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It's Never Too Late to Learn This Sport of a Lifetime

Tuesday, May 19 2015 5:43 PM
Categorized In Tennis

Are you looking to get into tennis but don’t know a thing about it?  Don’t worry you are not alone!  Genesis has Tennis Courts at our Rock Road, Topeka Southwest, Overland Park, West Central and St. Joseph locations.  Genesis’ Tennis Professionals are highly talented and qualified to help you in your journey to learn.  Tennis can look like a complicated sport.  In reality, if you understand the way it’s played, it isn’t that complicated. Tennis is a sport of a lifetime, whether you are nine or ninety, you can always learn!  This will give you an idea of what tennis is like.  We’ll walk you through how to keep score, the different levels that are played, different types of balls used, and different drills that are practiced to improve your sport.  After reading this you will have a good grasp on the fundamentals of tennis!  This information has been compiled by our team of Tennis Professionals at Genesis Health Clubs.  

First we’ll talk about the scoring.   Tennis is a game that is lost, not won.  When Person/Team A lets the ball past them, doesn’t get the ball over the net, or the ball goes out of bounds, Person/Team B gets the point.  There are four points in a game, win by two.  The first person/team to get to four points wins the game.  The first person/team to win six games wins the set.  If there is a tie on the sixth game, a seventh game is played for a tie breaker.  The person/team to win two out of three sets wins the match.  The points go more into depth.  If you are interested in learning more, contact our Tennis Director’s in your area.  

Next we’ll talk about the different types of levels.  There are many levels of adult tennis that are based off a rating system that is on .5 increments.  Most adult drills start at a 2.5 level, or an advanced beginner level.  Most of Genesis’ players start at a 3.0 level, lower intermediate.  The average player usually doesn’t get passed a 3.5 level, intermediate.  Most of the Tennis Professionals at Genesis play at a 4.5 to 5.5 level, lower advanced.  The top players in the world are considered 5.5 – 7.0 level, advanced.  Genesis has offers classes in the different level.  Meet with a Tennis Professional today to see what level you’re in.  Check out your local page for league’s that are offered as well.

If you are interested in getting your kids signed up for tennis lessons, here are some of the different types of balls and levels they play with.  There is a red ball, orange ball, green dot ball, and the yellow ball (your traditional ball).  The red ball is a foam ball that is larger and only bounces at 25% of the regular yellow ball.  This ball is for kid’s ages eight years old and under.  The orange ball is yellow and orange and bounces at 50% of the yellow ball.  This ball is for kid’s ages seven to ten years old.  The green dot ball is a used yellow ball that has a green dot on it and bounces at 75% of a new yellow ball.  This ball is perfect for kid’s ages ten to twelve years old.  Beginning teenagers and adults may also play with the green dot ball.

Kids play based on their age and level.  There is beginner, advanced beginner, and so forth.  We do have some programs designed for tournament level players.  The various levels of tournaments for yellow ball are novice, open, futures, supers, sweet16s/nationals.  There are also tournaments that play with their specific ball called ROGY.  These tournaments are mostly novice to open levels of play.  Genesis offers tennis lessons for kid’s ages three years and up.  Genesis Tennis Professionals will get your kids ready for tournaments and school teams.  Check out your local clubs classes that fits your child’s level.

When you are practicing tennis there are many types of drills that you can play.  Single specific and doubles specific are developmental drills and performance drills.  Situational Activity Drills are cardio drills that go through certain situations.  Drills can be very broad or specific; it depends on the level of the program, which was mentioned earlier.  Genesis offers drill and play, situational, and drop-in drill classes at all our locations.  Visit your clubs page for their class schedule.

This is just an overview of how tennis is run.  If you are interested in learning more about the tennis programs at your Genesis Health Clubs, visit their page on this website.  There are many fun ways to learn how to play tennis.  Every Genesis with a tennis court offers a free tennis lesson for your first lesson.  This is a way to get your feet wet and see if it is something that you might want to continue.  Our Tennis Professionals are highly skilled and will help you learn how to play tennis.  Follow our blog for more fun facts about tennis.

Genesis Weight Loss Story - Rosemary Dorsey

Thursday, May 14 2015 5:12 PM
Categorized In St. Joseph

Rosemary experienced some life changing health issues that scared the life back into her.  “I felt like I was living on borrowed time and desperately needed to make some major changes with having well over 100lbs to lose.” says Rosemary.  She started her long journey by eating healthier.  She changed her mind set and got control of her relationship with food.  Although she lost quite a bit of weight just by eating better, she eventually hit a plateau and needed to add fitness to her life.  

Joining G60 has made a huge impact on Rosemary’s life.  Before G60, she took Deep Water Aerobic three times a week and utilized the fitness center twice a week.  After the outdoor pool closed down for the winter, Rosemary jumped in the G60 Boot Camp class.  At first, it kicked her butt and she had to rest frequently.  With the encouragement of the instructors and trainers, she kept with it and is now doing Boot Camp three times a week, Cardio and Iron twice a week, and Yoga once a week.  

Rosemary wants to thank Heather Hausman and the amazing team at St. Joseph location.  She was able to get her closer to her weight loss goal while gaining muscle, endurance, core strength and confidence.  She is confident that Genesis will help her achieve her goal and many more goals to come.  She is living a healthier lifestyle and will never go back to her old ways.


Leavenworth Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

Friday, May 8 2015 3:26 PM
Categorized In Leavenworth

April was a great month for Group Fitness!  All of our MOSSA classes launched their new releases, and members are loving these challenging, energy-packed programs. Want to learn more? Check out Group Blast, Group Kick, Group Power, and Group Ride.

Did you know that we offer more than 90 group fitness classes every week? From Yoga Basics to Power Splash, from Fit Life to Step Interval, from Zumba to G-Cycle, and many, many more, there is truly something for everyone here.  Click here to check times and descriptions of our Group Fitness classes.

