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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.

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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.

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Swim Team Information

Ninja Dolphin Swim Team - Registration on going. Practice starts September 8th. Practice schedule is: Monday, Wednesday 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 $30 per session and Non-members is $60.00. Session will run: September 8th to October 31st. Our next session will run November 1st to December 21st. 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. All swim team members must be registered on-line. Go to Youth Registration on left side of web page and follow the link.

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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 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

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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

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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.

Kids Night Blast

It’s more than just a babysitter! It’s more than just a night out for the parents! Plan on this all-inclusive event for your children, with dinner, games, swimming, movie, snacks, and more on the second Friday of the month. Drop your kids off for a fun filled night while you go and enjoy a relaxing kid free night. Ages 3+ from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Cost for members and non-members is $20 and additional children are $15. Sign up online at under the “Youth Class registration” tab.

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Thanksgiving Group Fitness Schedule

The following is a modified Group Fitness schedule for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Wednesday Nov. 26th there will be NO classes after 1:00 pm. Thanksgiving day we will have 9:00 am land, water and spin. Friday Nov. 28th we will have our regular schedule until 11:00 am and NO classes after that. Make sure you keep up your workouts for FUN, HEALTHY Holidays!!

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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.

Our thanks now and all year round,

Luke Shepherd

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!

Upcoming Events: Youth Programs

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Exciting News
Coming in January, Prairie Life will be starting the PLF Warriors. The PLF Warriors are a Triathlon Club for Youth. Stay tuned for further information in the coming months. If you are excited now and want to get a jump start, join the PLF swim team, "Ninja Dolphins."

Kids Night Blast
It's more than just a babysitter! It's more than just a night out for the parents! This is an all-inclusive event for your children, with dinner, games, swimming, movie, snacks and more. Drop your kids off for a fun-filled night while you go and enjoy a relaxing kid-free night. Ages 3+ from 5pm-9pm. Cost for members and non-members is $20 for 1 child, $30 for 2 children, $35 for 3 children; after 3 children it is $5 for any additional children. Register online at under the "Youth Class Registration" tab.

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. November 28th from 8:30am to 4pm we will have Thanksgiving day camps. You can sign up online at 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 day. Additional children: $20 per day. Cost for non-members is first child: $35 per day. Additional children: $25 per day.

Scheduled Classes
The last week of scheduled classes is the week of November 17th-23rd.

Upcoming Events: Aquatics

Barb Anderson at

Swim Team
The swim team will be competing on November 23rd at Brownell-Talbot.

Swim Team registration is now in progress for the second Fall Session which runs November 1st-December 21st.

Swimming Lessons
Swim Lessons will end November 1st.

November Special: Group Swimming Lessons
Registration is available now-November 11th. Classes are November 11th, 13th, 18th and 20th. $25 for members and $50 for non-members. Level 2 at 4:30pm and Level 3 at 5:15pm.

Winter Swim Lesson registration will begin January 3rd-January 10th. The session will run January 12th-March 7th.

Upcoming Events: Personal Training

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Training Staff
Be on the look out! We are adding some new trainers to our staff. Make sure to stop and say hello and get a free jump start with them.

Powerlifting Competition: Deadlift and Bench
Saturday November 8th Clint Urbanovsky will be hosting a powerlifting competition. Cost is $20 for an individual, $30 for a couple or $15 for a single lift. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 contestants in each division and a free keg for those 21+. Weigh-ins will be from 7am-8:30am, the competition will begin at 9am.

Upcoming Events: Group Fitness

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Spotlight Class: Stages Indoor
Now is a great time to start indoor cycling, with Prairie life's free motion bikes you can get the maximum benefit from your workout.

We are having an Intro to Indoor Cycling class Saturday November 8th at 10am. Try it out and make cycle your new favorite class.

New Class: Cycling
A new cycling class will start November 4th at 5:45pm Join Beth for a great workout.

Upcoming Events: Events

Craft Show Saturday, November 14th
Homemade items such as: cards, laser cutting, woodworking, bead art, jewelry, baked goods, etc. If interested, contact Marcia Limbo at 402-319-0341

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