3 Reasons Water Fitness Works

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics

It’s getting cold outside but it’s still warm by our eight-lane indoor pool! Did you know we offer six complimentary water fitness classes for you to enjoy no matter the weather? These classes will get your heart rate up, burn calories and help you feel good in and out of the water, at any age! Our one-hour water fitness classes are offered Monday through Friday at 9:15am and Saturday at 9:00am. We’d love to see you there!

Here are three reasons to love water fitness classes at Greenwood:

Low Impact Advantage

The joint impact of running in the water is significantly less than that of running on land. Water fitness is great for those with joint conditions or currently undergoing physical rehabilitation.

Class Variety

We offer three Aqua Fit classes in the shallow lanes and two deep water classes. (View the schedule.) Our instructors will coach you, challenge you and provide motivation. Water-based classes offer the same benefits you get from other fitness classes, including muscle toning, improvement of posture and balance and increased flexibility.

Plenty of Cardio

Regardless of your fitness level, you can get a great workout in the water. Your instructor will offer plenty of modifications to increase or decrease the difficulty of the moves and you’re always free to go at your own pace. The combination of strength and cardio workouts, mixed with water resistance, ensures you’re getting a full body workout!

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

10 Exercises for When You Don’t Have Time

Vivian Griggs, Personal Training Coordinator

Everyone knows they should be active every day. But for how long? And at what intensity? Cardio or resistance? It can all be so confusing. Throw in the reality you really don’t have time for one more thing and it’s easy to just skip it altogether.

There are some sneaky ways to be more active every day that won’t require equipment, a change of clothes or even any additional time. Who knew?

Accept the fact you might feel a little silly doing some of this. Who cares! You’re being healthy and getting in better shape. And remember: these tips will not replace a good old fashioned workout. But they will help you be more active, stay fit and maybe even lose a little weight!

Let’s get going!

  1. Brushing your teeth. You’re just standing there — that’s a full two minutes you could be doing something. How about some plie squats? Step out wide, toes out to the sides. Drop straight down to just above knee level, keeping your head and chest up, shoulders and hips in line.
  2. On the phone. Whether you’re at home or the office, you have several options here. If you can’t put the call on speaker, stand up and do some squats or lunges. If you can put it on speaker, alternate between 10 wall or desk push-ups (the closer you are to horizontal, the harder it will be) and 10 squats. If you have a private office, drop to the ground and get some abs in. Alternate between 20 bicycles and 30-second planks.
  3. Conference call where you are not participating = cardio time! Alternate between 10 jumping jacks, 10 alternating lunges, 10 wall or desk pushups and 10 bicycles.
  4. Running errands. Park further out and speed walk.
  5. Take the stairs! Anywhere!
  6. Helping kids with homework. Every 10 minutes, hop up with your child and do 10 high knees. You’ll get some exercise and they will actually stay more focused. Double whammy!
  7. Watching TV. (If you have time to do this, I might hate you). Every commercial break, alternate between lunges, push-ups and bicycles for each commercial.
  8. Cooking. This is pretty similar to brushing your teeth. Do squats, narrow squats, plies. You have to keep an eye on that boiling pot, might as well get some leg work in.
  9. Sitting at your desk. Okay, this one needs equipment. But I promise the equipment fits in your bag! Grab a resistance band. Loop it around your chair and your ankle and do leg extensions. Alternate 20 per leg.
  10. Bedtime. Take a couple minutes once you climb into to bed to stretch. Hamstrings, abductors, your back, chest. You’ll sleep better!

It can be tough to squeeze exercise in with all the other things demanding your attention and time. But with a little persistence and creativity, you can get your workout in!

Vivian Griggs, Personal Training Coordinator
303.770.2582 x301 | VivianG@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

Welcome Our New Personal Training Coordinator!

Welcome Vivian Griggs as Our New Personal Training Coordinator!

Vivian’s passion is motivating clients to achieve their best and become as healthy as possible. Her motto is, “Grow, Transform, Succeed!” Vivian has been a certified personal trainer for 12 years with a specialty in post-rehabilitative training for shoulders, hips and knees. She has two Bachelor of Science degrees in finance and accounting control systems. Vivian is married to Blake and has one son, Asa.

NASM-Certified Personal Trainer Development Program at Greenwood

Greenwood is partnering with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to bring NASM-certified Personal Trainer Development Program to our club.

“True to our mission of providing students with a solid educational foundation, our goal is to create the premier fitness training school allowing for an in-depth educational experience,” said Master Trainer Vic Spatola. “To achieve this objective, we knew it was critical to align ourselves with the fitness certification program that would best prepare our students for a successful career as a professional fitness trainer. The best partner for us is NASM because of its reputation as an industry leader.”

NASM, a global leader in personal training certification, sports performance training and injury prevention and recovery, is the premier certifying body and education authority for Certified Personal Trainers (CPT). Accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the NASM CPT credential is the preferred choice of top health clubs and fitness facilities around the world. Students who complete the Greenwood NASM-Certified Personal Trainer Development Program will develop a variety of health and fitness skills, including:

  • Conducting accurate fitness assessments
  • Recruiting and retaining clients
  • Developing evidence-based exercise programs
  • Teaching and demonstrating proper techniques
  • Empowering, challenging and motivating clients toward an improved quality of life

“Through this collaboration with Vic Spatola and Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club, we’re making our CPT program much more accessible and creating a long-term career path for health and fitness professionals looking to advance their education,” said Andrew Wyant, president of the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

After completing and passing the NASM-CPT exam, graduates will have the opportunity to pursue flexible and financially-rewarding careers in a variety of settings, such as multi-purpose health clubs, corporate fitness centers, independent business operators, community centers and more. Graduates will also secure a job interview at Greenwood.

Interested in becoming a NASM-certified personal trainer? Contact Vic Spatola at VicS@Greenwoodatc.com or 303.770.2582 x339.

About NASM

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is part of Ascend Learning, a leading provider of technology-based educational, curriculum and assessment solutions for healthcare and other vocational industries. Since 1987, NASM, currently based in Chandler, Arizona, has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced specializations for fitness professionals. Academic institutions nationwide incorporate NASM’s leading fitness content into curriculum as part of Certified Personal Trainer courses, and bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The vision of NASM is to empower fitness and wellness professionals, supporting them in their goal of motivating clients to lead healthier lives.

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

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