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Meet Our Parkour Instructor!

Meet our popular Parkour Instructor, Joneil! He attends Bucks County Community College where he is majoring in both Cinematography & Business. He enjoys traveling, producing videos, and staying active, where he one day hopes to become a director and film Parkour!

What exactly is Parkour?

There are so many ways to describe it! The simplest version of what Parkour means is the art of motion. It takes aspects from martial arts and allows the person to express themselves in a very creative and unique way.

How long have you been doing Parkour?

I have been practicing Parkour for the last 5 years!

How long have you worked at the NAC?

I have worked at the NAC for the last 3 years and I absolutely love it.

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What is the most rewarding part of being a Parkour Instructor?

The most rewarding part is being able to do what I love everyday. I was able to connect with the kids over the last 3 years, get to know their families and watch them succeed the more they learn the skills.

What do you love most about Parkour?

There are too many things to name! I love that you are able to make it your own. You can express yourself in anyway you want. There are no rules, it is all about free movement, being carefree and being able to do something I am so passionate about.

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We love having Joneil at the NAC!

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First Week of Fall Session Recap

Our youth programs fall session has begun!

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Youth programs at the NAC offers both noncompetitive and competitive programs for children ages 1 through 12.  Programs are designed to appeal to all children with their individual interests in mind. We offer a variety of different classes including Gymnastics, Kidfit, Dance and Taekwondo. Each session lasts about 11 weeks, which gives kids the opportunity to try new activities, meet new friends and work on skills they have learned prior.

This past week, we offered a ton of exciting classes for a range of age groups, levels and interests. From dance classes, fitness classes, cooking classes and more, we had a great first week of our fall session and are looking forward to the upcoming weeks.

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Youth Programs classes are open to both NAC members and the general public. If you still need to sign up for classes, stop by the Program Desk! For more information, email heather@newtownathletic.com or click here to check out our fall session brochure.

#TeamTuesday – Katlin Doolan

How well do you know the NAC staff? Each week we highlight a different employee across all departments to help you get to know the NAC team! Want to nominate an employee special to you? Fill out the form below!

This week’s #TeamTuesday featured team member is Camp NAC Manager, Katlin Doolan. Katlin, from Lawrenceville, NJ, has been working at the NAC for just two months. During the school year, Katlin is a Physical Education teacher at a private school in Princeton, NJ and is an avid volunteer coach for Special Olympics New Jersey. Katlin is very excited to join our team at the NAC and can’t wait for camp to start this summer!

Get to know Katlin!

1. What is your favorite part of your job?

So far as a Camp Manager I have enjoyed getting to know the staff and the prospective staff. I am really looking forward to camp starting and getting to work with the campers!

2. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

I love pizza! Hands down my favorite food!

3. What book has had a great impact on your life?

I had to read One Child by Torey Hayden in college and loved it! It opened my eyes to how a teacher or one person could change a child’s life.

4. What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?

The best concert I have ever been to was the Backstreet Boys. I’ve seen them three times!

5. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

The coolest present I’ve ever received was New York Mets tickets to one of the last games at Shea Stadium.

6. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment was being hired as a full time Physical Education teacher right after graduating from Lock Haven University.

7. What is your favorite movie of all time?

My favorite movie is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!


Want to see your favorite NAC team member featured in next week’s #TeamTuesday? Fill out the form below to nominate them!

April Showers: Rainy Day Activities

We all know “April showers bring May flowers,” but the often unpredictable weather can really put a damper on your fitness plans. Plans for family walks after dinner, bike rides on the weekends or even just a game of catch can get rained out and replaced with lazy days on the couch. While you wait for warmer weather, don’t let those April showers ruin your fitness plans.

With these fun indoor activities, kids can work up a sweat without getting wet!

Musical Kitchen Chairs: Even with chairs, there’s not much sitting involved in this classic game. Invite a few friends over and pump up the music. Kids dance around to their favorite tunes, but when the music stops everyone must find a seat. Those left standing become DJs and get to pick the songs. Last player sitting is the winner!

Commercial Cardio: We know that rainy days mean snuggling up on the couch to watch your favorite show. Work in your workout during those pesky commercial breaks. Kids can do some easy moves like butt kicks, jumping jacks, high knees and more! Every time the commercial changes, switch moves to mix it up.

