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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!

MORGAN WILLIAMS

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

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!! APRIL IS A BUSY MONTH AT 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATC is BACK!

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: cbarnes@genesishealthclubs.com

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

 

Bio:

"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.”


Lawrence Group Fitness Monthly Blog - March 2015

Monday, March 2 2015 3:24 PM
Categorized In Lawrence

We LOVE Group Fitness & Learning new things in Lawrence!

We had a LOVE-ly month in Group Fitness in February, highlighted by special Valentine’s Day classes at both locations.

At South, we asked members to wear pink or red if you love Group Power - this was their response:

 

 

Not to be left out, Group Centergy wanted to show their love too!

 

At North our G60 Boot Camp attendees got their sweat on bright & early so they could enjoy the rest of their valentine’s day.

 

To end our Valentine’s celebration, Tanya hosted a Thai Couple yoga massage - 90 minutes of partner yoga that 10 couples LOVED! 

 

We hope to offer special yoga retreats / classes at least once a quarter in our LOVE-ly need yoga studio.

We have also been working to add new instructors & new classes at both our clubs by hosting a training in Group Power & Fluidity in the past 30 days.

First we had the pleasure of a Group Power training with MOSSA master trainer Rex Repaire, attended by Group Power hopefuls Sherre-Khan J, Janell B, Janae C, Leah B. & Tami H. along 10 others. It was a great weekend - all the new instructors LOVE Rex! Our new kids are almost all done filming their videos / certified! We want to thank all of you who have been part of our filming classes - we appreciate both your patience & your willingness to help our new instructors complete their certifications. 

 

In addition we had the pleasure of learning a new class format - Fluidity Barre - which we hope to bring to Lawrence North in April. We spent a weekend getting our booties kicked gracefully by Fluidity Master Trainer Tanya Badgley - Lawrence Fluidity trainees are (left to right): Karen J, Tami H, Kamay P, Cristal B, Tarah M, Jordan M, & Jill G. If you want to LOVE your backside & lengthen your body lines, this new class is for you! Stay tuned for announcements regarding the new classes coming in Q2.

 

Lawrence North Instructor of the Month: Barry Barnes

Do you LOVE Zumba & a fitness class that always feels like a dance party? Then Barry Barnes in your man! Barry is a certified Zumba instructor and ZIN member and has been teaching for the last 6 years. As a participant, Barry thought the best way to stick with a workout would be to become an instructor. If you like music and dancing, Zumba is a fun way to stay in shape. Since becoming an instructor Barry has lost about 20 pounds which alleviated some pain in his knees and ankles. The most rewarding part of being an instructor is knowing he's helping people relieve daily stress while also helping them stay fit. It's good to hear members at the end of class say how much they NEEDED this workout today. Barry's class motto: Keep moving, have fun and if you don't like what I'm doing, do your own thing!

Barry works at the Hallmark Cards production facility, is a published poet and professional washboard player. Barry is a native of Lawrence, has been married for 28 years and has two adult children, 3 dogs and a cat. 

Interesting fact: Barry had the opportunity to travel to Europe this year with the Ernest James Zydeco band to headline a Dutch Cajun and Zydeco music festival.

You can catch Barry in the act - teaching Zumba - the following days / locations:

Lawrence South - Mondays 6:30PM

Lawrence North - Wednesdays 5:30PM, Saturdays 10:00AM & Sundays 1:00PM.

Come groove with Barry & get to know our Renaissance Zumba Jam Man!

 

 

Lawrence South Instructor of the Month: Pam MacDonald

Would you LOVE to get to know Group Ride instructor Pam Macdonald better? I sat down with Pam to learn more about this fiery, fantastic instructor:

- Why do you enjoy teaching group fitness?

Before I started teaching group ride, I attended group fitness classes regularly. I found I worked much harder in the group environment than I did on my own. One of the things that has benefited me the most about teaching classes, is that I have to show up no matter how rough of a day I have had or how much I don’t feel like working out. Once I am there, the members motivate me to work very hard and get in a great workout! I hope that I motivate them to push harder as well. If I cycled on my own, I’d probably just do an hour long Spin track!


