Club News

Youth Swim Lesson Registration

PLF is an authorized provider for American Red Cross swim lessons. All lead Instructors are WSI Certified with the American Red Cross. Classes are level 1 - 5 and a Parent and Child Program. Classes are 30 minutes in length. We ask for all parents to wait outside the pool area while their children are participating in lessons. Winter Registration will start on-line only at 12:01am January 3rd. Classes run January 12th - March 7th. Register early as classes fill up quickly. Non-members may register for lessons with a cost of $80.00 per session. Payment (if applicable)is due first day of class. Members currently under a 24 month contract lessons are free otherwise there is a $40.00 charge if you are not under a current 24 month contract. Swim Team fees are $35 for Members and $80 for non-members.

For more information contact banderson@prairielife.com

Youth Triathlon Team

Youth will have the opportunity to train year-round with a team of other kids that will become your friends and partners while training to achieve goals. Compete in local triathlons, improve fitness and strong team sportsmanship. The program is designed for kids 8 years and up. You do not need any experience to join. Membership includes weekly training in a group setting that involves all aspects of triathlon training including running, swimming and cycling. This will also include transition training and athlete nutrition. 8 week Triathlon Training Session 1: Registration: December 15th – January 4th (Only 20 spots available)Session runs: January 12th – March 7th MEMBERS: $170 per athlete NON-MEMBER: $215 per athlete

For more information contact kwardian@prairielife.com

Swim Clinic

Stroke/Swim Clinic. Registration starts now through Dec. 18th on-line. Clinic will be March 19th Dec. 22nd , 24th, 29th and 31st from 10:30 - 11:30am. Cost is $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members. Swimmers must be in Level 4 and above. Adult swimmers are welcome. Please bring your own goggles. Clinic conducted by U.S. Master Swimmers Lynn Kurutz and Elizabeth Bayless.

For more information contact banderson@prairielife.com

FIT CLUB - TEEN BOOTCAMP & SMALL GROUP

Mondays 4:15, Thursdays 6:15 PM, and Sundays 12:00 PM. Ages: 11-14, Register online or at the front desk. TEENS, get in the weight room in this safe and supervised environment. Our professional personal trainers will teach proper technique and strategy to maximize their time in the gym while avoiding injury. Members: $25/month, Non-Members: $40/month.

For more information contact jhooley@prairielife.com

Swim Team Information

Ninja Dolphin Swim Team - Registration on going. Winter session begins Jan. 12th. Practice schedule is: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:30 - 5:30. Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Friday is strictly endurance swimming from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Cost for Members is $35 per session and Non-members is $80.00. Session will run: January 12th - March 7th. There are (2) meets per month - Brownell Talbott and Jewish Community Center. Meets are fun, short and optional. Swim Team Caps and goggles are available for purchase at the front desk. Swim Team shirts can be purchased from coach's. All swim team members must be registered on-line. Go to Youth Registration on left side of web page and follow the link.

For more information contact banderson@prairielife.com

Youth Day Camps

School is back in session therefore we will be having day camps for those holidays and teacher in-service days when the kids are out of school and you still have to work. You can sign up online at prairielife.com under “youth class registration.” Bring a lunch or order from the café, an afternoon snack will be provided. We will be swimming, playing game, doing crafts, and more to ensure a fun filled day. Cost for members is first Child: $30 per a day and additional Children: $20 per a day. Cost for non-members is first Child: $35 per a day additional Children: $25 per a day

For more information contact kwardian@prairielife.com

Lunch & Swimming With Santa

Mark Your Calendars for December 21st. Children 3 - 10 are invited to have lunch with Santa and meet him in the pool for a fun swim, followed by decorating cookies. Lunch is from 12:30 - 1:15 Swimming 1:30 - 2:15 Decorating Cookies -- 2:30 - 3:00 Cost is $15 for Members and $25 for Non-Members Registration will be on-line beginning December 10th

For more information contact banderson@prairielife.com

Adult Swim Program

Novice - Tuesday mornings 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. with Jerrett Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7:00 - 8:00. Advanced is Wednesday mornings 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.(starting September 3rd)Julie Barr and Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:45pm to 7:45 pm New this year starting January 6th - Monday and Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 is Advanced Adult Swimming with Katie.

Holiday Group Fitness Class schedule

Wed. Dec. 24th- No classes after 11:00 am Thurs. Dec. 25th- CLOSED Fri. Dec. 26th- 9:00 am Land, Water and Spin. All other classes cancelled. Wed. Dec. 31st- No classes after 11:00 am Thurs. Jan. 1st- 9:00 am Land, Water and Spin.