Our featured class this month is Group Blast. This is a 60-minute energetic cardio workout using the STEP to train fitness, agility, coordination, and strength. This is NOT your mama’s step class! It’s a sports-inspired cardio alternative to walking, running, or stair climbing because you will do it all: walk, jog, run, jump, plyometrics, balance drills, lateral drills, and quickness drills -- all on and off the STEP. The intensity of this workout is easily managed with the many exercise options and the adjustability of the STEP. This is a great workout for anyone, whether you are new to exercise or are an athlete in training.


Living in a military town means we often have to say farewell to some of our favorite group fitness instructors. This May we bid adieu to Aillene Aquino, Dawn Blom, Annie Hudson, Sarah Jennings, Julie Lyons, and Holly Wallace. Thank you to each of you for your dedication to Group Fitness at Genesis; we wish you all the very best on your next adventures.

Genesis Weight Loss Story - Amanda Jeane

Friday, May 8 2015 1:37 PM
Categorized In Springfield

Amanda was living an active life, but she was static.  She was stuck in a pattern and wasn’t seeing results. Her moment of truth though, was looking at picture one day and deciding that the way she looked was unacceptable and she needed to make some huge changes.  She was overweight, overwhelmed, and terrified.   Amanda’s transformation happened over the course of three years.  She began by eating healthier, running on the treadmill and elliptical but was never really seeing huge results.  She was terrified of lifting weights and she needed the push of G60 to get her out of her comfort zone.  

In G60 Boot Camp, Amanda not only got over her fear of weightlifting, but she learned the benefits of mixing cardio with it.  She learned how to value herself in the process.  Once she achieved one goal she would set a new one for her.  When she had a bad week she wouldn’t get discouraged.  She just put it behind her and kept going.  “This is a mind set and a lifestyle change.  I’m never going back.” Amanda explains.  She has seen huge improvement in her ability to do exercises, she has no limits.  Amanda has lost 50lbs so far and continues to do work hard.

Amanda has made some great friends during G60 and has started a Facebook Group called Fitness Fuel.  The page is a place to motivate and encourage her friends to keep going.  They post anything from encouraging words to healthy recipes, to new work outs to try at home.  She encourages each club to create a page that helps members stay motivated.  It has really helped her achieve her goals.  





Springfield Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

Friday, May 8 2015 12:13 PM
Categorized In Springfield

LES MILLS Launches are a hit!

On April 18, Genesis Springfield held their annual Survivor Launch.  Participants could come to any of the 30-minute classes over the 3.5 hours and see the newest releases for all the programs.  Those who did 5 of the 6 classes offered at each club earned a Survivor T-Shirt.  We had a great turnout with 24+ T-shirt earners at each club.



The South Club Pool is on its way!

Construction workers began work last week to begin digging the area for the indoor pool for the Genesis South Club.  We are excited to soon have this amenity available to our Genesis members and will be looking for Water Fitness Instructors to begin Aqua classes when complete.  Check in the club and on Facebook for updates on future Aqua class offerings!




Rock Road Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

Wednesday, May 6 2015 4:27 PM
Categorized In Rock Road

Cover Girl Bethany

Check out our own Bethany Tenpenny, instructor and personal trainer, gracing the cover of Splurge this month! We think she’s the very picture of health and athleticism, and we know you’ll agree once you take her highly-motivating classes.

  • Monday, 5:45 p.m. Blast
  • Tuesday, 9 a.m. Blast
  • Wednesday, 9 a.m. Power & 10 a.m. Core30
  • Friday, 9 a.m. Power


Memorial Day at Rock Road

Memorial Day is Monday, May 25 and the gym will have holiday hours, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. We’re offering a special class schedule, PLUS we’ll open the pool with a BANG at our annual Memorial Day Party & BBQ.


Following is our class schedule for the day:

8:00 a.m. Group Ride 90 – Cherisse & Jacqui

8:30 a.m. Yoga Flow – Galina

8:30 a.m. Power Splash – Leah  

9:00 a.m. Group Power – Zoe  

9:30 a.m. Power Yoga – Aisha  

9:30 a.m. Aqua FitLife – Leah  

10:00 a.m.  Group Blast – Bethany  

10:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga – Galina  

Noon: Aqua Groove – Virginia  

At 1, all members are invited to party the day away at the outdoor pool. We’ll serve food, drinks and tons of fun, starting at 1 p.m.


Swim Team Packets are Available!

Speaking of the pool, it’s time to talk swim team and lessons! We have a swim program for kids of all ages, so pick up your swim team packets at the front desk and, while you’re there, learn more about swim lessons too. Our Aquatics Coordinator Abbey Steinbrink is available to answer your questions at


The 80s are Back in Group Fitness

We’ve been in a heated competition at Rock Road. Our 30 instructors – from aquatics, mind/body and group fitness – competed in a fierce-but-friendly competition to increase the number of class participants. And guess what?! It worked! A lucky team of five will be crowned winners for the highest increase. As for the other 25…well, they’ll be the ones in 80s attire teaching class on a very special day in May. Come to your favorite classes to meet the “losers” and congratulate the winners.

Emporia Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

Wednesday, May 6 2015 4:20 PM
Categorized In Emporia

Instructor of the Month: Karen Guzman
Karen has been a fitness instructor for 10 years at this facility. She is certified in Step, Zumba, Hip Hop, and Group Power. Professionally Karen works for the state of Kansas a Vocation Rehab Specialist.

When not in the gym or working Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, of 10 years, German and cheering on her sons Brandon (15), Diego (7), and Daniel (5) in their many sporting activities. When Karen wants to relax she enjoys shopping, dancing and traveling


Class of the Month:  Flexibility and Mobility

Learn a wide range of techniques such as foam rolling, trigger point therapy, Active stretching & passive stretching.  If you stretch correctly & regularly, you will find that every movement you make becomes easier.  This class is new and is taught by one of personal trainers Dylan McEwin.

