Holiday Gift for Members! 2020 Holiday Newsletter

Dear << Test First Name >>,

Merry Christmas from Genesis Health Clubs. It goes without saying 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. I never imagined that we would someday face a global pandemic that would affect every facet of life and even challenge the traditions we hold most dear.

First and foremost, our hearts go out to everyone affected by the pandemic, either directly, indirectly, or economically. It has been a struggle for everyone, but to those most directly affected, you are in our thoughts and prayers this holiday season.

As divided as things may seem right now, I am proud to see us all unite around a common belief: Health and fitness are essential.

Sadly, many of the risk factors that make COVID more dangerous are the very same ones that regular exercise can improve or even prevent: coronary artery disease, heart conditions, obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension… the list goes on. In 26 years, I’ve never been more certain that what we are doing every single day matters most, and it will continue to matter long after the pandemic ends.

I’m also optimistic that things will soon get better as life begins to return to normal. People have been deprived of the social and human connections that give us purpose and meaning, and we are all eager to revive a sense of community. At Genesis Health Clubs, we plan to meet that need. In 2021, Genesis will focus increasingly on the social aspects of fitness as “The Social Health Club.” You’ll see organized trips, social events, the return of full-capacity group exercise classes, and community at every turn.

Genesis Health Clubs has been busy growing and improving our product, despite the challenges. We acquired seven locations of The Athletic Clubs in Omaha, Olathe, Overland Park, Des Moines, Lincoln, and Omaha (formerly Prairie Life Fitness). We acquired both locations of Sky Fitness and Wellbeing in Tulsa. We completed construction on our Overland Park, Fort Collins Club, and KC Racquet Club locations, providing luxury fitness to the communities they serve. We’re also nearing completion on our remodel/new builds for Westroads, Manhattan, and Goddard, and are getting ready to announce even more remodeling and construction projects coming soon. It will be an exciting year to be a Genesis member in 2021. See all of the details including pictures, below.

Finally, I’d like to thank you for being a member and appreciate your patronage. As a token of our appreciation, we’d like to offer you a few special gifts this year. You will receive a total of three 12 Days of Fitness Passes from us. Two of them can be given to any local friend or family member who has never tried Genesis before. Claim your pass now online or later this month in the club. We also realize that a lot of you have out of town friends and family or college students home from school who need a place to work out, so we’re offering you a third 12-day pass that can be used for anyone without restrictions. We will also launch several short-term membership options for college students back at home due to the pandemic, so they have a place to work out until they can return to school. Look for an email from us coming soon with all the details.

Read on for more details on what we’ve been up to and the big developments in the works for next year. We hope that you have managed to thrive in 2020, and that next year is your best year yet, full of joy, blessings, and most of all, good health. Merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the club.

Yours in Health,

Rodney Steven II 
Give your friend the gift of fitness this year with this 12-day pass! Claim your pass online now, or pick up a physical pass in the club later this month.

We're celebrating growth this year in times of struggle!

Even with the shutdown in 2020, Genesis Health Clubs still came out on top, acquiring 10, count 'em 10, new club locations across six states, bringing our grand total to 56 clubs nationwide. Acquiring all of The Athletic Clubs formally known as Prarie Life Fitness, the Sky Fitness facilities, and the South Suburban YMCA, our expansion only strengthens our position as the largest fitness provider in the Midwestern United States. Not only have we gained this larger footprint, but we've also gained new members, quality group exercise instructors, and talented new team members. As the Genesis Health Clubs family continues to grow and flourish, we become stronger, better, and brighter as we come together to strengthen ourselves - mind, body, and spirit. 

Goddard Aquatic Center
Genesis Health Clubs is proud to announce the Goddard Aquatic Center, located in Goddard, KS. The new facility will feature a 60,000 square foot competitive natatorium with 600-spectator seating, the largest indoor family water park within a 3-hour drive, a 123-room hotel, a preschool, sports camps, and best of all, a brand-new Genesis Health Clubs location!

