Club News

BEACH BLANKET BINGO

Get ready for summer with a fun game of Bingo! Learn more about your club and earn some great prizes including a Free Parents Night out, Meal at the cafe, Personal Training, Massage and MUCH MUCH more! Bingo runs from April 18th- May 8th and all you need to do is pick up a card at the front desk or membership or from a Group Fitness instructor and start playing. See a staff member for more details.

For more information contact jbeck@prairielife.com

Private Swim Lessons currently available

Private 30 Minute Lesson (1 Student) $25.00 and Semi-Private 30 Minute lesson (2-3) Students for $18.00 per participant. PLF Members Non-Members $31.00 for Private and $26.00 for Semi-Private.

For more information contact pryan@prairielife.com

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.

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

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Managers Corner

National Arthritis Month

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National Arthritis Month  

May is the time many of are revving up for summertime activities. On your mark. Get set. Go… But, not so fast for over 50 million Americans, arthritis interferes with their plans for active lifestyles. That is 1 in every 5 adults and over 300,000 children. It is estimated that by 2030, 67 million people will be disabled by an arthritic disease.

Conquering Arthritis

Curing arthritis may not yet be possible but knowing you are at risk and living a preventative lifestyle is within everyone’s power. As is raising awareness and becoming involved in the advocacy for research. To become involved at the state level, visit http://www.arthritis.org

Prevention Tips

Prevention may not always be possible. Arthritis has many causes, increasing age, genetics and gender (more common in women), which are out of your control. However, there are healthy habits to reduce your risk of developing painful joints as you age. It so happens, many of these steps, like exercising and eating a healthy diet, prevent many other diseases too. That, our healthy friends, is a win-win!

  • Here Fishy Fishy…

Fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy polyunsaturated fat may reduce inflammation in the body. A study in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases found that women who eat fish regularly might lower their risk for rheumatoid arthritis. The USDA recommends eating fish high in omega-3s—like salmon, trout, mackerel, and sardines, 2x per week.

  • Weight Control

Our joints, particularly our knees, are load-bearing mechanisms and must be able to support the weight of our bodies. The more we weigh, the more stress we are putting on our joints. Overweight women are almost four times as likely to get knee osteoarthritis as women of healthy weight.

  • Exercise

Not only does exercise take the stress off your joints but also it strengthens the muscles around your joints. Building strong muscles before any signs of arthritis begin to show, especially if there is a family history, is a particularly compelling reason to make exercise part of your daily routine. If you already have arthritis, it is not too late to build muscle and take some relief off those joints. Low impact aerobics, swimming, water aerobics and working with a trainer on finding the right exercises can help you slow the disabling affects of the disease.

  • Play and Stay Safe

Damaging cartilage in your knees can cause arthritis to develop more quickly. Unfortunately, this is not generally top of mind when we are young and in our prime. Cautionary tales ring true. Live fully but protective gear isn’t a bad idea…

  • Proper Technique

Using good form when we sit, lift, and work each day can help prevent everyday strains from adding up to unnecessary injury over time. You’ve heard these tips before but realizing they can help prevent arthritis puts more importance into their meaning, especially as you age.

  • Lift with your knees and hips, not your back.
  • Carry items close to your body, so you don’t put too much strain on your wrists or arms.
  • If you have to sit for long periods of time at work, ensure that your arms, back and legs are well supported.

 

  • Have a Drink or Two

Yes, you read that right. Contrary to most newsletters and most other studies, some arthritis studies suggest that women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol have a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis. There is not enough evidence to prove that alcohol prevents arthritis just suggestions that are causing researchers to study it further. However, drinking moderate amounts each week (one glass a day for women and two glasses for men) has also been linked to other health benefits, such as a lower risk for heart disease. Before drinking alcohol, seek advice from your doctor if it’s safe for you.

  • Speaking of Doctors…

If you start to develop joint pain, don’t wait it out. See your doctor or a rheumatologist. The damage from arthritis is progressive so the longer you wait to seek treatment, the more destruction will occur to the joint. Your doctor may be able to suggest treatments or lifestyle interventions to slow the effects of your arthritis and preserve mobility of your affected joints. Stubbornness is not your friend when it comes to achy joints. Call your doctor today if this applies to you.

