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Open House Swim Lesson Special

Private Swim Lessons available with Certified Water Safety Instructors. Your schedule - your time. A great time to get a jump start on learning to swim or improving your current skills. On sale August 13th - August 15th only. Members and Non-Members. Purchase 10 Private lessons for $175.00 for Members. Purchase 10 Private lessons for $225.00 for Non-Members. These are 30 minute sessions. Cost will return to $25 for a 30 minute session for Members and $31 for a 30 minute for Non-Members on August 16th.

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Swim Lesson Level Standards

Swim Lesson Level Standards Implemented by the American Red Cross “For each of the five Learn-to-Swim levels, there are required skills with completion requirements given. To be certified at a given level, students must meet the requirements for the course.” -The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor’s Manual Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills • Feet first entry (jump) off of dock • Enter water unassisted, move 5 yards, bob 5 times to chin level and safely exit the water. • Float on front with support for 3 seconds, roll to back and float on back with support for 3 seconds. • While floating or standing, be able to place entire face in water • Understanding and performance of basic kicking and arm movements in water Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills • Bob underwater, completely submerged • Unassisted floating in chest-deep water, both on front and on back for 5 seconds each • Backstroke, using a combination of arm and leg actions for 15 feet . Ability to jump from the left side of the dock towards the beach, perform proficient front stroke to the beach, with arms out of water and the flutter kick. (15 feet) . Understanding of treading, with both kicking and arm movements. Tread for 10 seconds in chest deep water. Level 3: Stroke Development • 15 yards of front crawl with face in the water and rhythmic breathing pattern (to either side) • Maintain position in deep water by treading for 1 minute • 15 yards of back crawl • Basic understanding of both the breast stroke and butterfly kicks • Perform a kneeling dive into deep water • Floating on either front or back for 30 seconds in deep water Level 4: Stroke Improvement • Feet first entry into deep water, such as the big diving board • Standing dive off of dock into deep water • Perform 15 yards of each of the following: . Butterfly kick . Sidestroke kick . Elementary backstroke . Breaststroke • Perform 25 yards of each of the following strokes proficiently: . Front Crawl . Back Crawl . Maintain position in deep water for 1 minute each . Floating or Sculling . Treading water Level 5: Stroke Refinement • Shallow dive • Knowledge of both rhythmic and rotary breathing skills for the front crawl • Tread water for 2 minutes in deep water • Endurance abilities of: . 25 yards of elementary backstroke . 25 yards of butterfly . 25 yards of sidestroke . 50 yards of breast stroke . 50 yards of backstroke . 50 yards of front crawl

Open House Stroke Clinic

Saturday August 15th 9:00 - 12:15 Open to Level 5 and Swim Team Members Free - taught by USA Coach's and PLF Swim Coach's.

Fall Youth Swim Team / 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. Fall Registration will start on-line only at 12:01am starting August 22nd. Classes run September 7th - October 31st. 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 SWIM TEAM session I is Sept 7th - October 31st and registration for session II starts November 1st and runs November 2nd - December 20th.

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Indoor Pool Closed

The Indoor Pool will be closed starting Monday August 3rd - 12th for our annual cleaning and painting. Outdoor pool will remain open weather permitting. You may use the indoor pool at 132nd for your lap swimming.

Adult Swim Program

Novice - Tuesday mornings 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. with Jerrett. Advanced is Wednesday mornings 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. with Julie Barr. Monday 5:30 - 6:30PM is Advanced Adult Swimming with Katie.

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Managers Corner

Cute & Chubby is for Babies Only...

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Cute & Chubby is for Babies Only...

It’s hard to resist the cuteness of a chubby baby. Their cute cheeks are so adorable. Many of us are just born with a little more meat on our bones and had nothing to do with it. Our only responsibility was to relish in all the ’oohs and ahs over being so gosh darn adorable. There is no link between chubby babies being at any higher risk for childhood obesity than any other newborn but in a few short years, childhood weight becomes a heavy predictor of adult health. Those few short months of being adored for having cute chunky thighs are short-lived!

Over 100% Increase in Overweight Children
In the past 30 years, the number of children being diagnosed as overweight has increased over 100%. Doctors have pretty much eliminated using the term “early onset of Type 2 Diabetes” simply with ‘Type 2’ because children as young as eight are now being diagnosed. One study found after a 15-year follow-up of children being diagnosed with Type 2, there is an alarming rate of blindness, amputation, kidney failure and death in young adulthood.

Back to the Future

To stress the importance of focusing on preventing childhood obesity, consider the following facts quoted by Michael Greger, M.D. when reporting about this study:

  • Being an overweight teen may predict disease risk 55 years later, including twice the risk of dying from heart attack, more cancer, gout and arthritis.
  • In fact being overweight as a teen “was a more powerful predictor of these risks then being overweight in adulthood.”

Why the Sudden Increase in Childhood Diabetes?
Thirty years may not seem so sudden but relative to a 100%+ increase in diagnosis of any disease within that span of time, that isn’t so long after all. The dramatic rise in childhood diabetes is directly linked to the rise in childhood obesity. The culprits? Fast food, less vegetables and fewer fruits. Fast-paced lifestyles, convenience dining, on-the-go meals… Ultimately, the responsibility is in the hands of the parents and the child to make better choices, which is difficult in our action-packed, gotta-have it now culture.

