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January Group Exercise News

 Change in Instructors

Ab Lab - Teri Murashige - Mondays 1-1:30 PM. Improve your core strength, balance and posture. A focused workout with cutting edge abdominal and lower back exercises.

Zumba! - Teri Murashige - Mon/Wed @ 12 PM. We like the way you work it!  It's salsa, mambo, cha-cha, cumbia, hip hop, and freestyle moves all rolled in to one.  Using an add-on choreography format, you'll sweat, laugh, and get a fantastic workout while you shake it!

Outdoor Tabata @ Granada Beach - Michelle Mellinger - T/Th @ 5:30 PM

TRX Circuit - Lindsay - Wed @ 7 AM

Athletic Circuit - Michelle - Fri @ 8 AM

Did you catch the Christmas Eve Spin-a-Thon? 5 hours*100 miles*20 mph avg 

Look for more Spin-a-Thon's in the future!

Group Exercise Classes are a great way to get your New Year's Resolutions going!

Check out our Schedule Online, at the Front Desk, or on our App.

 Butternut Squash Soup with Chicken Sausage

Ingredients: 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 12 ounces cooked chicken-apple sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, 4 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (1 small to medium squash), 3 medium carrots, chopped, 1 stalk celery, chopped, 1/2 medium onion, chopped, 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, 1/2 cup fresh sage or parsley leaves

 Click here for directions 

 THANK YOU!

 A BIG "THANK YOU" to those who donated to our Annual Toy Drive for Miller's Children's Hospital & our Food Drive feeding Long Beach Families.

 Wine Tasting

Join us at Murphy's Pub for another great night of wine tasting this month. Details available soon

Group Training Sessions

Need a little motivation & accountability this New Year?  Group Training Sessions can help! All levels welcome!

Monday's @ 7 PM * Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25 * 60 minutes * $30/session * $100 for 4 sessions (prepay)

Preregister with Stephanie 

Looking for another day/time? Rally 4 or more friends & contact Stephanie

 5 Smart Food & Fitness New Year's Resolutions

If they're part of your yearly tradition, you may already have some ideas in mind. If not, you probably want to make sure that you set some realistic resolutions, especially with regard to your diet and fitness goals since they're sometimes the hardest to keep. Make a small change every day - Creating a long list of New Year's resolutions might seem like a good idea, but taking on too much at once can overwhelm you and discourage you if you can't focus your motivation. Do efficient workouts - Who has time to work out for two hours a day? Working out for hours and hours each day is not only time-consuming, but also boring, which can zap your motivation and ultimately prevent you from achieving your goals. Instead of a long sweat session, do shorter, high-intensity, interval workouts. Eat nutritiously 80% of the time - It is recommended to make 80% of the calories you consume healthy and nutritious and saving the remaining 20% for not-so-healthy-foods. This strategy makes changing your eating habits a lot more manageable because if you cut out all of your favorite foods, you'll feel deprived and end up binging on them later. Schedule your workouts each week – Think you don't have time to exercise? Try this tactic: Look at your weekly calendar and find blocks of free time (even as little as 15 minutes) to schedule some workouts for the upcoming week. If you spend a little time scheduling your workouts for the week, just like you would do with your other obligations, they'll become appointments that you can't miss. Don't get caught up in what the scale says - The scale is a good measure of overall weight loss, but it doesn't tell you the whole story, especially when it comes to daily weigh-in. Obsessing over the scale every morning is not a healthy habit or an accurate gauge of your progress. Water retention and hormones can add a few pounds to the reading, and if your weight-loss plan includes strength training, you may even gain weight from increased muscle mass while still losing fat.

Our Personal Trainers can help you start your New Year off on the right track & our Group Exercise program offers over 100 classes per week.

 ORTHO-KINETICS®

Start the New Year off right with THREE free ORTHO-KINETICS® appointments with our certified Personal Trainers.  Your appointments will assess your:

1) Postural Pattern - Improve Postural Deviations

2) Joint Bias Analysis - Increase Joint Motion

3) Functional Movement - Enhance Muscular Balance and Strength.

Upon completion of your appointments, your trainer will provide you with a customized corrective exercise and fitness program that can empower you to function, feel and perform your very best.  Book your free assessments with Membership Services today!

Gym Etiquette & Weight Room Safety

Follow these guidelines to prevent injuries in the club.

