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Racquetball/Pickleball Tournament

Get a partner and play in this combination event. You don't know how to play Pickelball? No worries because a short clinic will be given to get you up to speed and equipment will be provided. If you can play Racquetball, you can play Pickleball! It's a guaranteed good time! Tournament is on Saturday, December 5th. A mini-clinic on pickleball will be given from 11am-noon & then tournament will follow. There will be a Men's doubles and Mixed Doubles Divisions. Cost is $15/person and will include prizes for the winners and lunch. For more information or to register please contact Linda Moore at 402-304-8975.

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4-on-4 Basketball Tournament

Join us for the 2nd Annual Prairie Life Mens/Coed Basketball Tournament on Saturday, December 12th. Teams can consist of all men or coed. Cost is $90/team with T-shirts to winning team. Registration deadline Sunday, December 6th.

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Managers Corner

Say No to Holiday Stress

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Say No to Holiday Stress

Each year most of us begin the holiday season with a high level of stress based on what we anticipate will happen in the coming weeks. Instead of projecting stress into the holidays, what would happen if we all just said “No!” to holiday stress? Sounds nice, doesn’t it? 

More Ways to Merry

#1. Stretch! Begin each day by physically stretching your muscles and focusing your mind. Whether it is a bedside routine or a class at the club, warming your mind and body up for the extra demands of the holidays can help offset the stress felt during the day. Something as simple as a deep stretch and a 5-minute meditation before plugging in to our digitally chaotic culture can help keep you feeling more centered throughout the holiday season. Take this practice up a notch by adding a yoga or Pilates class to your normal workout routine and get the added bonus of extra fitness with less stress.

#2. Stop overspending. Financial burdens are often the greatest cause of holiday stress. Stop this before it even starts by setting realistic expectations for your budget. Create a realistic budget and remind yourself and your family that the holidays are not about expensive gifts. Remember family and friends are what matter most.

#3. Start keeping a holiday “To-Do” list. Create a list of tasks and mark those with the highest priority to help reduce the risk of forgetting something and help you to better focus on the task at hand. Take small steps to deal with holiday tasks instead of overwhelming yourself with last minute shopping or gift-wrapping.

#4. Stay the course. Whether it is sticking with your routine at the club, fitting in new classes when you can, sneaking in a quick workout or working out on-the-go with the PerFit Personal Training App, do not let your fitness goals rest during the holidays. You will more stressed if you miss your workouts than you are by fitting too many other things into your schedule. Don’t let the holidays hijack your regular schedule to the point where you lose sight of fitness goals. Balance the amount of events and obligations with your regularly scheduled life to keep you and your family on course. This is especially important for those with weight loss goals or achievements during the past year. Let Christmas and Hanukkah be a time of celebration without regret.

#5. Savor time for yourself. Resist being everything for everyone. Taking care of yourself during the holidays helps to keep your mind and body healthy to deal with stress and to better care for others in your life. Be aware of your stress level and know what stresses you out during the holiday season. Learn your stress triggers and how to respond to stressful situations.

#6. Serve Others. It may seem counterintuitive to add another thing to your plate but helping others often lowers your own personal stress. A change in perspective is good for our souls. Find a local charity where you and your family can volunteer together. Helping those less fortunate also builds stronger family relationships. According to The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research published by the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteers have greater longevity, a social network to buffer stress, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease.

#7. Schedule time to cook healthy meals for you and your family. Don’t let the chaos of the holiday season be an excuse to start driving through fast food restaurants or eating out more often than normal. (See #2 about the ’ol budget…) Plan ahead and have meals prepared so not only will you not overspend on food this season, you will also still be able to eat healthy. Who wouldn’t rather spend that extra savings on fun family gifts, a trip or a massage or new car? Well, fast food doesn’t cost as much as a new car but you get the idea!

#8. Sleep! Get your Zzzzz. Who knew that sleep helps reduce your stress level? This, by the way, is true year round not just during the holidays. However, when faced with impending visits from Aunt Betty, Uncle Bob and cousin Susie, who always gets her way, it is best to be prepared with a full night’s sleep. No one can be expected to go into that kind of situation with limited hours of sleep and not get stressed out to the max. That is the next Lifetime® movie just waiting to happen. The holidays are supposed to be Happy not Dramatic. Get lots of good rest and get on Santa‘s (and everyone else‘s) good list!