- What changes have you seen - either in yourself or your students - since you started teaching?

Since beginning teaching, I have lost several pounds and toned up quite a bit. I love seeing the members improve their fitness levels as well. It’s great to see someone who struggled to finish the class, now gets through the entire workout with energy to spare!


- What you do when not teaching?

I am a Professor of Psychology at Emporia State University. Other than work and group fitness classes, I lift weights 4-5 times a week. I also keep busy with soccer – both of my daughters (ages 11 and 13) play elite competitive soccer year round.

- What is something our members don’t know about you?

I have written and published over 20 academic works (journal articles, book chapters, etc.) and conducted some of the first empirical research studies on equine facilitate therapy and learning programs for at-risk youth.  

 

 


McPherson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - March 2015

Monday, March 2 2015 3:13 PM
Categorized In McPherson

Hello McPherson!!  Can spring get here soon enough?  Come on March 20th!!!  Hoping everyone has been able to stay healthy and warm this past month!!

Congratulations to Jennifer Jaggers as our new Group Fitness Coordinator!  Jen has been teaching group fitness classes at Genesis in McPherson since we opened in November of 2013.  She brings a lot of experience teaching a wide variety of classes and also has a background in Personal Training.   Welcome Jen!!


Instructor of the Month:


Name: Maggie Metz

Genesis Club Location: McPherson

Genesis Instructor since: January 2014

Hometown: Marion, IN

Fitness Certifications:  Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Pilates
Hobbies: Knitting, Reading, Baking and YOGA!!!
Personal Fitness Goal: Still be consistently practicing Yoga until the day I die!!

What do you love most about teaching Group Fitness classes at Genesis:  I love the community of Yogis I serve at Genesis! They are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met!

What classes do you teach, days and times:
                        Monday:  10:15 a.m. Gentle Yoga
                        Wednesday:  10:15 a.m. Gentle Yoga
                        Friday:  10:00 a.m. Yin Yoga

Favorite Quote: "Whatever your attention is on, that's what life is for you at any given moment." -Cindy Sanderson

 

 

Our Featured Class for March is Yin Yoga!

Yin Yoga - This is a new class that focuses on stretching the deep connective tissue in the joints. In a yin class, you will hold each pose for approximately 3 to
5 minutes. Greater range of motion due to the lengthening of the connective tissue & increased circulation in the joints are benefits of this class.Suitable for beginners & advanced students.

We offer Yin Yoga on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. in Studio A with Maggie



Please make sure you check our March Group Fitness schedule for class changes!  You can print one off our website or pick one up at the front desk!  For more information on our Group Fitness program, please contact Jennifer Jaggers at 620-245-0900.  Our new classes on this schedule are Yin Yoga on Fridays @ 10:00 a.m. and Cardio & Iron for FitLife on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 10:15 a.m.


Salina Group Fitness Monthly Blog - March 2015

Monday, March 2 2015 3:04 PM
Categorized In Salina

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

Our featured class for the month of March, is ATC. Athletic Training and Conditioning is an intense, simple combination of exercises that works every part of the body and will leave you sweating!

 



Meet our featured ATC instructor, Josh Turner!

My fitness journey started when I was a little kid playing sports, mainly soccer.  I attended Kansas Weslyan University where I was majoring in Athletic Training and playing on the soccer team.  My life took a huge turn when I was diagnosed in 2011 with Thyroid Cancer.  The day I woke up from the surgery and they informed me I had cancer changed my life.  I started attending church at Higher Praise and made it a mission in my life to never look back.  I was going to do whatever I had to do to make sure I was as healthy as possible.  I joined Genesis Health Clubs shortly after getting the ok to workout and have been here since.  I was approached in 2013 by Joe Humeston about the possibility of becoming a Personal Trainer and was hired on.  Growing up I was always shy so group fitness was a huge thing for me to break out of my shell as well as help me communicate with clients/members.  I’ve been doing group fitness for little over 2 years now and love it.  I love the motivation, the hard work, the sweat that all the members put into every class. It makes my job more enjoyable.  Currently I am teaching 3 fitness classes. Group Power, Group Blast, and ATC.  

