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Get in a workout while the kids have their play at GreatKIDS Child care.

Get in a workout while the kids have their play at GreatKIDS Child care.

GreatLIFE wants you to make the most of your workout. And as part of the GreatLIFE family, you can also trust your kids to our child care services during your workout. Both GreatLIFE Performance and Fitness Center and Woodlake Athletic Club locations offer free childcare for ages 3 months to 12 years.


This convenient membership benefit gives you the opportunity to get fit, knowing your children are in good care with games, activities and other kids. Take full advantage at either location. Each has a two-hour limit.


GreatLIFE Performance and Fitness Center Hours:
Mon-Fri – 8am-8pm
Sat – 8am-3pm


GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club Hours:
Mon-Fri – 8am-8pm
Sat – 8am-3pm

Barre fitness expands GreatLIFE’s options

From barre beginners to aspiring instructors, GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness has all sides of this huge fitness trend covered.

We caught up with GreatLIFE’s Katie Nordquist, a master trainer at PulsePointe Barre, for more on all the ways you can get involved.

A lot of people might not realize all the barre options GreatLIFE offers. Can you fill us in?

Barre classes are currently offered at four GreatLIFE locations: The Performance & Fitness Center at 69th and Southeastern, 39th and Phillips, EmBe and Woodlake. Barre at Woodlake is held in the Hot Studio. Please reference the group fitness schedules for the most up-to-date information: joingreatlife.com/fitness-classes/.

What do you think is making barre so popular?

Barre has gained huge popularity in recent years because it’s fun! And, of course, because people are seeing amazing results. Barre class offers a high-energy, low-impact fitness option. Much of class is focused on glute and thigh toning, but we also incorporate arm strength training and Pilates to strengthen and sculpt the whole body. Using the PulsePointe Barre method, we weave together muscle-sculpting barre choreography with exhilarating cardio segments to define and challenge the body in a whole new way. We take barre to the next level by matching each segment with upbeat music to make class motivating.


If people are considering trying it out, what should they expect? Any ways to prepare?

Barre beginners should expect to feel challenged and energized after their first class. Whether you’re attending your first class or your 20th class, expect your muscles to shake a little and expect to get a little sweaty! Modifications will be offered, allowing students to customize their workout, and, of course, relax and stretch whenever you need to. No preparation is needed to attend.

You also have a class coming up to teach instructors how to become certified. Can you give us a preview?

Yes, I’m so excited to bring the very first PulsePointe Barre certification and Pilates mat workshop to Sioux Falls April 29 and 30. Whether you’re looking to improve your Pilates and barre technique, add to your instructor toolbox or dive into teaching for the first time, this certification will be a blast. You can also earn AFAA/ACE/NASM CEUs (continuing education units). Visit pulsepointebarre.com/upcoming-workshops to register.

If people want to learn more about barre at GreatLIFE, what should they do?

I would love to hear from you. Email me at katie.nordquist@joingreatlife.com with questions or catch me in person at GreatLIFE.

Warm up your swing. Warm up to spring!

Warm up your swing. Warm up to spring!

Spring is a great time to dust off the clubs, warm up your swing and look ahead to the greens. All while teeing up to a great gift – from GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club.

GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness members who refer a friend will receive a $100 GreatLIFE Gift Card*. And because one great gift deserves another, we’ll give each referred new member a $100 GreatLIFE Gift Card* too. It’s just one more reason to hit the links.

Any season is a great time to commit to a healthier new you with all the benefits of a Golf & Fitness membership. At GreatLIFE, we’ve built a community of people committed to living better every day by staying active, eating healthier, spending quality time with family and friends, and finding joy playing together.

You can feel good about referring your friends because GreatLIFE is the beginning of a great lifestyle. In addition to golf, we provide our members with many practical and fun ways to integrate wellness into their lives.

