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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:)

McPherson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - February 2015

Tuesday, February 10 2015 2:26 PM
Categorized In McPherson

Hello McPherson!  Hoping you are experiencing a great start to your new year and continuing to pursue all of your fitness goals!

We want to give a huge shout out to Carmen!  Carmen has been a Genesis member in McPherson since we opened in November of 2013.  We asked Carmen to share her story and her 102-pound weight loss journey!  Congratulations Carmen!! 


Carmen’s Journey



Heading into my 40’s STRONG & HEALTHY

One of my first memories is getting ready for Kindergarten. My mom is helping me get dressed and she is buttoning up my pants and is so excited that they fit. “Go tell dad!.” I don’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t struggled with my weight. My parents did everything they could to help me…promised me shopping trips, even a trip to Space Camp when I thought I wanted to be an astronaut, they took me to doctors, registered me for Weight Watchers and the list goes on and on. I have tried on my own several times to lose weight, but something would always stop the process (ME!) and I would fall back into some pretty bad habits.

July 2013 was a pretty amazing month for me! I got to spend 5-½ weeks in China! I was working with a group of 13 teachers and we got to travel and teach our way through China. It was an amazing experience, but I was SO OUT OF SHAPE. The weather was so hot and humid and my excess weight just made it worse for me. If I look back on pictures from that time, I usually have a fan in front of my face because I thought a fan would HIDE all of the weight.

Coming back from China, I transitioned into a new position at a new workplace and life was crazy! I struggled finding my place in my new job and was pretty lonely. I have struggled with anxiety for several years at this point, but things had been pretty much under control…but then in October 2013 things went OUT OF CONTROL. I was having daily panic attacks, doing the very best I could to keep things under control at work, but would then just fall apart at home.

For me, walking into Genesis on November 24, 2013 was all about walking away from so many fears I had. Fear of failure, fear of “I can’ts” and even the fear of succeeding.

Stepping on the scale for that first RBT (Results Based Training) with my Genesis Personal Trainer was the scariest moment ever. To see the numbers 345 on the scale was so heart wrenching. I thought I had prepared myself for that, but honestly, you just can’t.

When I saw those numbers, I knew I had a choice to make: to give 100% to this effort of healthy living or to continue life as is. I knew deep down inside of me there was a stronger Carmen, but I also knew it was going to take  A LOT of work to get her to come out. All of my fears were so strong in that moment.

I love the show THE BIGGEST LOOSER. Normally I watched it while eating a cheeseburger and drinking Dr. Pepper. I would watch in amazement at what the contestants could accomplish. I would always say, “I could never do that!”  BUT the past two seasons I had the opportunity to watch it WHILE I was deep in figuring out this healthy living. Jillian Michaels was working with a contestant who was struggling with many FEARS…

“It’s your story and your sticking to it. You gotta tell a new story.”  “Let’s try to create some experiences here and tell a new story.

This quote has made such a big impact on my life these past several months. I WANT TO TELL A NEW STORY!

Here are some things I was pretty sure about during those first few months:
1)    I needed HELP in lots of areas  (for this independent girl it is SO hard to admit that!).
2)    This needed to be an all or nothing for me. This had to be about FOOD and EXERCISE.
3)    I needed to be OPEN to meeting people and sharing my journey and learning from other people’s journeys.

After that first RBT (Results Based Training session), I signed up for three personal training sessions with my Genesis Personal Trainer. I was scared to death that first session. I had no idea how to use any of the strength training machines, no idea how many reps to do, correct form, etc. My personal trainer really just took me by the hand and showed me what to do and how to do it and also WHY I was doing certain things. As an educator, that was really important to me. The first month of personal training he pretty much did everything right along with me! That was huge for me!

The three personal training sessions quickly turned into a weekly personal training session. I honestly can’t imagine not having a personal training session each week.  During that time, I have been able to learn how to use the equipment correctly. I have learned to PUSH through the burn and I have worked so hard on the MENTAL…my Personal Trainer asks me to do something and my first response was usually YOU ARE.CRAZY…I can’t do that. Today I look at new things as an adventure!

After a couple of weeks at Genesis, I visited with Heather and she helped me to create a plan for what Group Fitness classes to take.  I love my group fitness classes! There is something special about working with others towards the goal of being healthy. This journey for me has been so much about the wonderful people I have met and the encouragement that we can give each other as well as just living life together.

I have also found tons of support through blogs and amazing people on Instagram! Rachelle Smith’s blog “For Blogness Sakes” is one of my favorites as well as the many Instagram accounts of the “Whole 30” approach to eating and life.  For a gal that was SO very lonely, I look at my life today and tear up when I think of the amazing community I have right by me, supporting me through the highs and lows of this healthy Carmen journey!  I have to give a huge thank you to the staff at RES, to my family, to the Lorenz, Sommervilles, and Pyle families for all of their support and encouragement!

The past 14 months have been filled with tears, laughter, strength, confidence, I can’ts, and even more I can’s, 102 pounds lost, 52 inches lost overall and most importantly I feel like the NEW Carmen has started to emerge. I am much happier, more confident, and I am so much healthier! I still have a lot of fears I am working through, but the key to that statement is that “I am working on them!”

My hope for anyone who is on a new healthy journey is that you find your inner strength, that you find a confidence that you didn’t know you had, that you make some new friends, and that you are pushed by the trainers and fitness instructors. My hope is that you will look back on those first few classes and see HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME. My hope is that you have FUN during this journey.

I hope that you will be able to tell a new story with your life! One that is filled with determination, strength, kindness towards yourself, and community!

I turn 40 in just a few months and I can’t wait for the new adventures out there!


Instructor of the Month


Name: Heather Koehn

Genesis Club Location: McPherson

Genesis Instructor since: November 2013

Hometown: Parsons, Kansas

Fitness Certifications:MOSSA - Group Power, Group Blast, Group Kick, Group Ride, R30
                                    LES MILLS – BodyPump, CXWorx
                                    OTHER - R.I.P.P.E.D., Zumba, Schwinn

Hobbies: Exercise, Reading, Church, Family, Friends & Fur Babies

Personal Fitness Goal: I believe in realistic goals with realistic results!  I want to stay active and healthy for my heart, my body and my mental well being!  I achieve this by working within my fitness limitations while also pushing myself to work harder and do better where I know I can excel!  My goal is to always find and stick with fitness programs that I enjoy, that is why I take and teach Group Fitness classes!!

What do you love most about teaching Group Fitness classes at Genesis: It’s always about the members!  The friendships that are formed in group fitness classes are what makes it so fun!  I love not only how the members motivate me, but how much they motivate and care for each other!!

What classes do you teach, days and times:
                        Monday:         8:10 a.m. Group Kick and 9:00 a.m. Group Power
                        Tuesday:         8:15 a.m. Buttz & Gutz and 9:00 a.m. HIIT for 12 [Cardio Intense]
                                                5:30 p.m. Group Kick and 6:30 p.m. G30 Boot Camp
                        Wednesday:   8:10 a.m. Power Step and 9:00 a.m. Ironworks
                        Thursday:       5:30 p.m. Group Blast
                        Friday:             9:00 a.m. Group Power
                        Saturday:        8:00 a.m. Group Kick   

Favorite Quote: “Get comfortable being uncomfortable” in my classes! 


Featured February Class

Our Featured Class for February is Group Kick!

GROUP KICK® - KICK SOME…..This gripping hour burns a ton of calories and builds total body strength.  Tap into the hottest mixed martial arts movements done at a rapid-fire pace to smash your cardio fitness.  From the boxing ring to the fighting cage, Group Kick combines cutting-edge moves with thrilling music.  This electric experience is addictive!  BRING IT ON with Group Kick!  