 

 



Meet Pam Morris!


A few years ago Pam Morris joined Genesis Health Clubs with a goal to get fit. She has spent those years lifting weights with Alison Hager as her trainer and attending various classes like TRX, cycling, ATC, and Boot Camp. She met various people and created numerous friendships along her journey.

For the past 5 years, Salina Genesis’ ladies have formed a team for the Emma Creek Classic 5K. This inspiring run is a celebration of women’s health and fitness with women of all ages and abilities participating. When invited to do the run/walk, Pam was skeptical, but with encouragement from many women, Pam did the 5K. It was her very first 5K, but not her last. Her goal is to complete Emma Creek this year. Pam is now fighting a battle against Kidney Cancer. We are all on a journey towards becoming better individuals. Not only is our Genesis’ team of women coming together for this event, but we're supporting Pam on her journey! Her motto: “When life knocks you down get up and do a burpee!”

 



Please join our Plodders team this year as we join Pam in this celebration of health & fitness!

The deadline for sign-up is March 25th! Entries are available at the front desk or please contact Cindy Crehan, group fitness coordinator with any questions.


Hutchinson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - March 2015

Monday, March 2 2015 2:55 PM
Categorized In Hutchinson

Hello Hutchinson members,
Be sure to follow our Hutchinson  Facebook page for more updates!


Enjoy our March  Group Fitness news. This month we are celebrating our members and one in particular  - I would like to introduce you to Helen,  as she  tells  you her story giving her lots of reasons to Workout At Genesis and Stay Fit!

Hi, my name is Helen Bornholdt and I want to tell you my story about how being active and fit saved my life at the young age of 84.   I’ve been a member of Genesis since 2007 and attend weekly classes, 5 days a week; Fit Life and Stretch classes.  


In November, 2012, my daughter, Chris Armstrong (who is also a member of Genesis), went on vacation and asked if I would come over and feed her cat.  Chris lives out in the country with her family and their pet cat. The day I went over to feed Ebby, was a typical Kansas windy day. I went inside the barn to feed her cat, and once inside, the wind blew the door shut. I didn’t think anything of it at the time.   I fed the cat and went to leave and noticed the barn door was not only shut but locked!!  There is a latch on the outside which closed when the wind blew the door shut.


Needless to say, I was scared. Besides the skylight at the top of barn, there wasn’t any other light inside, it was also dark.  To make the situation worse, no one knew I was here.   My fears were over come as I began thinking:  I needed to do something to rescue myself.   First thing,   I stuck my head out the cat door and wouldn’t you know the cat, Ebby was sitting outside enjoying herself while I was stuck inside.  I’m a small person, but not small enough to fit through  the cat door.  I soon realized, if I didn’t figure a way out I would be  stuck in this barn for 3 days.


My  second idea, was to pull  these two  flimsy,  grey  shelves  together, after removing all the stuff they had piled on them.  I pushed these shelves together to act as a ladder and using the lawnmower I climbed to the top towards the skylight, without falling. Once up at the top, I realized I needed something to break the Plexiglas in the skylight.   So I climbed back down, picked up a 15 lb sledge hammer and climbed back up very carefully.  Once at the top I knocked the Plexiglas out and pulled myself up to the roof.   I was out of the barn, thank goodness, but on the roof.  I knew if I jumped off the barn, I would break an arm or a leg.   I began walking around on the barn roof and discovered there was a pine tree next to the building. I thought, if I could grab two branches and swing down to the ground like “Tarzan” I would be safe.  But I wasn’t sure about this move; I had to talk myself into doing it.  I knew if I didn’t there wasn’t any other way to get down.  So I did and I landed on the ground!!  Safe and Sound!!


When I got down I drove over to my other daughter’s house, Kathy Smith,  and told her the entire story.  We called Chris and let her know what had happened and as soon as Chris got home, she purchased an automatic Kitty Feeder, for Ebby.


My family has always been Genesis members and they were the ones who got me to join in the beginning.   My daughters, Kathy Smith and Chris Armstrong,( the cat owner). Along with, both my granddaughters, Autumn Westfall and Sarah May.  In fact Sarah is a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor at Genesis. As you see being and staying healthy runs in the family.
Thank you Genesis!!

