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From the icu, to the fit-30 follow up

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 11, 2018 1:56:09 PM / by Lisa Alberta posted in Nutrition, fitness, nutrition tips

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follow up . . . 

We checked in with Pam this week to see how she's been doing. As always, Pam showed up with a smile, ready to work hard. According to Pam, things are coming along nicely. "Each week, Fran tells me that I am doing well; I think I'm starting to believe her," she says!


Pam tends to be pretty hard on herself, so taking these compliments isn't easy for her. Pam continues to train with Fran once a week and when she's not training, she can be found on the treadmills or riding the stationary bikes. Pam is excited to start taking group exercise classes at CHHRC, with Zumba being at the top of her list (we will definitely be there for that)!

"Pam is doing great," says her personal trainer Fran. "She seems to be getting a bit stronger. She went up in weight on the incline bench press  and seated row. Also, she doesn’t seem to be getting tired as she used to. She is always set and ready for every new rep."

It's hard to imagine that just a few short months ago, Pam was in the ICU fighting for her life. She is such an inspiration to the entire staff at CHHRC. The cards were stacked against her and yet she still perservered. . . . . so, what's holding you back? Let Pam inspire you to not only set a new fitness goal, but to enjoy the journey as well.

Stay tuned as we continue to bring you updates on Pam's success story . . . From the ICU to the Fit 30!

Do you have a success story you'd like to share? Email Marketing Director, Lisa Alberta at lalberta@chhrc.com. We'd love to share your story!

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Reforming Myself

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30, 2018 11:52:18 AM / by Lisa Alberta posted in fitness, pilates

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By Christina Curlett 

Ever since I first set foot in CHHRC, I’ve been fascinated by the Core Pilates Studio. I mean, who isn’t? It’s full of all kinds of crazy looking contraptions with even crazier names: the reformer, the Cadillac, the barrel.. What is all that stuff for?

I’d heard the rumors. Pilates is a favorite workout of ballet dancers.  Pilates gives you long, lean muscles. Pilates will make you more flexible.  Even though I’d tried some Pilates Mat classes, that room remained a mystery.

Happily, I finally found my answers when I had a one on one session with Classically-trained Pilates instructor Becky Potts.  And it was amazing!


Becky started me on the reformer itself, where she gently guided me through a variety of exercises that combined stretching and strengthening in every move.  Classical Pilates limits the number of reps of each exercise, so we were able to switch things up often. (Modern Pilates generally has fewer exercises with more reps of each.)  Becky carefully checked my alignment to make sure that I made each movement correctly, and was awesomely encouraging. I was surprised to see how many different ways the reformer, which uses various weight springs to provide resistance, could be used.  The moving carriage allowed me to leverage different muscles to push myself horizontally by utilizing the footbar and the straps, which can be controlled with either the hands or feet to slide the carriage. The motions involved required me to stretch my muscles, so while many of the exercises were challenging, they also felt great! 

After the reformer, we tried some of the other equipment in the room.  The barrel provides support for stretching. The chair has a front panel that is pulled upwards by springs, which you press down on with your feet from a seated position.  The Cadillac has a canopy of various bars and equipment, which can provide resistance in various directions. While each piece of equipment accommodates different exercises, they all had the same focus of stretching and strengthening. 

I really enjoyed my session in the Core Pilates Studio, and can’t wait to go back! After my session, I felt focused and rejuvenated.  I’m excited to see how my body changes as I continue practicing Pilates.

Interested in trying it out for yourself? Click below to schedule a complimentary one on one Pilates Reformer session.


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Meet Veronica! Namaste instructor of the month!

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2018 1:56:06 PM / by Lisa Alberta posted in Nutrition, fitness, nutrition tips

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a little yoga is good for the mind, body and soul.