The Aquatic Center will be part of the larger-than-life Genesis Sports Complex, whose five baseball diamonds opened this year to a smashing success. The Complex will soon feature sites for restaurants and retailers, with plenty of room for future expansion. Preparations to finish and open the other phases of the development are set for 2021. Come see the premier destination for health and recreation in the entire Midwest. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements on the project coming soon.

Manhattan Hilltop 
Construction is well underway on the brand-new luxury hilltop health club in Manhattan, KS. Overlooking the city, the club will feature luxury locker rooms, towel service, swimming pools, tennis courts, granite countertops, an indoor running track, hot tubs, steam rooms, and dry saunas. In 2021, Manhattan will have the health club it deserves and has been waiting for. Stay tuned for details on the Grand Opening! Date to be announced!
Westroads Remodeling
The new home for gym and tennis junkies in Omaha has arrived! Westroads added five tennis courts earlier this year, bringing the total to an impressive seven courts in the facility! The club continues to undergo a multi-million dollar remodeling project, bringing all members the best in luxury, resort-style fitness. Get ready Omaha; you've never seen a club like this!
More remodeling, renovations, and other exciting news!
Stay tuned for exciting updates coming soon, including more remodeling projects, a unique theme for our new water park in Goddard, another trampoline park, sports camps, new classes, and new locations in several of our markets. Follow us on social media for all the latest!

Beds for Kids - GFFT's Newest Program

In 2006, I formed the Genesis Foundation for Fitness & Tennis (GFFT) as a commitment to helping under-resourced children who have a desire to achieve a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. GFFT provides grants and programs focusing on improving the lives of youth up to 18 years old who are from low-income or disadvantaged backgrounds or are physically or mentally challenged.

On behalf of the GFFT Board, I am excited to announce our new signature community program called Beds for Kids, which provides, delivers, and assembles mattresses, box springs, bed frames, sheets, pillows, and blankets to the underserved children in our community.

Beds for Kids was grown from the Kicks for Kids program, which provides athletic shoes and socks to children attending inner-city schools.

Genesis Health Clubs employees and volunteers will continue to deliver the program's beds to children sleeping on the floor or old or broken beds, knowing good and well that a healthy lifestyle begins with a good night's sleep. 

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Please contact GFFT Executive Director, DeAnn White at or call 316-634-3112 for additional information.

Thank you for helping us make a difference to the children in our community.


Now Open! Sky Trampoline Park in Salina and Leap Trampoline Park in Topeka!

Joining Sky in Salina, the new Leap park in Topeka offers a fun family environment where our mission is all about FUN, FUN, and more FUN!  Our trampolines are designed and manufactured to adhere to the highest ASTM standards. Jump with confidence, our staff are trained and certified in the latest safety and operation procedures. Look forward to the exciting things we have coming to Sky! We are working on starting dodge ball leagues and run tournaments. Stay tuned for more info to get signed up. If jumping is not your thing, we have a world-class ninja course designed by the top experts in the field. Try out the course and try to beat the fastest times. Between the most advanced Laser Maze in the Midwest, Arcade Games, and a long list of entertainment and attractions, you won’t know what to do first. Do you have what it takes to take down the high scores? Check out the new Leap trampoline park in Topeka! Learn more...

Fort Collins Club Remodeling

With incredible upgrades and the same luxury amenities - the Fort Collins Spa & Salon, hot tub, steam rooms and saunas, fluffy towel service, camps for the kids, child care, certified personal training,  unlimited group fitness classes, Pilates, Aquatics, court sports, and more - we are so excited to welcome Genesis Health Club members back into Fort Collins Club, a new and improved facility that all can be proud of! 


KC Racquet Club Remodeling

We are ecstatic to share that the construction for our KC Racquet Club location and its multi-million dollar remodel is now complete! With a brand new Cycle studio, luxury locker rooms, expanded floors, indoor climate-controlled tennis, Barre classes, social events and so much more, we can't wait to welcome past KCRC members and new members of this amazing club to their new gym home.

