Blogs 2015

"These Blogs are offered for your information and entertainment. Please check with your physician before beginning any new exercise or diet routines." — In Good Health, SAC Management

SAC Personal Trainers Help Guide Sunset High School Ski Team

Courtesy SAC Newsletter “Your Club Connection”

Published December 16, 2015

When SAC Personal Trainers Jason Mead and Joni Neilson were approached by the Sunset High School Ski Team and asked to develop a custom, sport-specific training program, their answer was simple; “We’d love to help!”

Working around the team’s schedule and budget,
they coordinated with ski-coaches Bill Derocher and Mike Woodson to develop a program that not only makes them more competitive, it helps create an emotional bond among the athletes.

“Because the team decided to do their warm-up’s and stretching after school as a self-supervised group, it makes them all responsible for and to each other,” notes Trainer Jason, “This increases teamwork and decreases tendencies toward a ‘clique’ mentality”.

Both trainers drive to increase the athletes skills and abilities of strength, balance, coordination and short-term endurance. Joni specializes in diverse high-intensity training routines, while Jason does more of the team’s core and weight training.

The athletes will continue training four evenings a week until the holiday break. Then (hopefully) they can try out their improved strength and skills on some real snow!

New Bikes Installed In Spinning Studio

Courtesy SAC Newsletter “Your Club Connection”

Published December 2, 2015

With winter weather upon us, and riders moving indoors, we have invested in ten new bikes to expand your studio’s capabilities — and accommodate YOU, our members.

Existing Spinning enthusiasts as well as those new to the program can enjoy an exhilarating indoor cycling journey led by our inspiring and motivating instructors. Classes are offered throughout each day allowing you to choose a time that easily fits into your schedule.

Plus, keep in mind that cycling is a family-friendly program. Children from eight-years-old and up may participate with Mom and Dad — and share in a fun and healthy sport! We look forward to facilitating your next ride!

Photo: SAC staff members Joni and Alex check out a new bike. “Hey, better wait for an instructor!”

SAC Kids Korner Adds Evening Hours

Courtesy SAC Newsletter “Your Club Connection”

Published December 1, 2015

Drop off the kids (8-weeks and older) and get some “me time”. New evening staff on hand! Parent/guardian must remain on site while using Kids Korner. Please make reservations in advance.

8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Monday-Thursday: 4:00-8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - Noon
Closed Sundays

Climbing Wall Gets Staff & Program Upgrades

Courtesy SAC’s Newsletter –
“The Club Connection”

Published November 3, 2015

Ann Marie and Keith at Sunset Athletic Club’s Rock Climbing Wall

The Sunset Athletic Club has seen lots of excitement as well as a change in leadership. We would like to welcome Keith Musselam and Ann Marie Caplan to the SAC rock wall family. Both Keith and Ann Marie come to us with a wealth of climbing experience and enthusiasm for the sport. Together they are excited about the future of the climbing wall and look forward to meeting you!

This fall, the rock wall staff has been hard at work planning stimulating kids events. Trick or Treating at 30 feet high proved to be a popular activity! Coming up this winter, we are looking forward to more adventures; including climbing wall races, a scavenger hunt, and maybe even a snow storm! For more information, you may contact the SAC clubhouse for kids programming that includes climbing at the rock wall.

We are very excited to offer daily open climb times, weekend classes to teach belay basics and lead climbing techniques, and challenging conditioning clinics. We also offer individual instruction and rock wall rentals that are sure to meet the adventure in everyone! Our staff is continually updated routes that are sure to challenge the climber in all of us! For more information, please visit the Service Desk or stop by the rock wall during our open climb times.

Sunset Athletic Club - Turkey Shoot Pro-Am Racquetball Tournament

by Paul Maduell,
SAC Racquetball Director

Published October 10, 2015

November 11-15, 2015 at Sunset Athletic Club, Portland OR.

Welcome back to one of the best racquetball tournaments in the west!
The Sunset Turkey Shoot is a great event for all ages and all skill levels. Sanctioned by IRT, USA Racquetball and the Oregon Racquetball Association. Pro, Adult and Junior amateur divisions for Singles and Doubles. Prize Money for Pro, Open Singles and Doubles Divisions.
Enter now to insure your spot this year.

Sunset Athletic Club
Established in 1977 as Cornell Court Club this is one of the original dedicated racquetball facilities in the USA. SAC has continued to promote racquetball and racquetball players. Ownership has not changed since day one and the facility has tripled in size. Now one of the best independent clubs in the west, SAC is a family oriented club with a passion for our sport.

Every year the Turkey Shoot is known for some of the best hospitality at any event. Widmer Brothers Brewing has been a major sponsor for 14 years and we are proud to have them back again in 2015. Returning this year is Chef Jason Aldrin..not only is the tournament food outstanding...our signature Turkey Meal on Sunday is as good as it gets.

We are thankful to our sponsors for contributions large and small. Every little bit helps us out and we hope you thank them too by supporting the brands of our major sponsors.

More info HERE

Details and sign-up’s HERE

“Rat Pack SAC” Tennis Tournament November 18-21

by Niren Lall, SAC Tennis Director

Published October 1, 2015

Sunset Athletic Club presents: The “Rat Pack SAC” Singles And Doubles Tournament. Fun competition on the courts from 3:45 pm on Wednesday afternoon the 18th, and play goes through every evening the rest of the week with finals on Saturday the 21st.

Don’t miss the tournament party on Saturday night!! Dinner, dancing and Casino Night beginning at 6:00 pm (included in entry fee). Rat-pack-cocktail-party attire recommended but not required to attend.

