Club News

Camp! K-6th

February 3rd, 6th and 16th Full Day: 9:00am-4:00pm Member $30 per day, Non $40 per day. Half Day: 9:00am-12:30pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm Member $20 per day, Non $30 per day. Sign-up online or email Kristen at kmowen@prairielife.com $5 off siblings

For more information contact kmowen@prairielife.com

Indoor Triathlon

Prairie Life Fitness Annual Indoor Triathlon will be held on Saturday February 21st, at 7:00 am. There will be four different options, welcoming all ages and triathlon levels. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in all categories. $25 member/$30 non-member. Questions? Contact Sarah Freijat at 913-648-8077 or sfreijat@prairielife.com. Sign up at the Front Desk or on Active.com

For more information contact sfreijat@prairielife.com

Prairie Life Taekwondo

Come try a class for FREE! Tuesday and Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm. Member $50 per month, Non-Member $70 per month. Ages 6 and Up. Sign-Up email Kristen Mowen at kmowen@prairielife.com

For more information contact kmowen@prairielife.com

Weight Loss Challenge

Join Prairie Life Fitness in Overland Park for our annual Weight Loss Challenge. People have had huge success in the past with this program, and this year, so could you! This is a 6-week challenge starting on January 31st from 9:00 am-11:00 am for the initial weigh-in and consultations. The challenge will end March 14th with the final weigh-in. The challenge includes 3 WEIGH-INS, NUTRITIONAL CONSULTATIONS, BOOT-CAMPS, AND A CHALLENGE PACKET. Boot-camps will be offered Monday/Wednesday at 6:00 am led by Trainer Lindsey Tutor and Tuesday/Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm led by Trainer Joe Briggs. The winners are based off highest percentage of body weight lost, and there will be prize packages for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Members will be $150 and non-members will be $200. Contact Sarah Johns for more information or to sign up today at sjohns@prairielife.com

For more information contact sjohns@prairielife.com

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.

For more information contact mlister@prairielife.com

Fresh Mix

MONDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 6:30PM STARTING SEPTEMBER 9 CONTACT JESSICA at jessica.r.roth@gmail.com 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!

For more information contact jessica.r.roth@gmail.comq
Club Newsletter

Managers Corner

May Your 2015 Sparkle & Shine!

Prairie Life Fitness

A brand new year is upon us, ripe with endless possibilities, dreams and ambitions. Yes, it also means grumblings about tax season, holiday weight gain, making resolutions and the pinch of overspending on presents—yet, a new year is indeed something to celebrate. It does, after all, beat the alternative. So, Happy New Year to you and your family! May 2015 continue to sparkle and shine all year through.

January is one of our favorite times of the year because we see so many of you on a regular basis. It is also the month when The President's Challenge for Youth Fitness is kicked-off in schools nationwide. We've put together some information about the adult version of being "Presidentially Fit" in this month's newsletter, so we can all support our nation's youth, while challenging ourselves too!

Again, welcome to the New Year. Embrace whatever changes it may bring and celebrate your successes with gusto! Ready. Set. Here we go...

Dustin Lewis

Prepare to Be Presidentially Fit

Over the years, many of us have heard children talk (or whine) about the President's fitness test, The President's Challenge. In fact, many of us survived some version of the test ourselves. The PACER (running), trunk lifts, push-ups, the sit and reach all held a level of misery or pride among grade school students.

Guess what? There's also an adult version of the test that can help determine how fit you are or what areas you need to work on to improve your overall fitness. This grown-up version of the kids' test evaluates four key areas:

  • Aerobic fitness (test involves a 400-meter walk, a 1-mile walk and a 1.5-mile run)

  • Muscular strength and endurance (test includes half sit-ups and push-ups)

  • Flexibility (test includes the sit and reach)

  • Body Composition (test measures BMI and waist circumference)

Are you curious to see where you stand? Visit www.presidentschallenge.org to take the assessment and see how you measure up. Remember, it's never too late to take steps to improve your overall health and fitness—you can even make it more fun by incorporating a variety of activities. Here are some simple ways to get started:

Squat Your Way To Strength
Although squats are a leg exercise, they help build muscle throughout your entire body. Squats also promote mobility and balance, making it easier to complete everyday activities in your day-to-day life. Squats will also help you burn calories. Talk to a personal trainer about how to get started and use proper form, or, as you progress, how to make squats more challenging.

Carve A Killer Core With Pilates
Working your core is about so much more than having washboard abs—although that can be a nice benefit! Your core muscles connect your upper and lower body. They play an important role in your physical well-being and help power you through daily activities, ranging from exercising to cleaning your home. A strong core improves balance and flexibility, which reduces your chances of falling or injuring yourself during work or play.

A strong core can also reduce back pain (or the likelihood of developing back pain), improve your posture (your spine will thank you) and make everyday tasks easier. One of the best ways to strengthen your core muscles is by doing Pilates, with its numerous core-based exercises. Try working a few classes into your fitness routine to start building your core strength.