 

 


Instructor of the Month, Annie Bass

Annie is certified in Group Power, Group Ride, R30 and Group Blast,  and teaches Buttz & Gutz, Cardio & Iron and Fit Life. Annie has been an instructor in Hutchinson since 2013 and worked every minute of it!!   Annie loves teaching and loves helping our members.  Annie is a great friend to everyone and a wonderful mother of two daughters, Starla & Rachel.

We are sad to say, she will be leaving us in May and moving to California to join her husband, Kirby.  We are going to miss her very much,  but wish her Good Luck and Best Wishes on her New Journey!!!

Thank you Annie for Everything you have Done for Hutchinson’s Group Fitness!!

 


Leavenworth Group Fitness Monthly Blog - March 2015

Monday, March 2 2015 2:53 PM
Categorized In Leavenworth

Hey Team Leavenworth!  Let’s welcome March in—like a lamb hopefully—with some fun and exciting news from your Group Fitness Department.


Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30pm our G30 Boot Camp kicks off for the month.  5:30pm will be the weigh-ins and measurements followed by Boot Camp at 6:30pm.  Boot camp is held Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:30pm and Saturday at 10:00am throughout the month.


The aquatics department is running a special, short session of swimming lessons this month for a discounted rate.  Beginning Tuesday, March 3 we will hold lessons for the next 2 weeks on Tuesdays/Thursdays.  Parent/Child lessons will be held from 5-5:45, Pre-School lessons will be held from 5:45-6:30 and Learn to Swim lessons will be held from 6:30-7:15.  Cost for the 2 week session is 48$.  You can sign up at the front desk, payment is due any time before the first lesson.


Our aquatics department will be offering additional family swim hours over spring break.  March 16-20 the pool will be open to families and staffed with a lifeguard from 1-3pm.  This is in addition to our regular family swim hours.  Bring the kiddos out and burn off that extra energy!


Join us for a new Group Kick class time!  Tuesday, March 3 at 8:00am Mandy will be leading you in a fight for your fitness with Group Kick!  Join her for this early morning blast!


We welcomed a new instructor in February.  Linda Gutierrez joins us to bring her own flavor of Zumba on Thursday mornings at 9:00am.  Linda also subs some of our G-Cycle classes for us.  Welcome Linda!
As we head into spring break week, be on the lookout for a modified group fitness schedule.  Many of the instructors will be taking some time off so we will be abbreviating our schedule just slightly.  Watch the front desk and Facebook for updates!


Even as we head into spring, we still face the risk of wintry weather.  Remember the club and group fitness department will always be open despite the weather.  If the Leavenworth School District cancels classes, the Fit Life classes will be canceled also.  No other classes will be affected. If you are unsure, call the front desk or check our Face Book page for updates.


Topeka Group Fitness Monthly Blog - March 2015

Monday, March 2 2015 2:28 PM
Categorized In Topeka

Feature Instructor - Group Ride Carol Wilson
 
Do you love to have fun? Do you love to feel alive? Do you enjoy taking your body to its limits or just giving it a good challenge? My class is high intensity, full of energy with a great group of people who ride at their own pace. Everybody finishes first as we celebrate with music and movement. Members from all walks of life, varieties of goals, and fitness levels feel comfortable in my class as they work out at their own level in an atmosphere of fun. Time flies as the music encourages you to workout. You will see your metabolism rise as you burn calories. Your Cardiovascular and muscular endurance and strength will increase. I invite you to come and try Group Ride, make it a regular part of your week, and you will see wonderful results.

Degree in Physical Education
25 years teaching K-12 and beyond
Certified Group Ride
Genesis instructor since 2011
Check out her classes at East Genesis-
T-Th 5:30am and Saturday 7:30 am!!!
 



Zumba Crew: Topeka Southeast Genesis


We are hosting several Zumbathons Coming up Soon!  April 11th will be the next one... Genesis Southeast Location
We are hosting the 2nd Annual Delta Gamma Theta Scholorship Zumbathon.
Last year we raised over $400 for the organization... We are hoping to top that this  year!!!  Come join us from 1-3 at the Genesis Southeast location!!

