Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves – Fitness & Wellness Edition

Meet your Yates Field House Fitness and Wellness Team - Maegen and Christie stand in front of The Rack, a piece of fitness equipment.

Our Fitness & Wellness department at Yates is led by Director of Fitness & Wellness, Maegen C. Stoner, and Assistant Fitness Director, Christie L. Simoson. They are thrilled to be sharing with our viewers this month! Please enjoy a brief Q & A with our team to let you know a little more about them and their roles here at Yates.

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Maegen joined Yates Field House in November 2014 as the Assistant Fitness Director. In February 2017, Maegen assumed her current role as Assistant Director of Yates Field House and the Director of Fitness and Wellness. Maegen received her Bachelor’s degree from Coastal Carolina University and Master’s degree in Public Health, with a concentration in nutrition, from Campbell University.  In her current position she develops, implements, supervises, and evaluates Group Fitness, Personal Training, Well Within, and various Health & Wellness programs and initiatives for the entire Georgetown community. She additionally oversees the fitness floor and all cardio and strength equipment, The Rack, and stretching areas in Yates. In September 2017, she and co-chair, Katharine Gray, launched the campus-wide Hoya Wellness Wheel.

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Christie joined the Yates Field House team in July of 2017 as the Assistant Fitness Director. She plans, coordinates, and implements various fitness and wellness programs in collaboration with the Yates Field House fitness and wellness team and across Student Affairs departments. She directly oversees the Group Fitness Program at Yates Field House, which is why you may find Christie instructing Group Fitness classes as well! Christie earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree(s) in Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

What's your favorite workout?

I love a good combo of cardio and strength training. A solid HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout is definitely my jam. I try and make the most of the hour I dedicate to myself, which is why this format works so well for me. It combines various time intervals with cardio and strength components, increases heart rate, and always delivers a solid sweat session.

Weights are my thing. I have always found Strength Training to be a way for me to escape and allow time for self-reflection. I am able to turn off the outside world and focus on bettering myself; it is just me and the weights. As corny as this may sound, subconsciously, it is as if the heavy weights symbolize the current stress in my life, so to be able to lift, push, or pull that weight off or away from me, is an amazing feeling.

What's your favorite genre/song/playlist for workouts?

Till I Collapse by Eminem & Nate Dogg. It’s my go-to for the toughest part of any workout or when I really don’t think I have the energy to finish strong. While it’s certainly not a fast paced song, it carries a strong back beat and puts me back in my former athlete mindset!

Yikes, that’s a tough one! I listen to a bit more hardcore music while lifting weights, and then more fast beat dance-type music while doing cardio. It may seem as if I am doing interval training while I do cardio, and while that may be the case in most instances, in others, I am really just going to the beat of that particular song.

Are you a morning or evening exerciser?

Hands down-morning! I prefer to get my day started with a solid workout. I also have more energy in the morning, so it sets me up for a productive day whether I’m going to work afterwards or at home on the weekends.

While I feel great starting my day with a workout, I get the most out of it in the late afternoon/early evening. Working out at this time gives me my second wind. I look forward to going to the gym, so to be able to end my day on a high note, is such a great feeling!

What's your favorite pre/post-workout snack?

 Since I usually hit the gym in the morning, I tend to lean towards a homemade protein chocolate muffin or a Chocolate Peanut Butter RX Bar before a workout. Post workout is always homemade chocolate milk (can you tell I really like chocolate?!?) and honey almond butter if I need a little extra for recovery.

 As cliché as this may sound, my pre-workout go-to is a banana with peanut butter. I LOVE peanut butter. My favorite post-workout snack is chocolate milk (when I have it readily available). If that is not handy, I am consuming a high-protein food (i.e. chicken or eggs).

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

 I thoroughly enjoy being outside whether that’s cycling, running, hiking, rock climbing, or camping. I love to cook and try new cuisines, play with my dog, visit family, travel, and go antique furniture shopping!

 You can find me exploring the outdoors with my dog, cycling on a new trail, lifting weights, traveling to visit family/friends, or heading to a baseball game!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

 While it’s certainly not mainstream or glamorous by today’s standards, I’d love to have the power to heal. Not just diseases, illnesses, or hurting hearts, but significantly difficult situations that people face on a daily basis that would restore a sense of hope to their lives.

 I think I would have to say teleportation. I would LOVE to travel the world, view all of the different sights of mother nature, and experience many unfamiliar cultures that I may not be able to otherwise.

What makes Yates great?

 First, our almost 40 years of operation in this facility! We are consistently working to provide quality services, programs, spaces, and equipment for our members as time and budget allow. We have a vast number of options and opportunities for members to engage in a physically active lifestyle across all of our program areas. Personally, I love that I am able to envision spaces that might be overlooked and re-imagine them for something they could be in the future!

