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Benefits of Whey Protein

Wednesday, July 1 2015 1:58 PM
Categorized In Sports, Nutrition & Supplement Guide

Whey protein can help with muscle building, toning, weight loss, osteoporosis, bone density, lowering blood sugar and boosting metabolism. Many studies have shown that whey protein can possibly help increase strength, gain muscle, and lose significant amounts of body fat. Proteins are the building blocks of the fibers in the muscles.


Proteins are assembled from amino acids. Proteins that supply all the amino acids are considered “complete” and whey protein is full of them.


Whey protein contains a wide range of essential amino acids which are absorbed quickly. Some amino acids are produced by the body’s cells while others are received through food intake. The ones that we must get through foods are termed “essential” amino acids.


For a very high content of Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), whey concentrates or blends tend to be the best option. It is less expensive and retains most of the beneficial nutrients found naturally in whey.


Taking whey protein is an easy and convenient way to add 25-50 grams of top quality protein to your daily intake. This can be important to gym goers, bodybuilders and anyone who needs to lose weight. Plus, taking a whey protein supplement can also help the boost your protein & BCAA intake.


For the 25-40 year old person with a moderately active lifestyle, a recommended dosage of whey protein is 1-2 scoops (around 25 to 50 grams) per day. Dosages can vary based on age and activity levels.

Your Fitness Supplement

Thursday, June 18 2015 11:09 AM
Categorized In Personal Training

After being in the fitness industry for 15 years it is clear that the right prescription of fitness most clients need is a personal trainer with a mix of group fitness to truly get the right results.   Invest in yourself!  A personal trainer will help you teach you and keep you on track with your fitness goals.  It is helpful to have the one on one experience to keep you honest and motivated!  Group Fitness is a supplement to your trainer because it allows you to burn calories and condition, which will lead to weigh- loss.
Cardio alone will not get you the best results.  To have a strong, healthy and fit body, you need the combination of both, strength and cardio.  With one-on-one training you will work on gaining muscle and strength with form and alignment. Your trainer will also talk to you about your diet and make sure you are fueling your body right.   Group Fitness will show you a safe and fun way to get you moving and keep your energy up.  We all play such an important part in getting our members what they desire!  

We all want to live in the best community and that starts with you.  You have to take care of yourself first. Who else is going to do it?  If you are at your best, you can create a community that is strong and cared for.  Never think for a second that you can’t afford a personal trainer. We customize your training session to your needs and budget.  If you want to meet once a week or every other week, do half our sessions, whatever you need we’ll tailor it to you.  Our trainers will make sure you stay on track and meet your goals.  They can also tell you which group fitness classes to take on your days off with them to keep you in right direction.  

How can you get the most out of group fitness?  Pick classes that really speak to you.  Try everything once but if you’re not feeling the energy or excited to go, then maybe that’s not the class for you.  Talk to your group fitness instructor and tell them what you are working on.  They cannot gear the whole class to you, but if they know you want something they might be able to work a little more towards that.  Group Fitness is a general workout designed to meet the masses, nothing will be made just for you.  There are options given in every class and you want to take advantage of that so you get the best results for your body.

The combination of Personal Training and Group Fitness at Genesis Health Clubs will get you into the best shape of your life.  Remember to learn and listen to your body, we all need a teacher, trainer, and a coach on our team.  You will think clearer, move better, and live a better quality of life!  To be able to do the things you want to do all starts with the body that you want to do them in.  Visit the club today and get your free Personal Fitness Assessment if you haven’t already!   

-Dana Goodale, Genesis Overland Park Group Fitness Coordinator

Embodying Success & Dreaming Big

Tuesday, June 16 2015 7:00 PM
Categorized In Sports, Nutrition & Supplement Guide

Embody It


What should we do when we are not feeling like a superhero, standing on top of the world? Can we fake until we make it? We suggest you practice embodying it, acting it until you become it. What are the characteristics of successful people? They tend to embrace a way of thinking, a way of viewing the world in ways that may seem almost paradoxical, through their own filtered lenses—no matter what their external environment may be dictating to them at the time. Regardless of where you may fall on this scale, here are a few of the qualities that you can begin to practice and embody right away.


