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2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off

Our 2nd Annual Prairie Life Fitness Chili Cook-Off will take place on Friday, January 27th at 5:30pm. $10 admission includes: Chili sampling and judgment bowl + drink of your choice! $0 admission for chili entry (1 per entry) Traditional and Nontraditional Categories PRIZES IN EACH CATEGORY AND OVERALL WINNER **Limited entries** There is a sign-up table located in our lobby.

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Managers Corner

This is Your New Year

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This is Your New Year

You are literally going to make hundreds of thousands of decisions in 2017. Some of them will be better than others. Salad for lunch instead of a burger and fries = good decision. Working out at lunch only to drink and eat bar food all night - uh, questionable. Point is none of our decision compasses point due north at all times. We all wobble, from time to time, right?

Here are a few resolutions to consider…

#1. Lose Weight – Scratch that.  

#1. Build Confidence

Does it matter how much we weigh? Numbers on a scale have led most of us up and down the rabbit hole more than once. According to charts on most every doctor’s office wall, apparently weight does matter. But, this year, rather than getting fixated on the number, resolve to focus on the habits required to be strong and confident. Don’t fall for any “get skinny quick schemes.” Do the work, expect some bumps in the road and steadily navigate to a happier and healthier, you.

It’s a great idea to use a food journal to track what you eat. Also, have a good support system in place. Weeks four - six is when it gets tricky and many people start to lose steam. Plan for it! Get through these rough times by working out with a friend, get started with a personal trainer, try new fitness classes, etc. Whatever it takes to stay motivated and make 2017 YOUR year. You’ve got this. And, guess what? We’re here for you! Pardon the interruption for this short commercial break…

                        Have You Had Your Free Jump Start?

If you are new to Prairie Life Fitness, the Jump Start program is designed to improve your results by introducing you to the facility, equipment, programs, and services available within the club.

Depending on your specific needs, goals and interests, the Jump Start may include FREE introductory sessions with a personal trainer, Pilates instructor, group fitness manager, youth services manager or any other program staff member who can help successfully begin your membership.

For more info or to schedule a Jump Start, contact a Membership Services Representative. Now back to your regularly scheduled resolutions…

#2. Stay Connected

Put down the phone. Step away from the screen. Get out and actually see your friends. Your actual friends, not just the people you know online. Say hello to people at the gym… Here’s a crazy idea – make new friends! Research suggests people with strong social lives outlive those who isolate themselves. Send a tweet or a text but follow-up with an in-person visit. Your grandmother, mother and friends will love you for it.

#3. Sleep In

Sleep does more than keep you looking young and beautiful, although those are a couple of great perks. A lack of sleep has been linked to increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. And, sleep strengthens our memories through a process called consolidation. This becomes more crucial as we age so make a resolution to take more guilt-free naps, pronto!

#4. Travel

Break your routine. Whether it is a road trip or a long overdue vacation, our bodies and minds need to be rejuvenated and renewed by new scenery every once in awhile. Too often, we get stuck in a rut and are “autopiloting” ourselves through too much of our lives. Go somewhere that you have to think about which direction you are headed. A little adventure is good for the soul.

#5. More Cheer with Less Beer

You knew it was coming. No resolution list is complete without the option to quit drinking or moderate alcohol consumption. 2016 has seen a national uptick in binge drinking so while this suggestion may seem cliché, it remains relevant. Be honest with yourself. If you are drinking too much, too often – consider making the classic “New Year’s Resolution” and start fresh on January 1st, 2017. (or January 21st, totally your call.)

#6. Exercise Differently

If you are new to working out, everything is brand new and it’ll take awhile for you to get bored with your routine or your body to plateau. Which is its nice way of saying, “Yeah, I’m comfortable right here.”, even if you want to lose another 20 lbs. or 3” off your waist. Fight the flab by trying new classes, new routines, different machines, working with a trainer, etc. This goes for you veterans, too. It’s a new year and there’s no better time to mix things up and go try different things. This time, it’s your muscles that will thank you for it.

