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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7/11/13

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Meet Garden of the Gods Club’s Assistant Tennis Professionals

This summer, Garden of the Gods Club welcomed two new tennis pros, Alec Filer and Ethan Folloh, to our team. The assistant pros will be working with USPTA-certified tennis professional Tom Van De Hey throughout the summer to provide valuable tennis instruction to you and your children. Read on to learn a little more about Alec and Ethan, and please stop by and say “hello” the next time you’re at the Club.

Garden of the Gods Club Assistant Tennis Pro Alec Filer

Alec

Alec Filer is a Colorado Springs native and a graduate of Colorado Springs Christian School. Even though this is his first year teaching, Alec has been playing tennis for ten years. He enjoys the start-stop nature of the sport as well as the competitive side. Outside of tennis, Alec volunteers at his church and helps to run club events at the at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Garden of the Gods Club Assistant Tennis Pro Ethan Folloh

Ethan

Ethan Folloh is also a native of Colorado Springs and a graduate of Coronado High School. Ethan has been playing tennis for ten years, learning much of what he knows from Tom Van De Hey, our USPTA-certified tennis professional here at Garden of the Gods Club. Ethan was a four-year varsity tennis player in high school and senior captain of the Coronado tennis team. In the fall, Ethan plans to attend Colorado State University at Fort Collins to pursue a degree in Health and Exercise Science. This is his first year working as a tennis instructor at Garden of the Gods Club, and he loves every minute of it!

To learn more about tennis programs at Garden of the Gods Club, please contact tennis professional Tom Van De Hey at 719.329.4012 or tvandehey@ggclub.com. For information on our sports memberships, which include access to our tennis facilities and programs, please contact Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com.

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6/21/13

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Wedding Makeup: Airbrushing

All brides want to look fresh-faced and glowing on their wedding day, without looking overdone. Well, airbrush makeup could be just what you’re looking for! I was lucky enough to get Heather, cosmetologist at the Spa and Salon at Garden of the Gods Club, to airbrush my face so that I could learn firsthand what airbrush makeup is all about. Read on to follow Heather’s step-by-step airbrush application using TEMPTU makeup.

Before airbrush make application

“Before” shot

The airbrush makeup process started with Heather applying balm to my lips and blending lotion into my face.

Next, she matched my skin color to the appropriate foundation color. Often times, there isn’t an exact color available, so your makeup artist can blend a couple of colors until she gets the desired shade for you.

Once we had found the correct shade for my skin, Heather primed my face with foundation primer, dropped the TemptuPro foundation into the spray nozzle, and began the actual airbrushing.

Airbrush Makeup at the Spa & Salon at Garden of the Gods Club

Heather applying airbrush makeup

Once the airbrush foundation has been sprayed onto the face (which feels like a face massage, by the way!), concealer can be applied, if needed. The face makeup is then set with loose powder.

Contouring comes next. Bronzer is applied to cheek bones, the jaw line, and around the temples of your forehead to accentuate facial features.

Airbrush Makeup at the Spa & Salon at Garden of the Gods Club

Applying blush

Blush is lightly applied over the contour area on the cheeks.

Next, Heather filled in my eyebrows. When your makeup artist starts to do this, it might seem scary at first, but look at the difference it made to my face!

A professional makeup artist will always ask you what eye shadow and liner colors you usually wear. Their job is to make you look how you normally do but enhance it. For my makeup, we decided to go with champagne and warm browns.

After airbrush makeup application at the Spa & Salon at Garden of the Gods Club

“After” shot

The look is sealed off with a setting spray.

NOTE: Since the makeup is water-based, Heather warns that if your face gets wet, you should only dab the tears or water away; don’t smear. Otherwise, you risk removing all of your airbrush makeup off your face. She also recommends carrying concealer with you for re-applying.

To set up an airbrush makeup appointment or bridal makeup appointment with Heather, please contact the Spa Concierge at 719.520.4988 or ggcspa@ggclub.com.

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