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Spinach Rice Recipe

Mar 31, 2020
Topic: Recipes

It has been said that muscle definition is achieved in the kitchen, not in the gym. Variety in your diet and including different food groups will keep your taste buds happy and can help you stay on track to achieve your goals. Here is a delicious and simple Spinach Rice recipe to help you get there: ...

Dryland Swimming Exercises

Mar 31, 2020
Topic: Aquatics

Miss the pool? We know the feeling! While you might have limited access to aquatics facilities, you can still work on your swimming abilities with dryland training. Dryland training focuses on core muscles, flexibility, and explosiveness to strengthen your swimming ability. Keeping a regular exercis ...

Stretches For Positive Aging

Mar 30, 2020

Do you know that one of the most effective, inexpensive and pain-free ways to look and feel younger is to exercise and perform daily stretches? To help stay mobile as we age, it’s important to focus on staying limber so we can continue to enjoy activities without pain or discomfort. Try these stretc ...

9 Body Weight Exercises To Keep You Active At Home

Mar 20, 2020
Topic: Fitness

Looking for a body-weight workout that incorporates core, balance, and resistance-training elements? Check out this routine from Crystal Reeves, National Academy of Sports Medicine Master Trainer, a weight management specialist.   THE WARM-UP Start with a few minutes of light calisthenics, such as ...

Employee Spotlight: Felicia Thomas

Mar 18, 2020

For Felicia Thomas at VillaSport The Woodlands, a switch to a healthier lifestyle ignited in her a passion for fitness and bodybuilding. Fresh off a first-place finish at the WNBF Pro World Championships in NYC, we sat down with Felicia to learn more about her journey. Here’s what she had to say: I ...

Unique Experiences Coming to VillaSport Cypress

Jan 31, 2020
Topic: Fitness

A new year means it’s time for a fresh start, which is why we are pleased to announce some very exciting new experiences coming to Cypress soon! Renovation of the cycle studio will begin early February and all other fitness studios will be renamed to better identify the character and use of each: EN ...

The Woodlands Accepts "The Military Challenge"

Jan 29, 2020
Topic: Fitness

The Woodlands is proud to have accepted the "Concept2 Military Challenge". Open to all able-bodied and adaptive athletes who are or have been in the military, the Military Challenge invites you to row and/or ski as many meters as you can from February 1 to 29. Our own Joel Anderson will be competin ...

2020 Summer Quest Camp

Jan 23, 2020
Topic: VillaKids

Know you're going to have a bored kiddo  hanging about the house this summer? Join us on our quest for adventure! The journey will include field trips, exciting crafts, sports, cooking, engineering, games, and splashing away in VillaSport’s amazing pools. They’ll reconnect with old pals and make new ...


Nov 18, 2019
Topic: Fitness

If you haven’t already heard the amazing news, LES MILLS THE TRIP is coming! This high-energy, fully immersive, multi-peak cycling journey through digitally-created worlds is coming to all Houston area locations soon. To get a feel for what your Group Exercise team have been training for, we capture ...

Small Group Nutrition Boot Camp

Sep 30, 2019
Topic: Nutrition

If you want to learn how to eat in a way that helps you reach your ideal weight and maintain it for life, try our NEW Small-Group Nutrition Boot Camp. In just eight sessions, you will master our nutrition principles and achieve optimal health, weight loss and lifelong eating habits. Each session is ...

LES MILLS THE TRIP™ - Now In Roseville

Aug 15, 2019
Topic: Fitness

We have been open for a few weeks now in Roseville and love being part of such a wonderful community. One class we are extremely excited for you to try is LES MILLS THE TRIP, a high-energy, fully immersive, multi-peak cycling journey through digitally-created worlds. Adrian Heffernan, LES MILLS™ Cus ...

Healthy Food On The Go

Aug 06, 2019
Topic: Nutrition

Fast. Easy. Delicious. Available Now!   "Food can and should taste amazing while still keeping us healthy. Food should feel good. We believe that food isn't the enemy. Food is what fuels us. Food is part of what makes us who we are." - Fit Eat Go You want tasty, nutritious and fresh meals for y ...

LES MILLS THE TRIP™ - More Gain. Less Strain.

Jul 18, 2019
Topic: Fitness

We’ve all heard the phrase “no pain, no gain,” but what if there was an intense, fun and immersive experience that made you forget that you are working out? The LES MILLS™ team, known for their creative and exciting group exercises classes, have created THE TRIP™. Right off the bat, you’ll notice a ...

How to Train Hard and Stay Injury-Free

Jul 01, 2019
Topic: Fitness

If you want to take your fitness to the next level without injury, these tips from Emma Hogan of LES MILLS™ Fit Planet may interest you. If you want to put them to the test, try a LES MILLS™ class at VillaSport. We offer several types, including CXWORX™ mentioned below. HOW TO TRAIN HARD AND STAY IN ...

Bringing Families Together - A note from the Lyons-MacKenzie Family

Jun 26, 2019

Seventeen and fourteen, those are the ages of my children. The teens, who live in their rooms, are addicted to social media, YouTube and all things game-related. Many parents can relate that it’s hard to plan fun family things at these ages that everyone will enjoy. That is until they find VillaSpor ...

Employee Spotlight: Ynske Joppe

Jun 04, 2019

The next employee in our spotlight series is a Pilates and yoga instructor in Cypress. If you have any interest in mind and body classes, you want to meet Ynske Joppe. We recently had the chance to talk with her about her career and learn more about her.   A little bit about you I grew up in the Net ...

Fit.Together: Maria Villanueva

May 28, 2019

FIT.TOGETHER Getting to know your VillaSport community one member at a time. At VillaSport, we believe in building community, and the first step is putting yourself out there to be recognized! Share your experiences and wisdom. Make us laugh, think or feel. You have a story to share and we want to ...

Nutrition Supplements and Protein Powders Now In All Clubs

Apr 12, 2019
Topic: Nutrition

"Nutrition with nothing to hide”; that’s Naked Nutrition in a few words. They strive to help you meet your nutrition and fitness goals by being transparent about their ingredients; that way you know exactly what's going into your body. It was Naked’s unwavering commitment to their customers that gra ...

Intimidating Gym Equipment and How To Use It

Apr 04, 2019
Topic: Fitness

Have you ever walked into VillaSport, looked at the fitness equipment and thought, “that’s a no for me?” Jacobs Ladder (who is Jacob anyway and why is there a ladder named after him?), CrossCore®, plyo boxes, battle ropes, Queenax, HOIST® MotionCage…it can be a bit overwhelming. We’ve all been ther ...

Employee Spotlight: Jen Smart

Mar 13, 2019

Happy March! It’s time for another employee spotlight; this time from Aquatics. We take pride in offering extensive indoor and outdoor pool facilities at each of our locations and a variety of options for swimmers of all skill levels. Whether you are looking for youth or adult swimming programs or g ...

Employee Spotlight: Tracy Wriggle

Mar 03, 2019

Welcome back to our new Employee Spotlight series, designed to acquaint you with the faces of VillaSport. This week, meet Tracy Wriggle, Senior Esthetician in Beaverton. Tracy has been a licensed esthetician for 5 years and part of the VillaSport family for more than 4 years. She is passionate about ...

Be Smart. Eat Smart.

Feb 15, 2019
Topic: Nutrition

It’s Fresh. It’s Fit. It’s Easy. It’s Coming To Beaverton! After a stellar reception from our members in San Jose, we're thrilled to announce FITeats organic, portion controlled and wholesome meals will also be available in Beaverton!  You work hard on the fitness floor; reward yourself with delicio ...

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 ...

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 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 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: 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...