Just Do


Successful people understand that failure is not determined by outcome. It’s the act of doing that is always a success. Remember that you are never assured of a specific outcome by design. Even the need to continue the same action, and repeatedly finding that you net the same result is not a failure. It is only the need to go repeat the lesson. Failure is only in the not doing. Successful people view success as one’s unique ability to look at failure as the next step to growth.


Dream Big


In setting goals, we encourage everyone to dream big! We've all got goals, plans, hopes, and dreams but how are we supposed to make them come true? Maybe you'd like to get in the best shape of your life, or trade out a soul-sucking corporate job for a creative or spiritually rewarding one. Or perhaps you may want to grow old gracefully while facing an illness, or deal with a difficult life transition with brains and sanity intact. Most people are full of fresh ideas for a hopeful future, but become stuck in their thinking and planning. Perhaps you dream of transforming yourself from a self-critical, unorganized being into an efficient, adventurous and powerful being. The power is all yours to take, when you’re ready for change. Successful people dream big, but also understand that excuses will creep up when they are on some deeper level, not ready to embrace what they think they deserve or desire.


Embrace Failure


We’ve all heard great leaders say that if we haven’t failed enough times in life, we simply haven’t tired hard enough. Successful people challenge their thinking everyday and ask themselves: Have I failed today and how many times? In the world of strength training, it’s been said that failure is an opportunity. In embracing the desired hypertrophy or muscle gain, we grit our teeth and push out that last repetition. Why? So we can create micro-tears in the muscle fibers, which through proper nutritional uptake, we reap the benefits of bigger and better muscle mass. It’s in the same light of struggle, hardship and burn that the path to great success may be realized. Seek out an opportunity for failure and understand that oftentimes, it may be the next needed step to success.


Find Comfort in the Discomfort


While although the antiquated training philosophy of ‘no pain, no gain’ may hold merit wouldn’t it be interesting if we could journey toward success with greater ease and comfort? Thus, one’s ability to find comfort in the discomfort may well become the key ingredient necessary on this road to success. It’s also important to remember that the growth of muscle does not take place in the weight room, rather after the training session. Great gains may not effectively occur unless we nurture the body through adequate sleep and proper nutrition. Choosing to go on a long journey without a map is like training without sleep and nourishment.


Be a Chameleon, Flow like Water


We must have a plan, but must also have the willingness to adapt to change when they arise. No valuable, interesting course is without potholes and inconvenient detours. In nature animals will either adapt, migrate, or die. Be like the chameleon always adapting to its environment and allowing change to occur while practicing non-resistance. Let yourself take on many shapes and colors, blending boldly into the organic process of continued change. You don’t have to adapt or die, but you can choose to go with the flow—like the universal teacher we call water.


Dance the Warrior Dance


Successful people know themselves, thus are better able to laugh at their own imperfections. The Chameleon-Warrior is always mentally equipped in understanding that the process of taking a few steps forward, then a few steps backwards is part of the fun, learning process. They enjoy challenges; they don’t fret or sweat when they fail. While learning the proper steps in any dance of life can be clumsy and awkward, they understand that there are ways to combat this by simply allowing his or her self to occasionally fall. Chameleon-Warriors can walk along the edges, plunge into the unknown, and embrace the idea of possibly falling. In fact, they fall many, many times. Then, they get back up, brush the dirt off, and dance like everyone is watching.


Love Yourself First


Successful people train for life, love their bodies, and are aware of the importance of putting themselves first. They do this without guilt. Not only are they acutely aware of themselves, they notice their environment, no matter where they are. They exercise, practice a moving meditation, and participate in activities that will benefit the greater whole. In so doing, they’re always kind to others as much as they’re kind to themselves. Moreover, they recognize that to most effectively service others, they must make their own health their first priority, because they understand that one cannot give what he or she doesn’t already possess inside.


