Get Out of the Summer Slump!

Colleen Bernadis, Youth Program Coordinator

Kids love summer. They look forward to the last school bell of the year for months, then it’s the time for friends, fireworks, no school and no homework. Summer is every kid’s favorite… until the dreaded mid-summer slump hits. By mid-July, kids are no longer feeling the excitement and joy that came with the arrival of warmer times, and parents are running out of ideas of how to fill their little ones’ days. Summer begins to lose its appeal as your kids get restless and bored– and then all of you are in a slump. Here’s my advice on how to get out of the slump and reclaim your kids’ summer fun

Get outside!

We all know Colorado is an amazing place to grow up– there’s so much to love about the state, but the best part might be the outdoors. We have so many days of sunshine, it’d be absurd to not take advantage of them. Take your kids to the park for a walk, on a hike in one of Colorado’s gorgeous parks, or better yet, soak up some rays with them at our pool here at the Club. There is a lot of fun to be had in our outdoor swim areas– plenty to beat that mid-summer boredom!

Learn!

Summer is supposed to be a nice break from class, but there’s no need for your kids to shut their brains off for a full three months! There’s no harm in encouraging a bit of reading or some math problems for your kids to keep them engaged and on track in school. Denver has many libraries, events and museums centered around learning to visit with your kids– and Camp Greenwood visits the Museum of Nature and Science every summer for a fun, science-focused field trip.

Work out!

If your kids are bored, pick a healthy activity and get them to work up a sweat! Organized sports are great for kids of all ages and everyone can benefit from a family workout. The Youth department here at Club Greenwood offers classes and activities for families and kids alike– whether it’s a morning spent in Gym Jam or a session of Parent-Tot Dance Class, your kids have endless opportunities to get moving here with us at the Club.

Embrace boredom!

Sometimes a little boredom is good! Random downtime with nothing planned helps give kids a chance to explore their own interests and learn to manage their time. A little boredom never hurt anybody and the downtime makes the planned activities in their schedules that much more fun.

Take advantage of camp!

Perhaps the easiest solution to curing the mid-summer slump is right here at Club Greenwood! We have an amazing summer camp program here for kids 5–12, and a “Counselor in Training” program for kids 13 and up. Every portion of the day is scheduled fun, led by focused and committed counselors. Kids swim, play basketball, learn yoga, paint solar systems and take a field trip every Friday. Camp cures the summer boredom for all involved; kids, counselors and yes, even me. If you’re feeling slumped, bring your kids over to Camp Greenwood — you won’t regret it!

Colleen Bernadis, Youth Program Coordinator
303.770.2582 x287 | ColleenB@ClubGreenwood.com

Does it sometimes feel like you need to exercise 8 days a week to get healthy?

Gary Stotler, Member Coach

Let’s face it, with many of us spending 8-10 hours sitting behind a desk, there is a real need to get moving. So, how much movement do we really need to improve or maintain a healthy lifestyle? Remember “the good old days” when we were athletes, or in the best shape of our lives? Most likely working out was a habit. Then the realities of life hit and our schedules started to allow less and less dedicated time to hit the gym or go for a run and we drifted off our normal workout routine.

So where do we go from here?

I frequently hear how difficult and overwhelming it can be to know what to do, how to do it, and how much time it will take. We have to start where we are and work toward where we want to go.

I want to give you three tips on getting past the obstacles that may be in the way of your goals:

  1. An intentional 20 minute brisk walk is a great way to start RIGHT NOW! A little sunshine, fresh air and movement will be a great way to start or end your day with positive forward movement toward better health.
  2. We don’t have to work at 100% effort all the time. The importance of setting ourselves up for success through a realistic and achievable plan is the best way to gain traction and momentum. One of my mentors told me, a little progress achieved every day is much greater than a lot of action taken once in a while.
  3. A great way to move past a plateau is to grow beyond what you’re doing now. Myzone makes the transition simple to find your past movement patterns, develop a new set of training goals and keep you accountable as you increase your goals.

If you are finding yourself at a plateau or even falling down the other side, now is a great time to maximize your efforts. Take advantage of the beautiful Colorado weather. Set a new goal, try a new class and watch your consistent effort pay off in June!

