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Come Help Celebrate the First Anniversary of Arrillaga Recreation Center
To celebrate its one-year anniversary, the Arrillaga Recreation Center at SLAC (ARCAS) will treat patrons to an open house on Friday, July 19th featuring activities such as relay races, badminton and volleyball, in addition to prizes, cake and a potluck. Activities begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until about 1 p.m.
The first few hundred people to arrive will receive a free towel or water bottle. Attendees can hear testimonials from people in the lab community who have experienced life-changing health improvements since using the recreation center. This is a great time to find out all about the facility, group exercise classes and recreational activities.
“The event gives us an opportunity to showcase what we have to offer and allows people to come and enjoy the facility and the space when maybe they wouldn’t have otherwise,” says Rick Smith of the ARCAS staff.
The 20,000-square-foot recreation center offers a variety of cardiovascular and strength training equipment, a group exercise area featuring classes such as boot camp, Zumba and cross-training, locker rooms and day-use lockers. The facility provides all the equipment required for recreational activities such as badminton, volleyball, basketball, soccer and bocce ball.
If you would like to give a testimonial, please sent it to ARCAS General Manager Chris Spells email@example.com; it can be posted anonymously if you choose. To sign up to bring a potluck dish, go to this Google document or email Chris.
So come by on July 19th, and celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Arrillaga Recreation Center at SLAC with the staff and your community.
Full article found at SLAC Today
League of Extraordinary Ladies and Gentlemen
Sign up Now for Fall Fitness Classes
September 19, 2012
by Diane Rezendes Khirallah
Registration for fall quarter Health Improvement Program (HIP) group fitness classes is under way. Classes start next week on the Stanford main campus, in SLAC’s Building 27 and, for the first time, at the new Arrillaga Recreation Center at SLAC.
Offerings range from cross-training to yoga, dance, weight lifting, swimming and Tai Chi. The goal is inclusiveness, says Matt DeAngelis, a nurse practitioner at the SLAC Occupational Health Center. HIP classes strive to make physical activity enjoyable and accessible, regardless of physical limitations or fitness level, so participants feel safe and competent. Each class is clearly rated as beginner, intermediate, advanced or designed for a range of fitness levels.
“Just because you haven’t done it before doesn’t mean you shouldn’t come out and try,” DeAngelis said. “It’s also a great opportunity to get back into something you used to enjoy.”
For people new to exercise – as well as for those simply interested in checking out current fitness trends – the HIP Fitness Class Sampler at Stanford’s Ford Center is a good option. It offers the chance to try a variety of workouts without having to commit to a full term.
Classes at Arrillaga are open only to SLAC employees, since a SLAC badge is required to enter Gate 17. They include:
Chen Family Taijiquan and Qigong. Combines low, powerful stances and an explosive release of power with graceful, slow, light movements. Master Wong, who teaches the class, is a 20th generation, 1st Grade, gold medalist Tai Chi master. Classes meet outdoors at lunchtime and are designed for students from a wide range of fitness levels.
H.A.A.B.I.T. (Hips, Abs, Arms, Buttocks, & Incredible Thighs) A full-body conditioning workout designed to enhance muscle definition and fitness for men and women. It relies on one’s own body weight, as well as resistance bands and weights. Classes meet outdoors after work and are classified as intermediate/advanced.
Zumba. A fusion of Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves combined with resistance training to tone and sculpt. Classes meet indoors after work and are open to all fitness levels.
In addition, Tai Chi will be offered at no charge at the Stanford Guest House, Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m., for SLAC employees and guests.
Group fitness classes continue in and around Building 27 this quarter. SLAC/Stanford affiliates and community members are welcome to attend. Cross-training holds its lunchtime workouts outside. Indoor classes include Pilates Essentials and Prenatal Yoga, both after work. Hatha Yoga and Zumba workouts are held indoors during lunchtime.
While classes are priced at $50 to $100 per quarter, the 2012 BeWell@Stanford program makes them available to employees for just $20 (limit two per term). To receive the discount, complete the Stanford Health and Lifestyle Assessment (SHALA). Go to the BeWell page for more information; click on the employee incentive program link.
DeAngelis says the program, as diverse as it is with more than 170 offerings at SLAC and Stanford, remains a work in progress. He, along with Arrillaga Recreation Center Manager Chris Spells and Jeri Thurman, who administers the program for Stanford, are open to suggestions about more classes to add.
If you prefer to work out on your own, the gym is now open 24/7. To use it after hours and on weekends, you must activate your badge first, even if you’ve already signed a waiver. It’s a one-time process that takes “about 10 seconds,” DeAngelis says.
You may download the current class schedule here.