 The sense of Georgetown Community. Georgetown is kind of off the grid; we have our own little community here and it’s a beautiful thing. That, and the fact that Yates is like a playground for the health and fitness field! We have so many options for everyone to choose from, and the professional staff to help you reach your goal – no matter what that may be.

What are some things to look forward to for the Fall 2018 semester?

 We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to evaluate how our spaces are being used on a daily basis. I’m really excited to bring some changes to our fitness floor that I truly believe will greatly benefit our members’ experience!

 We are bringing a couple new formats to our Group Fitness Program. We don’t want to spoil the surprise, so we’ll just leave it at that!

 

Thanks for reading and we’ll see you around Yates! -Maegen and Christie

Do You Even Lift? Introducing “The Rack”

In August this year, a set of new racks arrived at Yates Field House. The floor workout area was cleared as construction began for the Olympic lifting platforms that were soon to be called “The Rack”.

Director of Fitness Maegen Hellberg who initially proposed the purchase of the racks said, “I’ve been watching our participants and members for almost the past three years and doing lots of research and determining what might be best for our space and came up with The Rack. These 3 platforms provide the opportunity for students or members to do more power and Olympic lifting in our facilities safely.”

The platforms have multiple features but their main purpose is to allow safe Olympic lifting (over the head lifting). The black padding deadens the drop of the weights and the flooring provides a no-slip area. The platforms can also be used to do chin-ups and also include catch-bars which allow a different type of lifting.

Before the rack was built, however, the logo went up first. Michele Guthrie, head of Yates marketing and communications, designed The Rack logo and, together with Maegen, hired Adele Marchant (COL`18), a government and studio art double major, to paint it. Michele said about Adele, “She’s very talented… She knew exactly how she would tackle painting it onto the wall…” Using two lifts of different heights, Adele painted the mural over five or six days. She said, “It was kind of physically grueling at some parts to be standing the whole time or crouching.” However, she added, “It was so fun. Yates staff was really awesome.”

For the past semester, the racks have become a fixture in Yates so make sure to check them out before the end of the semester!

 

by Marketing Assistant Jessie Yu

Free Yates Classes Fall 2017

My Yates LRED Experience

The last time I had held a tennis racket was at 9 years old, when all the other kids were also beginners. A time when smacking a ball in bad form over the net warranted applause, an age when your parents were still able to convince themselves that this could be the sport for you despite lack of “natural talent”. A few years down the line, however, my mom had me enrolled in the swim team, a sport I had some minimal skill in while my tennis racket was banned to the dusty depths of my closet.

Even though I stopped playing tennis, I still held onto my love for the sport. I reserved my free time during the last 2 weeks of August and the first week of September to pool into watching the U.S. Open. These were my last weeks of freedom before school started so I spent them doing what I enjoyed most.

Heading into college, I decided that I wanted to relearn this beloved sport of mine, no matter how terrible I was at it. I knew I would likely be embarrassed and that all of my friends who played tennis would be much better. I realized, however, that the tennis classes did not come with my membership and then was unwilling to pay for my own embarrassment.

However, spring semester of freshman year, I discovered the Leisure & Recreation classes through one of my older friends. When tennis was on the list, I jumped at the chance. Still afraid of mortifying all those around me with my complete inability, I dragged one of my friends to the class and convinced her to just go to the first one with me.

During the first class, I realized that I wasn’t the only one who was a real beginner. It was extremely different compared to my other experiences at Georgetown where my introductory French class was half made up of kids with years of French experience under their belt, and my U.S. Political Systems class where it seemed everyone had known the ins and outs of the government before they could walk. No, here was a class where the other students also swung their rackets in strange ways and got smacked in the face with balls they had mis-predicted. It was a place where people really did come to improve and learn, not just to show off their skill. By the end of the class, my friend, who I had forced to come saw that I was comfortable and merrily went on her way to enroll in the racquetball class instead.

My class only had 4 students so we all became rather friendly. One of our classmates was a graduate student and I know her and her tennis partner would practice outside of class almost every week. Moreover, the teacher I had, Kathleen Collins-Bell, was extremely patient. I was pretty hard on myself when I made a mistake but she coached me through it, always ready with a tip of improvement. Each class we ran through drills in the beginning, played each other at the end, and practiced serving if we had time. I looked forward to each class, re-learning a sport, counting it as my daily exercise, and meeting new people who I still say hi to today.

What Others Have to Say:

Chas Kennedy who teaches the introductory golf course cites forming personal connections with the students as his favorite part of the job. “Just by chance, over the last couple of years, I’ve had almost half of the students from China, Mongolia, and Japan. It’s very interesting to talk to these kids about how they became fluent in English, and where they studied before they came to Georgetown and what they’re going to do after they graduate.”

Chas with his golf class.

