Club News

Santa Smash Mixed Doubles Pickleball Tournament

We will be hosting a mixed doubles indoor pickleball tournament on Sunday, December 11th. The tournament will begin at 9:00 a.m. Entries are limited to the first 16 teams, so don't miss out and enter today!

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2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Run

It's time to jingle all the way to our 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Run. This event will take place on Saturday, December 17th with the run starting at 9:00am, so please arrive by 8:30am. Each participant can choose to run or walk either one mile or two miles around the Prairie Life Fitness neighborhood. Make sure you stick around after the finish for delicious hot chocolate and snacks. Everyone of all ages is welcome! The more the merrier!

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Ugly Sweater Run Sign-Up

Christmas Break Youth Basketball Clinics

Want to work on your basketball skills or perhaps learn how to play the sport? Try out our one day youth basketball clinics and have fun over the holiday break! We have two clinics, one for K - 2nd Grade, and the other is for 3rd - 6th Grade. Sign-up today as space is limited.

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Youth Baseball/Softball Clinics

Want to get a jump start on your baseball or softball season? Try our all new clinics taught by former UNO pitcher Justin Wittler and current Prairie Life Personal Trainer. There will be two clinics with the first one focusing on hitting & fielding and is open to ages 8-12, baseball & softball players. The second clinic will focus on baseball pitching & catching and is open to ages 8-12, baseball players only. First session begins the second week of January. Contact Teri Boies for more information today.

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Managers Corner

Decks the Halls without Packing on the Pounds

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Deck the Halls without Packing on the Pounds

A nibble here. A yummy handful there. One little cookie at a co-worker’s desk doesn’t count, does it? The temptation to innocently erode your yearlong progress during the December can be beat with just a little preparation. Check out these 10 tips to combat holiday stress and stopping yourself from snacking ‘till Santa arrives…

Cheers to a Healthy Holiday Season

#1. Step away from the screen! When facing deadlines, we often scarf meals in front of our computers, forgetting to breathe, let alone be mindful of how our bodies feel. No matter how stressed you are, slow down, breathe between bites and notice when you are full. Chances are you may end up eating less and feeling better.

#2. Crock pot du jour! Stews and soups are a great way to save money and time. Make a large batch on Sunday, freeze leftovers in single-serving Tupperware and thaw as needed. Since you’re making them on your own, you can control the sodium level and amp up the protein, which is where many canned soups go astray.

#3. Two words… Grocery Delivery! Seriously, if you haven’t tried this yet, give yourself a gift in December and give it a go. The time you save wandering up and down the aisles can be spent preparing healthy meals for the week. Most stores charge a small fee but early studies show that grocery bills go down over time because you stick to your list. For a little more money, there are online shops that deliver all the ingredients and recipes for healthy meals right to your door. (Blue Apron, Plated and more)

#4. Smart celebrations. When eating out or ordering in, it’s easy to say opt for the most delicious thing on the menu. Who doesn’t want to splurge sometimes? If you only have one big night out during the season, then of course, go for it. The problem is many people have several calorie-laden celebrations to attend. Out-smart the chefs with their oh-so delicious butter sauces and to-die-for desserts by taking a peek at the menu before arriving. Choose the item with the most veggies and leanest protein. If you can, don’t even look at the menu before ordering. You may be tempted to change your mind… When attending a private holiday party, keep the same rule in mind, veggies and protein when possible. Fill up on the veggie tray before the dessert tray starts calling your name.

#5. Bars, booze and bad decisions. No, we aren’t trying to take ALL your fun away, just suggesting mindful merriment. Happy holidays are, after all, about spending time with family and friends. So, here’s the deal. Instead of going out for drinks and bar food, try to have a healthy meal with good protein beforehand. That way, french fries and wings don’t look so appealing, in addition to the alcohol. Plus, having a full stomach helps reduce overall consumption.

#6. Bust a move! Busy holiday plans often means your workouts get rescheduled. But you actually don’t need more than 20 minutes to get a great workout. Short bursts of high intensity workouts can be more effective. So instead of promising to hit the gym tomorrow, hop on the treadmill and do some sprints. Squeezing in a quick 15-minute morning bodyweight, Pilates or yoga workout at home is also a great way to rev up your metabolism.

#7. Step away from the screen. (Yes, again!) How long has it been since you’ve moved from your chair while trying to get your projects done before the holidays hit? The average person sits for more than 70% of the day. Sneaking steps into your daytime routine not only helps you burn calories, it helps regain focus and increases productivity. Studies show that most adults are able to remain focused and productive for 40 minutes each hour, with the other 20 minutes best-spent reading emails, taking breaks, etc. Try taking a 5-10 minute walk each hour or every couple of hours and see how you feel. Odds are you will get more done and also get more steps in for the day. Even if they are just steps around your office, it is less time on your tush!

#8. Fire up with full-body moves. If time is getting tricky, try a routine that targets your entire body instead of just one area. Try using kettlebells, experimenting with push-up variations or burpees and jump roping. Swimming is a great alternative too—especially if you’re partial to cardio.

#9. Happy Hydration. Just when you thought we’d get through a newsletter without mentioning water, here we go again. Eight glasses of water a day can help keep the doctor away. It’s true, that’s why we mention it so often. H20 also helps keep you full, energized and super focused. Help remind yourself to drink up by keeping a water bottle at your desk or set reminders on your phone. Need more incentive? Drinking water also helps you cure (or avoid) hangovers and keeps colds away.

