Dear Greenwood Mom

Julie Staley, Youth Program Coordinator

Dear Greenwood Mom,

Let’s be honest, sometimes we all need a minute to ourselves. We need a minute to take a shower, grab a coffee, send an email, do yoga or just sit in the lobby and sleep with our eyes open, a trait you get really good at as a mom. Many moms come to Greenwood just to have a minute to themselves and we want to invite you to do the same. Your first stop is at the Kids’ Club. Our Kids Club is designed with an outside entrance so when you enter those heavenly gates of the club, all your worries about your kids are gone. No crying, no asking for a snack, no one saying Mommy, Mom, Mama, no little human rolling their eyes, it’s just you.

So, you made it through the gates and into your kingdom. What do you do now? There are so many options! You look around there’s a comfy chair in the lobby. You could just stop and sit……..Danielle and George, the Club Ambassadors won’t judge you for taking a short nap. Or, you decide to power through and get a workout in. You go girl! Before you hop on a treadmill, you smell the coffee, oh the coffee. You need it! You stop at ink! and get your small coffee and see your friend Erin. You need to talk to her about the new Group Fitness classes you saw on the schedule. You and Erin get into an hour long conversation about how your kids won’t sleep because of daylight savings time. Then, you look at your watch and figure out you only have 30 minutes to shower, that dry shampoo can’t last another day. Into the locker room you go. It’s great you can take a shower in peace and BY YOURSELF! All the amenities are there, shampoo, conditioner, soap and they don’t have a Disney character on them. After your shower you even get to blow dry your hair. You exit the locker room, take a deep breathe in and realize you totally needed the club today. You then head back up to Kids’ Club to pick up the kids and hope the staff recognized who you are with your hair done. You realize you have been at the club for two and a half hours and didn’t even work out! That’s okay. We are a health club and sometimes you just need a minute for you, and that is also good for your HEALTH! Being a mom is hard, let Greenwood be your minute.

Cheers!

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

5 Tips for Becoming Your Best Self

Sheri Warren, Member Coach

I’m confident that being your best self is important to you! It has to be. You’ve chosen to invest in your personal health simply by being a member of Greenwood and we want to support you in that quest.

No matter what you do each day, investing in yourself will ensure that you are the best version of yourself possible. Math is math and things add up over time. Are you consistently doing the things that will add up to your best self? Greenwood offers options for everyone — no matter your personal goal, challenge or desire. It is our honor and privilege to help you reach those goals by providing opportunities to improve your muscular strength, cardiovascular fitness, balance and stability, flexibility, overall blood and weight profile, as well as providing an environment to help you lower stress and engage in relationships with those of like mind!

New to Greenwood and not sure where to begin? Need some personal guidance with choosing the best classes that suit you best? Need a qualified professional to design a program of strength to improve your health, appearance or athletic potential? Need a review of your nutrition intake to assess if you are fueling your body to achieve your goals? Need to lower stress or rehab from injury? Greenwood’s staff of fitness professionals are here to help. As Member Coach at the club, I can help point you in the right direction, make recommendations and connect you to the best staff person possible. Together we will ensure you are utilizing the programs and services of the club to the fullest.

Some simple tips that everyone can follow:

  • Schedule your workouts into your calendar for the week – an appointment is more likely to be kept than a general desire to get your workouts in
  • Plan on six workout days with one day off as life will inevitably show up and steal one of those workout days
  • Review your plan to ensure you are addressing key areas of fitness — muscular strength, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and balance
  • Plan your meals in advance
  • Manage your stress with breathing, mindfulness practices and downtime activities prior to sleep

Still have questions? Contact me anytime at 720.838.2513.

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

What’s Myzone, Anyway?

Lisa Thomas, Director of Member Services

To put it simply, Myzone tracks your effort to help you get the most out of every workout. Myzone measures your heart rate to tell you the truth about how much effort you’re putting in, and it’s 99.4% accurate.

As the name suggests, everyone has different fitness zones that can change over time. Myzone helps you identify these zones, adapt to new zones, and rewards you for your effort. These zones are displayed using five simple-to-read, color-coded tiles that reflect the intensity of your workout. The more effort you put forth, the higher your zone and the more MEPs — Myzone effort points — you earn. When you earn these MEPs, you turn fitness into a fun and exciting game.

Myzone tracks your heart rate, activity time and calories burned via a comfortable chest strap. With Bluetooth and built-in memory, Myzone has the versatility to stream live stats to your smartphone, third party apps and devices (including Apple Watch, Garmin, Android Wear), and Myzone group displays at participating fitness centers.

