The Gamification of Exercise

An example of the current gamification trend is Performance IQ in our cycling classes. By displaying your work on a screen, the instructor can create challenges in class to get more out of each participant, you can view your current level of work in real time and the data is a great motivator! The popular device fitbit™ records movement and counts steps to motivate the individual to move more and sit less.

GATC is introducing another gamification device to our members in MYZONE! This activity tracker/ heart rate monitor records all your workouts and assigns points for your effort and workout. Based on your average heart rate, the device calculates yimages---photos_iphone-mockup-2_800x534our effort level and minutes of activity to assign you MEPs (MYZONE Effort Points.) Those MEPs are then used in challenges to track who is leading, individually or on a team.

Gamification of exercise is more than a screen displaying your output; it is a way to connect with other participants to have fun while staying active. By creating challenges on an app or in social media, people can see where they rank in a challenge and how their effort has elevated their team. These results can be shared on social media and can be viewed by your fellow team mates, holding you accountable for working out and staying consistent. By participating in contests based on your activity and effort, your workouts are more consistent and fun! We are using MYZONE this year for our 2017 Fitness Challenge to help you be accountable and help you achieve your goals.

Accountability and consistency are important keys to attaining the results you’re looking for, but adding FUN to your workouts is important too!

Vic Spatola, Director of Personal Training

Fit Family: the Serenyis

cuteDSC_4696Steve and Christy Serenyis joined GATC ten years ago, just a few months after they were married. Christy: When we moved south of Denver I wanted a good club with some intense classes. I picked GATC primarily because of the class options. We didn’t have children when we first joined, but I had heard the GATC kids programs were really good. I did the Outdoor Fit classes and loved them. A group of five or six of us really bonded last year. We wanted to keep working out really hard so we joined Boxing Babes. Now our group has grown and we participate in PWRFIT with Brandon. I like a teacher that pushes me. PWRFIT has great music and Brandon works us really hard. For Barre, it is the same thing. Christine or Chrissy are both great teachers with some really good high energy flow music.

Steve comes three times a week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and focuses on the weight room and maybe some stair-master work. Christy: The staff in the Kids’ Club is special. They are so understanding and forgiving to the moms when we are tired and dropping off our kids quickly. Not that they know us, it is as simple as opening the door, the kids run in and you run away. I have witnessed crying kids and crying moms with the staff saying “We got this, just go” and I have assured other mothers “they will find you if there is a problem.”

Christy and Steve also speak highly of Little Lobbers instructor, Lisa Thomas. They feel that Lisa is good at engaging even challenging kids. She loves them even when they have bad days as kids do. If Christy wasn’t there at the end of Little Lobbers, Lisa knew she was in a class and took her child back to the Kids Club.

Nine-year old Anna just joined the Greenwood Tiger Shark swim team, but also plays tennis and soccer. Anna likes school (third grade) and is great at everything. MarcuteDSC_4737shall is seven and in second grade. He is an excellent reader, well above his age group. He participated in Little Lobbers with Lisa and has taken Stroke School. Harrison is five and has done a lot here at the club. He is in his third year of Little Lobbers with Lisa. He loves everything and Trish has helped him be really good at swimming.

MacKenzie is the youngest at two and a half. She loves Kids’ Club and taking swim lessons with Trish too. Christy: I often think of my mother’s regret. She wishes now that she had taken time for her own needs while raising children. I tell my friends, take just one hour; your kids will be fine. My husband sees that because I work out, I am a lot happier. I know Steve is happier because he works out and we want our children to find happiness and be healthy too. I like the community here. Since GATC is smaller, a lot of us recognize each other. I think the community creates more respect for each other – it is cleaner, neater and friendlier. I tell people to come here all the time!

Nothing Can Stop You

Let’s face it, joining a health club can be intimidating. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done athletically in the past. Entering a new environment with new people, processes, studios and classes can be exciting and overwhelming. Be encouraged—you are not alone and we are here to help! Every month new members join our club with the same hopes, goals and expectations you have. Whether you want to run your first 5K, complete all the obstacles in a Tough Mudder, set a personal best in an upcoming triathlon, become leaner, healthier or stronger, or lose that first 20 or last 10 pounds; if you have a goal, Greenwood can help you get there. It really is as simple as getting started. What begins as stepping outside your comfort zone will soon feel like home.

