Women’s Health Fair Saturday, Oct 1 . . . No Classes

Mark Your Calendars for Saturday, Oct 1.

Shirlee’s will be hosting a “Celebration of Women’s Health” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Saturday, October 1, from 10 am to 2 pm.  Because of the event, all regular classes that day will be cancelled. 

The free event is open to the public and is also sponsored by Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and InterValley Health Plan. We will have free screening, demonstrations, food, vendors, fitness tips, and more.  We will also have a $10 raffle to raise money for Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation.  Lots of fabulous prizes.

Please come to the gym and bring your friends. We will have a special membership price for new members that day!  You will not want to miss this event.


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Shirlee’s Supports Megan’s Wings



Shirlee’s Ultimate Women’s Gym is a proud sponsor of the 12th Annual Megan’s Wings 5K Run, which will be held Saturday, September 24, 2016 in McCarthy Park in Upland. Megan’s Wings is a non profit dedicated to helping the families of local kids with cancer.

To register for the event, visit meganswings.org. Participants can set up their own fundraising page on the site.

The event will include a 1 K Walk/Run and a 5K Walk/Run.

8 am – 1K Kids Run (12 & under – Seniors welcome too!)

8:30 am – 5K (Fun for the whole family!)

The theme for this year is “Get Your Rock Star On!” and participants are encouraged to dress like a rock star.

Local businesses that want to donate in kind services or items for a raffle can fill out a form on the web site.

All proceeds from Megan’s Race help pay bills and temporary housing for childhood cancer families and support research to find better treatments and cures. Megan’s Wings is a 501c3 charity and all donations are 100% tax deductible.

“As a local fitness club, Shirlee’s is happy to support local children with cancer,” said Shirlee’s owner, Konnie Vong.  “I hope to see many of our members at the race.”

xMap of 5K-Route


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Save the Date!



Mark Your Calendars! Shirlee’s will be hosting a “Celebration of Women’s Health” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Saturday October 1, from 10 am to 2 pm.  The free event is open to the public and is also sponsored by Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and InterValley Health Plan. We will have free screening, demonstrations, fitness tips and more.  Plan in advance to be there on the first day of October.

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Shirlee’s Supports The Roman Fund

Shirlee’s Ultimate Women’s Gym is a proud Gold Sponsor at the August 6, 2016 gala of the Roman Fund, an Upland nonprofit established last year that helps local children with special needs get proper assessment, diagnosis, and services to which they are legally entitled. The group also provides financial support for those families that are in need and qualify.

The Roman Fund was established by Roland and Jenny Martinez in honor of their son, Roman Martinez, who died at age 12 when he was struck and killed riding his motorized scooter in front of their Upland home the day after Christmas, 2014.

Roland’s mom describes her son’s story on the foundation’s website:

Roman Alexander Martinez, a bright young boy who was diagnosed with ADHD and an anxiety disorder at a very young age, had hearing problems and speech issues. He had difficulties with comprehension, making it hard for him to express himself. He started struggling in the first and second grades, as the school material became more challenging. In second grade, Roman was severely bullied, was placed on Home/Hospital Instruction (one-to-one instruction provided at the home or hospital by the school district) and placed him on many medications. The bullying continued for more than five years. My husband Roland and I tried repeatedly to work with school personnel, but the bullying did not stop, and Roman suffered both emotionally and educationally.

When Roman was eight years old, we sought the help of an advocate, Christopher Russell with Advocates on Behalf of Children, who knew our parental rights and helped us undertake the long and arduous battle to get Roman the services he needed. By then, Roman had very low self-esteem and did not want to live. Finally, in January 2014, just weeks before he turned 12 years old, Roman transferred to Frostig School in Pasadena, with district-provided transportation to and from our home.

At the new school, Roman acclimated very well. During the summer, he stopped taking all antidepressant medications, and when school started in August, he was a happy boy. We had our old Roman back, and he was making good progress, both academically and socially. He even had a girlfriend. The Frostig teachers said he was thriving, cheerful and more content than ever.