 

 


Topeka North Genesis:
New Group Blast Classes Launched at North Genesis with Deb Swank. Group Blast is a 60 min Cardio workout with the Step in highly effective athletic ways!  Try this class today! (Times: Wed & Friday 9:15/ Friday night 5:30pm)  If you havent tried Group Blast yet, you dont know what you are missing!!!!!!!

"Zumba Gold" is now available at  Genesis North! Come try this low impact Zumba class with Chris Cook. This class is now offered Tuesday at 12:15pm and also we are offering Silver Sneakers thursday at 12:15pm all designed for Seniors.

 


Southwest Genesis:
Group Power is going strong at Genesis Southwest. All the Instructors came together to record and submit a Video for the extra Leg track on Group Power's DVD. They did a great job and I wanted us to all wish them Good Luck. Great job Kathy Webber, Angie Hemsley, Sarah Pollok, Amy Conard and Carole Wilson. Tamara McGinnis was the videographer and set up the day!!

 

 


Events coming up!!!
Zumba Basic 1 and Basic 2 trainings with Tony Witt!
April 18th and 19th at Southwest Genesis 8-6.  You can register for this training at Zumba.com
We are always looking for additional Instructors so now is your chance to join the Crew!


West Central Group Fitness Monthly Blog - March 2015

Monday, March 2 2015 2:27 PM
Categorized In West Central

Spring time is almost here!!! March brings us two new classes displayed as Class of the Month! Group Kick and Early Birds!!  



Early Birds is an Aquatics class taught by our awesome instructor Shelley. This is a 60 minute class that combines cardio, strength training and stretching into one class. Barbells, paddles and inner tubes are used to work both upper and lower body. All members can go at their own pace, and you get a great workout using the resistance of water. Join Shelley for Early Birds in our warm lap pool on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:00am!!



Group Kick is a fun, upbeat cardio kick class that uses top of the chart music to integrate boxing, Muay Thai and superbox into a 60 minute workout.  It will tone your arms, make you sweat and will fly by as you work through different “tracks” that all have a different purpose. The format and music change every three months, so there is always something new offered.  Group Kick is taught on Saturdays at 9:15am in Studio A by either Amie or Shannon.



Our G30 bootcamp for new members kicks off for March on Tuesday, March 3rd.  Join Andrew, our motivating bootcamp instructor on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm or Saturdays at 10:00am!! Questions about G30 bootcamp?  Our Fitness Advisors, Personal Training Coordinator, Front Desk staff or Group Fitness Coordinator can assist you! Hope to see you there!!!


Springfield South Group Fitness Monthly Blog - March 2015

Monday, March 2 2015 2:23 PM
Categorized In Springfield

Our new cycling room is open!  Springfield South now has a dedicated cycling room.  With corrugated metal walls and a pack ride bike formation, you'll get lost in the music and the ride!  It's the perfect place to take our class of the month, RPM®!

 

 

 


 
Class of the month - RPM®
 
RPM® is our indoor cycling class, set to the rhythm of motivating music. Burn up to 675 calories a workout and get fit fast.  Learn all the basic cycling moves like standing up, sitting down, changing hand positions, speeding up and slowing down. You control your own resistance levels and sprint speed so you can build up your training level over time.
RPM™ is available as a either a 45 or 30-minute workout.
 
We've offered RPM® for 12 years.  Genesis is proud to offer one of the best cycling programs available led by an incomparable instructor team.  Come try a class this week!


Emporia Group Fitness Monthly Blog - March 2015

Monday, March 2 2015 2:09 PM
Categorized In Emporia

Instructor of the Month: Cindy Lore
 
Cindy is a native of Olpe, growing up on a dairy farm, one of nine children.  She attended Olpe schools, and studied at Emporia State University.  She is a member of Sacred Heart Church where she serves on various committees.  She entered the business world, working as Office Manager for DeBauge Bros., the local Coca-Cola and Coors distributors, and is currently employed in the family business at Lore & Hagemann Construction.
 