However, the statistics are compelling, if not downright startling! Once an obese child reaches age six, it’s likely they’ll stay obese their entire life. Even if they don’t, the stress of being overweight while we are young predicts future disease and death regardless of adult body weight. If that doesn’t scare us all to eat and promote healthy eating in our homes, what will it take? The unfortunate truth is writing that sentence is easier than always making the “right” choices. Making better choices more often and having “junk” food be the exception and not the rule seems like a promise we should all be able to keep. Doesn’t it?

The Best Diets for Kids
Experts says a plant-based diet full of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes will help keep kids and adults within their ideal weight on the BMI chart. The more vegan and less meat eating diet you can sustain, the higher your chances for a lower BMI become. On average, vegans weigh 30-pounds less than their meat-eating counterparts. If strictly vegan is not for you and your family, remember these alternatives:

  • Select lean cuts when buying red meat. Trim animal when possible. Rely on spices for flavor rather than the animal fat. (Yes, we know, we’re taking all the fun out of it.)
  • Try ground turkey in that call for ground beef. Spaghetti, chili, etc. Chances are, your family will never even notice the difference. Mixing ground turkey with your ground beef is another trick to start reducing red meat from your families diet.
  • Use reduced-fat cheese when baking.
  • Switch to skim or soy milk. (They may complain at first but they will be okay. In the long run, they will be so much better; this is a change that is worth the grief you may get about it now.)
  • Stop buying pop/soda. Diet or regular. Doesn’t matter. If you don’t buy it, they won’t have it to drink. This, may make them drink more water, which is a wonderful thing for any body at any age! Don’t you feel good for making your kids healthier already? J

Is fast food your only option? If so, make deals with your kids. “We are going to drive through today but you can have chicken nuggets only if you have apple slices.” Get them in the habit of making the healthiest choices possible when they can by having to make a healthy choice each time. A fried entrée + a fried side = future heart attack. It’s important for kids to understand, without scaring them, that the choices they make now affect their entire lives. Good habits and eating patterns start young.

What about School Lunches
The truth is that it is cheaper to feed your family an unhealthy meal than it is to feed them fresh vegetables, fruits and lean cuts of meats. It is cheaper to be unhealthy than it is to be healthy and that is the crux of many of our health issues today. The reality is that school lunch programs may not all have the best choices but there are options and your child is ready to make the right one, thanks to you. Sending a healthy snack and starting with a healthy breakfast is another sentence easier to write than is it to make happen each day. Promise to try and make your kids part of that promise to keep themselves healthy. Together, is the best way for a family to succeed!

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Upcoming Events at PLF


Indoor Volleyball League: Are you interested in playing in an indoor volleyball league? If so contact Kat Wardian at We are compiling contact information for those interested in playing.

Indoor Pool CLOSED: The indoor pool will be closed for maintenance and cleaning during the week of Aug. 3-7. Please feel free to use the outdoor pool or the indoor pool at our 132nd and Center location.

Basketball Court Resurfacing: The basketball courts will be closed for resurfacing Aug. 18-20.

Community Runs: Join us on Saturdays at 8am for training for the Nebraska Marathon. The runs will be approximately 3 miles. This is free for members and non-members. For more information on the marathon go to and use the discount code PLIFE10 for 10% off the registration fee.


Parents Night Out: Drop the kids off from 5-9pm and go have a kid-free fun night! Dinner is included, cost for 1 child is $20, 2 children is $20, 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-members are welcome to participate in this event.

Youth Scheduled Classes: We are offering a variety of youth classes for a wide range of ages, private volleyball lessons, raquetball, tiny tots to soccer jocks, zumba tonic and youth boxing. See whe website under youth class registration for dates and times of classes.

Mom's Morning Out: Drop the kids off on Thursdays from 9am-12pm so you can paint the town red. Go and get your shopping done, get a mani/pedi, or simply just have a little peace and quiet for a few hours. The children will be engaged in activities throughout the morning and a snack will be provided. Cost for this event is $15 for one child, $25 for 2 children, $30 for 3 children, $5 for each additional child after 3.

GROUP X Joan Beck

Summer Cycle Challenge: We are in the middle of our summer cycle challenge ending August 23rd. Hop in a spin class and catch up with us!

Group X Schedule: Be on the lookout for a new updated Group X schedule starting September 14th.

AQUATICS Barb Anderson

State of America Games: Master Swimmers:  Carol Gupton, USA Master Swimmer and Prairie Life Swim Coach, Elizabeth Bayless, USA Master Swimmer and Prairie Life Swim Coach, Coach Julie Barr, Nationally ranked USA Master Swimmer, Prairie Life Master Coach and USA Age Group Swim Coach for Sarpy County, Barb Anderson, USA Master Swimmer, Prairie Life Aquatics Director and USA Age Group Swim Coach for Sarpy County and Lynn Kurutz, USA Master Swimmer, head coach for Prairie Life Swim Team, will be swimming in the State of America Games August 1st & 2nd in Lincoln Nebraska, representing Prairie Life Fitness and the State of Nebraska.

