Summer Cardio Tennis Returns!

Achieve a great, high-energy cardio workout with tennis racquets this month! This is a highly social and fun class for players of all ability levels—no tennis experience necessary to join.

Summer Cardio Tennis has returned to Beechmont Racquet & Fitness! Every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6-7 pm, join Pat Onoro, BR&F Tennis Pro, as we meet to get a great tennis workout. This is a great way to get your heart pumping and your body slimmed for summer.

We know many of you are in and out of town during the summer months, so we are happy to prorate the clinics based on the dates you are able to attend. Simply contact Jill or the Front Desk to discuss. You can always email us at as well. Minimum of 3 participants per class.

Session I: June 5-June 29
Session II: July 5-July 27
Session III: July 31-August 24

Regular Season (Labor Day to Memorial Day) Cardio Tennis is offered on Monday evenings from 5:30-7 pm and Friday afternoons from noon-1 pm. Our brochures will be available in August.

Meet Pat Onoro!

“I love running the Cardio Tennis class because it’s a great combination of working on your tennis game and getting a personal workout at the same time. I have my students reset their smart watches or step trackers at the beginning of each class to see how many steps, calories, and miles someone does during cardio tennis. Sometimes ladies in my class will convert the number of calories they burned into potential bottles of wine they can consume!”

We hope to see you soon at BR&F! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates on what’s happening this summer. Fitness can be fun.

Help Us Donate 1,400 Needed Items to the Inter Parish Ministry

What if being charitable was as easy as clicking a button? With our latest check-in donation campaign, it is!

During the month of May, you can simply check into Beechmont Racquet & Fitness Club on Facebook to help raise food donations for our local Inter Parish Ministry. Last summer, we were able to donate over 1,300 much-needed items to local families in need. Our goal for 2017 is 1,400. Will you help us reach it?

How to Check In:

  1. Open the Facebook app on your phone.
  2. Near the upper right-hand corner click CHECK-IN.
  3. Select Beechmont Racquet and Fitness from the drop down menu.
  4. Hit “POST” in the upper right corner.
  5. Give yourself a pat on the back! You just donated a needed food item to the Inter Parish Ministry.

Items that are most needed right now include cereal and other non-perishable breakfast items, canned pasta, peanut butter, and jelly.

In addition to Facebook check-ins, we are also accepting items (especially the items listed above) directly at Beechmont Racquet & Fitness. You’ll find the donation table in the lobby.

Curious about additional ways to give back to the local community? Visit the Inter Parish Ministry website at to view events, find sponsorship opportunities, or donate. Any and all contributions make a difference!

4 Reasons To Treat Yourself to Sauna or Steam Room Therapy

The health benefits of steam rooms and saunas might be greater than you think! Qurratulain Zaheer, a health and beauty researcher and writer interested in discovering a new and exciting approach to achieving gorgeous skin, recommends both for heat therapy with benefits that go beyond promoting good skin. This therapy can also help with fighting disease, reducing stress, and even aid your weight loss goals.
1. Saunas can minimize joint pain and tension in the body-
Saunas use dry heat to warm and relax your muscles, which in turn soothes nerve endings, joint pain, and encourages tension to leave the body. This therapy is especially useful for those suffering from arthritis or migraines. Heat from saunas also reduces tension and helps fight stress in the body, which releases endorphins and increases your melatonin levels, allowing you to feel happy and relaxed. This can especially be helpful for those suffering from insomnia or depression.

2. Steam improves breathing and issues with congestion-
Allergy season is upon us! For those who suffer from congestion brought on by allergies or other ailments, steam has been recognized as a simple solution to help alleviate the pressure in your sinuses. The heat and moisture from the steam is able to open up your airways, as well as thin and open the mucous membranes in the body. This can also be an incredibly helpful option for those who suffer from bronchitis and asthma.

3. Steam and sauna heat therapy can help rid your body of toxins-
The heat from both steam rooms and saunas cause your body to sweat, allowing your body to cleanse itself and remove toxins that may be lingering in your system. This process will also cause you to shed a few pounds in water weight, but only temporarily. It is important to note that sweat therapy cannot replace healthy diet and exercise. Eating right and getting plenty of proper exercise will always be your best tools on a weight loss journey.

4. Healthier and younger-looking skin-
Both dry and wet heat therapy can open up your pores, increase circulation, and soften your skin. Steam especially can help clear out impurities by loosening and clearing out pores; a great option for those suffering from acne.

Interested in trying out a steam room or sauna to see if heat therapy can work for you? Call us to learn more about our rates and membership details at (513) 528-5700 or visit to schedule a free tour.

Be sure to also check out additional articles that highlight the benefit of steam rooms.

Spin-A-Thon | Spin for a Cure

Did you know? More than 2.3 million people are affected by MS worldwide.
Let’s help the cause…one bike spin at a time!

Beechmont Racquet & Fitness Presents:

A benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Beechmont Racquet & Fitness
435 Ohio Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45255
9:00 am-2:00 pm
5 (hourly) spinning options:
beginning at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, noon, or 1 pm

Ride as an Individual (per each hour)                                      $20
Enter as a team (6 or more riders for 6 hours total)              $100 ($16.67 per person)

Hurry, reserve your bikes today by contacting BR&F member and MS Volunteer Michael Rathsack at 513 633-1117/

  • No club membership needed for this event.
  • Chair Massage by Sarah’s Sports Massage available for $1/minute.
  • Every participant receives a free t-shirt, Clif Bars, bottled water, and entry to win a cycling jersey or massage by Sarah’s Sports Massage.