We offer Group Kick on our schedule as follows:
                Monday @ 8:10 a.m. in Studio A with Heather
                Tuesday @ 5:30 p.m. in Studio A with Heather
                Saturday @ 8:00 a.m. in Studio A with Heather

Below are a few pictures of our members and instructors that participated in our January 2015 Group Kick Launch Party!  Thanks everyone for coming out and KICKING SOME…..with us!!  And another big thanks to our Kick instructors that helped me team teach from our Salina location – Mark, Will, Andrew and Kate!  What an awesome work out we all had together!!


Please make sure you check our February 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 Heather Koehn at 620-245-0900.

Hoping everyone has a Happy and Healthy February!!  

Rock Road Group Fitness Monthly Blog - February 2015

Tuesday, February 10 2015 1:39 PM
Categorized In Rock Road

New and Unique Classes in February
We’re making a few exciting changes to our group fitness schedule this month. For early birds, we’re now offering 5:15 a.m. R30 classes (that’s a 30-minute cycling class, destined to start your day off well) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Also, we’re adding an inspiring new class combo: Spin & Yoga, Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. This revolutionary duo will begin with 35 minutes on the bikes, followed by 25 minutes of Power Yoga, focusing on the muscles most commonly used in cycling. Join C.J. in the cycling studio this and every Saturday!

Valentine’s Yoga
Grab someone you love and bring them (for free if it’s a non-member!) to Genesis on Sat., Feb. 14 for a special Yoga class, designed for partner work! Bring a spouse, friend, neighbor…anyone you “love” for this special Valentine’s Day yoga in Studio C.

Power, Ride, R30, Blast and Centergy – All New!
Have you been to your favorite “Group” classes in the past month? If not, it’ll be all new to you, since we spent January launching new music and choreography for all five programs. The theme is “It’s Better in Groups,” so we encourage you to come by and see why! (Reason #515: it makes you work harder but smile more.)

Instructor of the Month: Devin Roberts

This month, we highlight Devin Roberts, an instructor and personal trainer. His Urban Groove classes have grown tremendously in the year since he added “fitness instructor” to his many talents. He began dancing in college and eventually minored in Dance and was a Teacher Assistant for WSU’s Hip-Hop dance class.

He holds a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Wichita State, which is also where he earned his bachelor’s in Sports Management. While in college, Devin was a member of the WSU Rowing team and also a WSU Cheerleader. Today, Devin loves working out, reading, competing in obstacle course races, rock climbing, acrobatics, and Shockers’ basketball.

Devin believes, “Fitness classes are a wonderful place to meet people who have similar goals and needs. You will never be bored with the variety of exercise choices offered in group settings. From strength training and step aerobics to boot camps and indoor cycling to my favorite Zumba/Urban Groove, your fitness instructor will challenge and improve your body.”


West Central Group Fitness Monthly Blog - February 2015

Tuesday, February 10 2015 1:19 PM
Categorized In West Central

February brings members of West Central three new classes to the schedule!! Ai Chi, a 30 minute Aquatics class, focuses on range of motion, flexibility and balance. Smooth movements are taught to help reduce pain and relieve stress. This class is offered on Wednesdays from 11:00-11:30am with Edie in our warm lap pool. Group Blast, a 60 minute cardio class that launched at Genesis in late November, will be offered at two new times: Fridays at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 8:00am, both with Greta!! Come prepared to move and sweat!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Join Carol on Saturday, Feb. 14th at 10:15am, for “Open Your Heart”, a special version of our Yoga Flow class held at this time. All members will receive goodies after class!!!  

February’s classes of the month are…… Butz, Gutz and Ironworks and HIIT The Water!!  Butz, Gutz and Ironworks is offered Tuesdays/Thursdays at 11:15am with Brenda, and Fridays at 9:15am with Shannon.  You will spend this hour focusing on tightening and toning the lower body, while adding dumbbells and other equipment for an upper body workout.  HIIT The Water is an interval class in our warm lap pool. Members work in 20 second intervals, with a short break in between rounds. Working out in the water adds extra resistance, as well! HIIT The Water is offered on Mondays at 10:00am and 5:45pm, Tuesdays at 8:00am, Wednesdays at 5:45pm, Thursdays at 10:00am, and Saturdays at 8:00am.


Springfield Group Fitness Monthly Blog - February 2015

Tuesday, February 10 2015 1:11 PM
Categorized In Springfield

Employee of month - Jen Keet:

How long have you been teaching? 19 years
What do you currently teach and what have you taught previously? BODYFLOW BODYVIVE ZUMBA BORN TO MOVE. Previously BODYPUMP RPM CXWORX BODYSTEP BODYJAM SH'BAM, Aquatics, WATERinMOTION, yoga, POUND!, Children's fitness, Aqua Zumba, Zumbatomic, and many more (see my jazz hands?)
Hobbies?  Hanging out with the most imprtant person in my life, my beautiful daughter... and my awesome boyfriend.
Reasons you love teaching? I am so inspired to see people do something that they did not think they could.  I was not an athletic kid and certainly did not ever choose to exercise for fun.  When I started takin gclasses in my 20's I got hooked and realized that even though it can be a huge challenge if you make working out fun people will be hooked.  I love to have such a wide variety of people in my classes and look out and see everyone doing their personal best and so many options. Simply put I try to create a fun, inspiring, motivating workout for every class. I want people to feel empowered and fall in love with moving.  I know that in every class I teach I make a positive impact and the ripple effect is far reaching.


Program of the Month - BODYFLOW®:

A blend of Tai Chi, Yoga, and Pilates, BODYFLOW® a one hour workout that will improve your fitness and overall feeling of well-being.  Whether you lift weights, run, dance, or punch and kick, this class is a place to strengthen the mind-body connection. Humans are the only animal that does not stretch when it gets up.  We all need to be more flexible in our bodies and lives.  Come experience the a workout experience with with music by the original artist and led by instructors who cater to every fitness level.

East Central Group Fitness Monthly Blog - February 2015

Tuesday, February 10 2015 1:05 PM
Categorized In East Central


Why WE Love our Members!
We polled a few of our loyal group fitness instructors to see why our members hold a special place in their hearts this Valentine's Day.

Beth, who teaches Group Power, Group Blast and Buttz & Gutz, loves her freestyle class members. She says, "I enjoy trying exercises out with my people that look fun and effective, that we probably wouldn't just do on our own. In general, I love to help lead people to a healthier lifestyle. I want everyone to be as excited to be fit as I am!!!"  Beth is also an instructor who has recently brought our new Group Blast class to East Central -- join her on Wednesday mornings, at 9:00 a.m., for some intense cardio.

Our newest instructor, Annmarie, shows up bright and early every Tuesday and Thursday to teach Group Blast at 5:30 a.m. Her day is made when she is greeted by excited members first thing in the morning! "I love smiling faces in the morning, whether they are in my class, coming from a rock-hard-body personal trainer who warms up the room for me, or a friendly waving exerciser from the machines above. What a fun way to start the day, and set a positive, healthy tone!"

Abbey, who took Group Fitness classes for years before teaching them herself, has become good friends with many participants in her classes. "Knowing that we all check in on each other, and hold each other accountable, is the best motivation! I love working hard while teaching, and knowing that everyone in the room is suffering (in a good way!) right along with me!"

Bethany exclaimed, "I love that they put up with my singing! I also love that they want to make a better body, and mind - and, I love to see their determination." Bethany mixes it up, and seriously challenges members every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:15 during her Cardio & Core classes (M/W) and Group Blast (F).

