Best Kept Weight Loss Secrets

1. No carb isn’t the answer
Lowering your carbs is likely beneficial but avoiding carbohydrates all together is unhealthy and unrealistic. Aim to have 30-40% of your calories come from carbohydrates. Make your grains whole and/or sprouted. If you are in a situation that you are unsure if an item is whole, don’t eat it.
2. Protein is not a magical nutrient
No more than 30% of your calories should come from protein. If more than this amount is consumed on a long term basis, your liver will be stressed and you will likely see this in a blood test. In addition, more than this is not beneficial for weight loss, fat loss, muscle gain or energy improvement.water_drinking
3. Chug 20 ounces of water upon waking
Get out of bed. Go to the restroom. Chug your water. Continue with your
morning routine. You will be amazed at the energy, appetite control and reduced brain fog you will have throughout your day.
4. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water, minimum
Get a reusable 32 ounce bottle and calculate how many total bottles you need in a day. Set a daily time line in which it needs to be consumed. For example: two in the morning before lunch (including the water you drink upon waking) and one after lunch before
dinner. Workout water doesn’t count.
5. Never twice in one day or two days in a row
This is Kristin’s Rule of Two that will help you live a lifestyle of guilt-free balance. Use this rule to apply to any part of your healthy lifestyle: portions, unhealthy choices, alcohol, not meeting water goals or not exercising. If you choose something unhealthy at lunch, no treat later in the day. Stay on track the rest of your day and the following day. If you drink alcohol one night, the next day needs to be right on track with water, food and exercise.
6. Think Before You Eat
Take thirty seconds to think about the food before you eat it. Do this with all foods: apples, cucumbers, cookies, alcohol, pasta, etc. Ask yourself 1) how will I feel after I eat this? 2) will this help me reach my goal? This will allow you to attach positive emotions to healthy foods and negative emotions to unhealthy foods, allowing for better control of mind over matter.
7. Eat a minimum of three different veggies per day
We think vegetables are challenging because they are inconvenient. Most veggies need to be chopped, sliced, cooked or dunked in order to taste good. Wrong! Think of the veggies that truly need nothing. Bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots…these need zero preparation. No excuses!
8. Eat every three hours
This is true for most (but not all) people. After four hours, most of us get a dip in blood sugar, then we start to feel the slight signs of low blood sugar and we end up overeating at some point. On the other hand, eating every two hours is likely too close. We never allow our body to be in a “fed” state. This is important for basic metabolism and basic human instinct. It is a good thing to feel a slight bit of hunger, but not a slight bit of low blood sugar. Every time you eat, choose a produce and a protein or healthy fat or fiber.
9. Fruit is not preventing you from losing weight
Choose two per day. I frequently hear that people avoid fruit because of the sugar content. Fruit isn’t the problem and consuming the right amount isn’t preventing you from hitting your health goals.
10. Consistent, daily exercise is a must
There is a big difference between an active lifestyle and exercise and we need both. An active lifestyle is taking the stairs, walking the dog, taking a leisurely bike ride on the Highline Canal or even a nice family hike. Exercise is an organized workout in which your heart rate is elevated for a period of time and is moderate to challenging in intensity for
the time frame you have chosen. These are a few of my biggest secrets! If you need individual help or have questions, please let me know!

Kristin Burgess, Registered Dietitian

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

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.”

Choose a heart healthy path…

 

blogpath3Heart health could be the most important physical attribute of all. A healthy heart feeds oxygenated blood to every muscle, every organ and every cell in your body. So what is the best way to ensure you have a healthy heart? The most obvious way to improve heart health is to simply be active.

According to the American Heart Association, you should get at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise most days, if not every day for optimal heart health. We can all find 30 minutes in our busy schedules to dedicate to our heart. A 30 minute walk/run through your neighborhood will not only get your heart pumping but could be just the ticket to clear your mind, stimulate positive ideas and allow you to take in some Vitamin D from the sun.