You Are the Only Obstacle


While practicing and embodying these qualities of success can be a fun lifelong process, it’s important to accept our unique, perhaps quirky imperfections. Remember, perfectionism can be stifling! Indeed, while facing failure can be a great opportunity, obstacles always challenge us to take a closer look at ourselves. While it is easy to attach ourselves to old stories, and to believe in our own limitations, such as ‘I’m too old’ or ‘I’m not smart enough’ or ‘I’m too short or ethnic,’ oftentimes when we take a closer look, it’s really us who are our biggest obstacles.


What Are You Willing to Fight for?


Remember, your power to make the change depends on your power to respond— by choosing to take charge, to train (for life) like a warrior, you’re preparing to go to battle. Always remind yourself: What are my goals and what am I willing to do to get it? What am I willing to fight for? Then let those answers drive your actions! Whether your goal’s timeline is 6 months, a year or 5 years long, remember that the only real failure in life is the inability to do, to act—in a manner that is true to your own personal process.



Remember the motto: You haven’t failed until you’ve quit!



In training like a warrior, the journey of a thousand miles will challenge your patience, grit, perseverance and stamina, but it may also start here-- right beneath your feet. Be open to the unexpected, and let go of your limiting story ‘tales,’ and it won’t be long until you find the excuses fade away and a newly transformed, more powerful self rises to the surfaces. Wherever you are, it’s never too late to dream big and just do. Set your goal and start your journey now!


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Lawrence North - New Group Fitness Coordinator

Tuesday, June 16 2015 3:59 PM
Categorized In Lawrence

Seraphine Naeymi is our new Group Fitness Coordinator at Genesis Lawrence North!  Serephine is a seasoned fitness instructor and aerial artist from New York.  She recently relocated to Lawrence in March of this year, but her fitness journey began in Los Angeles.  She then moved to New York and then ended up here with us.  She has been in the fitness industry for 10 years and has found a true passion for fitness that is focused on pushing the body to meet its full potential.  Serephine is trained in body reading which is similar to movement therapy; this allows her to create an emotional connection to the physical movement.  That connection allows the student to be invested in their progress on a much deeper level.  

Serephine is a certified Personal Trainer with certifications also in Yoga and Mat Pilates.  She has been featured on many TV shows including MTV’s Girl Code, The Wendy Williams Show, The Rachel Ray Show, and Martha Stewart as a fitness expert and personality.  Serephine was also Lindsay Lohan’s fitness instructor and on her life coach team for her documentary series on Oprah’s Own Network.

We are so happy that Serephine has decided to join our fitness family!  We look forward to seeing what she can accomplish in the Group Fitness Department.  Please give her big welcome when you see!  She is an amazing instructor; you have to go to one of her classes!



Leavenworth Group Fitness Monthly Blog - June 2015

Monday, June 15 2015 1:55 PM
Categorized In Leavenworth


It’s summer time, and that means a few tweaks in our Group Fitness schedule are upon us.  Get out your calendars and get ready to take some notes.  A few of our classes are on hiatus, and several have changed format.  

Not seeing a class you loved? Try one of our new classes instead!  Starting in June, we will offer Group Blast on Tuesdays at 9:00am, PIYO Express on Thursdays at 10:00am, and Pilates on Saturdays at 8:30am.



We’re thrilled to welcome two new G-Cycle instructors to the team.  Julie Benton and Robin Eskelson both bring considerable experience and great enthusiasm to the Cycle Studio.  Check out their classes!  Julie is teaching Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30am, and Robin teaches Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Thursdays at 4:30pm.