For more information contact jbeck@prairielife.com
Club Newsletter

Managers Corner

Ho, Ho, How To Best Manage Holiday Stress

Prairie Life Fitness

The holidays are just around the corner, but there is still time to save your sanity and lower your stress level. Give yourself the gift of keeping your blood pressure low and implement the ideas for managing holiday stress discussed in this month's newsletter. Whatever you do, don't overcommit or feel pressured to say "yes" to every invite. Enjoy your holiday season your way. The hustle and bustle is overrated. Our Christmas wish for all of you is to make family and friends a priority, and to enjoy the holiday season with those you care about.

Don't be a stranger during the holidays. You've worked too hard all year to let the last few weeks of 2014 take you off your fitness path. If you are going to be away from home during Christmas, take us with you! Or, the next best thing: Download the PerFit app before you go workout—personalized just for you—wherever you are celebrating the season.

On the go or safe at home, we wish you joy and cheer this holiday season!

'Tis the Season to be...Stressed?

Tips for Managing Holiday Stress
Many of us have an image of the perfect holiday season in our minds. Festive parties, sleigh rides on picturesque winter nights, hot cocoa by the fire, decking your halls and trimming the tree, and finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Unfortunately, the reality is that the holidays are stressful for many of us. There doesn't seem to be enough hours to accomplish everything on your to-do list. Sometimes the house is too full of visitors. Parties don't go as planned. The kids' bicker over who gets to put certain ornaments on the tree. And giving everyone the perfect gift isn't always as easy as it seems. But, that doesn't mean you have to stick your head in a stocking to avoid the stress that can come with the holidays. By using these tips, you can minimize your stress and reclaim the merriment of the season.

Be Realistic
Holidays are not perfect. People are not perfect. Put aside your Norman Rockwell-like expectations and find the "ideal" that works for your family. No two families are alike; so don't compare yourself to others. Choose a few traditions that are important to you and hold onto those. Also, don't allow the hustle and bustle of the holidays to take you and your family completely out of your daily routines. What works for your family is, indeed, the perfect holiday.

Make a List & Check it Twice
During the holiday season, there always seems to be too many demands and not enough time. Make a list of everything you'd like to get done and then take a good, hard look. Now prioritize. What things can go? Be honest with yourself about your "must-dos," "would like to-dos" and "don't have to-dos." Start eliminating tasks and obligations where you can. If you don't have time to recreate the Griswold's house of Christmas lights, don't do it. No time to cook a seven-course meal for a dinner party? Host a holiday potluck or serve a few finger foods instead. No one will know it isn't what you had initially planned.

Budget
Before you shop for gifts or food for entertaining, decide how much you truly can afford to spend. It can feel good to give extravagant gifts or prepare lavish meals, but if you are overspending, you will feel stressed. Remember, the holidays are not about how much you spend—keeping it in check now will eliminate financial stress for the present and into the New Year.

Give from the Heart
As tempting as it is to buy for everyone on your list, it's not always possible. Instead, bake a favorite dessert, send a handwritten note and use your creativity to make something or give an act of service. Those are the gifts that matter most, and not only do they make the recipients feel loved, they make you feel good, too. We love the idea of homemade coupons for "Winter Workouts" to keep you and your loved ones motivated during the colder months!

Stay Healthy
'Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry, and throw your fitness routine out the window—you'll get back on track in January, right? WRONG! If you want to keep your stress in check, you might want to rethink overindulging during the holidays. Excessive eating and drinking will only add to your stress, along with making you feel guilty. Instead, be sure to get plenty of sleep, eat a small snack before parties so you don't overeat, and get regular exercise. In fact, when you're getting stressed over baking 14 dozen cookies, don't know what to get your second cousin's hairdresser, or with Uncle Melvin overstaying his welcome, hitting the gym is just the thing to relieve some stress.

If you are away from home during the holidays, be sure to download the PerFit app to your smartphone. It's like having a personal trainer and a gym in your pocket to keep you moving wherever you may be. Motivation-to-go and stress relief at your fingertips, PerFit makes holiday workouts easy.

Just Say No
When your neighbor asks you to help park cars at her holiday party, and you say "yes"—even though that means you'll have to find your son a ride to his pageant and you'll get there late and have to stand—it's OK to say "no." Saying "yes" when you should really say "no" ups your stress factor, plus it makes you feel overwhelmed and possibly even resentful. You can't help with everything and friends and family will understand.

Take a Break
With all the hustle and bustle of the season, it's easy to overlook taking some down time. Take a half hour—or even just a few minutes—to spend alone, without distractions. Do something that relaxes you, whether that be reading, taking a walk, playing a video game, listening to music or taking a bubble bath.