The World Health Organization recommends just 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity each week.

How can Myzone help?

  • Myzone will help you understand your true effort level in real time which will help you modify your movements, speed and effort to maximize your time.
  • Just wear your Myzone tracker. The belt, app and advanced technology throughout Club Greenwood will do the rest! You’ll receive an email summary and you can view your workout history with a touch of a button on your mobile device.
  • Hold yourself accountable and help your community by engaging through the Myzone app, Myzone challenges and in specific classes held throughout the day at the club.

Myzone provides feedback, accountability and a community to help you stay on track and make fitness a habit again!

150 minutes of moderate exercise = Blue/Green zone- 50 minutes, 3 days a week

75 minutes of vigorous exercise = Green/Yellow/Red Zones- 25 minutes, 3 days per week

“I use the Zone Match classes within the Myzone App all the time. The app keeps fresh workouts at the touch of my fingers and they are simple, challenging and I can use a variety of equipment!” –Lisa

Earn up to $500 with MyZone

Join the MEP movement and your June workouts could be worth up to $500 in Cash! Participate in the Global Myzone MEP Challenge and be automatically entered to win. The MEPs start counting for cash on June 1. Don’t have a Myzone belt? Contact Gary Stotler for details at x335 or garys@clubgreenwood.com

Gary Stotler, Member Coach
303.770.2582 x335 | GaryS@ClubGreenwood.com

Is Pilates Worth the Money?

Sara Talbert
Director of Pilates

There are things in life worth paying a little extra for: direct flights, a quality mattress, a good haircut and…Pilates. Pilates? Yes! Pilates at Greenwood isn’t just another thing to buy, it’s an experience to savor. With Pilates, you can:

  1. Connect with neglected muscle groups. Pilates trains and activates the small muscles that tend to get less attention than others.
  2. Improve flexibility. In general, the more muscle mass you have, the less flexible you are. Pilates’ focus on lengthening helps prevent injuries and muscle strains and increases range of motion.
  3. Build core strength. Every Pilates exercise focuses on using your core to initiate movement in your limbs.
  4. Live more consciously. Pilates forces you to pay attention. You’ve got to focus on your breath while working through each movement, concentrating on proper form. After a Pilates session, you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed.
  5. Prevent injury. This kind of core training makes Pilates an excellent technique for whole-body fitness, as well as a foundation for cross training with other kinds of sports and exercise to balance the way you move.

We’re unique at Greenwood because we stay true to our work. We value quality over quantity and focus on fostering relationship: friendliness, respect and hospitality mean a lot to us. We bring naturally empathetic people onto our team, and we invest in their personal and professional growth so they can invest in yours. Pilates comes with a price, but its benefits are priceless.

Sara Talbert, Director of Pilates
303.770.2582 x375 | SaraT@ClubGreenwood.com

The Benefits of Swimming at Any Age

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics

No matter the age, it’s essential and never too early to make sure you and your kids are comfortable and water safe in the pool. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for children, ages 1–14, according to the National Safe Kids Campaign. April is officially Adult Learn-to-Swim Month.

One of the biggest benefits of learning how to swim at any age is that swimming is FUN. Everyone loves getting in the water and enjoying themselves, but swimming also provides benefits that can keep children and adults healthy and happy at the same time:

  • Swimming keeps our heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture.
  • Swimming provides challenges and rewards accomplishments, which helps children and adults to become self-confident and believe in their abilities.
  • Swimming allows plenty of opportunities to make friends and grow in confidence.

Club Greenwood has amazing instructors that have learned the art of teaching all swimmers how to be safe in the water, from blowing bubbles to floating, to using proper technique and being efficient in the water. For private swim lessons, we work with your schedule to find time to practice and achieve the goals of our swimmers. We also offer group swim lessons for children and adults.

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics
303.770.2582 x325 | CrystalG@ClubGreenwood.com

Welcome Gary Stotler, Our New Member Coach

Please welcome Gary Stotler, our new Member Coach at Club Greenwood! As an expert in goal setting and motivation, Gary has a passion for fitness and helping others achieve their personal goals. In his new role, Gary will help welcome new members to the club and be a great source of information for current members looking to get the most out of their membership. Stop by his office, located just past the Business Office in the lobby, to introduce yourself.