G60 Bootcamp

It was a huge success we had a great month and some really great participants.  If you don’t know what this is please ask at the front desk!  
Danielle  Metzger  was our G30 Boot Camp winner for April 2015


Twin Night

We had Twin Night at our last Group Power launch.  Fun was had by all who attended.


West Central Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

Wednesday, May 6 2015 4:18 PM
Categorized In West Central

With a new month, Group Fitness brings us three new instructors!!!  
Cherisse Taylor, Leah Haden and Jacqui Patten are all recent trainees from Group Ride training.  They will be teaching Ride classes at WC on a regular basis. Beginning Monday, May 4th, you can join Leah for our 5:45pm Group Ride class. Wednesdays at 5:45pm you can join Cherisse or Beth Shonka for Group Ride as they rotate each week. Jacqui, Cherisse and Kurt will be alternating teaching our Saturday 8:15am Group Ride as well.  New faces and  enthusiasm will get you through your 60 minute cycle class!!! Come join the Fun!!
Have you ever tried ATC?? Athletic Training and Conditioning is a 60 minute cardio class that includes strength training and drills to raise your heart rate to it’s maximum!! Ann will be teaching a NEW ATC class on Wednesdays at 9:15am beginning May 6th, in place of her Cardio and Iron.  If you are looking for something new, this class may be for you!!!
“Group Blast Music Moves You!!” Tonia and Greta launched the brand new April 2015 Group Blast release last Saturday, April 25th. This is our newest MOSSA Program to Genesis. This one hour cardio class uses a step and increases agility, heart rate, strength and balance. The class can be taken by all fitness levels, as it can be modified and done on the floor as well. Group Blast is offered on Tuesdays at 9:15am, Thursday and Friday evenings at 5:45pm, and Saturdays at 8:00 and 11:30am.

McPherson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

Wednesday, May 6 2015 4:14 PM
Categorized In McPherson

Hello McPherson! Below is our May Group Fitness News.

Be sure to Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on everything happening around the club!


Kayla Sides has been with Genesis McPherson since we opened in Nov. ’13. She recently just had her first baby. I have always been active in one way or another, whether playing sports, cheerleading, dancing, or running, and I have always enjoyed the fun, community, and accountability of group fitness classes of all kinds.

After graduate school, I got married, moved to McPherson and got certified to teach Zumba. I have now been teaching Zumba for about 3 years and love every second of it! Zumba can get a bad reputation as not a "real" workout, so I would challenge anyone who may wonder about it to come check it out! You may have so much fun that it doesn't feel like a workout, but the cardio and toning components give a great calorie blast!Another misconception about Zumba and other group fitness classes are that you have to look a certain way or be at a certain fitness level to participate, but that just isn't so!

God blessed me with my first child, a son, this past January, and my heart has never been so full! Not only has my life changed, but so has my body! I gained the high end of a healthy weight for a pregnancy, but stayed active throughout my whole pregnancy...attending Zumba just two days before delivering. There were times when I would feel self-conscious dancing in class with my large, round pregnant belly, but our Genesis community is so encouraging and open that I quickly got over that and enjoyed staying healthy for me and my baby.

Now I am dealing with the changes of a post-partum, "Fourth Trimester," body. I am grateful to my body and the miracle it accomplished in my pregnancy and delivery, but there are times, again, that I deal with feeling self-conscious about my softer stomach and rounder form. However, when I first came back to teaching Zumba post-baby, I was met with hugs and smiles at Genesis, and as always, we worked up a good sweat and had a great time. I share this to encourage all individuals to give group fitness classes a chance and to not allow fears or feelings of self-consciousness to get in the way of taking your health and fitness into your own hands! Group fitness classes are a great way to get in shape, stay in shape, or even discover your new shape during or after a baby!


Group Fitness Spotlight – Group Blast

Group Blast  is an energetic cardio workout using The STEP to train fitness, agility, coordination, and strength.
Group Blast is a great cardio alternative to walking, running, or stair climbing because you will do it all: walk, jog, run, jump, plyometrics, balance drills, lateral drills, and quickness drills – all on and off The STEP – to exciting energetic music. With the many exercise options and the adjustability of The STEP, intensity is easily managed so anyone, from new to exercise to an athlete in training, will feel successful.
We launched Group Blast April’15 Saturday, April 25th. Now is the perfect time to come try out Group Blast, if you haven’t already. Its motivating, fun, sporty, and inviting!! Group Blast is Thursday nights @ 5:30pm.



Hutchinson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

Wednesday, May 6 2015 4:07 PM
Categorized In Hutchinson

Genesis Hutchinson! Happy Spring!

Nice weather is here,  but we still have Group Fitness Classes, please check our Group Fitness schedule.
Or pick up a copy at the Front Desk. And we keep the classes updated on the  Group Fitness Schedule white board up front. Let me know if I can help you any way,

Becky Holcomb
Group Fitness Coordinator

R.I.P.P.E.D is back!!  
Heather Koehn is our Certified R.I.P.P.E.D. instructor. She is looking forward to having you join her for this Awesome class!!
Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, Diet
We are offering two classes, they begin -
May 4 – 8:15 am – Studio A
May 13 – 4:30 pm – Studio A


Instructor of the Month!
Meet Lynn Schmidt  - Lynn teaches our Cardio & Iron early morning classes and if you need a great jump start in the morning you need to check these out!! You will leave feeling energized and ready for your day!!
Hello! My name is Lynn Schmidt and I teach Cardio & Iron class and sub for Fit Life class. I am one of those unusual people who actually enjoys exercising and have done it all of my life. I played volleyball in high school and ran in the off season for conditioning. I continued to run in college for exercise and after college started attending fitness classes. I really enjoyed the camaraderie of exercising with other people and the motivation I receive by working out with them. So why do I exercise? As a former cardiac nurse, I know it helps keep weight under control, lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol. Along with those reasons, it also helps me to constructively deal with stress, and I just love the satisfaction that comes after a really hard workout!
I have been married for 28 years to Steve and we have three sons: Ryan (22), Austin (19), Evan (18). We enjoy traveling and spending time together as a family. When I'm not dreaming up a new and difficult workout for my class, you can find me volunteering at my church, eating chocolate, visiting my aging parents, scrap booking, doing Bible Study, or baking cookies. Now you know why I have to exercise...I have a sweet tooth! I have a shirt and it says, "Will exercise for chocolate!" That pretty much sums up my life!