• 15 State-of-the-Art Fitness Centers
• 25 of the Area’s Best Golf Courses
• Free Bowling – 3 Sioux Falls locations
• Free Fitness Classes
• Membership Discounts at Year Round Brown
• Sky Zone Trampoline Park Discounts
• Discounts on Stampede, Canaries, and Storm Tickets
• Swimming
• Tennis
• Personal Training
• Weight Loss
• Yoga
• Health Resources

New members can start today with golf and fitness memberships starting at just $59.99/month.

Drive, chip, putt and play your way into spring. Stop in today to sign up or refer a friend.

*Offer good for new memberships only. Not valid with any other offers, some restrictions apply. New members must provide voided check or bank account information to receive $100 gift card. One gift card per membership. Excludes Mitchell, SD location. Offer valid on 12-month contracts only.

Try Hot Yoga – Drop in for $3 in January!

Try Hot Yoga – Drop in for $3 in January!

Give yourself space to breathe with hot yoga this January. In honor of our three-year anniversary, you can drop in to any hot yoga class for just $3 per class all month long. And when you add unlimited hot yoga to any GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness membership in January, you get three months for the price of two.*

Hot yoga offers the perfect opportunity to warm up when the weather is cold and provides amazing benefits to your body, mind and spirit:

  • Relieve stress
  • Improve focus
  • Build strength
  • Increase flexibility
  • Control breathing
  • Boost immunity & healing
  • Enhance cardio

Hot yoga is practiced in a warm environment in the MindBody Studio at GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club. This popular form of yoga helps the body relax, increases flexibility and gives you an intense workout.

We offer a variety of classes at convenient times for hot yogis at every level including Hot 75 – a 75-minute series of 26 postures designed to improve strength, balance and flexibility & Heated CardiYoga to boost metabolism with a challenging flow. For beginners, our all-level classes will help you learn the fundamentals in a non-heated environment.

All our yoga classes will leave you feeling strong, balanced and refreshed. Try one, or try them all. At $3 drop in rates in January, it’s a great time to try GreatLIFE hot yoga.

*New Hot Yoga members only.

Help Us Give Back with GreatLIFE’s Annual Holiday Food Drive

You don’t have to be a turkey to contribute to a holiday feast this year.

Continuing our mission of enriching the lives of families across the region, GreatLIFE is once again collecting food and supply donations to provide holiday meals to those in need. Donations can be brought to select GreatLIFE locations until Dec. 22. And as a thank you for helping us give back, the person who contributes the most donations gets three free personal training sessions.

Donations in the form of canned and boxed items, toilet paper, and paper towels, can be brought to the GreatLIFE locations below. And while we always enjoy a hot meal, we ask that you please do not bring cooked food or opened packages to these locations.

Locations Taking Donations

  • 10th & Mable
  • 26th & Marion
  • Woodlake Athletic Club
  • Performance & Fitness Center
  • X Fitness
  • 69th and Minnesota (formerly dFine Fitness Club)

With your help, our annual holiday food drive has provided happier holidays to families across the Midwest. Last year GreatLIFE was able to donate more than 330 pounds of food to local food banks, resulting in almost 300 meals. This is just one more way we want to help individuals and families lead happy and healthy lifestyles.

New Fitness Location at 69th & Minnesota!

Members enjoy more convenience with newest GreatLIFE fitness club at 69th & Minnesota.

We’re proud to welcome members to our newest location at 69th & Minnesota. Located at 421 West 69th Street, Sioux Falls, this new GreatLIFE Fitness Club, formerly dFine Private Fitness Club, will continue to offer a personalized approach to fitness with a variety of equipment, classes and trainers to guide GreatLIFE members in their fitness and nutritional goals.

“We are excited to welcome the current staff to the GreatLIFE family and to offer our members another great location to workout and get fit,” said Tom Walsh, chairman and CEO.

This club is now open, offering the following benefits to GreatLIFE members:

  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Private training
  • Group fitness classes
  • Sauna
  • Smoothies and supplements

So come in and meet the staff at our newest GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club at 69th & Minnesota.

GreatLIFE Fitness Club at 69th & Minnesota
421 W 69th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57108
605-271-1711 | Open 24 Hours

Staffed Hours:
M-Th: 4pm-8pm
Sat: 8am-12pm

Refer a Friend and Receive a $100 GreatLIFE Gift Card*

Refer a Friend and Receive a $100 GreatLIFE Gift Card*

A Gift for Two.

