Why Now is the Perfect Time to Try a Group Fitness Class

When embarking on your fitness journey, many find it tough to maintain motivation and stick to a plan. Doing it alone can make this process even more difficult and certainly not as fun. Everyone needs support; many have found it beneficial to have an accountability partner and friend to work out within the gym.

Have you thought about trying group fitness? If you haven’t, you might be missing out on some benefits that come along with exercising with a group.

The Newtown Athletic Club, a top wellness center in Bucks County, believes that the journey to fitness is one best shared with friends, which is why we offer a selection of fun and engaging group classes during every season. They’re designed to keep your heart pumping and help you meet others with common goals. With everything from cycling to yoga, Pilates to Zumba, Barre to HIIT training, each participant is immersing themselves in a fitness community.

While many love group fitness, many others prefer working out with expert personal trainers for assistance in planning their workouts and staying accountable. The NAC takes pride in hiring the most qualified career personal trainers in Bucks County, PA.

No matter what style of workout you prefer, now is the best time to start working towards a better you – and the Newtown Athletic Club team is here to help you on that journey – whatever it may be.

The NAC is embarking on their own journey – to better serve the community – with a complete renovation of the facilities and a 45,000 sq. Ft. addition. The NAC encourages you to embrace your best self this fall season and try a free class.

If you are interested in learning more about trying one of our group fitness classes, we encourage you to contact us today by calling 215-526-5906 or filling out a contact form on our website.

14 Years of Aquatics

Since before she can remember, Katie Field has been in and around the water. Growing up with her very own family pool, Katie at a young age learned how to swim and handle herself comfortably in the water and even helped her parents maintain the pool as a kid. Her passion for swim began young, but continued into her teenage years when she decided to become a junior lifeguard at a summer camp. Since that point, Katie has had an assortment of jobs that all kept her feet wet.

Over ten years ago, when Katie was 17 years old she came to the Newtown Athletic Club to be a certified lifeguard and swim instructor. After her college years, Katie moved on to work at Sahara Sam Oasis, an indoor and outdoor water park and comprehensive aquatic risk management facility. During Katie’s time at Sahara, she continued to learn firsthand about water safety and how to maintain an aquatics facility. After quickly moving up in the ranks, Katie became the Aquatics Director at the Sahara Sam Oasis. In this time, she was able to help earn the facility the Ellis Gold Award for lifeguarding. This is one of Katie’s many accomplishments that prove that she is passionate about her work.

In 2011, Katie created a non-profit with a mission to teach kids about water safety and first aid. In just two years, she and her team were able to reach over 60,000 kids throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. What a difference she has made and continues to make! Now as the Aquatics Director at the NAC, Katie is passionate, dedicated and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs assistance. Her favorite part about her job is interacting with the members and making a difference in their lives. Her main goal is to make the aquatics environment safer for children and she does so by insisting that children get in the pool and stay in the pool at a young age. If you continue to swim, you will gain more confidence in the water and the pool will become that much safer for everyone.

Katie swims nearly three times a week, but spends most of her time in the water teaching swim lessons during the Fall and Winter sessions while gearing up for the outdoor pools in Spring. Swim lessons are her favorite activity in the pool. She loves to see the difference she can make for all the children and adults who struggle in the water or are not comfortable. She believes that the swimmers at our pool are some of the coolest people she will ever meet and she enjoys spending time with them each day.

As the Director of Aquatics at the NAC, Katie is a certified lifeguard instructor, pool and spa operator, and PA amusement rides inspector, among other things. When asked about her career in the aquatics industry, she explained that it is very time consuming, but rewarding. To be in aquatics and run a pool or facility, you have to put in a lot of hard work, but it is worth it when you “make lives better.”

Katie’s job may be time consuming, but it still allows for her to continue pursuing her passions. In addition to swimming, Katie also enjoys spending time outside, cooking, reading, drawing, painting and making DIY décor. If you can’t find Katie by the pool, check over at Six Zone, her second favorite way to workout at the NAC!

Way to go, Katie! Fourteen years strong and many more to go!


For inquires regarding lifeguarding and how you can kick-start your career in aquatics, please visit NAC lifeguarding!

Meet Katie Field, your new Aquatics Director!

Introducing Katie Field, the NAC’s new Aquatics Director! Katie isn’t exactly new to the NAC, and you’ll learn why below. Katie is originally from the area being born and raised in New Hope and is a graduate from Council Rock North and attended Dickinson College and Rider University.

KatieField1My first aquatics experience was actually at the NAC ten years ago! It was my very first job and I worked as a lifeguard, a swim instructor, and at the Front Desk and I even was named Employee of the Month during my employment. The NAC was my first taste of the aquatics arena, but for the past four years I worked at an indoor & outdoor water park where I continued to find my love and passion for the industry.

I’ve always loved the water and have been swimming since before I can even remember. Aquatics environments are beneficial and provide so many opportunities to its users from simply offering a calm, relaxing atmosphere to being a recreational activity for the entire family to enjoy together. Swimming is also an incredible workout to help you stay in shape and utilize multiple major muscle groups throughout your body. For this same reason, swimming is a great option for those going through rehabilitation for certain injuries and conditions since the resistance of the water makes the muscles work hard without the strain or impact that is experienced on land.

