Finding the Motivation to Exercise

The facts are clear and you are completely sold on the benefits of exercise. In fact, you can probably quote the top 10 reasons why exercise is the best thing you can do for yourself every day. crossovercableYou may even LOVE to exercise yet still lack the motivation to do so. You may also find that you get started with great intentions for a few days, then life gets busy, you talk yourself out of your workout and before you know it, it’s been weeks and you feel de-motivated again. It can be a vicious circle.

One way to improve motivation is to examine your personal “why”. Give yourself a reason to exercise and your much more apt to do it every day. Your reason for exercise may have to be bigger than creating changes in your appearance or strength. Maybe your why needs to have more to do with things like how improving your health will positively affect others in your life, making you an exceptional employee, boss, parent, partner or friend. Many people find their motivation increases when they sign up for an event, race, bed and breakfast biking trip or hiking vacation. Knowing you have an upcoming event to prepare for is a great motivator to get started. Your why can be as simple as having a workout buddy waiting for you at the gym. Everyone has a different “why”. What’s yours?

Once your find a big enough “why”, the next step is to create a written plan. Those who work out at the same time every day are more apt to create the habit of exercise. In fact, studies show that those who work out in the morning are significantly less likely to allow other things in life to get in the way of their workout. A recent study by Glasgow University found that morning exercise also enhances mood 30% more than evening exertion. Exercise at any time of day, though, is better than none, and consistency is the most important thing. Improve your chances of exercising by placing a written appointment in your calendar like any other important event you wouldn’t miss. When someone asks you to do something else at that time, let them know you have an appointment at that time and plan around it!

The last great motivator is results. Results come with consistency and a solid plan of attack. Create a plan or have a professional trainer create one for you, put the plan in writing, schedule your workouts at the same time each day and the results will come. As results appear, motivation increases leading to more consistency to maintain the results you’ve created. Find your why, create a plan, experience results and watch your motivation soar. See you at the club!

Sheri Warren
Director of Sales and Retention, Member Coach & Personal Trainer

Sara Emmons – It’s never too late to learn something new!

On April 2-3, Sara Emmons, 73, represented Greenwood in the State Masters swimming competition in seven individual events. SaraEvansMastersAccumulating 71 points with her five first place and three second place finishes, Sara helped GATC Masters earn the title of State Champions! Sara, who visited Greenwood three years ago knew right away that this was the club for her.
Sara is not new to challenge. Born in Washington DC during WWII, she has lived and worked in many US locations. Her professional career began in the footsteps of her journalist father, who covered the Roosevelt years for the Washington Post. Immediately after college she wrote feature articles for daily newspapers.  Her career took a few turns; including, a stint as Seaman in the Navy, where she met her husband; administrative and corporate PR work while raising children; and now, full-circle, Sara works part-time from home, editing articles written by members of an International Association.
Sara started swimming in her 40s, but has accelerated and improved since first experiencing the Masters program at GATC. “The Masters here are so fast. I didn’t want to be so slow, as if I was the snail swimming with sharks, it wasn’t fair to hold up the works!”
While many people might be intimidated and give up, she didn’t. Sara, with Crystal’s encouragement, started lessons with Jeanette, then added a class with Cama Jo. Their guidance has helped Sara improve her stroke technique and speed.


GATC Masters Swim Team

Greenwood Masters Swim Team 2016 State Short Course Champions

“The staff is so nice and knowledgeable. I just can’t quit talking about how they raised my confidence level and helped me perfect the strokes. They are so encouraging, you might go in the pool thinking you can’t do anything, but by the time you are out, you think you can do everything!”
Sara now swims with the Masters once a week, and works with Masters Coach, Greg.  “Others see my improvement too; swimmers who have known me since I started here, comment about my improvement. My coaches tell me I learn quickly, but I think I am just doing what I am told.”
“Because I have seen progress and gained confidence, I have no thought of ever quitting. I enjoy it so much. My desire to keep going is fed by that encouragement. Now I want to win!”
It would be easy to settle into a solitary routine, since Sara works from home with international colleagues. Being part of the Greenwood community and swimming breaks up that temptation. While her recent growth and success in swimming may be the most inspiring part of her life right now, she is also active in with the Women of the Word group at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church.


Ladies…you have waited long enough! We are excited to announce the schedule for the 2016 women’s locker room remodel!

Because of challenges related to men working in a women’s locker room, we have divided the project into phases allowing for areas of the locker room to be open while others are under construction. This will extend the length of the entire project but shorten the length in which any one area will be down.

The project includes closures and remodeling of the following areas:

Main dry vanity – new millwork, solid surface tops, LED lighting, carpet, mirrors and increased number of circuits to minimize any power outages
Small wet vanity – new millwork, solid surface tops, LED lighting, tile floor, mirrors, sinks and faucets
Whirlpool – new tile, jets and jet action, higher horsepower motor, ADA chair lift
Showers – LED lighting, new wall, floor and ceiling tile, 13 showers including one handicap shower, 6’ high walls with hooks outside each shower, full height doors for more privacy and two shower shelves; one for toiletries and one for shaving
Dry sauna and steam will be closed when the showers are under construction

Other additions include the following:

  • Spa level body wash, shampoo, conditioner and lotion in two new fragrances
  • New bottle filler/drinking fountain outside the dry sauna

The remodel is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 2, 2016 and will be phased in the following manner:


  • All work will be performed after hours
  • The women’s locker room will close Monday – Thursday at 9:00pm. Anyone using the club between 9:00 and 10:00pm must use the family locker rooms
  • Approximately four weeks to complete
  • Wet vanity and family locker rooms will be available for hair, make-up, etc.


  • Three temporary showers will be installed in the wet vanity area where the three sinks are currently located
  • This area will be for showering only
    Approximate start date is Monday, May 30; five days to complete


  • The showers, whirlpool, dry sauna, steam and lounge will be down
  • Approximate start date is Monday, June 6 and estimated opening is early September
  • Six family locker room showers and one dressing room will be open to members in addition to the temporary showers


  • The temporary showers will be removed
  • Both sides of the vanity will be remodeled to match the new main dry vanity
  • All work will be performed after hours
  • The women’s locker room will close Monday – Thursday, at 9:00pm. Anyone using the club between 9:00 and 10:00pm must use the family locker rooms
  • Estimated three weeks to complete with approximate start date of Thursday, September 8

We  realize the inconvenience placed on female members during the remodel. Thank you in advance for your patience as we make your club even better!

Please check back here for updates. Owner, architect and contractor (OAC) meetings are held each Thursday and updates will be posted on Fridays, beginning May 6.

Thank you and please contact Paula Neubert, President/GM at 303-770-2582 ext 309, via email at or stop by her office with any questions.