Keep the Momentum Going!

Andrea Morris, Director of Group Fitness

6 Ways to Stay on Track with Your New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Find something you enjoy.
    Whether it’s cycling, dancing, weight training, getting a great cardio and strength workout with equipment, punching and kicking, core work, a sweaty flow, or a nice stretch, we have something for you on the complimentary group fitness schedule.
  2. Schedule your workouts.
    Make an appointment with yourself. Even better, make an appointment with a friend to attend a class. You’re much more likely to make time for your workout if it’s scheduled and if another person can help keep you accountable.
  3. Set reasonable goals.
    Instead of trying to achieve everything all at once, focus on doing a little better with each and every workout. And stay consistent with your workouts.
  4. Add variety.
    A little variety goes a long way in creating some new motivation and excitement. If you’ve only ever done the treadmill, try some other type of cardio or weights or yoga.
  5. Connect with others.
    If you currently work out solo, try to recruit a friend. Meet others who enjoy the same workouts that you do in a group fitness class. A great partner can push you to work harder and truly challenge yourself, and social support can help you be more consistent with working out.
  6. Stop trying to be perfect.
    Trying to do things perfectly all the time is exhausting. Relax and enjoy the workout for what it is. To pay attention to the muscles working during each exercise. To be proud of what your body is capable of doing. It’s a tough challenge to focus on what your body can do instead of obsessing over how it looks. Relax and have some fun with your workouts.

Andrea Morris, Director of Group Fitness
303.770.2582 x312 | AndreaM@ClubGreenwood.com

Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club is now Club Greenwood

Greenwood Village, CO, January 31, 2019 — As people seek to transform themselves in the new year, Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club is going through a transformation of its own. They have changed their name to Club Greenwood. A brand study and member survey confirmed this new direction, as they are already known in the community as “the Club” or “Greenwood.” Club Greenwood better reflects who they’ve become.

“Rebranding to Club Greenwood is a natural transition,” said Paula Neubert, president and general manager. “The name is fresh, clean and easy to remember. For the past 31 years, we have evolved from Greenwood Athletic Club, to Greenwood Athletic Club and Tennis Center, to Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club. Not a day goes by without someone saying, ‘Let’s go to the Club’ or ‘I’m going to Greenwood.’”

The new branding represents Greenwood’s commitment to innovation and desire to stay ahead of the curve while offering its members the best in health and fitness. Neubert continues, “The brand study surveyed our members to confirm we are still promoting and marketing our club in the most effective and productive manner possible. Three factors differentiate us from our competition and keep our members coming: Club Greenwood is a Home Away from Home, a place to Choose Your Own Adventure, and a club that Provides Motivation. It was also clear from the members surveyed that our brand essence was and still is The Best Part of Your Day!® The resulting positioning statement from the members surveyed revealed, ‘Greenwood enriches its community through connection and fitness.’”

Club Greenwood’s in-house marketing team designed the new branding. “The new look incorporates a nod to the past with a fresh look to the future. The branding includes our new name, Club Greenwood, and existing tagline, The Best Part of Your Day! ®, married with the logo, color palette and photography. A responsive website is coming to further embody our new look and feel,” according to Tiffany Levine, director of marketing and public relations.

“The new emblem incorporates our initials and our beautiful mountain views, inspired by the adventurous and active nature of our members,” according to Neubert.

About Club Greenwood

Club Greenwood is South Denver’s premier full-service health club located in the heart of Greenwood Village. Boasting over 153,000 total square feet, Club Greenwood features over 150 complimentary fitness classes per week, including hot yoga and indoor cycling. The club also features a classical Pilates studio, 9,600 square foot weight room, an outdoor heated 25-meter eight-lane lap pool, open year-round and a 52,000 square foot tennis club with seven indoor clay courts and five outdoor courts. Founded in 1987, Club Greenwood has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Gyms” by Fitness Magazine. Members can expect an immaculate club, personalized service and attention to detail. Visit ClubGreenwood.com

4 Things to Look For in a Great Summer Camp

Julie Staley, Youth Program Coordinator

The PEOPLE
Do you know your kids’ counselors? Every great summer camp has returning qualified and trained staff that truly enjoys playing with kids. They missed the kids during the school year and are excited for camp to begin.

The PROGRAM
Are the kids active? Do they go on field trips? Camp Greenwood uses the club as its home base which encourages a healthy and active lifestyle. We attend field trips around the Denver Metro area that the kids recommend.

