February 2020 Volume 3 Issue 2
February 2020 Newsletter
PATRIOTIC PERFORMANCE Charlie Clark, Beede Center lifeguard and Concord Carlisle swim team captain, competes in the 100-yard backstroke during a recent meet with Waltham. Charlie is just one member of a winning team, which is sending swimmers to the DCL Championships and D1 Sectionals then States. Go Pats!

It’s cold out there so come inside the Beede Center to warm up! 

Besides trainers, swim coaches and state-of-the-art equipment, our 2020 Spring/Summer brochure features a diverse list of activities to keep fit your mind, body and soul. Sign-ups begin Wednesday, February 5 for members, and Wednesday, February 12 for everyone else. 

If you see something you like - and you will - sign up online, by phone or at the Front Desk. Classes fill quickly, particularly Saturday morning swim lessons. Registrations are  online . You may also pick up hard copies here, at Hunt Gym and Church Street. We offer a variety of programs for all ages, interests and skill levels. Don’t miss out.  

Concord Recreation has converted our software to MyRec. Once the learning curve is through, you’ll be pleased with the ease of My Rec and it’s user-friendly features. MyRec is the only option to register for 20/20 Spring and Summer programs. If you have not already, please create an account and familiarize yourself with My Rec.   

  • February 5 - Wednesday - Spring/Summer registration opens for members
  • February 5 - Wednesday - Registration opens for White Pond
  • February 8 - Saturday - Otters Swim Meet 4 pm (all pools close) 
  • February 12 -Wednesday - Spring/Summer registration opens for all
  • February 12 - Wednesday - Abs & Core class
  • February 17 - Monday - Presidents Day Open 7 am to 6 pm No Regularly Scheduled Classes
  • February 15-21 - School vacation. No Regularly Scheduled Classes
  • February 29 - Saturday - Otters Swim Meet 4 pm (all pools close) 

Pool and Fitness schedules are posted at beedecenter.com and throughout the Beede Center

Charter member Ginger Lang shows off her new Beede finery. Ginger is one of hundreds who completed 10 workouts within the extra busy days of December 15 to January 15. Congratulations to you all! 

The Beede Center is your one-stop spot for certifications in our Red Cross Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Instructor course. There is still room in the following courses: 

Lifeguard Training *  February 17 - 20 * 9:00am to 5:00pm

Water Safety Instruction * February 18 - 21 * 9:00am to 5:00pm

Successful completion of the lifeguard course certifies you to guard at pools, lakes, ponds and beaches. Both certifications are good for two years from the date of issuance.

Member Carolyn Copp works out with a kettlebell during one of her one-on-one sessions with Personal Trainer Laurel Dewolf-Grise.  

Carolyn Copp joined the Beede Center in late 2016 with a single goal: Make exercise a habit. The decision, she admits, was partially prompted by her physician who raised two eyebrows at Carolyn’s recent lab work. While nothing screamed “medical emergency,” the doctor suggested that Carolyn “get moving.” 
Carolyn, 59, felt she could use a little help following her doctor’s orders.  
“I knew that I had to work with a trainer in order to get myself into the habit of exercising,” said Carolyn while explaining why she chose to work with Laurel as her personal trainer. “I wanted to work with a woman and she looked friendly and competent. I also wanted someone who was around my age. I lucked out because not only is she a great trainer, but we share many of the same interests in books, movies and TV shows.”
Weight loss was Carolyn’s biggest challenge. Despite committing to a full year of training sessions with Laurel, Carolyn had barely dropped 12 pounds. She could not rely on exercise alone. Attempts to alter her eating habits only put the weight back on. 
“My medical tests were better, but not great,” Carolyn said. “I was stronger, but I was still too heavy. I was constantly battling negative thoughts about my weight. Laurel pushed me physically and mentally. She offered practical suggestions related to food--some of which I incorporated, but I was still stuck. Even so, I kept at it.”
After two years of personal training, Laurel suggested Carolyn join Weight Watchers. 
“I joined WW and found that Laurel's encouragement, recipe sharing, and personal accountability have been instrumental in me losing 43-plus pounds so far. My doctor was amazed at my progress! My exercise routine has stayed consistent, although more and more intense as I've gotten stronger. I couldn't have done this without Laurel. She came up with a great idea to prepare soups on the weekend that are zero points (in WW lingo). I started doing that and now we often bring in a soup for each other to try.
“Laurel has truly been my partner in this new lifestyle of exercise and healthy eating.” Carolyn continued. “She also is constantly introducing new exercises into my workouts and setting up ways for me to beat myself, or her or other clients, whether it is with the Blazepods, shoulder pull ups or planks, she knows how to get me to do more.”
Carolyn suspects Laurel modifies the counts to sneak in more reps. The subtlety reminds Carolyn that she can do more than she originally thought. Carolyn appreciates the technique. She respects Laurel’s commitment to professional development by attending workshops and conferences. She is also grateful for unsolicited encouragement from members and other Beede staffers.  
Mission accomplished, Carolyn. You’ve made exercise and good health an enduring habit, and acquired some good friends and recipes along the way. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. 

No February newsletter would be complete without commenting on heart health. Nichell, our newest trainer, hosts a fun alternative to the destinationless treadmill. Join her and others in our Fitness Studio Thursdays at 6:00pm, for a healthy and invigorating heart-friendly workout. 

Burpees work your arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and abs. It is a full-body strength exercise. Nichell will guide you through each rep to a healthier heart. The class runs through March 26. Sign up at the front desk. Scared of commitment? Pay only $15 for a drop in. 

Concord Otters proved once again that practice and hard work - and more importantly - fun with friends are the essential ingredients for a winning team.

Our youth took first place in the January 25 meet against respectable competitors, the Suburban Sharks and Westford Dolphins. More than 330 swimmers lept from the blocks for races in the butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle. Our Otters took the top 3 spots time and time again. 

But the biggest news, according to Coach Maureen Cownie, were the personal best times our Otters stacked up. The Otters take over the pools at 4:00pm on Saturday February 8th against Westford/Wayside and Saturday February 29 against Thoreau.

We may be knee deep in winter, but it’s never too soon to think about nice sand and water at White Pond. Registration for season passes opens Wednesday, February 5. Log into your MyRec account or call the Beede Center. 

White Pond opens weekends from May 23 through June 28. Summer hours are Monday through Sunday from 10:00am - 7:30 pm and runs June 29 through August 23. 

Season passes for Concord residents are $150 per household and non-residents are $190 per household. A household includes all individuals who legally reside at the same address. Proof of residency is required. Guests of members are welcome for $10 each (under 2 is no charge.)
Day passes are $20.00 and are sold one hour after opening based on space availability.

  • The Welsh call February "y mis bach" which means "little month"
  • The month is named for the Latin word februum which means purification
  • For more than 40 years, February has been Black History Month
  • February also marks American Heart Month, Canned Food Month & Grapefruit Month
  • Almost 9 million people in the US buy their dog gifts or cards for Valentine’s Day
  • Massachusetts entered the Union during the month of February
  • The odds of being born on February 29 are about 1 in 1,461
  • Fitness February has a nice ring to it   
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