Veronica was born and raised in Philadelphia and began practicing yoga in 2003. A simple drive past a yoga studio peaked an interest and after the first class she was hooked.  She liked that she found something that connected her with her body and ultimately her essence.  She soon began practicing and studying with the owner of Twisted Monkey Yoga Studio in Rockledge, PA, Bill Henry. In 2008, with Bill’s guidance, she began teaching adult classes regularly at the studio a few times a week.  

While beginning her studies with yoga Veronica also pursued a career as a relationship based therapist working with preschoolers on the Autism Spectrum at The Center for Autism. She decided to join her two passions by connecting with HeARTs for Autism where she studied with Robin Schwoyer and completed a training focused on teaching children with special needs yoga. After completing this training she began teaching a plethora of children at a variety of special needs summer camps as well as brought it into her work with the children with whom she worked with full time. 

In 2014, Veronica wanted to take her knowledge of yoga to the next level so she took part in a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training program with Beyond Asana and studied with Brittany Policastro and Maura Manzo. Part of her training was to take Yoga off the mat and into the world- this involved a service project in connection with buildOn. The 2014 Beyond Asana YTT group raised money to build a primary school in an impoverished nation. Veronica surpassed her fundraising goal during the project and traveled with her fellow YTT classmates to Malawi where they stayed in a rural village home, engaged in cultural learning activities, and assisted in the ground breaking/foundation laying of the school that they raised funds to build.

Last year, Veronica returned to New Jersey, through her connections with her home studio, she was led to Namaste Studio at CHHRC where she began teaching a weekly active vinyasa flow class entitled Strength and Surrender. In addition, she led 3 installments of the Yoga 101 Foundations Series at Namaste Studio. She also received a plethora of opportunities to teach Yoga to children and adults in various settings.  Lastly, she enrolled in a Yoga Therapy Certification program with the Yoga Life Institute, starting in September 2018, which will be a gateway to her gaining her 500-hour Yoga Alliance certification and International Yoga Therapy certification. She made positive strides in her life out of some negative occurrences, trusting in the Universe and her love of yoga to lead the way. 

Veronica currently resides in Audubon NJ and teaches yoga as much as possible. Her styles include gentle, yin, restorative, vinyasa, core centered, private lessons and children’s yoga.  Her love for yoga, children and service come through in her teaching. She is forever a student and practices tapping into her authentic voice as a teacher with hopes that her students find a good physical yoga practice as rewarding as she does. She believes that yoga should be accessible to everyone, that no one should take things too seriously and that a little yoga is good for the mind, body and soul.

Check out Veronica's classes every Sunday at 11:15 am.

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From the icu, to the fit-30

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2018 9:46:18 AM / by Lisa Alberta posted in Nutrition, fitness, nutrition tips

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From the ICU, to the Fit-30: 

A miraculous story of survival and determination. 

Pamela Price is the type of independent woman who never asks for help – Ever. So, it isn’t surprising to hear that after her hour and a half commute from work last fall, she drove herself to the ER – only to find out she had just suffered an Acute Stroke. Pam spent the next six days in the ICU while specialists ran test after test, trying to figure out what had caused her stroke. After several days of testing, Pam was diagnosed with what doctors told her was “a really sick heart.” Medically, this was defined as heart failure; her heart was only functioning/pumping at 25% (for healthy folks at her age, the heart should function/pump at 50% - 60%). Unable to release her without some sort of monitoring of her sickly heart, doctors surgically implanted a heart monitor into Pam’s chest. Results from this monitoring confirmed she also had Atrial Fibrillation (known as AF or Afib - an irregular, rapid heart rate that may cause symptoms like heart palpitations, fatigue, and shortness of breath). In Pam’s case, AFIB caused a blood clot to go to her brain, which in turn caused her stroke.

After a plethora of doctor visits with specialists and more follow up tests, Pam was still struggling with her recovery. She expected some difficulty in getting back to her normal routine, but she was not prepared for the extreme fatigue that slowly began to debilitate her life. At a follow up appointment with her Cardiologist, doctors convinced Pam not to go home, but to go right to the ER. After much persuasion, Pam finally agreed to go.

