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

Abigail Garcia – A Quick Introduction

20141210 Yates 0045Abigail Garcia joined Yates in December as Business Operations Manager.  Here’s a brief Q&A to get to know Abigail as she starts her career at Yates!

Where are you coming from?
Following my graduation from Elon University in 2011 with a degree in Mathematics, I worked as the Financial Analyst and Carrier Data Contact for National Agents Alliance in Burlington, NC.

What are your duties at Yates?
My titles are Business Operations Manager & Assistant Membership Director, which means I work with the financial and business affairs of Yates, and I also assist Kim Harrell-Mills, Membership Director, with membership responsibilities.

What’s your personal background with recreation / fitness / sports?
I played lots of backyard/recess sports growing up, but basketball is my main sport. I played 4 years of varsity at Franklin County High School and my AAU team, the Roanoke Stars, made two appearances at the AAU National Tournament throughout my 6 years playing AAU. I also played two years of varsity Tennis in high school. I played just about every intramural sport at Elon University while I was there, and I actually met my husband playing pickup basketball at Elon.

What are you excited about working at Yates/Gtown?
I am excited about the opportunity we have at Yates to meet so many different people from the Georgetown community since our facility services students, fac/staff, and the neighboring community.

Anything other details about you you’d like to share with members/campus community?
My husband, Angel, is the Assistant Director for Residential Education at Georgetown, so we have been living on campus since June 2014.

 

Yates Spin Instructor featured by Mad Dogg!

Joe Kraskinkas, a Spinning Master Instructor who teaches classes at Yates, was recently profiled on the Spinning website.  In the profile, Joe describes his history and experience with Spinning and his passion and approach as an instructor.

The Yates family is excited to congratulate Joe on this well-deserved recognition!

Follow the link for the full profile.  A brief bio of Joe can be found below:

Born and raised in Central Massachusetts, Joe now lives in Virginia just outside of Washington, DC. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a minor in Music. Joe also competed in Track and Field for WPI as a hurdler, sprinter, jumper, and multi-event athlete and is now an avid triathlete, qualifying for the USA Triathlon Age Group Championships every year since 2012. Joe is an active trumpet player with several groups in the greater Washington, DC, area.

Maegen Hellberg – a Quick Introduction

20141210 Yates 0034This past November, Maegen Hellberg joined the Yates professional staff as Assistant Fitness Director.  Here’s a brief Q&A to get to know our new addition as she embarks on her career at Georgetown!

Q: Where are you coming from?

Prior to arriving at Georgetown, I worked as the Graduate Assitant for Health & FItness at Campbell University, located about 40 miles south of Raleigh, NC. I maintained this role while completing a master’s degree of Public Heath.

Q: What are your responsibilities at Yates?

Currently, I oversee the Group Exercise program. I also assist the Director of Fitness (Meg Dimsa) with the personal training program and fitness floor as needed.

Q: What is your personal background with recreation, fitness and sports?

Sports have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I was fortunate enough to play varsity soccer for Coastal Carolina University from 2006 to 2010.  I was also involved with gymnastics growing up.  I became very interested in fitness, wellness and nutrition early on in my collegiate career and it was an easy, seamless transition for me from athletics.  I began my fitness career right out of college and worked as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and wellness coach.

Q: What excites you about working at Georgetown and Yates Field House?

I am most excited about getting to interact with the students, faculty, staff and outside members that utilize our facilities. I thoroughly enjoy getting to meet new people and learning more about them.  I hope that through these interaction and information gathering, we can develop ways to better serve our community.

Q: What else would you like to share with the Yates community?

I enjoy hiking with my dog, running, cooking and reading.  I am originally from Long Island, NY and come from a big family.  I love to travel and hope to make it to Fiji one day!

Celebrating Our Staff: Erik Williams

Foreword:
As a feature in our new blog, we are excited to celebrate the support staff and instructors that contribute to the Yates family and our members.  Our first feature is a ‘no brainer.’  Erik Williams has actual family connections to Yates and has practically grown up as part of the Yates family.

Erik Williams
Erik Williams

Name: Erik Williams

Position at Yates: Maintenance staff currently, and formerly a counselor for the Day Camp.

How long have worked at Yates?  9 years.

How did you start working at Yates?  My mother used to work here when I was a baby. I would always come to the gym to workout and when I was finally of age to work in DC, this was one of the places that I inquired about. I’ve been here off and on ever since!

What’s your favorite part about Yates?  My favorite part about working here is the diverse community that comes through. People from different walks of life all coming together for one purpose — to increase/maintain their health.

What’s something you’ve learned from Yates and taken elsewhere in your life?  I’ve learned so much from Yates that I’ve taken with me outside of Yates. One example is that Chaz Kennedy has taught me to think more carefully, critically before I ask someone a question or for help. Often times, I’ve discovered that I could answer my own question.

Finally, what’s your favorite way to work out at Yates?  If anyone knows me the least bit, then they know that my favorite way to exercise is through playing basketball. Words cannot express how much I loooooove basketball. I just did a rough calculation of how much of my time I have spent on Yates basketball courts and I calculated that since the age of 10 until now (I’m 23) I’ve spent 506 full, 24 hour days on those courts. Crazy passion right?