I plan to make lives better at the NAC by providing a safe, clean, healthy aquatic environment for all the members and guests who visit. It is my goal to raise awareness about the importance of learning how to swim, the benefits of swimming, taking First Aid and CPR classes, and how to create a culture of health and safety for the whole family while swimming at home and recreationally.

In my spare time, I love to be outdoors as much as possible, I have an insatiable appetite for reading, and when I have the spare time I enjoy cooking, baking, and taking on DIY projects around home.

Katie’s most used emoji is: The crying/laughing emoji – it’s my favorite since I love to laugh!

MYZONE Challenge: The 21 Day Halloween Hustle!

 It takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Why not start today?

October 10-October 31 (21 day challenge)
Join us for the #NACHalloweenHustle MYZONE Challenge!

You can do anything for 21 days! Work out while wearing your MyZone belt to accumulate MyZone Effort Points (MEPs) for each minute you spend in the five intensity zones.

We’ll give you one additional raffle entry for every 250 MEPs you collect after the 1,000 mark – in other words, the more points you earn, the more chances you’ll have of winning!

We’ll draw the winner at the end of the challenge. You must come to the club at least twice a week to be eligible to win!

The prizes are better than ever before!

(2) InBody body composition assessments

(1) Hour Nutrition Coaching session


It’s easy to enter this challenge

  1. Just look for an email in your inbox from MyZone



2. At the bottom click “accept invite”


3. Login with your user account and accept

4. Starting earning MyZone effort points!

 Join the hustle!

Dont have a MYZONE belt? Contact our Member Experience team: met@newtownathletic.com or (215) 968-0600 x 105

Welcoming new Group Ex director, Jillian DeRisi

Welcoming, Jillian DeRisi: Jillian isn’t new to the NAC but she’s your new Group Exercise Director!

Jillian’s most used emoji is “the chicken of course!” .. you’ll learn why below!

Jillian-DeRisi-head-shotI am Jillian DeRisi.  I graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Political Science. Following college I worked in the Advertising industry and then moved into the Public Relations and Marketing field. I married my amazing hunk of husband, Bob, in 2008.  After the birth of our first child, Luca (5) I went back part-time to an emergency service coordinator position.  During that time I started to take an interest in fitness, as the gym became my “sanctuary”. Like many moms I found sweating for an hour without your little one crying is therapeutic.  Before baby #2 Amelia (3) I decided to stay home full time to raise our family.  As my children grew so did my love of fitness and I decided to become certified as a group exercise instructor. As an instructor I still continued to take classes and fell in love with barre and the “barre shakes” (if you’ve never felt them you don’t know what you’re missing!).  I was trained in Barre at Barre Focus Fitness in University City.  Barre enticed me to deepen my knowledge of the “powerhouse” leading me to receive my Pilates mat certification.

I began at the NAC in March of 2013.  I immediately felt a strong sense of community in the group classes here as well as through out the facility.  The NAC has provided me with more educational opportunities such as Kamagon and Schwinn Cycle training. Barre is still by far my favorite thing to teach, you have to try it at least once in your life!

Currently I have been participating in Team Training at the NAC.  I love letting someone else torture me and encourage me to push my limits and our trainers are good at it!

When I’m not at the NAC I’m usually at our Washington Crossing home my husband, Bob, and I built this past year with my family, playing outside working in our garden or taking care of our chickens!  Omlettes anyone?

I feel blessed to have the opportunity to help people lead healthy lives by doing what I love.  “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”- Confucius

We’re excited to have you on board Jillian! 

Adult Dance Classes at the NAC

The fall session for youth programs at the NAC officially began Tuesday, September 8. There are a variety of classes offered for children, including dance, gymnastics, tae kwon do and KidFit. These classes are a great option for parents who want their kids to stay active and learn new skills.

What many parents may not know about the Youth Programs department is that they can also take advantage of these amazing programs. The Academy of Dance at the NAC offers a variety of adult dance classes. Participants in these classes not only get a great workout, but also learn new skills and form friendships with others in their class. Additionally, dancing is shown to reduce chances of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease along with other benefits that come with staying active and fit.



Adult Tap | Tuesdays at 11 am

This class is for dancers of all levels. Participants have fun while getting a great workout. Throughout the year, dancers will learn various tap steps and techniques. By the end of the session, participants will have learned several routines.

Adult Ballet | Fridays at 9:30 am

This class is structured as a typical ballet class, with barre work, center work, adage and allegro steps. Come and learn classical ballet technique, which will give you great balance, better posture, and a strong core. This class is for dancers of all levels. Beginners are welcome!

Belly Dancing | Beginner: Tuesdays at 7:30 pm | Intermediate: Mondays at 7:30 pm & Wednesdays at 9:30 am | Performance: Wednesdays at 7:30 pm

Spice up your workout! Learn the ancient art of belly dancing with this full body workout focusing on core strength and flexibility. The class consists of core isolation drills, basic dance movements, and easy to follow choreography patterns. This class is offered in three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, & Performance. The performance class is invitation only and the class is used as practice for the group’s various performances throughout the year, including the NAC dance recital and other exhibitions around the east coast.

