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

Cost: $8.00/month

Please contact Amy Goff  if interested.
New Members!
Nimoy Johnson 
Matthew Long
Kim Davis 
Karla Callaham
Margaret Harris
Heidi Ayers 
Jessica Deraimo 
Jackie Juergens 
Chen Chun 
Julia Urena 
Glady Farley 
Mark Aronson 
Jenna Smith
Jason McClure 
James Albright
Ayed Magsher 
Ever Orellana
Mary Beth Karchmar
Pamela Cabana
Ariana Hamidi
Ashley Ohlsson
John Boyd
Luther Dixon
Izai Carrera
Chesna Gore
William Troiano
Monique Johnson
David Evans
Luisa Rosen
John Riemann
Melanee Davis
Yolanda Yokota
Coleen Hobaugh
Sirlene Melton
Julie Zalinski
Tracy Styron
Cathy Field
Brooks Billings
Cathleen Tiernan
James Sheehan
Kristen Burton
Meshach Service
Kenia Villatoro
Shelly Washington
Sandra White
Jessie Winecoff
Sachet Wormley
Lindsay Yates
Kylee York
Julie Zevnik
Rebecca Zimmerman
Carlos Garay
Steve Bassett 
Kristen Wilkinson
Bachi Smythe
Dear Members and Friends,

When I travel out of RVA, I enjoy visiting gyms and fitness studios in other cities, to scout out new ideas and to experience what is happening in other areas of our country.  On a recent trip to Chicago, I visited several cycling studios including Soul Cycle, Studio Three and Fly Wheel.  In one particular class, the young, super fit instructor, who was energetic and friendly, and who provided a challenging and purposeful workout, talked and coached repeatedly about breaking out of your comfort zone and pushing yourself harder in order to create change, which is admittedly all good stuff.  She talked about not doing the same thing every day, as change only results from new challenges, also good stuff.  She was definitely a qualified and capable instructor, and I enjoyed her class.  However, something interesting happened after class when I stopped at the juice bar to get a drink.  A gentleman from class, I estimated to be in his 70s and who was also de-conditioned and heavy-set, started to chat with me.  He used the bike directly behind me during class, and I assume he recognized me from our class positions. He said, "Some of us are not here for change.  Some of us are here just trying to stay alive."  He made the remark in a joking and friendly manner, almost as if he was explaining or even excusing his presence in a room full of younger, fitter people.  This got me to thinking, "Why did he feel the need to explain or even justify his participation in class?" He should feel welcome, no matter the reason. I do think the instructor, with her regular remarks about working hard for change, had somewhat (unintentionally) alienated this particular participant. And so, I wish to share with you, our MAC members, I hope that you, no matter your fitness level, age or weight, feel welcome in our classes at the MAC.  I know I speak for the whole team of instructors and trainers when I say, we love having you in class, we love working with you, and we will meet you at your fitness level.  We are happy to help you, challenge you, or modify the work for you.  We are happy to talk to you before, during or after class.  PLEASE, reach out to us, as our job is to help you on your fitness path, whatever your goals or motivations are.  And, when you go out of town, or are injured, don't disappear from us. Let us know what is going on in your life, because we miss you when we don't have you in class or see you around the club. You can find regular announcements, updates, schedule changes and other items on our MAC Facebook page and in our private MAC GX group. If you need to be added to the private group, friend me on Facebook, let me know you wish to be added to the private group, and I will add you.  Please know, you are all welcome in our classes!

With Health and Happiness,

Melissa O'Toole

Meet Our New General Manager

Please meet our new General Manger, Travis Nall.  Travis comes to MAC from successfully managing a local Gold's Gym, and he is looking forward to the challenge of expanding and growing the services and amenities at the MAC.  You have likely observed changes already taking place, as Travis works to improve and
grow our personal training services, to include training for kids and functional training for adults.  His personal mantra regarding fitness is, "If you don't make time for exercise now, make time for illness later." He believes this states the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis.  Travis grew up in Richmond and was an avid soccer player, including playing soccer at Radford.  The MAC is a family affair for Travis, as his parents have joined and work out most days of the week, and you may also spot his wife and two adorable kids at the club too! 

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

High Performance Tennis Camp for Youth
MAC is now accepting registrations for our summer High Performance Tennis Camp.  Click the link to view the tennis camp brochure. Stop by the front desk to register.  