It's a good thing I'm a morning person because Cardio & Iron is at 5:15 am on Mon/Wed/Fri. I'd love to have you come check us out! We're a fun group of people. I like to encourage the class members to work hard, keep going, and be positive. Three things you will frequently hear me say are: 1) I say, "Is it going to be easy?" The class says, "No!" I say, "Is it going to be worth it?" They say,  "Absolutely." It's important to remember that all the hard work will pay off. 2) "The happiest people don't have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have." None of us have a perfect life and so we have to choose to respond positively to negative situations. It's all about our attitude toward life. 3) "You can't outwork in the gym what you ate in the kitchen." Running an extra 2 miles is not going to undo the 5 cookies you ate yesterday! Even though I love sweets, I try to get plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein in. So now you know a little more about me.  I hope to see you in class!

Topeka Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

Tuesday, May 5 2015 10:18 AM
Categorized In Topeka

Genesis wants to give a big welcome to Kristina Saliceti!  She is Topeka North’s new Pilates Instructor. Classes start May 5th Tuesday and Thursdays at 7:30pm.  Check out her class!

Genesis also welcomes Anita Austin to Topeka North.  As their new Zumba Instructor, Anita brings tons of spunk and energy to Zumba!  She will get you sweating as soon as you step on the floor.  She will be teaching on Friday nights at 4:30pm.  Come in and check out the hot dance craze now!


April 11th Topeka hosted a Zumba-thon for Delta Theta Gamma for their Scholarship Charity Fundraiser.  Over 50 people came into our Topeka Southeast location to dance for a great cause. The floor was burning up!   With the help of some of our Lawrence Zumba Instructors, this crew was one of our best yet!  The Sorority sisters were so grateful for Genesis’ contribution.


Topeka Southwest hosted a Zumba Jam Session with several new and upcoming instructors from Topeka, Manhattan, and surrounding areas, Anita and Kristina joined them.  The day was filled with fun and excitement!



Genesis Weight Loss Story - Tonya Evans

Friday, April 24 2015 11:19 AM
Categorized In Lawrence

Before joining Genesis Health Clubs, Tonya was unhealthy, had type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and weighed 480 pounds. She is a single mom and wanted to set a better example for her 3 kids. “I was in a lot of pain and I wasn’t living the life I wanted, said Tonya.” She wanted to be healthier and live a healthier lifestyle. She was ready for a change, so in August 2011 she joined Genesis Health Clubs. She works out in the club multiple times a week. She enjoys the variety of workout equipment, the helpful staff and the delicious protein shakes.


Tonya is a proven example of how hard work and dedication pays off. Since joining Genesis, Tonya has lost a total of 248 pounds! “I've learned a lot. Mostly about myself. Consistency is key. Never quitting. Even the smallest steps produce big results. I never thought I could look as good as I do and that my muscles could transform like they have. It's incredible and I'm addicted - in a very healthy and good way.”


Even after losing over 200 pounds, Tonya isn’t quitting. She no longer has type II diabetes and is off of her blood pressure and cholesterol medications. She will continue to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. She has more weight loss and transformation goals set for herself in the near future. “I expect that what I've accomplished at Genesis will stay! I pray I can inspire others to try. To get up and live! That there is hope. Baby steps turn into giant leaps. I'm not going anywhere.”





Casting Call Winner - Danielle Petty

Wednesday, April 22 2015 3:14 PM
Categorized In Ice Center

“Several years ago I was definitely leading a very unhealthy life style and finally decided it was time to change.   I was always tired and just unhappy.  I had made a conscious decision to get healthy and started by running in my first 5ks and developing a daily gym routine.  I saw amazing changes and was very happy with myself.  10 months into my new found journey I became pregnant and all though it was an amazing blessing, I used it as a crutch to lose sight of my fitness goals.  Being able to be a part of the G60 Boot Camp was just what I needed to get back on track!”


“My family and my 2 little boys are my biggest motivation, they are both super busy and I need to be able to keep up.  Also, getting back to where I was before I was pregnant and actually being healthier than that.  I want to be the best me that I possibly can be, both mentally and physically.”


Describe your experience of G60 Boot Camp. How has it helped you?  

“Being a part of G60 has been awesome.  Everyone is motivating to each other and trying to reach their own personal goals.  I've been able to walk away each time feeling successful and like I've accomplished something.  I'll take away some of the different workouts and incorporate them in to my personal weekly routines as well to help me get the best PR's that I can.”


Hutchinson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

Tuesday, April 7 2015 4:07 PM
Categorized In Hutchinson

The April MOSSA Launches are coming!!!

Signup sheets will be at the front desk a week prior to each launch!!

You don’t want to miss the new and exciting releases, let the Music help you Move!! And Let US Help you get your Workout Started!!

Working Together to Get More People Moving

  • Sat., April 11, 8:00 a.m.  Group Ride -
  • Sun, April 12 , 12:15  p.m.  R30
  • Sat. April 18, 8:00 am Group Kick
  • Sun, April 19, 1:00  p.m. Group Power –
  • Sun., April 26, 12:00 p.m.  Group Centergy –
  • Mon, April 27, 4:30 pm Group Blast -


Meet One of Our Instructors - Diane Ravenstien.

