LifeCenter Plus Introduces Pilates at the Barre Class
Health and Fitness Club Adds Class that Incorporates Pilates, Ballet, and Yoga with Focus on Stretches and Movements to Prevent Exercise Routine
HUDSON, OHIO (May 20, 2013) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club introduces Pilates at the Barre class in their recently renovated Pilates studio, designed specifically for barre workouts. The class features Yoga, Ballet and Pilates stretches and movements to tone and strengthen muscles. Every segment of the class helps to continue improving fitness and weight loss results and prevent exercise routine.
“Pilates at the Barre is a great, full-body workout that targets all of the major muscle groups and offers exercise variances that muscles do not get accustomed to,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “It is essential to switch up workouts and muscle areas of concentration, in order to continue improving fitness or weight loss. As a fitness club with a diverse range of age groups, we're excited to offer this class that everyone can benefit from.”
The renovated studio accommodates more than a dozen participants. Ballet barres are located on four walls and span the entire perimeter of the room. A certified instructor stands in the center with a barre for easy viewing and synchronized participation. Weights in a variety of sizes and balls for toning aids are available for the entire class.
Pilates at the Barre combines elements of Pilates, Yoga and Ballet, with intervals of stretching and cardio that creates a high-intensity workout. Classes concentrate on every major muscle group of the body in squatting and strengthening. Participants use a ballet barre for balance, during intense stretching. Muscles are elongated and toned for increased endurance and strength. Attendants see results are fast and include improved flexibility and core strength with a more toned physique.
“Classes begin by warming up the leg muscles with micro movements, in place,” said Brigid DiPaolo, Pilates at the Barre instructor at LifeCenter Plus. “Then, we do sculpting segments for each muscle group in different squatting and ballet positions. After each group is fatigued, we incorporate Yoga stretches to remove lactic acid. In between each segment is 90 seconds of cardio. It’s a fun, fast-paced and intense workout, great for quick toning.”
Every Pilates at the Barre session is free for members and guests of LifeCenter Plus, however, participants are asked to sign up for a class 24 hours in advance, due to high demand.
Classes are offered on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.; on Wednesdays at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.; on Fridays at 8:45 a.m.; and on Saturdays at 8:00 a.m., at LifeCenter Plus.
For more information, call 330-655-2377, ext. 128 or visit www.LifeCenterPlus.com.
2013 Team E.R. First Annual Indoor Triathlon at LifeCenter Plus - Post Race Report
The first annnual Team E.R. Indoor Triathlon at LifeCenter Plus was a great success. Congratulations to all of the winners. Thank you to all of the Team E.R. members who helped organize the event and to all who participated.
Official Race Results
Team E.R. Hosts Its First Annual Indoor Triathlon on March 10 at LifeCenter Plus
Multi-Sport Team Organize Their First Indoor Swimming, Biking and Running Competition at the Health and Fitness Club in Hudson
HUDSON, OHIO (February 18, 2013) – Team E.R., an Akron area multi-sport team, will combine efforts to present the First Annual Indoor Triathlon at LifeCenter Plus on Sunday, March 10. Team E.R. is named for Eddy’s Bike Shop and Ritchies Sporting Goods.
“Our goal is to show how anyone, young, old, in shape or out of shape, can participate in a triathlon,” said Chris Schmauder, organizer of the Team E.R triathlon. “It is a great way to experience something you have never tried before and to do it in a way that will keep you wanting to ‘tri’ more. We want everyone to feel welcomed and to have fun while promoting exercise and good health.”
Participants will compete in three different events: swimming, followed by biking and running, with each leg lasting 20 minutes. Places will be determined by cumulative distances over each portion. Awards will be given to the top three overall finishers for individuals, team and top three finishers in each age group.
“For the experienced triathlete, the goal is to host a competitive event where they can practice their skills and enjoy a break from the monotony of training,” said Schmauder. “Not everything has to feel like a workout. This event will be a fun experience in a carefree environment.”
