MAC Newsletter |November 2017
October News to Know
Locker Rentals
 Lockers are available to rent. 

Cost: $8.00/month

Please contact Amy Goff  if interested.
New Members!
Sarah Galang
Lindsey Ding
Amanda Lipscomb
Sarah Roberts
Sandra French
Kirby Brooks
Anoop Kochar
Kirk Chamberlin
Stephen Ols
Roberts Jenkins
Pandora Biltjinitis
Larry Price
Erich Rose
David Tyler
Parke Sterling
Sarah Roberts
Anthony Sawyer
Jamie Plata
Barbara Ivey
Janet Goode
Madison Centanni
Amanda Lipscomb
Mary Gerber
Stacey Thompson
Richard Papcun
Maci Hulver
Sarah Sunkel
Dear Members and Friends,

Along with the arrival of the month of November comes the season for recommitting to giving thanks and to practicing gratitude.  This is generally a time where we count our blessings in our lives, reconnect with family and friends, and examine how well we are staying focused on the most important priorities in our lives.  Spending quality time with our family and friends (and pets!), practicing our religious or spiritual faith, appreciating our jobs that support our loved ones and ourselves, volunteering in our communities, these are all ways to show gratitude and to give thanks.  Additionally, I believe that tending to the physical health of ourselves and our loved ones is another important component of showing gratitude.  In the words of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, "Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos--the trees, the clouds, everything."  When we keep our bodies healthy, we are subsequently empowered to engage in all aspects of the world around us with focus, energy and positivity.  Our tanks are full, and our engines are ready to roll.  This is the most important part of committing to a healthy lifestyle.  When our goals are shallow and aesthetic, staying motivated to keep up with our workouts can be a challenge.  However, when our health and wellness goals are entrenched in a deeper purpose and sense of gratitude, staying committed is easy.  Remember to maintain a regular exercise schedule, as tending to our health and wellness is truly a way to give thanks to the universe for this life we live.  

With Health and Happiness,

Melissa O'Toole


Thanksgiving Hours
Club Hours, 5:30am-2pm
Kids' Club will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Day Group Exercise  Schedule
6am Turkey Burner Bootcamp with Sarah P and Jen (indoor and outdoor, weather permitting)
8am BodyPump with Angela
9am Spinning with Jen and Melissa
9am BodyCombat with Angela
10am Yoga with Maura (Family Friendly)

Please check the posted schedule for class changes Wednesday November 22 - Friday November 24.

Upcoming Events and New Fitness Programs
All of the MAC staff looks forward to seeing you at the gym, and we invite you to read on in this newsletter about the programs and opportunities designed to keep you healthy and fit.  In the fitness department, we have several new programs launching, MAC Growth (for kids!), MAC Barbell, and Cross Training for Endurance Athletes.  And, our annual Trim the Turkey 5K and Kids' One Mile Fun Run is accepting registrations.  In the racquet sports departments, winter tennis teams are currently forming, and the racquetball crew have a social in November.  In the group exercise department, your instructors are excited to share new workouts with you this month.  And, in the aquatics department, we have swimming options for both adults and children. Read all about these and other opportunities in this newsletter!

TENNIS & RACQUETBALL, Sandra,  adult programs,  youth programs, instruction

Racquetball Social
Our MAC racquetball players will enjoy a social on Tuesday 
November 22, from 4-7 pm.  Beer and food specials will be offered through Center Court Cafe. The social will offer round robin style play, and all members are invited to participate.

MAC Yaks
The Richmond Racquet League is the metro area's oldest interclub men's tennis league, and the  MAC   Yaks  captured the Ram Division Championship in July with a 9-1 record that included three 4-3 wins!

USTA Flex League Tournament
The first annual USTA FLEX End of Season event was a lot 
of fun, and all players enjoyed the t-shirts and tournament awa rds.  Metro Richmond FLEX was excited to introduce players to the  tennis environment at MAC.  Acknowledgements to Stephanie (Metro Richmond FLEX associate coordinator), Casey for the donations toward prizes,  Helen Alli for her contributions, and MAC for hosting the tournament. We look forward to another exciting event in 2018!

Serving for Charity
Early in the morning of Sunday, October 22, News Channel 12 predicted a 10 out of 10 day on the Comfort Index. When the day was over and the last point had been played in Serving For Charity, we were all grateful that the prediction came true.
This past Sunday MAC hosted an express tennis tournament to benefit International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).  The mixed doubles, round robin tournament grew out of a partnership between the Community Outreach Committee of Saints Constantine, Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral and MAC. 12 teams competed and over $2,000 was raised to support the life enriching work of IOCC in the United States and across the globe.
Thanks to all of our sponsors and to Nick's Produce  for supplying the drinks  for the day. Of the 12 teams who participated in the tournament, 2 played the equivalent of a 5 set match on the green clay of Midlothian. Special congratulations to Thomas Clark and Rochelle Preston for their appearance in the finals versus Zack Pettit and Mary Church. Both teams played well, but Zach and Mary came away with the championship certificates, a free lesson with Sonny Kierulf and Under Armor gear.  Thank you Sonny and Dick's Sporting Goods for such wonderful  prizes for our top 2 teams.