This month we are highlighting superstar instructor Amy Weaver!  Amy has been an employee at Genesis since 2010.  She has a degree in Physical Education from Washburn University and is certified in PIYO Strength from BeachBody. In addition to the multitude of classes she teaches at Genesis, she also works full time as a Physical Education teacher at Piper High School.

In her own words: “I love to motivate people.  I have found that at any age we can all find enjoyment, pleasure, and wonderful friendships through exercise. The best gift I can give back to the community is to encourage and guide all walks of life to keep their mind, body, and soul balanced.”

You’ll find Amy teaching Aqua Zumba, Buttz & Gutz, G-Cycle, PIYO, Yoga Flow, and Zumba.



Topeka Group Fitness Monthly Blog - June 2015

Monday, June 15 2015 12:06 PM
Categorized In Topeka

Topeka North-

Kristina Saliceti

Kristina is a retired military pilot, wife of an active duty military officer, and mother of 4. She began Pilates in 2000 after a back injury and studied the discipline for 2 years before becoming a certified Pilates Instructor Basic and Advanced in 2003. She then earned her certification as a Cycle Instructor in 2006 and also holds certifications in Group Exercise, Core instruction, Swiss Ball, and BOSU through multiple organizations.  Being stationed around the country, Kristina had the wonderful opportunity to teach various classes in Atlantic City, Houston, Dallas/Ft Worth, Virginia Beach, and their surrounding areas.  In addition to a variety of locations, she had the benefit of instructing classes in multiple settings including Pilates and yoga studios, YMCAs, LA Fitness, Gold’s Gym, Personal Training/Body Building Gym and Rehabilitation Gym, as well as smaller venues such as Fitness 2000 and Curves. This variety led Kristina to work with special needs clients, as well as body builders, tri-athletes, and professional all-star athletes.  She worked with age ranged from6 to 92 years old.  Her Pilate’s classes range from personal session to group classes with as many as 50 people!  In addition, her cycling classes range from intro level classes with 2 students to full class of 45 students.  

Kristina is currently teaching Cycle and Pilates for Genesis Health Clubs in Topeka.  Her goal is to imbue as much knowledge as possible to her students to the point where they understand the execution, purpose and function of each exercise so well that proper implementation becomes second nature.  Join one of her classes now!  Check the class schedule for days and times.


Topeka Southwest-

Francis Gacutan
Auburn, Kansas

Francis has been a cycle instructor for 7 years. At Genesis, he teaches a nonstop, continuous freestyle cycling using upbeat and high energy dance music and mixed music beats with a combination of upper body and leg workout! This class will help tone your biceps, triceps, shoulders, back and chest, and help build leg strength. This class is perfect for those with a busy lifestyle, looking to lose weight, tone their bodies and have fun.

If you are interested in trying out one of Francis’ classes, check the class schedule now! 





Topeka Southeast-

Genesis was asked to do a Demo for Walk Kansas!  This shows the participants how to use Soup Cans for Exercise.  Soup it up for Fitness!

How does Walk Kansas work?

  • Co-workers, family members, friends and neighbors form teams of 6 people who will track minutes of physical activity and food choices during the 8-week challenge.
  • Each team identifies a goal, or challenge, it wants to reach. Three challenges are offered.
  • Challenge 1 is the distance across the state, and would require each member to reach the minimum guidelines for physical activity, 150 minutes per week. To reach
  • Challenge 2, the team must go across and back, or 5 hours per week for each participant.
  • Challenge 3 takes the team 1200 miles around the perimeter of the state, a 6-hour-per-week goal for each person.Walking isn’t the only activity that counts. Read through your “Move More – Feel Better, Physical Activity.
  • Guide” to learn about moderate and vigorous activities that count, and strengthening exercises. Just a reminder – any activity you report should be performed for a minimum of 10 consecutive minutes.
  • Participants record daily fruit and vegetable consumption.
  • Team members report progress to their team captain each week. Team captain reports totals to local program each week.