Adults and children are welcome as well as members and nonmembers of LifeCenter Plus. Registration can be completed via online or mail. Forms can be found online at www.active.com and www.ohioteam-er.com. Online registration at www.active.com must be submitted by March 8, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. To register by mail, send a completed form to LifeCenter Plus, 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson, Ohio 44236, postmarked by March 4, 2013.
The event starts at 10 a.m. at LifeCenter Plus, located at 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson, Ohio. For more information, visit www.ohioteam-er.com and www.active.com.
Team E.R. is sponsored by Eddy’s Bike Shop, Ritchies Sporting Goods, Fresh Start Diner, Doctors of Optometry, LifeCenter Plus, Marketing Resources & Results, and Apple Growth Partners.
Fitness Center Invites Members and Nonmembers in the Stow and Hudson Area to Participate in Honoring 276 Fallen Ohio Veterans
LifeCenter Plus Hosts Pedal For Heroes Fundraising Event to Support Veterans on Sunday, February 24
HUDSON, OHIO (February 6, 2013) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club will host a Pedal For Heroes fundraising event on Sunday, February 24, 2013. Participants will cycle for 276 minutes in honor of every Ohio fallen soldier who has sacrificed their life in the Middle East since 9/11.
“The Pedal For Heroes event honors the military personnel whom have lost their lives and supports local veterans programs while engaging in physical activity,” said Jerry Lynch, a main organizer of the event. “Ohio veterans have given so much for us. This is an opportunity to help local veterans and support their efforts to transition back into the community.”
LifeCenter Plus encourages the community to form teams to cycle on stationary bicycles for 276 minutes. In addition to LifeCenter Plus, the University of Akron, Fitworks Willoughby, Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium, RP Fitness, One Wellness Sports & Health Club, Kent State University, Cleveland State University, Portage Cyclery, UFit2, Team Super Fitness, and The Cleveland Rowing Foundation/Western Reserve Rowing Association will participate in the fundraiser event. Participants may also choose to walk, row, swim, or run for the allotted time.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to Pedal For Heroes, a 501(c)(3) organization, to provide services to local veterans. Last year, over $16,000 was raised by 11 participating fitness facilities in Northeast Ohio.
The event is from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at LifeCenter Plus, located at 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson, Ohio. For more information about how to participate, contact Jessica Shenker, at 330-655-2377 ext. 138.
About LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club
A premier health and fitness facility, LifeCenter Plus has served the Hudson, Stow and surrounding communities since 1978. The 103,000-square foot multi-purpose facility is a full-service, four-season health and fitness club with five swimming pools, indoor track, Spinning studio, and renovated Yoga studio. Members enjoy more than 100 free classes each week. LifeCenter Plus is located at 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson, Ohio. For more information call 330-655-2377, ext. 131 or visit the website at www.LifeCenterPlus.com.
LifeCenter Plus Launches 2013 Pedal For Heroes Veterans Event
Club Invites Fitness Centers Across Northeast Ohio to Participate in Honoring 276 Ohio Veterans Who Have Sacrificed for Our Freedom
HUDSON, OHIO (December 19, 2012) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club challenges all Northeast Ohio fitness centers to join in an effort to honor and support our Ohio veterans. On February 24, 2013, fitness centers across Northeast Ohio will host “2013 Pedal For Heroes” events, where hundreds of participants throughout Northeast Ohio will cycle for 276 minutes representing the number of military personnel from Ohio who have sacrificed their lives for the country since 9/11/01.
“Ohio veterans have given so much for us. We are excited to spearhead this worthy cause and hope that it will become an annual fundraiser for Ohio veterans,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “We challenge all of the fitness and recreation centers in Northeast Ohio to participate with us in this Pedal for Heroes event that supports local veterans and recognizes those who have given their lives.”
Fitness centers are invited to participate in this event and to challenge their members to form teams to cycle on stationery bicycles for 276 minutes on Sunday, February 24. Teams are already forming and more clubs are asking to participate.
Proceeds from each participating center will be used by Pedal For Heroes, a 501(c)(3) organization, to provide services to local veterans. Last year, over $16,000 was raised by 11 participating fitness facilities in Northeast Ohio.