Congratulations to MAC Stephens 7.0 Women's Team
Congratulations to the MAC Stephens 7.0 Women's team, captained by Val Stephens.  This team advanced to the USTA Regional Championships for the 18 & over adult division.  They placed second in their division.  Congratulations to all! 

MAC Couples' Tennis Night
The MAC Tennis Department is looking for a MAC tennis couple to lead couples' tennis, one evening per month, November-March. If you're interested, please contact Sandra Mason via

Upcoming Leagues
The USTA leagues which play September-November are registering now.  A complete list of leagues is posted on the MAC tennis bulletin board.  If you would like to play or captain, please contact the volunteer captain below or Sandra Mason via 
  • Tri Level
    • o   3.0/3.5/4.0 Men Wed Evening - Zach Pettit NEW TEAM;
    • o   3.5/4.0/4.5 Men - Tues Evening - NEED A CAPTAIN
    • o   3.0/3.5/4.0 Women - Mon Morning - NEED A CAPTAIN
    • o   3.0/3.5/4.0 Women - Mon Evening - Susan Greenspoon
    • o   3.5/4.0/4.5 Women - Fri Morning - Jane Colgin NEW TEAM;
    • o   3.5/4.0/4.5 Women - Thurs Evening - Sally Lake
  • Combo MixedWeekend
    • o   5.5 - Rick Johnson NEW TEAM;
    • o   6.5 - Melody Morton, Toni Bolden-Ealey NEW TEAM;
    • o   7.5 - Donna Talamo, Sandra Mason
    • o   8.5 - NEED A CAPTAIN
Intra Club WTT League
Our intra-club WTT 7.0 League has started playing, but you can still join in the fun and tennis.  They play every Friday through August 18th.  There is no charge for gold members to participate.  Please contact Selena Heah at to participate or to volunteer as a captain or player.  Fun, food and beverages, music and, of course, tennis!

Annual Club Challenge
Thank you to Pella Windows and Doors and to SweetFrog for sponsoring our 2017 Anthem Club Challenge team. The complete roster will be released after the intra-club mixed challenge is complete.
Tournaments Registration and Payment
The MAC will utilize two systems 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.  
The other system will be Tennis Link, through USTA, and the tournament ID number will be needed.
All tournaments will be open to MAC members first, but non-members will be allowed to play in order to fill the draw, so please make sure you sign up early to be guaranteed a spot.

Upcoming Tournaments
  • Ladies weeknight member-guest tournament to be announced for Nov.
  • Men's weeknight member-guest tournament to be announced for Dec.
  • Aug 14th, 9a-2p, MAC Men's 7.0 Doubles Tournament, (Rain Date:  Aug 21st), sign-up via Combined rating of 7.0 means two 3.5 players or one 4.0 and one 3.0 player
  •  Aug 26th, 9a-2p, USTA Men's YoPro Tournament for young professionals ages 18-39, 7.0 & below and 7.5-8.5 (Rain Date:  Aug 27th), sign-up via, ID#:  300022617, open to 2.5-5.0 players, with combined ratings at the levels above
  • Sep 9th, 9a-2p, USTA Ladies 2.5 Tournament, (Rain Date:  Sep 10th), sign-up via, ID#:  300091617.
  • Oct 14th, 10a-3p, USTA Ladies YoProTournament for young professionals ages 18-39, 7.0 & below or 7.5-8.5,(Rain Date:  Oct 15th), sign-up via, ID#:  300000517, open to 2.5-5.0 players, with combined ratings at the levels above
NOTE :  All tournaments will give MAC gold members priority but are open to the general public.

MEMBERSHIP 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 in the business office.


Float and Movie Night August 26, Weather Permitting

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 August 11th  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

Water Running Friday August 4th at 9am with Patricia
Join Patricia for a water class that is a great cardio workout with NO impact, Water Running.  Your entire body will feel the work as we run the entire length of the pool .

Zumba Gold Friday August 11th at 9:30am with Tara
Join Tara in GX1 for Zumba Gold, Friday August 11th at 9:30am.  
Zumba Gold builds cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and working the muscles of the hips, legs and arms with dance moves.  Zumba Gold is designed to be approachable by all populations, regardless of fitness level. Experience with dance is not required. Moves in class are broken down in a slow and manageable manner. The intention of the class is to move a little and have a lot of fun--even if you don't perform each move perfectly.