All activity is beneficial. You only have one heart – take care of it, choose to be active and you will thrive in areas beyond heart health. Aerobic exercise like swimming, biking, or use of cardio equipment will strengthen the heart and lungs by improving the body’s ability to utilize oxygen. The stronger your heart the more efficient it is at pumping blood to the rest of the body and eliminating toxins. Yoga, deep breathing and other stress reducing activities help lower blood pressure and bring more oxygen to all areas of the body as well. If that isn’t enough motivation to get moving, I’m not sure what is!

Hate cardio activity? Yoga not your thing? Prefer to lift weights? That’s okay too because even anaerobic activities like strength training and high intensity interval training teach the body to become efficient at creating energy and recovering from bursts of energy output. Strength training will increase your heart rate while creating both muscle strength and muscle density. Increasing muscle strength and muscle density increases your metabolism and strengthens the immune system. Schedule your daily workout and vary your activities and you will improve your heart health and chances for a longer, healthier life. With all the options available to you, finding something to do for at least 30 minutes per day should be easy. Be creative. Use the stairs in your home if all else fails. I’m confident you’ll find something fun to do it in a heartbeat!

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Running for a Cause and a Cure

Many of you know that I run for exercise, whether it’s on the treadmill in the lower CV area or on the trail west of the club. It’s my peace and sanctuary that allows me to have a few minutes of time to myself and keeps my heart and lungs strong. I used to race (10K, half or marathon) at least once a year but haven’t in a number of years. This year I am running a race to help cure a disease that goes against everything I know and love.
With a degree in exercise science and being the President of one of the top clubs in the industry, I have a strong passion for fitness and moving; ALS is a horrible disease that ultimately keeps you from moving. I have had the privilege to coAugie-Nietonnect with an organization that is fighting this disease and making progress; ALS.TDI and Augie’s Quest. Augie Nieto was the founder of Life Fitness, a company that revolutionized the fitness industry by creating the indoor life cycle and you all know what happened after that….a multi-million dollar industry was created that has helped millions of people across the globe find health and fitness and make positive changes to their lives. Augie was diagnosed with ALS 11 years ago and since 2006 has raised over $45,000,000 to find a cure. I want you all to know, ALS is a curable disease, it’s just been underfunded. ALS.TDI is the scientific research institute that is conducting studies and is making progress toward finding a cure. They just need more money to do it and they need it fast.
I attended a fundraiser for ALS in March and met some more folks that have the disease. One gentleman was diagnosed two years ago and is walking with a cane now. Another was diagnosed in October, and is already in a wheel chair and finding it harder and harder to talk and eat. Needless to say, I counted my blessings, thanked God for the miracles that have occurred in my life over the years and said I was going to do whatever I could to help.
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club, along with a handful of clubs throughout the country, have made the mandate to start a team, create a goal for a certain number of runners, raise money aTEAMQUEST_PULSE AD3nd travel to Brooklyn on October 8, 2016 to participate in the Brooklyn Rock n Roll Half Marathon. Of course, the competitive nature running through my veins is helping us strive to have more runners than any other club. We are making this more than a Greenwood team; we created the Colorado Team Quest 4 ALS and are including participants from anywhere that want to walk/run with us to help find a cure for ALS. This is one simple race but if our team hits our goal of 60 runners we will raise $210,000 toward finding a cure.
You don’t have to be a runner to participate and with the help of our resident Elite Runner and Personal Trainer, Tristan Mitchell, you will be able to finish. We will provide you with a program,  opportunities to participate in track workouts, training runs, and mobility classes to help you run pain free. More details about the race and fundraising requirements are located on our website at GreenwoodATC.com or feel free to contact me at 303.770.2582 x309, paulan@greenwoodatc.com or stop by my office.
Join, me, Tristan, Tiffany Levine, Sheri Warren, Joe and Sara Talbert and Shaun Cook and lets show New York what being Colorado Strong is all about!
Learn more and register to run today!