Ellie Valencia, now graduated, took a tennis course last spring with Kathleen Collins-Bell. She said, “The tennis LRED course definitely had more of a sense of community than the average Georgetown course mostly because it was so small…It really is a great deal taking this class because you get a lot of individual feedback which could normally set you back at least $50/hour for a course. Kathleen was always very encouraging and gave feedback as to what we could each be doing better.”

Ellie says she still runs into Kathleen on the courts and asks for her advice. As for her fellow classmates, she still plays tennis with two of them even though the course is over.

She concluded, “I feel like it’s really a hidden gem at Georgetown because if you’re a full time student it’s a free course with really tailored instruction. I’m not very athletic myself so it was an excellent introduction course–especially since it wasn’t graded!”

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Ellie with one of her classmates
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Ellie’s Tennis Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Gloor, a sophomore, took a yoga class her freshman spring. She considered it “a nice time set out twice a week for me to relax. I enjoyed learning how to meditate and how to control my body in ways I hadn’t ever thought to think about.” 

She ended up in the same class as her roommate. “I feel that we got closer. Oftentimes the class would consist of just my roommate, the instructor, and me. It was an intimate and peaceful setting.”

As for her instructor, she said, “She was super attentive and made sure to check up on me, as she knew I was a beginner. Sometimes I would fall asleep, and she’d let me sleep there for a few minutes.”

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A ballet class

Jan Taylor who teaches the dance classes says, “Movement is my vocabulary. I communicate this way and enjoy teaching folks to do so as well.” She has three college degrees in dance, and has toured with professional companies. She even has her own company, Jan Taylor Dance Theatre. Moreover, apparently many students take the same courses over and over. She says, “It can be a lot to take in so repetition is great.”

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LRED Swim Class
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LRED Swim Class

Class Offerings

This upcoming semester, fall 2017, Yates is offering 14 Leisure and Recreation Classes, with the strength training classes held in the new John Thompson Junior Recreation Center. Classes are taught by Yates professional instructors who also take on private and paid classes. Most of the classes are introductory and require no experience. Each class is 0 credits but they are all free! They are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

For Fall 2017, here is the course offering (number of students in each class):

  • Beginning Swimming (6)
  • Swimming for Fitness (8)
  • Tennis I (2 classes/ 16)
  • Tennis II (2 classes/ 12)
  • Racquetball I (6)
  • Squash I (6)
  • Ballet I (25)
  • Jazz Dance (25)
  • Modern Dance (20)
  • Yoga (30)
  • Intro to Strength Training (10)
  • Strength Training II (10)
  • Intro to Ballroom Dance (30)
  • Introduction to Golf (6)

Registration Instructions

To register for the classes, you simply log into myAccess, go to the “Course Schedules by Campus”, and find the classes by selecting “Leisure & Recreation Education” in the “Subject:” field and then pressing “Class Search”. It is also important to note that almost all of the classes require no experience. Usually the classes with the “II” indicated at the end (ie: Tennis and Strength Training) and the Swimming for Fitness classes require a bit of experience, but all the others start at the grassroots.

Whether it’s to pursue an old passion, a new one, get fit, find a community, or find friends that have similar interests, I would definitely suggest trying this out! The smaller classes fill up fast so be sure to register quickly!

2017 National Rec Day Recap

How do YOU Yates? Georgetown University Students, Faculty, Staff, and Yates Members gathered to tell us just that at National Recreation Day on February 3rd.

Yates Field House celebrated National Rec Day with free Group Fitness Classes, our Intramural Battleship tournament, Log Rolling, and fun giveaways from our Rec Day photo booth! See the gallery below for a sneak peek of how Yates members answered the question #HowDoYouYates!

National Recreation Day 2017: How Do You Yates?

Yates Field House is excited to once again celebrate National Recreation Day with an abundance of day-long activities and events! Join us on Friday, February 3rd to get active, have fun, and reflect on #HowDoYouYates!

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National Recreation Day is recognized every February by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). The day was established to celebrate the founding of NIRSA, as well as promote habits of health and wellbeing in our communities. At Yates Field House, we celebrate Rec Day with offerings of free fitness and wellness activities to our members, as well as a day dedicated to educating our community about why physical activity is important.

Help us spread the word about what recreation means to you by participating in our #HowDoYouYates photo booth! The first 150 participants will receive a FREE Rec Day 2017 t-shirt.

Full schedule of National Recreation Day events below.

11AM-6PM: Free Chair Massage event, Mezzanine
3PM: Cornhole begins, Lobby
3:00-6:00PM: #HowDoYouYates Photo Booth and T-shirt giveaway, Lobby
4:00PM-5:00PM: FREE Spinning, Studio B*
4:45PM-5:45PM: FREE Kripalu Yoga, Studio A*
7PM: Battleship and Log Rolling, Pool**

*Group Fitness classes will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis. For spinning, participants MUST sign up for a bike at the Yates Front Desk beginning at 3:30PM.
**Sign up for the Battleship Tournament through Georgetown’s IMleagues website. Participation is $15 per team.