1. Keep cell phone use to the lobby only - AVOID using in weight room & locker room.

2.  AVOID "sitting" on equipment for an extended period time while using your cell phone.

3. RETURN equipment to proper place when finished.

4. Wear CLOSED toed shoes.

5. Choose a weight you can lift for 8-10 reps.

6. Maintain good posture.

7. Ask for a spot if you are lifting heavy.

8. Avoid slamming or dropping the weights. Some may bounce off the floor resulting in bodily injury.

9. Avoid slamming or bouncing the weight stacks between reps. The cables may snap resulting in bodily injury.

10. Place water bottles & personal belongings off to side, out of open areas.

11.Use designated areas for stretching, not the weight room floor.

12.BE AWARE of those around you. DO NOT STAND in front of the weight racks to perform exercises

13. Keep it clean - Wipe down equipment after use

14. Limit perfumes & lotions while working out.

 Please welcome our newest staff

Front desk - Troy, Anna, & Lauren

Childcare - Ashley & Emily

 Look for our new beanies & sweatshirts to keep you warm this winter in our pro shop!

Take A Hike!!

January 9th & 23th @ 7-9 AM for 4-5 miles of intermediate hiking. Meet Scott at Starbucks at   6:55 AM.

Starbucks: 7958 E. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach 949.376.5221 or 7 AM at El Moro Visitor Center

$15 parking: 8471 PCH, Laguna Beach.

Scott's cell: 562.668.1904 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Shoppers Guide

1) Are you a Belmont Member who owns or manages a business? Could your company benefit from advertising to nearly 3,000 members of The Belmont Athletic Club? more info 

2) Members - click here for Discounts 

Account updates

 Any changes to membership payments must be submitted by last business day of the month

 Enjoy a Therapeutic Massage or Acupuncture Treatment.

Book your appointment today with Bobbie or Julia.

 Watch your favorite NFL game with us at Murphy's Pub!

Open @ 9:30 AM on Sunday's

Breakfast served until 11:30 AM

Bottomless mimosas until 12 PM

10% Off Tuesdays for Belmont members.

Click for Menu 

Racquetball

If you are interested in learning more about our Racquetball Leagues or pickup games, contact Marc Bosscher @  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tom Durham @This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Refer A Friend

Don't forget to refer a friend & receive up to $50. Ask Membership for details.

 Need a babysitter?

Stop by Childcare to pick up a list of qualified babysitters.

 Salud Juice

COLD-PRESSED

Cold-pressed is a form of juicing that gently grinds produce into a fine pulp and passes it through a hydraulic press to extract the vitamins and nutrients from the fiber of the produce. www.saludjuice.com

Childcare Reservations

 January is one of our busiest months of the year and we would like to remind you to make your childcare reservations in advance. We can not guarantee space will be available for walk-ins.

 

"Everything we do begins and ends with our members!"

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Club Holiday Hours

Dec 5 - Belmont Shore Christmas Parade - Close @ 4 PM (Parade starts @ 6 PM)

Dec 24 - Christmas Eve - Close @ 12:30 PM

Dec 25 - Christmas Day – Closed

Dec 31 - New Year's Eve - Close @ 3 PM

2nd St Beauty Discount

Show your membership card to receive discount

 

December Group Exercise News 

 Change in Instructors

Spin

Josh - Mon/Fri @ 9 AM

Lisa Erbacher - Mon/Wed @ 6 PM

 

Gentle Yoga

Liseth Soli (Maria Contreras) - Mon/Wed/Fri @ 10:20 AM

 

Zumba in Da Club 

Raised a total of $2808 for the City of Hope Women's Cancer Center

 

Decorate your tree with a Belmont Athletic Club Ornament

 Belmont Christmas Ornament

Only $10

 

December Childcare Activities

 2nd Annual Toy Drive

Join us for our 2nd Annual Toy Drive benefiting Miller's Children's Hospital.

We will be collecting Toy donations Nov. 15 - Dec. 15

Click to view their Wish List

Kids workout December 5th

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Must Sign-up in childcare

With the flu season approaching, please remember to keep your child home if they have a cough, running nose, or fever. Thank you

 Murphy's

$1 OFF DRAFT BEER

Toy Drive

Bring in an unwrapped toy ($10 value)

$1 off draft beer all night

thru December 15th

Toy drive benefiting "Spark of Love"

Dec. 24 closed 5:00 PM

Dec. 25 open 5:00 PM

Dec. 31 close @ 11:00 PM

 

Group Training Sessions

Need a little motivation & accountability this Holiday Season? 

Group Training Sessions can help! All levels welcome!