Arrillaga Recreation Center at SLAC to Open 24/7 Starting Sept. 4
August 30, 2012
from Chris Spells, ARC General Manager
The Arrillaga Recreation Center at SLAC will transition to a 24-hour/day, 7 days/week schedule beginning 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4. Please stop by the front desk your first day back at the center after the Labor Day holiday to have your badge activated so you can access the facility outside of normal business hours. Lockers are now available for rent; check at the front desk.
In addition to adding badge access and locker rental, the facility is now fully staffed and has extended its staffed hours from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Be sure to come in now for any pointers you may need on the equipment so you’re ready for those off-hour workouts!
Regardless of the time of day, if you’re injured or become ill during a workout, seek medical care as appropriate. This includes calling 911 and ext. 5555 in the event of an emergency. For non-emergencies, the SLAC Occupational Health Center (OHC) is availble between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call ext. 2281 for more information or to make an appointment.
Soccer Gets a New Home at SLAC
July 26, 2012
by Glenn Roberts Jr.
Soccer players streamed in on bikes and on foot Monday for the first-ever game at SLAC’s new playing field at the Arrillaga Recreation Center. It is bigger, greener and flatter than many were accustomed to in the long tradition of pickup games on the rough-hewn lawn near the SLAC cafeteria.
Those who played at that site know well its flaws, down to the bad bounces, obstacles and marshy patches. “It’s always been kind of a dream to have our own field that was level,” said Luciano “Lou” Garcia, who has played lunch-time soccer with SLAC co-workers for about 15 years and was a goalie in Monday’s game.
Now, said Krassimir “Chris” Grouev, a SLAC mechanical engineer, players can no longer use the field as an excuse for poor play. “You can expect a perfect game in this terrain,” he said.
Soccer at SLAC is a decades-old tradition, said longtime player Rafael “Rafa” Miranda, a mechanical technician at SLAC. He recalls when Ernie Frei, a Swiss native who joined SLAC in 1963 as a mechanical fabricator, was a lead organizer for SLAC’s soccer team, which in those days played against corporate teams in the area.
“We always had some kind of team playing here or somewhere in the vicinity,” Miranda said.
Onsite games waned and gained in popularity over the years, and organizers recently stepped up the lunchtime game schedule from a couple of times a week to every day.
At one point there were two makeshift soccer fields at SLAC, Miranda recalled, until construction of new buildings carved away field space. Some SLAC employees regularly play in games at Stanford, he noted, and some play both here and at Stanford.
The games are designed to be inclusive, safe, and just for fun, said Miranda. “We do not reject anybody for lack of skill or superior skill,” he said. “No matter how many people show up, we always include them.”
To minimize injuries, no slide tackles or rough play are allowed.
Some rich soccer traditions have sprung up around the game at SLAC, including an annual game between SLAC employees and students participating in the SLAC Summer Institute.
The employees have traditionally won that annual contest, he said, particularly as “now we are getting a lot of interest in the game from new players coming in.”
Other notable recurring matches include occasional games between older players and younger players – in true scientific fashion, the median age of participants is used to form teams – and an “Americas vs. the world” game based on players’ geographic allegiances.
David Fryberger, who joined SLAC as an experimental physicist in 1967 and remains involved in SLAC research, was among the early SLAC soccer players.
A former Yale University soccer player, Fryberger played soccer with SLAC colleagues both at the lab and at Stanford until he was 75 years old.
His soccer shoe, which he infamously had duct-taped because it remained a much better fit than any new shoe he tried on, was immortalized as the “Golden Shoe Award”: A fellow player nailed it to a 2-by-4 and spray-painted it gold, and it still serves as a trophy for important games.
When that shoe was finally retired, he said, “it was torn, with holes, and the heel was coming off.”
Fryberger visited the new field at SLAC on Monday to observe the first game there. “I think it’s wonderful,” he said of the field, which along with the adjacent gym facility will be maintained by Stanford.
He recalled some lean times in soccer play at SLAC, about 20 years ago, when there were perhaps six to eight employees who played a weekly game on Friday nights. He said he would call people up to remind them to play, just to ensure there were enough to field two small teams.
Fryberger and others noted the resourcefulness of SLAC soccer enthusiasts. He personally mapped the field boundaries in chalk before one annual SLAC Summer Institute game with a borrowed device, joking about his amateurish job: “The lines sort of looked like general relativistic curves.”
Bob Traller, a SLAC engineering associate who has played soccer with SLAC colleagues for about 30 years, noted that SLAC employees custom-built goals for use on lab grounds and at Stanford.
Traller, who plays on teams at Stanford University now but used to play in the pickup games at SLAC, said the new field is “a beautiful facility,” and he’s looking forward to playing there.
There had been talk decades ago, Traller said, of establishing a better soccer field at SLAC, and the new field came together surprisingly quickly.
“Finally, it happened,” he said.