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Celebrate Men's Health  

June marks not only the beginning of summer but also kicks off Men’s Health Month. This Congressional health education program is celebrated across the country with health screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other awareness programs and outreach activities. It is not by coincidence that Men’s Health Month is celebrated during the same month as Father’s Day. Here’s the health of men everywhere, whether they are fathers (yet) or not! 

The goal of Men’s Health month is to bring awareness to preventable health problems that plague men and encourage early detection and treatment of disease by men and boys. Studies show that men are more resistant to seeking medical care, {insert favorite won’t ask for directions joke here}, and are less likely to take actionable steps to prevent disease or illness. Men’s Health Month pushes past the stereotype that it isn’t manly to take care of yourself. C’mon guys, it’s time!

Ways to Celebrate

Use your company’s liberal dress policy to celebrate “Wear Blue Friday” the Friday before Father’s day. Launch or join a social media campaign about the importance of getting an annual checkup. Common hashtags are #MensHealthMonth and #ShowUsYourBlue. Check local listings and social media sites for area events to get involved. On a personal level, one-on-one discussions with the men you love about their health and any potential health concerns is a courageous place to start your involvement. Don’t be afraid to have the difficult discussions with those closest to you.

Here are a few post ideas from Visit their site for more fun ways to spread awareness.

Men die five years earlier than women, on average. So time to man up and get involved in #MensHealthMonth Visit a doctor, or encourage a friend. Wise up on all the facts available for men –> Don’t forget to #ShowUsYourBlue

Men, listen up: We struggle at going to the doctor. Women go twice as much and end up living five years longer. So get it in gear during #MensHealthMonth and #ShowUsYourBlue

Men’s health is a family issue. It affects wives, mothers, daughters and sisters. Ladies, #ShowUsYourBlue and help the men in your life eat healthy, exercise and visit the doctor for #MensHealthMonth –>

History of Men’s Health Month

This is the 22nd annual Men’s Health Month. President Clinton signed it into law in 1994. Since then it has been giving health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The yearly response is overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

Other Manly News…

When we are younger, we don’t realize the advantages we are giving future selves by we choosing a healthy lifestyle. The young men in the clubs have other motivation than warding off the possibility of future cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes or as a new study out of Cambridge University in the UK suggests, lowering the risks for dementia. But, what awareness programs like Men’s Health Month, educated trainers and, ahem… certain newsletters… can provide is information that shed light to the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles for your entire lifetime.

The new study out of Cambridge University is a wonderful example of how taking better care of ourselves at a young age might better serve us as we age. In the study, which took place over a 20-year span, cases of dementia were shown to drop by 20% in men. During that time, the number of men who smoke has significantly decreased, therefore their arteries and hearts are in much better shape than in past decades. In addition, changes in diet and awareness of the importance of a healthier lifestyle in the areas of the UK where this study took place increased.

Professor Carol Brayne, director of the Institute of Public Health at Cambridge University, who co-led the study, said: "It may be that those things are playing a role. I know that others have suggested that men are becoming a bit more like women in terms of their health patterns."

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are far too complicated for anyone to believe that these earlier finding are the path to a cure. They most likely suggest that a disproportionate amount of men smoked compared to women and the decreasing in smoking is leveling out one risk factor in dementia. However, a 20% drop over 20 years due to lifestyle changes cannot be discounted either. It puts proof behind positive choices and it gives power to those who make them.

