Does it sometimes feel like you need to exercise 8 days a week to get healthy?

Gary Stotler, Member Coach

Let’s face it, with many of us spending 8-10 hours sitting behind a desk, there is a real need to get moving. So, how much movement do we really need to improve or maintain a healthy lifestyle? Remember “the good old days” when we were athletes, or in the best shape of our lives? Most likely working out was a habit. Then the realities of life hit and our schedules started to allow less and less dedicated time to hit the gym or go for a run and we drifted off our normal workout routine.

So where do we go from here?

I frequently hear how difficult and overwhelming it can be to know what to do, how to do it, and how much time it will take. We have to start where we are and work toward where we want to go.

I want to give you three tips on getting past the obstacles that may be in the way of your goals:

  1. An intentional 20 minute brisk walk is a great way to start RIGHT NOW! A little sunshine, fresh air and movement will be a great way to start or end your day with positive forward movement toward better health.
  2. We don’t have to work at 100% effort all the time. The importance of setting ourselves up for success through a realistic and achievable plan is the best way to gain traction and momentum. One of my mentors told me, a little progress achieved every day is much greater than a lot of action taken once in a while.
  3. A great way to move past a plateau is to grow beyond what you’re doing now. Myzone makes the transition simple to find your past movement patterns, develop a new set of training goals and keep you accountable as you increase your goals.

If you are finding yourself at a plateau or even falling down the other side, now is a great time to maximize your efforts. Take advantage of the beautiful Colorado weather. Set a new goal, try a new class and watch your consistent effort pay off in June!

The World Health Organization recommends just 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity each week.

How can Myzone help?

  • Myzone will help you understand your true effort level in real time which will help you modify your movements, speed and effort to maximize your time.
  • Just wear your Myzone tracker. The belt, app and advanced technology throughout Club Greenwood will do the rest! You’ll receive an email summary and you can view your workout history with a touch of a button on your mobile device.
  • Hold yourself accountable and help your community by engaging through the Myzone app, Myzone challenges and in specific classes held throughout the day at the club.

Myzone provides feedback, accountability and a community to help you stay on track and make fitness a habit again!

150 minutes of moderate exercise = Blue/Green zone- 50 minutes, 3 days a week

75 minutes of vigorous exercise = Green/Yellow/Red Zones- 25 minutes, 3 days per week

“I use the Zone Match classes within the Myzone App all the time. The app keeps fresh workouts at the touch of my fingers and they are simple, challenging and I can use a variety of equipment!” –Lisa

Earn up to $500 with MyZone

Join the MEP movement and your June workouts could be worth up to $500 in Cash! Participate in the Global Myzone MEP Challenge and be automatically entered to win. The MEPs start counting for cash on June 1. Don’t have a Myzone belt? Contact Gary Stotler for details at x335 or garys@clubgreenwood.com

Gary Stotler, Member Coach
303.770.2582 x335 | GaryS@ClubGreenwood.com

Is Pilates Worth the Money?

Sara Talbert
Director of Pilates

There are things in life worth paying a little extra for: direct flights, a quality mattress, a good haircut and…Pilates. Pilates? Yes! Pilates at Greenwood isn’t just another thing to buy, it’s an experience to savor. With Pilates, you can:

  1. Connect with neglected muscle groups. Pilates trains and activates the small muscles that tend to get less attention than others.
  2. Improve flexibility. In general, the more muscle mass you have, the less flexible you are. Pilates’ focus on lengthening helps prevent injuries and muscle strains and increases range of motion.
  3. Build core strength. Every Pilates exercise focuses on using your core to initiate movement in your limbs.
  4. Live more consciously. Pilates forces you to pay attention. You’ve got to focus on your breath while working through each movement, concentrating on proper form. After a Pilates session, you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed.
  5. Prevent injury. This kind of core training makes Pilates an excellent technique for whole-body fitness, as well as a foundation for cross training with other kinds of sports and exercise to balance the way you move.

We’re unique at Greenwood because we stay true to our work. We value quality over quantity and focus on fostering relationship: friendliness, respect and hospitality mean a lot to us. We bring naturally empathetic people onto our team, and we invest in their personal and professional growth so they can invest in yours. Pilates comes with a price, but its benefits are priceless.

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

The Benefits of Swimming at Any Age

Crystal Garland, Director of Aquatics

No matter the age, it’s essential and never too early to make sure you and your kids are comfortable and water safe in the pool. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for children, ages 1–14, according to the National Safe Kids Campaign. April is officially Adult Learn-to-Swim Month.

One of the biggest benefits of learning how to swim at any age is that swimming is FUN. Everyone loves getting in the water and enjoying themselves, but swimming also provides benefits that can keep children and adults healthy and happy at the same time:

  • Swimming keeps our heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture.
  • Swimming provides challenges and rewards accomplishments, which helps children and adults to become self-confident and believe in their abilities.
  • Swimming allows plenty of opportunities to make friends and grow in confidence.

Club Greenwood has amazing instructors that have learned the art of teaching all swimmers how to be safe in the water, from blowing bubbles to floating, to using proper technique and being efficient in the water. For private swim lessons, we work with your schedule to find time to practice and achieve the goals of our swimmers. We also offer group swim lessons for children and adults.

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

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

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

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.