LifeCenter Plus is providing participating fitness centers with planning materials as well as an educational presentation to show during the event. LifeCenter Plus will include participating fitness centers in the media marketing communication.
Fitness center directors interested in learning more about how to get involved should contact Fitness Director, Jessica Shenker at LifeCenter Plus in Hudson, Ohio at 330-655-2377, ext. 138. The deadline for fitness centers to sign up for Pedals For Heroes is February 1, 2012.
LifeCenter Plus First Annual Turkey Bowl Score Waves Premonition to Browns Victory and Pre-Thanksgiving Exercise
Browns Fans and Steelers Fans Mix It Up in Health Club Football Game of Fun and Team Loyalty on Thanksgiving
HUDSON, OHIO (December 3, 2012) – Browns and Steelers fans met on common ground on Thanksgiving morning to participate in the battle of orange versus black in LifeCenter Plus’ first annual Turkey Bowl. Fans signed up to be on their respective teams to show their loyalty and pride, while burning calories in anticipation of the turkey feasting festivities.
A final score of 21 to 14 was a premonition to Sunday’s Cleveland Browns versus Pittsburgh Steelers game that ended with a 20 to 14 score.
“As you can see by the intermixing of Pittsburgh fans and Cleveland fans, there was a lot of fun had by all,” said Jim Clark, Aquatics Director of LifeCenter Plus and Browns fan. “It’s an indication of how much fun we have at the club. And if we can all still get along after the game, perhaps there is a chance for world peace.”
Regardless of the score and sides taken, the players rejoined in a celebration of football and giving thanks. Both teams agreed to an annual rematch next year.
LifeCenter Plus First 5K Successful with More than 200 Participants and Donations for Prevention and Awareness of Childhood Obesity
HUDSON, OHIO (November 12, 2012) - The first LifeCenter Plus “Fit for the Future” Family Fun 5K Race and One-Mile Fun Run on October 6 brought 234 runners. Proceeds were donated to Akron Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Department Store in support of their programs that prevent childhood obesity.
The overall male 5K and LifeCenter Plus member winner was Ken Frankenbery, 56, with a time of 19:57, and the overall 5K female winner was Diana Morris, 38, with a time of 23:56. The overall 5K LifeCenter Plus female winner was Amy Hitchcock, 39, with a time of 27:24.
“I have been a member of LifeCenter Plus for six months, and besides being a fantastic facility, the owners are very involved in the local community and do many fund raisers," said 5K winner, Ken Frankenbery. "When I saw they were doing a charity 5K to fund an anti-obesity program at a local hospital, I knew I had to participate.”
Event sponsors and donors included: Acme of Hudson, Advocare, Akron Aeros, Akron Children’s Hospital, All About Dance by Kristen, Bellacino’s, Bruegger’s Bagels of Hudson, Cajun Dave’s, Coca-Cola, Discount Drug Mart of Hudson, Sara Drew Mayor of Stow, EMMCO Corporation, Fishcreek Raccoon Run, GASP, Gavin Scott Salon & Spa, Giant Eagle of Stow, Shannon Grigsby of Silpada, Guava, Hair Creations, Hudson City Schools, Larry Karasek Massage Therapist, Hula Frog, Kohl’s Cares, Krieger’s Market, L’Oreal, and Patty Jackson of LifeCenter Plus Yoga.
Also Mary Kay Cosmetics, Lori Matson of Thirty-One, Max Muscle Sports Nutrition, National Machine Group, Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons, Ohio Sports Chiropractic, Olive My Heart, Olympic Awards, Panera of Hudson, Pedal For Heroes, Pepsi-Cola, Republic Waste, Ritchie’s Sporting Goods, Rite Aid, Salon 180, Sam’s Club, Erica Gill-Shotts, Diane Stressing Author, Summit Athletic Running Club, Summit County Sherriff, The Land of Make Believe, Tree City Coffee of Kent, Vertical Runner from NMC, Vimi’s Nail Spa, and Youth Topia Beverages.
