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Keep up to date with the latest news, look forward to member success stories, contributions from our expert staff, employee highlights, featured recipes, wellness articles and so much more!

 

 

Be Smart. Eat Smart.


Feb 15, 2019
Topic: Nutrition

It’s Fresh. It’s Fit. It’s Easy. It’s Coming To San Jose! You work hard on the fitness floor; reward yourself with delicious, easy and healthy meals that fuel your body. We’re pleased to introduce organic, portion controlled and wholesome meals from FITeats in Villacafé San Jose. All meals are all u ...

Exercising Together


Feb 14, 2019
Topic: Fitness

Valentine’s Day is finally here and it’s time for chocolates, champagne, a romantic dinner, and exercise. Wait, did you say exercise? Yes, you heard that correctly. Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to start exercising with your significant other.  Not only does it improv ...

Member Success Spotlight: The Johnson Family


Feb 12, 2019

Exercise can be intimidating, especially if you’re a beginner. VillaSport Cypress member Tracy Johnson found a way to overcome the intimidation and anxiety, while inspiring her family along the way. Tracy, wife, mother and career woman, recognized that she needed to do something different to improve ...

Employee Spotlight: Sam Skipworth


Jan 24, 2019

Welcome to our new Employee Spotlight series, designed to acquaint you with the faces of VillaSport! Our first installment features Personal Trainer Sam Skipworth, who specializes in aesthetic-based training in The Woodlands, Texas. Sam has had a passion for fitness since childhood, as baseball play ...

Relaxation Massage: Does It Really Help?


Jan 18, 2019
Topic: Wellness

You’re starting the New Year off right, with a gym routine that makes you feel energized and ready to tackle the day or one that makes every muscle in your body feel weak and overworked which in turn makes you feel more accomplished than you knew you could be; and that is a major win! But don’t forg ...

You Belong: Your Fit Plan


Jan 11, 2019
Topic: You Belong

Here at VillaSport there’s a plethora of activities, groups, classes and programs to explore and the options can be a little overwhelming! That’s why we created the You Belong blog series; we’ll help you discover the many  VillaSport membership benefits and give you insider tips to get the most fro ...

Top Ten Benefits of Having a Personal Trainer


Jun 29, 2018
Topic: Fitness

Working out can be intimidating. It’s normal to have goals and be unsure how to achieve them, and it’s completely normal to lack motivation at times. A personal trainer can help you overcome your obstacles and take you to new heights on your fitness journey. While personal trainers may seem intimida ...

The Benefits of Using My VillaSport


Jun 18, 2018

At VillaSport, we believe in helping you get the most from your membership. That is why we encourage you to use My VillaSport. This central online hub allows you to view and update membership details, review recent transactions, track club visits, purchase and schedule sessions, customize class sche ...

The Woodlands: Breakfast with Santa


Dec 06, 2017
Topic: Member Events

We are so happy and grateful for all the smiles and warm wishes our members shared with VillaSport this Saturday. The VillaSport team wanted to make this Breakfast with Santa so special for every child and parent and took extra time and effort to serve you warm breakfast and hot coffee in a fun comp ...

Colorado Springs Member Success Story: Greg Melnick


Nov 13, 2017

Greg has been dedicated to fitness with a focus on lifting and light cardio for more than 40 years. During the first 30 years he was able to maintain a healthy body weight of 180 pounds and a 32 inch waist. However, in the last 10 years, Greg saw a slow but steady, decline in his health.  He noticed ...

The Woodlands Employee Highlight: Dawn English


Nov 06, 2017

I have been a group ex instructor for 14 years, and I have been teaching SPRINT and Group Cycle at VillaSport for 2 years. I was born in Florida, but I have lived coast to coast in the U.S. thanks to my Navy retired husband. Living in different places taught me to believe that you can bloom where ...

The Woodlands Employee Highlight: Stephanie Waters


Nov 03, 2017

On October 19 was my first year anniversary in VillaSport as a Fitness Advisor and Group Ex instructor. I am originally from Northern California, but my Dad was raised in the Houston area, so in a way, I'm returning to my roots. I am very happy to be here - love the weather and my 40's have been th ...

The Woodlands Member Success: Sara Forbes


Nov 02, 2017

This month we want to introduce our member of the month – Sara Forbes. She became our member quite recently and had already found herself a perfect workout routine, fitness advisor and supporter of her passion of weightlifting. She says, “I'm 45 years old and have two kids (six and 8 years old) The ...

The Woodlands Employee Highlight: Bernadette Field-Dodgson


Oct 30, 2017

I’m Bernadette, an Aussie girl now happy to call The Woodlands, TX home. I am a yoga instructor, teaching a variety of regular classes at Villa including: vinyassa, gentle, restorative, family and baby yoga. I’ve been a member of Villa for a year, and lucky enough to be in the position of a yoga ...

The Woodlands Member Success Story: Luke Millington


Oct 23, 2017

Our Fitness Advisor Adam Farny shared his training experience with a young client – 11 years old kid Luke Millington. Millington family have been training with Adam for a while now and are really happy with their experience. They say that the main reason they love VillaSport is having an amazing tra ...

The Woodlands Employee Highlight: Chelsea Ebner


Oct 23, 2017

I have worked at VillaSport since 2012 in the Group Fitness Department as an Instructor. I absolutely love my job, and find it a privilege and a joy to come alongside people to assist them on their health and fitness journeys. As instructors we get to make fitness fun, and that is really what it’s a ...

The Woodlands Employee Highlight: Mariangel Rodriguez


Oct 16, 2017

After I received my first yoga certification in Venezuela, I began teaching yoga in 2007. My family moved to United States in 2014, and a year later I started teaching yoga at VillaSport in The Woodlands. I'm a vegetarian, I love animals and I believe the only way we can see peace in the world is t ...