Give the gift of GROUP FITNESS for Valentine's Day!
Do you have someone who you think would love Group Fitness as much as you do? Get in contact with our Group Fitness coordinator, Abbey! Exercise is more fun, and more effective, in groups -- email her (, or catch her at the club, and talk to her about a guest pass, and let them try out a few classes for free!

Start seeing RED!
On Saturday, February 14th, spend the morning with the instructors who love you so much -- and wear red! Here's the morning's schedule:

8:00 a.m. Group Blast with Tia
9:00 a.m. Group Power with Mitzi
10:00 a.m. Zumba with Gina/Corri
11:00 a.m. Group Centergy with Mitzi

Emporia Group Fitness Monthly Blog - February 2015

Tuesday, February 10 2015 12:49 PM
Categorized In Emporia

Instructor of the Month:  Andra Baldwin

Andra is a native of Romania and moved to the US in 1999 while pursuing a graduate degree in English Literature. She is passionate about all things fitness and has been actively involved in inspiring others to pursue their health journeys for the past 7 years. Her own journey began when she found herself 30, overweight and unhappy. While searching for a way to get out of the rut, she discovered Zumba  instructor, is licensed in Zumba, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba and R.I.P.P.E.D. and constantly strives to become a better instructor by attending workshops and trainings. At Genesis Andra teaches Zumba, Zumba Toning and R.I.P.P.E.D. and loves each and every class! During her employment she made it a priority to offer fun master classes as well as host fundraising events for local and national organizations. Her participants know her as energetic, fun and encouraging! She makes it a point to learn all the participants' names and reaches out to them in and out of class. Newcomers remark on the fact that it really feels as if everyone knows each other and her classes are a "judgment-free zone". She often reminds her crew to just keep on moving and to check the ego at the door! On a personal note, Andra loves to spend time with her husband Daniel and two lovely daughters, Laura and Viviana. She loves exploring and enjoys watching documentaries. Andra believes in moderation and savors the occasional slice of chocolate cake!  

Class of the Month Zumba by Andra Baldwin and Karen Guzman

Zumba - This class features aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast & slow rhythms that tone & sculpt the body. It utilizes the
principles of fitness interval training & resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning & total body toning. It is a mixture of body
sculpting movements with easy to follow dance steps.

ZCrew, mark your calendars for February 15th!! You didn't think I would let Valentine's day pass without throwing a proper Zumba party, did you???? The theme for that day's LONGER class is, of course, LOOOOOOOOOOOVE. But we will use this opportunity to show some love to a local organization which provides invaluable services to its members and to the community!! Stay tuned for details!!! This will be fantastic!! Get your red, white and pink gear ready!!!


Introducing a New INSTRUCTOR : Michael Christian

Hey everyone, my name is Michael Christiani.  I'm originally from Emporia, and was a track and cross country runner at the state level as well as receiving multiple scholarship offers.  Instead of pursuing them, I chose to serve in the Army Infantry for 8 years.  Upon completion of my contract, I moved back in order to rekindle with my family and friends I had seen very little of for so long.  I have another main job I work during the week, but I am here every Friday at 12:15 for ATC and 4:30 for HIIT!

During my time in the Army, I had many different jobs and responsibilities, but my main specialty always seemed to go back to fitness.  I was stationed in Ft Myer, VA as an Honor Guard, which is also where I had my first deployment to Africa for 15 months.  While in Africa, I was a Commando Course instructor for the Ugandan military, there were 15 Americans training 240 Ugandans.  It was during this time I found my love for teaching.  My second duty station was Schofield, HI where I was a squad leader, and had my last deployment for a year to Afghanistan.  For my last year in Hawaii, I worked directly for our high level leadership, and was tasked with creating a mandatory daily fitness program for approximately 200 soldiers that had specific injuries.  I had to create a program that would give them a good workout while not affecting their injuries, plus I was the head enlisted instructor.  When I separated from the military, we only had approximately 60 people attending the program, so it was quite a success, and I would say my best fitness achievement to date.  
I love instructing, I love helping people out so they can achieve their goals and live a healtheir lifestyle, and I would love to see you all at my classes!  Picture above (Final in blues)

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! 
Rosalinda was our G30 Bootcamp winner for January(Pic img0585 Roslinda)
Picture of Bootcamp January 2015 (IMG 0582 Bootcamp)

Lawrence Group Fitness Monthly Blog - February 2015

Tuesday, February 10 2015 11:35 AM
Categorized In Lawrence

Welcome to February! In Lawrence this month brings fantastic new changes thanks to our amazing instructors, great new programs & our brand new yoga studio at North!!


At Lawrence North we Blasted-off into our Grand opening ribbon cutting, with over 200 members & guests attending our group fitness classes! Pictured below is our Group Blast Sneak Peak January 2015 release class & the 9AM Group Power - attended by nearly 50 people! 

Below is our Sneak Peak Group Centergy preview  - all taught during our Grand Opening Celebration on January 24. 



Everyone who loves Centergy, raise your hand in an extended angle pose or “clap” your hands in prayer pose! 


In order to bring Centergy to North, we need more instructors - so we have new kids Jill, Jessica & Tami training to become the newest members of our Group Centergy team.

They attended training earlier his month with Master Trainer Jeannie Patterson & are ready to start teaching classes in our brand new yoga studio this week!

Speaking of Yoga, since we have a new studio at North, our instructors of the month are two of our AMAZING yoga instructors: Brenda Berg Dyck & Kelsey Bitting.



Brenda Berg Dyck (RYT 200) has been teaching yoga in Kansas since 2007. After falling in love with yoga while living in Florida, Brenda moved back to her roots in the sunflower state and started teaching Sivananda style yoga, a classical hatha yoga system, which is a slow paced, meditative practice focusing on breathing and the 12 foundational poses. Over the past 7 1/2 years, her personal practice as well as her teaching style has broadened to include many styles. Brenda is a forever student of yoga, and continues her education by taking yoga workshops and seminars every year.


Whether taking her Yoga Basics or Power Yoga class, Brenda loves to be adventurous with her students. She enjoys helping them progress into advanced poses by breaking them down into small digestible parts. She incorporates a mind-focusing breath technique while flowing in and out of poses, followed by a deep restorative relaxation, which creates not only a stronger and healthier body, but a calmer and quieter mind. Brenda's goal is to empower her students by gaining outer strength, inner calm and trust of their own intuition.


Brenda has a B.S. in Communication Studies from Washburn University and has spent more than 20 years working in development, fundraising, marketing and event planning. Brenda is married and has two teenagers, plus a 14 year old, 60 lbs fur- baby who thinks she's a lap dog.  


If you would like to join the legions who love Brenda’s insightful & inspiring yoga practice, plan to join her in any of her classes:




Thursday 9:00AM Power Yoga

Thursday 10:15AM Yoga Basics

Friday 5:00PM Power Core

Friday 5:30PM  Power Yoga



Kelsey Bitting - in her own words:

I love teaching yoga classes because yoga has transformed my body and mind in ways I want everyone to have a chance to experience. Since I began practicing regularly, I am a healthier and happier person, and those benefits just keep increasing year after year. In my classes, I try to explain the health value of the yoga practices that I teach, to offer modifications for poses, and to encourage my students to build strength and flexibility while still treating their bodies with respect and kindness. Guiding students to achieve steadiness and ease in a new pose, or just to catch a breath of peace in a hectic world, is one of the great joys of my day-to-day life.

Lately, I have been reading and studying about yoga therapy, or the use of yoga practices to facilitate the body's healing process for specific diseases and conditions. In my personal yoga practice, I am working on arm balances and inversions, remembering how good I feel when I take time to meditate (just a few minutes!) each day, and respecting the limitations of my hip joint structure!