Employment at Walburn’s Gym started in 2006 where she taught a variety of classes including step, kickboxing, and weight training/toning classes.  Cindy practiced and competed in martial arts for over ten years and accomplished a third degree black belt ranking.  She currently enjoys teaching Group Power classes at Genesis.
 
Cindy is married to J.C. Lore and they have two daughters, Kelli and Karen, who reside and work in the Kansas City area.  Karen is single, loves her puppies, and spends her spare time aiding in animal adoption programs.  Kelli is married to Nick White and they have two boys, Ethan and Emmett.  Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, and loves watching her grandsons in their sporting events.
 
In Cindy’s spare time, she enjoys watching KC Royals baseball, KC Chiefs football, and college hoops.  
She enjoys movies, music, reading, working in her flower beds, spending time in the outdoors, and loves vacationing with family and friends.

 


Class of the Month - Group Power


Group Power is your hour of power! This 60 minute barbell 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. The Express class offers a shorter version for those time pressed individuals. Discover results! Come join the fun!
 

 


 
Bootcamp G30/G60:  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!  
 Cathy McCarthy was our G30 Bootcamp winner for February 2015
 
 

 


 
Bring a friend to Workout with you this month and get registered to win a TV given away at the TGIF in April right here at our Emporia Genesis club. Ask how at the front desk!


Quick And Effective Stretching Routine

Thursday, February 19 2015 9:22 AM
Categorized In Sports, Nutrition & Supplement Guide

We all know how good stretching is for you, and it feels great, too! That’s why I created this short and effective full-body stretching routine that you can follow whether you’re a beginner or an advanced exerciser. The other fantastic part is you can do it anywhere, at any time! Remember to warm up first and never stretch to the point of pain. Hold each stretch listed for 15-30 seconds, repeating two or three times, depending on how you feel. 

Neck Stretch

Sit or stand with shoulders relaxed, back straight. Bring your left ear down toward your left shoulder and hold. Roll your head down toward the ground and bring your chin to your chest. Hold and finally, roll your head to the right and bring that ear to your right shoulder. Inhale and exhale in a slow and controlled manner.

Hamstring Stretch

Stand tall with back straight, abs engaged, shoulders down, and feet hip-width apart. Bring your left leg forward, heel down, toes up and leg straight. Keeping back straight and abs engaged, bend the right knee as if sitting back, while supporting yourself with both hands on your thighs. Repeat on opposite side.

Quad Stretch

Stand tall, holding on to a chair or wall for balance if necessary. Keep your feet hip-width apart, your back straight and your feet parallel. Reach back and grab your left foot in your left hand, keeping your thighs lined up next to each other and left leg in line with the hip (not pulled back behind you). Repeat on opposite side.

 

Chest and Bicep Stretch

Stand tall or sit upright. Interlace your fingers behind your back and straighten your arms. With arms straight, lift arms up behind you while keeping your back straight and your shoulders down. Keep the shoulders relaxed away from the ears. Standing Triceps Stretch Stand tall or sit upright . Place your left elbow in your right hand. Reach your left arm overhead, placing palm on the center of your back and supporting the elbow in your right hand. Reach your fingertips down your spine. Keep the shoulders relaxed away from the ears. Repeat with opposite arm.

Back Stretch

Come to hands and knees with your hands shoulder-width apart, knees hip-width apart, abs engaged, and back flat (spine neutral). Engage your abdominals as if pulling your naval toward your spine and round your back toward the ceiling. Allow the head and neck to fall naturally between the arms.

Hip and Gluteal Stretch

Lie on your back with your legs extended and your back straight. Keep your hips level and your lower back down on the floor. Bend your left knee, placing left foot flat on the floor. Cross your right ankle at your left knee. Grab the back of your left thigh and hug your legs toward your chest. Place your right elbow on the inner portion of your right knee and push it slightly to the side. Repeat on opposite side. This stretching routine is something I do all the time! I’ve found it really effective when I’m travelling and may not have time to hit the gym, or when I’m stuck in an airport. So no matter where you are, or what you are doing, you now have an effective stretching routine that you can perform at the drop of a hat!