Friendly competition can be motivating so check team progress on this website.

At the Banquet, The Lead Instructor Tamara McGinnis- Genesis Topeka will encourage the participants to continue their Fitness Experience!!!



My Fitness Journey Part 2

Tuesday, June 9 2015 5:50 PM
Categorized In Testimonials

After a while, I decided that I can no longer make healthy choices on my own and I needed help!  I need to be told what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, and nothing else.  If you let me have the freedom to choose what’s good for me and what’s not, that is a sure fire way for me to fail.  Also, I need to know what I can and can’t eat at social events.  With all this in mind, the first thing I wanted to do, after starting my new job, was to seek out help from professionals, which worked out great because they’re right down the hall!  I decided to train with one of the new trainers, Briana Brewer.  She has a lot in common with me. We are the same age, we both have had self-confidence issues in our life, and we were both dancers, and very passionate about it.  I felt like she could understand me and really help me.  

During our first training session together, the first five minutes with Briana was the hardest part.  It’s when you get measured.  Ugh, I got pinched and poked and I felt judged, no fun.  But I knew it was necessary, so I can see my progress throughout my journey.  I did, however, enjoy her workout.  I told her the day before, “Make me sweat.  If I don’t sweat it’s a waste of my time.”  She did just that, I was very pleased.  Briana had me start tracking my meals for the first week.  This way she can see what I like to eat and what I’m eating that I shouldn’t be.  She used my logged meals to help her make up a meal plan that worked best for me.  She also gave me some easy workouts to do by myself on the days I’m not working with her.  She really played to my busy schedule, giving me 20 minute cardio workouts, 30 seconds high intensity and 30 seconds low intensity.  Since I normally don’t workout unless there is a class going on, it was nice to be given direction.  The classes limit me a lot, and it’s easy to skip a day if there’s not a class I like taking at the time I’m able to participate in it.  I was able to work out five days that first week, one day I even worked out twice!  Whoa!  

The next week Briana measured me again, this time I was more used to it.  I wasn’t expecting much difference and was pleasantly surprised that I had already lost 4lbs of body fat in just one week!  Holy cow!  I contained my excitement in front of Briana though; I’ve been down this road before.  It’s hard to get excited about something that you know is very easy to lose.  I’ve lost weight before, and I’ve gained it back.  “Don’t get your hopes up” I kept telling myself.  I am so hard on myself though, I need to take this win and use it to motivate me to keep going.  I have to believe in myself.  That’s the only way I’ll be able to keep with it.

Genesis Overland Park's Newest Trainer - Briana Brewer

Wednesday, May 27 2015 11:12 AM
Categorized In Personal Training

Genesis Overland Park's Personal Trainer, Briana Brewer, grew up in a Concordia, Kansas.  She first found a passion for fitness as a dancer. She took dance for 19 years, which included: jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and modern.  To this day she pursues her passion in dance by enjoying Zumba and Hip Hop classes from time to time. With her dancing background, it was easy for Briana to transition into the fitness world. Being so physically active with dance lead Briana to fall in love with the fitness world. One of Briana’s favorite things to do is try out new athletic activities.  “I love trying out everything there is, as long as I get a sweat on!” She calls herself a “gym gypsy”, because she is always trying out new places to workout.

Growing up, Briana struggled with her self-confidence and body image.  As a dancer she was always in front of mirrors. Briana struggled with eating disorders but found a love for strength training at the gym. She quickly learned that to gain the body she had always wanted, she needed to fix her eating disorders. Her first job in the fitness industry helped her understand herself better and overcome her struggles with food.  “I learned how to balance exercise and nutrition and how to use it to make my body healthy and learned to love myself.” She explained.  Briana uses that drive to help her clients achieve their goals and make them feel good about themselves.  Her biggest joy is seeing a client, who at first was very self-conscious their first day and then months later become a completely different/happier person because they are so confident. Briana enjoys spreading the joy of fitness to others and feels rewarded when she sees the progress her clients make.

