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

Pilates vs. Yoga. What’s the Difference?

Sara Talbert, Director of Pilates

Pilates and yoga have many of the same goals in mind, and many see the value in both. So, what’s the difference?

The purpose of yoga is to unite the mind, body and spirit. Yoga teachers see the mind and body as one. Yoga is considered a therapeutic activity: it can be a way to heal the body and find mental harmony. It gives your body more flexibility and promotes relaxation even in the most stressful of times. Many people start taking yoga to reduce stress.

In yoga, several movements are performed on a yoga mat and the weight of the body is used as resistance. This takes a great amount of focus, and the flow in and out of each position is fluid. There are many types of yoga classes available, from very athletic Power Vinyasa to very gentle Hatha.

In Pilates, the focus is on the core, specifically the spine, so the rest of the body can move freely and grow stronger both inside and out. The work is geared towards balancing flexibility and strength, resulting in a stronger body. The major difference from yoga is, in addition to mat work, Pilates incorporates difference exercise machines.

Using Your Breath

  • Yoga might be the most effective exercise to combat depression or anxiety because it focuses on the mind as well as the body. In yoga, the breathing exercises help you to achieve relaxation. Throughout a yoga routine, it’s important to continuously concentrate on how the breath is being employed. Sending the breath to areas that may be tight or are holding stress can help relax these specific muscle groups in your body.
  • In Pilates, the breath is guided by the direction of body movement. For example, you would inhale when the body extends and exhale when the body flexes. The breath is used as a technique to provide muscles with the energy needed to exercise effectively. Concentrating on breathing technique throughout Pilates will help you engage the deeper stabilizing muscles in the body. When doing Pilates, one movement connects to the next with the mantra that movement heals.

Developing Abdominal Muscles

  • Yoga and Pilates both contain several poses and exercises that are suitable for toning the abdominal muscles. One of the best Pilates exercises for the core is the first exercise in the mat work named the Hundred. The jump-board is another way to target the deeper layer of abdominals. In yoga, every time you do a plank, you are using your abdominals.

Dealing with Back Pain

  • For individuals with back pain, both yoga and Pilates poses can provide results for stronger and more supportive back muscles. Care has to be taken with some yoga poses and Pilates exercises, as they can actually make the existing problems worse. Be sure to talk with your instructor prior to a session.

Improving Flexibility and Strength

  • Yoga can be used for improving the flexibility of the body, and it will also gradually increase the flexibility of your joints. Pilates focuses on trying to relax tense muscles and providing strengthening and connecting to the deeper stabilizers in the body.
  • Yoga and Pilates are both wonderful for toning and strengthening all of the muscles groups in your body. Pilates equipment uses springs, which provide a resistance on the body that will help build muscle and prevent bone loss.

In the end, the easiest way to decide whether Pilates or yoga is best for you is to have a go at both! Try one class of each and see what you think. You may also find you like both, as they pair well with each other. Both Pilates and yoga strengthen your muscles, get your body in better shape, relieve stress and expand flexibility.

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

Reach New Limits in the Water

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics

When you challenge yourself to accomplish something you never thought you could, you find you can overcome anything. At Greenwood, our aquatics coaches and instructors are here to help you reach your goals. Whether you’re ready to take on a triathlon or your kids are thinking about becoming lifeguards, we’re here to push you and your family to new limits. And what better time to start than right now?

Join the GATC Triathlon Team 

Challenge yourself to become a better athlete by joining the triathlon team. The team trains Mondays at 6am, April to July, but it’s not too late to join! Train with brick and high-intensity workouts, as well as mini triathlons, both outdoors and at Greenwood. Coach Cyndie sends out personalized workouts, modified for your fitness level, every week. You choose your event, and Coach Cyndie will make sure you’re race ready. Many athletes decide on a sprint or Olympic distance race, but your goal is up to you.

Sign Up for the Kids Tri-Our-Village Triathlon

Have your young triathletes swim, bike and run at our 11th Annual Tri-Our-Village Kids Triathlon on September 16! “The race was challenging and a really fun time. My favorite part is running the laps around the lake and cheering on all of the other kids,” past participant Spencer Hola 
said.

Train with the American Red Cross

American Red Cross training provides young adults a rewarding opportunity to keep pools safe and to save lives. We provide classes right here at Greenwood with Jan Marie Smith. Greenwood employee Michael Zotto took a class and said, “My lifeguard certification class with Jan Smith was amazing. Jan is a fun and inclusive instructor with a wealth of information and she delivers all the necessary skills needed for the job.”

Take Private Swim Lessons 

Want to learn to swim or need more practice with a specific skill? Our coaches are here to accommodate varying needs with private swim lessons. Private lessons are a great way to develop skills in a structured and safe environment. “Private swim lessons at Greenwood fundamentally altered my daughter’s confidence in the water and her ability to successfully swim without fear. Our instructor taught my daughter the core concepts of safe swimming in a way that made it fun and highly learnable. After a year of private lessons, I take huge joy and satisfaction in knowing she is a capable and safe swimmer and has really learned to love the water!” Elizoebeth Lunsford said.

Interested in these or other aquatics opportunities at Greenwood? Contact Crystal Garland at CrystalG@GreenwoodATC.com to find the swim program for you.

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

Benefits of Summer Recreation for Kids

Danielle Cavanaugh, Youth Programs Coordinator

Imagine what your child could do if they have the opportunity to…

Be Healthy!

The majority of youth programs available today include some sort of physical activity. With so much focus on childhood obesity, there is no better time to focus on being healthy! Learning the importance of having an active lifestyle at an early age can help children stay healthy throughout their lives. Those who are taught the value of participating in recreation programs from an early age are more likely to partake in similar activities as adults. Give your child the best chance of living a long, healthy life!

Be Educated!

Where did you learn how to play hopscotch? Or foursquare? What about soccer? You probably didn’t learn the rules and strategies by reading them on the internet. More than likely, you learned them by participating in an organized program or activity, including recess. There are so many games, sports, and pastimes out there. In order for children to know where their interests lie, they need to be shown the options. Give them the opportunity to try it all!

Be Confident!

Recreation programs can help to teach children the importance of trust, healthy risk-taking and overcoming personal challenges. The feeling a child gets from accomplishing something they’ve set out to do helps to build motivation to continue to work hard and take on the next challenge. The confidence that comes with becoming an autonomous participant is priceless.

Be Relaxed!

Just like adults, when kids participate in activities they enjoy they can become less stressed. We often forget that there are many pressures that come with being a kid. Getting them into programs they enjoy can help to manage that pressure.

Be Involved!

Not bored! Regardless of the activity, structured and organized participation helps kids develop better focus. They will be practicing skills like listening to instruction, staying on task, and following multi-step directions. These skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

Make Friends!

It has been said that social bonds form stronger when those involved are doing something adventurous. The thrill and excitement of a new challenge or journey brings people together in ways other activities cannot. These friendships are vital to childhood. Even without these types of friendships, children need social interaction to develop. Whether its basketball practice or chess club, being involved in activities helps children feel like they belong.

Be Happier!

Take a look back at this list. If a child has a chance to experience all of this, there’s only one thing they can be — happy! There is so much to do at Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club. Let’s get started! Imagine what your child could do if they have the opportunity to be healthy, be educated, be confident, be relaxed, be involved, make friends, and most importantly be HAPPY!

Danielle Cavanaugh, Youth Programs Coordinator
303-770-2582 x287 | DanielleC@GreenwoodATC.com