Archive for June, 2017

Swim Across America 2017

June 26th, 2017

Guest Blog by Granite Falls Swim Instructor and Mudpuppies Event Director, Mary DeMilia

On June 11 at the Triangle Aquatic Center, I had the honor of being the event director for the Mudpuppies Swim Across America Event in memory of Dr Brian Goldman.

Dr Brian Goldman and I swam in the same lane for many years, and had cancer at the same time, and didn’t realize it.  Despite the fact that Dr Brian Goldman passed away from colon cancer 2 years ago, his Mudpuppies team is continuing the fight to help find a cure through Swim Across America.  Swim Across America, the official charity for swimmers, exists to raise money for our network of doctors and researchers who are the pioneers developing new cures and treatments to this dreaded disease.  You can read more about Swim Across America here.

Granite Falls sent a team to this event held at the Triangle Aquatic Center.  Joseph Harrison, Tim Payne, Reagan Kaufmann, Enzo Vergnano, Mary DeMilia, Ryan DeMilia, and Michelle DeMilia all participated.

The honorary team captain was Tim Payne.  Tim Payne won the 2016 Invictus Gold Medal.  And despite losing both legs, he swam 1 mile. You can view his ESPN special here: https://vimeo.com/166823531.

Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine what was to occur.  2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Held decided to swim in the first honorary wave with Tim Payne.  WRAL, CBS Carolina, News and Observer, and Spectrum news was there to report it.

You can watch the WRAL interview here.

Read the News and Observer interview here.

For the Olympic Clinic, Ryan Held (2016 Olympic Gold Medalist), Elaine Breeden (2008 Olympic Silver Medalist), Alex Rousseau (1992 & 1996 Olympics) and Erica Braun (world masters champion) ran the clinics for both water polo and swimming.

We are still accepting donations here:

www.swimacrossamerica.org/mudpuppies

Come out to our Poolside Benefit Bash this Friday!

June 20th, 2017

 

This Friday, June 23rd, we will be hosting a charity event from 5-8 pm benefiting head camp counselor Gabe Gonzalez’s fundraising goal for Camp Kesem. At the event, we will have a poolside DJ, Jam ice cream truck, and hot dogs and burger plates for sale with all proceeds benefiting Camp Kesem.  Additionally, camp counselors and other staff will be leading games, crafts, and activities to make it a fun-filled evening for all. We will also be selling raffle tickets, $5 for one or 6 for $25 for a host of amazing prizes such as a FREE week of camp, night of PNO, private swim lesson, birthday party, personal training with our fitness director, and much more!

Camp Kesem is a non-profit organization that gives kids whose parents have or have had cancer a chance to attend a week long overnight camp and get a break from their oftentimes very tough home-life situations. At camp, the campers engage in a host of classic camp activities such as archery, boating, rock climbing, and of course s’mores and campfires. Camp Kesem gives these kids a chance to be linked with others going through a similar situation to form a community of love and support.

Camp Kesem is run entirely by student volunteers and as a counselor, it is their responsibility to raise at least $500, which keeps the cost of the campers to attend camp free. This will be Gabe’s second summer volunteering as a counselor with Camp Kesem UNC-Chapel Hill. Please come out for a fun-filled evening this Friday, June 23rd from 5 – 8 pm and support Gabe.  Raffle tickets can be bought at the event or at the front desk or you can donate directly to his fundraising page.

 Thank you for all your support!

 

Shake up your Routine with SGT!

June 14th, 2017

There are plenty of ways to get up and get moving at the fitness center, but joining a special event/club or small group training (SGT) class can be the most beneficial. Gone are the days of feeling lost the second you enter the weight room. And using up all of your time on the treadmill? You can forget it. By signing up to exercise with a group of like-minded individuals, you’ll challenge yourself in an entirely different light and have a blast along the way.

1. You’ll have access to a personal trainer
It’s easy to get bored or feel apathetic about working out when you don’t have guidance. In a small training group, you’ll have a trainer who designed a program with variety, so you’ll always stay motivated and excited to get moving.

2. You won’t stress over being in the spotlight
Some people don’t want to work with a personal trainer because they’re intimidated by the one-on-one experience. With a small fitness group, you can still receive help from a professional without the stress of the individual focus.   

3. You’ll have a safe and effective workout
Overworking yourself, picking up too much weight or taking a gamble at an exercise you’ve never tried before can be harmful. By enrolling yourself in a class led by a trainer, you won’t have to worry about overexerting your body or blindly working yourself to the point of muscle strain. Instead, you’ll receive instruction that ensures you have the safest and most effective workout possible.  

4. You’ll meet like-minded people
Think about the people you’ll meet and the bonds you’ll form. The National Federation of Professional Trainers said that small group training creates camaraderie among individuals. It allows you to surround yourself with people who are reaching for the same goals, which can motivate you and benefit your social well-being. Use the opportunity to interact with friends as an inspiration to get to the fitness center. It’s a great way to multitask if your schedule is too busy!

5. You’ll stay motivated with accountability
Because you’re exercising with a group of people – led by a trainer – you’ll be more likely to stay on track and workout regularly. Joining a small fitness group holds you accountable and keeps you more disciplined and focused than exercising on your own.

6. You’ll see results
There’s nothing worse than dedicating multiple days of the week to exercise only to find that you’ve made no progress and you’re not seeing any results. By joining a small fitness group, you’ll be led by an instructor who has the knowledge to transform your body – and confidence – into something you’ve always wanted.

7. You’ll have a blast
How many times have you dreaded going to the fitness center? If you’ve ever had to drag yourself there only to watch the clock tick wishing it was time to go, you need to join a small group training class. Fit Day said it best: “Most anyone will agree that exercising alone can be boring and tedious.” If you sign up for a session with others, you’ll have more to look forward to.

At Granite Falls Swim & Athletic Club, we offer a number of different specialty clubs/classes and will soon add more small group training to the calendar. Be on the lookout for the posts! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 919.562.8895 or visit us @ www.granitefallsclub.com.

Get a BITE at The Shark Shack!

June 7th, 2017

Picture this- you’re at the pool and you’re hungry. Do you start nibbling on your child’s Goldfish crackers OR, wouldn’t you much rather munch on a large pretzel covered in cinnamon and sugar?

Pretzels not your thing? How about a salad covered in your favorite veggies and meat from Marco’s? Or wouldn’t a delicious ice cream sandwich be the highlight of the night after 5 hours of fun in the sun?

Our pool-side bar, The Watering Hole, is open during the weekend, but it’s Thursday and you would love a cup of wine or a cold beer. Don’t worry, The Shark Shack has you covered!

And, have you see those 30oz blue tumblers around the club? The one featuring our Granite Falls logo? A new edition to our Shark Shack line-up, the Granite Falls tumbler looks awesome, keeps your drinks cold, and saves you money on fountain drink refills!

There’s so much The Shark Shack has to offer and it’s steps away from your favorite chair at the Granite Falls pool. Come check us out and let us make your day even better!

Our full menu can be found HERE!