We love the holidays – the time with family, the sweets and the gift giving. So we’re giving GreatLIFE members who refer a friend a $100 GreatLIFE Gift Card*. And because we think one great gift deserves another, we’ll give each referred new member a $100 GreatLIFE gift card* too.

With your GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club unlimited membership, you can workout your holiday stress at 15 fitness centers across the region, enjoy free bowling at the newly remodeled – and totally fab – Suburban Lanes and Family Fun Center, get discounts on jump package discounts at Sky Zone Trampoline Park and when the weather breaks, tee off at 24 of the area’s best golf courses. GreatLIFE offers so many options for families to get together and make some memories during the holidays, and all year long.

  • More Golf – 24 of the area’s best golf courses
  • More Fitness –15 fabulous fitness centers and FREE fitness classes
  • More Bowling – Free bowling at three Sioux Falls bowling alleys
  • More Activities – swimming, basketball, tennis
  • Personal Training – and lots of other great perks!

Enjoy unlimited golf and unlimited fitness together and get a $100 gift card – that’s a gift worth sharing!

*Offer good for new memberships only. Not valid with any other offers, some restrictions apply. New members must provide voided check or bank account information to receive $100 gift card. One gift card per membership. Offer valid on 12-month contracts only.

Just Renovated Suburban Lanes Reopens with Retro Look

Flashback to Bowling Fun!

Suburban Lanes is back in business after a big remodel that will take bowlers back to the fifties. With a retro diner and a new menu, walls lined with vintage artwork, and most importantly, bowling lanes that are ready to roll. You may not recognize the space, but once you stop in, you’ll flashback to the fun and make some of your own.

Even though the space is bright, shiny and new, some things are still the same – and that’s a good thing!

  • Fun for all ages
  • 10 bowling lanes
  • Bumpers for the kids
  • Party and event packages
  • Individual and group bowling lessons
  • Leagues for competition or just for fun
  • GreatLIFE members bowl free open to close when bowling lanes are available. Call ahead!

And we’re not finished yet. Watch for news about golf simulators coming soon! Your neighborhood bowling center is proud to be a part of the GreatLIFE family. At Suburban Lanes, you find a great way to get together for affordable fitness and fun!

For hours, updates and more information, visit GreatLIFESuburbanLanes.com



It’s tee time in Sioux Falls – especially if you’re a lady golfer on the Symetra Tour – The Road to the LPGA. For the second year in a row the Tour will bring its slate of 144 talented women to Willow Run Golf Course to compete for a shot at a purse of $210,000 – with the winner taking home $31,500 – and points in the Volvik Race for the Card toward a coveted spot on the pro tour.

The Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge is one of only four 72-hole events on the tour and one of only 23 cities to host the tour. According to the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB), Sioux Falls will realize more than $3 million in economic impact, depending on overall attendance.

The tournament will begin on September 1 with the winner clinching the title on September 4. It will be hosted once again by GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club and the Sioux Falls CVB.


Golfers from across the region can enjoy a spectacular view of the fairway action and the LPGA hopefuls, and enjoy a few special events throughout the week of the tour including:

• Free Kids Clinic with Mike Malaska – Tuesday, August 30, Willow Run
• Dan Boever, World Long Drive Champion – Tuesday, August 30, Willow Run Driving Range
• Feherty Live! – Thursday, September 1, Washington Pavilion

To add to the excitement, one ambitious young golfer will have the opportunity to earn a spot in the GreatLIFE Challenge at an open qualifier to be held at Willow Run on August 26. The qualifier is open to all South Dakota female residents and any female college student that attends an accredited in-state college or university. Entries close Monday, August 22. Contact Jason Sudenga, GreatLIFE Director of Golf at 605-940-7344.

The second exemption for the tournament will be Mariah Stackhouse, a recent Stanford grad that has been turning heads on the fairway since she exhibited a talent for the game at age four. She’s the first African American woman to earn a spot in the field at the U.S. Open.