The NFL's $500 million-dollar man and superstar quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes recently filmed his new Head and Shoulders commercial at our newly remodeled KC Racquet Club in Kansas City! Check it out!

Overland Park Remodeling
Genesis Health Clubs Overland Park is so much more than a gym. With the new renovations, this location is the only health club in Johnson County to offer a full-service tennis and fitness experience. The club has been upgraded with brand new luxurious locker rooms, new flooring, state-of-the-art equipment, a new cycle studio, All-American Training, upgraded finishes, and an expanded footprint with additional square footage. Enjoy a complete fitness, sports, and social experience in the warmth of our neighborhood atmosphere at Genesis Overland Park! 

The Athletic Club
In July, Genesis acquired all seven locations of The Athletic Clubs, formerly known as Prairie Life Fitness, across three states. The expansion strengthened Genesis’ position as the largest fitness provider in the Midwestern United States. 

Sky Fitness & Wellbeing
Genesis Health Clubs announced in late September the acquisition of both Sky Fitness and Wellbeing locations in Oklahoma! The move solidified the company’s investment in Tulsa, now with four total health clubs and the Tulsa Oilers hockey team, plus more to come!

YMCA South Suburban
Fresh off its recent expansion in Des Moines, Iowa, Genesis Health Clubs took over the South Suburban YMCA in Des Moines! We are so excited to welcome South Suburban members to the Genesis Health Clubs family!

"Take Charge of Your Health" in any other group exercise year meant you came to class, packed the rooms, and socialized before and after a workout. This year, “take charge” took on a new meaning, where you proved group fitness would not be stopped even if it looked a little different in the name of health.
When and where you could, you filled our physically distanced rooms with fellow exercisers and much-needed energy. When you needed to stay home, you looked to GenesisGO where 150 workouts starring your favorite group fitness instructors were used and viewed 400,000+ times.
In hindsight, while we were ready to start 2020 with full, high-energy group workouts, we now realize agility and adaptability were the order of the year. We were thrilled that you adapted with us, either in person or online. We will never again take for granted the high-powered and essential social experience of group exercise, and we cannot wait to see you in 2021.