They will all be swimming individual events and relays together.  Saturday morning will be at the Devaney Center and Sunday at Woods Pool.

Swim Lesson Registration: Fall Swim Lessons and Swim Team - Registration wil begin Aug. 22. Swim lessons run Sept. 7 - Oct. 31.

Swim Team Registration: Swim Team registration for 1st session begins Aug. 22. Session runs Sept. 7 - Oct. 31. 2nd Session runs Nov. 2 - Dec. 20.

Private Swim Lessons: Be on the lookout for a "back to school" special on private swim lessons.



Matt Johnston BA, AFFA: Matt is originally from Southeast Missouri but made the move to Iowa to attend William Penn University where he played basketball and graduated with a degree in strength and conditioning. He has been a personal trainer since 2007 with tremendous success in the industry. He specializes in sports performance training for athletes of any level. Working with athletes is definitely his passion but he doesn't limit himself to that.

MEET OUR NEW TRAINERS: Contact one of them for a free Jump Start!

Jennifer Bender BS-CPC: Jennifer's specialty is weight loss nad motivation. She loves to work with clients that are ready to take that first step in bettering their lives as well as people that want to reach higher performance goals. Jennifer has always been into fitness and has an extreme passion for helping others. Jennifer is an expert at keeping her clients accountable for the goals they have set with constant motivation and positive energy. Jennifer went to college at Mount Marty in Yankton, South Dakota and graduated with Bachelor in Science. She is a certified personal trainer through American Council on Exercise. (BS-CPC).

Brian O'Reilly: Brian's speciality is Speed/Agility enhancement and loves to work with clients determined to reach their goal and have fun along the way. Brian has always had a strong passion for Cardiac Rehab patients. Also truly enjoys working with athletes, due to his past in Sports perform


What's Pilates?: Check out our Pilates Reformer video on our Facebook page.

Lobby Demos: Want to see it all in person? Check out our lobby demos Aug. 10-14. We will be demonstrating the Tower, Reformer, Chair and the Mat classes.

Interested in Pilates?: Then give it a try yourself! See what Pilates can do for you! You will be AMAZED by how you look and feel after just ONE session. It's a game changer! Give it a try by signing up for your FREE demo today! Just contact Charlene Covey, Pilates Director, for more information.

CAFÉ Erin Pollard

Hungry? Don't have time to wait? Order your meal before your workout and we will have it ready and waiting for you! Pick up your order slip today at the front desk or café.

New Items:

Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese: With 50% more protein and half the fat, this is a great addition to a toasted bagel.

Kale Pesto: This nut free pesto is a tasty treat to add to a Turket on wheat. Don't forget the avocado! 

Brown Rice/Quinoa: A healthy and hearty addition to any wrap or salad.

Chicken Quinoa Wrap: This protein packed wrap is a must try! With grilled chickem, egg, brown rice/quinoa, shredded parmesan cheese, fresh spinach, tomato and onion drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette and all wrapped up in your choice of wrap! Try one today!

TANNING Erin Pollard

Unlimited Tanning!!!: Get ready for school and out of the heat with our August tanning special. From Aug. 1-15, get 1 month unlimited tans for only $25 (plus tax). That is $10 in savings. Don't miss out, get yours today!


Member Spotlight: Matthew Stafford

Matthew decided in 2013 to prepare himself to swim on the Papio/LaVista Swim Team.  He tried out for a local USA Swim Club and did not make it and was directed to the Prairie Life Swim Team and Private lessons with Lynn.  Matt worked really hard, coming every day to swim team practice and taking private lessons.  In the Fall of 2013, to Matts surprise he was given a spot on the High School Swim Team and made the USA Swim Club he had previously tried out for.  Matt now swims for their Junior 2 swim group and since he turned 16 this year, he not only guards for Prairie Life Fitness, he teaches lessons and has started helping coach their swim team here at Prairie Life.  Matt has physical challenges he had to deal with to become a really good swimmer.  Matt has scoliosis which makes it difficult to swim Breast stroke and Butterfly and do proper racing starts.  Needless to say, he has overcome these challenges to become an elite swimmer and to be a role model to anyone wanting to achieve their goals.

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Manager's Corner

Summer Success


How’s your summer going so far? Is there anything we can do to help? If so, please stop by the front desk anytime. We are here to ensure that Prairie Life Fitness is meeting and exceeding your expectations.

Summer is always fun for us because we are dedicated to making fitness a family affair. Since day one, being a club that included kids was part of our vision. Not just to make it more convenient for the parents when you work out but also for your kids. We believe in making fitness fun and building healthy lifestyles early. This month’s newsletter discusses alarming facts about childhood diabetes and obesity. Makes us more resolute in our passion to get and keep children in on the action. Everyone who loves a kid or once was a kid should read this month’s article. Yes, that means you…

The dog days of summer heat are upon us so stay diligent with your sunscreen and keep having a ton of fun!

Joanna Cole, General Manager

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Perfit exercise of the month

Army Crawls - Get in the Trenches!

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