In my day job, I am a Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow for the University of Kansas Department of Geology. My work involves collaborating with faculty to redesign their courses to use the teaching methods and philosophies that are associated with the best student learning outcomes. I also have the opportunity to mentor graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants and conduct a bit of scholarship of my own around the process of change in higher education. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband Jay and our two cats, getting together for dinner or coffee with friends, and learning (trying to learn?) to garden.


To immerse yourself in Kelsey’s well-articualted & highly educated yoga world, join her classes at either location:

NORTH - Monday 7:30PM Power Yoga

SOUTH - Wednesday 6:30PM Yoga Flow

NORTH - Saturday 10:30AM Yoga Flow

NORTH - Saturday 11:30AM Gentle Yoga 



Thanks to the grand opening of our new Yoga studio at North, we have DOUBLED the number of Yoga / Mind-Body classes available at our North location! 

That’s right Yoga lovers - your long wait is over - we are OUT of the racquetball court & the fitness studio & you have a new Yoga home!

We now have bolsters & more blocks & mats & our own thermostat & a bright shiny new space waiting for YOU!

Check out our brand new schedule (starting 2/2) & take your practice to a higher level (literally - our studio is on the second floor.



Love Your Body, Love Your Heart

Wednesday, February 4 2015 3:09 PM
Categorized In Sports, Nutrition & Supplement Guide

Love is in the air in February and it’s time to show a little love for your heart! After all, February is American Heart Month. Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? One in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, that’s equal to 2,200 deaths per day. Obviously eating the right foods and exercising daily is significant, but let’s examine the most important supplements for your heart health.


1. The Daily Essentials Multivitamin contains vitamins and minerals essential to heart health like high doses of vitamin C, a high complex of B vitamins, magnesium, selenium, silica, copper, and potassium. Let us define how each of these elements relates to your heart.

Vitamin C is not only and antioxidant, but keeps blood vessels healthy, and raises “good” cholesterol levels and lowers “bad” cholesterol levels.

The B vitamins help digest fats and sugars and reduce plaque. A recent double-blind placebo-controlled study at the University of Southern California found that a combination of folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 reduced the progression of early subclinical atherosclerosis, as measured by thickness of the carotid artery in the neck, even in people at low risk for cardiovascular disease. Niacin, another B vitamin, helps increase HDL or "good" cholesterol levels. Folic acid, one of the B vitamins, regulates the amount of homocysteine in the blood, a marker for heart disease.

"High levels of homocysteine can lead to heart disease, and the way to combat high homocysteine is to take folic acid," says Michael Poon, MD, chief of cardiology at Cabrini Medical Center in New York. Aim for 1 milligram or 1,000 micrograms a day, he says.

Magnesium is crucial for heart function. Not only does it regulate your heart beat, but it is needed for hundreds of processes in your body, not least the lowering of toxic blood homocysteine. Most Americans don't get the recommended daily allowance of magnesium because the majority is removed from refined grains and rice.

"Some researchers say that, as a nation, we could cut our rate of heart disease by one-half if we took more magnesium," says City Island, N.Y.-based Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, author of The Miracle of Magnesium. "Magnesium is the body's natural calcium channel blocker. It balances out the excess calcium that is associated with the heart going into muscle spasm, which equals a heart attack."

Selenium is an antioxidant that works with vitamins E and C. Selenium deficiency diseases include heart disease, some virus diseases & cancer.

Silica (also known as silicon) can reduce blood fats & cholesterol, risks of arteriosclerosis, and of coronary diseases. Plus, silicon can improve the cardiovascular system, as it is essential to the structural integrity, elasticity and permeability of the arteries.

Copper is an important nutrient known to lower LDL cholesterol. Without it artery structure is not made or repaired. Copper can not only improve your heart health, but it can help prevent artery bursts (as associated with aneurysm or stroke), and poor blood clotting.

Potassium helps regulate heartbeat, blood pressure levels, and even lower high blood pressure. Hypertension, high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for heart disease. Potassium may also decrease your risk of stroke and heart failure.

2. Rx Oils (Fish or Flax) contain essential fatty acids like Omega 3.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) play a critical role in the workings of a healthy body. Why are they “essential”? Because the body must have them to survive, but cannot synthesize them from any other substance, so a direct source is required. Taken in the right amounts and ratios, EFAs improve and maintain a healthy heart by lowering high blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, inflammation, and the formation of clots.

Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) [Omega 3] constitutes 57% of the total fatty acids in flax, making flax the richest source of ALA in the North American diet. Studies have found evidence that ALA is related to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. People with certain circulatory problems, such as varicose veins, benefit from omega 3. Omega 3 stimulates blood circulation, increases the breakdown of fibrin, a compound involved in clot and scar formation, and additionally has been shown to reduce blood pressure. There is strong scientific evidence that n- 3 fatty acids significantly reduce blood triglyceride levels and regular intake reduces the risk of secondary and primary heart attack.

The scientific evidence suggests that fish oil with omega-3 fatty acids can lower levels of triglycerides by up to 50%. (Triglycerides are an unhealthy fat that can cause clots in the arteries.) Fish oil may also improve blood pressure, because the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil seem to be able to expand blood vessels, and this brings blood pressure down. Not only can fish oil help prevent heart disease and stroke, recent studies suggest fish consumption is associated with a reduced risk from all-cause, ischemic heart disease and stroke.

3. D3 Essentials contains 5,000 I.U.’s of Vitamin D per serving.

Vitamin D can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease including heart attacks, stroke and heart failure. Low vitamin D levels are associated with risk factors that cause heart disease: type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Plus, vitamin D helps with magnesium absorption which as previously discussed, is very important for heart health.

4. Rx Greens contains many important phytonutrients like phytosterols (naturally-occurring plant compounds) and flavonoids (the color-providing pigments of plants).

Phytosterols help to reduce cholesterol by competing for absorption in the intestines. They can reduce total and LDL cholesterol by 10-15%.

Flavonoids have a wide range of heart health benefits. They reduce the inflammation associated with heart disease, improve the ability of blood vessels to relax, strengthen capillaries and act as powerful antioxidants. They’re a must in your daily diet if you want to keep your heart healthy.

5. Body Beautiful contains high doses of collagen as well as Vitamins B & C.

Collagen is a long, fibrous structural protein made up of amino acids such as glucine, proline, hydroxyproline and arginine. Comprising 75-85% of skin, muscle, and connective tissue, collagen is the most abundant protein found in the body. Collagen can strengthen the blood vessels and improve circulation throughout the body. As the body ages, the production of collagen slows down.

When collagen levels are lowered in the cardiovascular system, it can lead to malfunctions of the heart, according to a study by the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. Collagen fibers are the most abundant cell components in arteries and the muscular tissue of the heart (myocardium). When the body increases its collagen levels, this can lead to a reduced risk of inflammatory diseases, especially as related to the cardiovascular system, and slow the build-up of plaque in your arteries (atherosclerosis).

Supplement Rx provides the Daily Essentials Multivitamin, Rx Oils (Fish or Flax), D3 Essentials, Rx Greens and Body Beautiful as beneficial supplements that may help improve your heart health. All Supplement Rx Products are guaranteed to be:

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  • Time-released, so that the nutrient delivery systems are maximized for absorption
  • Safe & Effective because they have been market-tested in top health clubs throughout the country
  • Synergistically designed to be used with other Supplement Rx products to ensure no nutrient overages or adverse events when used as recommended
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Featured Yoga Instructor - Mary Alice Morgan

Friday, January 30 2015 11:16 AM
Categorized In Rock Road

Mary Alice has been practicing yoga for nearly three years and is a Personal Trainer at Genesis Health Clubs with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She began practicing yoga to restore the flexibility she had always known and found it to be very relaxing while contributing to overall balance in her own fitness. As a Personal Trainer, Mary Alice incorporates certain aspects of yoga into her client training sessions because of the benefits it adds to their fitness.