On December 26, 2014, Roman was the happiest boy in town.  He shared with his friends that he got everything he wanted for Christmas, including an electric scooter. He told us he wanted to ride his scooter down the street to the dam, and he would be back soon. When Roman rode out of our driveway, he was struck by a speeding car. A neighbor boy and his parents heard the accident and called 911. The boy recognized that it was Roman with his new scooter, and hurried to our house to tell us about the accident. We immediately ran out, and firemen already were working on Roman. The only things I got to say to Roman were “Mommy is here” and “I love you.” His father touched his arm as he lay in road and said that he loved him and he was going to be okay.  Roman was life-flighted to Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, but he died in the helicopter within an hour after the accident.

As parents, our lives are shattered and our hearts are broken forever. He was the love of our lives.  We fought to get help for Roman from the time he was a baby, and we want his legacy to live on by helping other children who struggle in school academically and who are bullied. Parents often do not know their children’s rights for appropriate schooling. Sometimes schools and school districts do not inform parents about available educational opportunities, and schools continue to place children with unique needs in regular programs and just pass them along.

The Roman Fund, Inc. mission is to provide parents of children who struggle academically or socially and/or who are bullied at school with an advocate to help secure appropriate educational services and placements. Last year the Roman Fund helped four local families. 

The Roman Fund, Inc. is not limited to assisting children with special needs, such as Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, Dyslexia, or other diagnoses. It also reaches out to parents of children who struggle with reading, writing, comprehension of oral and written language, physical and emotional issues, and other areas for which children need help.


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Relay For Life May 21



Shirlee’s Ultimate Women’s Gym invites you to join Team D-Lad  ❤ Shirlee’s at Upland’s Relay for Life on Saturday, May 21 in Magnolia Park. The event raises money for the American Cancer’s Society’s fight against cancer.  The team’s name honors gym member Frances Ladner’s son, Daniel (D-Lad), who died from complications of leukemia at 18, as well as Shirlee’s, whose owner, Gary Peterson, died in October 2014, also from leukemia. The gym is now owned by his wife, Konnie Vong, and supports health-related causes.

“We are so proud of our members for helping us to sponsor a ShirleeStrong Team at the Upland Relay for Life in the past couple of years,” said Vong. “Together we raised more than $1,000 each year and we hope to do the same this year.”

The first time cancer struck Frances Ladner’s family was in 1983 when her sister, then 24, was diagnosed with ALL leukemia. “She fought her battle with grace and dignity,” Ladner recalls. “Bobbi was a nurse. She love to take care of others. After a three-year battle, she left us at the age of 27.”

In 2007, cancer struck Ladner’s family again: three times. “My husband was diagnosed with bone cancer in January and was just getting used to the shock and everything that’s goes along with treatment when in March my father was diagnosed with lung cancer,” Frances remembers. “It was quite difficult but we all managed. My husband continues maintenance chemo and my father is an 9-year cancer survivor.”


The third and hardest blow came at the end of that year. “In November our beloved Daniel was 18 and had just started college when I heard the worst news of my life,” she said. “I received a phone call from the doctor that my son’s blood tests showed something very serious. He told me Daniel needed to see an oncologist. My heart dropped.” That afternoon she learned that Daniel had APL leukemia, a rare but treatable cancer. Daniel was admitted into the hospital to start treatment on a Thursday. “We brought everything he needed for a short stay,” she recalls. “But God had other plans. Daniel started having complications on Friday afternoon, which was something no one ever thought would happen because was young and otherwise healthy. He died a few days later.”

Konnie Vong, owner of Shirlee’s Ultimate Women’s Gym, shares a bond with Frances Ladner. Her husband, Gary Peterson, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011 and died in October 2014. With Konnie’s support, in his last three years Gary put incredible passion into building Shirlee’s into the top-notch gym it is today. Many of us at Shirlee’s, both members and employees, remember Gary for his upbeat attitude, his drive to succeed in all his endeavors, his commitment to health and fitness, and his genuine compassion for others.