MAC House Rules
Please visit our website and review the MAC House Rules as several policies have been revised.  In the tennis department you will notice changes.  Specifically under the winter rules, Gold individual members may book 2 indoor courts per week, 2 days in advance from 12/1-3/31 annually.  (Couple and Family memberships may book 4 courts per week.)  Everyone, may reserve additional courts after 7a the day of or the day before, if a court is available but only 2 indoor courts, 2 days in advance.
  If you have questions regarding any tennis policy, please contact Sandra Mason via

Upcoming Leagues That Play Jan-March 2018
The next USTA offering is the 18 & over mixed league that plays Jan through March 2018.  If you would like to captain again or start a new team, please notify Sandra Mason via by Nov 1st.  If you would like to play, please contact one of the captains below or Sandra Mason by Nov 1st.  The 2017 captains were:
    • o   5.0 - Sandra Mason
    • o   6.0 - Donna Lira, Mark Chronis, Toni Bolden  
    • o   7.0 - Bernice White, Bill Stephens, Donna Moore, Donna Talamo, Eric Kile, Gail Gold 
    • o   8.0 - Allen Huang, Bernice White, Bill Stephens, Byron Roberts, Robin Meyer, Sandra Mason
    • o   9.0 - Sandra Mason, Stephanie Williams
    • o   10.0 - Sandra Mason
As a reminder, all members that want to play on a MAC team must have a spot before any non-member will be allowed to play.  Members must be at the appropriate NTRP for the team and notify Sandra by Nov 1st in order to receive help in securing a team.
Also, we're looking to start a 5.0 winter mixed team at MAC.  We need more 2.5 men to join!  If you are a 2.5 player and would like to play, please email

Tournament Registration and Payment
The MAC will utilize a new system to register and accept payments from players to participate in upcoming tournaments.  
Please save this site as a favorite on your computer so that you'll be ready for the next tournament.  USTA tournaments will accept registration through USTA's site, tennis link.
All tournaments will be open to MAC members first but non-members will be allowed to play in order to fill the draw. Please make sure you sign up early to be guaranteed a spot.

Upcoming Tournaments
Nov 5th, 930a-230p, USTA 3.0 Men's Doubles Tournament, (Rain Date:  Nov 5th), sign-up via, ID#:  300102417 (Sunday)

Nov 10th, Mixed Orange Ball Tournament.  Sign-up via (Friday)

Nov 30th-Dec 2nd, Ladies weeknight member-guest tournament (weeknight / Saturday am).  Only 8 teams per division.  2 divisions, 7.0 & below; 7.5-8.5.  REGISTRATION OPENS NOV 6th.

Dec 7th-9th, Men's weeknight member-guest tournament (weeknight / Saturday am)  REGISTRATION OPENS NOV 13th.

Jan 21st-26th, Mixed Member-Guest Tournament (weeknight)

Feb 12th, Love Doubles Mixed Tennis & Trivia Tournament, members can play with their sweetheart who is a member or non-member; tennis player or not. (weeknight) 

Mar 18th-23rd, Member-Member (Ladies & Men's) Spring Warm Up Tournament (weeknight)

Tournament Sponsors
We are looking for $500 sponsors for our upcoming MAC tennis tournaments.  Benefits include:
  • The tournament will be named after your company.
  • Your company logo on all tournament advertisements (at the MAC, all printed materials, included in goody bags for participants, etc.)
  • Complimentary entry into the tournament for you and your partner.
  • Indoor court assignments for your team throughout the tournament
  • Choice of match times nightly (as long as your opponent doesn't have a conflict)
If your company is interested in sponsoring, please contact Sandra Mason. 
Weekday Intra-Club Winter League
The weekday intra club winter league is open for registration.  Please email Sandra Mason via and include your cell phone number by Nov 1st if you want to play.  This is a great league to play in as bubbled courts are reserved in advance, 4 players are assigned for each match and tennis balls are provided for you; all you need to do is show up for fun tennis.  The cost for this program is $20 per player and the day of the week you play is based on your Suburban team or NTRP:
  • Mon Men 3.0-3.5, 9a
  • Wed Suburban B or 3.5, 9a, 10:30a & 12p
  • Thurs Suburban C or 3.0, 9a
The season runs Nov 28th - Mar 2nd on courts 5 & 6.  No matches will be scheduled the week of Christmas Day or New Year's Day.   Courts reserved for this league will not count towards your winter league court time reservations of 2 per week per Gold individual member, 4 per week for couple or family memberships.
Rules for this league:
  • 1 player on court, please pick up the new tennis balls at the front desk for your match.
  • When you arrive on court, 1 of the 4 players must text Sandra Mason the names of all who have showed up to play (regular scheduled players and subs). 
  • You must try to find a sub if you can't play at your scheduled day / time.  If you can't find a sub by 9p the day prior, you must email the other 3 players scheduled and copy Sandra to cancel the court.  If a court is not used and not cancelled to allow other members to reserve it, the player who did not find a sub will be charged the $10 court cancellation fee.
  • Anyone that is not a member of this league and subs 4 or more times will be charge $10 after the 4th match they sub in.
  • After your match, please leave the tennis balls on the tennis desk for the for the pro's tennis basket.
We look forward to providing this benefit to our Gold members again this year!