And Now for the Numbers

As we enter into National Arthritis Awareness Month, here are the facts, as reported by the Arthritis Foundation. If you or someone you know is suffering from arthritis, you are most certainly not alone. There is help. there are abundant resources and worldwide studies occurring rapidly. Most importantly, there is hope.

  • Nearly 53 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis; that number is expected to grow to 67 million by 2030.
  • Almost 300,000 babies, kids and teens have arthritis or a rheumatic condition.
  • Arthritis is the nation’s # 1 cause of disability.
  • Working-age men and women (ages 18 to 64) with arthritis are less likely to be employed than those of the same age without arthritis.
  • 1/3 of working-age people with arthritis have limitations in their ability to work, the type of work they can do or whether they can work part time or full time.
  • People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, two major kinds of arthritis, miss a combined 172 million workdays every year.
  • Arthritis and related conditions account for more than $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses.
  • There are nearly 1 million hospitalizations each year due to arthritis.
  • 57% of adults with heart disease have arthritis.
  • 52% of adults with diabetes have arthritis.
  • 44% of adults with high blood pressure have arthritis.
  • 36% of adults who are obese have arthritis.
  • 1/3 of adults with arthritis age 45 and older have either anxiety or depression.

Club News

 

Upcoming Events at PLF

FREE Nutrition Class
Shannon Muhs, a Registered Dietician from HYVEE, will be teaching a FREE class on Friday, June 3rd at 10am. Shannon will be discussing “cooking for one and diabetic options.”  Looking ahead, on June 24, at 6:30pm she'll be here again to present a “Summer Cooking Workshop.” 
 
Do you have new billing information?
Please be sure to notify Membership of any changes with you Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or credit card information before the 25th of every month.
 
Youth Punch Cards
Now offering Youth Guest Punch Cards! Use them towards swim lessons or team, racquetball, gym time or just to come hang out with mom and dad! 10 visits for just $50+ tax. For more details please see the front desk. (Buy a punch card today and get your first visit FREE)
 
Memorial Day at Prairie Life
Club Hours: 5 am-Midnight
Youth  Programs: 8:30am-2:00pm
Group Fitness: We will be offering 9am, Land, Water, and Spin classes.
 
YOUTH: Kara Lyles klyles@prairielife.com
Summer Camp is HERE!!!
Registration is now open for summer camp! Get your kids registered before they fill up. Camp is for ages 5+ and runs Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
 
2016 Summer Camp Themes
June 6-10: Cooks in the Kitchen
June 13-17: Fun and Fitness
June 20-24: Mission Impossible
June 27-July 1: Stars and Stripes
July 6-8: Volleyball Clinic
July 11-15: Shark Week
July 18-22: Buggin’ Out
July 25-29: PLF Olympics
 
Parents Night Out: Fiesta de PLF on Friday May 13th 
Drop the kids off from 5:00pm-9:00pm and go have a kid free fun night! Dinner is included, cost for the first child is $20 and $15 for additional children, 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. This month we will start SWIMMING as we hop into summer. Come ready to swim but don’t forget a change of clothes.
 
Homeschool P.E.
Come and join us again for homeschool P.E. on Monday’s and Wednesday’s at 1pm-1:45pm. PLF members are free, cost for non-members is $6 for the first child and $3 for additional not to exceed $15. Wednesday May 25th will be the last PE class
 
Zanshin Martial Arts
Registration is now open for session 2 of Zanshin Martial Arts. Session 2 will begin on May 3rd and run on Tuesdays and Thursdays until June 23rd. Contact Daniel McCarthy at dmccarthy@prairielife.com with any questions about the program.
 
Teens in Training (TNT)
Boys and girls ages 10 to 13 are encouraged to take a safety course with one of our certified personal trainers on how to properly and safely train upstairs. Once they have graduated from the certification program they will be permitted to workout upstairs with a guardian 18 years or older. (TNT50)
Teens, ages 12 an order can also choose a package in which they will receive their certification along with 3 personal training sessions. The training sessions will be geared towards the teen’s strength, ability, and coordination. These sessions will allow your teen to have a better idea of what types of workouts will be beneficial for them and their growing and changing body. This course is a one-time fee of $120.00. *Additional personal training can be purchased. (TNT120)
Registration for these classes can be done online at prairielife.com under “youth class registration”
 
GROUP X: Joan Beck jbeck@prairielife.com
A Taste of X: Power Step
May’s Taste of X will be Power Step! Join us on Mondays at 9:15 am in May for a comeback of your favorite step that will be challenging and fun while you get a great workout!