Keep the Momentum Going!

Andrea Morris, Director of Group Fitness

6 Ways to Stay on Track with Your New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Find something you enjoy.
    Whether it’s cycling, dancing, weight training, getting a great cardio and strength workout with equipment, punching and kicking, core work, a sweaty flow, or a nice stretch, we have something for you on the complimentary group fitness schedule.
  2. Schedule your workouts.
    Make an appointment with yourself. Even better, make an appointment with a friend to attend a class. You’re much more likely to make time for your workout if it’s scheduled and if another person can help keep you accountable.
  3. Set reasonable goals.
    Instead of trying to achieve everything all at once, focus on doing a little better with each and every workout. And stay consistent with your workouts.
  4. Add variety.
    A little variety goes a long way in creating some new motivation and excitement. If you’ve only ever done the treadmill, try some other type of cardio or weights or yoga.
  5. Connect with others.
    If you currently work out solo, try to recruit a friend. Meet others who enjoy the same workouts that you do in a group fitness class. A great partner can push you to work harder and truly challenge yourself, and social support can help you be more consistent with working out.
  6. Stop trying to be perfect.
    Trying to do things perfectly all the time is exhausting. Relax and enjoy the workout for what it is. To pay attention to the muscles working during each exercise. To be proud of what your body is capable of doing. It’s a tough challenge to focus on what your body can do instead of obsessing over how it looks. Relax and have some fun with your workouts.

Andrea Morris, Director of Group Fitness
303.770.2582 x312 | AndreaM@ClubGreenwood.com

Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club is now Club Greenwood

Greenwood Village, CO, January 31, 2019 — As people seek to transform themselves in the new year, Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club is going through a transformation of its own. They have changed their name to Club Greenwood. A brand study and member survey confirmed this new direction, as they are already known in the community as “the Club” or “Greenwood.” Club Greenwood better reflects who they’ve become.

“Rebranding to Club Greenwood is a natural transition,” said Paula Neubert, president and general manager. “The name is fresh, clean and easy to remember. For the past 31 years, we have evolved from Greenwood Athletic Club, to Greenwood Athletic Club and Tennis Center, to Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club. Not a day goes by without someone saying, ‘Let’s go to the Club’ or ‘I’m going to Greenwood.’”

The new branding represents Greenwood’s commitment to innovation and desire to stay ahead of the curve while offering its members the best in health and fitness. Neubert continues, “The brand study surveyed our members to confirm we are still promoting and marketing our club in the most effective and productive manner possible. Three factors differentiate us from our competition and keep our members coming: Club Greenwood is a Home Away from Home, a place to Choose Your Own Adventure, and a club that Provides Motivation. It was also clear from the members surveyed that our brand essence was and still is The Best Part of Your Day!® The resulting positioning statement from the members surveyed revealed, ‘Greenwood enriches its community through connection and fitness.’”

Club Greenwood’s in-house marketing team designed the new branding. “The new look incorporates a nod to the past with a fresh look to the future. The branding includes our new name, Club Greenwood, and existing tagline, The Best Part of Your Day! ®, married with the logo, color palette and photography. A responsive website is coming to further embody our new look and feel,” according to Tiffany Levine, director of marketing and public relations.

“The new emblem incorporates our initials and our beautiful mountain views, inspired by the adventurous and active nature of our members,” according to Neubert.

About Club Greenwood

Club Greenwood is South Denver’s premier full-service health club located in the heart of Greenwood Village. Boasting over 153,000 total square feet, Club Greenwood features over 150 complimentary fitness classes per week, including hot yoga and indoor cycling. The club also features a classical Pilates studio, 9,600 square foot weight room, an outdoor heated 25-meter eight-lane lap pool, open year-round and a 52,000 square foot tennis club with seven indoor clay courts and five outdoor courts. Founded in 1987, Club Greenwood has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Gyms” by Fitness Magazine. Members can expect an immaculate club, personalized service and attention to detail. Visit ClubGreenwood.com

4 Things to Look For in a Great Summer Camp

Julie Staley, Youth Program Coordinator

The PEOPLE
Do you know your kids’ counselors? Every great summer camp has returning qualified and trained staff that truly enjoys playing with kids. They missed the kids during the school year and are excited for camp to begin.