#7. Stress Less

Identify what causes you the most stress and then strive to eliminate it. Ta-da! Once you have that wiped off your calendar, by ‘um, let’s say, mid-March; 2017 will be a breeze. If only it were that easy. Our timeline might be a bit off but making a resolution to reduce the stress does start with identifying the root cause. Stressed-out to the max is no way to live life. This might take more than one year to master but the rewards pay dividends toward a higher quality of life.

#8. Track Progress

How did you do on your 2016 resolutions? If you are like most people, you don’t remember the promises you made to yourself a year ago, let alone keep track of progress. That however, is the key to success. Whichever of these, or other, resolution(s) you make for 2017, write it down! Put it on your calendar, set reminders and hold yourself accountable. If it truly means something to you, make a note of it somewhere and let’s make it happen.

Club News



Upcoming Events at PLF

Winter Youth Programming
Dance and gymnastics classes resume the week of January 9th. This session will run through March 4th. You can sign up for dance and gymnastics as well as other youth programming here:

Playful Penguins Kid's Club
Playful Penguins Kid's Club will meet every Wednesday during the month of January. Each Wednesday we'll focus on different activities that get the kiddos moving either in the gym, swimming pool, or in our gymnastics room. A snack will be provided. The cost for this is $15 for the first child, $12 for the second, and $10 for the third. Ages range is 1-5 years old. If you have any questions feel free to contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director, at

Kid's Night In
Our January Kid's Night In will be Friday, January 13th from 5:30pm-9:00pm. Our theme is Snowed In. We will have an indoor snowball fight, swim, eat pizza, watch a movie, and have a popcorn bar (if there's snow on the ground, we will make snow ice cream). 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.** **Cancellation Policy: Those who cancel for whatever reason 24 hours prior to the event will NOT be charged. However if cancelling less than 24 hours before the event there will be a cancellation fee of half the amount due. If you do not cancel at all you will be charged the full amount due.**

School's Out Day Camps
Our January School's Out Day Camp is Monday, January 16th. We offer 8am-5pm care in a fun and safe environment with lunch either brought from home or can be purchased from our café. Our day camp theme is Unbirthday Party, and we will spend the day celebrating unbirthday's with fun activities, arts and crafts, and cupcake decorating. We do make room to swim in 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. 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

Group Swim Lessons:
January 9th-March 4th

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays Evenings 4:30, 5:00 & 5:30pm

Saturday Mornings 10:00, 10:35, & 11:05am

Levels 1-6 and Aqua Tots Available

Registration ends January 5th. Register online at Questions? Contact Tyler Zoubek at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.

Private Lessons:
Prairie Life offers Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons for those children and adults who want more experience in the water and advance quicker through the levels. We offer private lessons for children and adults! Make sure you are ready for your winter get away trip with some private lessons! See the front desk for pricing or contact Tyler our Aquatic Director at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.

Kayak Polo:
Kayak Polo has returned! The pool will be closed every Tuesday from 7-9pm. Questions? Contact Tyler Zoubek at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.

Youth Swim Team:
There will be no Youth Swim Team in December due to the holidays. Questions? Contact Tyler Zoubek at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.

Youth Swim Team Swim Clinic:
1 Week Session, January 2-5

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 7-8pm

$15 per member per week

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

Winter Pool Bash!:
Join us on January 6th from 5-9pm for a PLF Winter Pool Bash! We will be watching a movie while you float along and relax. We will provide pizza and chips for a meal. There will also be a baking competition for those who want to participate for a chance to win free snacks from the PLF Café!! We will also have fun activities for the kids like a cookie decorating station! Register online now! $15 per child, $12 per child if they participate in the baking competition! Register online at Questions? Contact Tyler Zoubek at or call Tyler at 402-483-2322.