In Sync to Perform Annual Veterans Dedication Show on November 11 at 7:00 p.m. with Donations to a Local Veterans’ Benefit Organization
LifeCenter Plus to Honor Veterans with Performance by Synchronized Swimming Team
HUDSON, OHIO (November 6, 2012) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club will salute veterans with a special Veterans’ Day dedication performance by synchronized swimming team, In Sync. The event is coordinated every year near the holiday to honor and recognize military personnel for their sacrifices.
“The Veterans’ Day In Sync performance is a great opportunity to honor our nation’s troops for the sacrifices they have made for our freedom,” said Jim Clark, Aquatics Director of LifeCenter Plus. “In Sync always puts on a captivating show for all ages. To show our support and gratitude, we’d like to welcome veterans and their families to this special presentation.”
The family friendly show is open to member and nonmembers. It is complimentary, however donations for the local veterans’ benefit organization, Pedal For Heroes, are greatly appreciated.
In May 2011, the team was featured in the May issue of “O, the Oprah Magazine” as women who defy their age in the article, Decade Defying Superstars Who Prove Age is Just a Number.
In Sync’s performance is on Sunday, November 11 at the LifeCenter Plus indoor pool. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Clark at 330-655-2377, ext. 125.
LifeCenter Plus Offers SCUBA Diving Instruction for Certification
SCUBA Lessons Taught at the Health Club by a National Association of Underwater Instructor (NAUI)
HUDSON, OHIO (November 6, 2012) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club will provide complete SCUBA diving lessons for NAUI certification over one weekend in November.
“SCUBA diving is a fascinating activity that requires a healthy lifestyle,” said Jim Clark, Aquatics Director and NAUI SCUBA instructor at LifeCenter Plus. “We offer training options that work for the busy lives of our students. By taking this class now, you will be ready to book an exotic tropical SCUBA trip for the holidays.”
In this blended learning session, students will cover dive equipment, the science of diving, practical application and responsible safety practices.
Participants must be ten years or older, a good swimmer, in good health and very comfortable in water. Members and nonmembers are welcome.
Sessions begin Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18. Instruction on Friday is from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday classes are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Each instruction takes place at the LifeCenter Plus indoor pool. Sessions have a limit of 12 students.
For more information, contact Jim Clark at 330-655-2377, ext. 125.
Swimmers who satisfactorily complete the class can test to become a certified SCUBA diver, by either diving locally with an instructor or at a tropical location via the Universal Referral, a worldwide program that enables students to be referred for certification dives.
LifeCenter Plus Health Fair Offers Flu Shots and Kids Fingerprinting
HUDSON, OHIO (October 1, 2012) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club will hold a health fair on Friday, October 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event offers flu shots provided by Rite Aid and child identity kits with fingerprinting from non-profit organization, G.A.S.P.
Rite Aid pharmacists will supply flu shots for $30. Most insurance plans will cover the cost. Flu shot recipients must be 18 years of age or older. G.A.S.P., an organization dedicated to children’s safety and protection, will administer kids fingerprinting for free.
For more information, contact LifeCenter Plus at 330-655-2377, ext. 145.
LifeCenter Plus Receives Best of Aquatics Award from Aquatics International
Local Fitness Facility Honored as Best in the USA for the Fourth Time for Innovative Aquatic Programs and Quality Pools
HUDSON, OHIO (September 10, 2012) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club was recently honored with a Best of Aquatics Award by Aquatics International. The award is given annually to the top pools in the country in recognition of the industry’s finest and the best in class. This year marks the fourth year LifeCenter Plus pools and aquatic programs have received the award.
“We’re very proud to receive this prestigious award again,” said Jim Clark, Aquatics Director of LifeCenter Plus. “We take a lot of pride in our aquatics, from every swim team and exercise program to the quality of the indoor and outdoor pools. It’s a fierce competition. I’m pleased that we were recognized as the best of the best again and look forward to carrying on our tradition of world-class aquatics.”
The contest is open to government, nonprofit and privately-owned operations throughout the United States. Award recipients are determined by an independent panel of five industry experts based on the variety and quality of programming, promotional materials, aquatic amenities and community involvement.