The free Myzone app gives you access to the customized activity page where you can view your daily, weekly and yearly results. You can set goals, view status rankings, enter group challenges and even connect with your friends. Myzone differs from wrist-based trackers by accurately measuring effort readings no matter what form of exercise you choose. (Swimming, however, poses some difficulty with the Myzone belt staying connected to skin.)

Myzone levels the playing field so everyone can compete and effort is rewarded. Real-time feedback increases motivation and accountability, and, over time, leads to real results.

Stop by the Welcome Desk and pick up your Myzone belt. You will be rewarded and once again feel good about exercise!

Lisa Thomas, Director of Member Services
303.770.2582 x284 | LisaT@GreenwoodATC.com

How Do You Move?

Sheri Warren, Member Coach

One of the latest trends in fitness is training for the ability to move freely to improve your athletic performance, enjoyment of your favorite form of recreation, or ability to hold that yoga pose longer and with more depth.

This renewed focus on moving the body well with flexibility, pliability and mobility will enhance any end goal, whether it be competing at the national level or getting down into the sand to play with the grandkids.

Not sure how to enhance your overall ability to move freely? We have the answers for you here at Greenwood. Set up a complimentary appointment with me, your Member Coach, and I will help point you in the right direction.

We can review our current class and programming options, discuss how the guidance of either a personal trainer or Pilates instructor could be just the ticket, and even discuss how proper nutritional intake or therapies like Rolfing or Muscle Activation Technique might be what be the missing piece for you.

The good news is, this fitness trend with a focus on moving well has opened up new and functional ways of training the body. You will not only function at your best, no matter what that means to you, but feel your best as well.

For more information, contact Sheri Warren.

Sheri Warren, Member Coach
303-770-2582 x320 | Sheri@GreenwoodATC.com

Discover Your Wellness Why

Kristin Burgess, RD
Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer

When it comes to wellness — the holistic approach to nutrition that includes changing behavior, food, fitness, balance, medical health and frame of mind — we all have wants in mind. Some of us want more defined biceps, and some want to touch our toes in yoga. Some want to run a faster 5K, and some just want to run without pain. Some of us want to lose those tricky 10 pounds. So, what’s stopping us?

The best way to start is to discover your why. Your why is your purpose, the thing that makes you come alive. Your why motivates you to exercise everyday, choose healthy foods, drink enough water and put down the wine bottle. If you haven’t achieved your wants, then you don’t know your why.

You can find your why in the emotion behind your purpose. Why do you want more defined biceps? Because you want to look better in a tank top. Why does looking better in a tank top matter? Because you’ll feel more confident. If you’re more confident, you’ll be more excited about your life. When you wake up excited about your life, you’ll naturally be a stronger role model for your kids, friends and partner.

Your why makes you jump out of bed in the morning. It makes you excited. It makes you nervous — in a good way! — because you care so much.

Dig deep and discover your why. Because just looking good isn’t good enough.

Kristin Burgess, RD, Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer
303.770.2582 x382 | KristinB@GreenwoodATC.com

A Class for Every Body

Andrea Morris, Director of Group Fitness

Group fitness classes are a great way to get connected with others and become committed to a healthy lifestyle. At Greenwood, we offer classes for people of all levels and abilities, each designed to challenge and inspire you. We’re here to provide motivation, results and experiences for every body.

With so many classes at Greenwood — from yoga to Boot Camp, barre to indoor cycling— it’s easy to find what’s right for you. Don’t get caught up in the perceived difficulty level of the class. Instead, think about the benefits you’re looking for — balance, stability, flexibility, cardio, strength — and the formats you enjoy. Whether you’re a beginner, advanced, or somewhere in between, every class can be modified to meet you right where you are.

It’s always best to speak with your instructor before class about any injuries, limitations or goals you have. Once your instructor is aware of your needs, they will provide options during class that will work for you.

Never feel pressured to do what your neighbor is doing. If you come to an exercise that’s not right for your body on a given day, leave it out and wait for the next one that’s right for you. We want you to love the music, the workout and the coaching that leads you safely through the class at a level that suits you.

As instructors, we want you to choose the option that allows you to maintain great technique and then progress or regress that movement in accordance with the coaching provided. These adjustments might include the amount of resistance, the range of motion, the position, speed or intensity.

Most classes will begin with the simplest version of a movement or exercise and gradually add complexity and intensity as an option. This allows beginners to remain at their comfort level, while advanced participants get the appropriate challenge.