Hi, I’m Diane, I’ve been a  Group Fitness Instructor with Genesis in  Hutchinson since 2009, teaching Group Kick, Group Centergy, Cardio & Iron, and Gentle Yoga. 

I became interested in fitness at the young age of 23, when my father-in-law was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.  I started reading everything I could find on health and fitness and was really inspired by James Fixx.  I began by running around the block in my Keds.  Once I could complete a mile, I treated myself to real running shoes, but they had to be men’s, because there were none in women’s!  I know, I am really dating myself!  I ran religiously for over 30 years, competing in a lot of 5K’s, a few marathons and half marathons.  My daughter Sarah and I created a lot of memories on some grueling long weekend runs.  I lived in a small town, was given access to the high school weightlifting room, and added weight training to my running schedule.  Eventually I started going to Aerobic classes for something different.  It was so much fun, I started teaching classes and stayed with that until it was too much to juggle with three children.  So it was back to just running for me. 

To ward off the blues from becoming an empty-nester, and at the incessant urging by my friends, I joined Genesis,  I soon started teaching classes, first a cardio class called Challenge, then later adding Group Centergy and Group Kick.  I LOVE instructing!  I love watching people try their best, have fun, interact, reach goals, and encourage one another.  I also love working out in the mornings in the weight room.  I have three grown kids, my daughter who still runs and now teaches group fitness, and two sons, Ryan and Nate, who also loves working out in the weight room at Genesis.  I am blessed with three amazing in-law kids and five grandkids. 

I am employed full-time at my church and have my own software consulting business.  When I’m not working or working out, I use my free time for my family, church, and friends. 



Genesis welcome’s Bishop Rodriguez as our newest instructor!

 Join  Bishop on Friday nights, 5:30 pm For some Hip-Hop and Zumba moves!!   Do You Need to Shake up your workout!! This aerobic combination of fast & slow rhythms will tone & sculpt the entire body. Along with fun dance steps this will Jaz up your workout!

Hip- Hop Fusion, Fridays 5:30 pm – Studio A

McPherson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

Tuesday, April 7 2015 4:04 PM
Categorized In McPherson

We are ready for Spring at McPherson Genesis!!!  Next time you are in the club, ask a Group Fitness Instructor about the Spring into Summer Survivor Challenge. It is a 12 week challenge that runs from March 30th to June 21st. Even if you are a little late signing up, you can still join the challenge. It is a way to have fun, get fit, socialize, and stay accountable to your workouts through this hectic spring season!!


Our April Mossa Launch Dates

Group Ride – Saturday April 4th  @ 9am

Group Centergy – Saturday April 4th @ 10am

Group Power – Saturday April 11th @ 9am

R30 – Monday April 13th @ 5:30pm

Group Kick – Saturday April 18th @ 9am

Group Blast – Saturday April 25th @ 9am

 Remember ALL MOSSA LAUNCHES are open to the public. Bring a friend to check out the class!! It is always more fun when we pack the class!


Meet One of Our Instructors!


I was born and raised in McPherson. After high school, I went to Emporia State on a softball scholarship and was national runner up my junior year J. I graduated from Emporia State with and BS in health promotion. After college, I personal trained while I was trying to figure out my career path. I then decided to go back to school and now I am a radiological technologist. My favorite part of being a group fitness instructor at Genesis is that I love being able to share my passion for health and fitness with the members and be a part of their wellness journey! 

 In my free time, I chase my 3 yr old son, Gavin, and my 1 yr old daughter, Tyler, around and hang out with my husband when time permits:). I also love gardening, being outdoors, and running! 

Salina Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

Tuesday, April 7 2015 3:01 PM
Categorized In Salina

Hello Salina members! Below is our April Group Fitness news.
Be sure to follow our Facebook page for more updates!

Our featured class for the month of April is Group Power, your hour of power! This 60 minute program strengthens all your major muscles in an inspiring, motivating group environment with fantastic music and awesome instructors. With simple, athletic movements such as squats, lunges, presses and curls, Group Power is for all ages and fitness levels.

Meet our featured Group Power instructor, Mark Toeniskoetter!

I have struggled with my weight since as far back as I can remember.  Hitting every diet fad I could find.  Some did help me lose weight but no diet plan will keep that weight off forever.  In 2009 I started a lifestyle change that included lots of walking and eating smaller portions of healthier foods and managed to lose 90 lbs in less than 2 years!  I had to find something to do with all the extra energy I suddenly had.  I saw a flyer for the July '11 Group Power release and after just one class I was hooked!  In a mere three months I was lifting more than twice the weights I had started with.  I could see the results.  My Instructor took notice and asked if I was interested in becoming part of the team.  This has been by far the best life decision I have ever made.  I love this job!

I started teaching Group Power in Jan '12, Group Kick in July '14.  I love helping people get stronger.  You can see their joy from month to month as they are able to lift more and more weight, as muscle definition begins to show, and as cardio levels increase.

In my spare time I like to go kayaking, biking, hiking, run obstacle races, anything to stay active!  I wasted years of my life so out of shape that a simple task of mowing the yard was difficult.  I have a lot of catching up to do!


The April MOSSA Launches are coming!!!
Join us as we Move together!! Let US Help you get your Workout Started!!
Working Together to Get More People Moving

•    Monday, April 6, 6:00 pm  Group Ride  
•    Thursday, April 9 , 9:30  am  R30
•    Sunday, April 12, 3:30  pm Group Power
•    Friday April 17, 5:30 pm Group Kick then join in the grand finale of our Salina Fitness Challenge, let’s see who is going to Vegas!
•    Sunday, April 19, 4:00 pm  Group Centergy  
•    Friday, May 1, 6:30 pm Group Blast, yes we are blasting off TGIF!!!