LifeCenter Plus is a pioneer in aquatics programs, providing innovative classes year-round that include S.P.L.A.S.H. for children with disabilities and the Stingrays swim team for kids ages four through 18. Red Cross swim lessons are also available for beginner and advanced levels. Water classes ranging from high intensity to gentler-range of motion for people with limited joint mobility are available. The club also offers synchronized swimming lessons, SCUBA diving and Arthritis Foundation classes to relieve arthritic pain.
The facility houses five swimming pools, with three outdoor and two indoor. The indoor pools consist of a 25-meter sized pool and a warm water therapy pool complete with a resistance river and handicap ramp. There are three outdoor heated pools. The largest pool contains a waterfall and twin slides. Two pools are zero depth with water features for children and babies.
LifeCenter Plus and other Best of Aquatics Award winners will be featured in the special Best of Aquatics magazine in the November/December issue. For more information on LifeCenter Plus’ aquatics programs call, 330-655-2377, ext. 122.
LifeCenter Plus Opens Registration for Stingrays Swim Team
Health Club Now Enrolling Youth Swimmers for Year-Round Swimming Competitions and Technique Development
HUDSON, OHIO (August 30, 2012) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club is now registering for their Stingrays swim team. The Stingrays incorporate friendly competition and develop swim strokes, while practicing and competing year-round. Swimmers six through 18 years of age, members and nonmembers are encouraged to sign up.
“Swimming is a great cross-conditioning exercise,” said Amanda Boswell, LifeCenter Plus swim coach. “Our swim team promotes health, wellness and a great sense of self confidence. Team members will learn and improve competitive strokes like the breaststroke, butterfly and free style using a variety of training techniques while having fun.”
Swimmers are grouped based on their swimming abilities, with a low student-to-teacher ratio for optimum learning and instruction. Stingray coaches create a fun, relaxed atmosphere for swimmers by incorporating friendly competitive games and activities that develop and improve fitness, confidence and sportsmanship.
To qualify for the team, swimmers must be able to swim continuously for 25 meters on front (freestyle) and back (backstroke). Many swim meets will take place, during each phase. Stingrays team members are encouraged, but not required, to attend every practice.
Registration ends September 7. LifeCenter Plus members pay $200 and nonmembers pay $300. Phase I begins September 10 and ends October 19, with practice five days a week at 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the outdoor pools (weather permitting). Phase II begins October 22 and ends December 21, with practice three days a week at 4:50 to 6:20 p.m. in the indoor pools.
For more information or to register, call 330-655-2377, ext 112.
LifeCenter Plus Introduces Innovative Youth Fun and Fit Camp for Ages 8 through 14
The Health and Fitness Club Provides Tools for Pre-Adolescents to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle by Incorporating Fun
HUDSON, OHIO (August 24, 2012) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club introduces an innovative Youth Fun and Fit Camp. The camp is designed specifically for ages 8 through 14 to promote a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating guidance, fun exercises and activities.
“Our Youth Fun and Fit Camp introduces pre-adolescents and middle schoolers to the tools for a healthy and fit lifestyle,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “It’s vital to acquaint youth with exercise and provide healthy eating guidance now so they can carry those habits with them into the future. Our program will help kids with the tools to get healthy, stay fit and feel good about themselves, all in the name of having fun.”
Nationally accredited Personal Trainers, Deana Lowry and Troy Cochran, created the innovative camp based on their expertise and experience and will lead the program. The camp consists of 10 weeks of fun and non-competitive activities. Each week incorporates a different theme such as water games, agility training, strength training, and hiking.
Participants will be rewarded with prizes for regular attendance and progress, to encourage reaching their goals of developing a healthy habit, gaining new abilities or losing an amount of weight.
The camp begins September 10 and lasts through November 15. Sessions are held four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at LifeCenter Plus.
Registration at LifeCenter Plus ends August 31. Participants will receive a free t-shirt when they sign-up. The program is available for both members and non-members. LifeCenter Plus members pay $20 per week and non-members pay $25 per week. For more information, call 330-655-2377, ext. 132.