The CONVENIENCES
Does camp make mom and dad’s life easier? Camp Greenwood provides lunch, snacks, towels and sunscreen. You only need to pack a swim suit each day!

The ENVIRONMENT
Are your kids having fun and staying safe? We provide an atmosphere where we continuously improve our facilities, policies and procedure based on safety.  We pride ourselves on knowing mom, dad, nanny, nana and your family dog.

Check out Camp Greenwood 2019!

Julie Staley, Youth Program Coordinator
303.770.2582 x287 | JulieS@ClubGreenwood.com

It’s Time to Jump In to Water Fitness

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics

Whether or not you have ever taken a water fitness class, it’s time to jump in! Not only will you receive a great cardio workout, but you may be surprised by the strength training benefits you gain from using the water as resistance. Because of the buoyancy of the water, working out in the pool provides the perfect medium for those who must avoid high impact exercise. The following complimentary classes, 9:15–10:15am, Monday–Friday, are offered here at Club Greenwood. All levels are welcome and modifications are given to keep you safe.

Monday Aqua Intervals with Crystal
A high intensity interval class to challenge your cardiovascular system. May include stations, running exercises, steps, noodles and barbells.  Because of the water’s natural resistance, you will build muscle and gain muscular endurance.

Tuesday and Thursday Deep Water Challenge with Jeanette
A great cardiovascular workout using equipment or treading water. Includes intervals, circuits, balance challenges and strength training. Using a belt or noodle keeps you afloat so you can gain full range of motion with your legs, enhancing the muscle-building benefits.

Wednesday Water Fitness with Marlene
Based on Pilates principals, you’ll enjoy a fun class that includes cardio, strength training and brain balance while incorporating core, range of motion and balance to improve overall fitness. 

Friday Water Fitness Shallow-Deep Workout with Teresa
Experience a fun, exhilarating shallow-deep water combo workout! Enhance cardiovascular endurance, build total body strength, gain muscular definition, improve balance, agility, overall health and increase energy in this dynamic class!

We also offer a Saturday Deep Water class from 9–10am with rotating instructors.

See you in the pool!

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

Practicing Self Care at Greenwood

Sheri Warren, Member Coach

No longer considered a luxury, self care in this busy life is a necessity. What does self-care mean to you? What types of things do you choose to do each day that would be considered self care? For some it might be taking time off from work, escaping to the mountains or even the movies, but for others it might simply mean saying no to another request or turning off the technology an hour before bed to create a peaceful environment that leads to sound sleep.

It is our hope that you would allow Greenwood to be a place where you choose to practice self care every day. No matter what your version of self care may be, you have the option at Greenwood! Treat yourself to a private golf lesson or enjoy a spa service at Ethereal. Take some dedicated time to sit in the sauna, steam or whirlpool areas, quiet your mind with one of our new YinMeditation yoga classes, or rock it out in a HIIT, PWRFIT or Stages Indoor Cycling class. Invest in a personal trainer or Pilates instructor to finally achieve the results you are striving for or brave the elements and enjoy a peaceful swim in our heated outdoor pool.

Your membership at Greenwood allows you the option to practice taking care of yourself in a different way, every day. It just might be the perfect investment in yourself. Choosing to move your body and send oxygenated blood to every organ in your body, decreasing stress and taking time out from the ordinary details of life will improve your health and extend your life. Move, stretch, relax, enjoy and take care of YOU! You’ll be glad you did.

Sheri Warren, Member Coach
720.838.2513 | Sheri@GreenwoodATC.com

Dear Greenwood Mom

Julie Staley, Youth Program Coordinator

Dear Greenwood Mom,

Let’s be honest, sometimes we all need a minute to ourselves. We need a minute to take a shower, grab a coffee, send an email, do yoga or just sit in the lobby and sleep with our eyes open, a trait you get really good at as a mom. Many moms come to Greenwood just to have a minute to themselves and we want to invite you to do the same. Your first stop is at the Kids’ Club. Our Kids Club is designed with an outside entrance so when you enter those heavenly gates of the club, all your worries about your kids are gone. No crying, no asking for a snack, no one saying Mommy, Mom, Mama, no little human rolling their eyes, it’s just you.

