Maybe you have seen one of the flyers at the athletic club, but have you tried a Barre Class yet? Certified Barre Instructor Christine Morris shares five reasons why you should try a Barre class today!
Our program is unique! The Barre at Greenwood is not a franchised program, which means that we can adapt to the needs of our clients and provide outstanding service. It also allows our instructors the flexibility to vary their exercises, choreography and music so that no two classes, or instructors, are exactly alike. Not to mention, all classes are one hour and limited to 13 participants per class, which creates a fun and personable environment.
2. You do not need dance experience. Barre is a group fitness class, not a dance class. We incorporate ballet postures, vocabulary and variations into the workout, but they are taught at a level that non-dancers can understand. You will learn to work out with the mind of a dancer. And soon, you’ll have the body of one, too!
3. Barre focuses on small, isometric movements. You will use your own body weight as resistance and target muscles with small, isometric movements to work them to the point of fatigue. These small motions are how Barre transforms your muscles and gives you a more toned physique.
4. Barre is a music-based class. You will follow the beat; if you’re a music lover, you’re in luck! Music drives a Barre class. All exercises are performed to tempo, and let’s face it, performing exercise to upbeat music is just plain fun.
5. Consistency is key. Continuing to take a Barre class every week will help your form improve. Not only will you get stronger and have a better understanding of the method and the movements, but you will see a positive change in your body. Try a class today!
Sign up in advance online or at the Service Desk, 303.770.2582 x274. Our class schedule is available online via the Barre Class link.
With the kids out of school, summer is the perfect season for changing up your routine. GATC offers rich opportunities for fitness and fun. Whether you discover some new time for yourself, with friends or time as a family, we have over 130 complimentary group fitness classes a week to choose from.
Did you know that our youth policy allows you to bring your son or daughter with you to a class? What a great way to connect with your child/teen/young adult and establish healthy fitness habits. They must be at least nine years old and in direct visual and speaking contact with a supervising and responsible adult member 18 years of age or older. Your 14-year-old can arrange to become youth certified and use the club without your supervision.
So where should you start? Change up your routine or introduce a new one for your friends/family. Pick some activities that you’ve always wanted to try. Treat yourself to a 30 minute CXWORX class, which is a 30 minute revolutionary core training. This dynamic workout will challenge your abs, glutes, back, obliques and “slings” connecting the upper and lower body, toning core muscles and improving functional strength.
Why not try an hour of Spinning? Or you might enjoy one of our many cardio, strength, or mind-body classes or experience the Barre at Greenwood. Our early morning Summer Boot Camp is a great opportunity to beat the heat, enjoy the beautiful outdoors and find extra motivation to drive yourself to the next fitness level. There’s something for everyone and the advantage of group fitness is that you are more likely to push yourself harder and be more consistent in a group setting than on your own.
If you have any questions, please be sure to contact Andrea Morris, Director of Group Fitness
**Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription.*
Exercise has many benefits for women before and after pregnancy. Although the gym might feel like the last thing on your mind, it is important to keep active during all three trimesters of your pregnancy. Greenwood Athletic Club trainer Kelly Buresh has a passion for helping people find their happiest and healthiest self through exercise. “I was always taught that if I put my heart into something, not only could I achieve my goal but I would get immense satisfaction from it.” She believes that taking care of yourself physically improves your life in every facet. She shared with us four important reasons to keep moving before, during, and after your pregnancy.
Leading up to Pregnancy: If you are looking to get pregnant, maintaining a healthy regiment as far as physical exercise, diet and nutrition is key in prepping your body to even attain pregnancy! It can be a challenge to become pregnant if you are overweight or if you are not regularly meeting your nutritional needs. Furthermore, maintaining healthy levels of blood pressure, and maintaining a healthy diet makes it less likely to experience complications at any stage during pregnancy. While the gym is a great place to get your workout, the best place to start is with something you already enjoy doing, whether it be going on walks, running, taking a group fitness class, playing tennis, or any other form of physical activity. Getting out and moving is important.