New Year – New YOU!! Come try out the Allegro II Pilates Reformers!! There will be sheets in the Lobby to sign up for demos in the studio, and the Allegro II Reformer will be in the Lobby January 3, 4, 5, and 6 so you can see one before signing up for a demonstration. Sign up for Monday, January 9th from 4:30-5:30 PM,  Saturday, January 21st from 11:00 AM-noon or noon-1:00 PM, or Monday, January 23rd from 1:00-2:00 PM, or Monday, January the 23rd from4:30-5:30 PM. These times do not work for you? Contact Anne Lenz, Pilates Director at 402-483-2322 or via e-mail at and we will find a time that will work for you!

Group Fitness:
Watch for changes in our Group Fitness Class schedule beginning January 2017! We will be adding some exciting new classes to our already fabulous line-up! Questions? Contact Vanessa Delany, Group Fitness Director at 402-483-2322. 

Join Us For Our First Ever Float Your Fitness Event!!
Saturday, January 21st Prairie Life will be offering our first ever Float Your Fitness event!  Join in on the fun with a challenging, 45 minute SUP (stand up paddleboard) Yoga and Boot Camp classes. Hurry to sign up, because we are limited to 6 spots per class and each class is $25.00. Sign up at the Front Desk. Questions? Contact our Group Fitness Director, Vanessa Delany at 402-483-2322.

12:00-12:45 PM Yoga
1:00-1:45 PM Boot Camp
2:00-2:45 PM Yoga
3:00-3:45 PM Boot Camp
4:00-4:45 PM Yoga
5:00-5:45 PM Boot Camp

Beginning Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, we will be adding a 12:15-1:00 PM Cycling Class to our regular schedule. Any questions, contact Dusty Hatt, Cycling Director, at 402-483-2322.

Fitness Center:
Need a nutritional reset in 2017? Looking to bust through sugar cravings? Look no further than The 21 Day Sugar Detox at Prairie Life Fitness!

Do you experience:
·  Inflammation and joint pain
·  Sugar or carb cravings
·  Energy spikes and dips throughout the day
·  Fatigue, lethargy, depression, or anxiety
·  Brain fog, cloudy thinking, trouble concentrating
·  Hunger that goes from mild to intense very quickly

If you answered "YES" to any of the above, it's time to join Olivia Borer for a nutritional reset with The 21 Day Sugar Detox!

The 21 Day Sugar Detox is a proven program that busts through sugar cravings and leaves you feeling refreshed and renewed! It is the perfect kickstart to any health journey, especially as we head into the holiday season. The program is based on a real food template, meaning there are no pills, bars, or special shakes to buy. What is allowed on the detox is tons of real, whole food (and there's no counting points or calories either!).

Here's what the Prairie Life Fitness August group of participants had to say after the detox:

"I have more energy, less aches, and I am sleeping better too!"

"I checked the scale, and I lost 6 pounds. At my max weight day with Justin, I improved in 10 measures, and I'm having deeper sleep too according to my Garmin!"

"I've had improved energy and have seen some improvement in sleep. I am considering becoming paleo completely, so that's a nice surprise!"

"I'm not interested in sugar as much, and my cravings have lessened!"

Join Olivia for the FREE first meeting on Wednesday, January 4th at 6pm in the Personal Training Studio to learn more about the program, discover if it's right for you, and sign up!

Now is your chance to jump on board, change your life, and set yourself up for success in this New Year! It won't be easy, but I promise it will be worth it!

Dates: The detox runs from January 9-30th, with optional check-in and support meetings each week. Meetings are held at 6:15pm on Monday evenings in Studio B during the detox (January 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th). Meetings are not required, but are a great way to get more support and answers to your questions!

Cost:$69 - includes weekly support meetings, yes/no food lists, recipes, daily emails, email support, helpful handouts, a group Facebook page, and more!

Non-members are welcome to join the detox, but will be responsible for a guest pass fee for each meeting they attend (except the first meeting) in addition to the $69 detox fee.