Partner YogaParents and children can team up to master some cool partner yoga poses. Yoga is a great way to stretch out and get your muscles working. Check out some cool poses for parents and kids to do together here.

Lazer Mazes: Kids will love pretending to be a secret agent or spy with this fun fitness game. All you need is a roll of string and some tape to create your lazer challenge. In a hallway, tape the string to various places on the wall to create a maze. The string is the lazer beam and your child’s task is to get through to the other side without touching the string. This will require them to use their muscles in a controlled way. Once you’ve won you can start over with a different maze for hours of fun!

Charades: This classic game is a great way to get off the couch and moving around. Divide into teams or play as individuals. Kids will have to move around and get active for the other players to guess their card.

What fun ways do you stay active on a rainy day? 

 

#TeamTuesday – Alexis Mongiello

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

This week’s #TeamTuesday feature team member is Alexis Mongiello! Alexis started taking gymnastics at just one year old when she took baby gym with her mom at the NAC. She continued up until she was on a level 4 team. Her love for tumbling never ended though. Alexis was a cheerleader until her freshman year of high school. Coaching gymnastics at the NAC is one of Alexis’s favorite things to do because she enjoys sharing her love for gymnastics with all of the NAC gymnasts.

Get to know Alexis!

  1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is teaching the kids how to tumble.

  1.  What fruit best describes your personality? 

I would say I am a kiwi because they’re unique.

  1. What 3 things would you want if you were stranded on a deserted island?

If I were stuck on a deserted island, I would want an unlimited amount of pizza, my phone, and my family.

  1. What is something most people don’t know about you?

Something that most people at the NAC don’t know about me is that I am one of the captains for sports nite at my school.

  1. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

If I had to choose just one, I would say chocolate peanut butter is my favorite ice cream flavor.

  1. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment was working hard to get my double full. It was such an exciting accomplishment for me.

  1. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

My favorite thing to do in my spare time is to hang out with my family and create memories that I always will remember.

Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!

NAC Youth Programs Celebrates National Unplugging Day

From sundown to sundown March 4-5, people around the US are invited to join in the National Day of Unplugging. Celebrated as an “unofficial” national holiday, the first Friday in March kicks off a full 24 hours of encouraging individuals to disconnect from technology and spend time with family and friends and get active. While many times Fridays and Saturdays are spent relaxing in front of a TV or video games for many teens and youth, the NAC Youth Programs team is encouraging families to unplug and get moving! Check out our 10 ways you can celebrate this year’s #DayOfUnplugging:

  1. Head to the park and take a walk
  2. Plant a vegetable garden
  3. Plan a family camping trip
  4. Go downtown and explore the city
  5. Cook a healthy dinner together
  6. Take a family bike ride around your neighborhood
  7. Have a dance party
  8. Write and perform an original play
  9. Head to the local farmer’s market and sample some healthy snacks
  10. Take a trip to the mountains and try skiing or sledding

There are so many ways to encourage children to put down the electronics and get moving! How will you and your family celebrate National Unplugging Day to get active? Let us know how you plan to celebrate using #DayOfUnplugging and #NACLife

Interested in youth classes at the NAC? Fill out the form below to be contacted by a member of our leadership team to set up your FREE trial class!

#TeamTuesday – KellyAnn Baskins

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

This week’s #TeamTuesday team member of the week is KellyAnn from the Kids Club. KellyAnn has over ten years of experience working with children. She began working as a camp counselor as a teenager and has since worked in day cares, and now, the Kids Club.

Get to know KellyAnn!

  1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of the job would be seeing the smiles on the children’s faces. If you’re having a bad day, their smiles would turn that around.

  1.  What was your favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject in school was American History. The reason I like American History is because I get to learn about the events that shaped our country to the way it is today.

  1. Who is your hero?

My hero would be my dad. The reason would be he told me daily to reach for the stars and never give up. He still reminds me of that to this day.

  1. Where would you go on your dream vacation?

My dream vacation would be to Australia because it beautiful and I would like to hold a koala bear.