Limber Up With Yoga
Stretching is an important part of your fitness plan. Not only does it improve your range of motion and increase circulation, it also calms your mind, which may help reduce injury and illness. An added bonus is that it may even help you sleep better. To increase your flexibility, incorporate some yoga poses into your fitness routine or check out a yoga class. Not ready for yoga? Talk to a trainer about simple stretches you can do each day.

Kick Up Your Muscle Tone
Kickboxing is a full-body workout that promotes both muscle toning and cardiovascular endurance. It combines boxing, martial arts and aerobics in a variety of exercises. This type of exercise targets all major muscle groups while improving balance, flexibility, coordination and even self-confidence. Plus, it's just really fun to punch and kick—even if it's just with an imaginary target!

Step Up Your Aerobic Activity
Is it any wonder we sing the praises of aerobic activity? Aerobic exercise can help you keep off extra weight, increase stamina, keep you healthier, strengthen your heart and improve your mood. Want to know how to incorporate some aerobic activity into your fitness plan? Go for a walk outdoors or use a treadmill at the gym. Ride a bike or join an indoor cycling class. Play tennis or racquetball. Take a step aerobics class, dance or join a Zumba class. The options are endless.

Lift For Lean Muscles
Strength training isn't just for jocks or big, muscle-bound guys—it benefits everyone. From reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass to developing strong bones and sharpening focus, lifting weights is an important element for an overall fitness plan, especially since muscle mass naturally diminishes with age. Strength training can be done at any age, both at home and at the gym. Options include using your own body weight (think push-ups, pull-ups, crunches and squats), resistance bands, free weights and weight machines.

Dive Into Fitness
People at every fitness level can reap benefits from swimming. Not only is swimming easy on the body, it's a great way to get fit, since it uses all of the major muscle groups and gives you a cardiovascular and strengthening workout at the same time. Not a swimmer? Try water aerobics or other water-based activities. Exercising in water is beneficial for everyone, but especially for seniors. That's because it's easy on joints yet improves cardiovascular health, increases strength and slows down the age-related loss of muscle mass.

Remember, no matter where you are on the physical fitness spectrum, there are steps you can take to start improving your overall fitness and health, while having some fun along the way.

 

Member Spotlight: Kathy Harvey

Kathy and her husband Brian have been members of Prairie Life Fitness since September 2013. They moved to the Kansas City area from Colorado a little over two years ago and have two kids that are both getting married in 2015! When they first joined PLF, Kathy started with the water aerobics class called "Just My Speed." She is a former water aerobics instructor, so she really enjoys our aqua classes. She also added walking upstairs into her regimen. She is now training with Julie O'dell and has lost 39 lbs since April!

"The staff here is so positive. They are great cheerleaders to keep my going. I also enjoy the interaction with the people in the water aerobics classes. My philosophy is to brighten the day of everyone I meet. Sometimes a smile can make the difference in somebody else's day and it will brighten your attitude also."

Upcoming Events

Winter Break Camp
January 2nd and 5th from 9am-4pm
Drop your kids off at Prairie Life Fitness for a day filled with fun and adventure! School is out, but we are here! Can drop off as early as 8am and pick up as late as 5pm. To sign up or for more information, contact Kristen Mowen at kmowen@prairielife.com.

Nutrition Boot Camp
January 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6-6:30pm
This 21-day challenge will help you focus on better eating habits, modifying recipes and cutting out the extra calories we tend to consume on a day-to-day basis. Session highlights include: 21-day challenge, cut the C.R.A.P, C.E.A.N eating, stress and food cravings, recipe makeover, and a chef food prep demo. ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? Contact Cassy Heffner for more information or to join this awesome group at cheffner@prairielife.com.

Camps Golf Academy
Monday-Thursday from 4-5:30pm
Is your child looking to improve their golf game, strength and golf IQ? This is the perfect instruction for them. The session is led by 2-time Midwest section PGA Teacher of the Year, Skim Maiwald. Not only will they improve their golf game, they will also improve their strength by working with our Fitness Director, Chris Bridges. Contact Chris Bridges for more information or to sign up today! cbridges@prairielife.com.

Membership Appreciation Casino Night
January 22nd from 6-8:30pm
Come join us for a "Night at the Casino." This is our way of thanking you for being such great members! FREE for members and guests. Complimentary appetizers and adult beverage tastings for adults over the age of 21. Dress for the occasion and GOOD LUCK!

Swim Clinic with Katie Ohlde
January 4th-February 22nd from 3-4
Swimmers will be trained for strength and endurance swimming. We emphasize correct stroke technique and build endurance. We will always begin with dry land exercises, so have your child come ready in tennis shoes. Swimmers will be invited to participate in meets via intra-squad or other area Prairie Life Fitness teams. The clinic will meet every Sunday, unless otherwise notified. Contact Sarah Freijat at sfreijat@prairielife.com for more information or to get signed up!

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