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com.

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7/9/13

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Summer Golf Video Series: Cardiovascular Training

Today we invite you to follow along as Garden of the Gods Club Sports Club Manager Lauralee Beerman helps Gene Gabelmann, our director of golf, prepare for the summer golf season. After undergoing corrective surgery following a back injury in September 2012, Gene is ready to get back in shape and get back out on the golf course. Today, Lauralee–who is Titleist Performance Institute certified in golf fitness–shows Gene the importance of burning excess fat with cardiovascular training.

Thanks for watching. If you are interested in learning more about membership at Garden of the Gods Club, we encourage you to contact Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com. To schedule a session with Lauralee, please contact the Sports Club at 719.329.4009.

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7/2/13

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Summer Golf Video Series: Body Isolation Training

Today we invite you to follow along as Garden of the Gods Club Sports Club Manager Lauralee Beerman helps Gene Gabelmann, our director of golf, prepare for the summer golf season. After undergoing corrective surgery following a back injury in September 2012, Gene is ready to get back in shape and get back out on the golf course. Today, Lauralee–who is Titleist Performance Institute certified in golf fitness–shows Gene how to develop strength by isolating individual parts of the body.

Thanks for watching. If you are interested in learning more about membership at Garden of the Gods Club, we encourage you to contact Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com. To schedule a session with Lauralee, please contact the Sports Club at 719.329.4009.

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6/25/13

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Summer Golf Video Series: Unilateral Exercise

Today we invite you to follow along as Garden of the Gods Club  Sports Club Manager Lauralee Beerman helps Gene Gabelmann, our director of golf, prepare for the summer golf season. After undergoing corrective surgery following a back injury in September 2012, Gene is ready to get back in shape and get back out on the golf course. Today, Lauralee–who is Titleist Performance Institute certified in golf fitness–shows Gene how to develop strength using unilateral exercises, or exercises that focus on one side of the body at a time.

Thanks for watching. If you are interested in learning more about membership at Garden of the Gods Club, we encourage you to contact Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com. To schedule a session with Lauralee, please contact the Sports Club at 719.329.4009.

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