Court Jester's February newsletter!
Recipe of the Month:
Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan

1 large eggplant, sliced into super thin rounds
3/4 tspn sea salt
1/4 tspn black pepper
3/4 cup olive oil, more for drizzling
5 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups heirloom tomatoes, smashed
4 sprigs fresh oregano
3 sprigs fresh basil
5 TBSP grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup panko
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
5 large basil leaves



-Prepare the eggplant by sprinkling with about 1/2 tspn salt 
-Let eggplant stand in a colander for about 20 minutes to dry out
-Pat dry, and season with salt and pepper
-Heat some of the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat
-Cook eggplant, without stirring for about about 4 minutes or until golden
-Flip and cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes (Cook in a single layer, in batches)
-Drain eggplant on paper towels and repeat the process until all the eggplant is cooked.
-Turn heat down to medium, add 3 tblspns of oil and add 4 garlic cloves
-Cook until golden, about 2 minutes, then Add tomatoes and oregano
-Cook, breaking up the tomatoes, until they start form a sauce, about 15 minutes
-Add basil and 4 tblspns Parmesan; simmer 5 minutes more
-Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium heat and add 1 tblspn olive oil
-Mince the remaining garlic and add to the skillet, along with the bread crumbs
-Toast, stirring, until bread crumbs just start to brown, about 2 minutes
-Remove from heat and stir in 1 tblspn Parmesan; season with a pinch of salt
-To serve, arrange eggplant on a large platter and spoon dollops of ricotta on top
-Then top with sauce; scatter bread crumb mixture over sauce, garnish with basil leaves, then drizzle with olive oil.

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Just a reminder...
With the snowy weather, we'd like to remind our members to please bring a change of sneakers on snowy/slushy/wet days to put on when you get to the gym. This will help prevent unnecessary wear and tear on our machines. Thank you!!
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!
Spring is around the corner, and it's time to GET SERIOUS!

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Bridge Run Training Program
Bridge Run 1/2 Marathon
5 K Training Program

     Erin Hundley, and Ken Howell are both Personal Trainers at Court Jester
with a passion for running & will be heading up the 5k/Half Marathon Training Program.
Together they ran a similar program last year for the Bridge Run &
helped several runners complete their first or their fastest 5k or Half Marathon! 
Here are the details of the training as we know it, though day of the week &
location does have some flexibility. We need a minimum of 5 runners to
hold the training program, so please let us know if are interested
as soon as possible!  You are welcome to simply show up at the
first training. Try to be a few minutes early because we do have a
short health history & waiver form for you to fill out. Training sessions
will last about an hour, sometimes running over about 15 mins.
We'll also be discussing a topic related to running each week - intervals,
footwear, racing techniques, pre & post run nutrition...etc. 

Starts the week of March 11th, ideally meeting Thursday March 15th.
We are more flexible with the day of the week here, so please let us know if another
day/time works better. We will meet at Court Jester West until
weather improves! 
$80 to participate or $12 drop in - includes weekly training session &
optional weekend run every other weekend & homework 
5k or Half Marathoners can participate in the 8wk training

If Thursdays at 7:15 does not work for you, please let us know
as we are open to offering two days of training each week.

The three things we need to know from you are
1) Would you like to participate  2) 5k or Half Marathon  
3) Are you a Beginner / intermediate / advanced runner.
You, of course, are welcome to give Erin a call with questions at any time 
(425) 241-6997. We look forward to meeting you all soon! Thanks!
For more information, or to sign-up, please ask for the sign-up list at either Club,
or email us at

The Do's and Don'ts of Weight Training 
Recent studies have shown that an increased number of weight training-related injuries are occuring as more and more people are using weight rooms at gyms across the country. Below, Women't Health author Michelle Hamilton has compiled a few pointers for avoiding injury while working out:

1. Always, always, always warm up before training your muscles. Try dynamic and static stretches to get your muscles primed for movement.
2. Work on perfecting your form. At Court Jester, feel free to ask one of the trainers in the office (their floor hours are posted on the door and near the front of the gym as well). They can help you learn to use machines properly--that's what they're there for!
3. Don't forget those opposing muscle groups! Antagonistic groups like the triceps and biceps, or quadriceps and hamstrings, both need to be exercised to keep muscles functioning their best. Here's a tip: for every muscle you work that is on the front of your body, work on on the back.
5. Don't put added stress on your shoulders--it can do damage. When using weights, never allow your elbows to be exented more than two inches behind your body, and never allow a bar to be pulled down behind your head (in the case of the Lat Pulldown machine, for instance).

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Fitness Challenge: Transformation 2012

Small Group Personal Training Sessions

Starting Soon...
Are you ready to challenge yourself? Are you ready to meet and exceed all your 2012 Fitness Goals? Are you ready to transform yourself? 
Join the Court Jester Personal Training Team in our
Small Group Training Sessions!  Get the experience of a one-on-one Personal Training session, the expertise of our Certified Personal Trainers, and a GREAT workout at a fraction of the cost. 

You'll have peer support, the help of Certified Personal Trainers, and health coaching to help you achieve results in becoming healthier, losing weight, and leading a better lifestyle. You'll see results, feel stronger mentally and physically, and have increased daily energy. The sessions will be held at different times throughout the week.  Groups forming now, if interested, please contact us with your availability, fitness goals, and contact information.  

If you are interested and want more information TODAY, please call (607) 752-2628, or email us at

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

Court Jester East 
67 Robinson Street 
Binghamton, NY 
(607) 723-2522
Hours of operation:
Monday thru Thursday 5:45AM - 10:30PM daily
Friday 5:45AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday 7AM - 8PM
Sunday 8AM - 8PM

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Student members of Court Jester AC are eligible for discounts when they show a valid school ID:
1 month $37
3 months $99
4 months $140
12 months $359

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