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Salina Group Fitness Monthly Blog - February 2015

Tuesday, February 10 2015 3:00 PM
Categorized In Salina

Hello Salina members, Below is our February Group Fitness news.
Be sure to follow our facebook page for more updates!

Our MOSSA launches in January were a huge success! Thanks to all our participants!! We Stepped, Kicked, Powered Up & Centered ourselves with the new releases!


 


Join Michael Lesko on January 14th for a Valentines Day celebration with Heart to Heart Partner Yoga!
This is a fun and supportive yoga practice. Breathe, move and stretch together as a couple. Strengthen your relationship by cultivating support, trust, connection, and playfulness as you laugh and exhale deeply!

Our featured class for the month of February, is R30. Get fitter in only 30 minutes! It’s as easy as riding a bike, & in R30, riding a bike has never been better! Burn calories improve muscular endurance, & build cardio fitness as you ride with surges, short intervals, power & end with a rush. Inspiring music & motivating coaches ensure that Everyone Finishes First! 



Meet our featured R30 instructor, Andrew Weber!

 



“I got my start in fitness very early. As a little kid my parents got me involved in every sport. Wrestling was the main focus back then, with a career that spans 1st grade through 12th. In high school I began power lifting. This transitioned into strong man competitions. I continued strong man throughout high school until leaving for college in 2007. Even in high school I knew I wanted a career in fitness. I was just unsure about how best to begin. I received my first Training certification from the Salina YMCA the summer following high school graduation.  
 
After two years in the Athletic training program at KSU I joined the USMC. In addition to all other responsibilities in the corps I began training fellow marines in the gym as well as Machine Gun crew operations.

Leaving the military after 5 years I returned home finding work at the local health club. I began by taking some of their group fitness classes. Shortly after that Cindy asked me to begin instructing, this lead to my first MOSSA certification. From that point on I decided to make this my career. I became a certified personal trainer at Genesis Health clubs in the early summer of 2014.

I continue to instruct multiple Group Ride classes as well as Group Kick. My recreational activities now consist of competing in Mud runs across the mid west.

I have two nephews that come to the day care here regularly. The oldest is a huge fan of what i do and loves playing with his toddler weights. We have recently been working on his hand stands.”


Hutchinson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - February 2015

Tuesday, February 10 2015 2:54 PM
Categorized In Hutchinson

February is the Month of Love and with Love comes Happiness!!  Our Genesis Hutchinson club is fortunate and blessed with the excellent instructors and we would like to introduce you to our Married Couple instructors, Samantha & Chris Smith and Becky & Tom Holcomb


Samantha & Chris Smith  
Chris and I met at Genesis in Urban Groove class (Zumba at the time), in 2011. I started doing a fitness challenge through my work and loved the class. Being the shy, insecure girl; I quietly stood in my back corner spot every night. Chris had been through a couple challenges prior, and was one of the main ones in the front row, besides Cheri, that I would watch to know what I was doing! He had made a huge transformation himself – losing 100+ pounds and becoming a Groove and Group Kick instructor. As I gradually moved to the front, he introduced himself, and was always there to help motivate and encourage me. It wasn’t long after, that I became a Groove Instructor as well. From that point forward, we both were constantly pushing and challenging each other. A couple years later, Chris proposed in front of all of our friends in a special Groove class we were having, and we got married just a few short months ago on 10/18/14.

Genesis truly holds a special place in our heart, not only because this is where we met; but this is where we feel most comfortable – like a second home, with all of our close friends that are really more like a second family. To this day, we love being able to work-out together and push/challenge each other; it’s so much more enjoyable to have someone else be right there with you, and someone to hold you accountable so it’s not as easy to back on your work-outs.  At the same time we love helping out all of our friends and members at the gym reach their goals as well – it’s truly a rewarding experience that we wouldn’t trade for anything.



