Court Jester's April/May newsletter!
Recipe of the Month:
Poached Ginger Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 3/4 to 2 pounds)
Kosher salt
1 2 -inch piece ginger, peeled
1 large shallot
4 tablespoons peanut oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 English cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced
1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced, or 1 small daikon radish, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce (such as sambal oelek)
1 bunch watercress, trimmed
Juice of 1 lime
Put the chicken in a medium pot with just enough water to cover; add 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat and cook until the chicken is firm to the touch, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a bowl of salted ice water. Drain the chicken and plunge into the ice water for about 30 seconds to stop the cooking. Drain again.

Grate the ginger and shallot into a small bowl. Stir in 3 tablespoons peanut oil, the sesame oil and 1/4 teaspoon each sugar and salt.

Toss the cucumber and radishes with the chili sauce, 3/4 teaspoon salt, the remaining 1 tablespoon peanut oil and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon sugar in a large bowl. Add the watercress and toss.

Divide the salad among plates. Slice the chicken and add to the plates, then top with the ginger mixture. Drizzle with the lime juice.

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A Note on Towels

We'd like to emphasize that our free towel service is a privilege. Please place your used towels in the bins provided and encourage other members to do so as well. Thanks!

Court Jester West 
216 Reynolds Road
Johnson City, NY 13790
(607) 729-3332
Hours of operation:
Monday 5AM - Friday 9:30PM (24 hours)
Saturday 7AM - 8PM
Sunday 8AM - 8PM

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67 Robinson Street 
Binghamton, NY 
(607) 723-2522
Hours of operation:
Monday thru Thursday 5AM - 10:30PM daily
Friday 5AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday 7AM - 8PM
Sunday 8AM - 8PM

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Memorial Day Weekend Hours:

 East - Closed Sunday 5/25
                           Monday 5/26

West - Closed Monday 5/26

Both locations are open on Tuesday 5/27 regular hours
Your Shoes Can Make or Break Your Workout
Shoes and Running

Nowhere else can the importance of proper shoes be seen than when running. Running and jogging are two of the most common types of exercise, which is why nearly every gym around the world has at least a handful of treadmills.

Runners don't need too much stability when doing a low-intensity workout--such as jogging for 45 minutes. What they do need is cushioning, as the running involves a lot of impact on their joints. The shoes need support for their arches, as well as cushioning for the heels.

A good pair of shoes can make running for longer easier, so make sure to get a pair of shoes built for running.

Shoes and Cardio Machines

Cardio machines like the stairmaster, the elliptical trainer and the stationary bicycle can be found everywhere--both in homes and gyms. These machines are built for low impact workouts, so there's less strain on your joints.

The proper shoes will help to make the workouts on these machines easier. Theworkouts are low impact, but they still work the joints--often more than a run. The best shoes for a cycling machine will likely have a thinner sole than a pair of shoes used for running, but the shoes need some cushioning to reduce the strain on your joints.

Shoes and Sports

It goes without saying that you need the right pair of shoes for the sport that you play.Basketball involves a lot of running and jumping, so stability, support and cushioning are a must. Baseball, football and soccer involve running and sudden changes in direction, so the shoes need cushioning as well as good traction.

Shoes and Bodybuilding

You may not think you need a good pair of shoes to lift weights, but the right shoes are a must. The shoes will help to reduce the strain on your knees, ankles and toes, and will give you good stability as you lift. The shoes can help you to maintain proper posture, which will in turn reduce your risk of injury. They'll also provide support for your ankles, ensuring you are protected as you work out your legs.

Finding the right shoes for bodybuilding can be a bit more challenging. You may not want too thick of a sole, so minimalist or barefoot shoes can be ideal for some. If you want a bit more cushioning, you may want to consider special shoes designed specifically for bodybuilding.

The Four S's of Shoes

No matter what you're going to do, consider the Four S's of Shoes:
  • Size: Too small and they crush your toes (causing pain), too large and they don't offer sufficient stability.
  • Stability: Keep those ankles supported and provide a stable platform for your foot to press off of.
  • Shape: Find a shape that matches the curvature of your foot, as it will provide adequate support.
  • Style: The style of the shoes should match the use they will receive (i.e.,basketball shoes for basketball, running shoes for running, etc.)
With the wrong pair of shoes, injuries are all but guaranteed--perhaps not today, but in the near future. With the right pair of shoes, it's one less thing to distract you from paying close attention to doing that workout just right.

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