Contact Olivia Borer at to sign up for the detox or to reserve your spot for the free initial informational meeting.

January not a great time? There will be a detox starting February 6th as well! Be on the lookout for more information to come in the following weeks.

Seminar of the Month:
Eating Healthy on a Budget

A Wellness Seminar

Looking for a fresh start in the New Year with regards to what's on your plate but worried about the cost of healthy eating? Join Olivia Borer, Holistic Health Coach, for a wellness seminar all about eating healthy on a budget! Together, we will discuss simple tips and tricks to make your goals attainable, without breaking the bank. You will leave feeling motivated, inspired, and definitely ready to make some lasting changes towards better health! Participants will receive a detailed handout with tons of information, as well as the opportunity to ask Olivia questions and sign up for an optional grocery tour during the seminar! Members and non-members are welcome.

Pick the date and time that works best for you:

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 10am (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Saturday, January 21, 2017 -

Both seminars will be held in Studio B unless otherwise noted

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

Please sign up at the front desk or by contacting Olivia directly at

Please read the Member Spotlight for information on the next 21 Day Sugar Detox starting January 9, 2017 and February 6, 2017.




Member Spotlight


In November, a (brave!) group of 28 participants completed The 21 Day Sugar Detox, a program designed by Diane Sanfilippo to help bust through sugar and carb cravings, under the guidance of Olivia Borer, Holistic Health Coach and Personal Trainer at PLF. The program focused in on eating real, whole foods to nourish the body, while eliminating refined and some natural sugars, soy, gluten, and artificial sweeteners. No extra pills, shakes, or bars were needed for the program – it was simply based on real food!

At first, the detox was challenging, and the detox symptoms of fatigue, moodiness, and cravings were rampant. However, after a few days of the detox, all of the participants started to notice a huge difference in their cravings, fatigue, and inflammation. After the detox, the participants were guided through reintroductions of the foods that were eliminated to see how their body’s tolerated those foods.

In total, the group of 28 lost well over 115lbs, increased their energy, and broke their relationship to sugar. Plus, not one of the detoxer’s ever felt deprived, as they were encouraged to eat plenty of real food without counting calories, buying special shakes or pills, or tracking points. Plus, this group worked right up until a few days before Thanksgiving, giving them a huge head start on the crazy holiday season!

Here’s what a few of the participants had to say after the detox ended:

“I have more energy, less aches, and I am sleeping better too!” – Barb

“I checked the scale, and I lost 6 pounds. At my max weight day with Justin, I improved in 10 measures, and I’m having deeper sleep too according to my Garmin!” – Denise

“I’ve had improved energy and have seen some improvement in sleep. I am considering becoming paleo completely, so that’s a nice surprise!” – Erin

“I’m not interested in sugar as much, and my cravings have lessened!” - Mary

Olivia will be running two rounds of the 21 Day Sugar Detox starting January 9, 2017 and February 6, 2017. Those interested in transforming their relationship with sugar and cravings, as well as breaking through inflammation and fatigue, must give consideration to completing the program! The cost is $69, and includes weekly support meetings, daily emails, recipes, grocery lists, a meal plan, yes/no food lists, and more! Contact Olivia at or at 402-483-2322 for more information about the detox and to reserve your spot!

Manager's Corner

Hello 2017!

New Year’s is that magical opportunity to make a decision that counts. It’s resolution time, folks! To make the most of the first promise you make to yourself in 2017, keep a few things in mind. Be realistic. Do one thing at a time and don’t be afraid to start over. We double and triple checked, there is no rule that says you must wait until next year to try again.

Read more about resolutions and find some fun suggestions in this month’s newsletter.

The Prairie Life staff is ready for a new year and to help make you one of our next success stories. Our trainers, instructors, managers and staff members are here to support your fitness needs. While we’re at it, let’s have a little fun, too! Happy New Year,

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

Mix up your workouts and try something new this year

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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