Club News

2015 Youth Summer Day Camps

Super sizzling summer fun here at Prairie Life Fitness! All day care provided from 8am to 5pm Monday-Friday starting on Monday, June 1, 2015. Each week is themed to excite children in learning something new! Swimming suit, tennis shoes, and sunscreen needed daily!

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Youth Tennis Lessons

Why wait until summer? Jump start your tennis season by trying out our May lessons. Registrations are currently going on for the May session and summer registrations will take place starting March 15th. Contact Leyna Saville for more information.

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Summer Sports Camps

Looking for some fun sports activities for your kids this summer? Look no further, we have numerous opportunities for kids to do. Our summer sports camps are all listed now. Registration for these activities will begin on March 15th! Space is limited in several of our camps. If you have any questions about any of these activities please contact Richard Schwartz for more information.

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Club Newsletter

Managers Corner

Think You Know the #1 Men's Health Issue?


Think You Know the #1 Men's Health Issue?
Which of the following diseases affect the health of more men in the United States than any other? Is it?

  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Liver Failure
  • Suicide/Depression
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

All of these diseases are top contenders and all appear, year after year, on lists of the deadliest diseases for men. Yet, the biggest health issue for men is simply lack of regular health care. One recent study indicates that men are seriously under-represented in our nation’s health care system. More than one study found that women are three times more likely than men to see a doctor on a regular basis.

During this study, more than half of all men had not seen a primary care physician for a physical exam in the past year. Even though more than 40% of the participants had been diagnosed with chronic conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, or diabetes. The trend starts early; by mid to late teens, boys’ trips to primary care doctors already begin to drop off.

Men also die younger than women. In 1920, women outlived men only by one year. Today, CDC figures show the life expectancy gap has widened: On average, women survive men by over five years. Simply put, men get sick and die far earlier than they should. Men living in poverty are hit the hardest. One doctor from the study was quoted as saying, “In my practice, I have seen men in their early thirties who require triple bypass heart surgery because of uncontrolled high cholesterol. I have seen other young men present for the first time with renal failure caused by undiagnosed hypertension. And, I have lost count of the young men who come to me having unrecognized and uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes.”

The study was geared toward finding the reason for the health care disparity between men and women. One obvious reason is that just as boys stop visiting their childhood physicians, girls are making their first visits to gynecologists. Broadly, young women come of age amidst a range of medical specialties geared toward addressing their health concerns. High-profile campaigns around breast cancer, annual Pap smears and reproductive health choices have raised awareness, putting women’s health at the center of the public conversation.

There is nothing comparable for young men, a fact that undoubtedly contributes to their reluctance to go to doctors on a regular basis. A dangerous pattern begins when you couple the overall perception that boys are “tough” with the likelihood they do not see their fathers going to the doctors very often.

The disparity of men versus women is the health care system is not indicative of women having more health issues. As a society, it simply means that we are doing a better job of teaching young women to be proactive with health care, see their doctors when necessary and not be reluctant to ask health care questions. The silence of men should not be confused with the absence of anxiety. While many adolescent and young adult men are healthy, study after study proves that many men bury health concerns that they don’t share with anyone.

The World Health Organization’s definition of health is that it goes beyond the absence of disease. Based on this, we should recognize the importance of finding ways to encourage boys and men to make use of the health care system and help prevent early complications of preventable conditions. One promising approach is coming out of a Young Men's Clinic in New York City. They are investing in reproductive health services for adolescent and young adult men. Over the past decade, this community-based health program has seen a 450% increase in unique patients, with most of this increase occurring over the past four years. Tough to argue with results with that show that level of effectiveness. 450%!

By solidifying their connection with the health care system and reproductive health services, we can support young men in making better and healthier decisions for the rest of their entire lives. Women stand to benefit too, as men begin building new and better patterns around issues including intimacy, sexual violence, and pregnancy prevention. Sexual and reproductive health services also provide a route to addressing other medical issues, including mental health. It’s important to recognize that all of the high-profile mass shootings in the last decade were the acts of young adult men. Overall, males are disproportionately likely to die due to suicide.

Planned Parenthood is making nationwide efforts to extend its reach to men. More broadly, the early provision of the Affordable Care Act to include young adults on their parents’ health care plans was a great step toward increasing access for young adults, men as well as women.