Committing to a healthy lifestyle can be hard to achieve on your own, but as part of a group, motivated both by the instructor and the community in class, you are far more likely to succeed. Whether you’re already involved or new to the club, we look forward to welcoming you into the group fitness community. We’ve got something for every body.

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

Pushing Through the Fear of Beginning

Shaun Cook, Personal Trainer

With many new beginnings, a large and seemingly immovable boulder blocks the road to success. In life, that boulder has many names but, at its core, it’s fear. And fear has one objective: to keep us from our greatest selves. Fear wants to keep us painfully mediocre, or just okay.

How do you get past fear? Push into it. It’s the only way to continue your journey to the greater you.

There’s an upfront cost to pushing forward. It’s going to take time, energy and other valuable resources. More than all of that, it’s going to take consistency.

Many people give up in front of the boulder. Lies like, “you’re not enough,” “you don’t have what it takes,” and “you’re too late,” swirl in our minds. “You have to do it perfectly,” keeps us from even starting. But when you push through the noise and discomfort, you’ll find what you thought was immovable begins to roll away.

When you push through the noise and discomfort, you’ll find what you thought was immovable begins to roll away.

Momentum. If you make it to this stage, the game changes. It takes work to keep moving forward, but less than before, because you’re already moving!

At Greenwood, we’re all on this journey together. And, together, we’re growing against the resistance. Our personal trainers are here to help you develop abundant energy and vitality, to look your best and perform at your peak ability, and to free your spirit to change the world. We’ll provide the tools for your success down this road to greatness, but it’s up to you to fearlessly lean into the boulder that’s holding you back.

Ready to start? Let’s go.

Chair Yoga is for Everyone

Join us for Introduction to Chair Yoga during Yoga Immersion Weekend on Sunday, April 29, 2:15­–3:30pm. A six-class series will follow in May.

Chair yoga is often misunderstood to be an age-specific practice. The truth is we would all be better off with a few chair yoga sequences under our belt, especially when back care is a concern. These days, with long hours sitting at the office or while traveling, none of us are exempt from the benefits of chair yoga.

Chair yoga uses modified poses that can be done while seated in a chair, which alleviates the up and down requirements of most yoga classes. It’s a safe and accessible practice for anyone, of any age, particularly for those who are living with physical limitations and have difficulty getting up and down in a typical yoga class.

Conquering the Physical Challenges of Aging

For seniors navigating the physical challenges that come with aging, chair yoga is an ideal practice to reap of the many benefits of yoga with the added support of the chair. Improved body awareness, balance, strength, mobility, circulation, lung capacity, digestion, mental clarity, stress and anxiety relief are a few of the many benefits that keep people coming back to their practice.

Managing Pain and Healing

Chair yoga can be a valuable part of the healing process for those facing the challenges that come with injury, surgery, chronic pain, debilitating illnesses or any condition that causes limited mobility or restricted activity. Chair yoga compliments traditional physical therapy and chemotherapy recovery, soothes and rejuvenates the body that struggles with fatigue, and relieves pain for many who suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.

Combating the Effects of Sitting

Learning chair yoga sequences is also valuable for anyone whose lifestyle requires long hours of sitting. We live in an age where long periods of sitting occur whether you want them to or not, and learning some chair yoga sequences will equip you with a number of preventative tools to alleviate back and neck discomfort, keep your joints well-lubricated and your blood circulating properly, and reduce muscle tension and atrophy.

Join us for Introduction to Chair Yoga during Yoga Immersion Weekend on Sunday, April 29, 2:15­–3:30pm. A six-class series will follow in May.

Fit Family: The Hudsons

Getting Stronger in Community

Christine Marquez-Hudson starts her days early at Greenwood’s Breakfast Club group fitness class. For Christine, participation in the class has lead not only to greater motivation and better fitness, but also to good friendships.

“When you finally get motivated to do something, you really start to realize this club is more than a place to work out. It’s a real community of members, trainers and staff,” Christine says. “It feels like a family. Greenwood is a home away from home for us.”

Mateo, Christine, Julia and Andrew Hudson

“You can let working out be intimidating,” Andrew Hudson explains. “But once you ask for help, the staff and trainers have a wealth of information and are so easy to approach. The more I ask and engage, the more I understand and the more excited I am. Everything is so doable with their help.”

Andrew takes advantage of the variety of classes offered at Greenwood. He participates in H.I.I.T., yoga, indoor cycling, and, his current favorite, PWRFIT. But he hasn’t always been so active.

When Andrew was 40, his doctor told him he’d be a heart attack statistic by his 50th birthday if he didn’t take control of his health. He started with small steps. One of his first milestones was running the 3-mile loop around Sloan Lake. A year later, he ran the Chicago Marathon. Since then, he’s run 15 half-marathons.