Start by planning your first visit and then your next. Put specific classes on your calendar. Schedule your introductory personal training or Pilates session. Create the habit of consistently walking through our doors at least four times each week and soon Greenwood will become “The Best Part of Your Day!” If you have great intentions, or had them at one point but need accountability, simply invite a friend, colleague or neighbor tstrong_LRo visit the club and join themselves. Then, the two of you can hold each other accountable,
workout together and be the voice of encouragement on sticking to your plan. Studies prove that working out with a friend or trainer you are accountable to, will increase your likelihood of staying consistent, enjoying the process and ultimately reaching your goals.

Whether you’ve been a member for years or are new to Greenwood, don’t let the intimidation factor or anything else stop you. The more you exercise, the better you’ll feel and the quicker you will achieve the results you came here for. Only attending twice per week? Try a new class or add a strength day to your routine. Need a little extra guidance? Set up a time to meet with me. I can help set up a personalized workout plan with class recommendations, workout ideas and exercises you can do to get the results you are looking for. My services as Member Coach are complimentary and open to all Greenwood members. Schedule your next workout today! Get started and let me know if I can help.

Sheri Warren
Member Coach
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club

Sitting Is The New Smoking

These five words will change your life: “Sitting is the new smoking.” This simple phrase sums up much of what you and I struggle with today. We sit at our desks typing and interacting with computers. Our bodies were simply not designed to sit for that long. We don’t move as much throughout the day as we need to and we eat sugar-packed foods in hopes of an energy burst. It’s a really destructive downward spiral.

When I picked my kids up from sleep away camp last summer, the owner mentioned this is the first generation of kids that spend most of their time indoors. Indoor play comes with iPads, iPods, video games and computers. For adults, our eight hour work days have become 10 and 12 hour days. We are finding less and less time to live the healthy lifestyle that our bodies require. Even if we make time to get up at 5:00am and go to the gym, that great work is met with a much largely sedentary lifestyle and low energy levels. Physically, people who sit all day develop “Tyrannosaurus Rex” posture, with the head and shoulders shifted forward, arms forward, glutes non-existent and hips and hamstrings tight and sore.

The concept that smoking is bad has been drilled into all of us. If we further associate the act of sitting with that of smoking, look out! We would engage in more shutterstock_141129619lryoga classes, Pilates classes, swimming laps, walks around the block and riding bikes with our kids.
At first glance, you might think that not sitting at work would be extremely difficult. Chairs are everywhere-at your desk, in your conference room, in the break room and just about anywhere you want to be.

If you can start to associate sitting down with smoking, you’ll pop out of your chair and get your blood flowing–which is exactly what you need.

As you move, you release endorphins (just like when you exercise) and your energy increases. You feel more alive and that increased feeling of power is brought in everything you do. Your whole attitude changes when you are full of energy and fully engaged. Self-confidence improves when you strengthen muscles that help you stand tall, including your glutes, core, upper back, etc.

Sit less. Do more. Empower others to do the same. I’m signing off by getting out of my chair and asking my kids if they want to play outside!

Sara Talbert, Director of Pilates

Greenwood – A Welcoming Home Base

Chris Dilg, owner and CEO of McNevin, considers Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club to be a “touchstone” in his life for nearly 25 years – a welcoming home base through the highs and lows of life.

Gene Bressler, Dean atimg_2082_chrissmall CU Denver, first introduced me to Greenwood after my divorce. Gene said, “You’re getting slobby! I’m your good friend, I have a place for you, you need to come with me.” I’ve been at Greenwood ever since.

Everybody here makes you feel like family; they may not know your name but they know your face at any hour of day or night. From Francisco and Willie in the men’s locker room all the way up to Paula, I always feel welcome by the staff here at Greenwood.

As a student of design, there are few places I feel at home. The club’s design and staff’s friendliness make it easy.  Even the physical design of the club is thoughtful; I’ve been through two locker room updates and this last one is incredible!

I’m focused when I come to the club – my goal is to get in, get what I need, and get back out.  And I still appreciate the staff greeting me and asking, ‘do you need anything?’ The customer service training they provide for staff is top notch.