Briana attended Kansas State University for Exercise of Science.  In 2008 she earned her Personal Trainer Certification and in 2012 she became a Nutrition Coach.  Her certifications include NASM certified PT and Corrective Exercise Specialist, ISSA certified PT and Specialist in Sports Nutrition, Precision Nutrition 1 certified, and Zumba certified.  She has competed in multiple fitness/bikini competitions.  She placed 3rd in the NPA Midway USA in 2014 and in the Omaha Showdown in 2012; and placed 5th in the Muscle Mayhem in 2010.  Between here fitness competitions and her dance competitions, her favorite part was performing on stage.

Briana’s ideal client is someone recovering from an injury or a weight loss client. Helping a client alleviate pain and/or lose weight. It is rewarding when a client comes to her with an issue and she is able to fix it. Her advanced certification in Corrective Exercise helps know how to recover clients from injuries or range and mobility impairment. Briana also enjoys weight loss clients, as she specializes in nutrition. Her advanced certification, Precision Nutrition, allows her to help clients with both nutrition and exercise.

Genesis is excited to welcome Briana to the Overland Park Personal Training Team.  Sign up for a sessions with her, and you will quickly see that passion and drive!  She can’t wait to get started with you and help you achieve your fitness and nutrition goal!

My Fitness Journey

Tuesday, May 26 2015 2:48 PM
Categorized In Testimonials




My name is Katlyn Hartford and I’m excited to be at Genesis as their new Marketing Assistant!  At 25 years old, I’ve always been an active girl.  I danced for 15 years, competitively for 9, and swam for 13 years including three years on the Blue Springs South High School team.  I went to Missouri State University and graduated with a BS in Marketing.  I have five brothers and one sister between both my parents, two boys on my mom’s side and the rest on my dad’s side.  I’ve been married to my best friend, Ian, since October 5, 2013, but we’ve been together for nine years this past April!  Ian has known me through a lot of my weight struggle.  He has seen me at my best and worst and he still loves me the same.  My family is really important to me, especially my mom, we are very close.  She has been the most honest with me throughout this whole journey. That can be good thing or it can be bad, either way, it got me to where I am here today, ready to make a difference in my life.  Working with Genesis in the Overland Park Club has been very rewarding!  One of my first tasks was to interview and write testimonials on members that had amazing weight loss journeys’.  Their stories inspired me to start a story about my journey.  It’s been a long one, and it won’t be over any time soon, but I thought that telling my story would inspire others to begin their own journey.

I have struggled with my weight for most of my life.  My real struggle began when I was 11 years old and was cut from my dance team because of my weight.  I wasn’t the tiny little dancer that they wanted and my world fell apart.  Dance was all I knew and to be so young and have it ripped from you so soon was devastating.  It took a few years to get over it, but I eventually found a wonderful studio called Wynn Twins School of Dance.  They accepted me just the way I was, size didn’t matter to them.  I grew as a dancer and a person with Wynn Twins and will never forget the opportunity they gave me to pursue my passion.  The moments up on the stage were the most confident moments in my life.  I remember getting so nervous before a dance that I’d have to hold my strap on my hat, away from my neck so I didn’t get nauseous.   As soon as I stepped out on that stage, all my fear went away and I became another person.  It was good to have dance in my life to help me deal with my struggles.  That little girl that was cut from her dance team at such a young age was gone for a while, but she eventually came back.

I think my biggest problem is I love food!  I love pasta, I love ice cream, I dip everything in ranch, and I loved Taco Bell.  I have a special relationship with food.  It’s different than most people think.  I don’t eat my feelings, get stressed and eat, or whatever people struggle with.  I truly enjoy food.  I look forward to my next meal, even as I’m eating my current one.  I plan my day around meals, making sure that I don’t skip one or go too long without eating.  All in all this doesn’t sound too bad except for what I was eating, which I mentioned above.  If only I had known the nutritional value of food and just eaten the right things, I may not even have this problem today.