Her teaching style includes encouraging individuals to listen to their own body’s healthy limitations and respecting where they are on any given day. Mary Alice completed Yoga Teaching Training for Health and Fitness Professionals and The Doug Keller Yoga Workshop. She plans to continue her pursuit of the RYT 200 teaching certification through the Yoga Alliance.


Mary Alice is an avid reader and loves research, particularly health-related research. With a minor in Marketing, she assisted a WSU Professor with fitness research for the publication of a WSU School of Marketing textbook.


McPherson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - January 2015

Thursday, January 8 2015 4:19 PM
Categorized In McPherson

We’re kicking the New Year off right in McPherson with a lot of great classes on our group fitness schedule!  Are you ready to work, sweat and have some fun?  

Our January launch schedule is as follows for our MOSSA programs:
                Saturday, January 10th – Group Ride @ 10:00 a.m. in Studio B with David G.
                Monday, January 12th – R30 @ 5:30 p.m. and Group Centergy @ 6:00 p.m. in Studio B with David G.
                Saturday, January 17th – Group Power @ 9:00 a.m. in Studio A with Morgan, Jen and Heather
                Saturday, January 24th – Group Kick @ 8:00 a.m. in Studio A with Heather
                Saturday, January 31st – Group Blast @ 9:00 a.m. in Studio A with Jen and Heather


Instructor of the Month


 Name: Jennifer Jaggers

Genesis Club Location: McPherson, Kansas

Genesis Instructor since (year): November 2013

Hometown: Lindsborg, Kansas

Fitness Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer NASM, HIIT (NETA), Group Power, Group Ride, R30, Group Blast            

Hobbies/Interests: Working out, traveling, cooking, spending time with family and my fur babies! J

Personal Fitness Goal: To stay fit during my pregnancy and to be a fit and active mother!

What do you love most about teaching Group Fitness classes at Genesis: I love the interaction with the members and the energy I get from the members when teaching my classes!

What classes do you teach, days and times:

Monday:  5:30 p.m. Group Power and 6:30 p.m. Group Blast

Tuesday:  9:15 a.m. HIIT for 12 [Buttz & Gutz]

Wednesday:  5:30 p.m. Group Power and 6:30 p.m. HIIT for 12 [Cardio Intense]

Thursday:  8:15 a.m. Group Blast

Saturday:  9:00 a.m. Group Power and 10:00 a.m. G30 Bootcamp  

Quote: The body achieves what the mind believes!


Featured January Class

Our Featured Class for December is Zumba! 

ZumbaDitch the workout and join the party!!  Zumba is a total workout combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance & flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of AWESOME each time you leave the class!  Zumba utilizes Latin and world rhythms to keep you motivated!  The only requirement is to HAVE FUN!  


We offer Zumba on the following days and times:

                Tuesdays @ 7:15 p.m. in Studio A

                Thursdays @ 7:15 p.m. in Studio A

                Sundays @ 2:00 p.m. in Studio A


For more information on our Group Fitness program, please contact Heather Koehn at 620-245-0900.

West 13th Group Fitness Monthly Blog - January 2015

Thursday, January 8 2015 1:28 PM
Categorized In West 13th

We are ready for the New Year at West 13th! Since our schedule changed at Thanksgiving with the addition of Group Blast, we are not making any changes for the New Year! Group Blast is doing very well! Make sure that you give it a try at the following times:


                                Mondays at 12:15 & 5:30P

                                Wednesdays at 4:30P

                                Saturdays at 8:00A


The Fit Life had their annual Fitlife Christmas Party on December 22nd and boy can that group cook! This picture shows a group of us getting ready to enjoy the food that everyone brought!


Our January Launch schedule is as follows for the MOSSA programs:

                                Group Power - 1/10/15 at 9AM with Cindy, Shannon & Angie

                                Group Ride - 1/17/15 at 8AM with Myrtle & Pam

                                Group Kick - 1/20/15 at 5:30 PM with Shannon, Myrtle & Cindy

                                Group Blast - 1/31/15 at 8AM with Cindy & Shannon Come and join us for one or ALL of these!

West Central Group Fitness Monthly Blog - January 2015

Thursday, January 8 2015 1:22 PM
Categorized In West Central

Happy New Year!! 2015 is going to be a great year! We are so excited to begin our new year with 5 MOSSA launches in January! Every quarter, Genesis introduces a brand new release of each MOSSA program, which includes new music and choreography. Which will be your favorite??
January 4th, 1:00pm Group Centergy with Tonia and Leslie
January 10th, 8:15am Group Ride with C and Kurt
January 17th, 10:15am Group Power with Tonia, Ann and Shannon
January 24th 9:15am Group Kick with Amie
January 31st 11:30am Group Blast with Tonia, Shannon and Greta
January 2015 brings us two awesome classes as our  featured "Classes of the Month".
Arthritis Land class is offered on Tuesdays at 1:30pm with Shelley, and Thursdays at 1:30pm with Edie, both located in Studio A... This is a slow paced class that focuses on stretching, flexibility, mobility and balance. Members begin in chairs as they work upper body joints, as well as some ankle and leg movements. Standing exercises follow, working balance. Using motivating music, members make their way around the studio practicing various exercises. This class is meant for any level of fitness.
Aqua Fit Life is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday  at 2:15pm in our warm Therapy Pool, which is maintained at a warm 94 degrees. Jan leads this class. Members work on flexibility, range of motion and light cardio endurance. No special equipment is necessary, Genesis supplies everything you need!
Aqua Fit Life + is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:00am with Shelley, or at 1:00pm with Karen. This class still focuses on flexibility, range of motion and endurance, but is more aerobic and intense than Aqua Fit Life classes. The Therapy Pool is always maintained at 94 degrees, and no special equipment is necessary. Swim shoes can be worn if desired. You will experience 30 minutes of aerobic activity, followed by 30 minutes of stretching and mobility exercises.
There are just a few schedule changes with the start of 2015:
The Saturday 9:00am Pilates Mat Class in Studio C with Joe will begin at 9:15am beginning January 3rd.
The Friday 9:00am PowerSplash and 10:00am Hydrostrength, both held in the Lap Pool, will be taught by Edie as of January 2nd.
May the 2015 bring health, opportunity, happiness and joy to you and all of your loved ones!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Rock Road Group Fitness Monthly Blog - January 2015

Thursday, January 8 2015 1:17 PM
Categorized In Rock Road

Happy New Year from Rock Road! We look forward to seeing new (and renewed!) members in our Group Fitness classes in 2015. We offer Group Fitness and Mind/Body classes for all levels, including Yoga Basics & Gentle Yoga, R30 (a 30-minute spin class) and FitLife, strength training, Zumba, aquatics classes and much more. If you’re new, please come introduce yourself to the instructor and he/she will help get you set up for class. See you in the studios!
January Schedule Changes at Rock Road
We’re making a few changes to our schedule, starting in January:
•       Thursday’s noon Men’s Yoga class is now open to women and will be Hot Yoga with Beth.
•       Also, we’re no longer offering Monday night 6:45 p.m. Zumba, but our friends at East Central still offer that very class at that very time.

Try G-Cycle & Sculpt!
We’re thrilled to offer variety in our Ride room, so in addition to our daily selection of Ride and R30 classes, we now offer G-Cycle & Sculpt, a 60-minute cardio and strength training class. We’ll provide the equipment; just join Anne in Studio B on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Instructor of the Month: Danielle Wildeman
This month, we meet Danielle (Dani), a 22-year group fitness pro. She currently teaches Group Power and Group Centergy, although over her career with Genesis, she’s taught nearly every format imaginable!