Last year’s winner, Caroline Westrup, finished the tournament with a 12-under 272 total, followed Sweden’s Dani Holmqvist in second place and Italy’s Giulia Molinaro who finished third.


To ensure the success of this weeklong event, sponsors are looking for local volunteers to act as host families and to provide other services throughout the tournament. To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities or to sign up, visit www.greatlifechallenge.com.

Fitness centers cater to weekend warriors

Popular events create demand for intense training

Story courtesy of Argus Leader

The outer realm of fitness is always going to be there, but the activities and the people who take up those spots change with the times.

From a business standpoint, it’s a moving target.

An online search of “Sioux Falls fitness” generates pages and pages of options. Some boast training, gender or generational niches. Others offer spacious accommodations or convenience in retail centers.

All claim to have the capacity to make you “better.”

But how, exactly, do you want to get better, and what do you want to get better at?

For an increasingly significant segment of the fitness crowd, it’s getting a little weirder and more adventuresome out there. Triathlons have been around for a long time, but they’re more prevalent now.

More recently, obstacle course races and mud runs have been a focal point of a certain brand of weekend warrior looking to turn up the volume.

And those who run training facilities have taken notice.

Saturday marked the grand opening of a D1 franchise in Sioux Falls. It is one of 53 facilities carrying the name “D1” spread over 24 states. Billed as “the place for the athlete,” it boasts “custom sports-training programs, boot camps, expert coaching and the latest in sports therapy.”

The local site is distinctive for its partnership with the Orthopedic Institute and GreatLife Malaska Golf & Fitness, with the capacity at one place to address the fitness and rehab needs of a diverse group of customers.

“D1 brings a unique addition to the facility,” said Randall Hill, the general manager of the GreatLife Performance & Fitness Center. “Our fitness center is going to be a little different than anything that has been done in town.”

The D1 brand is closely connected with well-known professional athletes, most of whom will affiliate with a specific facility located in an area where the athlete maintains a regional connection. Locally, a pair with NFL ties were introduced as part owners Saturday.

Former NFL defensive lineman Kyle Vanden Bosch, a Larchwood, Iowa, native who played 12 seasons in the NFL before retiring in 2013, was part of the gathering, as was Tyler Starr, who grew up in Little Rock, Iowa, graduated from the University of South Dakota and has been a member of the Atlanta Falcons for the past two seasons.

Nationally, the company has aligned itself with athletes like Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Carmelo Anthony and dozens more.

The message being sent with the tight connection to pro athletes is fairly obvious: We’re not fooling around; if you want intensity, you’ll find it here.

“We base our training on what people want to do,” said Brad Pfeifle, vice president of sports medicine and rehab services at the Orthopedic Institute. “Fitness is one component, strength is another component. What is your goal as an athlete? Is it triathlons or mud runs? How do we help you? Training is going to be multidimensional, and it will be based on what you need to achieve your goals.”

Whether it’s a trend or a permanent paradigm shift, more people are taking on physical challenges that might seem extreme to some. Putting a face on this movement this summer is an NBC TV show called “Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge.”

Teams confront obstacle courses dealing with impressive arrays of physical inconveniences. All necessitate cooperation within the team. Spartan Inc., which oversees the event, is a NASCAR-like brand that organizes competitions across the U.S., setting up courses that include hill, wall and rope climbing, in addition to moving forward.

There are a lot of ways to go about improving in specific areas. Sanford Power is a popular facility for activity-specific training that incorporates strength development, speed, agility, plyometrics and explosive power – all of which are qualities athletes want to enhance if they’re spending time climbing over walls.

GreatLife Performance & Fitness Center has constructed an entire area devoted to the specific challenges included in a typical competitive obstacle course. Nick Ovenden, Hill’s colleague at GreatLife, designed the section.

“He designed it around training for Spartan races,” Hill said.

It includes rope climbs, tractor tires, sledge hammers and prowlers, which are heavy sleds you push.