Paula Neubert, President and General Manager
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club

Fit Family

When Tony and Natalie Plant first joined Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club two years ago, “the best part of your day” seemed a rather large promise.
Not anymore.
“I think it is true! We are here almost every day and even had Dylan’s birthday party here.  It is a home away from home.  We hFavorite 2ave gotten to know members slowly over two years and now we know many people.  It is nice to see other parents by the pool or other members in class, to know them on a first name basis and wave “hello” as we walk in the door. It is all very welcoming.”
It is natural for Natalie and Tony to incorporate fitness as a family. In the 15 years they have been married, working out and a healthy lifestyle has been part of their lives.
“Fitness is important – when we don’t work out we feel yucky. We need it emotionally and physically.  We also want to be in good shape and live a long time.  We eat well too and cook together as a family.”
Prior to joining GATC two years ago, they were members at Lifetime Fitness and CORE power yoga.  Natalie was pregnant with her second child when they started their search for a new fitness home.
“I thought I really needed something great to get back in shape.  Greenwood has everything we were getting from two locations.  There is also more of a family and community vibe here.  We just like the atmosphere and energy here.
Dylan (5) wants to come to his tennis lessons with Coach Lisa and basketball lessons with Coach Brian. He asks to come to YAC; the staff members that supervise know Dylan and he knows them.  He feels wanted there and that is important. Both Dylan and Jameson (18 months) take swim lessons, Jameson with her father.”
When asked why Dylan likes basketball, Natalie said: “Coach Brian has a way of talking to them.  He doesn’t treat them like babies.  Coach Brian treats Dylan like he is really playing basketball.”
Tony’s work in commercial insurance  takes him out of town 1-4 days a week, but GATC is often the last stop on the  way to the airport and first stop on the  way home.
With Dylan and Jameson in good hands, Natalie can focus on taking care oFavoritef herself. Yoga classes are her favorite but Natalie also participates in Indoor Cycling, cardio, weights and tennis lessons. Tony mainly utilizes the weights, cardio and yoga. The pool is a family favorite all summer long!
They have so many good things to say about so many staff members. For Natalie, “Amy (Baker) really inspires me with how much she is (successfully) juggling as a mom herself. She is here all the time, teaching, working out.  I look up to that. Lana is also a great example and she feels like a friend to me now. She inspires me to get here more.”
“We want our kids to grow up here.  In addition to school and our Highlands Ranch neighborhood, we want to have GATC as one of the communities where they have friends.”

Corporate Executives Capitalize Upon the Benefits of Exercise

Are you a corporate executive or manager striving to increase productivity, improve your bottom line and attract high-achieving employees? Start wbusinessDSC_0415ith investing in employee wellness, setting a personal example and encouraging employees to take the time to work out. These are just three important ways that executives can capitalize upon the benefits of exercise for themselves, their employees and ultimately their company.

Research continues to support the fact that fit employees are less likely to get sick thereby lowering health care costs. Employees who take the time to work out have more energy, exude positive attitudes at work, are typically more productive and can handle stressful situations more effectively. Since those who exercise tend to set physical goals they most likely know how to set professional goals as well and will systematically put processes in place to achieve those goals and won’t stop until they do. Finding employees who have these qualities is essential. Why not partner with your local health club like Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club in Greenwood Village, CO to customize discounts for your employees or better yet, subsidize those memberships to encourage greater participation.

As a leader, every corporate executive should set an example that health and wellness is critical. When corporate executives provide an example to their employees, employees follow suit. Setting time aside to ensure they are fit and healthy will show that they value the same in their employees. Executives who do so will exude the personal benefits of a healthier, stronger, more energetic, positive leader; one who can handle whatever challenges come their way. This will help employees want to do the same and in doing so become the best, most productive employee they can be. Employees who miss less work, have more energy, are more productive, handle stress more effectively, and are able to set and achieve goals will ultimately benefit the company’s bottom line.  Additionally, employees want to maintain balance between their personal, physical and professional lives. Wisely supporting and encouraging them to do so will reap huge benefits to everyone involved; the company, the employee and their families.
Other statistics that show how corporate executives capitalize upon the benefits of exercise are shown below.  Wellness Proposals, a corporate wellness consulting company recently published the following:

  • Employees who exercise regularly and lead healthy life styles incur 31% lower health care costs than employees who live sedentary, unhealthy lifestyles.
  • Almost 50% of medical costs are incurred due to illnesses that can be avoided with small life-style changes.
  • The typical ROI on corporate wellness investment tends to be about $4 to $5 saved for every dollar spent
  • Make the investment in your company. The benefits are substantial and far outweigh the costs.

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