All players are welcome to play, members and non-members. We will offer men’s and women’s doubles and singles, no mixed play. This is a non-combined level event. All levels 2.5 Through 5.0. You may play two events one singles and one doubles not two doubles events. You do not need to be an USTA member to play in this tournament.

Holiday Art & Craft Fair - November 19th, 2015

Courtesy SAC newsletter “Your Club Connection”

Published September 30, 2015
The Holiday Art & Craft Fair at Sunset Athletic Club is a much-anticipated event for the whole community. Hundreds are expected to tour the 12th-annual fair, which also benefits the Oregon Food Bank. Held on Thursday, November 19 – SAC members have an extra hour to shop from 9am-10am, the general public is welcome from 10am to closing at 7:00 pm.

The Fair is a big draw for local shoppers. The hand-picked vendors offer an amazing array of high-quality products. From fabrics to jewelry, decorative items to useful household goodies, art/sculpture/photography, and of course ... tasty treats to eat!

Donations of canned items are appreciated and a part of the proceeds from the fair also benefits the Oregon Food Bank.

See our flyer HERE

New Group Fitness Schedules - Fall 2015

by SAC Fitness and Aquatics Staff

Published September 8, 2015

The FALL Group X Schedules are available to download below!

Land Fitness Schedule HERE

Water Fitness Schedule HERE

Experience the Feldenkrais Method and “Effort Less”

by SAC Fitness Staff

Published August 10, 2015

The Feldenkrais Method is an extraordinary approach to learning through movement. The intention is to develop awareness of how we use ourselves, unwind patterns of holding and acting/reacting, and make available new options for the ways we move, think and feel.

Feldenkrais lessons are ideal for anyone who:

• Experiences discomfort of limitations in movement as a result of injury, structural characteristics, or postural tendencies.
• Would like to improve their performance and/or enjoyment of an activity.

Join Alice Boyd, CFP and John Crawford CFP — Classes are held Tuesdays at 12:30 pm and Saturdays at 11:30 am in the Mind and Body Studio.

Fun That’s Out Of This World: The SAC Clubhouse

by Erin Cahill, SAC Clubhouse Director

Published July 4th, 2015

Outstanding children’s programming is a trademark at family-friendly Sunset Athletic Club. Kid’s LOVE our stand-alone Clubhouse, where it’s all about fun, safety, companionship, and making new friends in a positive and supportive environment. Programs include:

Kids Club hourly children’s club with reservations required for attendance. Available to members and non-members. Fees and restrictions on daily length of attendance is required. Kids age 3 are invited to participate with a parent on the SAC Campus. Kids ages 4-10 are invited to participate with a parent on or off the SAC Campus.

What do kids do during kids club? We have four fun-filled playrooms in our upstairs Kids Club Area ready for the kids! Activities include: Dramatic Play, Game Room, Arts and Crafts Area, Building Centers, Legomania, Indoor Play structures, and more! In addition to our outrageously fun upstairs play area, we have designated indoor activity time every day!

Monthly Special Events
...with topics like: Parents’ Night Out, Kids Club, Skippin’ School, Red Cross Classes, Creepy Crawlers with the Oregon Reptile Man, Superhero Training with Spiderman, 60s Tie-Dye Party, Tinkerbell Pixie Party, Annual Kids Campfire, Bob the Builder Construction Zone, Safari Sunday, Circus Night, Hawaiian Luau, and many more.

Parties and Rentals
The Sunset Athletic Club Clubhouse is one of Portland’s most popular kids’ party places!
Families love to come to the SAC Clubhouse because we personalize EVERYTHING: Games, Activities, Decorations, Cake, Balloons, Even our prices! No two parties are the same, and we can fit any party within your budget. We also offer theme locations: Rock Climbing, Swimming and Movie Theater.

Please note: Some programs are offered to SAC member-children only, others are open to the public. Some programs require additional fees. Clubhouse Pass discount program available.

Contact the SAC Clubhouse for more information: 503-645-3535 ext. 257 or

Full details at:

Sunset Athletic Club Recognized As PGE Clean Energy Leader

by SAC Fitness Staff

Published August 10, 2015

Recently Portland General Electric (PGE) recognized 23 leaders in supporting their Clean Wind renewable energy program. Sunset Athletic Club is one of the charter companies supporting their green energy options.

As PGE put it, “These pioneering companies led the way back in 2003/04 and continue to do so. They have contributed to the almost 1.6 billion pounds of CO2 our Clean Wind customers have avoided from entering the atmosphere since 2004. Join us in congratulating these companies on 10 years of making a difference in our environment!” We’d like to pass these kudos on to you. Our memberships are the backbone allowing us to support Clean Wind in Oregon. Thank you members!

Learn more about PGE’s Clean Energy Options HERE

SAC In Your Community - The Portland Masters Track Club

by Sunset Athletic Club Staff

Published June 1, 2015

The Portland Masters Track Club’s annual Track & Field Meet will be held June 20-21, 2015. Sunset Athletic Club is proud to help sponsor this pro-health community organization.

The original Portland Track Club formed back in the 1960’s had members who were mainly college graduates that wanted to stay active in the sport. As the members got older, a natural progression followed in the 1970’s with the club becoming the Portland Masters Track Club, which is the oldest Masters club in the USA. Since then, the club has grown in numbers and is still very active in meets throughout the US. They are always looking for and encouraging new members. Their annual Track & Field Meet is also one of the oldest Masters meets in the USA. As they are known to say, “Remember, you’re never too old to compete!”

The club holds a weekly workout at Pioneer Stadium in Oregon City, Sundays from 9:30am to 11am. All are welcome (runners, jumpers, and throwers) and encouraged to join in. They work with all levels of athletes, so don’t be afraid to come out and have some fun, get some exercise, and best of all, meet new people.

Learn more HERE