LifeCenter Plus Hosts Pilates Open House and Free Introduction Session to Reformer Pilates for Members and Non-Members
Pilates Instructor, Brigid DiPaolo, to Share Benefits and Pilates Instruction
HUDSON, OHIO (August 21, 2012) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club will host a Pilates Open House on September 8 for the community. Members and non-members are invited to the complimentary event for an introduction to the benefits and instruction of Reformer and Mat Pilates.
“From a distance, Reformer Pilates can seem daunting,” said Brigid DiPaolo, Pilates Method Alliance Certified and LifeCenter Plus Pilates instructor. “At the open house, we’ll demonstrate how everyone can participate and benefit from Reformer Pilates by restoring movement and even reducing pain. It makes sense for everyone.”
The open house is on Saturday, September 8 in the Mind, Body, Soul studio at LifeCenter Plus, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Members and non-members who are currently not in the program are encouraged to attend.
Three complimentary introduction to Reformer Pilates sessions will be presented during the open house. Each 45 minute session will explain the fundamentals and benefits of Reformer Pilates. A special Reformer Pilates package will be available only at the open house. Another program package will be available from September 1 through September 15. Reservations must be made in advance to attend one of the three info sessions by calling 330-655-2377, ext. 128.
DiPaolo is among an elite class of Pilates instructors, having earned the prestigious Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certification after completing 450 hours of training and mentoring, along with an exam. She is one of 25 PMA certified instructors in Ohio and one of only1,500 in the world.
For more information, call 330-655-2377, ext. 128.
Corporate Wellness Program Aims to Improve the Health of Employees and Lower Health Care Costs
LifeCenter Plus Announces New Corporate Wellness Program In Response to Rising Health Care Costs and Obesity
HUDSON, OHIO (August 8, 2012) – Life Center Plus Health and Fitness Club announced the creation of their new corporate wellness program, in response to rising health care costs and the sharp increase in overweight and obese employees. The program aims to enhance the health and wellness of employees by supporting them and providing the tools for great fitness.
“U.S. businesses lose $118 billion annually in medical expenses and lost productivity. This is due largely to the fact that one-third of Americans are overweight or obese,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “If this trend continues, nine out of 10 adults in the U.S. will be considered obese by 2030 and health care costs will rise even higher. To combat this issue, we’ve devised a dynamic new corporate wellness program for companies that will get their employees on the right track to health and fitness which will lead to lower healthcare costs.”
Corporate wellness programs provide an overall 3:1 return on investment and reduce expenditures by 25-30% in an average of three years, according to a study by Ron Goetzel, Ph.D., director of the Cornell University Institute for Health and Productivity Studies and the US Government Special Report on Obesity Costs and Work.
The LifeCenter Plus Corporate Wellness Program is designed to motivate employees and teach them how to get fit and stay healthy. The program provides LifeCenter Plus certified trainers to instruct employees on how to safely and adequately use the club and equipment. It is time and financially efficient. Free health screening and nutrition counseling will be available at the employees’ place of employment. Employees will also have over 100 free fitness classes to choose from at LifeCenter Plus.
LifeCenter Plus has been under new ownership since, September 2011. The Corporate Wellness Program is part of their new program additions and renovations to further enhance and improve the club experience. A revamped Yoga studio, new saunas and refinished racquetball courts have are among the improvements, under the new owners.
For more information on how to begin a new fall Corporate Wellness Program, at 330-655-2377, ext. 131.
LifeCenter Plus to Hold “Fit for the Future” Family Fun 5K Race in October to Help Bring Awareness and Prevention to Childhood Obesity
LifeCenter Plus Encourages Families to Participate in Fit for the Future 5K Run
HUDSON, OHIO (August 6, 2012) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club will hold “Fit for the Future 5K” family race on October 6. The event hopes to bring awareness to childhood obesity and to encourage kids to be “Fit for the Future.” Money raised from the race will be donated to the Akron Children’s Hospital to support its childhood obesity programs and Kohl’s Department Store to battle childhood obesity.