Getting Started: During pregnancy, it is important to stay active because the exercise and nutrition decisions you make while pregnant can affect not only you and your baby during pregnancy, but it can affect your child long after their birth. Not only does regular exercise help to relieve unnecessary symptoms such as excessive weight gain, uncomfortable swelling, premature labor, low back pain, sciatica and other pregnancy discomforts. It also greatly reduces the likelihood of experiencing complications such as high blood pressure, hypertension or gestational diabetes during your pregnancy. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise can help your child avoid things like diabetes and excessive weight in their early childhood as well. Even if you don’t already exercise on a regular basis (and unless your doctor tells you otherwise), it is recommended that you can begin an exercise regimen while pregnant. The types of exercise you might do varies from each person, but going on short 10-15 minute walks are a great way to get in some movement. Also, body weight exercises such as squats will be helpful in building leg strength, your abdominals, and even your upper body if you want to add in some weights. These exercises help to maximize your time and energy.
Benefits of Exercise: Maintaining muscle tone and building your endurance are both factors in helping women deliver babies. By building up your muscles and maintaining active, it can help alleviate the physically exhaustive process of delivering a baby. A helpful exercise for maintaining muscle tone is to do lunges with weight on one side. This requires your upper body where you have to brace your abdominals during labor to be strengthened. Another exercise, the farmers carry, even with just one weight forces you to use your abdominals to keep upright, again strengthening an area that’s key to labor.
Getting Back After Pregnancy: During pregnancy, you might feel a bit of derailment not just with weight, but it might be that your muscle structures have changed as well. Returning to your pre-pregnancy body doesn’t happen quickly and its different for everyone, since each woman has a different labor and birth experience. The important thing is to have a plan and be sure to consult with a personal trainer who can help you get ideas for how to recover. The best thing you can do after labor is to make time for yourself.
It is important to mentally have some time each day for yourself, not to mention the many mental benefits you get from adding in physical exercise. After consulting with your doctor and a personal trainer, you might consider starting 2 to 3 days a week and then assessing how much you can physically handle. Not to mention, our GATC Kids Club is available for you to drop off infants ages 6 weeks to 6 months for 1 ½ hours per visit. Our infant area is completely enclosed offering your baby a quiet and peaceful environment.
Please be sure to reach out to our Kelly Buresh and our Personal Trainers if you are interested in learning more about personal training sessions, and making time to have Greenwood Athletic Club be the best part of your day!
As another beautiful spring season approaches, I am excited for all of the upcoming changes we are about to enjoy….longer days, bluer skies, greener grass, blooming flowers, chirping birds and warmer weather. Big changes like these start small and improve with every sunrise. The same can be true of you! Big changes in our health, strength and wellness begin with small decisions every morning to choose health. That is all it takes. A commitment to make small changes every day. Every small decision impacts the end result, so whether you are just starting out or have hit a plateau, make the decision to add something positive or remove something negative that could be sabotaging your efforts. Make this the best spring season of your life!
Make the decision today to eat whole foods, show up for that Group Fitness class, use the weight room, stay a bit longer on that cardio equipment or swim a few more laps. Every small decision will add up to improvements in heart health, strength and overall wellness.
Be careful though, because the same can be true in reverse. Small decisions to ignore your health, drive past Greenwood, skip that class, ignore the weight room, take a few minutes less on that cardio equipment-even choosing to order the fat- laden fries or super, crazy desert-can add up to big results in the wrong direction.
Choose to support your health and you will sleep better, feel better and even look better! Need ideas on how to switch things up or challenge yourself just a bit more this spring? Call me and take advantage of Greenwood’s complimentary Member Coaching services. It’s another small decision that could lead to big results.
Vegetables are an important part of your diet, providing fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that protect cells from improper replication. The media leads us to believe that it is hard to eat the large amount of recommended servings but here are a few tips:
Eat vegetables with at least two meals a day. Don’t worry about portion size- just eat them! Aim to fill half your plate with vegetables.
Eat three vegetables a day in addition to your two meals.
Eat a large salad with lots of healthy greens every day. You can always pick one up at Ink! Coffee here at the club.