Dani grew up in Concordia, Kansas, went to K-State, which she still loyally follows, and now works for J.P. Weigand and Sons as a real estate agent. She’s married to Darrin and together they enjoy spending time with their yellow male labs, Austin and Reagan. Dani says, “Members should try group fitness to keep them motivated, visit with others between working hard, and obtaining set goals with support from a group.”

East Central Group Fitness Monthly Blog - January 2015

Thursday, January 8 2015 1:10 PM
Categorized In East Central

Exciting East Central News!
At the request of many members, East Central will be bringing back a long awaited early Group Fitness class! Beginning in January, Annmarie will lead a Tuesday and Thursday (5:30 a.m.) Group Blast class! What better way to start off 2015, and your day, than with some high-intensity cardio intervals, sports drills, and major calorie burning workout!

Featured Instructor
Annmarie Algya hails from, "There's No place like home" Wichita, KS.  Growing up, Annmarie was very active, and could be found playing volleyball, basketball and softball. In the midst of all of these activities, she somehow found time to hit the books, graduating as Valedictorian  from Kapaun Mt. Carmel. Annmarie later graduated from Creighton University, earning a degree in Occupational Therapy.  Annmarie then went on to meet and marry her soccer stud husband of 17 years.  Now, they spend the vast majority of their time at the soccer fields with their four little soccer protégés. This is where Annmarie met Zoe Scognamillo who invited her to join "Team Genesis".  Annmarie loves blasting off with the awe-inspiring members of East Central and Rock Road while teaching Group Blast!  Set those alarms and join the countdown to blast off at the new 5:30am Group Blast classes Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning January 6, 2015. No resolutions required. 5...4...3...2...1

Group Fitness Launches
January is a BIG month for resolutions, and for our Group Fitness classes! January's Group Fitness motto is, "Cuz it's better together!" Grab some friends, and meet us at our January launches!  The dates are as follows:

Sat., Jan. 3rd - Group Centergy at 11:00 a.m. (Trailer:
Sat., Jan. 17th - Group Power at 9:00 a.m. (Trailer:
Sat., Jan 31st - Group Blast at 8:00 a.m. (Trailer:

Special Zumba class!
Make sure to hit up our Saturday, January 3rd 10:00 a.m. Zumba class -- we'll be ringing in the first weekend of 2015 in style with TWO instructors, lots of fun, and tons of calorie burning!


Hutchinson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - January 2015

Thursday, January 8 2015 1:05 PM
Categorized In East Central

January, time for staying healthy and becoming healthy!! We are here to help!!

We offer a variety of classes to enable you to train your body a variety of ways. From the hard driving cardio of Group Ride, to the soothing rhythms of yoga. There is Something for Every Body at Your Genesis!! 


January is also the time of the year we launch all our MOSSA new quarterly releases, 

Centergy Sunday, Jan 4, 12:00 pm 

Group Ride , Saturday Jan 10 @ 8:00 am

R30, Sunday, January 11 @ 12:15 pm

Group Power, Sunday, January 11 @ 1:00 pm

Group Kick, Saturday, January 24, @ 8:00 am


If you haven't tried these classes a launch is the best time to attend, new music, new moves, great fun, taught by a team of instructors!'


Meet One of instructors,Cheri Mullen-Hastert


Hi!  My name is Cheri Mullen-Hastert and I am a “Genesis Gym Junkie!”  I joined Genesis Health Clubs 6 years ago…relunctantly.  Having always worked out at home, I had no desire to become a gym member or be a part of group fitness classes until I walked in to Becky Holcomb’s Group Power class one Sunday afternoon and I was hooked.  After about 3 months, I was approached and abruptly started instructing a dying Zumba class with having no knowledge of the material and having never been a fitness instructor.  Genesis took a chance on me and I’m so thankful they did.  I soon became Zumba certified but knew I wanted to create a workout that I knew would be more effective for myself and the other members too.  Having to start from scratch with material, it took a ton of hard work and many trials to bring the class attendance from about 3 people to a class average of 60-70 people over the next 2 years.  With the success of the class, it was time to bring in other instructors that I had watched grow over time and they were able to add additional classes to help with the growing demand and numbers.  About 3 years ago, Genesis allowed us to change the name of the class to URBAN GROOVE in order for us to continue to create material and a format that was making the class so successful.  There is an amazing dynamic to this class that feels more like family and we’ve ventured passed just working our together to other areas of giving back to our community through various fund-raising events for our Veterans with American Legion, American Heart Association, and breast cancer.  As the “Groove Crew,” we’ve also participated in the 5K Glow Run the last 2 years and brought home the award for “Best Dance Team” and the Genesis 5K Hippy run.  Every year, we hold events for Military Appreciation, Halloween, and a team building event with Hutchinson High School Basketball team.  We workout hard together but we also have so much fun together!

Through my 6 years with Genesis, I’ve been blessed with many successes with the classes I’ve taught not only with Urban Groove, but with Group Power, FitLife, Buttz and Gutz, and various Kids’ Bootcamps.  Last year at the 2013 Genesis Christmas Party, I was so honored to receive 2 awards:  Group Fitness PEER RECOGNITION award, and a FAVORITE GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR award.  Through all my nights away from home, my husband, John, who is a PGA golf professional at Turkey Creek Golf Course, has been patient.  Not only him, but my 2 amazing sons.  Jordan, a college student, and Graham, a United States Marine, have supported my class ventures and have often participated as well.

Is ‘group fitness’ beneficial? You bet it is!  When you join group fitness, you not only get a better workout when you feed off of all the class adrenaline, but you build wonderful relationships, accountability, and support systems!


Keep Calm and Be Awesome!!

Salina Group Fitness Monthly - January 2015

Thursday, January 8 2015 12:56 PM
Categorized In East Central

Hello Salina members, Merry Fitness & a Happy New You! Below is our January Group Fitness news.
Be sure to follow our facebook page for more updates!

16 in 60 Congratulations!

Congratulations to Sherri McNeal  for completing 16 group fitness classes in 60 days! She will receive a Genesis T-shirt, 50 G-perks and one free “Shake this Burner” shake. Best of all she is on her way to meeting her fitness goals!

Group Power will launch on January 18th at 3:30. Join Mark, Josh and Cindy as we Power UP!!

Let’s Move, cuz it’s better together! Group Ride takes off on the 19th at 6:00 pm.

Join us as we launch our featured class for the month of January, Group Centergy on the 26th @ 6:30 pm. This is a 60 minute journey of yoga & Pilates movements that will center your energy and reduce stress.  

Meet our featured Centergy instructor, Alison Hagar!



Alison Hager started at Genesis 4 1/2 years ago as a Group Ride Instructor. Alison has fought childhood obesity, two hip surgeries, and has hypothyroidism. After graduating from college and losing 90 lbs, Alison joined Genesis as a member and fell in love with the cycling classes. The Group Fitness Director invited Alison to attend the MOSSA Group Ride training in Wichita. Since then has gotten certified in Personal Training, Centergy, and Zumba.
"I enjoy working out and I enjoy working with people to become fitter, healthier, and stronger individuals. I enjoy being creative when it comes to art and photography & incorporate that on my blog, Twitter, and Instagram page to share my experiences. I'm excited for what 2015 will bring for not only my own personal goals, but for my clients, and members at the gym! I invite you to pop in to one of my classes, I want to help you succeed at becoming the best version of you!"

You will find Group Centergy on the group fitness schedule!

Finally Blast off on the 31st when we introduce our new Blast moves!