“Obesity, especially in children, is an issue that can be prevented with education and exercise,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “The 5K will help bring awareness and preventative solutions to the issue. Plus, it’s a great way for kids to have fun. Now is the time to walk or run with your children to prepare for this fun 5K race.”
The race will be officiated and timed by Summit Athletic Club. Runners of all fitness levels and age groups are encouraged. There will be a water station, during the race. Awards will be handed out to the fastest runners, in different age and gender groups.
The 5K is open to LifeCenter Plus members and nonmembers, of all ages. Race fee is $20 per person. Children who are ages 12 and under are free. LifeCenter Plus and Summit Athletic Running Club members receive a $2 discount. Those interested can register at www.active.com by October 4, 2012.
The event takes place on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. The race starts and finishes at the LifeCenter Plus parking lot. For more information, contact the LifeCenter Plus front desk at 330-655-2377 or visit www.active.com.
LifeCenter Plus Presents In Sync Synchronized Swimming Team in “Rhythm Through the Decades”
In Sync to Perform Their Annual Summer Show to Various Pop Music Hits from Several Eras
HUDSON, OHIO (August 1, 2012) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club present a performance by synchronized swimming team, In Sync, in “Rhythm Through the Decades.” The show marks the team’s annual summer performance. In Sync will captivate and entertain through various water stunts, formations and routines to pop music favorites from various eras.
“In Sync’s shows are awe-inspiring and a favorite among all ages,” said Jim Clark, Aquatics Director at LifeCenter Plus. “It’s amazing what they can do. They’re a great example of how exercise can enable you to do many physical activities, at any age. We’re proud to have our pool as their practice space and we look forward to their performance.”
Last year, the team was featured in the May issue of “O, the Oprah Magazine” as women who defy their age in the article, Decade Defying Superstars Who Prove Age is Just a Number.
In Sync was started by former national synchro champion, the late Betty Buckles. The group’s members live in the northeast Ohio area and their ages range from 50’s into 80’s.
The event takes place on Thursday, August 9, at the LifeCenter Plus outdoor pool. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for the best seats. Rain date show is Friday, August 10, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Clark at 330-655-2377, ext. 125.
LifeCenter Plus Introduces a Revamped Yoga Studio, New Yoga Director, Five New Certified Instructors, and 11 Additional Classes
HUDSON, OHIO (June 19, 2012) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club unveiled their brand new second floor Yoga studio last week, complete with computer controlled heating and sound proof doors and windows. The opening of the new Yoga studio coincides with the hiring of a new Yoga Director, five certified instructors and the addition of 11 new Yoga classes.
“There are two essential aspects to a great Yoga session: quiet and heat,” said Yoga Director, Patty Jackson. “Our new studio offers both to create the optimum Yoga class experience.” Other features include a black ceiling, low-lit lighting, Yoga centered decorations, two fans and Yoga blocks and blankets.
Sunrise Yoga at 6 a.m. on the rooftop deck is among the 11 classes added. The class consists of Power Vinyasa Flow which entails flowing into different poses through breath. Other new classes include Basic Yoga that flows slowly and teaches proper alignment of the postures. Jivamukti Yoga, features sun salutations, stretches and meditations, and Restorative, holding postures supported with blankets and blocks, for stress reduction. A class devoted to teaching kids the basics of Yoga has also been added.
There are 20 Yoga classes offered each week for members, during the summer. The new classes have been added for more availability and a larger variety during the week, evenings and weekends. Classes range from beginner to advanced, in different styles which develops strength both physically and mentally.
Among the new additions is Yoga Director and Instructor, Patty Jackson. “I’ve been a member here since ’92 and this is where I began practicing Yoga,” said Jackson. "I love the people and the friendly atmosphere. It’s only fitting that I share my passion for teaching Yoga here.”
LifeCenter Plus members do not need to register. For nonmembers, a free pass to try classes is available on the website. A full list and schedule of Yoga classes is available here.
Kids Camp at LifeCenter Plus Offers a Fun and Safe Summer Alternative
HUDSON, OHIO (March 21, 2012) – LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club is offering a variety of summer fun programs for kids ages 3 to 15 starting June 4 and continuing through August 22. Parents can select from full-day and half-day summer camp options as well as before and after camp care at the Hudson-based premier health and fitness facility.