AQUATICS: Peg Ryan pryan@prairielife.com
 
Summer Swim Lessons Registration
Look for our summer swim lesson schedule coming in mid-May!!  We'll be offering lessons for one day a week, for 8 weeks. 
 
Splash-to-Swim Mini Session 
We will also be offering our Splash-to-swim mini classes, 4 times this summer.  The Splash-to-Swim classes are 4 consecutive days of a 30-minute lesson, Monday-Thursday. Cost for splash-to-swim is $30.00. This is a great way to get your child ready in a hurry for the summer.
 
PILATES: Charlene Covey ccovey@prairielife.com
May in National Pilates Month!  
We are celebrating by welcoming and preparing for summer.  During the month of May purchase 10 sessions - privates, semi-privates or group classes and receive a PAIR OF PRAIRIE LIFE FITNESS PILATES FLIP FLOPS!  These cute shoes will take you from pool to shower to beach and they come in their own cute matching mesh bag.  
Free Demo
Let our PILATES instructors get you ready for swimsuit and tank top weather!  Sign up for a free demo or for a Bodhi workshop (our newest piece of Pilates equipment) and get ready for summer! Contact Charlene Covey, Pilates Director today to sign up for one of the BEST workouts for your body!  You can reach Charlene by emailing ccovey@prairielife.com or calling or texting 402-679-6386.
 
PERSONAL TRAINING: Matt Johnston mjohnston@prairielife.com
Elevation: Sports Performance Training
Elevation is a six-week sports-specific program designed to improve athletic performance by increasing an athlete’s speed, power, strength, agility, balance, and flexibility. This program is specifically tailored to enhance the athlete’s strength and improve the areas that need to be further developed to excel in his or her chosen sport. Contact Matt Johnston and receive a free elevation session.
 
Kettlebell Classes forming NOW!
Kettlebell classes are back at Prairie Life Fitness! Classes will start the week of May 9th. This is a 6 week program designed to increase strength and burn fat utilizing dynamic kettle-bell and body-weight exercises.  The program consists of specialized full body workouts designed for each small group.  Groups will meet twice a week for 30 minutes sessions. Contact Brett Sheffield if you are interested at bsheffield@prairielife.com.

 
 

Manager's Corner

Spoiler Alert - Mother's Day is One of Our Favs!

Don’t get us wrong Dads, we love you guys. But the mothers who come into our clubs have a special spot in our hearts and we love celebrating them every chance we get. We admire the mother’s who never seem to tire of bringing their kids into the clubs so for kids’ activities or so they can get a workout in themselves. We strive to make the clubs a place where it easy to find a schedule where a combination of both is possible.

And, for moms (and dads) whose kids are older, who are now bringing in your once toddling youngsters in as tweens and young adults, we admire your dedication to instilling a lifetime of healthy living. One day, they will thank you for it. It might not be today but someday, when they thank you for making them brush their teeth everyday and always wearing clean underwear, healthy living might also be on the list.

We’d be remiss not to mention all the wonderful Mothers who help us run the clubs. Without their tireless dedication, we couldn’t do what we love. Thank you all.
Need some gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Graduation? Etc.? Check out these specials!

SPECIALS:
May in National Pilates Month!  We are celebrating by welcoming and preparing for summer.  During the month of May purchase 8 sessions - privates, semi-privates or group classes and receive a PAIR OF PRAIRIE LIFE FITNESS PILATES FLIP FLOPS!  These cute shoes will take you from pool to shower to beach and they come in their own cute matching mesh bag.  

Let our PILATES instructors get you ready for swimsuit and tank top weather!  Sign up for a free demo or for a Bodhi workshop (our newest piece of Pilates equipment)  and get ready for summer! Contact Charlene Covey, Pilates Director today to sign up for one of the BEST workouts for your body!  You can reach Charlene by emailing  ccovey@prairielife.com or calling or texting 402-679-6386.

Also, don’t forget to check out the summer class schedule when planning summer activities.
Remember, when you’re away; use the PerFit App to keep you on track.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Joanna Cole, General Manager
 

Perfit exercise of the month

Skate Jump for Joy!
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