As you can imagine she was a bit hesitant, considering her last trip to the ER ended in a six-day ICU visit. When she arrived at the ER, nurses took her vitals, and sent her through triage. However, they had problems reporting her Blood Sugar. The number wasn’t registering on their monitor. It simply read HIGH. With an inconclusive reading, doctors decided to admit Pam, until they could get an accurate reading. She was admitted and the doctors ran more tests. When the ER doctor returned with her test results, the look on his face frightened her. Very bluntly, he said, “You should be dead right now… or minimally in a coma.” The average blood sugar for a person without diabetes can range between 70 and 100 mg/dL. Those with diabetes are closer to 200. Pam’s blood sugar was hovering 800! They started an insulin drip immediately and gave her an IV for fluids, to treat her dehydration. Pam spent five days in the hospital – four of which were, again, spent in the ICU. Pam was finally released once her blood sugar reached levels the doctors felt were comfortable to work with.

Pam knew that things had to change. She set a goal to lose 25lbs and made a commitment to start exercising regularly. She saw a FaceBook ad promoting a FREE fitness program at CHHRC and decided to check it out. Registration for this program had officially closed and the 30-day program was already underway, but luckily we were able to squeeze her in at the last minute. Pam completed her Fit-30 Assessment and was well on her way. Although, Pam did have some reservations. Her biggest fear before starting the Fit-30 was worrying about what her limitations would be. This is an ongoing battle for Pam. Every day new challenges arise. “I don’t know what I’m able to do until I try,” said Pam. “Is what I’m going to do, going to cause me to have a stroke, or cause too much pressure for my heart. I was able to realize and determine what my capabilities were and match them to how far I could go,” she said.

Her Personal Trainer, Fran reminded Pam that she was capable of doing all of the exercise - even if she had to modify them. She encouraged her by referring to these challenges as capability not limitation. Pam enjoyed the pace and level that Fran worked with the Fit-30 group. Every participant in the group had varying fitness backgrounds and medical conditions, and Fran allowed everyone to determine individually how far to push, and to honor their own bodies. “Fran showed real concern that I was okay. When folks are kind and genuinely want to help and watch you succeed, it is humbling. Because even though the world isn’t full of these type of people - they do still exist. And when they do show up . . . I am in awe,” Pam said. The staff at CHHRC is in awe of Pam’s determination, resilience and her positive attitude. We’re excited to share her fitness journey with you and hope that she inspires you to step out of your comfort zone and push yourself beyond what you thought were limitations. Because as Pam proves every day, we are all capable of so much more than we ever thought.

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Groove is in the club!

[fa icon="calendar'] May 7, 2018 11:05:25 AM / by Lisa Alberta posted in Nutrition, fitness, nutrition tips

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Groove is in the Club

By Christina Curlett 

I thought I’d go to the gym and workout this morning, but I decided to go dancing instead. 

Oh, wait… the dancing was my workout.  I went to Group Groove!  Group Groove is an all-out cardio-fitness jam offered at CHHRC twice a week, where it’s hard to tell whether you’re sweating or smiling more.  (I did plenty of both this morning!)

Group Groove features the ideal mix of faster and slower tracks so while you’re moving the whole time, you won’t run out of energy.  And you’ll be amazed at how quickly class has flown by when you hear the cool down song begin. 

As with any of the classes at CHHRC, the instruction is encouraging and creates a fun atmosphere for working out.  Just be careful, though, if there are two instructors present. You could wind up finding yourself in the middle of a dance battle between the two of them! 

Too.  Much. Fun. 

Groove vs. Zumba… What’s the difference? 

Group Groove is similar to Zumba in many ways, but there are a few differences. 

  • More verbal instruction
    In Zumba, the instructor generally leads silently, and participants watch closely to follow the dance moves.  Like other MOSSA classes, Group Grove has plenty of verbal direction and encouragement from the instructor. 
  • More variety in musical selections
    Zumba tends to focus on Latin and World music, while Group Groove features anything from Hip Hop to Disco, to those beloved Latin beats.  You really never know what you’re going to hear!