Chris has many fond memories and appreciation for the family benefits he’s received over the years:

My son and stepdaughter grew up here while Jackie and I worked out. Greenwood helped keep our kids busy – they were always active. I never had to worry about leaving the kids in the class, or about safety with the staff.  When I took Austin for swimming lessons, the staff made sure he got into his trunks, got what he needed for the day’s lesson and got back upstairs.  I never had to worry about any of the details…where else can you find that?

Chris laughs while talking about his different uses of the Club:
Depending on the stage of my career, I’ve used the Club differently.  There have been times I wasn’t here frequently and other periods of time I was here all the time. Sometimes I did the “executive workout” of steam-sauna with an occasional massage.  In a different time, I was a treadmill fanatic. The Club and staff have been here for whatever I needed.

Born in Chicago, Chris moved to Lakewood at the age of 12.  He attended Bear Creek High, graduated from UC Boulder with a degree in environmental and started working at McNevin, his family’s company.

I started in the warehouse, moved into shipping and receiving, went into pump building and worked my way all the up.  Dad was severe and thorough. Eventually I bought the business from my father and will be celebrating my 34th year at McNevin this August.

“More than product alone” is our motto. Our work is service-oriented, with technical equipment engineered and built to order. We assist customers in setting up computer program regulations or with coupler alignments – whatever is needed.  We also run ownership training, engineering classes and serviceman classes. If the project scope gets beyond our capabilities, we bring in someone from one of the companies we represent. If a contractor needs a pump, there’s a 90% chance we have it in stock or have the parts to build one in an hour.  No one else in the area can do that.

If you are drinking water at Mile High Stadium, it went through one of our pumps. Our pumps also power the water for infield heating system. In addition, McNevin pumps provide the heat exchanges for the pool here at Greenwood. We do a lot of landmark work, including milestone projects like the RTD redevelopment of Union Station and the Z-block development.

Greenwood continues to be a home base for Chris through life’s ups and dfallgatc2owns. Despite health issues and hospitalization in the last year, Chris has stayed active through the support of friends, family and the community he’s built at Greenwood. “These days Greenwood serves as a base for my slow rehabilitation back to good health. Mind over matter – I’m doing this with the support of Greenwood and the people surrounding me!”

Break Patterns of Habitual Inactivity for a Healthy Lifestyle

dsc_1208Patricia McKenna was born and raised in LA. Graduating with a Journalism degree, her first job was as an on-camera reporter with an NBC affiliate.  She realized she preferred being behind the scenes, went back to school for a Masters in Art, then got an opportunity to work for Turner Broadcasting as an art director. Later her role shifted to a director and producer of commercials and features.
Twenty years ago she moved to Highlands Ranch with her husband, a SEC lawyer.  Today Tricia works at a branding and marketing agency downtown.
Her husband Steve, and children Jack, Chance and Grace, are very healthy and active. They work out regularly and enjoy time at the pool.  Last July, Tricia got a phone call from Sheri, GATC Member Coach. Sheri had noticed that even though Tricia’s husband and kids were active at Greenwood, she had not been coming.
“Sheri graciously invited me to come in and visit with her. We talked about my goals, why I wanted to lose weight and an action plan.  I am not a joiner, not one who participates in big classes or does weight watchers or talks about feelings. It is just not part of my DNA. Sheri said, ‘Let me give you a program to do three to four times a week.’ She suggested, ’Put it in your calendar – put it in writing and commit to it.’ That really helped!
I just decided to take this time for myself and I have come almost every day since.
It is true that you get the bug! I remember one day the club closed in the afternoon during a snowstorm. I had this moment of-Oh my gosh! I am not going to work out today and I don’t know how I feel about this!
It is amazing how in your 40’s you can slowly acquire weight and how much harder it is to lose it then it was in my 20’s, but I have managed to lose 40 pounds. There were plenty of reasons to not make it work, but I did. I had to work against habitual inactivity. The more sedentary I had become, the more it seemed like an incredible effort to get back in the groove. There adsc_1242re no easy ways to do it. I don’t think there is a staff member here who isn’t silently encouraging me. Just by their cheerful smiles as they greet me, I feel part of this community.  This is one of the reasons I really like it here. I appreciate the quiet encouragement, the diversity at Greenwood, the beautiful environment and state of the art equipment. In many ways, GATC is understated and that delights me.  I pay a reasonable amount to have a lovely place to work out, where my children feel safe and I am part of a community that values working out as a way of life. I feel as though I belong here.
For anyone who is struggling or stuck like I was, I want you to know there is no right or wrong way. Every single day do something.  Tomorrow, do a little more for a little bit longer. You will be pleasantly surprised if you make the mental decision-you want this for yourself.”