Many vegetables need to be cut, sliced, dipped or cooked but think about the convenient vegetables that don’t! Carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers do not need any preparation as they are easy and convenient to eat raw. Try something new – eat a bell pepper just like you would an apple! Throw them into your bag and eat one anywhere, anytime
Always have a vegetable on hand. Bring one with you so it is always available.
If you are low on vegetables in your diet, put them at the top of your grocery list. Do a little washing, slicing and dicing in the morning when packing lunch. Plan ahead, eat your veggies and be healthy!
At Greenwood Yoga Teacher Training we believe that yoga teacher training is about so much more than learning to teach down dog. Greenwood’s well-respected Yoga Alliance registered 200-hour program will empower you to understand the depth of the yoga tradition while learning to apply it to your life.
With a solid foundation in alignment, yogic philosophy, and practical teaching skills, Amy Baker and our experienced teacher trainers will help you find your unique voice and teaching style. Hone your skills of communication and education so you can share this life-changing practice with others in a welcoming and accessible way. Whether you’re looking to become a yoga instructor or simply want a deeper experience in your practice, our curriculum boils down the complexities of the modern yoga tradition to the key fundamentals so you’ll come away with a solid understanding of a safe, inspiring, and authentic approach to practice and teaching. You can expect to be challenged on all levels and create relationships with fellow Trainees, these bonds will last a lifetime.
Here are some additional areas that we will cover during our time together:
In-depth breakdown of asanas
Clear and concise cueing
Verbal/hands on adjustments
Anatomy, Chakras and Koshas
Philosophy and History of Yoga
Extensive emphasis on practice teaching
Find your voice and teach dynamic yoga classes and learn to public speak
We look forward to connecting with you further, answering your questions and getting to know you!
Please join us for Informational Sessions on Tuesdays, August 8th at 5:30pm. There will also be a complimentary Alignment Vinyasa class from 4:30-5:30pm.
This article originally appeared in the April 2017 edition of The Pulse
What is the difference between working out on a singular weight lifting machine and lifting with free weights? Aren’t both weight training activities? Shouldn’t they give you the same benefits? In a word-NO!
Lifting in a fixed machine has some benefits:
It gives you the ability to isolate a muscle for maximal growth or hypertrophy
If you have an injury, the machine can limit the range of motion to allow you to work in a safe method
Traditionally, fixed isolated machines have been the default equipment for most weight rooms. Their simple and easy use has made gym participants more likely to lift weights. They were originally created for body builders in the 1970’s to allow them to isolate specific muscles for competition. Most were designed by former lifters who knew how an exercise should feel and then put resistance against that motion. Arthur Jones revolutionized this type of training by introducing the first line of Nautilus equipment. This equipment was the first to use a cam method, allowing the strength curve to increase as the muscle got stronger and it brought many gym goers into the weight room.
But let’s fast forward to modern times. We now understand that training exclusively in a machine limits core activation, range of motion and hampers your functional ability. Even though machines can isolate a particular muscle, they lack an overall whole body benefit.
When you lift free weights, you benefit in these ways:
More intense core activation
Stabilizer muscle activation to decrease unwanted motion
More muscles working and more calories burned during workouts
More balance and vestibular system challenge
Better preparation for sports and daily life
Lifting with free weights allows you to train in a three-dimensional world where as a machine locks you into one plane of movement. Every day we are affected by many external forces (i.e. gravity, rotational forces and linear resistance) and these forces are taken away when training on a machine. Not only does free weight training allow for a more complete workout, it allows for compound movements to occur with resistance. For example, if I do a bicep curl and then I add a step up on a bench as I do it, I can burn more calories and have more muscles working then simply doing either exercise. Also, when doing a barbell exercise like a deadlift or a squat, you use more core activation and increase flexibility and overall range of motion.
As the demands of a busy life increase, we need to be more efficient and selective about how we work out. Doing the same old line of machines that we have been doing for the last five years is less beneficial than moving in a three-dimensional pattern with resistance. Ask one of our personal training experts to set you up on a new weight training program!