Becky and Tom Holcomb

Hi, I’m Becky and I’m the Group Fitness Coordinator here in Hutchinson and also a  Group Fitness Instructor, teaching Group Power, Group Ride, R30, Group Centergy and Gentle Yoga . Tom also teaches Group Power and  is a Personal Trainer and a Group Fitness Instructor.  However, this is not where we started.
I’ve always  enjoyed being active, so when  I  heard Genesis was opening in Hutchinson,  I joined, I  was one of the first 400 to join the club,  in 2005.  Being a steady member, attending Cardio classes and spin classes.    As the club grew and they needed more instructors I took this opportunity and never once looked back. Being an instructor is such a rewarding experience.  I love teaching others and helping them set their goals and achieve them and have fun!!  I became a Group Power instructor in 2007 and added on; Group Ride, R30, Centergy and  Gentle Yoga.  I still enjoy outside activities, yard work, bike riding, walking. Tom and I keep very busy with our jobs and teaching and our family. We have all generations in our family  who we love to spend time with, from my mom, our brothers and sisters, to our children and our grand children.
As for teaching , My favorite class to teach has always been Group Power especially during February, Tom and I create a Group Power Love Songs, which will be taught, Sunday Feb 15. We look forward to this every year and it has become a tradition here in our club.
Being Healthy has always been my top goal in life!!

Let me introduce myself, Tom Holcomb, Husband, Educator (I work full time at the Kansas Cosmophere and Space Center) and a Group Power Instructor. Perhaps, we should have been named Ying and Yang.  I have never been interested in fitness until about seven years ago.  Before that, I was a smoker and a dedicated couch potato, opposed to all forms of physical effort.  One day, I noticed that I was not seeing as much of Becky as I wanted, so I decided to try her Group Power class.  It was a clear case of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em)  Suddenly, I found I had doubled down in love.  Today, I enjoy the tremendous benefit of being in the best shape of my life at 60.  I enjoy it so much that I don't even mind that Becky is my boss.  I am living proof.  Change is possible!



Join us for Our Annual Group Power Love Songs 2015 on Sunday Feb 15 @1:00pm


Topeka Group Fitness Monthly Blog - February 2015

Tuesday, February 10 2015 2:36 PM
Categorized In Topeka

Zumba- We had a Zumbathon for a Fallen Police Officer in Topeka on January 18 ath Lee Arena at Wasburn University. Several Genesis Instructors from Topeka and Lawrence along with a few out of town guests Rocked the Arena and raised over $1400.00 for the FOP fund. We filled the Arena with over 289 Dancers with 25 vendors. I also had a Great DJ and a Ballon designer decorate the stage. This was a awesome way to have th community out to support the Topeka Police Dept and all they do for us! The Photos will tell the story!!!!!  


We have more Zumbathons coming up ..Plus a ZIN Master training and a Basic 1 and 2 Zumba training. Im hoping to get a few new recruits that weekend!!!

 


Feature Instructor: SW Topeka Genesis
Angie Hemsley  ( photo attached)
I started teaching in the fall of 2009.
I began my professional journey when I wanted to cross train with spin while training for a marathon. After a few months I decided to go out on a limb and try my hand at subbing. The next week I had two classes: Power Circuit Blast. I was so nervous my first class, but once I started teaching, I knew I had found my passion. My teaching evolved into one-on-one personal training, bootcamp, spin, Bodypump and now Group Power.

- AFFA certified personal trainer
- Bodypump certified 5 years ago
- Group Power certified 5 months ago

 
Fitness Philosophy: My fitness philosophy is to stay consistent. Also, HAVE FUN! No workout should be boring. I never take myself too seriously, and I'm always willing to try new things. I love the energy that comes from the group fitness room. Combining music, moves and people creates this energy that keeps you coming back for more.


What gets me motivated to workout? Music. Find the right music and the magic happens.

Angie was the lead this week for a Secret Bonus Song- Video we submitted for MOSSA and Group Power!! Send us good Luck !! We Rocked it, hope they like it!



Genesis Topeka North Classes-
We are so Happy to add a few classes to the North location... Group Blast is the Newest class in Topeka.. Deb Swank was taken this class to another level at Topeka North! Group Blast is a 60 min Cardio workout with the Step in highly effective athletic ways! Group Blast will get your heart rate up, give you strength, agility and coordination to bumping music!!! Try this class today!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( Times: Wed & Friday 9:15/ Friday night 5:30pm) Look for more Photos Next month after our Great Launch party this weekend:)


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