My struggles with food and my weight made me feel uncomfortable in my own home.  My parents divorced when I was 18 months old, growing up I lived with my Mom, Step-dad, and two brothers.  My mom never struggled with weight, she was always thin and will always be thin her entire life.  I’ve always felt like the biggest in the family.  My younger brother, Luke, was lucky enough to get my mom’s metabolism.   I thought for sure that my youngest brother, Brett, was going to be like me and struggle with his weight, but he is 14 years old now and taller and skinnier than all of us.  It’s tough being the biggest in your family; you don’t feel like you fit in.   One sad memory sticks out in my childhood,  I was trying on my bathing suits one day and my mom walked into my room and said “Your legs are looking really big.”  That was really hard to hear from someone that you look up to so much, and I constantly wonder if she’s thinking that when she sees me. She never truly understood what I was going through and constantly tried to put me on diets.  They never stuck of course.   I don’t blame my mom; she was only trying to help.   Her body type is different than mine and what works for her is not going to work for me.  Like I said, I am very close with my mom and I want her to look at me and see somebody who works hard, not somebody who let herself go.

I finally hit a breakthrough with my weight my freshman year in High School.  I was dancing three days a week and during the spring season I added swim practice five nights a week.  I lost a ton of weight and started building muscle.  One thing that didn’t change was my eating habits, but it didn’t matter since I was burning around 2,000 calories a day during swim season.  I could eat all the pasta and ice cream I wanted and we even had pasta parties before our swim meets.  I was at my smallest at that point; it’s too bad I didn’t even realize it at the time.  My mom even started giving me compliments and backed off when it came to my eating habits.  It was the first time I was able to wear a bikini, but there was always a part of me that saw that chubby girl in middle school and I could never get over that.  Even though I knew I was in good shape, I still had self-confidence issues.  I was, and will always be a curvy girl that fit in sizes that were bigger than most.  I tell myself every day, if only I knew how small I was then, maybe I would have tried harder to keep myself that way.

Freshman year at college, I still hadn’t gained any weight.  I started consistently working out at the gym in my school and was eating right, even though I had plenty of opportunities to make bad choices.  My sorority kept me active and my classes weren’t too stressful yet.  I was doing well until I moved into the sorority house my sophomore year.  I hate saying that was the sole reason I fell off the wagon, but it was around the time I started gaining the weight back.  The food wasn’t very good quality, and we ate dinner at 5:00 in the evening.  That was way too early!  I was hungry again by 10:00pm and just like clockwork, I’d go out and get Taco Bell every night.  It never dawned on me that this was not a good choice and I didn’t notice when I gained the weight back.  I even joined a gym that year to try and stay on track, but I was eating way too much for my workouts to matter.  I slowly began to go down a slippery slope that would later be very difficult to come back from.  

Through the years, I started gaining more weight.  I didn’t matter that I was exercising pretty consistently; I was never taught how to eat properly.  I basically worked out to eat.  I thought that if I worked hard and burned x amount of calories then I can eat whatever I want.  In reality, my body did not know how to process all that food.  After graduating college I had various jobs that didn’t allow me to stick with a meal plan.  I would sometimes go for many hours without eating because I was on the sales floor without a proper break.  On the days I knew I wouldn’t get to eat for a while, I would stuff myself so it would last the whole day and on the days I did get a break, chances are, I did not bring my lunch so I would eat at the food court.  I was on my feet all day and when I got home, I would plop down on the couch and not move until it was time to go to bed.  My feet would hurt so bad that they tingled and I did not want to be on them.  

