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Spring Break Baseball/Softball Clinics

Want to get a jump on your baseball or softball season? Dust off your gloves and join us for our one day clinics. We are offering a hitting and fielding clinic for baseball and softball players on March 8th and a pitching and catching clinic for baseball players only on March 10th. Clinics are offered for youth ages 8-13. Both clinics will be instructed by Justin Wittler, former UNO pitcher who has vast experience working with youth baseball players.

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Have a Party at Prairie Life!

Let Prairie Life take care of the party. For Birthdays, Church, School, Youth Groups or any organization. Available Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays afternoons. $120. for members and $130 for non-members. Party package includes: guest fee for up to 10 people(additional guests $5.00 per person/3 hours of party rental/ party decorations, soda, cake or snack. This includes use of the swimming pool and gym. Add a party host or rent the inflatable obstacle course (see Julie for cost). Larger group options available. For more information call Julie at 402 483-2322.

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Managers Corner

Up in Smoke

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Up in Smoke

Spoiler Alert! Don’t worry; it’s not about Star Wars™ so you’re probably safe to continue reading… Terrific heart health news from the CDC finds ‘Real Progress’ as percentage of U.S. smokers plummet. Federal health officials have now reported the number of smokers has decreased by nearly 20 percent in the past 10 years and dropped a full percentage point in the last year alone. 

Since smoking makes an appearance on every list of risk factors for heart attack and heart disease, this decline is excellent news for the heart health of our nation. For those who need a gentle and perhaps not so subtle reminder, here’s why smoking makes the naughty list…

Cigarette smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease by itself.     When it acts with other factors, it greatly increases risk. Smoking increases  blood pressure, decreases exercise tolerance and increases the tendency        for blood to clot.”

Last year, smoking rates hit a 50-year low! The CDC cannot pinpoint precisely what had led to the staggering decline but the result is irrefutable. Some of the factors helping the fight against tobacco are:

            • Federal tax hikes

            • Anti-smoking campaigns over the past 20 years

• Better insurance coverage for those wanting to kick the habit (One troubling finding: adults who are uninsured or on Medicaid smoke at rates more than double those for adults with private health insurance or Medicare.)

• Tougher laws making it harder to smoke in a growing number of places

Whatever the reason, these statistics prove that millions of Americans are quitting everyday and you can too. Make 2016 the year that you make this life changing decision for you and your family!

Heart to Heart

• Each year, more women than men die of cardiovascular disease.

• Six times as many women die from heart disease as from breast cancer— about 500,000 each year.

• An estimated 8 million American women suffer from heart disease.

• One out of every four women will die of heart disease.

• Women have more heart attacks than men that go unrecognized.

• Cardiovascular disease, which also includes heart failure, hypertension, and stroke, is more prevalent in women.

None of the above statistics are “new” and should not be alarming. Yet, when we see them bulleted out like that, we are still shocked. Diagnosing and treating women who might slip through the gap or slide under the radar screen has been the focus of top Heart Health Clinics over the past decade. Discovering where education and research is needed and gaps in knowledge exist remains top priority.

While heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women, there is still an inequity of research done for men’s heart disease in comparison to their female counterparts.

“The sex gap in cardiovascular disease hit its peak in 1999 and is finally getting some attention,” said Jennifer Tremmel, MD from Stanford's Women's Heart Health Clinic, who is conducting an AHA-funded study on sex differences in cardiovascular disease. 

“The growth in women’s heart centers is targeting this apparent inequity of care,” said Sharonne Hayes, MD, director of the Women’s Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and a member of the advisory board of WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

“There are still marked disparities in care,” Hayes said. “Women are less likely to be prescribed medication or be as intensely treated as men. Women also don’t feel like they are being listened to when they discuss their symptoms with their doctors. Nobody ever sat down and adequately addressed their concerns.”

Heart disease in women is consistently misdiagnosed and undertreated, and more women than men have died of cardiovascular disease every year since 1984. Symptoms don’t necessarily present the same way with women in the way as they do men.

Preventative measures can be taken to reduce your risk and change the course of your future heart health. Diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle are also the easiest first steps to take toward disease prevention. If heart disease is in your family history or you have concerns due to lifestyle risks or other health issues, contact your doctor.

As we have seen, and will hopefully continue to see with smoking, ‘Real Progress’ can be made when education, research is combined with a determination to change. You cannot kick the habit of heart disease but you can try to manage the risks within your control to be part of your own wellness plan!

