2017

2017

Employee Spotlight-Linda Caravia



How long have you worked with VillaSport?  Tell us a little bit about yourself. I have worked for VillaSport for 6 months as a kids yoga teacher.  As a mother of a 6 year old daughter, teaching kids yoga has been a beautiful resource in my parenting tool box.  I am finishing my last term at Oregon S ...

Employee Spotlight-Sam King



How long have you worked for the club?  Tell us a little bit about yourself. I have worked at the club for two and half years in the VillaKids department. I am currently majoring in chemistry and minoring in French at Portland State University. I have lived in the Portland Metro area my entire life. ...

Employee Spotlight-Thomas Jacobs



How long have you worked for the club?   I have worked at VillaSport for almost three years now as a team member of the Housekeeping department.   If you could eat any food with no consequences what would it be? Any kind of burger. Tell us something surprising about yourself. I've played basket ...

Hydration = Happiness


Aug 30, 2017

If you’re a parent of an active child, you’ve probably experienced a summer afternoon with a grouchy, sweaty headed kid. As a mother of four, I’ve seen this far more often than I’d like to admit! I’ve come to learn that keeping my girls hydrated is the key to ending a hot, busy day with smiles inste ...

Recipe of the Month: August 2017


Aug 28, 2017

One of the things we often hear from our members is that they know or want to know how to cook healthy and tasty food. Many VillaMoms will also appreciate quickly prepared food. Here we are, opening our food blog for members. The first recipe is from VillaSport The Woodlands’ member and a mother of ...

Employee Spotlight: Susan Skordal



Employee Spotlight-Susan Skordal How long you’ve worked for the club? I have been at VillaSport teaching Pilates since the club opened.  I have been in the Fitness Industry 25 years.  I have a 20 year old son named Tyler and a 14 year old daughter named Ally.  What’s your favorite Instagram accou ...

Deep Tissue Massage for Muscle Recovery


Aug 21, 2017

If you're an athlete or if you're someone who exercises a lot, you should look into getting a deep tissue massage or a sports massage. A deep tissue massage is designed to improve athletic recover and performance, reduce stress, anxiety and muscle tension, treat chronic back pain and break up scar t ...

Employee Spotlight: Xavier Espinosa



Xavier Espinosa - Member Ambassador   I have been with VillaSport for a year and a half.  I started by working at the front desk and recently switched to the ambassador team.  I enjoy helping others and in my free time I like to go hiking and play video games.   What’s your favorite workout? I love ...

What Is Up With the Safety Break?


Aug 09, 2017

At the top of every hour during Family Swim, we call a Safety Break to clear our recreation pools. But whose ‘safety’ is it for? Actually – everyone! So we first want to clear the pool, especially on really busy days, to ensure everyone is able to exit the pool and there are not any safety hazards t ...

Is a Pilates Reformer Class Right for You?


Aug 07, 2017

Is a Pilates Reformer Class Right for You? The Pilates Reformer is an amazing and elegant machine designed by Joseph Pilates as a new approach to exercise and body conditioning. It provides finely tuned exercise resistance, allowing one to work precisely to develop great alignment, balanced core str ...

Recipe: Coconut Water and Fresh Berry Popsicles


Aug 02, 2017

Fun and Healthy Recipe Coconut Water and Fresh Berry Popsicles Ingredients Fresh Berries – best with blueberries, raspberries, and sliced strawberries Coconut Water – the purer the better  Instructions Drop berries into Popsicle molds (smaller pieces will go to the bottom; other ...

Employee Spotlight: Erica Atkinson



Erica Atkinson-Nail Technician I’ve worked for VillaSport since before the club opened.  I am a nail tech in the Spa.  I enjoy being silly with friends, going on random adventures, catching a happy hour on a patio, or anything sports and active. What’s your favorite Instagram account to follow?  A ...

Employee Spotlight: Kennedy Campbell



Kennedy Campbell-Member Services Associate I have worked for VillaSport since 2014 in VillaKids and I am currently working in the Member Services department. I am full of energy and I love to have fun. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that’s a big thing for me.  If you ...

Keeping Your Head in Line


Jun 26, 2017

  A Simple Tip for Our Freestyle Lap Swimmers  If you are an experienced lap swimmer, your goal is to always be more technically efficient. This means you are working smarter, not harder, which usually means swimming faster or longer with less effort. As an inexperienced lap swimmer, you are just tr ...

Tips for Eating Healthy When Dining Out


Jun 19, 2017

Current research supports the importance of diet to our overall wellness. We now know more than ever about the huge role food plays in our immunity, risk for disease, genetic expressions and mental health. As we transition into summer, changes in our daily routine (think: school’s out!, BBQ’s, holid ...

Sleep - It's Time for Rest!


Jun 12, 2017

As the VillaKids Director in Cypress and Mom of two young children, I know that sleep is precious. But sleep is not only important for moms; it’s necessary for children’s brain development! We all know how hard it is to rationalize with a tired child, whether they are 2 years old or 16 years old. I’ ...

Facial Massage: The Secret to Younger-Looking Skin


Jun 05, 2017

Did you know that there is a well-kept secret to younger-looking skin? Even with today’s technology, a large percentage of people still want the natural alternative to a healthy, toned, and glowing complexion. So, what’s the secret? Facial massage! Just like the benefits of a body massage, facial ma ...

May Employee Highlight



Introducing Instructor Didi Leinweber Background You may recognize this face from VillaKids! Didi is a former preschool teacher who fell in love with fitness after she lost more than 60 pounds dancing away depression, making new friends, and feeling the Zumba® love. She became a group exercise inst ...

May Member Success Story


May 08, 2017

Introducing Member Gary Etlinger After two knee replacements and several surgeries to repair damage from falls, Gary Etlinger wasn’t sure he would ever walk again. Being the strong and persistent person that he is, Gary decided to join VillaSport after his last surgery to begin his recovery. Gary ...

10 Tips to Drop 10 Pounds


May 01, 2017

From a Bodybuilder  There are simple steps you can take to start off losing weight the right way but there is no such thing as a quick fix. If you want to lose weight, you have to work for it.  When I began my fitness journey, all I knew about losing weight was what I learned through high school he ...

March Surprise And Delight


Apr 14, 2017

Happy St Patrick's Day! 'May your pockets be heavy, and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night!' We certainly had the Irish Spirit here in Beaverton! Members and staff sported green attire, there was no shortage of leprechauns and we had a face painter in the lobby to ...

February Member Success Story


Feb 01, 2017

Introducing Member Susan Harlan Beaverton, OR Susan Harlan’s back pain began after many years of working long hours in a glass factory/studio in Scotland. She moved to Oregon and started swimming at VillaSport in the hopes that the pain would dissipate. After an MRI revealed a ruptured disk, Susan ...

January Member Success Story


Jan 01, 2017

Introducing Marisa Fergusson Beaverton, OR Marisa Fergusson was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in May 2013 at the age of 49. A year of treatments and 35 pounds later, she joined VillaSport to work on having a healthier lifestyle than she had before cancer. Marisa was more determined than ever ...