2020 has been a challenging year in many ways. However, this year has also awakened us to proactively focus on our health. Our Personal Training teams are committed to impacting our members and assisting them in taking charge of their health. In the midst of this pandemic, we are focusing on keeping our members and clients healthy by keeping them physically active and adhering to the nutritional guidance we provide. We want to impact more of our communities! Therefore, from December 16th through the 31st, if you refer a friend to our Personal Training program, you will receive $500 in Personal Training services! Want even more? How about a free Personal Training session for one of your friends or family members who has never tried Genesis Personal Training before? Take these gifts as a token of our appreciation for assisting us in having a greater fitness footprint in our communities. Happy Holidays!
Thank you for making tennis one of the safest sports around!  Congratulations on being a part of the USTA’s only five partnered tennis corporations in the entire USA!  Tennis continues to grow and expand at Genesis Health Clubs!
How does #4 in the United States sound? That's right! Genesis Health Clubs now has 15 tennis facilities (Manhattan joins our tennis family first quarter 2021), 138 tennis courts, 89 Tennis Professionals, and thousands of tennis players! That makes us top 4 in the USA!
Thank you to everyone who has played at one of our Tennis Clubs across five states. From forehands to aces, winning a state title or playing your first rally, or simply playing for the social, fitness, fun, and competitive benefits, tennis is a WINNER at Genesis Health Clubs. With 15 action-packed tennis facilities for you to choose from, you are playing amongst thousands of other tennis-playing members who serve them up every day on your 138 tennis courts. You have over 89 committed and dedicated Tennis Professionals who are working hard to inspire you to get better, to meet new friends, and to grow the game of tennis. Here is just a snapshot of a few highlights of this past year:
  1. #1 WE WERE SAFE /YOU WERE SAFE –  As one of the safest recreational and competitive sports amongst the Covid pandemic, we thank you for your support and flexibility as we navigated this ever-changing situation together. Having 6,000 square feet of space allowed us to have large, social distanced areas.   
  2. Awards – Our clubs, our Pro’s and our programs continued to be recognized at the local and regional level.   
  3. We congratulate many of you who played USTA Team Tennis, Tencap, at tournaments and events – What we learned during the shutdown is that what you missed the most was being able to play with your friends.   
  4. Tennis Professionals – Your Tennis Team grew and improved through training, workshops, and long hours spent advancing our members. We have many nationally successful and recognized Tennis Professionals on our team.
  5. Cardio Tennis – Continues to be a highly touted program where our members get their sweat on. Cardio Triples continues to be a great, new, and fun program for our adults. If you haven’t played yet, just ask your Tennis Professionals - it is a “sweatingly” great time. Thiago Santos is a National Cardio Trainer and Mike Woody is a National Consultant to the USTA for Cardio Tennis.
  6. Facility Improvements and Renovation – Our tennis facilities continue to get better with new lights, new surfaces, backdrops, and netting. If your tennis courts haven't experienced some facility improvements, stay tuned for 2021.
  7. High School Dominance – Our kids are excelling at the game. They are playing on their middle school and high school teams, and shining at the state level.
  8. Goals for 2021 – #1 Continue to be a SAFE outlet for adults, kids, and families to play. #2 Grow TENNIS. This is at the forefront of our minds. Growing provides more opportunities for everyone. We will continue to improve and add new programs and social events in 2021. We will also continue to engage and create a bigger tennis family at all of our clubs. #3 BE BETTER. We are always striving to better ourselves every day – please help us by giving us your feedback.
  9. USTA – Your Genesis Tennis is one of the top respected tennis organizations in the USTA. Genesis professionals have been selected to represent tennis growth and be at the forefront of tennis initiatives that are being formulated and implemented. Currently, we are recognized as one of the top 4 tennis organizations in the United States. This allows us to be at the forefront of all initiatives and programming opportunities. Thank you for making us GREAT!
  10. Our proudest moment in 2020? It’s YOU! – We appreciate the care, support, and love that you shared with your Tennis Professionals Team. Was this a tough year for all of us? You bet, but we have remained strong and positive because of you. THANK YOU for making tennis a supersport.  
What are your tennis goals for 2021? We have a professional team that can get you to your tennis dreams. Your Pro’s have almost 1,000,000 hours of tennis experience and success to get you going on your great tennis adventure. If you have not taken advantage of your 30-minute complimentary tennis lesson already, make sure you speak with a Tennis Professional to get that set up. Every member receives one with their membership. Lastly, share your stories of success with our team. They love to throw high fives your way – ok “air fives" at a safe distance.
Want a success story right now? Here's one that comes from one of our Overland Park members Cooper Westendick, who has been playing at Genesis Health Clubs for the past four years. Cooper Woestendick was named #1 AGAIN, as the number one 14 and Under Player in the USA! Congratulations! In the past three years, Cooper has won multiple Gold, Silver, and Bronze Ball National Championships. Cooper is a great role model and student who not only improves himself but also the players around him. Great job to the Genesis Tennis Team that continues to help Cooper stay focused and challenges him every day - Guillermo De Vilchez Guardiola, Szymon Tatarczyk, Eduardo Santos, and Connor Finerty! We love seeing our members succeed inside and outside our tennis facilities.
Shhhhhh, one more thing… if you haven't tried one of our tennis programs such as junior programs, Cardio Tennis, group drills, etc., you get a "complimentary" opportunity to try one these spectacular classes. Just tell them that Pro Woody said so!!!  Better yet, come with a friend or introduce a friend to the game of tennis. 

Here's a Tennis Toast to you. May you hit the lines with your winners, may you win the final point of each match, and may you make 10 new tennis friends this year. 
Your Genesis Tennis Professional Team
Give your friend the gift of fitness this year with this 12-day pass! Claim your pass online now, or pick up a physical pass in the club later this month.

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