Contacts for Sports, Fitness, and Aquatics

SFA Director
Paula Cole
(703) 537-3049

Aquatics Director and SFA Associate Director
Teo Albu
(703) 537-3053

Fitness Director
Matt Alvin
(703) 537-3050

Sports and Wellness Director
Allison Colman
(703) 537-3052

Exercise and Wellness Coordinator
Keri Drugan
(703) 537-3028

SFA Staff
Petya Ivanova

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Sports, Fitness, & Aquatics

Programs in the Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Department meet the needs of individuals of all ages and levels of ability. Click below to learn more.

About the Sports, Fitness, and Aquatics Department

The Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Department is partially underwritten by the following funds:
SFA Fund, Stephen Reich Endowment Fund, Goulde-Kamen Endowment Fund

The focus of the Sports, Fitness and Aquatics (SFA) Department can be seen in the array of interactive fitness and physical educational programs offered for people of all ages (preschool-age to adult). The department creates opportunities for individuals to get healthy and fit, meet and make new friends, and encourage and support individuals to begin and/or continue their fitness journeys. The SFA department offers a wide-variety of health and wellness opportunities including a lifestyle and weight management program, women’s basketball league, youth leagues, cycling and running clubs, group exercise classes, personal training, swim teams, and senior strength training.

The SFA facilities are open seven days per week, for a total of 104 hours. On a weekly basis, the department offers more than 40 group exercise classes, more than 40 personal training sessions, 4 preschool sports classes, 12 preschool swim classes, more than 30 private swim lessons, 15 swim team practices, and 3 master swim practices.

In 2012, the JCCNV Sports and Fitness Department received a top rating for a quality health club from the Washington Consumers' Checkbook Magazine. Click here to learn more.

Percent of customers rating firm superior for:

  1. Overall value for your money 85%
  2. Quality/maintenance of facilities and equipment 90%
  3. Cleanliness 90%
  4. Adequacy of facilities/equipment for demand 65%
  5. Quality of instruction 100% (no other club received 100% in this category)
  6. Availability of organized group activities 93%
  7. Friendliness 95%
  8. Providing what the sales staff promised 94%

Stretching — Why Is It So Important?

clientuploads/SFA/Paula Cole.jpgPaula Cole, SFA Director

Stretching should be a key component of any exercise regimen because it increases flexibility and helps to improve the range of motion of your joints. To help you fit stretching into your weekly routine, the SFA department has added two stretch classes: Tuesdays at 9:30am and Saturdays at 8am. If you choose to stretch on your own, here are a few pointers:

  • It is important that before stretching you warm the body with 5–10 minutes of light activity or, even better, reserve stretching for after a workout.
  • Keep stretching gentle. Don’t bounce.
  • Hold a stretch for about 30 seconds, then switch sides and repeat.
  • If you have a problem area or the stretch is particularly helpful for pain or discomfort, you should repeat the stretch.
  • If you have any health conditions or injuries, talk to your doctor, physical therapist, or one of our JCCNV personal trainers about which stretches are right for you.

Any stretch regimen should include the following ten areas:

  1. Calf — The muscle that runs along the back of your lower leg.
  2. Hamstring — The muscle that runs along the back of your upper leg.
  3. Quadricep — The muscle that runs along the front of your thigh.
  4. Hip Flexor — Located on your upper thigh, just below your hip bone. The hip flexor allows you to lift your knees and bend at the waist.
  5. Liotibial Band (ITB) — The ITB is a band of tissue that runs along the outside of your hip, thigh, and knee.
  6. Knee-to-Chest Stretch — Focuses on the muscles of your lower back. Avoid this stretch if you have osteoporosis because it may increase the risk of compression fractures in your vertebrae.
  7. Shoulder Stretch — If the back of your shoulder is tight, you may be more likely to develop rotator cuff problems, especially if you golf or participate in overhead racket or throwing sports (such as tennis or baseball).
  8. Shoulder Stretch with towel — This stretch helps the shoulder’s internal rotators, which are part of the group of muscles often used in overhead sports.
  9. Neck Stretch — Focuses on the muscles of the neck and the muscles supporting the vertebrae of the upper spine (C1-C7 and T1).
  10. Upper Back Stretch — The upper back muscles promote good posture.


Healthy habits are a life choice. At the JCCNV, we’re looking for sponsors dedicated to supporting the wellness mission through education, programming and awareness campaigns. If you are interested in reaching our community of men and women, individuals and families who choose to live an active lifestyle, please contact Allison Colman for sponsorship and partnership opportunities.