December Newsletter 2017


Holiday Member Potluck

Friday, December 8th from 5-7 p.m.

Come celebrate the holidays and mingle with members and staff! Enjoy delicious food provided by your friends and staff of the club, and then boogie down with music by DJ Buddy! Your first drink is complimentary.


Holiday Schedule

Club closes early Sunday, Dec 24 at 2 pm
Closed Monday, Dec 25
Close early Sunday, Dec 31 at 5 pm
Closed Monday, Jan 1 


A Note From The General Manager

imgBusy Busy!

Along with the usual holiday bustle, our club improvements are keeping everyone on their toes. And digging in the trenches…literally. It’s been amazing to see the progress on the pool, and all the staff willingness to jump in and help where needed. We are grateful to all of the members for being gracious about missing the large pool for seven weeks, and living through the noise and dust. We’ve had a lot of large issues to work through with the project, and have managed to be off our ideal schedule by just a few days. If the weather keeps up like this, we should be done by the New Year, while hoping to have it ready to use by December 30. (I realize it is brave to say a date out loud, but you should know what our goal is.)

Continuing our value of “Club Green”, the entire club has now been retrofitted with LED lights. This includes the tennis courts. We love hearing your delight in the new lights, and are so happy to have this project done. You may have noticed the beautiful new hand faucets in the family locker rooms as well. They are solar powered, while also able to charge using the interior lights, and will not need battery changes for many, many years. This is good on so many levels. Please let us know if you ever see something that could be improved by being more sustainable. We are currently working on finding straws for the Oasis Grille that are compostable or at least will biodegrade.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you. 2017 has been a great year, and I am still grateful every day to come to work in such a beautiful place, with such awesome people. We appreciate your online surveys that usually keep us ranked as number one in friendliness, compared to other high end clubs across the country. That means a lot to us. Happy Holidays to you!
-Nancy Terrell


Holiday Parties at the Club

The Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa makes it fun to put together a wonderful evening for your friends or staff this holiday season!


Congratulations to our New Member of the Month

imgLucinda Borchard
Congratulations to our new Member of the Month, Lucinda Borchard! Lucinda has been a member at the club for almost 11 years! She grew up in Cayucos and her vocations included being an anthropologist/archaeologist and Executive Director of The Community Counseling Center. Lucinda has served on many non-profit boards including: Transitions Mental Health, Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast, and is currently a member of the board for Avila Community Foundation. Lucinda says she has met some of the nicest people, both members and employees, here at the club. The club’s Cancer Well-fit Program is very near and dear to Lucinda’s heart. Outside the club Lucinda does a lot of traveling. Her next venture will be to South East Asia, Indonesia, and finally ending in Tasmania. Lucinda loves the fact that she can drive her golf cart to the club, but says she would drive here if she had to! Congratulations again to Lucinda Borchard! It is fun to have her as a member! We appreciate the positive spirit she brings to us all.


Congratulations to our New Employee of the Month

imgCheyenne Heacock
Congratulations to our Employee of the Month, Cheyenne Heacock! Cheyenne has been an employee at the club for about 2 ½ years. She mainly works at the front desk, but also helps in some of the events we do at the club. Cheyenne was born in Southern California, but moved here to the Central Coast when she was three years old. She is so happy to be able to call this place home. For fun, Cheyenne loves to do anything outdoors, especially hiking and paddle boarding. Also, she enjoys road trips, photography, going to Disneyland, eating, and being with her family and friends! Her favorite thing about the club is the people, as she feels as though she has a special family here at the club. We feel just as happy to have her as part of our ABAC family! Congratulations Cheyenne!

Pismo Preserve Hike


When: Saturday, December 16th
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Place: Pismo Preserve

Come join us on this docent led 6 mile hike up the Pismo Preserve. This hike will be more strenuous than the past ones, so please plan accordingly. You will see wonderful views of Pismo and Shell Beach, and hopefully some beautiful wildlife too. At the end of the hike we will all share snacks, and beverages.
Pre-registration is required as we are limited to the number of people. Contact Amy in membership or sign up at the front desk area. 805-595-7600 ext: 105.


