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15 Nov 2017

The Benefits of Doing Squats

Squats are the king of lower body exercises. This type of exercise work not only the lower body but the upper body as well. This great exercise has some amazing benefits: They are superior for fat burning and toning your legs and buttocks Squats can improve your flexibility and muscle build Doing squats deliver nutritious oxygen to your tissues increasing the blood flow while preventing cellulite from forming in your body Squats strengthen the surrounding muscles around your knees and hips and help you enjoy better posture while strengthening your spine, improving your balance and making daily tasks easier Squats increase your by entire body strength by building your core muscles To do a proper squat, you need to remember...
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13 Nov 2017

3 Reasons That Prove Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal of the Day

It has been said many times before, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, but no one ever really tells you why. Below are three different reasons why breakfast really is the most important meal of the day! Number One: A morning meal helps energize your body A good and solid breakfast will help you tackle the morning by giving your body the necessary fuel to start the day and keep you going until lunch Number Two: A nutritious breakfast reduces risk for overeating later in the day Filling your body in the morning will keep you from grabbing snacks throughout the day and keep you fuller longer! Number Three: A morning meal helps your brain as well...
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8 Nov 2017

How to Get Yourself Motivated To Get Fit

There are many ways to get yourself motivated, but finding the right way for you is key. Woody Allen said, “80% of success is showing up”. This is so true – just showing up even if you feel like you have 5 minutes worth of energy can make a big difference! Sometimes we just have to change our perspective on how to get motivated. Here are some ways to get yourself motivated: Rethink your positive thinking. Visualize the benefits of your behavior as a motivational strategy. When deciding to get out of bed in the morning to go for a run. Visualize the sun on your face and how energizing it feels to be outdoors and breathing in fresh air....
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6 Nov 2017

2017 Thanksgiving Hours and Group EX Schedule

We are open on Thanksgiving & Black Friday! Check out our modified hours & group fitness schedule below. We hope you all have a great holiday! Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 23th) Club Hours: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Courtside Grill: Closed Play Zone: Closed Group Fitness Schedule: 8:30AM – 9:30AM– Turkey Roast (Bootcamp style) w/ Monica Start off your Thanksgiving right with this Boot Camp inspired class! Challenge your body in this cardio and strength workout to new levels. Turn your body into a calorie burning machine and blast away those pumpkin pie calories before you even consume them. This class will take place in the Gym. 9:30AM – 10:30AM– Turkey Spin and Strut w/ Monica Looking for a way to...
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6 Nov 2017

Five Fruits that Make a Delicious Sweet Treat!

We all have those late night cravings for a sweet treat; but sticking to a small, sensible portion can be hard. These fruits make it easier to satisfy that sweet tooth without overindulging. 1) Grapes Grapes have been proven to contain powerful antioxidants that are thought to slow and prevent many types of cancer. Aside from their health benefits, grapes come in large bunches and are easy to grab before heading out for the day! 2) Frozen Bananas Bananas contain many essential vitamins and minerals that support overall health. Slicing them up and popping them into the freezer give them a creamier texture. They also last for up to two months in the freezer making them a good alternative to...
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3 Nov 2017

Sleep and Exercise. Can the Two Be Related?

Do you want to wake up and feel rested and refreshed? Ditch your sleeping pills! Exercise is a safer method for gaining good rest. Exercise, Sleep, Diet and Stress Management are the four pillars of good health and wellness. It is important to make sure you are balancing these pillars for a healthy, productive life. A balanced lifestyle includes a vitamin-rich diet, functional stress relief, a deep sleep, and a mild exercise routine. Physical activity can help improve sleep quality. As little as ten minutes of walking can improve your quality of sleep! There a few tips to keep in mind when trying to decide on whether to hit the sack or go work up a sweat. 7 to 8...
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1 Nov 2017

2017 Kansas City Table Tennis Fall Open

Please join us at The Athletic Club of Overland Park for the 2017 Table Tennis Fall Open hosted by Kansas City Table Tennis!  This USATT sanctioned 2-star tournament will be held on November 3rd through November 5th which will consist of 13 different event groups.  Player’s ratings will be pulled from USATT website on October 11th, if they have one, and this will be used to rate the players for the tournament. All unrated players will be seeded by the tournament committee otherwise. Matches will be the best 3 out of 5 games and played to 11 points. The semi-finals/finals of the Open will be best 4 of 7 games to 11 points. There will be $2850 in prize money! Registration...
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27 Oct 2017

5 Indoor Alternatives For Wintertime Workouts

With winter around the corner it is easy to push off exercising. Below are 5 alternatives that will keep you out of cold while getting an effective workout. Workout Videos Not having access to a gym or simply not wanting to leave your home should not stop you from getting a quality workout. Today there are many free workout videos available free online. Fitnessblender.com is a website that is dedicated to providing free fitness videos, from cardio to strength training, that require little to no special equipment. They are perfect for a home environment. Yoga Yoga is a great stress reliever for the mind and body. It can be easily implemented into your daily routine. Yoga routines of all levels...
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20 Oct 2017

Cut it out: Slowly Eliminating your Sugar Intake!

Starting to keep tabs on your health begins with conscious eating choices and habits. Forming those habits can be difficult and overwhelming at first. Intake of sugar triggers your brain to release pleasure-stimulating hormones which in turn makes you feel happy and energized. A tolerance will build leading to your body craving more and more sugar to generate the feelings of elation. By slowing cutting out food types, your body can adjust to the change in diet. Cutting your intake down can be easy with these tips: Phase 1: Learn your sugars! Sugar comes in many names and countless forms – learn to recognize their “alter-egos” on food labels. A few examples of sugar: High fructose corn syrup Glucose Sucrose...
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13 Oct 2017

Friday Favorites

TGIF! We’ve powered through the week and it’s time to bring on the weekend! Set the vibe right with some of our #FridayFaves. #FoodFriday: Pack up the protein with our Friday Burger Basket special at The Courtside Fresh Grill & Bar! Choice of beef, turkey or a veggie black bean burger and a side. View our entire menu here. I like to add some spicy corn to top it off! #FeatureSportFriday: Kansas Citians are blessed to be on the border of Missouri and Kansas for a variety of activities and culture. Missouri’s abundant lakes and creeks make the state a hot-spot for on-the-water sports. My personal favorite is kayaking! Tediously paddling makes a fun upper body workout and burns calories...
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