Mondays @ 7 PM

Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Dec. 21

Wednesdays @ 6 PM

Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16

60 minutes * $30/session * $100 for 4 sessions (prepay)

Tues./Thur. @ 10:30 AM

Dec. 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th

Mon./Wed. @ 11:30 AM

Dec., 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th

30 minutes * $25/session * $80/4 sessions (prepay)

Preregister with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

25 Healthy Food Hacks the Pros Use 

Practical Food Tips: Do you want to know how chefs, dietitians and other nutrition pros make nutritious meal prep a cinch? Here are their shortcuts, go-to ingredients, cooking techniques and must-buy gadgets for making life easier-and food tastier.

Click here for the full article

 

ORTHO-KINETICS®

Start the New Year off right with THREE free ORTHO-KINETICS® appointments with our

certified Personal Trainers.  Your appointments will assess your: 

1) Postural Pattern - Improve Postural Deviations

2) Joint Bias Analysis - Increase Joint Motion

3) Functional Movement - Enhance Muscular Balance and Strength.

Upon completion of your appointments, your trainer will provide you with a customized corrective exercise and fitness program that can empower you to function, feel and perform your very best.  Book your free assessments with Membership Services today!

 Gifts

Give the gift of "fitness & wellness"

Apparel, Gym Memberships, Personal Training, Spa Treatments, & more.

Gift certificates available.

 

Canned Food Drive benefiting families in Long Beach

Donations can be dropped off at our front desk through December 22nd.

The organization has mentioned that fruit, vegetables, peanut butter, and jelly would be very helpful.  Thank you for your help!

Take a hike!

 December 12th & 26th, 7-9 AM for 4-5 miles of intermediate hiking. Meet Scott at Starbucks at 6:55 AM. Starbucks: 7958 E. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach 949.376.5221 or 7 AM at El Moro Visitor Center $15 parking: 8471 PCH, Laguna Beach. Scott's cell: 562.668.1904  

 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Racquetball

If you are interested in learning more about our Racquetball Leagues or pickup games, contact Marc Bosscher or Tom Durham 

Salud Juice

We are happy to announce that Salud Juice will be opening their second location here at the Belmont, the first week of November. www.saludjuice.com 

Refer a friend

 Don't forget to refer a friend & receive up to $50. Ask Membership for details.

 Need a babysitter? 

Stop by childcare to pick a list of qualified sitters

 

  "Everything we do begins and ends with our members."

Club Holiday Hours

 Nov 26 - Thanksgiving Day 5:30 AM - 12 PM

Nov 29 -  Belmont Employee Holiday Party - close at 6 PM

 Murphy's Pub - close at 4 PM

ZUMBA IN DA CLUB

Saturday, November 7th, 5-7 PM 

$10 Donation at the Door

Raffles * Gift Baskets

Live DJ * Complimentary Wine Bar

100% of all proceeds to benefit City of Hope Women's Cancers

Open to members and non-members

For more info contact Teri (714)606-9701 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Help Feed Those In Need

We are hosting a canned food drive to help make some Long Beach families holiday a little better.  The organization is requesting canned veggies, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, etc.  We will be accepting donations now through December 22nd.

How eating too little will eat up your FAT loss goals!

You've decided to lose weight, so it's time to start moving more and eating less, right? Well, sort of. That may sound like the right move, but sometimes it can end up doing more harm than good. The human body is much more complex than we realize, and there are many variables that come into play when trying to shed body fat. Here are some things to consider when your primary goal is weight loss: 

Understand BMR: Resting or basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the baseline calorie amount you need to support body functions like breathing and heart rate. In other words, it describes the number of calories you need to survive at rest.  Your BMR is determined by factors such as your gender, age, height and weight. According to MayoClinic.org, your basal metabolic rate accounts for about 70 percent of the calories you burn every day."

Remember that Restriction Results in Fat STORAGE: "A starvation diet does not mean the absence of food; it means cutting the total caloric intake to less than 50% of what the body requires," according to NetWellness.org. If you end up depriving your body to the extreme, it will adapt to low calorie consumption by reducing the amount of energy it uses to function. And then it will stop burning fat and start metabolizing lean tissue and muscle mass instead.  Once that process begins, your rate of metabolism steadily decreases as a safety measure to account for any future food shortages. Bottom line, starving your body will not get you where you want to be.