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Upcoming Events at PLF

Aquatics Department:
March Swim Camp: Sign up for our two-week Swim Camp. March 7-17th. We will meet every day Monday-Thursday, 4:30-5:00, 5:05-5:35, & 5:40-6:10, getting a full 8 Week Session of Swim Lessons in just two weeks. $40 per child. Registration starts February 1st! Contact Tyler with any questions at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.
Swim Team: Swimmers will meet up to three time a week for workouts and stroke instruction. Swimmers can come practice on Mondays from 5:40-6:40 PM as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 PM. The season ends just in time for pre-season in May with the PLF Penguins Summer Swim Team. $25/month/member. Youth Swim Team is for ages 6-14. Contact Tyler with any questions at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.
Friday Family Swim Nights: Every Friday Night we will be opening a lane to increase the size of our free swim area in the pool so families can come play and have fun in the water! Free to all members. Contact Tyler with any questions at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.
Friday Night Float & Flick: February 26th from 5:30-9:00pm. Registration will begin February 1st Online! As much as we love our kids, sometimes we just need a few hours to ourselves. Date night, a night out with your friends, or just a few cherished moments shopping on your own is all possible! Parents can drop their kids off at 5:30 pm for a night of fun in the pool! Kids will play games in the pool while watching a kid-friendly movie on our inflatable big screen. Dinner is included, all kids need to bring is any comfort items that will get them through the night! Parents can then pick their kids up at 9:00 PM! Member fee is $15.00 for the first child, $12.00 for the second child, and $10.00 for the third. Contact Tyler with any questions at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.
Swim Lessons: Our next session of group Swim Lessons will be March 21st-May 14th. Registration will begin Sunday, February 28th! Contact Tyler with any questions at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.
Youth Activities Department:
Summer Day Camps!!!
It's hard to think about summer when there's snow on the ground, but did you know that Prairie Life Fitness offers Summer Day Camps? Your child can have super sizzling summer fun here at PLF! All day care provided from 8am to 5pm Monday-Friday! Swimming daily, crafts and gym games with an afternoon snack (provided). Each week is themed to excite children in learning something new! Swimming suit, tennis shoes, and sunscreen needed daily! Balanced schedule that offers a variety of activities throughout the day. Lunch packed from home or can be ordered from the cafe for an additional charge. Price for members is $140 per week including a nonrefundable $25 fee that's due at registration. Nonmembers are $160 per week. Price to include a daily kid’s meal from our cafe, $160 for members and $180 for nonmembers. **Discounts** Multi-Camp Discount: 5% when you register for more than 5 camps per child. Discount does not apply to registration fee. Pre-Payment Discount: 5% when you pay all fees and tuition in full on the first day of summer day camp. You can register today at:, or contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director at
Mom's Morning Out: 
Every Wednesday from 9am-12pm Prairie Life Fitness will provide Mom's Morning Out. Mom's Morning Out is a program which gives parents a three hour period of time for appointments, shopping, attending meetings, or just a little quiet time while their children are being cared for in a loving, caring, and safe environment. We will provide a snack, make an art and craft, and story time. The cost for this is $15 for the first child, $12 for the second, and $10 for the third. Age range is 1-5 years old. If you have any questions feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at . Register online at
Parent’s Night Out:
Parent's Night Out is Friday, February 12 from 5:30-9:00pm. We will be celebrating Valentine's Day! We will frost heart shaped cookies, create fun crafts, and of course swim! Dinner is included. The cost of this event is $20 for the first child, $10 for the second, and $5 for each additional. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at Registration deadline is always the Thursday before the event. If you register late on Friday, the late registration fee is $5.00, this will ensure that we have the appropriate amount of staff and food available. Register online at
School’s Out Day Camp:
Sweet Science 
Prairie Life Fitness will be hosting another school's out day camp on Monday, February 15th. The theme is Sweet Science. Drop-off will be between 8-9am, with our activities starting at 9am, and pick-up is between 4-5pm. We will do various activities that go along with our camp theme of the day, play games, spend time in the gym with a personal trainer, and spend time in our swimming pool. Lunch can be brought from home, or you may order from our café. Day Camp is for children in Kindergarten and up. The cost of for Day Camp for members is $35. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director at 402-483-2322 or at Register online at
From Our Pilates Department:
Super Bowl Saturday!!
Come join us for Super Bowl Saturday!! This unique workout will include the Allegro 2 Reformers/Jumpboards, Orbits, Mat/Ring, and Chair. Finish your workout with a relaxing time of conversation, mimosas, fruit and bagels. Date: February 6, 2016. Time: 9:00-11:00 AM. Cost: $35.00. Contact Anne Lenz, Pilates Director, at or call 402-483-2322.
Upcoming Reformer Demos:
Thursday, February 4th and 11th IN STUDIO Demos from 9:30-10:30 AM. 4 Spots open each date.
Wednesday, February 10th – 6:45 AM in the Lobby. Contact Anne Lenz, Pilates Director, at or call 402-483-2322.
From our Group Fitness Department:
Hot Yoga, Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate event! 
Friday, February 12th at 6:30 PM
At 6:30 PM the Hot Yoga class will start and last for 75 minutes followed by wine, cheese and chocolate!  The class will be a Flow class with an extra-long savansana.  The cost for this event is $20 for an individual.  If a participant brings a friend, or significant other, cost is $30.  Non-Members are welcome! Sign-up is mandatory (class limit of 30). Sign-up can be done at the front desk or by emailing Rachel at  Feel free to bring your own mat although some mats will be available. Bring WATER and grab a towel.  Class will take place in Studio A. It’s going to be HOT!!! Questions? Contact Vanessa at 402-483-2322 or Rachel at her e-mail address listed above or the same phone number.
Personal Training Department:
Fire & Water Splash & Burn: Join our 6-Week Personal Trainer lead water and land exercise class starting February 2nd! Burning calories in the water for a low impact workout and then hitting it hard out of the water! Get your cardio and strength training in and make some waves! Classes are Tuesdays at 7:45-8:15am and Saturdays at 8:00-8:30am. Class is $120 for the 6-week class. Requires 4 participants for class to happen. Contact Justin at or April at to sign up!