MEMBERSHIP and BUSINESS OFFICE or 804 330 2222 ext 308, membership, billing

Is your credit card attached to your MAC account about to expire, or would you like to switch to a different card?  For any problems, questions or updates, please get in touch with Amy or Susan in the business office.    

Effective January 1, 2018, all services and products must be paid for at the time of service; we will no longer offer the bill member later feature.  Please make sure your membership account has a current credit card on file. You may call the business office at 804 330 2222 ext 305 to update your card.


Kids' Club Hours
School has started, and our Kids' Club has returned to regular hours of operation. Monday though Friday, 8:30am-1pm, 4-8pm. Saturday 8am-1pm.  Sunday 11am-5pm.
Please note: Kids' Club will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd.

MAC Birthday Parties
Looking for a great spot to have your son or daughter's birthday party? Look no further! We handle the set-up, clean-up and all the fun in between. Your child can choose between playing games/sports in our basketball gym or swimming in the indoor pool, or playing in the water park and end the event with a celebration in our birthday room. Contact  Jill   Stansfield  at 330-2222 (ext. 318) for further details and to reserve your party today!

Click Here for more information about our MAC parties.

Parents' Morning Out 
Every Tuesday, we offer Parents' Morning out from 9am-1pm.  Price is $3/hr per child for Members and $5/hr per child for non-Members. Please sign up in Kids' Club by the day before your child will attend.

Parents' Night Out
Drop your child off for Parent's Night Out November 10th  from  5:00-8:30pm . The cost is $3 per hour per child for members and $5 per hour per child for non-members. Sign up by  Thursday before the event.  Please remember, our MAC Center Court Cafe offers a special $5 kids' meal during Parent's Night Out. Simply ask a Kids' Club staff member for further details about how to make this event even easier!

Click HERE for Group Exercise Attendance Policy

Thanksgiving Day Class Schedule
6am Turkey Burner Bootcamp with Sarah P and Jen (indoor and outdoor, weather permitting)
8am BodyPump with Angela
9am Spinning with Jen and Melissa
9am BodyCombat with Angela
10am Yoga with Maura (Family Friendly)

Please check the posted schedule for class changes Wednesday November 22 - Friday November 24.

Family Friendly Classes in November
Kids ages 7 and up are invited to participate with a parent.
November 1; 5pm Yin Yoga with Debbie
November 6; 8:55am CXWorx with Megan
November 15; 4:45pm BodyAttack with Angela
November 23; 10am Yoga with Maura
November 30; 6pm MAC Barre with Lauren

FITNESS, personal or small group training

MAC is pleased to announce several new fitness programs, created and offered by our personal training staff.  Please read about them below, and plan to try out some new types of training.

MAC Growth
MAC Growth is the Midlothian Athletic Club's newest program, and it's all about educating our young members on fitness, health, and safety in a gym environment. Parents, you can drop your kids off knowing they are going to be trained properly and supervised, so you can enjoy your own workout!

MAC Growth:
  • Is an educational and physical program for children and adolescents ages 10-15
  • Will provide your child with 1 certification class and then 2 continuing education classes per week
  • Will give your children the opportunity to work out at the MAC in designated areas of the gym
  • Is a program that your child can begin at any time and continue with until they are 16
  • Sign up will be at the front desk prior to classes you wish to attend; they will be first come first serve
For more information, please pick up a brochure at the front desk or email Amber Fowler, MAC Growth Program Director and Personal Trainer, at .

MAC Growth will launch Monday, November 6 , 2017 with its' first Level 1 Certification Class from 4:30pm-5:30pm. Due to this being the first month of the class, all Mondays in November (excluding Monday, the 20 ) will be Level 1 certifications. Continuing Education Classes (CECs) will begin Tuesday, November 7  and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm for ages 10-12 and 5:30pm to 6:30pm for ages 13-15. There will be NO classes the week of Thanksgiving, Monday November 20-23.

