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 tblspns 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
-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!
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Eat For Health
Introducing "Shake Your Sugar Blues!"
     Sugar can suppress the immune system, weaken eyesight, cause hypoglycemia, cause weight gain, exacerbate arthritis, contribute to osteoporosis, increase cholesterol, lead to prostate and ovarian cancer, contribute to diabetes, speed up skin aging, increase fluid retention, and cause poor concentration, mood swings, and depression. Phew! Want to learn how to avoid this?

     There are many ways to reduce sugar in your diet without feeling deprived or going cold turkey. Understanding the reasons behind your cravings is half the battle to unlocking the solution that works for you, as an individual. In the "Shake Your Sugar Blues" group program you will uncover the underlying reasons of sugar addiction, and:

-Learn about physical and emotional causes behind sugar cravings and ways to counter them
-Learn ways to get sustained energy without the ups and downs caused by sugar
-Learn to use food to curb sugar cravings
-Learn how to identify hidden sources of sugar
-Learn about sugar substitutes, and their pros and cons

This program will teach you how to cut your sugar intake, gain more energy, improve concentration and reduce mood problems. Do not miss your chance to improve your life and get your sugar cravings under control.

Address: Court Jester Athletic Club WEST; 216 Reynolds Road Johnson City, NY 13790 

Date & Time: starts February 9th, 2012 and runs for four consecutive Thursdays from 7 to 8PM. 

Program cost: $97

Where to register: There will be signup sheets at the front desk of both gyms, or you can call Victoria (our Holistic Health Coach) at (607) 744-0770 to reserve your spot

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

Are you READY to take a CHALLENGE?

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 
Fitness Challenge: Transformation 2012!

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 program will run over 8 weeks beginning the first week of February.  We will have bi-weekly challenges, weekly weigh-ins and many options to workout with our Personal Trainers. There will be a variety of levels and different pricing plans.  More details will follow soon.

If you are interested and want more information TODAY, please 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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