December 2019

As we prepare for the busy season ahead, we pause to reflect on the past year.  Our philosophy has, and will continue to be, to reinvest in our Liberty Community. We are committed to providing you the very best in health, fitness and wellness. We will continue to strive to bring you exciting new programs, state of the art equipment and improved facilities. We are grateful for your continued loyalty and support, and wish you and your family prosperity and health this holiday season and in the year ahead.
From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

In Good Health, 
Liberty Athletic Club
Susan Cutshaw Retires After 25 Years Of Service
article by Kim Stetson
Susan Cutshaw will conduct her last personal training session at Liberty with member, Patty Fink, on December 5, at 1:00 pm. This will conclude 24 straight years of Susan and Patty meeting together every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30 pm! Following 25 years of unprecedented service to Liberty, Susan is retiring.
Susan became interested in working at Liberty while finishing her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Michigan. A love for horses jump-started her career as a personal trainer. 

Susan came into Liberty to workout one day, clad in riding breeches. She immediately caught the eye of Liberty’s fitness director, Karen Phillips, who also enjoyed horses. A conversation quickly ensued over their mutual interest. During Susan’s third encounter with Karen, she was hired on the spot. Without an official interview, she filled out her job application on her first day of work, March 9, 1994. One year later, she took over as fitness director.

“When I started working as fitness director,” Susan explained, “the fitness desk and the equipment were in the middle of the current workout floor.” “My office was in the back of the club behind the tennis courts, so I created a little space up front behind a wall. I had just enough room for a desk, a computer, and some files.”

Five years later, Susan left the position of fitness director to Nancy Arnold, to allow more time for school and family. “I wormed my way back to the position,” she shared, “by taking on more and more responsibilities.” 

Susan was named fitness director for the second time in 2003, where she served for five more years until R.J. Meske took over the position in 2008. Her service as fitness director totaled ten years.

As a personal trainer, Susan’s interest, education and expertise led her to work with clients in the areas of weight management, autoimmune issues, post rehabilitation, and pre and postnatal care. For personal reasons, she pursued her first certification in pre and postnatal care in 1994. “I had my own issues when I was pregnant,” Susan explained, “and if someone had been there for me, maybe things would have gone smoother.”

“My training over the years,” Susan said, “morphed from working with the ‘come on, come on’ group, to working with older clients and their specific issues.” In latter years, the majority of Susan’s clients were over 40.

Being an integral part of the Transformation Challenge and the Balanced Body program were highlights of Susan’s tenure at Liberty. She’ll be remembered for her innovative ideas and commitment to each. 

Susan especially enjoyed her participation in Females in Training (F.I.T.), a class she conducted with fellow trainer Nancy Arnold. “A consistent group of women participated in this class for its duration,” Nancy explained. “We would set up different exercise stations and reserve cardio equipment for cardio intervals between exercises. The women worked hard and we tried to keep it fun and energetic by playing our own music …”

Susan fondly remembered the group as a boot camp of sorts that marched to a special song. She also got a kick out of dressing up for Halloween one year, as a drill sergeant in fatigues!

The decision for Susan to retire was extremely difficult. While she loves her clients and co-workers and considers Liberty her home away from home, she wants to pursue new adventures. She wants to spend more time with her husband and children. She wants to “travel a lot and cook more.” She wants to go to as many national parks as she can, and she wants to ride her bike between Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula and Belle Isle in Detroit (791 miles). She wants to try 10,000 new things!

Susan retires from her position beloved by her clients, Liberty’s members, and Liberty’s staff.  She will also be greatly missed by her co-workers.

“I remember meeting Susan on my first day at Liberty almost ten years ago and thinking,” R.J. Meske exclaimed, “wow, I have some big shoes to fill.” “After 10 years of working together, I still feel exactly the same way. Not many people realize how much time she spends preparing everything she does. She puts 100 percent into everything.   I will miss Susan tremendously, both as a colleague and a friend.” 
“Susan and I have been colleagues and friends for 25 years,” Kate Lambright reminisced. “Susan’s legacy in fitness is the development of the Transformation Challenge; Balanced Body and providing her clients with a road map to healthier lifestyles. For me personally, it will always be her stick figure drawings of exercises for her clients.”
Nancy Arnold explained, “Susan and I got along from the very start.” “I was hired to replace her as the fitness director, and we quickly developed a good rapport as she showed me the ropes. We reached a point where we could look at each other from across the gym and know exactly what the other was thinking … I consider Susan a good friend, and I’m happy she’s moving forward with this new chapter in her life.”
“I met Susan in 2003,” Rich Fernandez shared, “just after I was hired as a new trainer.” “Because of her, I am a better person and trainer today. She’s actually a blast outside of Liberty! Susan’s one of a kind.”

Under Susan’s picture on the wall in Liberty’s fitness facility, she wrote, “I want to make the world a healthier place, one day at a time.” 