West 13th Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

Tuesday, April 7 2015 2:50 PM
Categorized In West 13th

Spring has made everyone happy at West 13th and especially the Fitlife Group Fitness class Group. [see picture] They are gearing up for their annual "SPRING FLING" Party. You are invited to attend on Friday, April 10th at 9:15AM, immediately following the 9:15AM FItlife class. Bring a favorite finger food, snack or dessert, and Genesis will take care of the rest! The food is always amazing and we have a lot of fun!




Spring also brings the MOSSA [Body Training System] April launches! New music and choreography await you! The launch class schedule is as follows at West 13th:


                                Group Ride - 4/4/15 at 8AM with Myrtle and Pam

                                Group Power - 4/11/15 at 9AM with Cindy and Alisa

                                Group Kick - 4/15/15 at 5:30PM with Shannon, Myrtle and Cindy

                                Group Blast - 4/25/15 at 8AM with Cindy and Shannon

Springfield Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

Tuesday, April 7 2015 2:46 PM
Categorized In Springfield

Are you ready for a challenge?  Come join us for our Annual LES MILLS® Survivor Launch on Saturday April, 18.  We'll feature six 30-minute classes over 3.5 hours.  You are welcome to try any or all of the classes, but if you attend five of the six classes, you'll earn yourself a Genesis 'Survivor' t-shirt.  Schedules and details will soon be available on Facebook and posted at both North and South Clubs.  Make sure to mark your calendars for this huge annual event that draws out the athlete in everyone!


Back by popular demand, beginning in April, Tuesday 6:00 p.m. RPM® is back with Suzy.  This 45-minute cycling class has inspiring original-artist music to motivate and drive you through body-changing interval training.  The Thursday RPM/CX class will be changing into a full RPM class, so you can make hit full RPM twice a week at 6:00 p.m.!  Don't forget to sign up for your bike at the Front Desk to guarantee your spot.  RPM® - A journey to fitness

Topeka Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

Tuesday, April 7 2015 2:23 PM
Categorized In Rock Road

The Zumba crew was at again this month.  We all participated in a Zumbathon Charity event for the Jayhawk Area on Aging. We had a lot of fun March 21 at the Eclipse Lounge raising money for the Agency. Seven of out Instructors from Topeka , Lawrence along with some guests from out town Heated up the Floor with Awesome Fun Zumba moves!!! Its hard to believe this is working out when you have so much fun!  

Our Next Zumba event is set for April 11th - Its a AEO Sorority Scholorship Charity event.1:30-3:30.. We are hosting this event at the SE Genesis in Topeka. The tickets are only $10 and you can get yours at the Front desk at Genesis:) Wear your Red and come on out to support this Charity!!!

Congratulations to Donna Basel for completing the Group Power Course!! Donna will be teaching Group Power at North Topeka Genesis on Friday nights at 5:30pm!
 Dont miss this one, Donna is full of energy and will make you Sweat!!!!!!!!!!!
If you have never tried Group Power, here's your chance!  We will be Launching our Newest Release in April!

Release Dates:
April 11,   Group Ride -7:30- East Topeka
April 11, Group Power -8:45 –NorthTopeka  
April 9th 12:15 Group Power - SW Topeka
April 13th 5:40- SW Topeka
April 14th 5:15 SW Topeka Genesis
April 14  9:15 Group Blast - North Topeka Genesis

West Central Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

Tuesday, April 7 2015 2:19 PM
Categorized In West Central


Our MOSSA launches begin this Saturday!! With each launch, we introduce new music, moves and choreography!! Join us for one of our motivating classes, and if you have never tried one of our MOSSA programs, it a great time to try it!!!



Saturday, April 4th

8:15am Group Ride launch with Kurt

10:15am Group Power launch with Kinsey and Tonia


Saturday, April 11th

9:15am  Group Kick launch with Shannon


Sunday April 19th

1:00pm Group Centergy launch with  Tonia and Leslie


Saturday April 25th

11:30am Group Blast launch with Tonia and Greta



Our April classes of the month are……. H2O Fit and Group Blast!!!

-H2O Fit incorporates cardio, strength training and stretching in each class. The music is fun and fast paced. There is a variety of equipment used, from dumbbells, tires and paddles to kickboards.  This class takes the stress off of your joints and challenges you in different ways than land classes. Join Patti for class on Mondays at 9:00am or Edie or Marila on Tuesday evenings at 5:45pm. Both are held in our warm lap pool.

-Group Blast is a one hour cardio class utilizing our steps. There are ten “tracks”, and each track has a specific purpose, pushing your heart rate to it’s maximum, all while challenging your balance and strength.  All ages and fitness levels are welcome to try Group Blast, as the class can be done using a flat bench, or no bench at all, depending on each member.  Great  music, and motivating instructors will push you to your limit!!! It is fun!!! Try Group Blast on Tuesdays at 9:15am with Shannon, Thursdays at 5:30pm with Tonia, Fridays at 5:30pm with Greta, Saturdays at 8:00am with Greta, or Saturdays at 11:30am with Tonia!!!




Rock Road Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

Tuesday, April 7 2015 2:15 PM
Categorized In Rock Road

Welcome Aisha and Cherisse! Our Rock Road club continues to build the best instructor group in the land and we’re thrilled to welcome Aisha (pronounced “Isha”) and Cherisse. Both just completed our Ride/R30 training. Aisha Thomas is a wildly versatile instructor, with Zumba and Yoga certifications. She also teaches kick-boxing, high-intensity cardio and (see below) will allow us to expand our offerings. Cherisse Taylor is a long-time member and Group Fitness participant, and she’s already team teaching Ride and R30. We expect Cherisse will be on the schedule in no time!








