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Salina Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

Tuesday, April 7 2015 3:01 PM

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!!!

Salina Group Fitness Monthly Blog - March 2015

Monday, March 2 2015 3:04 PM

Hello Salina members! Below is our March Group Fitness news.
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Our featured class for the month of March, is ATC. Athletic Training and Conditioning is an intense, simple combination of exercises that works every part of the body and will leave you sweating!

Meet our featured ATC instructor, Josh Turner! 

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

Meet Pam Morris!

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

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

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

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

Salina Group Fitness Monthly Blog - February 2015

Tuesday, February 10 2015 3:00 PM

Hello Salina members, Below is our February Group Fitness news.
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Our MOSSA launches in January were a huge success! Thanks to all our participants!! We Stepped, Kicked, Powered Up & Centered ourselves with the new releases!

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

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

Meet our featured R30 instructor, Andrew Weber!

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

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

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

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

Salina Group Fitness Monthly - January 2015

Thursday, January 8 2015 12:56 PM

Hello Salina members, Merry Fitness & a Happy New You! Below is our January Group Fitness news.
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16 in 60 Congratulations!

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

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

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

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

Meet our featured Centergy instructor, Alison Hagar!


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

You will find Group Centergy on the group fitness schedule!

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

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