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Upcoming Events at PLF

NEW TREADMILL CLASS!! Join personal trainer, Rachel Stratton, every Tuesday and Thursday morning for a 30 minute treadmill class beginning, Tuesday, December 1st.  Walk-Run-Jog-Sprint! If you are, or do get bored on the treadmill, would like to start running, or want a new cardio program – then join Rachel for this fun class and engage your mind, ignite your body! This is a 6 week program. Cost: 1 day/week - $75.00. Two days/week - $120.00. Come try it for FREE on December 1st at 6 AM. Rachel will meet the class on the treadmills on the east side of the fitness center. They will be reserved for the class. Questions? Contact Rachel at or call 402-483-2322 and ask for Rachel!!
24 Days of Christmas Fitness Challenge
Need some extra motivation to stay fit thru the holidays and not pack on those extra holiday pounds this year?  Try our holiday fitness challenge.  The challenge consists of a calendar which has an activity for each day from Dec. 1st - 24th to complete.  Do each challenge and receive a small prize at the end if you don't miss any days.  There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced level activities for each day, so determine what level you are and follow the appropriate plan!  For more information contact any personal trainer today!  Challenge is free for all members! Questions? Contact Amy Munro, Fitness Center Director at or call Amy at 402-483-2322.
Youth 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 from December 1-19th. Then we will be hosting the Swim Clinic included with pricing that will run December 21-23rd & 28-30th from 4:30-5:30pm. The season ends just in time for pre-season in May with the PLF Penguins Summer Swim Team. $25/month/member. YST is for ages 6-14. Contact Tyler at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322 with any questions.
Swim Team Swim Clinic:
Want to know what Swim Team involves? We will be offering a Swim Team Swim Clinic December 21-23rd & 28-30th from 4:30-5:30pm. If you would like to try the Swim Clinics without signing up for Swim Team, if will be $15/member per week. Contact Tyler at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322 with any questions.
Swim Camp:
Join our two-week Swim Camp to be ready for our 8-Week Swim Lessons in January! Kids will have lessons every day Monday-Thursday for 30 minutes for two weeks! Classes are December 7th-17th!! Cost: $40 for Members. Register online now at! Contact Tyler at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322 with any questions.
Private Lessons Special:
Get one-on-one attention for swim lessons during December with our Private Lessons Special! If you purchase 4 private lessons, you get the 5th one FREE!! A great way to get prepared for our special December Two Week Lesson Session. Contact Tyler at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322 with any questions.
Youth Group Lessons:
The return of our 8-Week Swim Lessons is coming in 2016!! Be ready to learn and show off your skills in the water! Starting January 4, 2016-February 27th, 2016. Lessons are 30 minute sessions, once a week for 8-weeks. Lessons are on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 4:30-6:10pm and Saturdays starting at 10:00-11:40am. Registration begins November 16th Online! 2 Year Member Agreements are free, other members cost is $40. Contact Tyler at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322 with any questions.
Drop and Shop
On Saturday, December 5th from 9am-1pm, Prairie Life Fitness wants to provide parents the opportunity to drop their children off, so they can shop. We will have arts and crafts, a trip to the swimming pool, a holiday movie, and of course, lunch will be provided. The costs are $20 for the first child, $10 for the second, and $5 for each additional child. You must register by Wednesday, December 9th to avoid a $5 late fee. Feel free to contact Leyna Saville at or 402-483-2322 if you have any questions.
Parents Night Out (PNO)
Parent's Night Out is Friday, December 11th from 5:30-9:00pm. We will be boarding the Polar Express. Come dressed in your favorite Christmas jammies. We will sip on hot chocolate while we watch one of the best Christmas movies of all-time. Kids 5 and over, don't forget your swimming suits for a candy cane dive. 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.
Holiday Break Day Camps
School's Out Day Camps for holiday break will take place on December 23rd, 28th, 29th, 30th, and January 4th. 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 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 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
Reindeer Games K-6th Grade Dec 23 - Dec 23 8:00A - 5:00P We Nov 11 - Dec 22
Slumber Party K-6th Grade Dec 28 - Dec 28 8:00A - 5:00P Mo Nov 11 - Dec 23
Snow Day! K-6th Grade Dec 29 - Dec 29 8:00A - 5:00P Tu Nov 11 - Dec 28
Winter Olympics K-6th Grade Dec 30 - Dec 30 8:00A - 5:00P We Nov 11 - Dec 29
Dinosaurs & Dragons K-6th Grade Jan 4 - Jan 4 8:00A - 5:00P Mo Nov 11 - Dec 31
Pilates Demos!
Watch for Pilates Reformer Demos on Wednesday, December 2nd from 8:00-9:00 AM with Anne, Wednesday, December 9th from 9:00-11:00 Am with Denise, Tuesday, December 15th at 5:00 PM with Kelly, and Wednesday, December 16th at 5:00 PM with Deena.  They will be looking for 5 people to try out the new Allegro 2 Reformers. Meet them in the Lobby and they will have you experience one awesome workout! Questions? Contact Anne at or call 402-483-2322.

Member Spotlight: Christian Beard

Christian Beard has been a PLF member since January 1, 2012. He needed to do a lot of training for the Special Olympic Games. He needed to be able to lift weights, bike and swim and Prairie Life Fitness had everything he needed.

Christian continues to work hard on his goals. “PLF has helped me big time with my goals! I love cycling classes, they are my favorite. I also love swimming and using the pool. The pool is always clean and set at the right temperature.”

Christian currently holds 4 National medals; 1 Gold and 3 Silver in freestyle and backstroke. He also has 40 Nebraska Special Olympic medals in swimming and bowling. He was in the Seattle Special Olympics for 18 years and has now been in the Nebraska Special Olympics for 11 years, for a combined total of 28 years competing in the Special Olympic Games.

He was called the Michael Phelps of the 2010 Special Olympics. Besides training for his events, Christian loves to take vacations. He is also the ambassador for the National Special Olympic Games. He has added volunteering at PLF to his resume, and began helping our facility manager out since August of 2015.

Thank you, Christian, for considering PLF your training home. Good luck with your future competitions! We will be cheering for you!


Manager's Corner

Sneaky Stress 

The holly and jolly of the holiday season is upon us. The halls have been decked, trees are being trimmed, and bells are being rung.... Along with all this hustle and bustle, holiday stress hops onboard for a free ride if we let it.

The pressure to create the perfect holiday causes stress for most Americans. This month’s newsletter suggests ways in which we each might try to change that tradition for ourselves and enjoy a low-stress season. After all, the holidays aren’t about elaborate decorating, preparing a memorable meal and searching for the perfect holiday gift. They are about being with friends and family and sharing time together.

Thank you for the time you spend with us, your PLF Family, throughout the year.

May Your Holiday Season Be Merry & Stress Free, 

Luke Shepherd, General Manager

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