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Parent's Night Out!

Looking for care so you can have a date night or just a fun night out with your friends? Once and month, Prairie Life Nursery offers a parents night out for you to drop off your kids and have some fun!There will be special activities planned for your child throughout the night to guarantee a fun night for them as well! December 5th and 12th from 5:30pm-9:30pm. Price per child: $15 per child for members, $20 per child for parent members, $25 per child for non-members. $5 off siblings! Must sign-up by December 1st and 10th . Sign up Online or contact Kristen Mowen for more information.

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Thanksgiving Day Group Fitness Schedule

Please Note the Thanksgiving Day Schedule Changes Thursday Nov. 27th 7:30am Aqua Surge Sarrisa 9am Cycle James 9:30am Pilates Kim 9:30am Total Conditioning Sarah (All other classes cancelled for the day)

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Drop N Shop

Parents if you need time to go shopping or just time to get away. Sign your kids up for the Drop N Shop at Prairie Life! December 9th and 18th from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm. Member $20 per child, Non-Member $25 per child. $5 off siblings. Sign up online or contact Kristen Mowen at

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Prairie Life Fitness Taekwondo

Prairie Life Fitness Taekwondo is back! Tuesday & Thursday at 6:00 pm- Ages 6-13. Member $50 per month, Non-Member $70 per month. To sign-up e-mail Kristen Mowen at or online.

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November Camp!

Schools Out! Camp! November 11th and 26th K-6th 9:00 am-4:00 pm Member $30 per day, Non-Member $40 per day. Sign-Up On-Line or e-mail Kristen Mowen at

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Duke's Soccer Academy

Individual or small group soccer lessons taught by local soccer star, Christian Duke. The lessons will include soccer skills for all levels, foot work improvements, learning soccer IQ, and improving speed and agility. Lessons will be held Monday-Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons here at Prairie Life Overland Park. Contact Kelce to set up times that work best for you! Starting Monday, October 13th.

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Youth Program Guide!

Youth program guide is here! Classes start Oct 27th! Pick up a program guide in the nursery. Any questions please e-mail Kristen Mowen at

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Ironman Challenge 2014

December 1st-15th on the honor system. Sign-up a the front desk and turn in results to front desk. $25 fee and you get a FREE T-Shirt. For more information contact Kristen Mowen at

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BOOTCAMP Starts Nov.3rd

Get Motivated. Be Inspired. Looking to improve your performance, fitness and endurance sports potential? Each bootcamp session will build your power and strength while making you faster and more efficient. High Intensity Training-Total Body Conditioning-Speed and Agility Training. Monday 5AM, Wednesday 5AM, Thursday 6PM, Friday 5AM. Per Month Pricing: 1-4 Classes $24 Member/$30 Non Each, 5-8 Classes $20 Member/$25 Non Each, 9+ Classes $15 Member/$20 Each. Unlimited Classes Nov-Dec-Jan $450. Sign-Up by Contacting James Stewart at 913-638-7215 or

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Triathlon Classes

Weekly group workouts in a fun and supportive environment include: lap swim, indoor bike, run and strength. Sessions- Monday- 9:45-11:45am Nov.10th-Dec.15th/Jan 5th- Feb 9th Wednesday- 7-9pm Nov. 12th-Dec17th/Jan 7th-Feb 11th Saturday 7-9am Nov. 15th-Dec 20th/ Jan 10th-Feb 14th 6 weeks-Member $95, Non-Member $125 Single Drop-In Member $20, Non-Member $25 Sign-Up email Kristen Mowen at

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Fresh Mix

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 6:30PM STARTING SEPTEMBER 9 CONTACT JESSICA at or 913.660.8148 Looking for a new workout to engage both mind and body? Join us for a fresh and challenging mix of unique mat work, barre work, cardio bursts, light weights and resistance sequences to help achieve long, lean muscular structure without bulking or causing inflammation to the joints. This full-body workout will get your heart pumping while engaging your muscles, along with developing a positive mind-body connection. Fun, upbeat music guaranteed! Expect to walk out the door with a challenging workout for your body, and a refreshed mind!

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Pilates Reformer Start-Up Offer

Group classes are a great way to learn the Pilates system on a budget! Class size is kept to a minimum of 6 in order to provide individualized attention. We currently have classes on: Wednesdays/Fridays at 12:30 pm Tuesdays/Thursdays at 5:30 pm Wednesdays at 6:00 am Fridays at 6:30 am Wednesdays at 11:00 am Tuesdays at 4:30 pm Classes will be added based on interest. Private Pilates Reformer Training Private Pilates training is one of THE best things you can do for yourself. Privates really hone in on YOU! You will get special attention and direction specifically tailored to your individualized needs. Private sessions will also help you to learn the Pilates system a little faster, making changes within the body happen sooner, thus giving you results! Pilates Reformer Start-Up Offer at Overland Park location *One 1-hour demo to develop basic skills and terminology, and learn basic usage of the reformer while enhancing core/muscular strength and flexibility. *Two 1-hour private sessions *Six 1-hour group reformer classes Normally $300; available for $250 to 1st time reformer participants.

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You are great! We are grateful!

Prairie Life Fitness

It's almost turkey time and what we love most about this time of the year is the chance we get to say how grateful we are for all of our members. It's because of you, and your choice to be part of the Prairie Life Fitness family, that we get to come do what we love to do every day. It might sound like a big old cornucopia full of corniness, but we are truly grateful you choose PLF as your health and fitness club!