  1. If you had to pick a jellybean flavor to describe your personality what would it be?

My jellybean favor that would describe me would be bubblegum. I’m bubblegum because I’m always bubbly in my personality.

  1. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment would be graduating with a certification in EKG.

  1. If you were a superhero, what would you choose as your superpower?

If I could have any superpower it would be to be able to read people’s minds especially children’s and animals.

Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!

#TeamTuesday – Nicole Beck

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

Meet Nicole, the newest member of the Youth Programs team, in this week’s #TeamTuesday feature! Nicole is the new Youth Programs Marketing Coordinator and she will be working in the Aquatics, Rockstarz and NAC Parties departments. Nicole is a recent graduate from Temple University, and has her degree in Strategic Communications. In her spare time, Nicole loves traveling, being outdoors, and photography.

Get to know Nicole!

1. What are you looking forward to most in your new position?

In my new position, I am looking forward to working closely with children and making a difference in their overall health and well-being. By marketing youth programs, I am given the opportunity to get more children involved in living a happy and healthy lifestyle.

2.  What are three things you can’t live without?

Three things I can’t live without is my Nikon DSLR camera, my planner and my fuzzy socks.

3. What do you miss most about being a kid?

What I miss most about being a kid is getting to see all my friends almost every day. Now as an adult, it’s not so easy to spontaneously get together.

4. What is something most people don’t know about you?

Something most people don’t know about me is that I love a good adrenaline rush! I’ve gone skydiving twice and am hoping to go again in the near future!

5. What motivates you to succeed?

My four siblings at home motivate me to succeed. As the oldest child, I will always thrive to be the best possible role model for them that I can be.

6. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment is graduating from Temple University last summer.

7. What fruit best describes your personality?

A fruit that best describes my personality is a pitaya (dragon fruit). A Pitaya is sweet, colorful and unique.

Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!

#TeamTuesday – Rebecca Mora

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

In this week’s #TeamTuesday feature, meet Rebecca, the newest member of the Youth Programs team! Rebecca just joined the team as our FITfinity coordinator and will be working to grow this amazing new program. Rebecca is looking forward to creating an amazing program for children of all ages with special needs. Read on to learn more about Rebecca and what she hopes to accomplish for our members and the community in her new role here at the NAC.

Get to know Rebecca!

1. What are you looking forward to most in your new position?

I took this position because it truly aligns with who I am as a person. I knew it would enable me to create equitable learning and fitness opportunities for kids of all ability levels, which is a goal very near and dear to my heart. Our FITfinity program aims to do just that, and I am particularly looking forward to broadening the scope of its program offerings.

2.  What color best describes your personality?

Well, I bleed Eagles green, but to describe my personality I would have to say red. I am energetic and animated, and when I am passionate about something I give it 110% at full speed.

3. When is the last time you did something for the first time?

Right now, I am running the French Exchange program at Hopewell Valley Central High School and absolutely loving it! I have run the Spanish Exchange program for years, but this will be my first time taking 15 students to Lyon, France for 17 days in the spring. I find that travel abroad, especially at an age in which kids are developing their own identity, is so important in promoting cultural tolerance and self-reflection.

4. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a full time princess. For obvious reasons, my long-term career goal remains the same.

5. What is the best concert you have ever been to?

The best performer I have seen live is Jay-Z. Hands down.

6. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment has been coaching cheerleading in an environment that is inclusive of learners with special needs. When building a program, I like to create a family-like community that values each participant’s unique strengths. On my squad we focus on sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity, leadership, communication, discipline, and respect. We even have a mentoring program in which our High School cheerleaders take on leadership roles to mentor the Elementary level participants.

7. What are three things you can’t live without?

I absolutely cannot live without chocolate, my family,  and the Philadelphia Eagles.  In that order.

Interested in the FITfinity program at the NAC? Email Rebecca at fitfinity@newtownathletic.com.

Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!

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Eating for the Holidays

For many, the holidays are the most wonderful — and least heart-healthy — time of the year.

Our class on Eating for the Holidays will focus on helping you understand the importance of mindful eating, proper portion sizes, and healthy alternatives/substitutions. In addition, we will provide you with some new recipes to try out this Holiday season!