Laugh it Off
Laughter is one of the best stress relievers there is. Get together with friends, watch a holiday movie, play a game with your family—do whatever it takes to just laugh!

The holidays can be stressful, but they can also be wonderful. By having some strategies at your disposal to cope with common stressors, you can rediscover the joy of the season and have very happy holidays, indeed.

Stay on track
Be sure to download our personal training app PerFit to stay on track during the busy season. We understand that because of work, school, kids and "just life" it can be difficult to keep a regular exercise schedule. That's why we created and developed the PerFit app powered by Prairie Life Fitness Personal Trainers. With it, you can have your personal trainer with you at all times and work out when and where it's most convenient for you. At home, at the gym and on-the-go. Wherever you are, whenever you want. Download free today!

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Upcoming Events: Events

Kat Wardian kwardian@prairielife.com

Volleyball Tournament
We will be having a volleyball tournament Saturday December 13th. Get your team of 6-8 together and register at the club or email Kat Wardian at kwardian@prairielife.com to get registration information. Cost is $125 per a team and there will be a $30 registration fee due at sign up.

Swimming with Santa
Join us for a fun day of swimming, food and games. December 21st from 12:30 to 3:00 we will be having lunch, swimming with Santa, and cookie decorating. Sign up online at prairielife.com under "Youth Class Registration." Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

Upcoming Events: Youth

Kat Wardian kwardian@prairielife.com

Youth Triathlon Team
Youth will have the opportunity to train year-round with a team of other kids that will become your friends and partners while training to achieve goals. Compete in local triathlons, improve fitness and strong team sportsmanship.

Day Camp
We will be holding holiday day camp this winter break. Dates are December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30 and January 2nd from 8:30am-4:00pm. Cost for members is $30 for the first child and $20 for additional and non-members is $35 for the first and $25 for additional.

Sports Clinics
If you've got an active child we have a clinic for all. This winter break we will be hosting a basketball, volleyball, and racquetball clinic. See prairielife.com for dates, times, and cost.

Homeschool P.E.
Homeschool P.E. will be taking a holiday break December 22-January2. Classes will resume the week of January 5th.

Kids Night Blast: The Polar Express
Come for a night of holiday fun. Drop the kids off from 5pm-9pm and go have a kid free fun night! We will be having a Polar Express night so drop the kids off in their PJ's. We will be making the Polar Express train, watching the "Polar Express" movie, making reindeer food, and more. Dinner is included, cost for 1 child is $20, 2 children is $30, 3 children is $35, additional children after 3 are $5 per a child, all children must be on the same membership, or same family. Ages 3 and older are, and non-member are welcome to participate in this event.

Upcoming Events: Group X

Joan Beck jbeck@prairielife.com

Modified Group Class Schedules
Be on the lookout for group x classes to be modified for the holiday season.

Upcoming Events: Personal Training

Jack Hooley jhooley@prairielife.com

Ironman
Sign up to compete in Prairie Life's 2014 Ironman Triathlon! Participants will complete 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, 26.2 miles of running. Personal Training, Small Group Training and/or Group X classes can also count towards your goals. All tracking is on the honor system. Take the challenge and stay in shape for the holidays! Cost is $25, you can sign up at the front desk.

NEW Trainers!
Be on the lookout for some new trainers. We would like to welcome Tim Locum, Sydnee Buresh, and Aaron Roberts. They will be doing lobby demos during the upcoming weeks. Be sure to get a free jump start with our new training staff.

Upcoming Events: Aquatics

Barb Anderson banderson@prairielife.com

As you have experienced we have great swim instructors who also teach Private Lessons. Private lessons are $20.00 for 30 minutes of instruction and Semi-Private lessons are $15.00 for 30 minutes of instruction per swimmer. Register at the front desk and request the instructor of your choice. Not sure who to pick, we can do that for you.

Private Swim lesson Special
Private swim lessons purchased between November 27th and December 24 are buy 5 lessons and get one lesson Free. Cost for Private Swim Lessons will be going up on January 1st 2015. You can use attached flyer.

State of America Games
Registration is now open to all Prairie Life Swimmers for State of America Games (hosted in Lincoln Nebraska) in August. SGA2015.com

Upcoming Events: Pilates

Nikki Kendall nkendall@prairielife.com

Drop in Classes
Interested in trying Pilates? Now is your chance, December 22-January 2 you can drop into a Pilate's class for only $10. Classes will held at an alternative schedule, all classes will be 45 min. We ask that you please sign up for this promotion to ensure that there will be a machine for you, sign up at desk outside of studio.

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