We can build on this positive momentum and create cultures where men see their doctors for regular physical exams. It starts at home by encouraging teen boys and young men to discuss mental and physical health issues with their parents and family doctor. Setting that pattern early, seems to be key for a lifetime of preventative health care behavior rather than only seeing the doctor in reactionary mode... After the stroke, heart attack or other, various “symptoms” begin to surface. Often times, when it is too late, on a disease that could have been prevented, minimized or cured with a change to a healthier lifestyle combined with regular care from a physician or specialist. Don’t be a part of the statistic that doesn’t make it. Be a part of the group who listens to the statistics and does something about it! 

Club News


Member Spotlight: Cindy Hanzel and Besty & Bill Strain

Cindy Hanzel and Betsy Strain have been doing Reformer Pilates together for several years now. Every Tuesday/Thursday at 7:00 AM they can be found concentrating, breathing and engaging their cores. Betsy’s husband, Bill, joined them over one year ago and the three of them have been happily working out together ever since.

Bill and Betsy state that they have been members for 24 years. “We joined because of the location and outstanding facilities. The friendliness and expertise of the staff as well as the variety of classes and equipment make the PLF experience superior.  Our original goals were simply to use the club as often as possible for general fitness. Throughout the years our goals have changed, and Prairie Life has always had the programs and classes we’ve needed. As we’ve gotten older, our focus has shifted to core strength, balance and flexibility and our twice-weekly Reformer Pilates class has helped us accomplish our goals. With retirement beginning, we are enjoying sharing our time at the gym. Some might enjoy couples massages. We love couple’s Pilates!”

Cindy has been a member for over 20 years. Her husband gifted the family with memberships for Christmas one year with the idea that it would be something that all of them would use and enjoy as well as benefit from the activities and classes. As for herself, Cindy’s original goals were to become more fit. “With heart disease in my family I am very aware that I must eat sensibly, maintain desired weight, strengthen bones and muscles, and core as well as cardio fitness. This is an ongoing process that I work on every day. I would still like to lose those extra 10 pounds. My doctor is happy with my numbers and I know that is directly related to my fitness regimen.”

When asked what Cindy really likes most about her PLF experiences, she stated, “I really enjoy the Nia classes, the strength and toning and circuit classes. I have also participated in, and like, water aerobics. For a brief time, Tai Chi was offered. I am still practicing my forms and moves most days. My favorite thing, and one that has benefitted me immensely, are my Pilates Reformer classes on Tuesday/Thursday mornings. My core strength and flexibility have improved greatly in the years that I have been doing it. Strong core muscles aid our bodies in balance, posture, breathing and body awareness. I highly encourage members to give it a try! I also use the machines (treadmill and elliptical) upstairs when I want to do a cardio workout.”

When asked if Cindy would recommend PLF to her family and friends, she replied, “Yes I would! Not only do I have a place to keep my body fit and healthy, but I have made many friends over the years who share that same fitness philosophy. You might say that we are on the health and fitness journey together, encouraging and supporting one another. For me, the instructors, fellow members and staff are all vital components to a positive experience in pursuing and persevering in maintaining strong, fit and healthy minds and bodies.”

Great job, Cindy, Betsy and Bill, keep up the excellent work! You are all an inspiration!  


Upcoming Events at PLF

6 Week Challenge - Summer Slim Down

Begins: Monday, June 1st. Available to all new members and members who are not currently working with a personal trainer. Price:  $69


One-on-one consultation with your trainer prior to the challenge

One initial one-on-one Personal Training session ($60 value)

Daily Small Group sessions led by a Certified Personal Trainer (Over $200 value)

Weekly weigh-ins

Nutritional Advice from your trainer

Small Group Training classes offered - attend as many as you can!

Monday – 6:30 a.m. (Justin)     

Tuesday – 9:00 a.m. (Dalton), 9:30 a.m. (April)  

Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. (Jen), 5:30 p.m (Justin)                  

Thursday – 6:00 a.m. (April), 6:00 p.m. (Rachel) 

Friday – 6:00 a.m. (Rachel)

Saturday – 8:00 a.m. (Jen), 11:00 a.m. (Dalton)

Sign-up at the front desk today! Contact Justin Wittler at (402) 510-9227 or email for more information.