Greenwood offers One-on-One Training, which allows you and your trainer to individualize your workout and spend a great deal of time focusing on form, technique and the best way for you to see results, or Semi-Private Personal Training, where you and a friend (or group of up to four friends) will get a great workout together with one of our professional trainers. This is a perfect option for those who like to workout with a friend but need guidance and instruction to maintain consistency and remain efficient.
We also offer a number of PWRFIT classes throughout the week, which deliver functional training movements in a circuit style format to create a high energy, calorie burning, muscle-building workout with professionally mixed music. We offer three class options: Upper Body/Core, Lower Body/Core and Total Body.
When it comes to motivation, your brain is a mysterious creature. One minute you’re pumped, full of enthusiasm, a few weeks later the excuses start to creep in and before you know it you haven’t been to the gym all week. Smart Start is a beginner’s plan for fitness that is based on scientific research. Follow this simple approach to guarantee that your first steps to fitness are not your last.
Three Secrets to Success
START SLOW– Don’t push your body too soon. It’s okay to stop working out when you’ve had enough.
BUILD GRADUALLY– Aim towards completing full workouts as your fitness builds.
MIX IT UP– Mix strength, cardio and flexibility training options and learn what workouts consistently motivate you to get moving.
When you’re starting out, a good goal to aim for is 150 minutes of exercise a week. Research shows that with 150 minutes of exercise a week you will start enjoying the health benefits of exercise. The next goal is 250–300 minutes. This is the suggested amount of weekly exercise needed to begin seeing some of the physical changes that accompany exercise without making any changes to your diet. If you’re up for this challenge, you can begin following our scientifically-proven six-week introduction. This workout plan lets you know how to mix up your workouts to maximize effectiveness and keep it interesting.
Another smart move is to set goals. Setting goals can be a huge help at any stage of your exercise journey. We suggest setting two goals; one based on the results you’re after and one on the behavior you’re trying to change. For example, I want to drop one size and I want to get to the gym twice next week. Post these goals where you will see them often, like on the fridge or on your mirror. Make sure your goals are realistic and don’t be too hard on yourself. As you reach each of your goals you can reevaluate how much time you are exercising and what you are trying to achieve.
People who work out in a group are far more likely to stick to exercise than those who go it alone. Get Fit Together, a study conducted by Dr. Jinger Gottschall from the Pennsylvania State University, followed 25 sedentary adults through a 30-week program of group fitness classes. The 30 weeks started with an initial six-week period encouraging the exercisers to “dip their toes” into fitness before building up to a six-day-a-week exercise schedule. The gradual introduction meant that instead of feeling sore from overworking unfit muscles and giving up, the group actually enjoyed their path into exercise. The results were so good that participants delayed the onset of cardiovascular disease by an average of 3.6 years. Over the 30-week study, 20 out of 25 study participants never missed a workout – a compliance rate of 98.8 per cent – almost unheard of in exercise studies. This commitment is proof that, when it comes to exercise, you shouldn’t go it alone. Combining a steady start with the support of others works wonders.
To really lock in your healthy new habit, the next 12 weeks are just as critical to your success. Each week from now should include three 60 minute cardio workouts, two 60 minute strength workouts and one 60 minute session of core/flexibility work. If you want to find out about cardio, strength, core and flexibility workout options, please consult our Group Fitness Schedule.
Andrea Morris, Director of Group Fitness | 303.770.2582 x312 | AndreaM@GreenwoodATC.com
Once a year, yoga enthusiasts from across the state gather at the annual Yoga Immersion Weekend at Greenwood Athletic Club to celebrate the art of yoga. Open to both members and non-members, our immersion weekend offers an opportunity to experience different types of Yoga than what you might regularly attend during the week. The weekend is also designed for everyone, from beginners to advanced, there are yoga classes for you. While we encourage everyone to take advantage of the entire weekend of classes, you can also register for individual classes. We encourage you to take a few days for yourself, and experience the magic of our Yoga Immersion Weekend. Here are five unique experiences you can look forward to during our third annual Yoga Retreat “Staycation” April 27-April 30, 2017.