“When I ran the Chicago Marathon, I remember telling myself, ‘Look at what you can do,” Andrew says. “A regular concentration on fitness just gives me the sense of, ‘I can do this’ that translates into other aspects of my life.”

The whole Hudson family has found their place at Greenwood. Mateo (5) and Julia (8) enjoy Kid’s Club, summer and holiday camps, swimming and tennis classes, and, of course, the outdoor pool. Nick (17) plays basketball or lifts weights with his buddies.

“Not a day goes by without someone saying, ‘Can we go to the gym?’” Christine says.


When the Hudson family is not at Greenwood, you can find them skiing in Winter Park or cycling around Cherry Creek Reservoir. Christine, a UCLA graduate with a Masters from Regis University, leads the Denver Foundation as executive director. Andrew is a former press secretary to the Mayor of Denver and ran the popular talking animals ad campaign for Frontier Airlines. For the past 20 years, he has been running his popular Colorado job board www.andrewhudsonsjobslist.com and, as a professional bassist, performs in jazz clubs and music festivals throughout Colorado.

Yoga for Back Pain

Marda Zechiel, Yoga Manager

Are you suffering from chronic or occasional back pain? Multiple studies have shown that yoga can be the solution to relieving back soreness if particular attention is given to the correct muscular usage and alignment. In fact, several studies have discovered that yoga can be even more beneficial than the usual care for back pain when it comes to improving back function. According to a study published in the journal, Archives of Internal Medicine, people who took yoga or stretching classes are twice as likely to cut back on pain medications for their back aches as people who managed symptoms on their own.

There are certain yoga postures that can stretch and strengthen your muscles and return your back to its proper alignment.

*It is always a good idea to consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine, especially if you are prone to pain. Once you receive the approval of your doctor, try these soothing poses in the sequence below.*

Child’s Pose

A great way to begin or wind down your day. Start on all fours on your hands and knees. Bring your knees as wide as your mat with your big toes touching. Then, stretch your arms out in front of you, sinking your hips down on your heels and resting your forehead on the mat. Hold for 10 breaths.

Table Top to Cow and Cat pose

Come up from Child’s pose and position knees under hip bones and wrists under shoulders, aligning or stacking your joints into Table Top position. You can start by dropping your head and letting your neck muscles relax. As you inhale, go into Cow pose by lifting your head and tailbone and letting your belly drop toward the floor. Keep your shoulders down and away from your ears. As you exhale, come into Cat pose by pulling your belly up, rounding your spine toward the ceiling and tucking your chin toward your chest.

Continue to synchronize these movements with your breath or spend a few extra breaths in Cow, as this really helps to open the lower back. Take 5-10 breaths here.

Downward Facing Dog

From Table Top, tuck your toes and begin to straighten your legs and lift your hips, coming into an inverted “V” shape. Move your hands forward slightly if needed and actively push the floor away. If you feel back pain beyond a gentle stretch, or if your spine rounds due to short hamstrings, try bending your knees and pressing your chest towards your thighs. Move gently in the pose for a few breaths, bending and straightening legs and then hold for 5-10 breaths.

Standing forward bend or Rag Doll

From Downward Facing Dog, walk your feet toward your hands, bringing them hip distance apart. Bend your knees slightly and fold your torso over your thighs, touching your belly to your legs if possible. Allow your arms to hang toward the floor or grab your elbows with the opposite hand. Let your head hang freely. Stay here for 10 breaths.

Plank to Cobra or Upward Facing Dog

Cobra pose-from a Plank, lower to your belly and position your hands under your shoulders. As you inhale, press your hands into mat and lift your chest. Keep your core engaged (drawing your belly button to your spine) and point your toes so that your knee caps lift off the mat.

Upward Facing Dog pose-if Cobra feels like it is enough, stay with this pose. If you want to move into Upward Facing Dog, press into the mat, further straightening your arms and keeping your wrists under shoulders. Press the tops of your feet and hands into the flooras they are the only points in contact with the mat. Make sure to keep an engaged core, draw  shoulders back and lift sternum forward.

Come back to Downward Facing Dog for a few breaths and then complete this sequence with Child’s pose.

The above series can get you started. If you are newer to yoga, do this sequence once or twice a day, trying to stay in each posture for the recommended breaths. If you have any questions about these poses, please ask any of your GATC Yoga instructors. We would be happy to help!

Marda Zechiel, Yoga Manager | 303.770.2582 x324 | MardaZ@GreenwoodATC.com