Like Frances and Konnie, most of us have felt the blow that cancer strikes, either to ourselves or to a loved one.  We have an opportunity to unite and honor those who lives have been touched by cancer by joining team D-Ladner  ❤ Shirlee’s.  “As Daniel’s mom I’ve made it my fight to stand up and pay it forward so others never have to hear those words, ‘You have cancer,’” said Ladner.

“Shirlee’s is all about supporting each other,” added Vong. “We support each other’s personal fitness goals, and we support our community in the fight against cancer.”

Join Our Team.  Registered team members walk around a track and participate in activities during the event, which takes place all day Saturday and into Sunday morning. Team members can camp out overnight. To join the team or to learn more, visit our Relay page.

Make a Contribution. You do not have to attend the relay to help.  You can pledge online to our team or drop off a contribution at Shirlee’s front desk. Every single donation counts! If half the members at Shirlee’s gave $5, we would surpass our goal. If you make a donation, you will be entered in our raffle for a great prize.

If you have questions or would like to help our efforts by volunteering, please call Konnie at (909) 985-6400.  Thank you.



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Help Us Choose A Hero to Honor



Shirlee’s Ultimate Gym for Women announces an essay contest to choose someone to honor with an Upland Hero’s Banner.  The Upland Adopt-A-Soldier Military Banner Program raises money for banners to be hung throughout the City of Upland to recognize our men and women who serve in the military and protect our country. It is run by volunteers and all banners are purchased and placed using the donations received.  Each banner costs $225 to sponsor.

Shirlee’s is asking our members to help us choose an Upland resident serving in the military that we will sponsor.  If you know of someone you would like to nominate, please write a short essay of no more than 500 words about this service member and email it to konnie@shirlees.com or submit at the front desk before May 15, 2016.

As a sponsor, Shirlee’s will receive recognition in the Upland Today quarterly newsletter, acknowledgement at a City Council meeting, a certificate of recognition, and a letter stating the name of the military person we sponsor.  In addition, the name of the gym will appear at bottom of our banner. The military family will receive a letter stating that our gym sponsored their loved one’s banner.  We think the banner program is a wonderful opportunity to show Shirlee’s support of our community members who protect our country. 

We want your input on choosing someone to honor.  If you need help in writing an short essay, please talk to someone at the front desk.  Thank you for your support.

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Save the Date: Upland Relay for Life Sat May 21



We are so proud of our members for helping us to sponsor a ShirleeStrong Team at the Upland Relay for Life in the past couple of years. Together we raised more than $1,00o each year.  This year the Upland Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, May 21 in Magnolia Park. Please put this event on your calendars. And check back here on our website, our FB page, and at the front desk in the coming weeks for more information on how you can donate and participate.  THANK YOU, LADIES!  You are awesome.

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Member Appreciation: Mini Facial Event March 17


Shirlee’s would not be what it is today without our fabulous members. We want to thank you for your support by offering you the chance to get a free mini facial from Kiehl’s. Spots are limited so please sign up at the front desk. The event will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, from 9 am to 6 pm.  We will also be having a Lorna Jane trunk sale that day so you can shop for quality activewear right here at Shirlee’s.

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Shirlee’s February Newsletter: Heart Health Tips


February is Heart Health Month.

Ladies, did you know that the number one cause of death in women is heart disease? Your heart is your hardest working muscle. You need to take care of it! Here’s tips to keep in mind.

Know Your Heart
Monitor your heart health and especially your blood pressure. High BP is known as “the silent killer” because there are no obvious symptoms. Hypertension can cause stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney failure. Get a check-up from your doctor at least once a year, and invest in a blood pressure cuff to test yourself on a regular basis. Amazon sells blood pressure cuffs. About 1 in 3 Americans have high BP. Find out if you are one of them.

Do anything physical that keeps your heart rate up for 30 minutes—or 20 minutes if it’s high intensity—5 days a week. Check out our class list and try Aqua, Spin, Zumba. The camaraderie and regular schedule of a class may help you to stick to a routine. If you can’t make a class, use our cardio room, track or pool on your own. We have free wifi.

