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26 Jan 2017

12th Annual Winter Classic Racquetball Tournament

The 12th Annual Winter Classic Racquetball Tournament is back at The Athletic Club of Overland Park. The tournament will begin on Friday, February 17th and run through Sunday, February 19th, beginning at 5:00 PM on Friday and 9:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday. Spectators are always welcome and free of charge, non-members will need to check-in at the front desk before entering the club. Players must check-in 30 minutes prior to their match and referees will be paid $5 per match. There will be a format of 2 matches to 15 points and tiebreaker of 11 points, and all players will be required to wear approved eye wear. There will also be a classic racquet division in which you are...
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25 Jan 2017

Table Tennis Facts

Have you ever thought about trying this fun and very challenging sport? Trademarked in 1901 by J. Jaques & Son, Ltd., this old school parlor game is widely popular all over the world! Originally called ‘whiff-whaff’ and played by the upper class as an after dinner activity, table tennis or ping pong has been around since at least the 1860’s, when British military officers played makeshift versions of this game to pass the time in India. With 222 member associations, it is said that an upwards of roughly 300 million people play this sport worldwide. These numbers vary with players contributing from all different ages, commitment and skill levels. In a recent article published by tabletennis.co.uk and based off of...
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25 Jan 2017

Kickboxing Benefits!

Working kickboxing into your routine can have many great benefits to you and your workout. A few of the many great things kickboxing brings are a cardiovascular workout, hand-eye coordination, footwork, discipline, and a total body workout! I know many people who are getting into boxing, especially kickboxing, as it requires you to use your entire body mentally and physically throughout the workout. A cardio workout can be tough for some to find the motivation to do at times. Kickboxing is a great form of cardio in which it doesn’t require you to run, walk, bike or any of that. Rather it consists of one using their body to continually push them while they are mentally tired building their cardio...
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20 Jan 2017

Competitive Table Tennis

Do you love to play ping pong with your friends but aren’t sure what to do in order to take that next step towards competitive table tennis? This is a very common occurrence among people who start to find a love for table tennis when playing recreational games, and start to want more competition to improve upon their game. What are the next steps to take to get yourself ready for competitive play? One of the major differences between recreational ping pong and table tennis is the fundamentals. When playing recreational games with friends or family often is not too serious and lacks a lot of the basic fundamentals that come with competitive play. Without the correct fundamentals, one can...
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12 Jan 2017

All About Group Fitness Classes

Having trouble staying motivated to make it through your workout? Group fitness classes can benefit you in many ways and I will share a few of those ways with you. Classes in a group setting can give you the comfort to workout with others around your same skill level and who were once in your shoes as well. They are also more inclined to help you out when you need it! You find people in the class who like to do the same classes as you, workout when you do, helps build relationships outside of the club, and also helps you to get new ideas from different people on how to become the healthiest and best that you can be....
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12 Jan 2017

Everyone’s Talking About Pickleball!

Do you like to play table tennis? Or badminton? Have you ever heard of pickleball? Let me tell you a little bit about the background of pickleball. The sport originally came from two men, Joel Pritchard and Bill Bell, who were sitting around with their families and started to play on the badminton court in the backyard of Pritchard’s house but couldn’t come up with enough badminton rackets. So, they began to use table tennis paddles and hitting a whiffle ball over the net, which they eventually lowered to the ground and began bouncing the ball, almost as if it was giant table tennis. Pickleball is a great form of cardio and a fun activity for all ages. The sport...
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11 Jan 2017

Group Fitness @ ACOP! Come See What You’re Missing!

Many of you attend our group fitness classes religiously without fail, making this one of our most popular offerings here at The Athletic Club! However, I would say that just as many of you might be eager to try these classes, but may not be fully aware of what they offer or how they can benefit you. I thought the beginning of the new year might be the perfect time to do a quick refresher course on some of our most highly coveted classes. Zumba This class was invented in the mid 1990’s by a Colombian instructor and dancer named Alberto Perez. The choreography of this class includes combinations of Salsa, Merengue, Mambo and several other Latin inspired dances. This...
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11 Jan 2017

3 Great Reasons You Should Start Boxing Right Now!

In keeping with our theme of fresh exercising ideas in the new year, let’s talk about boxing! Even though boxing has been around for hundreds of years, it has become more popular as of late, taking specialized exercise boutiques and gyms alike by storm! Many of you have noticed the new renovations we are making downstairs to accommodate more space for activities! These just so happen to include boxing and a few other things you all will be sure to appreciate and enjoy! Boxing is an excellent workout, and quickly gets you into shape with it’s high intensity, fat burning, cardiovascular moves. There are a multitude of reasons to make this a regular part of your exercise routine….here are 3...
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11 Jan 2017

Date Night! Couples Bootcamp!

Looking for a new, fun idea for date night?! Join us for Couple’s Bootcamp Friday, February 24 at 6:00 PM. Grab your husband, wife, bestie, workout buddy, sister, or coworker and partake in our 1 hour sweat session. Monica will lead you in a fitness class unlike any other and explore new ways to workout as a team! After your 1 hour sweat session join us for a drink in the bar! Tickets include: Couples Bootcamp, 2 drinks at the bar*, and a coupon for 10% off food at the restaurant to be used any time. Tickets:$30/Couple To reserve your spot and purchase tickets: http://datenightbootcamp.brownpapertickets.com   *Beer and wine only. Some exclusions apply.
6 Jan 2017

Racquetball League Starting Soon

It’s a new year and a new racquetball league is starting back up at the Athletic Club on January 9th. The league is a great way to improve your game at any age or skill level by competing against some of the best racquetball players in the area. With 9 courts at our main location you are likely to find a match any time of the day. Leagues are available to members for $20.00 + tax, $15.00 + tax for each additional league this session, as well as non-members for $72.00 + tax, $50.00 + tax for each additional league this season, and juniors for $15.00 + tax Juniors (under 18 on the start date of the league). As a member...
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