June 1st marks the beginning of our June Youth Programs as well as our Summer Day Camps. More information can be found at our website; or by contacting Leyna Saville (Camps, Dance, Gymnastics) at or Brandy Pappas (Swim Team, swimming lessons) at or by calling 402-483-2322.

Group Swimming Lessons will resume June 1st and will run through June 25th for a 4 week session. Swimmers will meet twice/week and can either swim M/W mornings OR evenings or T/Th mornings OR evenings. Registration will close May 29th. Sign up online! For any questions contact Brandy Pappas, Aquatic Director at or call 402-483-2322.

Private Swimming Lessons!! From June 1-10th when you buy 4 private swimming lessons at $25.00 each, receive a 5th lesson for free! See Brandy to get private swimming lessons set up today! or call 402-483-2322.

Come join us June 6th for the First Annual Prairie Life to Prairie Life 10k!! Cost: $25.00 for members and $30.00 for nonmembers. The run will start out front at the West P Prairie Life, 330 West P St, and end at the 70th and A Prairie Life, 1305 South 70th St. The event starts at 9:00 am and runs through 11:30 am. A t-shirt, drinks and snacks will be provided. You can sign up at the front desk at the 70th and A location, or contact Jennifer Hansen at or Masen Needles at

Nia Jam!!! Join the Lincoln Nia teachers to kick off your weekend right. This is a perfect opportunity to step into something new. Guaranteed to get your heart pumping and put a smile on your face. Join us after the Jam for a glass of wine to celebrate! Guests welcome!! Friday, June 12th, 6:30 PM, Studio A. Nia is an exhilarating movement class that blends dance, martial arts and yoga. For more information contact Vanessa Delany, Group Fitness Director, at 402-483-2322.

PNO: It’s All About Disney!! Join us June 12th from 5:30-9:00 PM. Come dressed as your favorite Disney Character. We will provide five different Disney movies and the kiddos will vote on which movie they want to watch. Cost for this PNO is $15 for the first child, $12 for the second child, and $10 for the third child. Prairie Life guests will pay $22. Of course, dinner will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your swimming suit! Contact Leyna Saville, Youth Activities Director with any questions at or call 402-483-2322.

Friday Night Float ‘N Flick//Wii Just Dance Party!! Drop the kids off Friday, June 26th at 5:30 pm for a night of fun and games in the pool! Kids ages 3-12 will swim in the pool while watching a kid friendly film on our inflatable movie screen. Kids will also have the opportunity to get more exercise in by playing Just Dance on the Wii! Dinner will be provided, just send the kids with any comfort items that they may need to get through the evening and then pick the kids up at 9:00 PM! Cost for members: $15 for the first child, $12 for the second, and $10 for the third child. Non-member cost is $22/child. Sign up online today! Questions? Contact Brandy Pappas, Aquatic Director at or call 402-483-2322.

PLF Penguins host Swim Meet, Monday, June 29th! Come support and cheer on our own PLF Penguins swim team as they take on the Country Club of Lincoln! The meet will start at 6:00 PM. (The Turbo Splash water aerobics class will be held inside this evening.) 

Manager's Corner

Happy Dad's Day to the Coolest Dudes!


Pops, Papa, Dad, Daddy, Daddio, The Old Man… Whatever you call him, it’s that time of the year to celebrate your one and only, Father. Prairie Life Fitness is all about family fun so Mom’s & Dad’s Day are special days for us at the club. We applaud young families who make the time to have fitness be part of their families. Parents play such an influential role to their kids so living a healthy lifestyle can have a lifelong impact. This month’s newsletter explores a different way Dad’s might also be serving as a role model for their adolescent sons.

SUMMER is here. Yay. That means new class schedules, new activities for kids and possibly for the adults also! Keep your eyes open for flyers, schedules and posters in the club. Our summer vacation plan is to keep you busy and having a blast.

Don’t forget, when you’re on vacay; use the PerFit App to stay fit on the go. Like Prairie Life Fitness on Facebook and share which routine you liked best. We’d love to hear from you.

Happy Father’s Day.

- Luke Shepherd, General Manager

Perfit exercise of the month

Jump Squats - Easy but Effective!

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