#10. Dial it down. We are all so smart with our devices and gear. Super duper connected. Constantly. To relieve stress anytime, but particularly during the holidays, it’s a good idea to turn off technology once in awhile or make it a nightly habit. For those who sleep with their smartphones, (you can spot us by the dark circles and ever slight, square LED tan line), we are risking precious sleep time for headlines and Buzzfeed quizzes. Facebook and Instagram will be their tomorrow, our bodies need sleep tonight. For the third and final time, we need to step away from our screens.

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Upcoming Events at PLF

Two-Week Every Day Swim Camp
December 5-15th
Monday-Thursday 4:30-6:00pm
Cost is $40 for every member

Registration begins Sunday, November 20th at 12:01am online at

Questions? Contact Tyler at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.

Lifeguarding Class    
December 16-18
Time: TBD $275 per person (3 participants required)

Register with Tyler, the Aquatics Director @ 402-483-2322

Pilates Demos
December 5, 6, 8 and 13                                
Times vary

Need a great gift idea? How about giving the gift of strength, flexibility and core awareness. Give that loved one Pilates Reformer sessions! We have many different package plans. Come try it out for yourself or bring your loved one in to try out the Allegro 2 Reformers.

There will be FREE demos on Monday, December 5th from 4:30-5:30 PM, Tuesday, December 6th from noon-1:00 PM, and Thursday, December 8th from 5:30-7:30 PM. There will be sign-up sheets for these times in the Lobby beginning November 28th. There will be a demo in the Lobby on Tuesday, December 13th from 2:00-3:00 PM.

No need to sign up for this one – just show up and try it out! If these times do not work for you – contact Anne Lenz at or call Anne at 402-483-2322 to schedule a demo!

Winter Break Day Camps     
December 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30/Jan. 2, 3

Let Prairie Life Fitness take care of your child when school isn't in session. We offer 8am-5pm care in a fun and safe environment with lunch either brought from home or can be purchased from our café.

Each day camp will have a specific theme, with activities, arts and crafts, etc. going along with the daily theme. We do make room to swim on our daily schedule along with time spent in our gymnasium. We do ask that all campers bring a swimming suit, a water bottle and wear tennis shoes, as we like to stay active throughout the day.

Price for members is $35 per day. Guests will pay a guest fee of $6. Winter Break Day Camps will be discounted $5 per day if you attend more than 3. We do provide before and after care for $5 per child. **Cancellation without notice will result in forfeiting full camp fees.** .

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at

Seminar of the Month
December 4th and 10th
1:00 PM/11:00 AM    

Confused about probiotics? Looking to boost your immune system and gut health? It's time to sign up for the Probiotics and Gut Health Wellness Seminar at Prairie Life Fitness.

Join Olivia Borer, Holistic Health Coach, for a seminar all about probiotics and their important role in gut health. Together, we'll discover what probiotics are, why they are important, and what to look for when purchasing a high-quality probiotic. If you struggle with inflammation, digestive distress, or just want to improve your health, this seminar is for you!

The same talk will be given at each time. Please choose which date and time works best for you! Sunday, December 4th - 1pm in Studio B Saturday, December 10th - 11am in Studio B Members and non-members are welcome!

Cost: $10 (non-members will also be responsible for a guest fee)

Please sign up by contacting Olivia Borer at or at 402-483-2322. You can also sign up for the seminar at the front desk.



Member Spotlight


As a survivor of a near fatal car accident in 2013, it took a long time before 66 year old Anne Gardner was r
eady to start working out again (or play her flute again) with any strength or control. When she received the “go ahead’ from her physical therapists and doctors that she was ready, there were a few false starts until she began taking water aerobics classes at Prairie Life in October, 2016. 

Living with excruciating pain was a way of daily life for Anne. Within a few weeks, the pain was less frequent and her flexibility began to slowly return. Finally, through the aerobic activity in the water, guided and taught by RN Anne Lenz and others, she has begun to lose some of the weight she had gained through a sedentary lifestyle after the accident! 

Now she can hardly wait to get to Prairie Life for her back-to-back classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Eventually she plans to add warmups upstairs before going into the pool and increase her attendance to 5-6 days per week. 

In her very active life in NYC before she moved to Lincoln, NE she enjoyed daily gym workouts and easily walked 5-6 miles each day.   Although that seems far away, her goals include recapturing the joy she felt each day through daily work outs and through maintaining an active lifestyle. 

Miraculously, Anne has begun performing the flute again and experiences far less pain while doing so. Her best friend joined Prairie Life shortly after Anne started the water aerobics classes and has also discovered tremendous benefits through attending these classes regularly. 

The future is bright.  Anne’s gratitude knows no bounds.  What started as a small baby step in trying the Arthritis Water Aerobics Class with Anne Lenz is now a way of life, Prairie Life!

Manager's Corner

Eat, Drink & Be Healthy

Ready or not, the holidays and all their revelries will be here. Along with the joy of holiday celebrations, comes temptation to over consume and skip workouts. Stop the tradition of holiday stress by implementing new health habits. Take a sneak peek at this month’s newsletter for 10 tips to make this December happy and healthy.

Consider the gift of health when creating your shopping list this season. Prairie Life Fitness has options for everyone. From memberships to personal training sessions, Pilates classes, massages and more, stop by the front desk today! We’ll be happy to help you find the perfect gift for the fitness lover in your life.

Be Merry. Stay Bright,

Luke Shepherd, General Manager

PS. Remember to take your workout on the go with the PerFit App! Download it today on the APP Store or on Google Play.

Perfit exercise of the month

Rev up your metabolism over the holidays with short bursts of high-intensity workouts

Click above to see a video of our exercise of the month and click below to download PerFit, available on both iPhone and Android!



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