This month, we’re adding Athletic Training & Conditioning (ATC) back to the schedule, led by Aisha. ATC is a bootcamp-style class, which will incorporate simple strength training, agility, cardio…and will leave you sweating! We’ll offer ATC at the following times: Tues., 10 a.m. and Thurs., 9 a.m. (Thursday’s class will replace Blast.)



New Class Times: Power Yoga

Aisha will also lead two new Power Yoga classes, Mondays and Fridays 9:30 a.m. starting April 6. Power Yoga is a more advanced Vinyasa Flow class, and serious students will enjoy this challenging series of connected poses and strong core work.



Aquatics Coordinator Abbey

Congratulations to Abbey Steinbrink, our new Aquatics Coordinator here at Rock Rd.! Abbey will oversee the indoor and outdoor aquatics programs, including classes, instructors, swim team, lessons, lifeguards, etc. She’ll maintain her responsibilities as EC Group Fitness Coordinator and were lucky to still have her as a Ride, Blast and Power instructor.




Music Moves You Campaign

Join us all month to see how Music Moves You! We all work harder with music on our sides, and the new releases of Ride, R30, Power, Centergy and Blast will prove it! Join our best instructors for these release dates and times:

  1. Ride: Zoe & Taylor
  2. Centergy: Beth, Mitzi, Dani
  3. R30: Zoe and Abbey
  4. Power: Rachel, Tia and Dava
  5. Blast: Bethany, Tia and Abbey

Lawrence Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

Tuesday, April 7 2015 2:03 PM
Categorized In Lawrence

April is MOSSA Spring Releases Launch Month!

At both clubs we have launches planned for all the new releases - see complete list of Launch Dates & Instructors below:

Group Power Saturday April 4:
North - 9AM with Sara, Marianne & Leah - only 8 spaces left!
South - 9AM with Cristal, Janae & Shane - Launch FULL - come to a class next week to check out the new release

Group Ride Tuesday April 14: (sign-up begins Monday April 6)
North - 6PM with Shane & Kamay
South - 5:30PM with Marianne & Tom

Group Kick Sunday April 19 - North only with our Daring Duo Melisa & Sarah (no sign up needed)

Group Centergy Sunday April 19: (no sign up needed)
North - 5:30PM with Ashley & Cristal
South - 11AM with Tami & Cristal

Group Blast Sunday April 26 - North 3:30PM with Sherre-Khan, Janae & Cristal (sign up begins Thursday April 23)

We take in-class reservations to guarantee your spots for Power, Ride & Blast so be sure to sign-up with your favorite Group instructors.
You may bring a friend for free to any launch so long as you sign them up ahead of time - when you reserve your spot, reserve theirs too!
Any questions on reservations & launch space availability, contact Group Fitness Coordinator Cristal Barnes:

Never taken a Group class? A launch is a perfect time to start - the programming is new to everyone!
This month - find out why GROUP Music Moves Ya! =0)

Lawrence North:
Good-Bye to Sara Powlus
Sadly, we are losing one of our favorite instructors - Sara Powlus is moving to Indiana with her hubby as he begins a position back at his alma mater - Notre Dame. Her last day teaching will be Saturday April 25. We are working on plans for a going away party - look for details to be shared in her classes in the next 2 weeks. The good news is we have a talented & friendly group of instructors ready to step in to continue her classes! The planned line-up is as follows:

Monday 9AM Group Ride - Joni
Monday 10:30AM Silver Sneakers - Sherre-Khan
Monday 4:30PM Group Power - Haley

Tuesday 9AM Cardio Intervals - becoming Group Blast - Cristal

Wednesday 9AM Group Power - Leah
Wednesday 9AM Silver Sneakers - Sherre-Khan / Leah

Thursday 9AM Cardio Intervals - Leah

Friday 9AM Group Ride - Joni
Friday 10:30AM Silver Sneakers - Sherre-Khan

Saturday 9AM Group Power - Janae

We wish Sara & her family well & hope they come back to visit!


Lawrence North Instructor of the Month: Shane Heiman

Shane came to us from Emporia at the start of the school year & has created quite a following with his fun & funny teaching style (ask him about how hard it is for a guy to maintain his hair style between workout. Shane became certified in Group Power back in October 2011 - he & GFC Cristal Barnes actually attended the exact same training - so they go way back! Shane is a fantastic instructor - if you haven’t tried his classes yet, you are missing out! 

You can catch Shane teaching the following days / times:
Tuesday 7PM Group Power
Wednesday 5:30AM Group Blast
Thursday 6PM Group Ride
Thursday 7PM Group Power

& starting in May he will alternate teaching Tuesday 5:30PM Group Ride at South!





Lawrence South Instructor of the Month: Kamay Plunkett

Kamay is to love Kamay! She was a member for 2 years before she took her first instructor certification & has not looked back! She teaches Group Power, Group Ride, Aqua Zumba as a sub & is preparing to be a Barre instructor. She is always willing to help other instructors in need when her busy running schedule & wedding planning allows  (our girl is off the market & getting hitched in October! =0)

Q&A with Kamay:
Q - Why did you begin teaching group fitness?
A - I love a challenge and learning new things. There is nothing like seeing one of the members accomplish a goal, whether it's doing push-ups on their toes or adding weight to the bar. They are the reason I get out of bed at 5am for class.
Q - What changes have you seen in yourself & those hard-working 5AM members in the past 3 years?
A - Both my students & myself have seen big changes - physically & mentally. I can now run a 10K (something I could not do 3 years ago) & am running my first half-marathon in 2 weeks!
Q - What is your full-time job?
A - I’m the Roasterie Coffeehouse Coordinator for KU Dining Services. I am also a member of PEO & Beta Sigma Phi service sorority. I volunteer at Starlight Theater in KC & for fun I run any race that has cool T-shirts & medals!
Q - Have some funny tidbit from your past members you’d like to share?
A - I was a Girl Scout for 16 years & during my 4 years of High School I sold over 4,000 boxes of cookies!