Country Line Dancing | Thursdays at 7:30 pm

Learn some of the newest country line dances to pop country music. Bring your dance shoes or cowboy boots and get ready for a hoe down stompin’ fun time.Great exercise without even realizing it! You’ll be able to go out dancing at a country western club after you take this class. Learn all the basic steps such as kickball change, boxstep, Grapevine, sailor steps and more. Requests will also be taken for special songs.

Meet the Instructors: 
Kathy Peoples | Country Line Dancing

Kathy has been teaching country line dance in the Philadelphia area for the past 10 years with a great reputation for patience. She has a knack for teaching even those with two left feet! A study at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y. found dancing to be the only regular physical activity associated with a significant drop in the incidence of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Other studies have shown Line Dancing in particular to be a great help in areas of memory, balance, cardiovascular and vertigo. And at the same time you get to have lots of fun!

JoAnna Hopkins | Adult Tap & Ballet
JoAnna Hopkins has over 30 years experience in teaching dance. She is the owner and operator of Ballet Workshop 11, and she is a Grade 6 Certified ballet instructor by the Cecchetti Council of America LCCA. JoAnna teaches both the Adult Ballet & Adult Tap classes.
Anne Jeronis | Belly Dance
Anne has studied tribal style belly dance and performed at many venues over the past 12 years. Wanting to share her passion for the dance as well its physical benefits, she began teaching belly dance movement classes at the NAC in 2005. Anne is also a certified Pilates instructor and an ACE certified fitness instructor with over 25 years in the fitness industry.

To enroll in adult dance classes, visit the Program Desk. For more information about these classes, email dance@newtownathletic.com or call 215-968-0600 x112.

Ruth Green, “Grandma, you inspired me. I’ll run a triathlon with you”

Meet Ruth Green, NAC Inspiration and long time member who has inspired so many with her amazing accomplishments. Ruth competed in her first triathlon and has no plan on stopping now- in fact, she’s running another next week!

Ruth shares with us what she does behind the scenes with NAC trainer, Kelly Poinsette, and how she became a triathlon competitor!

I started this journey shortly after I moved here from Chicago. My son and I bought an old farmhouse and we (my daughter-in-law and grand children too) are in the process of renovating it. Well, my son goes to work every day, my daughter-in-law has her own business and my grandchildren have their schools. I’m a retired teacher and I was at home by myself. I needed something to do and some place to go where I could be active and talk to people. So, I joined the NAC. I started with the TechnoGym and then took advantage of the free Live Fit session with a personal trainer. Melissa thought that Kelly would be the right one. Wow, was she right!


Ruth jumped in and out of the agility latter with her body lowered in a squat position.

Kelly is the BEST because she understood where I was at the beginning and had me do a lot of different exercises and activities to get me started and feeling good about it. She has pushed and encouraged me for about two years now. She’s always saying something like: “Good job!”, “I like the way you did that” and “I’m proud of you.” Kelly has pushed me to do things I never thought I’d do with weights, TRX and, best of all, my own boxing gloves! She calls me “Boxing Grandma!”

Another important thing Kelly had me do was keep a food journal. When you know someone else is reading what you eat, you certainly think twice about what you eat! She always explains and demonstrates as we go along. She’s also considerate and funny. We’ve done things outside the NAC too – a couple of outdoor walks, lunch and dinner. It meant a lot to me that Kelly was there when I finished the triathlon. She is the BEST and I certainly recommend her.

In addition to my twice-a-week training with Kelly, I’ve been doing 2-3 Forever Fit classes every week with Leyla Ghazzouli. On Monday, there is the step class; on Wednesday, the cardio/strength class; and on Friday, the Zumba class or the water aerobics class. Leyla has always been very supportive, enthusiastic, and considerate- fun, too!


Ruth’s personal training session with Kelly.


I’ve thought for a while that triathlons looked like fun. I mentioned this to Kelly, and about two days later SHE found one for me! I signed up and we began a special running program as that was the event where I needed most help. That was a four week program and was perfect timing for the triathlon. I’d been swimming 32 lengths for quite awhile so that was the easiest part. I also rode the stationery bike for 5 or more miles, as well as riding my own bike at home.

At the end of the triathlon I finished with tears in my eyes because I DID IT! My family and Kelly were there with hugs and congratulations. Then I got the triathlon medal- what a feeling! My son said, “That’s the feeling that makes you want to do another one.”

Not only have I learned to eat better, and I’m in the best physical shape I’ve ever been in, but I’ve lost 25 pounds and 3-4 jean sizes! The fun part is that I can go shopping and get a whole new wardrobe!

After I finished the triathlon last week, my granddaughter, who is a complete coach potato, said “Grandma, you inspired me, I’ll do a triathlon with you.”

We, including my grandson, have signed up to do a triathlon next week.

It’s been an unbelievable journey- one I never even considered, but all the hard work has given me a different view of me – and I like it!

I’ll keep going!

Ruth Green


Ruth & Kelly after Ruth crossed the finish line!

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