Women’s Locker Room Remodel Update 9/27/16

Still to come….

I hope you are enjoying the new showers and whirlpool, and are happy to be able to utilize the steam and sauna as well. We have been open for about three weeks but there are lots of little things that still need to be done. Please know we are working on a punch list for construction and still have items that need to be installed.

Here is what we are working on to date:

  • The wet vanity is still under construction. We are closing the women’s locker room each evening at 9:00pm allowing the construction workers to have earlier access to
  • The wet vanity is still under construction. We are closing the women’s locker room each evening at 9:00pm allowing the construction workers to have earlier access to the space and therefore be able to finish the project in a more timely manner
  • The transition vestibules between the dry part of the locker room and the wet area need finishes and paintThe wall on the dry side of the whirlpool is still in need of paint and base
  • The wall on the dry side of the whirlpool is still in neforfyi16018_n7ed of paint and baseThe kit lockers, including the book exchange
  • The kit lockers, including the book exchange locker are currently located in the women’s lounge until the wall is finishedThe lounge has been painted and new furniture is on order
  • The lounge has been painted and new furniture is on orderEach shower will have a shower door except the handicap shower (curtain). Some of the doors had the wrong cut for the hinge that was installed. They are being re-done and will be installed this week
  • Each shower will have a shower door except the handicap shower (curtain). Some of the doors had the wrong cut for the hinge that was installed. They are being re-done and will be installed this weekThere will be a new flap-door installed on the trash doors in the dry vanity
  • There will be a new flap-door installed on the trash doors in the dry vanity
  • We will be replacing all the magnifying make-up mirrors and looking to add two more
  • We have removed the Eucalyptus and Dewberry lotions and have replaced them with Green Team Lemongrass and Lavender Mint. We still have fragrance free lotions available

Still to come:

  • Clock by the whirlpool and outside the dry sauna
  • Hook next to the scale
  • Sharp’s container for used razors
  • Mounted razor container
  • Mounted lotion and cups outside the dry sauna
  • Mounted sun screen bottle in shower area
  • Switch on the whirlpool that allows for timer or off. Right now if you move the switch up it will run, if you move it down it will be on a timer. Middle is off

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to make Greenwood “The Best Part of Your Day”!

Should I Avoid Gluten?

What is gluten? People say it’s bad, so should I avoid it and what are good alternatives?  Kristin Burgess, RD will answer all of your questions about this grain.

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Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and possibly oats.

What foods contain Gluten?
Any product made with wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Gluten is also used as a food additive to thicken various products. For this purpose, gluten is found in many unexpected foods such as ketchup.

What starches do not contain gluten?
Corn, brown rice, potatoes, amaranth, arrowroot, millet, gluten-free oats, quinoa and nut flours. Many believe that one may consume sprouted grains (including sprouted wheat) while following a gluten-free diet. I suggest trying a small amount (one slice of sprouted bread) and see if any side effects occur. Research shows that oats are gluten free, but they do contain a protein called avenin that has a similar structure to gluten.  When dealing with celiac disease, talk to your doctor about consuming oats.

Should I avoid gluten?
Not unless you have celiac. It is best to limit gluten and include many different grains in your diet, besides wheat. The problem with gluten is that too much is consumed; bread, crackers, bars, tortillas, chips, cereals, pasta, etc. Instead of whole wheat bread, choose sprouted grain bread. Instead of whole grain pasta, choose gluten free pasta (not because there is magic in gluten free pasta but to get a variety of grains in your diet). In addition, add more fruit, vegetables and nuts to your diet.

How do I choose products and cook gluten-free?