Membership Department


$100 Referral Credit!
Don't forget that when you refer friends that join the club, we give you a choice of a onetime credit of $100 on your account, or a $5 each month credit to your account as long as both you and your friend are active at the club.

If you would like a special pass for a friend that may want to try the club, please see membership staff.


Calling All Scrabble Enthusiasts!

Now that it is getting dark, and a bit cooler, some of us enjoy a fun game of scrabble. If you are interested in joining a scrabble group that would meet at the club for some fun, competitive play, let us know.

If you are interested in joining this group, please give Amy in membership a call. We want to see if there is a group of interested players! 805-595-7600 ext: 105

Fitness News

imgHave you ever wondered how to improve your game, increase your fitness or tackle new challenges easier? The benefits of cross training with weights are undeniable. Whether you are a runner, tennis player, swimmer, or just enjoy taking classes, weight training can help your performance on many levels. As we age our muscles atrophy at a faster rate each year. Even light weight training can help maintain muscle mass which in turn keeps your metabolism higher and your body stronger. Weight bearing exercises prevent fractures by keeping your bones denser. Cross training is also one of the best ways to prevent injury from overuse. By evenly strengthening your body you support all of your joints, tendons and ligaments.

Not sure how to start a weight training program? Meet with one of our highly qualified personal trainers to help point you in the right direction or hop in on one of our group orientations!

Aquatics News


What’s an Aquatic Director to do without a pool?? I’ve been finding out the answer to that question the past several weeks! As almost everyone is (hopefully!) aware by now, we are well into our pool upgrades and are still hoping to have it ready for you by the New Year. If you’ve taken a peek at the project, you’ve likely seen some familiar faces digging trenches and removing bushes: Nancy, Travis, Johnny, Miguel, Abel, and even our lifeguard Nick have all contributed several hours and buckets of sweat to help ensure it gets done as quickly as possible, so if you see them around the club, be sure to give them a big high-5 for their efforts.

I know that many of you are missing your lap swimming in our pool while it has been undergoing improvements, but I hope you have taken this as an opportunity to try some of the other activities around the club or to enjoy some lap swimming and relaxation at the other venues we have arranged. In addition to being able to use our beautiful sister club in Paso, we now have four other alternatives for you to enjoy. You can pick up a voucher at the front desk and use it for:

1. Lap swimming at Sinsheimer pool in San Luis Obispo
2. Free swimming or soaking in the warm water at Avila Hot Springs
3. Deck-lounging, hot tubbing, and free swimming at San Luis Bay Inn
4. Discounted stand-up paddle board rentals or lessons at The Paddleboard Company in Morro Bay

Also, I have been running some special small dry-land exercise workouts on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 8:15am – 9:00am. They are full of fun music, bouncy plyometrics, light weights, and challenging core work. I guarantee you will not only get as good a workout as swimming, but you’ll also have some fun at it as well. If you’d like to join, just show up behind the cycle studio in the park area shortly before 8:15am on Mondays and Wednesdays. Bring tennis shoes, water, and a desire to burn some calories.

In January, when our pool is back in business, I will offer another stroke workshop as well as an after-school swim academy for our younger members and a Parent-and-Me class for our toddlers. Please watch our website and fliers around the club for more information on those, or feel free to contact me with any questions!

Swim Tip: Since our pool is closed, here is an alternative tip for you to try outside of the pool. While swimming does provide a great full-body workout, some of the most common muscles used in swimming are core, back, shoulders, and chest. If you have not been visiting the pool, try other exercises to keep these muscles in shape while you are out of the water. It will help you stay in shape and get back into swimming more quickly when our pool is finished. You can come visit our weight room, or even do simple exercises like sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, and front or side arm raises with light weights in your home to keep these muscles ready to go when you get back in the water!

Monthly Challenge: In the spirit of the above swim tip, make a dry-land routine for yourself and see if you can do it at least 3 times per week. A good challenging one is a simple ladder: 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, and 10 jumping jacks followed by 10 seconds rest; then 9 push-ups, 9 sit-ups, and 9 jumping jacks followed by 10 seconds rest; then 8 of each, and so on until you do only 1 push-up, 1 sit-up, and 1 jumping jack. This will take maybe 15 or 20 minutes to complete. Run through it twice with a little water break in between the two rounds and you have yourself a solid little substitute swim workout that will challenge your swim muscles as well as your heart and lungs!