1-Ignite Your Yoga Practice During Your “Staycation”
One of the best highlights of our retreat is its proximity. For our Yoga Staycation, you do not have to go anywhere as all of the weekend’s activities will be hosted in our state of the art facility. Our retreat is considerably more affordable than going to a destination yoga retreat, and GATC also offers an opportunity to book a spa or a massage as part of your experience at Ethereal Day Spa. Whether this is your first time doing yoga, or you are a seasoned practitioner, for those who can’t get away for a destination retreat, our yoga weekend offers an extremely manageable time commitment to practice and continue learning and exploring different forms of yoga.
2-Get to Know our GATC Instructors, and Instructors Across the State
Whether you are already a GATC member or a local community member, there’s something for everyone during Yoga Immersion Weekend. This year we are looking forward to having Dana Hanizeski, a Yoga Instructor from Pura Vida, join us for our Iyengar class. Dana will be working with participants to explore Iyengar teachings. In this class, you can expect to use props, straps, holsters, and blocks, which will allow you to practice and work with deeper poses. It is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about standing postures and alignment, as Dana and other instructors work with you to make sure that you are mastering your alignment in those standing postures.
We are also looking forward to hosting Sarita Shrestha, owner of Tibet Imports in Denver, as she hosts a Prayer Mala Bead Workshop. Each participant will have the opportunity to make their own personalized prayer mala, learning about the meaning behind each of the stones, how they are used in meditation, and the significance of the beads. Everyone will also learn how to string and tie your own mala.
3-Try Different Types of Yoga
Yoga goers from all background levels will appreciate the various types of yoga offerings available over our staycation weekend at GATC. Our opening session on Thursday Advanced Silent Thermal Yoga with Jen Ridout explores the power of a non-verbal Thermal Yoga class. As classical music plays in the background, students will cycle through a series of 26 poses. Our Friday evening candle lit class Vin/Yin with Mary France offers 30 minutes of breath connected movement, Vinyasa, and then ends with 30 minutes of Yin Yoga, which includes long holds using props on the mats. All of our classes this weekend will have extra help from our GATC instructors who will be walking around to help participants correctly get into the various yoga positions.
Drew Overholser will guide participants through one of our most popular classes, Meditation Workshop, as he teaches participants about the diverse spectrum of ways in which meditation can be a valuable tool for managing stress, increasing creativity, and releasing muscle tension and tightness. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, and learn a simple yet effective way to meditate.
We are excited to offer two different workshops that utilize wireless headphone technology to take your Yoga practices to the next level. Sound-Off Vinyasa with Amy Baker uses noise isolating wireless LED headphones to hear the instructor while moving through the motion of yoga with sounds curated by DJ Jilliam Keavney. Our Sunday evening class Sound Off Yoga Nidra with Layne Steege promotes deep healing on all levels, using the headphones to help you enter into an ultimate rest state, allowing you to release tension and anxiety.
4-Combine Yoga and Strength Training and Take Your Fitness to a New Level
Yoga practices can be easily integrated into your daily workout routines, particularly if you are working with weights. Saturday morning Marda Zechiel will be leading everyone though the Introduction to Yoga Sculpt Workshop, which includes a combination of compound exercises and working your full body for over an hour. In addition to teaching you the basics of Vinyasa Yoga, the session will focus on correct alignment and safe movement with weights. Yoga Sculpt provides a foundation for how you can reshape your body using yoga and weights.
Later in the day, join us for Happy Hips and Healthy Back with Elena Haykin which introduces participants to important techniques for how to prevent low back strain and injury, helping you achieve a supple healthy back. The workshop introduces new practice techniques for practicing yoga that you can integrate into your daily activity.
5-Gain Confidence in Yoga Practices
If the thought of Handstanding makes you want to head for the hills, then our Sunday class ABC’s of Inversion: Handstands for Everyone with Amy Baker is for you! Amy will go over the simple basics of handstanding with no fuss, and get you on the road to inverting, leaving you challenged, empowered and ready for the upside-down journey. Afterward, Michelle Marchildon will lead our Backbends That Feel Good workshop, which will be especially beneficial for anyone who is used to sitting at their desk typing all day. This workshop will help you with proper technique and skills to master the backbend, and help you down the path to opening up your shoulders more and an overall healthier spine.