Member Spotlight: Mary Dinger

We have many interesting stories from our members here at PLF, but Mary Dinger’s story is truly one of goal setting and determination. We here at PLF couldn’t have told her story any better than she did herself. So here is Mary’s story, and we at PLF just want to give her a standing ovation! Congratulations Mary and we are always here to help you meet your goals! Here is Mary’s story:

I have been a PLF member since summer of 2014. At that time, my goal was to avoid having to have a surgical intervention to lose weight. I was 30 years old and following an ankle injury, my weight was at an all-time high. My big goal was to lose 30 pounds and to go to the gym 3 times a week. My first true fitness-related goal was to do Level 3 on the elliptical for 20 minutes without stopping, and it took me 2 weeks to achieve it. It felt so rewarding to check off that first goal, I knew my body was capable of much more than I was currently asking it to do. It didn’t take long before I was coming to Prairie Life 5 days a week, and each day I was pushing myself a little bit harder than the last.  By Jan. 2015 my 30lbs. were gone, and it empowered me to continue.

Throughout 2015 I set and accomplished more goals than I can count! I knew that in order to be successful I needed to stay focused on fitness.  I set goals for myself to try new fitness related things, like yoga, I also ran multiple 5k races this summer and ran my first 10K this fall in Kansas City. One of the things that I love about Prairie life are the classes available to members, included in the price of membership. My favorite classes are Rachel’s yoga classes! Flow yoga has helped me feel strong and empowered while Rest and Recharge helps me thank my body for a week of hard work. The community at Prairie Life is also really special, as I started to lose a significant amount of weight I received so many words of encouragement from members and staff. Whether it was a fellow yogi or a stranger in the cardio room, those kind words helped motivate me to keep going, because I didn’t want to let them down! In total, I have lost over 155 lbs. and I am so happy to say that I did it without bariatric surgery!

The experiences I have had over the last year have truly changed my life and it is hard to believe that almost all of this took place in just a year- it was the best year of my life!  In 2016, I plan to achieve some pretty big fitness goals as well-  I will be running my first half marathon,  I will also be completing yoga instructor training, and (hopefully) I will get up to Level 15 Hills on the elliptical! 

Manager's Corner

Cupid Called - He's Looking for Healthy Hearts!
Love is in the air and there is nothing more romantic than getting healthier for the ones you love. After all, they love you too and doing all you can to be the best you is poetry in motion. Literally. Actions speak louder than words so imagine the power “I love you so much I am going to get healthy for us!” Powerful stuff. Cupid will be so pleased.

Cabin fever is starting to get to us. We can feel it in the clubs around this time each year. We are all getting anxious for spring. Sunshine is coming soon. Ask yourself, are you ready? What goals do you have left to achieve? How can we help you? Our personal trainers, fitness instructors, Perfit APP and more are standing ready to help you meet those goals. Let’s do this.

Happy Valentine’s Day to You and Yours,

Luke Shepherd, General Manager

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