Club News


Member Spotlight: Alison Wohlforth-Burns

A dancer from a very early age, I had always struggled with body image. I was not the “typical” body for a ballerina…I could never hide my muscles. I had all this strength and power, and also a ton of flexibility. I was always a powerful performer, but never felt I “fit in.” When I found the world of bodybuilding, I felt I had found my home - mostly. I loved Figure, but dreamt of performing a routine, I was just too chicken to try. I had zero gymnastics background, and garnered most of my balance and strength from teaching yoga for so many years. After watching my absolute favorite Fitness Competitor Idol, IFBB Pro, Oksana Grishina perform at the Olympia, I attempted a one-armed balance - one of her signature moves. Shockingly, I could do it! I practiced and practiced, in order to perfect it, and with the help of my dear friend and choreographer, Olivia Rhoades I created a routine. And it was way cool! My cycling students know I’m obsessed with Action Movie scores, so I set it to The Avengers: Age of Ultron - Got no strings. I’m so proud of that routine. It’s probably the most intense 2-minute workout I’ve ever done.
I’m still shocked at the outcome of the 2016 NPC Arizona Thunderdome in April. My only goal was to NOT fall on stage. Instead, I ended up winning 1st place in my Figure Class, 1st place in the Fitness Division, and was crowned the Overall Figure champ. They just kept giving me trophies and crowns! It was one of the best weekends I’ve ever experienced. Having my husband Matt and daughter Lily there, along with all my AZ friends made for an experience I will never forget. I loved the show; from the promoters to the staff to the competitors. Everything was top-notch. I am so thankful to have found my place in the Fitness division. It’s as if it were made for me - a place for muscle-bound people that can dance and have both power and flexibility. So, to all you former dancers, turned weight lifters that happen to do some yoga too - check out this division. It’s truly the most fun I’ve ever had during a prep. So much hard work, but so totally worth it! And with the extra component of performance practice, you can eat a little bit more :-) 

Manager's Corner

Celebrate the Men you Love!

School’s out and it’s time to make a splash. Start by honoring the men in your life with Men’s Health Month activities. Raising awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging a healthy lifestyle is the best gift we can give the men we love. This month’s newsletter discusses the benefits our younger selves are giving to our future selves by living healthy. Every choice matters!
Now that summer is here the clubs will have new class schedules, new activities for kids and adults. Please let us know how we can help make your summer more fun.
Refer a friend or family member and get a $25 referral credit.  See Membership for details. 

Do You Have Questions About
Nutrition & Healthy Eating?
Join Us and Sarah Sortino, a Registered Dietitian for Hy-Vee in Our Lobby
Monday, June 6th
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Stop By & Bring A Friend!
Free Information & Additional Services Available!
Coming back by popular demand, the workouts in Turner Park will resume June 1st and go through August. They are FREE for both members and non-members and are at 5:30 pm every Wednesday. Meet down at the pavilion in Turner Park!
JUNE 8  Boot camp ERICA
JUNE 15 Turbo kick JESSICA
JUNE 29 Mixxedfit MARQUITA

JULY 13 Turbo Kick NIKKI
AUG 10 Mixxedfit YVETTE
AUG 17 Sports Conditioning RACHEL
AUG 24 Turbo kick TRINA 
AUG 31 Boot camp BRENT
Try our NEW small group training class, TredCore!
Tredcore consists of 30 minutes of hills, runs and sprints and enderuance challenges, followed by 15 minutes of core stability and strength exercises. Monday/Friday at 10:30 AM in the fitness center. Space is limited, so sign up now! Please contact Kris Lumm at for any questions. 
Tired of lugging around all those weights?
Need a change up in your daily routine?
Ever tried suspension training?
Got 30-45 minutes?
Try TRX Classes!

  • Starting June 13th-July 20th

  • Monday and Wednesday’s 12:00-12:45pm

  • 6 week session 2x/wk $150

Taught by our very own Fitness Director, Karla
To sign up contact Karla Leriger at or call 402-916-5000
Test Your Limits Challenge
JUNE 7th – JULY 2nd
Only 6 Spots Available!
Classes meet 3X/week
Tuesday & Thursday at 6:00 AM & Saturday at 11:30 AM
30 minute workout:
5 minute warm up
20 minute workout at an intensity where you will not have the energy to gossip
5 minute cool down/stretching
Total Investment - $150
Classes will include:
Cardio – running, rowing, stair sprints
Calisthenics – push ups, burpees, sit ups, planks, squats
Weights – Dumbbells, Kettlebells, barbells
Contact Sam Schrader to sign up – sschrader@prairielife.comLimited space available!
Monday and Wednesdays
5:30-6:00 AM
Sessions Starting at $12.50.
To sign up or try it out contact Erica Sebade at Limited Space Available!
Don’t forget to sign up for your FREE demo with one of our Pilates instructors! Contact Jennifer Westphal with any questions or to schedule your demo at .
Schedule a massage today by calling 402-916-5000
Also, keep fitness at your fingertips with the PerFit App. Like Prairie Life Fitness on Facebook and share which routine you like the best. We’d love to hear from you.
Happy Father’s Day!
Beth Carpenter

Perfit exercise of the month

Soar Like Superman!
Click above to see a video of our exercise of the month and click below to download PerFit, available on both iPhone and Android!



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