The PROGRAM
Are the kids active? Do they go on field trips? Camp Greenwood uses the club as its home base which encourages a healthy and active lifestyle. We attend field trips around the Denver Metro area that the kids recommend.

The CONVENIENCES
Does camp make mom and dad’s life easier? Camp Greenwood provides lunch, snacks, towels and sunscreen. You only need to pack a swim suit each day!

The ENVIRONMENT
Are your kids having fun and staying safe? We provide an atmosphere where we continuously improve our facilities, policies and procedure based on safety.  We pride ourselves on knowing mom, dad, nanny, nana and your family dog.

Check out Camp Greenwood 2019!

Julie Staley, Youth Program Coordinator
303.770.2582 x287 | JulieS@ClubGreenwood.com

It’s Time to Jump In to Water Fitness

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics

Whether or not you have ever taken a water fitness class, it’s time to jump in! Not only will you receive a great cardio workout, but you may be surprised by the strength training benefits you gain from using the water as resistance. Because of the buoyancy of the water, working out in the pool provides the perfect medium for those who must avoid high impact exercise. The following complimentary classes, 9:15–10:15am, Monday–Friday, are offered here at Club Greenwood. All levels are welcome and modifications are given to keep you safe.

Monday Aqua Intervals with Crystal
A high intensity interval class to challenge your cardiovascular system. May include stations, running exercises, steps, noodles and barbells.  Because of the water’s natural resistance, you will build muscle and gain muscular endurance.

Tuesday and Thursday Deep Water Challenge with Jeanette
A great cardiovascular workout using equipment or treading water. Includes intervals, circuits, balance challenges and strength training. Using a belt or noodle keeps you afloat so you can gain full range of motion with your legs, enhancing the muscle-building benefits.

Wednesday Water Fitness with Marlene
Based on Pilates principals, you’ll enjoy a fun class that includes cardio, strength training and brain balance while incorporating core, range of motion and balance to improve overall fitness. 

Friday Water Fitness Shallow-Deep Workout with Teresa
Experience a fun, exhilarating shallow-deep water combo workout! Enhance cardiovascular endurance, build total body strength, gain muscular definition, improve balance, agility, overall health and increase energy in this dynamic class!

We also offer a Saturday Deep Water class from 9–10am with rotating instructors.

See you in the pool!

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics
303.770.2582 x325 | CrystalG@ClubGreenwood.com

Practicing Self Care at Greenwood

Sheri Warren, Member Coach

No longer considered a luxury, self care in this busy life is a necessity. What does self-care mean to you? What types of things do you choose to do each day that would be considered self care? For some it might be taking time off from work, escaping to the mountains or even the movies, but for others it might simply mean saying no to another request or turning off the technology an hour before bed to create a peaceful environment that leads to sound sleep.

It is our hope that you would allow Greenwood to be a place where you choose to practice self care every day. No matter what your version of self care may be, you have the option at Greenwood! Treat yourself to a private golf lesson or enjoy a spa service at Ethereal. Take some dedicated time to sit in the sauna, steam or whirlpool areas, quiet your mind with one of our new YinMeditation yoga classes, or rock it out in a HIIT, PWRFIT or Stages Indoor Cycling class. Invest in a personal trainer or Pilates instructor to finally achieve the results you are striving for or brave the elements and enjoy a peaceful swim in our heated outdoor pool.

Your membership at Greenwood allows you the option to practice taking care of yourself in a different way, every day. It just might be the perfect investment in yourself. Choosing to move your body and send oxygenated blood to every organ in your body, decreasing stress and taking time out from the ordinary details of life will improve your health and extend your life. Move, stretch, relax, enjoy and take care of YOU! You’ll be glad you did.

Sheri Warren, Member Coach
720.838.2513 | Sheri@GreenwoodATC.com