“I don’t think anyone in the Midwest really has anything quite like it,” Hill said. “People want to push themselves to the limit. If you are training for a road race, the training is pretty repetitive. You can do other things, but if they don’t involve running you’re not really working toward your goal. Obstacle courses give you a chance to work on different things every day and still be getting closer to your goal.”

Paul Ten Haken was one of four Sioux Falls-area residents who teamed up to compete on “Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge.” Ten Haken, CEO of Click Rain Inc., who competes in everything from triathlons to obstacle course races, was part of the local team along with his brother Mark and friends NaTascha Krempges and Tracy Kuiper. Each team competing on the show – it’s on Thursday nights on NBC this summer – also had one elite teammate.

The Sioux Falls team did not advance, but the experience was nevertheless memorable.

“It was one of the neatest experiences of my life,” Ten Haken said. “For the people who follow obstacle course racing, it was a chance to be around the best in the world. All week we were able to hang out with them.”

Ten Haken, who also is training for an upcoming Ironman competition, called obstacle course racing one of the fastest-grown participatory sports in the nation. Like the rest of the increasing number of participants, he’s attracted to the challenge.

“It demands strength and physical endurance,” he said. “And a high pain tolerance helps when you get snagged on barbed wire. You have to grit your way through, but you end up doing things you didn’t think you could do. And when you’re done with one, you start thinking about doing the next one faster.”

It also demands time management. His friend and fellow triathlete Dr. Wayne Huber, a chiropractor whose work in dealing with athletes will include accompanying the USA beach volleyball team to Rio for the Summer Olympics, has a business to run and a family. At Huber’s level of training – an Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2 miles on foot – you really can’t afford to cut corners too often.

“Trying to find the time to train is the most challenging part of it,” he said. “The balance of training, family and career is really difficult. You have to cut back on something to get it all in. Typically for me, it’s sleep.”

Huber and Ten Haken are both early risers – really early.

“I would love to be able to get up at 7 a.m.,” Huber said. “But it’s around 4:15 a.m. or 4:30 a.m. Then I move aggressively for an hour and a half or so. That way I have my workout done before my kids wake up and I can spend some time with them.”

Krempges, who works at Forged Strength, a gym on Minnesota Avenue that emphasizes weight training, embodies the movement as both a participant and as one who bases her living in part on preparing others for battles, be they obstacle course conquests or just getting through a day more comfortably.

“I was a cardio queen,” said Krempges, a former college basketball player with three children. “I eventually ran into strength training. The stronger I would get the more confident I became.”

Krempges, who has tended to go full-speed in her fitness endeavors since college no matter what goal she’s pursuing, has since become a competitive power lifter while also competing in obstacle course races and mud runs. She sees the training for these events as uplifting.

“I really try to teach people to appreciate the journey,” she said. “People sometimes want to get from A to Z very quickly. People who are looking for dramatic changes in 30 or 60 days are usually headed for failure. We teach them to learn about their own body – we’re not all the same. It can give them a greater appreciation for what they can do.”

Forged Strength, which is owned by Matt Dolan, has classes catering to all levels of training with an emphasis – no surprise here – on building strength.

“I keep coming back to how it gives you confidence,” Krempges said. “You get better functionally. A lot of people who were really into cardio like myself are now adding power sleds, ropes and kettle balls. It’s a great way to better yourself. You’re healthier and you stand taller.”

Incorporating mud – the pictures and videos of these competitions seem to depict dirty athletes – is a matter of personal preference, but Krempges said the outdoor element is an obvious enticement for outdoor types. So, too, is the variety.

“Basically, if it’s outdoors and it involves water and dirt, I’m all in,” she said.

For those sustaining a business in a community seemingly well-stocked with options, being sensitive to shifting preferences is crucial, whether you’re talking about mud runs or more dainty competitions.

“I think a lot of the time people start out by looking for the challenge of something new,” said Brooks Little, a fitness manager at Avera McKennan Fitness Center. “This is something different, and the competitive factor is an attraction. It’s a growing trend in the fitness industry.”

A growing trend with plenty of local interest.

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