  • Read food labels and look not only for the words “gluten free” but also read the ingredient list for any gluten-containing starches such as wheat, barley and rye. Never assume a product is gluten free.
  • Any alternative flour (almond flour, brown rice, etc) can be substituted into a recipe.
  • Most grocery stores have a section for gluten-free breads, cereals, bars, pasta, etc.

Are you looking to eat healthier and feel more energized from your diet? Try LEAN, this six-week program to help you eat better and look better at the same time. Contact Kristin Burgess at 303.770.2582 x382 to learn more.

Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club is Hosting the 9th Annual Tri-Our-Village Kids Triathlon

Now more than ever kids are following in their parents’ footsteps and participating in triathlons. On Sunday, September 25, 2016, the City of Greenwood Village and Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club (GATC) are hosting the ninth annual Tri-Our-Village Kids Triathlon for ages 5-16. kids triathlonThe triathlon will feature four different difficulty levels adjusted according to age group. Participants will run, bike, and swim their way through the course surrounding GATC and Westland’s Park in Greenwood Village.
According to Crystal Garland, Aquatics Coordinator at Greenwood, “The 9th Annual Tri-Our-Village Kids Triathlon introduces kids to the fun of swimming, biking and running while also helping kids discover the benefits of healthy activities. On average we have 200 participants and we are looking forward to a similar turnout for this year’s event.”
In fact, the Kids’ Triathlon gives back to the community! Dr. Chip Southern from Greenwood Pediatrics is a sponsor of the Kids Triathlon and his contribution goes to the top three schools with the most participants.  The donation goes to providing schools with much-needed equipment for their physical education department. Last year, the top three participants came from the following schools: Cottonwood Creek Elementary, Belleview Elementary and High Plains Elementary.
lowmarcus-garland-and-sydney_dsc08002According to Dr. Chip Southern, “We have been honored to support the Annual Tri-Our-Village Triathlon year after year.  Greenwood Pediatrics supports our community’s efforts in developing active children.  This event is a fun way to expose the students and their families to a healthy activity and lifestyle.”
Cathy Pate, Greenwood Village Recreation Manager said, “I have the best job of all, announcing the names of the participants at the finish line and watching mom and dad embrace their accomplishments, such a joy!”
Kids’ of all ages really have fun participating in the event, according to Bobby Garland, 13 yeadsc08115rs old, says, “I have done the Kids’ Triathlon for the past 5-years and I really enjoy that I get to swim bike and run, and my favorite part is swimming!”  Nathan Garland, 11 years old, says, “I enjoy the Kids’ Triathlon, and I really enjoy the refreshing ice cream treat, right after the race.”  Marcus Garland, 8 years old, says, “I like that I get a medal as soon as I cross the finish line and enjoy seeing and racing my friends.”
Early registration for the Kids’ Triathlon ends Saturday, September 17 and the last day to register is Thursday September 22 at 6:00pm.

nathan-and-marcus-garland_dsc07869Greenwood is offering a Kids Triathlon Training Camp to help competitors prepare for the events on September 25.  The training camp will take place on September 19, 20 and 21 from 6:00-7:00pm. In these training sessions, kids will practice swimming, biking, running, transitions, and learn race course safety. For more information contact Crystal 303.770.2582 x325 or CrystalG@GreenwoodATC.com or visit greenwoodatc.com/kidstriathlon.  Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club is located at 5801 South Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

Women’s Locker Room Update September 9

Women’s Locker Room Remodel Nearing the Finish

Ladies…we expect to open the wet areas of the locker room next week. We passed the whirlpool and miscellaneous other inspections this week. We are scheduled for final fire inspection at 6:00am Monday, September 12 and the final inspection later that day. There is still a lot to be done but the space is coming together beautifully.

Crews will be working all weekend on the final push:

  • Increased number of jets and jet action in the whirlpool
  • Handicap chair has been installed
  • New motor in steam room
  • Painted floor in dry sauna
  • Painted walls in lounge and new furniture is on order
  • Tile is complete; in the process of grouting tile
  • Shower doors being installed
  • All new ceilings have been installed
  • All new lighting (ceiling and sconce) has been installed
  • Glass finishes are being installed

Thank you for your patience as we near the finish line!