I did various diets throughout the years, Weight Watchers being one of them.  It worked for a while but I was too busy to track all of my meals.  When I did track my meals, I could never get the exact amount right so who knew if I truly ate the points it said I ate.  After a while, I would track my points, stay under my daily points and barely use my extra weekly or workout points, but I just hit a wall and couldn’t lose any more weight.  I even tried a meal plan with my sister-in-law and she told me what types of food to eat during the day.  I eventually gave up on that as well because I never knew if what I was picking was truly good for me or not.  I don’t think Kraft Macaroni and Cheese will ever be healthy even if it is with whole grain pasta!  It was things like that that kept me from being able to stay on track.  I’d always choose the wrong thing when given the choice.  Between macaroni and cheese and vegetables, guess which one I picked every time?   If I was having a really healthy day, I’d reward myself with some dessert.  And the obvious, if I worked out that day then I didn’t need to worry about what I ate.  

The worst part of this whole thing is I don’t feel as big as I am.  I don’t even realize that I’m this big until I see myself in pictures and my arm seems to take up half the picture and my legs and belly take up the other half.  I feel good, fit and even though I know I have curves, I don’t feel overweight.  To me, people that are overweight struggle with certain things like their energy, walking up stairs, and simple daily tasks.  I don’t struggle with those things; I just struggle with fitting into clothes or wearing a bikini, things that have to do with my image, not my health.  It’s tough when you don’t look the way you feel.  I struggle because I feel like I’m smaller than I am and it hurts when I get a reality check looking in the mirror or see pictures of myself.  I have an image inside my head and I start to walk proud and then I walk by a window and it just hits me like a ton of bricks.  I think to myself, “Man I don’t look good in this outfit, what was I thinking.”  I’m ready to look the way I feel so I can be confident.  Follow my blog for more to come…


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genesis Weight Loss Story - Rosemary Dorsey

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

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

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

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


Leavenworth Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

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

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

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

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


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

Genesis Weight Loss Story - Amanda Jeane

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

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

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

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





Springfield Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

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

LES MILLS Launches are a hit!

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



The South Club Pool is on its way!

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




Rock Road Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

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

Cover Girl Bethany

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

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


Memorial Day at Rock Road

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


Following is our class schedule for the day:

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

8:30 a.m. Yoga Flow – Galina

8:30 a.m. Power Splash – Leah  

9:00 a.m. Group Power – Zoe  

9:30 a.m. Power Yoga – Aisha  

9:30 a.m. Aqua FitLife – Leah  

10:00 a.m.  Group Blast – Bethany  

10:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga – Galina  

Noon: Aqua Groove – Virginia  

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


Swim Team Packets are Available!

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


The 80s are Back in Group Fitness

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

Emporia Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

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

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

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


Class of the Month:  Flexibility and Mobility

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

G60 Bootcamp

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


Twin Night

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


West Central Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

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

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

McPherson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

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

Hello McPherson! Below is our May Group Fitness News.

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


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

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

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

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


Group Fitness Spotlight – Group Blast

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



Hutchinson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

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

Genesis Hutchinson! Happy Spring!

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

Becky Holcomb
Group Fitness Coordinator

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


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

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

Topeka Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

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

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

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


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


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



Genesis Weight Loss Story - Tonya Evans

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

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


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


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





Casting Call Winner - Danielle Petty

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

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


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


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

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


Hutchinson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

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

The April MOSSA Launches are coming!!!

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

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

Working Together to Get More People Moving

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


Meet One of Our Instructors - Diane Ravenstien.

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

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

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

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



Genesis welcome’s Bishop Rodriguez as our newest instructor!

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

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

McPherson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

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

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


Our April Mossa Launch Dates

Group Ride – Saturday April 4th  @ 9am

Group Centergy – Saturday April 4th @ 10am

Group Power – Saturday April 11th @ 9am

R30 – Monday April 13th @ 5:30pm

Group Kick – Saturday April 18th @ 9am

Group Blast – Saturday April 25th @ 9am

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


Meet One of Our Instructors!


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

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

Salina Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

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

Hello Salina members! Below is our April Group Fitness news.
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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!!!

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