By now, you are likely making Thanksgiving plans. Perhaps you have annual traditions or your family travels from house to house each year. Wherever your holiday plans take you, remember to also plan time for yourself too! Schedule time at the gym, just as you normally do, and if you are headed out of town, use the PerFit app to keep yourself on track while your away. Don't let "Turkey Tom" and his delicious pies lead you too far off of your fitness track! Enjoy this time of year, and the festivities that go along with it, without undoing your hard work.

Our thanks now and all year round,

Dustin Lewis

Getting Old & Creaky?

It seems as soon as we hit a "certain" age, we begin to conveniently blame our age for many things that have nothing to do with how many years we've been alive. This "certain" age changes, depending on what ailment is bothering us on any given day. The truth is, many of the aches and pains we blame on age has more to do with how we've cared for our bodies than it does with the number of years we've spent in our bodies. Especially true when it comes to our creaky old bones and joints. Admit it, we all know there are some 30-year-olds reading this that have already said: "I just can't move as quickly as I used to." At some point, we all say something similar to that. We don't mean to-it just slips out before we can stop ourselves from sounding like our parents.

All kidding aside, there are more than 100 kinds of arthritis; the broad term of arthritis means joint inflammation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50 million Americans are afflicted, and 27 million have osteoarthritis, which is by far the most common form of arthritis. Sometimes called degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis accounts for most of the hip and knee replacement surgeries performed in the United States. As with other types of arthritis, women are at higher risk than men for the condition.

Osteoarthritis affects structures throughout the joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another and absorb energy from the shock of physical movement. The cartilage, the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in joints, begins to break down and wear away. This causes bones to rub together, causing inflammation and pain. This causes bones to change shape and lose motion of the joint. Over time, the joint loses its normal shape. Also, bone spurs may grow on the edges of the joint. By the time a person has symptoms from osteoarthritis and it is no longer just a disease of cartilage. Bone has changed, muscles across the joint have often weakened and there is occasionally inflammation in the lining of the joint.

Unlike some other forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis only affects joints, not internal organs. Rheumatoid arthritis-another common form of arthritis-affects other parts of the body besides the joints. It causes inflammation and may make people feel sick, tired and sometimes feverish, among other symptoms.

Some younger people get osteoarthritis from a joint injury, but osteoarthritis most often occurs in people over 40. In fact, at least 80 percent of people over age 55 have X-ray evidence of osteoarthritis in at least one joint, and approximately one-third have symptoms of the disease. Since the number of older Americans is increasing, so is the percentage of people with osteoarthritis. Before age 55, more men are affected (often the result of a sports or work injury), while after age 55, osteoarthritis is more common in women.

Osteoarthritis affects each person differently. In some, it progresses quickly; in others, the symptoms develop over many years. Researchers do not know exactly what causes the disease, but suspect a combination of factors within the body and in the environment. Genetics, weight and stress on the joints from certain occupations, hobbies or activities may affect the disease and how a person reacts to the disease.

Usually, osteoarthritis develops by joints aching after physical work or exercise. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint but most often occurs at the joints in the hands, hips and knees.

  • Hands: Osteoarthritis of the fingers is the one type of the disease that seems to be predominantly hereditary. More women than men have it, and risk increases after menopause. Small, bony knobs appear on the end joints of the fingers. The base of the thumb joint is also commonly affected by osteoarthritis. Medications, splints or heat treatment can help this kind of osteoarthritis.

  • Knees: The knees are among the body's main weight-bearing joints. They are also among the joints most commonly affected by osteoarthritis. Medications, losing weight, exercise and walking aids can reduce pain and disability. In severe cases, knee replacement surgery may be required. Research studies show that being overweight increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knees and show that injuries to the knee are a major cause of disease.

  • Hips: Osteoarthritis in the hip can cause pain, stiffness and severe disability. People most often feel the pain in their groin, front of thighs or knees. Hip replacement is sometimes necessary if the pain is severe and not helped by other treatments.

Can Arthritis Be Prevented?
Unfortunately, there isn't any clear evidence that arthritis can be prevented, but there are powerful arguments. This includes being "kind to our joints," which can lessen the aches and pains that come with "getting older." Staying active and keeping your joints limber and flexible will pay dividends throughout your lifetime. Investing in you, through fitness and health, is a wise choice at any age!

Member Spotlight: Sarah Pattison

Mrs. Pattison is married and had two college age children. "We have one dog, unless my son is home from college, and then there are two more to turn the house upside down," she said. She works for a third party administrator as a claim consultant for self-insured clients handling their own workers compensations claims.

Sarah participates in three group classes per week and runs three days per week. "I never thought I would have come from where I started to where I am now," she said. She attends Jason Belz's bootcamp three times per week. "He is an awesome trainer and knows how to motivate people. He can have a group of people all at different levels doing the same thing, and push us all at the same time getting us all to give more than we knew we could give. His energy is contagious and it makes you want to work harder and push yourself harder." She also attends Zumba class on Sunday with Rodney.

When asked why she stays at Prairie Life, she responded with, "the people at Prairie Life are like another family-everyone from the staff to the other members take the time to say hi, see how you are doing, and if there is anything you need." There also seems to always be enough equipment for everyone!

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