We invite you to join us for this annual event that is sure to change the way that you think about and practice Yoga. Just fifteen minutes South of downtown Denver, you can dive into your yoga practice and experience Greenwood Athletic Club’s Yoga’s Best! Take the weekend off and enjoy your staycation here at Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club.
To view the classes visit The Yoga Immersion page where you can register for the entire weekend or one class or call the club to register at 303.770.2582 x274.
As those summer months get closer, now is the perfect opportunity to head into our Pilates studio and improve your tennis game by working on strengthening your body, improving your balance, enhancing your flexibility and building your core strength. Whether you have tried Pilates before, or are interested in it for the first time, our upcoming Pilates for Tennis six-week workshop is the perfect opportunity for you to boost your tennis techniques off the court. Pilates programs are always ongoing and available for you to take and improve your tennis game.
Under the guidance of our talented instructor Erica Bruenton, you will use the six principles of Pilates as a foundation for drawing connections between the fundamentals of both Pilates and tennis.
Concentration: Pilates is contingent on developing the connection between the mind and the body. Just like in tennis, you are never focusing on one thing at a time. It is particularly important to learn how to focus on your body’s powerhouse, the transverse/oblique/rectus abdominis, as well as the inner thighs and glutes. A big piece of bringing that together is the ability to concentrate and think about how the different muscles of your body are working together. You are engaging in similar activities on the tennis court, such as concentrating on multiple areas including stroke mechanics, swing speed, follow through, and recovering back to a ready position after you return the ball.
Centering:In Pilates we initiate movement from our powerhouse–all movement comes from the center. The core is equally important in tennis. If you visualize yourself on the court, there is a lot of rotational movement. Pilates encourages you to think about the kinetic chain of movement, where you are transferring energy from the ground, through your legs, core, and then into your shoulder, arm, wrist, which ultimately results in racquet head speed. Finding your center, as well as learning how to move it efficiently, will help increase your technique for generating power on the tennis court.
Control: Pilates helps strengthen your understanding of how to coordinate the movement of your body. For example, various Pilates exercises work on moving your legs and arms while keeping your abs engaged and pelvis stable. Control is equally important in tennis. On the tennis court, you utilize the split step to feel in control of your body as you get ready to take your next shot.
Breathing: Do you ever find yourself holding your breath when you play tennis, as you hit the ball or react to get in position for a shot? This is a common issue among many tennis players, and an area in which taking Pilates can be extremely beneficial. Pilates teaches you to link your breath with movement. As a tennis player, this teaches you to incorporate breathing techniques to enhance fluidity in your movement on the court.
Precision: As a tennis player, when you hit the ball you visualize where you want your shot to go. Similarly, in Pilates we build on concentration and control to achieve precision in movement. Pilates teaches you to engage your abdominals to stabilize your pelvis. Achieving stability and mobility that allows your joints to move through a healthy range of motion is very important, not just on the tennis court, but in your everyday activities.
Flowing Movement: Perhaps one of the most important aspects of tennis is being able to put all of your techniques together. In a tennis lesson or in drill, this might mean transitioning from baseline groundstroke, to a down the line approach shot, to a cross court volley to finish the point. When it comes to a match, you have to be able to put everything together to get the win. The concept of flowing movement within Pilates is the ability to move through a repertoire of exercises with fluidity. In Pilates, this is achieved through transition exercises, like teaser and the roll up, where you build strength while continuing to flow between different exercises.
(These images feature a progression series, where Tennis Professional Suzette Riddle is using the reformer’s straps to work through a progression of exercises that work on concentration, centering and control).
In the Pilates for Tennis class, the majority of your exercises on the reformer, which is the spring-loaded apparatus. The color coordinated springs represent the different amounts of tension that are used during the workout.
On the apparatus itself, you will be moving through a variety of positions. The videos below, featuring Tennis Professional Suzette Riddle, show different exercises that can be performed on the reformer that will help you build strength and coordination both on and off the court.