The 12 weeks of Kids Camps offer sports oriented programs, action camps and summer themed weeks of fun each designed to appeal to different age groups. The travel camps take students to a different location each day. With more than 35 different weekly camp programs to choose from, Kids Camps at LifeCenter Plus provides children with a memorable summer and parents with peace of mind and a supervised alternative.
Some of the camp themes available include Golf, Arts & Science and Outdoor Adventures for students aged seven to twelve and Zoo Camp, Backyard Fun and Super Hero camp for the younger set.
The half-day and full-day camp options begin at 9 am. The half-day is until noon and the full-day ends at 3 p.m. Additionally, before and after camp hours care is available for school-aged children. All of the weekly camp options are available to members as well as nonmembers of LifeCenter Plus.
“We’ve also developed a new counselor-in-training program specifically for the 13-15 aged students interested in becoming a camp counselors and gaining supervision experience,” said Jerry Lynch, co-owner of LifeCenter Plus. “Students interested in learning supervision and leadership skills can select a camp they would like to attend as an assistant and be partnered with an experienced counselor.”
To learn more about the Kids Camps programs available at LifeCenter Plus, go online to www.lifecenterplus.com. The Kids Camps information is under the Kids Klub/Plus tab and includes downloadable descriptions, enrollment and registration forms.
Ten NE Ohio Fitness Centers to Hold Pedal For Heroes Veterans Fundraiser Events on Feb 26
NORTHEAST OHIO (February 9, 2012) – The first annual Pedal For Heroes event will be held at 10 health and fitness clubs across Northeast Ohio on Feb 26, 2012 at 1 pm. Read more here.
LifeCenter Plus Offers Stow and Hudson Working Parents a Child Care Solution to Unexpected Snow Days
HUDSON, OHIO (Dec. 7, 2011) – Kids love it. Working parents dread it. School has been cancelled due to weather or other unexpected situation, so the kids are home, but usually the parents still have to go to work. This can create a very stressful situation.
Now working parents in the Stow or Hudson School Districts have a fun, easy and affordable solution to those unexpected cancellations. LifeCenter Plus offers child care for children ages 5-12.
“The children that come to LifeCenter Plus for snow days have a ball here,” explained Laura Coon, Kids Fitness Director. “They should wear comfortable clothes, bring their bathing suits and we’ll keep them busy all day long.”
Besides having great activities planned for the children under the supervision of qualified camp counselors, LifeCenter Plus has a rock climbing wall, a large all purpose room with basketball hoops, a tumbling area, crafts room and a variety of fitness programs all developed for age appropriate levels.
“Children will not be glued to a video game or the TV all day, but instead will be getting exercise, interacting with other kids and having fun,” said Coon.
This solution is open to both members and nonmembers of the LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club. Three options are available for snow day child care: half day, full day or after care. LifeCenter Plus also offers school aged child care for Winter Break, planned teacher conference days and Spring Break. Interested parents should call LifeCenter Plus 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson for details, 330-655-2377, extension 145.
HUDSON, OHIO (September 8, 2011) – Jerry Lynch and David Gadd, local Akron businessmen, have purchased LifeCenter Plus at 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson, Ohio for an undisclosed sum, effective on Friday, September 2, 2011.
They plan to continue the LifeCenter Plus goal of providing state-of-the-art equipment in a fun environment with a family friendly focus.
“We are very excited about this opportunity. LifeCenter Plus has so much promise with a great facility, qualified trainers, a strong family orientation, and a loyal membership,” explained Jerry Lynch. “Over the next few months we will be evaluating the fitness programs and the aesthetics of the club and will be formalizing plans to upgrade both the facility and the programming.”
The owners plan to survey members in the first 90 days to find out their opinions and suggestions for changes. “Following the survey we will evaluate a variety of programs,” he said. “We’ll consider the members input and ideas for improvement.”
Lynch, a long time member and spinning instructor at LifeCenter Plus, is a fitness enthusiast.
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