Club News

PLF Puma Swim Team!

Prairie Life offers a year round swim team program providing a great learning opportunity to our young members about physical fitness and stroke technique all while having FUN! Schedule Monday thur Thursday 5:30-6:30pm and Saturday 11-12pm. Age requirments:5yrs-18yrs. Fees: (per month) $50/member and $70/non member. Come try a class for FREE!

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NEW Kids Fitness Classes!

Starting this month, Prairie Life Fitness is offering fitness classes for kids taught by Katie Kowalski and Healthy Fit Children powered by Prairie Life. Fit Friends for Preschoolers are Wednesdays 9:30-10:10. Monthly cost-$35 for members and $45 for non-members. FREE class on Oct. 1! Kids on the Move for Elementary aged children. (Perfect for Home Schooled Children) are Tuesdays 12:30-1:30. Monthly cost- $50 for members, $65 for non-members. 20% off special for October! SIGN UP TODAY!

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Please join in on December 6th for a Cycle-a-thon benefiting Team Caleb. Caleb Hanby, one of Prairie Life Fitness' Personal Trainers, is 27 years old and was recently diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) a rare childhood muscular cancer. Please help us raise money to help Caleb with medical and living expenses during his 42 weeks of treatment. Sign ups will go up Monday, November 16th at the front desk. Cycle-A-Thon begins at 9:00 AM and will go till NOON on December 6th. Teams pay $150 to ride. You may have up to 6 riders but no more. (You may have less and riders can ride longer) Three hour ride will be in 30 minute sessions with slight breaks in between for instructor change.

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule Changes

Wednesday November 26th: Regular Morning/Early Afternoon Classes (5:30 SportZone, 6:30 Cycle, and 6:30 Vinyasa Flow CANCELLED..... Thursday November 27th: ALL CLASSES CANCELLED..... Friday November 28th: TURKEY BURN CLASS 9AM-11AM WILL MEET IN GYM. Join us for cardio, spin, drills, abs, stretching, and MORE. Come and burn off those Thanksgiving calories with a fun and exciting 2 hour class.... ALL OTHER CLASSES CANCELLED on Friday.... Saturday November 29th: REGULAR SCHEDULE.... Sunday November 30th: REGULAR SCHEDULE

Club Newsletter

Managers Corner

You are great! We are grateful!

It's almost turkey time and what we love most about this time of the year is the chance we get to say how grateful we are for all of our members. It's because of you, and your choice to be part of the Prairie Life Fitness family, that we get to come do what we love to do every day. It might sound like a big old cornucopia full of corniness, but we are truly grateful you choose PLF as your health and fitness club!

By now, you are likely making Thanksgiving plans. Perhaps you have annual traditions or your family travels from house to house each year. Wherever your holiday plans take you, remember to also plan time for yourself too! Schedule time at the gym, just as you normally do, and if you are headed out of town, use the PerFit app to keep yourself on track while your away. Don't let "Turkey Tom" and his delicious pies lead you too far off of your fitness track! Enjoy this time of year, and the festivities that go along with it, without undoing your hard work.

Specials at the Café: Thanksgiving week...Butternut Squash Soup, ½ Gobbler Sandwich and ½ Gobbler Salad. Pick 2 for $5.99!

Massage Special: 15% off all massages (1 hour or more). Gift Certificates Available! Thru November 15th!

Membership Special: Refer a friend or family member, receive $25 credit to your account.

Tanning Specials: $40 monthly unlimited Tanning Package for November!

Our thanks now and all year round,

Laurie Killian, General Manager

Getting Old & Creaky?

It seems as soon as we hit a "certain" age, we begin to conveniently blame our age for many things that have nothing to do with how many years we've been alive. This "certain" age changes, depending on what ailment is bothering us on any given day. The truth is, many of the aches and pains we blame on age has more to do with how we've cared for our bodies than it does with the number of years we've spent in our bodies. Especially true when it comes to our creaky old bones and joints. Admit it, we all know there are some 30-year-olds reading this that have already said: "I just can't move as quickly as I used to." At some point, we all say something similar to that. We don't mean to-it just slips out before we can stop ourselves from sounding like our parents.

All kidding aside, there are more than 100 kinds of arthritis; the broad term of arthritis means joint inflammation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50 million Americans are afflicted, and 27 million have osteoarthritis, which is by far the most common form of arthritis. Sometimes called degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis accounts for most of the hip and knee replacement surgeries performed in the United States. As with other types of arthritis, women are at higher risk than men for the condition.

Osteoarthritis affects structures throughout the joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another and absorb energy from the shock of physical movement. The cartilage, the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in joints, begins to break down and wear away. This causes bones to rub together, causing inflammation and pain. This causes bones to change shape and lose motion of the joint. Over time, the joint loses its normal shape. Also, bone spurs may grow on the edges of the joint. By the time a person has symptoms from osteoarthritis and it is no longer just a disease of cartilage. Bone has changed, muscles across the joint have often weakened and there is occasionally inflammation in the lining of the joint.