Next Steps: Getting enough calories, maintaining lean body mass and building muscle can all help jump start a sluggish metabolism. If you want to get out of starvation mode, be sure to eat enough calories. To prevent a slowdown in metabolism, most experts recommend consuming no fewer than 1,200 calories per day. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, "women should eat at least 1,200 calories per day and men should eat at least 1,800." For apparently healthy adults, individual caloric needs should be adjusted according to activity level, which can be calculated by a nutritionist.

Muscle Up: Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat. Losing weight at a slow and steady pace helps to ensure you are actually burning fat as opposed to calorie-burning muscle. This is why I prefer the term "fat loss" over  "weight loss." In addition to preserving your muscle when trying to lose weight, you can also get yourself out of starvation mode by  building muscle mass. Body-weight exercises like squats, lunges, push-ups, and pull-ups as well as traditional weight training, can help build lean muscle and give your metabolism an extra boost. Eating nutrient-dense sources of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats will also help promote muscle growth.

Reflect: Have you taken a moment to really examine why you want to lose weight in the first place? What is that intrinsic motivation that initially inspired you to make this decision? This is the time to ground yourself and embrace this journey with a fresh perspective. Wanting to be a better version of yourself is a great start-just make sure you're doing it as healthfully as possible. 

 

Wouldn't it be nice NOT to "gain weight" this Holiday Season?

 Many of our members have been able to stay on track this year just by knowing their RMR. The 10-minute RMR test informed them How many calories they needed to consume and burn per day to "lose" weight. 

2 for 1 RMR test for only $100 when you schedule your appt. in Nov.

For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your appointment & learn about test preparation. By appointment only. Tests must be used by same person

Childcare Activities in November

 2nd Annual Toy Drive

Join us for our 2nd Annual Toy Drive benefiting Miller's Children's Hospital.

We will be collecting Toy donations Nov. 15 - Dec. 15

Kids workout date/time details to follow

Click to view their Wish List

Wine Tasting Event @ Murphy's Pub

Join us for a great night of wine tasting on November 19

Details will be posted soon

 Do you have a hard time looking over your shoulder?

            Do you get neck aches that make it impossible to turn your head? If so, my FREE workshop may help                   increase your range of motion! 

Thursday, November 5th & 12th @ 10:30 AM

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for details, space is limited.

Pomegranate - Glazed Acorn Squash

Halve and seed 1 acorn squash; slice into thin wedges.  Toss with olive oil and roast at 425 degrees F, 20 minutes. Cook 1 cup pomegranate juice with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a deep skillet until thickened, 5 minutes. Add the squash and 2 tablespoons each butter and pomegranate seeds; toss to coat. Sprinkle with torn mint.  Read more at: Foodnetwork 

 

Same 'ol routine?

Is your cardio workout becoming a routine? Are you losing interest & not seeing results?  If so, try doing your weight workout before your cardio. add 5-10 minutes of a new piece of cardio at the end of your workout, try the rowing or Krank machine, or simply add music.  You should mix up your cardio machines, duration, & intensity to continue to challenge your body.

New Belmont Apparel arriving soon!

T-shirts, Tank Tops, Sweatshirts & more.

Enjoy a Therapeutic Massage or Acupuncture Treatment.

Book your appointment today with Bobbie or Julia. Menu of services 

Watch your favorite NFL game with us @ Murphy's Pub!

Open @ 9:30 AM on Sunday's * Breakfast served until 11:30 AM * Bottomless mimosas until 12 PM                          10% Off Tuesdays for Belmont members.

Click for Menu *  Like us on Facebook

 Racquetball

If you are interested in learning more about our Racquetball Leagues or pickup games, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Tom Durham 

Salud Juice

We are happy to announce that Salud Juice will be opening their second location here at the Belmont, the first week of November. www.saludjuice.com 

 Stretching & Floor Exercise Areas

Searching for floor space? There are several areas on the second and third level of the club that can be used.  Most of the spaces offer mats, stretch straps, foam rollers, etc. On the second level - in front of or inside racquetball courts.  The third level - Group Ex room (Studio A) & Spin room (Studio B) when there is not a class in session, Studio C (between spin room & Murphy's), & open area loft. For your safety, please do not use the weight room for floor exercises or stretching. Need help? Contact one of our trainers to help locate a space that works for you!!

 TAKE A HIKE!!

 November 14th & 28th, 7-9 AM for 4-5 miles of intermediate hiking. Meet Scott at Starbucks at 6:55 AM. Starbucks: 7958 E. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach 949.376.5221 or 7 AM at El Moro Visitor Center $15 parking: 8471 PCH, Laguna Beach. Scott's cell: 562.668.1904  

 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

REFER A FRIEND

 Don't forget to refer a friend & receive up to $50. Ask Membership for details.

