Genesis Health Clubs Introduces A New Twist on Group Fitness

Sunday, June 1 2008 11:00 PM

(WICHITA, KS) – Friendship and fun are two factors that make group fitness a popular offering at Genesis Health Clubs. Starting June 16th, Genesis will launch a new group fitness program designed to increase the fun factor for participants and keep boredom at bay.

Genesis President Rodney Steven II announced today that the Club will kick off Group Powertm, the first of a multi-program offering, on Saturday, June 16th at each location:

  • West 13th - 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m.
  • West Central - 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
  • Rock Road - 7:15 a.m., 11 a.m.
  • East Central - 9 a.m., 11 a.m.
  • Hutchinson - 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

Members are signing up now to attend the inaugural classes at each location and be the first to try out the new regimen, says Angie Kendall, Genesis group fitness director. “Group fitness attendance is usually spontaneous, but we expect an overwhelming response the first day, that’s why we’re enrolling people,” she says. Genesis employees will be invited to attend classes the week of June 10th.

First to launch is Group Powertm, a 60-minute barbell program designed to strengthen major muscles. Branded as “Your Hour of Power,” Group Powertm incorporates barbells into a series of simple, athletic moves such as squats, lunges, presses and curls, with music that motivates movement. Group Powertm is the first of a variety of new group fitness programs to roll out in the coming months, including:

  • Group Kicktm An athletic, martial arts-based program.
  • Group Ridetm An indoor cycling program designed to increase strength and endurance.
  • Group Centergytm A mind-body program that lengthens, strengthens and relaxes participants.
  • Group Groovetm A fusion of club, urban and Latin dance styles with motivating chart-topping hits and retro classic tunes.

Each class will be updated quarterly with new choreography and music, to keep participants challenged and avoid fitness plateaus, says Kendall. Pre-choreographed classes, specialized instructor training and quarterly program updates are what distinguish the Group Powertm and its related regimen from the competition.

Versatility is also a key of the new Group Powertm and other programs to come. “Because group fitness appeals to all ages, it’s important that people be able to work at their own pace,” says Kendall. “Participants get their own set of barbells which they can add or subtract plates from, depending on their goals and abilities.” Participants at the June 16th launch will be the first to work with new barbells. Group Powertm is designed to improve lean muscle and elevate metabolic rate, to help burn fat more efficiently.

Group Powertm is part of a scientifically designed group fitness regimen designed by Body Training Systems (BTS), a division of The STEP Company, maker of The STEP, designed and patented in 1989 and currently used in more than 25,000 clubs worldwide. For more information visit www.bodytrainingsystems.com.

Group Powertm is choreographed by Cathy Spencer-Browning, BTS National Training and Program Director. Cathy holds a degree in Human Movement from Wollongong University, Australia and is an international presenter and lecturer. In 2001 Cathy was named Australia’s Fitness Professional of the Year and has served on the American Council on Exercise Faculty Advisory Board.

Genesis Health Clubs is currently celebrating its 20-year anniversary of offering health club services. Genesis Health Clubs currently offers four locations throughout Wichita: 6100 E. Central, 854 N. Socora, 1551 N. Rock Road and 3725 W. 13th. In Hutchinson, Genesis Health Club is located at 30th & Plum. For more info visit www.genesishealthclubs.com.

As its name implies, Genesis Health Clubs is a place for new beginnings. It offers four conveniently located facilities in Wichita and one in Hutchinson, all with state-of-the-art equipment, group fitness programs and customized personal training programs. Members receive professional health and fitness solutions from a certified staff grounded in expertise and intensive training. They have access to racquetball and basketball courts, tennis courts at the Rock Road location, indoor running tracks, swimming pools, whirlpools and dry saunas. Genesis partners with Via Christi Regional Medical Center on a number of initiatives, including a comprehensive weight-management program that combines fitness and nutrition to shed excess pounds and develop healthier lifestyles. The clubs offer childcare at all locations.

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