So, you made it through the gates and into your kingdom. What do you do now? There are so many options! You look around there’s a comfy chair in the lobby. You could just stop and sit……..Danielle and George, the Club Ambassadors won’t judge you for taking a short nap. Or, you decide to power through and get a workout in. You go girl! Before you hop on a treadmill, you smell the coffee, oh the coffee. You need it! You stop at ink! and get your small coffee and see your friend Erin. You need to talk to her about the new Group Fitness classes you saw on the schedule. You and Erin get into an hour long conversation about how your kids won’t sleep because of daylight savings time. Then, you look at your watch and figure out you only have 30 minutes to shower, that dry shampoo can’t last another day. Into the locker room you go. It’s great you can take a shower in peace and BY YOURSELF! All the amenities are there, shampoo, conditioner, soap and they don’t have a Disney character on them. After your shower you even get to blow dry your hair. You exit the locker room, take a deep breathe in and realize you totally needed the club today. You then head back up to Kids’ Club to pick up the kids and hope the staff recognized who you are with your hair done. You realize you have been at the club for two and a half hours and didn’t even work out! That’s okay. We are a health club and sometimes you just need a minute for you, and that is also good for your HEALTH! Being a mom is hard, let Greenwood be your minute.

Cheers!

Julie Staley, Youth Program Coordinator
303.770.2582 x287 | JulieS@GreenwoodATC.com

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

Why Introduce Your Child to Golf?

Lisa Thomas, Director of Member Services

Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club Has golf! Introduce your child to golf right here at Greenwood in a new, state of the art golf studio. Here’s why:

  1. Anyone can play! You don’t have to be fast, thin or in fantastic shape to start. Golfers come in all shapes, sizes and athletic abilities.
  2. Minimal Risk. Golf is somewhat easier on the body than other sports that kids do like football, soccer, track and even baseball. There is less risk that you will be hit by a ball or obtain a stress injury from repetitive pounding. If you can walk, you’ve got a great start in golf.
  3. Lifelong Sport. Golf is a sport that you can play your entire life. It may even keep you spry into your 90’s.
  4. Lifelong Friendships. Because one can spend lots of hours on the golf course, you will develop friendships that may last a lifetime.
  5. Outdoor Time. In this day and age, where our youth are on their phones or playing video games, golf is an opportunity to get outdoors.
  6. Scholarships. “The National College Athletic Assn. (NCAA) estimates that every year 200 college golf scholarships for young women go unclaimed. Too few girls compete in the sport to qualify for these scholarships, which means many young women are missing an opportunity that could make all the difference to their education, their income and their future.”
  7. Family Time. Remember the old saying…”a family that plays together stays together.” Why not play golf together? Go out to the driving range and hit balls together. Play nine holes. It’s a nice time to strike up a conversation with your child.
  8. Life Lessons. There are many lessons to be learned through golf. Navigating ups and downs, regrouping, handling pressure, rising to an occasion, battling outside elements, handling distractions…just to name a few.
  9. Golf is just plain fun!

Teaching Golf Professional, George Miller, is available six days a week for private or group lessons. Book your appointment with George by calling 303.330.5146 or emailing him at george.miller05@comcast.net.

Lisa Thomas, Director of Member Services
303.770.2582 x284 | LisaT@GreenwoodATC.com

What I Learned from My Tennis Coach

Katherine Flahive

Tennis, among other sports, requires training, skill, practice, repetition, mindset, conditioning, focus and awareness of your partner and opponents. It also requires a positive attitude, positive self-talk, being present in the moment and watching the ball, having a tool kit of strokes and moves, court movement, footwork, speed, agility and a great deal of letting go of the last shot or the shots missed.

Likewise, when you are centered emotionally, you can perform emotionally with flexibility, strength, responsiveness, and resiliency. One of my favorite tennis coaches would share reminders of what is important to focus on: Accelerate through the strike zone, Compete with integrity, Pressure is a privilege, Courage through fear, Simple game plan executed with excellence, Charge like a bull and hit like a flower, and Focus on improvement and on what is working!

When my son tragically passed away in 2011, I found tennis a sanctuary and life saver!  It was the one place I could be and not think about anything else but the ball, while focusing what’s happening on the court. In tennis, being present on the court, watching the ball, focusing and how I respond to the game is vital. When I think too much and don’t trust my ability to play, it shows. Being a humble winner and gracious loser, I’m grateful and fortunate to be able to play tennis.

These principles also apply to my life. Being present to reality and what is, being aware and focused, taking care of my whole self so I am flexible, resilient to the challenges that may present themselves requires recovering to the middle, resetting, and responding versus reacting. Being able to let go and focus on the next stroke helps me to live in the moment and be ready for what is next. Don’t overthink and feel it in my body. The body knows and remembers. Remember to breathe, move my feet and be grounded. Trust takes faith and knowing that someone is pulling for me on and off the court is invaluable.