MAC Barbell
MAC Barbell has started classes which utilize the new lifting equipment in the fitness area.

The rates for personal and small group training are:
$70 for 1 hour private session 
$40 for a 30 minute private session 
$700 for a package of 10 sessions, the 11th session is free 
$1400 for a package of 20 sessions (3 free sessions)
$80 for semiprivate 
$90 for 3 people small group 
$100 for 4 people small group 

Senior rates 
$55 hour private session 
$30 for 30 minute session 
$550 for 10 sessions (1 sessions free)
$1100 for 20 sessions (3 sessions free)
$65 semiprivate 
$75 3 people small group 
$85 4 people small group training 

Cross Training for Endurance Athletes
Are you constantly getting injured or unsure of what to do when strength training? Whether you are an advanced or beginner endurance athlete, training for a marathon, iron man, 5k or 10k, this program will help prevent injuries and help you perform at your highest level. This program will improve form, limit muscle imbalances, and build stronger muscles to be more resilient in your training.  All training sessions will incorporate agility and plyometrics, strength and conditioning, and core and balance.
  • Mondays, 6-7pm, basketball court
  • Wednesdays, 6-7pm, basketball court
  • Fridays, 6-7pm, GX2
Purchase of packages is available at the MAC front desk.
(1x/week) 4x month: $80/month
(2x/ week) 8x month: $160/month
(3x/week) 12x month: $240/ month
Day pass: $25
4x month: $100
8x month: $200
12x month: $300
Day pass: $30

Healthy Gourmet Express
MAC is pleased to announce a partnership with a local Richmond business, Healthy Gourmet Express.  This meal service company will provide meal plans specifically designed to help you lose weight, to help you build muscle, or to help you feed your family in a healthy manner.  Meals may be ordered online and pick up at the MAC! Please visit their website and consider how this service may enhance your health and wellness goals, and save you time!

AQUATICS, aquatics programs for youth and adults, including swim team, pool maintenance

When its COOL, come to the POOL!

Something for everyone:  Swim Lessons for younger kids, Swim Clinics for elementary, middle and high school swimmers, and Masters Swimming for adults.

We are also offering a Lifeguard Certification course the weekend November 17-19.

The new clinics' sessions start Thursday November 2.
Pro-rated Masters Swimming sign-ups are also available. Contact  for more information.

Registration and payment for ALL MAC swim programs are now being accepted online.  Please click HERE to visit the site to register and pay for MAC group swim lessons, MAC swim clinics, and MAC master swim.

Masters Swimming

MAC Swim Clinics

Lifeguard  Certification

Important Aquatics Reminders
-When necessary, please be sure to share a lane with fellow lap swimmers and remember lap lanes in the outdoor pool are lap swimming.
-Cell phone use is strictly prohibited in the hot tub and in the locker rooms. 
-Please make sure that proper swim attire is worn in the pool and the hot tub. Workout shorts, cotton and denim are strictly prohibited.
-Please click HERE   for November  indoor pool lane charts. 

ACTIVITIES,  activities  and member programs

FREE Racquetball Lessons

Wine and Paint Night
Join us on Saturday November 18th for a fun night of painting and friendship!

Racquetball Social
Our MAC racquetball players will enjoy a social on Tuesday November 22, from 4-7 pm.  Beer and food specials will be offered through Center Court Cafe. The social will offer round robin style play, and all members are invited to participate.

Come try Pickleball! Currently we offer Pickleball on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings  from 9:30am to 12noon in the basketball court. Members may play for free, and non-members
pay $2 to play.  Come see what all the buzz is about. Beginners are welcome! Pickleball, the sweet sport with a sour name. 

Member Breakfast
Our complimentary member breakfast is scheduled for November 15 from 7:30-9:30am in the cafe.  

Trim the Turkey 5K Run/Walk and 1 Miles Kids' Fun Run
Our annual 5k race will be held the Saturday
after Thanksgiving, November 25, at 9am. Join us for a fun family event and run off your holiday calories! The Kids Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. and is FREE with a donation to the local
Food Bank (Feed More). To host a vendor table at the event, contact for more details. We would love to have your business represented. This year we will have hot coffee/chocolate, a food truck, face painting,
vendors, s'mores over the fire, pictures coming through falling snow at the finish line and much, much more!! Please join us to walk or run!
Packet Pick Up Options: 
Wednesday, November 22 from 10am-noon or from 5-7pm. 
Friday, November 24 from 10am-1pm
Saturday, November 25 from 7-8:15am
Register online by clicking HERE.
Participants may also register by completing the PDF registration form and submitting to the MAC front desk. Click HERE for the PDF registration form.

(804) 330-2222