Spa Department


The holidays are here! The Best Salon & Spa offers Skin Care, Waxing, Nail and Hair Services, and Massage Therapy!

The holidays are here! The Best Salon & Spa offers Skin Care, Waxing, Nail and Hair Services, and Massage Therapy!

Give the Gift of Beauty and Relaxation! Purchase gift cards of $30 or more and we'll package it up with some sweet treats!

Here are some common types of MASSAGE:

Swedish Massage:
In this common method, your therapist will apply smooth, circular, kneading actions to your muscles.

Chair Massage:
A client will sit on a special chair and lean forward into a headrest. This is a good introduction to massage, since the sessions are usually short and don’t require you to remove any clothing.

Deep Tissue Massage:
Your massage therapist may use this method to treat tight muscles caused by stress or other problems. They will focus on the muscles closest to your bones, as well as their connective tissues.

Aromatherapy Massage:
In this method, your therapist will combine massage with scented oils to help reduce stress or boost your energy.

Hot Stone Massage: Warm flat stones will be placed on your body to help relax your muscles. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so we can work more deeply, more quickly.
Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Pool Construction

Click on link to see the pool progress through the last couple weeks to current!

Tennis News


Avila Bay Club Championship Results:

Men's Singles A
1st Place: John Lyle
2nd Place: Jim Maloney

Women's Singles A
1st Place: Leslie Kaplan
2nd Place: Michelle Adams

Men's Doubles A
1st Place: Jim Maloney/William Simmons
2nd Place: Sig Haddad/Scott Jopes

Women's Doubles A
1st Place: Brittany Burgunder/Catherine Henderson
2nd Place: Amy Kueffler/Debroah Keck

Mixed Doubles A
1st Place: Amy Kueffler/Scott Jopes
2nd Place: Catherine Henderson/Sig Haddad

Women's Doubles B+
1st Place: Barbara Peck/Kathleen York
2nd Place: Janet Windman/Elizabeth Grossman

Tips of the Month:

Play against those you hate to play against, as often as possible. They are the ones that know how to expose your weaknesses. Play with them until you start to figure out how to beat them, then, find other players whose games you loath and start the process all over again.

Tough Love From Your Friendly Pro

Tennis is usually about learning to compete. Coaches recommend that playing matches be an integral part of your practice. As a matter of fact, drilling should really be a supplement to match play and not the other way around. Definitely something I recommend to keep in mind.
-Michael Marquez, Tennis Director

Kids’ Club


imgHello there! We are wrapping up the year and there is a lot going on in Kids’ Club. Please remember to put it in your planners that the Kids’ Club hours change a little bit due to the holidays. The day before Christmas and New Year’s we will only be open in the morning. We will be closed for Christmas and New Year’s Day. The day after New Year’s, it will be the usual schedule as we welcome the brand new year.

This is a busy time of year, but here at Kids’ Club, we are never too busy to appreciate those kids that stand out while they are here playing with us. This month’s Kid of the Month goes to Adleigh Burbank. She comes in every week and plays so well. She used to have a hard time saying goodbye to her mommy while she would go workout but now Adleigh seems to always have a smile on her face when she comes in. We love seeing her walk through the doors! Congratulations Adleigh!

Kids’ Club staff wants to wish each family a very Happy Holiday Season! If you ever have any questions or concerns, contact Bre at [email protected].
It’s the last Parent’s Night Out of the 2017 year. Take advantage of the night to have some time to yourselves or get some shopping done on Saturday, December 9th. This event allows you to leave the premises for a couple hours and let us handle the kids. We play games in different areas of the club, we usually have a dance party, serve dinner, participate in a group craft, have a sweet treat to eat while settle down at the end of the night with a movie. Drop off is at 5:30pm and you can pick up them up again at 8:30pm. Make sure you reserve your spot today! You can sign up in Kids’ Club, at the front desk, or email [email protected].