 NEED A BABYSITTER? 

Stop by childcare to pick a list of qualified sitters

  "Everything we do begins and ends with our members."

Racquetball News!

Congratulations to our member Brian.  He is the reigning back-to-back Paddleball National Champion!

The Belmont would like to welcome our new Racquetball League's co-director, Tom Durham. He is teaming up with Marc Bosscher.

Fall league starts October 3rd.

For league information, see their Facebook page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Fall Group Exercise Schedule

New Spin Instructor!

Hillary Foster is our newest Spin instructor. Meet her on Tuesday's at 9:15 AM and Wednesday's at 8:00 AM in the Spin Studio for a great workout!

Fight Club is back!

Don't forget to pump up your Friday nights with Alfredo Borrego at FIGHT CLUB! Fight Club is a H.I.T.T (High Intensity Interval Training) based punching bag class, with emphasis on Martial arts techniques. Presented by Alfredo Borrego who is a professional MMA fighter with expertise in Brazilian Jiu Jit su, Muay Thai, and Boxing. He has traveled the world learning and competing in martial arts.

Fight Club is designed for families and individuals who have never performed martial arts and are interested in adding variety to their fitness regime. Experts and competition based students are also welcome as the emphasis will be proper form and functionality.

Did you know? We offer Pilates Reformer!

Pilates Reformer sessions that are currently in place:

Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM with Lori Rosenthal

Thursday evening at 5:15 PM with Katie Ostrout

Saturday mornings at 11:15 AM with Lori Rosenthal

Sessions are $25/class. Space is limited.

Looking for a one-on-one session? Email our instructors to set something up!

Lori Rosenthal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Katie Ostrout: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome back Teri Murashige to ZUMBA!

 Monday afternoons at 12:00 PM

What's in your Protein Bar?

Check the label before you grab your next protein bar. With more companies jumping on the protein bar wagon, the quality of the protein can vary and some of their ingredients are questionable. On average, a standard protein bar has about 20 grams of protein. That's almost half the amount an average-sized, inactive woman needs  a day. Some protein bars may contain as much as 30 grams of sugar (6 teaspoons), which exceeds the AHA daily recommended 25 gram cap. Fractionated/hydrogenated palm kernel oil creates the chocolate coating on many bars and contains a high concentration of saturated fat. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a chemical preservative that  extends shelf life and has shown a link to cancer.

Childcare Activities

 Halloween Week - Oct. 26th - Oct. 31st

 * the kids will enjoy a different craft everyday * wear their costumes on Friday & Saturday

* goodie bags for all ages

The Kids fitness program is back! Look for scheduled dates, times, and sign-up sheets in childcare this month.

Murphy's Pub

Kona Brewing Tap Takeover! October 22nd from 7 PM - Close

Watch your favorite NFL game with us. We are opening at 9:30 AM on Sundays with breakfast served until 11:30 AM & bottomless mimosas until 12 PM

Salud Juice

We are happy to announce that Salud Juice will be opening their second location here at The Belmont, the first week of November.    www.saludjuice.com

Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash

Ingredients : Acorn Squash: 2 acorn squash, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, Filling: 2 tablespoons butter, 2 cups cabbage (core removed before slicing), 1 cup 1/4-inch-sliced sweet onion, 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced in 1/4-inch julienne, 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced in 1/4-inch julienne, Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, 2 cups cremini mushrooms, cleaned and quartered, 2 cloves garlic, minced, 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, for garnish, optional

 Read more at: Foodnetwork 

JETBLUE Long Beach Marathon

Sunday, October 11th.  Please consult your local newspaper for road closure times.  Good luck to our participating Belmont members!!

 TAKE A HIKE!!

 October 3rd & 17th, 7-9 AM for 4-5 miles of intermediate hiking. Meet Scott at Starbucks at 6:55 AM. Starbucks: 7958 E. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach 949.376.5221 or 7 AM at El Moro Visitor Center $15 parking: 8471 PCH, Laguna Beach. Scott's cell: 562.668.1904  

 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

RACQUETBALL

If you are interested in learning more about our Racquetball Leagues or pickup games,

 contact Marc Bosscher - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REFER A FRIEND

 Don't forget to refer a friend & receive up to $50. Ask Membership for details.

 NEED A BABYSITTER?

 Stop by Childcare to pick up a list of qualified babysitters.

  "Everything we do begins and ends with our members."

 

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