 Which is better?  That depends on your personal preferences.  I highly recommend trying both classes and seeing what you like best… or just keep going to both! (That’s my plan!)

 Pro Tips for the Self-Conscious 

Okay, I’ll admit it… I’m not always the smoothest dancer.   And I hate watching myself dance.

 Hate. It. 

No worries, though… here are my tips if you’re a little self-conscious, as I can be sometimes.

  • Realize that no one is looking at you.
    Really, I promise!  Everyone’s busy looking at the instructor, and trying to follow the dance moves.  No one is worried about critiquing your dancing. If you were to look around for a minute, you’d see that there are people of all ability levels in class with you. But you won’t have time to look around at everyone else, because you’ll be focused on the instructor too! 
  • Keep to the Left
    Feel weird about watching yourself dance?  You don’t have to! If you pick a spot towards the left side of Studio Apex, there are storage closets with no mirrors on them.  So hang out on that side of the studio until you feel more confident… then try class in the center or on the right side of the room when you’re ready to watch yourself and perfect those moves! 
  • Just move!
    Don’t think you can dance?  Worried you’re going to be the one turning right, when everyone turns left?  Can’t kick as high as the instructor? Don’t worry about it! Just keep moving, and follow along the best that you can.  As long as you’re moving, sweating, and having fun, you’re getting your workout in. You don’t have to look like a professional dancer to get the benefits of this class… you just need to keep moving!

 If you’re looking for a fun, high-energy workout, then Group Groove is for you.  Hope to see you on the dance floor! 

Not a member of CHHRC yet?  Click below to get a 14 Day Pass, and try Group Groove for free!

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Get a FREE Nutritional Counseling Session

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2018 11:21:44 AM / by Lisa Alberta posted in Nutrition, fitness, nutrition tips

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stop getting frustrated -
start getting results!

We're giving away FREE nutritional counseling sessions with Don Cramer, the newest addition to our Personal Training family. Start learning how nutrition really works, and you’ll understand why you think and act the way you do with food and ultimately reach your goal weight!

Don comes to us with an extensive background in strength training and is a certified Precision Nutrition Coach, so he'll bring the important element of nutrition to your workout regiment. 

Don is a busy father, who's children are active in sports - just like their dad, who played University Football in England! However, his proudest accomplishment was serving our country for 10 years in the US Coast Guard and Air Force Reserve. Thank you, Don!

Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, become more functional or need help recovering from an injury, Don is ready to become your coach and work together to create a healthier more functional lifestyle!

To get your free session, click the link below! But don't delay,

Don's schedule is filling quickly and this is a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE promotion! 

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Breast Cancer Survivor Transforms Her Life!

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 15, 2018 2:48:10 PM / by Lisa Alberta posted in fitness, breastcancer

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Breast Cancer Survivor transforms her life!

About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

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Racquetball FAQs

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 15, 2017 11:18:12 AM / by Lisa Alberta posted in racquetball

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RaCquetball at CHHRC

Cherry Hill Health & Racquet Club has been serving the community since 1971. Since the 80's Racquetball has been a significant part of who we are and what we do. Not only do we have FREE racquetball courts, but what sets us apart from our competition is the racquetball community that we have created over the years. Racquetball at CHHRC is not just about the game - it's about building relationships and networking. Whether you've been playing for years and are looking for a competitive league, or you have never touched a racquet and just want a lesson, CHHRC has what you need! 

Not sure where to start? Below are our top FAQ's: 

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Iron Sharpens Iron: Exercise with Friends

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 20, 2017 3:19:09 PM / by Namarah posted in Personal Training, group exercise

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By Namarah McCall

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Energizing Your Day With Yoga

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 2, 2017 11:43:57 AM / by Namarah posted in yoga

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By Namarah McCall

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