Springfield Group Fitness Monthly - January 2015

Thursday, January 8 2015 12:13 PM
Categorized In Springfield

Instructor of the Month - Nicole Richmond

Nicole has been teaching at Springfield North Club for almost a year and was just honored with the annual Genesis "Rookie of the Year" award.  In 2014, Nicole trained and began teaching BODYPUMP®, BODYFLOW®, and BODYVIVE®.  That's a lot of training in a short amount of time and her passion shows in her classes.  Below are some pics of her teaching her first program, BODYPUMP®.  We are happy to have her on staff and encourage you to try one of her classes in 2015!

1.Tell a little about your life (main job, hobbies, family/kids, pursuits, etc.)


"During the day I work as a Business Analyst for a local Insurance Company.  My job includes a lot of meetings and a lot of sitting in front of a computer writing business requirements and troubleshooting (it gets a little boring at times!).  I do not have any human children, but have 4 dogs that are probably just as much work!  When I have spare time, I enjoy spending it with my sisters, who I am very close with."   

2.How long have you been teaching?  What do you teach?  Why did you start?  What do you love about teaching?


"I have been teaching BodyPump for just over a year, In November I began teaching BodyFlow and BodyVive as well.  I started teaching because I love the motivation that I got from my instructors and to be able to pass that along to others is really important to me.  Group Fitness has always been one of my favorite ways to work out and like a lot of people, it is hard to stay motivated when it is just you and you end up doing the same things over and over again.  Group Fitness is always changing; we have our friends in class to hold us accountable when we don’t come and to challenge us in class! "

Class of the Month - BODYPUMP®  

Both our Springfield locations have had BODYPUMP® for over 16 years.  It's our most attended class because it works!  Using self-regulated resistance, you get fast results and gain lean, toned muscles in 60 minutes.  Every release is created based on the latest research and music.  Plus, we change the routines every few weeks so you avoid fitness plateau.  We'll be launching the newest release in late January.  It's a total-body workout that will help you push reach your 2015 fitness goals.  Check out our group fitness schedule to find a class that works for you!








Come Saturday, January 31 to see the newest releases of our world-class LES MILLS™ programs.  We'll be previewing 30-minute versions of our classes at both the North and South locations.   You can sample a few of your favorite classes or try something new!  It's a great time for new people to jump in, as all the music and moves will be new to everyone.  We keep the same workouts for three weeks in every class so you have a chance to learn the moves and get the most from every class.  The launch schedule will be posted soon at both clubs.  Bring a friend and find a class that helps you reach your 2015 fitness goals!

Lawrence Group Fitness Monthly - January

Thursday, January 8 2015 11:35 AM
Categorized In Lawrence

January Group Fitness News

December was a great month for Group Fitness & 2015 is shaping up to be a Brand New Everything for Genesis Lawrence!

At the annual Genesis Holiday Party, Group Fitness Awards were presented in the following categories:

Peer Award - a peer-nomiated award from instructor to fellow teammates for exceptional dedication & team spirit
Rookie Award - coordinator nominated award for the team member who joined us this past calendar year & made the most impact
Department Award - corporate determined award for the department most deserving based on member participation in group fitness classes

Guess what? Lawrence was 3 for 3! Our team received all three awards!

PEER AWARD: Winner - Jenny Boettcher

Jenny is a fan-favorite cycle & Group Power instructor who teaches the following classes / times:

Mondays 9:00AM G-Cycle South
Tuesdays 9:00AM Group Power South
Thursdays 5:30AM Group Power North
Saturdays 8:00AM G-Cycle South

The following are excerpts from Jenny’s nominations (three different instructors nominated Jenny for this award):

"Jenny is a real team player who values the contributions we all make in providing successful classes to our members. Jenny goes above the "norm" and works hard to engage with the "new to her" group of early morning exercisers. Jenny makes it fun for participants new & old.”

"Jenny Boettcher also deserves a shout out, for making her classes fun.  She always makes everyone feel welcome, takes extra effort to learn names, and makes sure she gently encourages those that might need an extra nudge during the class to work a little harder.  She always works extra hard herself, so what better company to have during class?”

"She walks through the class, smiling & shaking hands, patting members on the back & even giving half-hugs to members she knows well. She is genuinely concerned about each person attending her classes & creates a warm, fantastically welcoming environment, whether on the bike or with a Group Power bar in her hands. Jenny has a loyal following - for good reason. Jenny loves to teach & loves to make members happy - a wonderful combination for all her lucky students. Jenny does not seek out any awards or accolades, yet another reason why she is the perfect recipient for it.”

So if you attend one of Jenny’s classes - have fun & feel free to congratulate her on the award!



Lily has been a member for quite a while & finally - after more than a little urging - decided to pursue yoga for instruction this past January, joining our team as an instructor in May. Lily studies lines, modifications, purpose, principle,  - all the components of the poses she leads. She takes her study of yoga as seriously as she does her work as a full-time engineer. In addition to being a warm and beautiful instructor, she is a happy and accepting presence - much needed at a time when our yoga schedule  has been eroded by the complications of renovation. Even though she is stuck teaching yoga in a too-warm, too-bright & too-loud racquetball court, Lily has managed to maintain her following & keep an upbeat attitude, regardless of the rantings of handball & racquetball players. Lily is a joyful, exuberant, welcoming and open-minded instructor, always seeking feedback & constructive criticism from myself & fellow instructors as well as members. Here is what some of her members have to say about Lily as a yoga instructor:

“Lily is a glowing, welcoming presence my soul needs every T-R & Sun. We are blessed by Lily’s instruction”

“ Lily is a wonderful bright highlight of my day - my practice & my flexibility have benefitted from Lily’s instruction”

“ I am so thankful for Lily (& for you finding her for us) - she keeps our yoga practice going - even in that horrible racquetball court!”

“Lily is just wonderful - she is a gem! Priceless & perfect.”

If you would like to discover our lovely Lily & her inspired yoga practice, pencil one of her classes on your calendar & experience her unique uplifting style of yoga:

Tuesdays 6:30PM Yoga Flow North
Thursdays 6:30PM Yoga Flow North
Sundays 2:00PM Yoga Flow 75


Department of the Year


We also won department of the year, as despite the ever-evolving status of our club due to renovation, we still managed to maintain a 24% group fitness participation attendance (meaning 24% of the daily member use involves group fitness classes). We hope to have our club shiny & new & in one lovely warm piece very soon! Thank you to all for your continued patience as we make our way through this long & noisy renovation process. It will end soon & we will have a club worthy of our members once again!

Things to look out for in January:

 1 - January is Release Month for our Group Programs! Sign up one week in advance in class or at the front desk of each club to reserve your spot for the Centergy, Power & Kick launches (no need to sign up for Ride or Blast - plenty of room! =0)  Our launches of our new releases will be as follows:

  • Saturday Jan. 10 Centergy 10:00-11:00AM  (South only - it will be coming to North once we have a yoga studio again! =0)
  • Monday Jan. 12: Ride - the new release will be taught in all Group Ride classes beginning 1/12
  • Saturday Jan. 17: Power Launch Parties at South & North 9:00-10:00AM
  • Sunday Jan. 25: Kick - 12:00-1:00PM (North only - it will come to south when we renovate / get a new fitness floor =0)
  • Sunday Feb 1: Blast - 11:00-12:00PM at South, 3:30-4:30PM at North

2 - Group Power  Training is coming to Lawrence! If you love Group Power & are interested in becoming an instructor, we will host a training weekend in January! For more info such as training cost & requirements, contact Cristal Barnes, GFC:

A Group Power Training Event will be at:
Genesis - Lawrence North
3201 Mesa Way
Lawrence, KS 66046

January 30-31, February 1, 2015
Friday: 12:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Sunday: 7:30am - 3:30pm   

3 -  Group Centergy training is coming too - maybe not to Lawrence but at least to the area!  If you love Group Centergy & are interested in becoming an instructor, this may be your chance! We already have 4 instructors interested in attending, so carpooling may be an option. For more info, such as training cost & requirements, contact Cristal Barnes, GFC:

A Group Centergy Training Event will be at
Health Ridge Fitness Center
17800 West 106 Street
Olathe, KS 66061

January 23-24-25, 2015
Friday: 12:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Sunday: 7:30am - 3:30pm   

Emporia Group Fitness Monthly - January 2015

Wednesday, January 7 2015 6:25 PM
Categorized In Emporia

Greetings Emporia Members!  Below is our January Group Fitness news.  Please make sure to follow our facebook page for ongoing updates too!