Unlike some other forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis only affects joints, not internal organs. Rheumatoid arthritis-another common form of arthritis-affects other parts of the body besides the joints. It causes inflammation and may make people feel sick, tired and sometimes feverish, among other symptoms.

Some younger people get osteoarthritis from a joint injury, but osteoarthritis most often occurs in people over 40. In fact, at least 80 percent of people over age 55 have X-ray evidence of osteoarthritis in at least one joint, and approximately one-third have symptoms of the disease. Since the number of older Americans is increasing, so is the percentage of people with osteoarthritis. Before age 55, more men are affected (often the result of a sports or work injury), while after age 55, osteoarthritis is more common in women.

Osteoarthritis affects each person differently. In some, it progresses quickly; in others, the symptoms develop over many years. Researchers do not know exactly what causes the disease, but suspect a combination of factors within the body and in the environment. Genetics, weight and stress on the joints from certain occupations, hobbies or activities may affect the disease and how a person reacts to the disease.

Usually, osteoarthritis develops by joints aching after physical work or exercise. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint but most often occurs at the joints in the hands, hips and knees.

  • Hands: Osteoarthritis of the fingers is the one type of the disease that seems to be predominantly hereditary. More women than men have it, and risk increases after menopause. Small, bony knobs appear on the end joints of the fingers. The base of the thumb joint is also commonly affected by osteoarthritis. Medications, splints or heat treatment can help this kind of osteoarthritis.

  • Knees: The knees are among the body's main weight-bearing joints. They are also among the joints most commonly affected by osteoarthritis. Medications, losing weight, exercise and walking aids can reduce pain and disability. In severe cases, knee replacement surgery may be required. Research studies show that being overweight increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knees and show that injuries to the knee are a major cause of disease.

  • Hips: Osteoarthritis in the hip can cause pain, stiffness and severe disability. People most often feel the pain in their groin, front of thighs or knees. Hip replacement is sometimes necessary if the pain is severe and not helped by other treatments.

Can Arthritis Be Prevented?
Unfortunately, there isn't any clear evidence that arthritis can be prevented, but there are powerful arguments. This includes being "kind to our joints," which can lessen the aches and pains that come with "getting older." Staying active and keeping your joints limber and flexible will pay dividends throughout your lifetime. Investing in you, through fitness and health, is a wise choice at any age!

Injury of the Month: Bone Bruise

Bone bruises are also referred to as bone contusions or at times bone swelling. They represent an injury type that bears similarity to tissue bruises and fractures. These bruises could be as a result of possible injury or blunt trauma to the tissues that support the bones. These days bone bruises can be easily detected because of the availability of MRI machines.

There are three kinds of bone bruises which include a subperiosteal hematoma, an interosseous bruise, and a subchondral bruise.

  • Subperiosteal hematoma - a bone has a thin covering called the periosteum, and a direct force can cause an injury with bleeding beneath this covering, resulting in a subperiosteal hematoma.

  • Interosseous bruise - high compressive forces that are repetitively inflicted on a bone can cause bleeding inside the bone (where the marrow is located) causing a bone bruise called interosseous bruising. This commonly occurs in the knees and ankles.

  • Subchondral bruise - which occurs between cartilage and the bone beneath it, causing the cartilage to separate from the bone with bleeding in between.


  • Sport Injuries - sports which involve a lot of falling or getting into hard contact with objects or other players; the knees and the ribs are commonly affected

  • Twisting injuries - this can result in sprained ankles or knees and these are usually accompanied by bone bruises; twisting a joint causes the involved bones to collide with each other forcefully, leading to a bone bruise

  • High velocity trauma to a bone - any type of direct impact or high velocity trauma to a bone brought about by an incident such as a car accident, a high fall, or a blunt force can result in a hematoma, a contusion, or a bruise to the bone affected


  • Swelling - may be seen around the soft tissue surrounding the bone

  • Pain - more severe than soft tissue bruises and lasts longer

  • Stiffness - happens when the injured bone forms a part of a joint or is close to a joint

Treatment Options:

  • RICE - rest, ice, compression, elevation

  • Rest - an important key as it promotes healing and thus preventing further complications

  • Physical Therapy - Specific exercises can improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles which need to be strengthened; modalities to decrease pain and swelling

  • Pain medicine

From: Nicole Schnaus, MSPT

Upcoming Events

November 1st: Zumbathon
9am-11am. $5 per participant. All proceeds go to the Refuge Center for Counseling!

November 8th: 1st Annual Harvest Festival with Kids Fair
Gifts and Goodies. 9am-1pm. We will have vendors here set up to sell merchandise and products in perfect time for Christmas.

Fall Festival for children:
$5 per person. Bounce house, cake walk and more family fun! Email Tambi at for more info!

November 22nd: Swim Meet
11:30-12:30pm. Email

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