After 25 years of service, she concluded, “I feel I’ve accomplished that.”
Last thoughts…
From the desk of Susan Cutshaw, M.S. Nutritionist
Alas, this is my last nutrition article. I’ve learned so much over the last 25 plus years from you all I thought I’d share some of that wisdom with everyone. So here goes…
  • Dieting doesn’t work for the long haul
  • Choose a diet plan that fits your lifestyle
  • Eat lots of color everyday
  • Choose 100% whole grains
  • Pay attention to your fiber intake
  • Take time to enjoy your meals
  • Chew slowly
  • Eat when your hungry
  • Stop when your satisfied
  • The scale is only one small indicator of change
  • Pay attention to your waist measurement
  • Lift weights
  • Add new vegetables every week, even if it’s just spices
  • You can’t outrun your fork
  • Eliminate added sugars from your diet
  • Drink water
  • Set realistic and achievable goals
  • Think about diet as a way to eat, not as weight loss
  • Our food choices often change as we age
  • Menopause will most likely result in a shift in body composition
  • Be mindful of alcoholic beverages
  • Read nutrition labels
  • Read ingredients
  • Eat close to the earth
  • Be mindful
And finally, the words of Michael Pollan…” Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

With your help I feel that I’ve been able to accomplish my goal of making the world a healthier place one person at a time.
A sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU for letting me into your lives.  
Join us as we bid a warm &
fond farewell to our friend and colleague,
Susan Cutshaw, who is retiring from
Liberty Athletic Club after 25+ years!

Thursday, December 5th

Light Refreshments

(to be held in the conference room)
Free Month of Dues!
Liberty members, refer a friend who joins in December and each of you receive a free month of dues. Contact the sales team at 734-665-3738 ext. 112 or . It's another great day at Liberty!
New Year's Challenge
January 12 - March 7
Amazing Race 2020 is a completely new take on Liberty's annual new year's challenge! Teams of four will rack up virtual miles by logging steps, completing solo workouts, and participating in group fitness classes and personal training! There will also be bonus mile categories each week to keep things interesting for all 8 weeks of the challenge. The three teams with the most miles at the end of the eight weeks will win great cash prizes, with the top team taking home $400!

There will be more chances to win prizes for participants using the Myzone system. The three individuals with the greatest MEPS + Team Miles will each win a free month of LAC membership Dues.
Teams of four may be member-created, or we will help place participants on a team.  

Entry Fee: $30

More details to come!
Southeastern Michigan's Player of the Year!
Congratulations to Kusull Kim the first recipient of the George Grisdale Memorial Award, Southeastern Michigan’s 2019 Player of the Year!
Winter USTA Leagues
USTA Doubles Leagues (USTA membership required)

40 & Over Mixed (Friday Evenings, Saturdays, Sundays)
Best 2 of 3 sets (10 pt. tiebreaker) with no time limit. Three doubles courts per team. Matches begin January 24-26.

18-39 Mixed World Team Tennis (Friday Evenings)
Two-hour timed format with no-ad scoring. Six sets of play using 2 courts for men’s & women’s doubles, men’s & women’s singles, 2 courts of mixed doubles. Matches begin January 24.

USTA Team Singles (USTA membership required)

Men’s Singles 18 & Over (Saturday and/or Sundays)
Women’s Singles 18 & Over (Saturday and/or Sundays)

Best 2 of 3 sets (10 pt. tiebreaker) with a time limit of 1.5 hours. Three singles courts per team with matches beginning January 25-26. Players are required to play at their computer rating.

Team declarations needed by 12/30/19 for USTA Leagues. 

Contact Mary Beth Putnam at , or any of our tennis pros for information.
Liberty's 16th Annual
Pajama & Teddy Bear Drive
Continues through December 16
We are collecting new, unwrapped teddy bears and pajamas in all sizes - from infant to adult 4X - to be given to  SafeHouseCenter  in time for their holiday party.
Important Schedule Change
Liberty will close at 6:00 PM on Saturday, December 14 so that our staff may gather for some holiday cheer!
Holiday Hours
Please be sure to check out our holiday hours and group fitness schedule provided in the link below.
Join the Liberty Team!
Looking for a fun and friendly place to work? Liberty offers great benefits, including a free individual membership. 

We are now hiring for the following positions:

  • Front Desk Attendant (weekday position)
  • Child Care Attendant
  • Female Facilities
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Swim Instructors
  • Lifeguards
  • Aqua Aerobics Instructor
  • Yoga Instructor

If interested in employment at Liberty, please contact Human Resources at 734.665.3738 ext. 118 or at , or stop by the Club and obtain an application at the front desk.
Giving Back
Liberty Athletic Club is pleased to have provided in-kind donations to the following organization during the month of November 2019:

  • Spiritus Sanctus Academy
Saline Merry Mile
Saturday, December 7th
Saline, MI

Benefits the Friends of Saline Cross Country and the Coach Smith Scholarship Fund
Holiday Hustle
Saturday, December 14
Dexter, MI

Partial proceeds benefit local Dexter charities