Family Friendly Classes in August
Kids ages 7 and up are invited to participate with a parent.
Thursday August 3rd, 9:30am BodyCombat with Mika
Wednesday August 9th, 6pm Water In Motion with Megan
Wednesday August 16th, 10:35am Butts and Guts with Heather
Thursday August 24th, 6pm MAC Barre with Lauren
Friday September 1st, 8:30am Pilates with Patricia

FITNESS, personal or small group training

Private Yoga Personal Training Sessions
Why invest in yoga personal training? A private session allows for a more intimate view into YOUR practice. You can start a new practice, deepen your current practice or spend some time working with an injury or specific goal or concern. 

Injuries and health concerns can make a normal yoga class impractical for some participants. A yoga instructor teaching several students at one time cannot focus on individual needs or ensure that the poses will not further injure or strain a particular person. Furthermore, health concerns like pregnancy, diabetes or heart disease may require special alterations to one's yoga practice.   When health concerns are a potential issue, it is best to have a private yoga lesson with a properly trained Yoga Therapist. This can aid in working around the problem, avoid further complications, and help to ease pain or lessen the effects of a certain diagnosis. 

T he MAC fitness department announces that yoga personal training sessions are now available and offered by MAC yoga instructor and certified Yoga Therapist, Shannon Somogyi.  If you are interested in exploring a deeper, personalized yoga practice, for any reason, please stop by the fitness desk or the front desk to get in touch with Shannon.  Read Shannon's biography below to learn about her training and credentials. 

AQUATICS, aquatics programs for youth and adults, including swim team, pool maintenance
MAC Group Swimming Lessons

Master Swimming

Important Aquatics Reminders
- As the weather warms up and we have more members using the pool, please remember to check the lane assignment sheets at the end of each lane.  These will tell you when that particular lane will be in use during the day.  If the unused lanes fill up, please remember to circuit (circle) swim or share one side of the lane with another member so that everyone can enjoy their workout in the pool. 
-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 August indoor pool lane charts. 
-Please click HERE  for August outdoor pool lane charts.
ACTIVITIES,  activities  and member programs

National Night Out
Enjoy a fun evening of activities at the MAC to celebrate National Night Out.  The event is complimentary and will be held Tuesday August 1st from 6-8pm at the Water Park.  

Summer Concert Series, Weather Permitting
Come out to the Water Park on Friday nights from 5-8pm and hear a live band or DJ.  Enjoy the fun and bring your friends!  Guests are FREE from 5-8 p.m.  Guests MUST come with a member.
Friday, Aug. 4 th , 5-8 p.m.: "River City Party Band"
Friday, Aug. 11th, 5-8 p.m.: "Mixed Up's DJ Service"
Friday, Aug. 18th, 5-8 p.m.: "DJ Windy City"
Friday, Aug. 25th, 5-8 p.m.: "Pat Russell" of the Pat Russell Band

Come try Pickleball! Currently we offer Pickleball Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings  from 9:45 a.m. 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 August 16th from 7:30-9:30am in the cafe.  

All Sports Summer Camp 
We still have a few openings left each week of summer camp. Camp is in full swing, and the kids are having a BLAST!  WE PROMISE WE WILL SEND THEM HOME TIRED!   Ages 5-13 are guaranteed to have a GREAT time learning a different sport every day and much more.  Sports include (but not limited to) basketball, tennis (with our Tennis Pro Tom White), volleyball, soccer, knee hockey, gymnastics, and more. We go to the SkyZone each Tuesday and First Tee Golf will be here every Wednesday.  We will be doing fitness classes such as YOGA and POUND and ATHLETIC TRAINING.  Critical thinking projects such as  woodworking, Lego Challenges and homemade ice cream will be held each day. We finish each day at the WATER PARK!  Don't let your kids miss the fun.  Registration is open and forms can be found across from the front desk or on our website under Youth/Camps.  Limited space is available and filling up fast!  
Youth Basketball Camp
MAC will host an all day basketball camp in August, for boys and girls ages 9-16. The camp will be led by former VCU players, Jesse Pellot-Rosa and Rob Brandenberg. Please use the contact information provided on the flyers to register.

(804) 330-2222