16 in 60 Congratulations

Congratulations to Sharon Williams for completing 16 group fitness classes in 60 days!  They will receive a Genesis T-Shirt, 50 G-Perks and one free “Shake This Burner” shake.  Best of all you are on your way to meeting your fitness goals!  Studies show that people are more apt to continue a fitness program if they exercise with another person or in a group.  It also takes about 60 days to “develop a habit.”  With our 16 in 60 Program, you get both!

Instructor of the Month

Morgan Pearson:  I was born and raised in Dodge City, KS.  I  grew up as a competitive dancer and spent most of my time in dance studios or on the road competing.  In high school, I was a member of the Dodge City High School Drill Team and danced for the Dodge City Legand Semi-Pro Basketball Team.  In 2005 I  graduated and moved to Emporia to attend Emporia State University where I  danced as a ‘Stinger’ and majored in Education.  I  graduated in 2011 with a degree in Secondary Math Education.  I began working out at Genesis Health Clubs in January 2012, and started working as an instructor in October of 2012.   In addition to teaching at the gym, I am currently teaching 8th grade math at Emporia Middle School,  and coaching the dance team at Emporia High School.  I have three beautiful daughters, Mariah (7), Brenna (5), and Madalyn (3).
Me and girls.

Featured Class of the Month

R.I.P.P.E.D. is the One Stop Body Shock 50-60 minute workout that combines strength/resistance training, plyometrics, endurance and more along with great music that equals one fantastic and challenging workout!   taught by Morgan Pearson and Andra Baldwin.

New Instructor in December, Kayla Ayer

"My name is Kayla Ayer.  I was born and raised in Emporia, Ks. I   attended Emporia High School where I graduated with honors and have a state champion title in powerlifting. I am now attending Emporia State University where I am pursing a degree in physical and health education.  I am 19 years old and have a younger brother Kyle and a younger sister, Katie.  I enjoy spending time with friends and family as well as lifting in my free time.  Joining the Genesis team has changed my life and I enjoy every minute of being in the club. I heard about Genesis through some friends and now it is like a second home to me.  Being in the club puts me in a positive mood and I always leave with a smile on my face and satisfaction of hard work.  I bring to Genesis the knowledge of power and Olympic  lifting as well as how to train for different sports.  I am excited to learn new ways of training and working with different people through teaching classes and personal training.   I will be teaching Core and HIIT here at Genesis ."


Please watch Facebook for class changes for next quarter!
For any questions or concerns about our classes or schedule please don't hesitate to contact me!

Charlotte Pinick
Group Fitness Coordinator - Emporia

Pilates News - January 2015

Wednesday, January 7 2015 6:20 PM
Categorized In Pilates

The Pilates Studio at Genesis Health Clubs wishes you a very Happy New Year!  Let us help you reach your optimal level of health and fitness in 2015!  We provide the best of Pilates training for those at any age or level of fitness.

A New Year’s gift for everyone

Purchase 3 and get 1 FREE “Stretch and Stability” session for only $195.00!
This session includes a whole body assisted stretch which is relaxing and lasts about 30 minutes.  We’ll then move on to core stability work which focuses on breathing and establishing your core connection using a variety of exercises and equipment.
Having a clear understanding of “how” to engage your core will improve your strength and balance as well as how you feel! This is a great opportunity for everyone!
Must be purchased by January 16, 2015.

Sign up NOW for our Progressive Mat Class

This Mat class will cover level 1, 2, and 3 exercises.  The class will meet every Monday at 10:00 am from January 12th thru March 2nd.
There is NO fee for the class but advance sign up is required.  No drop-ins are allowed.  Students will be most successful attending all 8 classes.
This will be a wonderful way to learn the entire Mat series and get a
kick start to shaping up in  2015.  All Levels welcome!
For more information or to register please contact Kelli Harsh at, OR 316-634-3120

Join Cardio Barre!

This class is located on the 3rd floor of Rock Rd Genesis Health Club
If you’re ready to get your body in TIP TONE shape then join Cardio Barre
The Cardio Barre Workout will work your legs and booty like crazy as well as get your heart rate up.  There is also time for upper body and abdominal work.  
Join this whole body workout on Mondays at 5:45 pm, Thursdays at 8:30 am
and Saturdays at 9:00 am.   Based on attendance more classes may be added soon!

Group Pilates Equipment Classes

We have openings in some of our Group Reformer Classes and Group Circuit Classes.  These workouts use resistance loaded machines providing another great option for getting and staying in shape.  The small group setting is fun and energizing!

NEW Students must meet with a Pilates Trainer privately before joining a class.
Contact us to find out how you can get started!

More about our studio…….

The Pilates Studio at GHC offers Group Barre, Foam Roller and Mat classes as well as small Group Reformer and Equipment Circuit Training.  

We also offer Private and Semi-Private Training.  Contact me today to set up your complimentary session so that you can learn more about how Pilates exercise can help you and improve the way you look and feel in 2015!

To sign up for classes and/or sessions with a trainer please contact the studio today!
Pilates Director, Kelli Harsh, 316-634-3120 or

Leavenworth Group Fitness Monthly - January 2015

Wednesday, January 7 2015 6:12 PM
Categorized In Leavenworth

Greetings Leavenworth Members!  Below is our January Group Fitness news.  Please make sure to follow our facebook page for ongoing updates too!


We begin January by welcoming 2 new instructors to our team.  Kathy Barnette will be joining us to teach Zumba on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm.  We also welcome Linda Garlinger to the team, Linda will be an aqua class substitute.  Please help us welcome them to the Genesis Family!

Genesis Lawrence will be hosting a Group Power training in January.  Team Leavenworth will be sending several new instructors to this training, so be on the lookout in the coming months for new faces team teaching with familiar ones!  If you are interested in attending the training, it’s not too late!  See Trisha Roe for sign up information.

We will be adding several new classes to our schedule beginning January 12th.  Kim G will be adding her Group Blast on Sundays at 10am.  Tina will also be adding a Yoga Basics class Wednesdays at 9:30am.

Genesis Swimming lessons will begin on the 5th of January.  We have classes for children ages 6 months and up.  Signs up are at the front desk.  Private lessons for both children and adults are available upon request.

Genesis will be hosting a cycle instructor training on Sunday, January 11th.  Please note there will be NO 8am Group Ride that day.

Our MOSSA launch dates for our quarterly releases are fast approaching!  Group Ride will launch Monday, January 10th at 5:30pm, Group Power Saturday,  January 17th at 10am, Group Kick Monday,  January 19th at 4:30 and Group Blast Tuesday, February 3rd at 4:30.

This month we are highlighting our wonderful yoga instructor Tina Thomas.  Tina will be adding a Yoga Basics class to the new schedule.  The first class will take place Wednesday, January 14th at 9:30am.


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