Beaverton Employee Spotlight: Linda Caravia


Oct 09, 2017

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 ...

Beaverton Employee Spotlight: Sam King


Sep 25, 2017

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. ...

Beaverton Employee Spotlight: Thomas Jacobs


Sep 11, 2017

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 ...

Colorado Springs Employee Spotlight: Chris Smith


Sep 04, 2017

EMPLOYEE: Chris Smith, Summer Camp Coordinator   BACKGROUND I have had the privilege of serving as camp coordinator for seven summers at VillaSport. During the school year, I teach 6th-8th grade science at Sabin Middle School and mentor student teachers from UCCS.  I absolutely love getting other ...

Hydration = Happiness


Aug 30, 2017
Topic: Wellness

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 ...

Beaverton Employee Spotlight: Susan Skordal


Aug 28, 2017

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 acco ...

Recipe of the Month: August 2017


Aug 28, 2017
Topic: Recipes

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 ...

Recipe of the Month: Jama's Avocado Salad


Aug 27, 2017
Topic: Recipes

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 ...

Deep Tissue Massage for Muscle Recovery


Aug 21, 2017
Topic: Wellness

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 ...

Cypress Employee Spotlight: Alex Flynn


Aug 16, 2017

Alex Flynn serves at VillaSport Cypress in the Club Care department, so be sure to say hello if you see him around! He was born and raised in the UK and moved to the United States with his family in 2015. In 2008, at the age of 36, Alex was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder ...

Beaverton Employee Spotlight: Xavier Espinosa


Aug 14, 2017

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's Up With the Safety Break?


Aug 09, 2017
Topic: Aquatics

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 ...

The Woodlands Employee Highlight: Sima Alamdari


Aug 09, 2017

Sima Alamdari  VillaKids Associate Sima is an example of caring and compassionate person. She has been working in VillaKids since 2010 in the nursery room. She remembers those little babies and is always happy to see them healthy and all so grown now. Sima is from Iran and she has been living in th ...

Is a Pilates Reformer Class Right for You?


Aug 07, 2017
Topic: Fitness

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 ...

The Woodlands Member Success: Yves and Irina Puisieux


Aug 07, 2017

Yves and Irina had been members since 2015. They spend a few hours daily in our club to stay active and healthy. Yves started to run with his wife Irina in 2012, he was out of shape and a heavy smoker, and could hardly ran 1 mile.  A year later he started racing 5K, then 10K, then half and full mara ...

Coconut Water and Fresh Berry Popsicles Recipe


Aug 02, 2017
Topic: Recipes

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 ...

Beaverton Employee Spotlight: Erica Atkinson


Jul 24, 2017

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 ...

Beaverton Employee Spotlight: Kennedy Campbell


Jul 06, 2017

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 ...

Colorado Springs Member Success Story: Taylor Reynolds


Jul 05, 2017

“Taylor has participated in the last two youth leagues at VillaSport and is one of my hardest workers. She plays hard on defense, always has a great attitude and is very athletic.” – Coach Tevin, Sports Coordinator Name: Taylor Reynolds, Youth Basketball League Participant Age: 12 What’s your fav ...

Colorado Springs Employee Spotlight: Albert Piantino-Smith


Jul 01, 2017

Concierge Associate: Albert Piantino-Smith How long have you worked for the club? Since September 2016 Tell us a little bit about yourself. I was born and raised in Colorado. I went to school at University of Northern Colorado and earned my Criminal Justice degree. I really enjoy playing and watch ...

Colorado Springs Employee Spotlight: Elissa Mount


Jun 26, 2017

Group Exercise Instructor: Elissa Mount Elissa earned a psychology degree from UNC Asheville, where she also played volleyball. Her passion for athletics inspired her to pursue a career in the fitness industry. Elissa started teaching classes 18 years ago and later added personal training to her rep ...

Keeping Your Head in Line


Jun 26, 2017
Topic: Aquatics

  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 ...

The Woodlands Employee Spotlight: Beth Knudsen


Jun 24, 2017

I have worked at VillaSport for 5 years! I teach ZumbaKids, Born to Move, & POUND Kids. I have a degree in child psychology & early childhood education from the University of Minnesota. I have 4 children and my oldest child just graduated from high school. I had a total hip replacement 6 years ago. ...

Tips for Eating Healthy When Dining Out


Jun 19, 2017
Topic: Nutrition

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
Topic: Wellness

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
Topic: Wellness

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 ...

Beaverton Employee Spotlight: Didi Leinweber


May 15, 2017

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 ...

Beaverton Member Success Story: Gary Etlinger


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
Topic: Fitness

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 ...

Beaverton Surprise And Delight


Apr 14, 2017
Topic: Member Events

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 ...

Colorado Springs April Surprise and Delight: Balloons!


Apr 14, 2017
Topic: Member Events

We have surprised our members with complimentary balloon twisting pop-up event. Marvelous Marc made animal creations for kids. The kids were quite excited to see the balloons being transformed into animals of their choosing!  We suggested Easter themed animals to all of the kids, but they asked for ...

Colorado Springs March Surprise and Delight: Face Painting


Apr 12, 2017
Topic: Member Events

We surprised our members with face painting! We set up in the main lobby and encouraged all of the members with kids to stop by for few minutes to get face painted. We face painted about 15 kids. Parents were surprised that it was free of charge and were very appreciative of our initiative!  

The Woodlands Member Success Story: Sean Burton


Feb 02, 2017

Introducing Member Sean Burton The Woodlands, TX Sean Burton, a typical high-energy 10-year-old, has been playing soccer since he was 5. When he began to notice that his strength was not increasing over the years, Sean decided to try the Youth Athletic Conditioning class with Fitness Advisor Ty Nor ...