If you’d like to catch up with our fun & funky Kamay, wake up early & take one of these classes:

Monday - SOUTH 5:30AM Group Power Express
Tuesday - NORTH 6:00PM Group Ride (so non-morning people can check her out… =0)
Wednesday - SOUTH 5:30AM Group Power Express
Friday - SOUTH 5:30AM Group Power Express



Emporia Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

Tuesday, April 7 2015 1:12 PM
Categorized In Emporia

We have two new Instructors to introduce this month:

Lisa Moritz:  joined the Emporia Genesis Health Club as a member in May of 2011, first working with personal trainers and later trying various group fitness classes. After being a “Power Groupie” since the fall of 2012, Lisa became a certified Group Power instructor last month.
Lisa is originally from Tipton, Kansas and has lived in Emporia since May of 2005. Lisa works as an Executive Coordinator in the Office of the President at ESU and also teaches literature and writing classes for the English dept. at the university. In addition to her work at the university, Lisa is also studying to become a Certified Health Coach, helping people make nutrition and lifestyle changes to improve their overall health. She expects to receive her certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in May 2015.
Lisa has an 11-year-old son, Eliot, who is in middle school at EMS and who plays violin and loves anything to do with Minecraft. Lisa’s husband, Kevin Rabas, teaches creative writing (poetry and playwriting) at ESU and plays drums in an original folk/blues band called The Petroglyphs. Lisa is also a singer/songwriter with two CDs of original songs Dream of Blue (2002) and Holding Time (2006).

Hope Edelman: My husband and I became Genesis members 2 years ago!  We wanted to stay fit and healthy so we can travel when we get older.  We have 3 sons: Layke, 16, who just became a member, Sage 13, and Zane 11.  I am the owner of an auction business, Swift-N-Sure Auctions & Real Estate which has been in business for 9 years.  My husband auctions and I do everything else.  We both sell real estate and have a few rentals.  We are very family oriented and active in our church.  My hobbies are: horses, love horses, which I have a couple, ceramics, and exercise!  Once you get started and see the results it is hard to quit!  I became an instructor to boost my self-confidence and to show people that if I can do it, you can too!  My husband says when I make up my mind to do something, nothing can stop me.   Come and join me in working out in Group Power or any of our other variety of workouts here at Genesis!




The April MOSSA Launches are coming!!!

Signup sheets will be at the front desk a week prior to each launch!! You will need to sign up these classes fill up quicky!
You don’t want to miss the new and exciting releases.

     Working Together and Moving together!
•      Mon, April 06, 6:30pm  Group Ride  
•      Thur, April 16, 5:30 p.m.  Group Centergy
•      Mon, April 20,  6:30pm Group Power

Boot Camp G60:  It is a huge success we had a great month and some really great participants.  If you don’t know what this is please ask at the front desk!  
The March G60 Boot camp winner is Josh Williams.

Featured Client - Dawn Ford

Wednesday, April 1 2015 10:52 AM
Categorized In Leavenworth

Featured Client - Dawn Ford

Genesis Club Location: Leavenworth, KS

Trainer: JT Thurston



"I've always been overweight and I can't remember a time when I've ever been close to skinny or in shape. At 32 all of those years of bad eating were causing me health issues. I knew that I needed a lifestyle change and I knew that I couldn't do it alone. At 320 lbs. I knew the road to good health would take a lot longer if I didn't know what I was doing. Thankfully Genesis has provided me with all the tools I need, including tools I'd never thought of. I've learned techniques that make me more effective and efficient when I go to the gym. No time at Genesis is ever wasted."



How was your personal training experience contributed to your goal?

"JT never sugarcoats anything. He's always been completely honest with me about what I needed to do to see results. He pushes me to not only work harder but to work smarter. I can ask him anything. He's so incredibly knowledgeable. Best of all he believes in me. He knows I can do more than I think I can and he's always pushing me harder. I've become stronger, smarter and more confident because of my time with him."


Weight Loss: 15 lbs.

Body Fat Percentage Loss: 4%

Measurements Loss: 10 total Inches

Bicep: 1”

Waist: 4”

Hip: 3”

Thigh: 2”

Rock Road Group Fitness Monthly Blog - March 2015

Tuesday, March 17 2015 10:12 AM
Categorized In Rock Road

Group Fitness Triathlon
Rock Road hosted our first ever Group Fitness “Triathlon,” and members packed the rooms for 25 minutes each of Ride/Power/Blast.  In fact, it was such a hit that we’ll plan one in the coming months, so stay tuned.

Instructor and Class Changes
We’ll make only minor changes to our class schedule this in March; Mitzi will teach our 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Group Power class and Virginia will join our Rock Rd. team as Thursday night’s (6:45 p.m.) Zumba instructor.

Also, Thursday morning’s 8:30 class will now be Mat Pilates, rather than Core Yoga and Galina will still instruct.  Which brings us to…

Instructor of the Month: Galina Faulconer
This month, meet Yoga and Pilates Instructor Galina Faulconer. Galina was born in Moscow, Russia and she spent her early childhood in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. Her grade school and middle school years were spent in Helsinki, Finland, then she returned to Moscow to finish high school and attend The University of Moscow, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics.

Galina came to the U.S. in 2002 and received her citizenship in 2007.  During that time, she earned her Yoga certifications and began teaching at Genesis in 2006. She’s currently working toward her Pilates certification.  Galina’s Wichita family includes the love of her life, Marc, her two daughters and a dog and cat. In her free time, she enjoys oil painting, specifically Russian landscapes, flowers and still life.

She said, “I love Yoga and I love to teach Yoga Flow, moving from one pose to another. I like to motivate people to come to yoga class and try it and discover all the benefits. They discover that yoga improves their balance, their health, refines their mind and helps them become stronger both mentally and physically.”

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