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From the General Manager | December 23, 2020 Update

From the General Manager | December 23, 2020 Update

DECEMBER 23, 2020 UPDATE

 

We understand that outdoor or home exercise can be difficult for many who may be immunocompromised, in particular during winter months in Iowa. Our hope is that we can provide a healthy outlet for those individuals to continue to maintain their health and fitness this winter while creating an environment where they can feel safe to do so.

 

In an effort to accommodate those in our membership family who may be immunocompromised or those who have requested the full use of masks within the facility, Performance Health & Fitness will implement mask required hours during the month of January.

 

These hours will be reserved from 1:30pm-3:30pm each day, Monday through Friday for the duration of the month of January. We will monitor these hours and will review them for any continuation or changes that may take place beyond January 31st.

 

Outside of the hours of 1:30pm-3:30pm Monday through Friday, we will continue to follow the guidance found in the governor’s proclamation which requires of the use of masks/face coverings at indoor businesses with the exception to remove them while actively exercising. We just ask that you please utilize a mask or face covering while entering/exiting the facility and while in any common areas where social distancing may be difficult such as locker room, stairwell, and lobby areas.

 

As always, we ask that all of our members, guests, and staff to stay home if they are symptomatic or believe they may have been exposed to the virus until they have been cleared by their primary care provider.

 

RESOURCES

 

Hours of Operation for December:

 

Monday-Friday | 5:00am-9:00pm
Saturday-Sunday | 7:00am-7:00pm

 

Holiday Hours

 

December 24 | 5:00am-5:00pm
December 25 | Closed
December 31 | 5:00am-5:00pm
January 1 | 8:00am-12:00pm

 

Holiday Group Fitness Classes

 

December 24 + 31
5:05am RPM
5:35am BodyPump
9:15am BodyPump/CXWorx
10:30am Stretch & Mobility
12:05pm BodySculpt

 

January 1
9:00am BodyPump
10:00am Spin
10:15am BodyAttack

 

Keep in mind – all Group Fitness Classes (included with ALL Performance membership types) require pre-registration to ensure proper social distancing. If you haven’t tried out a class yet, email membership@perfther.com and we’ll help you with the steps to reserve your space.

 

Virtual Membership: $29/month provides unlimited access to all of our live Zoom group fitness classes. To inquire about changing your membership type, please email membership@perfther.com.

 

Group Fitness Schedule >>

 

Child Care & Kids Classes: Closed until further notice

 

About Mary Brown, Marketing & Communications Director

Mary Brown, Marketing & Communications DirectorMary Brown has a bachelors degree from the University of Northern Iowa and has over 15 years of marketing, advertising, and project management experience. Prior to coming to Performance, she spent several years working a with Boston-based CrossFit Equipment company in their marketing department, which is where she gained valuable working knowledge of brand management, website design and maintenance, and search engine optimization. When she's not working she loves to run the trail system by her house in Iowa City, Olympic Lift and spend time with her family.

Monthly Wellness Challenge | Self-Care

Monthly Wellness Challenge: Self-Care

Wake up, feed the little one, let the dogs out, feed the dogs, make coffee and eat breakfast, get dressed, go to work, pick up the little one, go back to work, go to the grocery store, feed the dogs, make dinner, do the dishes, feed the little one, go to bed.

Do you see anything on that list that made you think I did anything for myself that day? Neither do I, but you can guarantee that I am working towards making sure that I take care of myself to be sure that my emotional health stays in check.

Our February Wellness Challenge is all about self-care. Making sure that we dedicate 5-10 minutes a day to unwind, destress and pay attention to #1….yourself.

To help you stay focused and accountable, we have created a free downloadable challenge worksheet. Download it now, print it out, and hang it somewhere you’ll see it daily.

Monthly Wellness Challenge | Self-Care

What are some activities that you think you could incorporate on a daily basis to help take care of yourself? More importantly, why is it important to take care of yourself? The answer is that self-care helps to decrease stress. When stress builds up it can wreak havoc on your body and increase your chances of contracting a chronic illness or disease. One of our goals at Performance Health & Fitness is to help you be the best version of yourself. We don’t want your body to be the limiting factor as you continue to age.

Stress can contribute to several emotional and physical health issues over time. Some examples are autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, depression, headaches, immunosuppression which can lead to infections, GERD and even Parkinson’s Disease.

Stress causes disruptions in your body’s natural function and can make your organs work twice as hard by stimulating the fight or flight response. This type of response is to be only used when we are in danger and for short spurts of time rather than a longer duration. Our heart starts beating faster, our blood pressure skyrockets, our digestive system doesn’t absorb the nutrients it needs because food moves so quickly in our GI system, our muscles tense and our breathing starts to become rapid. It requires a lot of energy to have your body in this overdrive state – which is why we tend to feel lethargic or tired after a stressful day.

Healthy ways to decrease stress would be to meditate, listen to music, talk to a loved one, laugh, read a book, exercise or eat a healthy meal. PRO TIP: For more self-care suggestions, read my 2019 Self-Care article. I go into more detail about particular meditation apps I have found useful and highly recommend.

Unhealthy ways to decrease stress include smoking, overspending, drinking to excess, increased caffeine consumption, negative self-talk, poor nutrition or emotional eating.

If you already have a bad habit to deal with stress, this month I challenge you to focus on incorporating a healthy coping mechanism on a daily basis. Achieving your best health is a long journey so enjoy the process and love yourself as you only get one life to live.

Do one thing at a time to increase the chance of success. You’ll thank yourself later 🙂

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About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

Tom P

Since joining Performance, I have made huge gains. The process of recovering from knee surgery has been much easier because of the expertise of the Performance staff in helping me get back to full strength. I would recommend this gym to anyone.*

About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

Kim C

Performance Fitness Member

“I joined Performance and it has changed my life. Gone are the days when I dreaded trying on clothes at the store, Thanks to Performance, I feel like a super fit mom.”*

About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

Seth D

Performance Fitness Member

Under the guidance of trainers, I have been able to decrease my 5K time from 28 minutes to under 20 minutes in just 2 years.  I have also lost 30 pounds while increasing strength, endurance and power.*

About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

Connie R

Training over the last few years at Performance has been the best health decision I have ever made.  Leslie, my current trainer, keeps me on track to stay fit and strong, makes our sessions interesting and challenging, and is always positive, even when I have setbacks.*

About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

Barry C Testimonial
Barry C

Performance Fitness Member

“I am a competitive cyclist and have been in personal training at Performance for 6 years. The best part about the trainers is that they know our medical histories very well.  Leslie is great at modifying a training session specifically to each individual person’s limitations so as to avoid injury.”*

About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

Pat S

Performance Fitness Member

“I’m retired and enjoy a full, active life. This is due, in no small part, to the time I spend at Performance. The group classes provide a great workout and lots of variety. Plus, a fun way to meet new friends!”*

About Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health Coach

Lynde Weatherford, Director of Training Services & Certified Health CoachLynde has been a personal trainer for over eight years and couldn’t be happier with her career choice. With her parents as inspiration along with her high school years as an athlete, she acquired a true passion for health and wellness. Lynde enjoys showing others what they are capable of to achieve their health and fitness goals. During her years as a trainer, she has been able to help others achieve weight loss, gain muscle mass, live a better quality of life and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their lives. It is her goal to coach those who think they can’t do it to thinking that they can achieve what they want despite what may be currently challenging them.

*Results may vary