A little about Michael Rathsack: “My association with MS is a result of my Mother, who unfortunately passed of the disease at 59 years of age. There we few drugs on the market at that time (1992) to help those stricken with MS.
I have been actively involved in “fundraising for a cure” and this year marks my 31st year riding in the MS 150 mile cycling event. Through my friends, neighbours, business associates, and family, I have been fortunate to raise thousands of much-needed dollars to help fight the disease. Please join me on April 8th!”

Sesame Green Beans

shutterstock_225346960Sesame Green Beans
(Angie Volk- Nursery Manager)
Recipe from

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 lb fresh green beans, cut into 2 inch pieces
¼ cup chicken broth
¼ tsp salt
Ground pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add sesame seeds. When seeds start to darken, stir in green beans. Cook, stirring until beans turn bright green. Pour in chicken broth, salt and pepper. Cover and cook until beans are tender-crisp, about 10 mins. Uncover and cook until liquid evaporates.

Lori’s H2O Skills Returns to Beechmont Racquet and Fitness

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year…time to start breaking out your warmer clothes and bathing suits! Gear up for the beach and pool with Lori’s H2O Skills swim lessons. Lori is a highly experienced and fun swim trainer, pleased to offer swim lessons for ages three and up at Beechmont Racquet & Fitness in four different aptitude levels.

In the Rainbow Ribbon classes, kids will learn how to blow nose bubbles, float comfortably in the water, flutter kick, glide from the walls, rhythmic breathing, do flips in the water, place arms correctly for freestyle and backstroke, and swim underwater.
White Ribbon will focus on teaching rotary breathing, backstroke, freestyle with rotary breathing, elementary backstroke, and more. Red Ribbon will teach sidestroke, breaststroke, butterfly, flip turns for freestyle and backstroke, and diving. The Blue Ribbon course, the most advanced course Lori offers, will teach 500-yard races and pre-competitive training.

Four private fifteen minute classes are $75 for members and $90 for non-members. Four private thirty-minute classes are $150 for members and $180 for non-members.

Besides teaching children how to feel comfortable and safe in the water, Lori is happy to make sure they have fun doing so! Give Lori a shout at (513) 515-8468 or email to sign up.

Beef & Barley Soup

shutterstock_395521069-2Beef & Barley Soup
(Pat Onoro- Tennis Pro)

This recipe is for 2 servings. Easily doubles or triples. Best when eaten the next day, giving the broth time to thicken in the refrigerator.

1 tb olive oil
½ cup chopped onion (1 small)
½ pound beef stew meat
½ tsp Hungarian paprika
½ tsp crushed, dried thyme
1 bay leaf
2 cups beef broth
1 medium carrot, sliced ½ inch thick
1/3 cup barley
Salt, freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in medium pan. Add onion and beef cubes and brown over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Stir in paprika and cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Stir in thyme, bay leaf and beef broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 1 hour. Add carrot slices and barley. Cover and simmer until barley is very tender, 45 mins to 1 hour. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Remove bay leaf. Makes 2 entrée servings.


Taco Soup

shutterstock_328807166-2Taco Soup (Jill Johnson- Tennis Office)
(Can easily be doubled and freezes well)

1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 green, red, and/or yellow bell pepper, or a combination, diced
2 packets reduced sodium taco seasoning mix
16 oz. can tomatoes, undrained
16 oz. can corn, drained
16 oz. can black olives, drained
16 oz. can black beans, drained

Brown meat with onion and bell pepper(s).  Drain and add to Crock Pot.  Sprinkle with taco seasoning (2 packs seems like a lot, but it’s really good!) and stir.  Add the rest of the ingredients plus a few cans of water (should be like a thin chili) and cook on low 5-6 hours.

To serve, ladle into bowls and add toppings such as: shredded cheese, cilantro, taco chips or Fritos, salsa, avocado, and sour cream.

Greek Villager’s Salad

shutterstock_370872614-2Greek Villager’s Salad (Horiatiki)
(Mr. John- Kids’ Gym Director & Personal Trainer)

 3 large, firm, ripe tomatoes
1 large red onion, peeled
1 small cucumber, peeled and sliced into 1/8 inch rounds
1 large green pepper, seeded, halved, and thinly sliced
1-2 long, thin hot green peppers, seeded and cut into thin rounds
½ cup kalamata olives
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
2-3 pinches dried oregano
1/3 pound feta cheese (optional)

Wash and dry tomatoes. Cut each in half lengthwise, core, and cut each half into thirds or quarters. Cut the onion the same way, halved and then into chunky wedges. Toss the tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers, and olives together in a serving bowl. Add olive oil, salt, and oregano. Serve immediately. Optional: Crumble feta over salad just before serving.


Chicken Tortilla Soup

shutterstock_115899640-2Chicken Tortilla Soup
(Jami Verdin-Manager)

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 small onion, diced
2 tbsp garlic, minced
2 jalapenos, finely chopped
6 cups chicken broth (Jami uses 2 boxes)
14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
14.5 oz can black beans, drained
3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (you can also use a rotisserie chicken)
2 limes, juiced
Salt & pepper to taste
1 cup cilantro, chopped

For topping:
1 avocado, sliced
Monterey Jack cheese
Tortilla chips

In a large pot, saute onion, garlic, and jalapenos in oil. Add broth, tomatoes, beans, and chicken. Cook until chicken is done; remove from pot. Shred and add back to pot along with lime juice, salt, pepper, and cilantro. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Serve with toppings.


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