Keep Active
In your daily activities, try to sneak in movement. Skip the elevator for the stairs. Park your car far on purpose. Get up and pace in the waiting room or while stating in line. Don’t sit hours at your desk, build in breaks. Every movement helps.

Eat Right
Your heart needs the right kind of nourishment. Eat moderate amounts, and make healthy choices.

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts, seeds, and legumes

For more tips on how to eat right, the National Institute of Health recommends the DASH diet for lowering blood pressure. Check out this best-selling book: The DASH Diet, Weight Loss Solution.

Be Mindful and Chill Out
We all know stress is bad for the heart. Throughout the day, take a deep breath, and when you exhale, visualize the stress leaving your body. Schedule time at the gym and doing other things you love . . . don’t put it at the bottom of the to-do list. Leave your struggles behind for an hour. Let your mind/body/spirit  connect. Try one of our yoga classes. You will be amazed how much yoga can teach you how to relax in your everyday life.

Studies show that the body repairs itself when we sleep. Your heart rate and blood pressure go down. Check out this Fact Sheet on Sleep from Womenshealth.gov for information on why women have a hard time getting sleep and what to do about it.

Friendship and Flow
Women tend to put others first. And that’s OK . . . as long as you develop friendships and enjoy hobbies. Carve out time each week to engage in a hobby or activity that lets your mind be in the flow. For some this might be painting or playing music or writing, for others it might be performing a challenging exercise like golf or tennis. The point is to become completely focused and concentrated so that the rest of life disappears for a while. Studies and recent books show being in the flow is a key to happiness and health.

Back to Nature
Take a hike in the mountains, plan a trip to the beach. Being outside connects you with nature, gives you natural light, and puts you in a better mood, all of which helps the heart. Our local mountains have lots of trails for hiking, so check this link.

Give Back
Open your heart to others. We invite you to join one of the many worthy causes our ShirleeStrong program supports. Think of heart health month as a time to focus on strengthening your physical heart, and also the heart that cares for friends, family, and community.

We hope you found these reminders about a healthy heart helpful!

Here’s some other updates about the club.

Tell your Friends and Family: Shirlee’s offers a discount for new members who like us on FB. If you have friends who might be interested in joining, share our Valentine’s specials for new members. And ask at the front desk about a guest pass so they can learn firsthand about what makes us the Ultimate Women’s Gym.

Relay for Life May 21: Shirlee’s will once again have a team at the Upland Relay for Life to raise money to fight cancer. Last year we met our goal and raised $5,000. Please mark your calendars for this event and watch for ways you can help our community be ShirleeStrong.

Meet Our Trainers: Shirlee’s certified trainers provide positive encouragement while guiding you in safe and effective workouts. Learn more about our training team. Call (909) 985-6400 for more information.

Corporate Memberships: Do you own a local business? Help your employees and their families get in great shape at a discount. Ask about our corporate membership program.

Get Your Shirlee’s Gear Here: Visit the Shirlee’s Zazzle Shop for cute t-shirts, water bottles, hats, and more. Show your love for the Ultimate Women’s Gym. We also have a limited supply of merchandise at the front desk.

Special Hours on Easter: On Easter 3/27 (Sun) we will be open 8am-1pm.

Suggestions: We want feedback from members. Help us in our goal to be the Ultimate Women’s Gym! Please let us know both your raves and rants! If one of our instructors or trainers has made your day, please let us know. If you see something that needs to be improved, pass that along as well. We have a suggestion box in the gym and we welcome you to talk to one of our managers or email us at konnie@shirlees.com.

Spa: Did you know Shirlee’s has a spa where you can get a relaxing massage?  When you meet a goal, reward yourself. We also have gift certificates for easy giving so if someone asks you what you want for your birthday, just point them to our spa website page.

Thank You: Shirlee’s members recently raised $1,000 for local seniors. Our members met the goal of raising enough to send Konnie Over the Edge for Community Senior Services. Thanks to all those who donated. This group always need volunteers, so if you are interested see the CSS website to learn more.

Reminder: Annual Maintenance Fee of $24 is due on 3/15/16 for those to whom this applies. Fees will be use to improve the pool area, parking lot and equipment.

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