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GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes gets new retro look.

50s themed remodel to open soon.

GreatLIFE continues to look to the future of fitness, family, health and fun. But with the new remodel of GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes, they’re going back in time. The completely revamped bowling complex sports a 50s themed look featuring a soda fountain, diner and bowling lanes set to the sounds classic 50s music hits.

In addition, several bowling lanes have been removed to make room for three golf simulators for GreatLIFE members and guests to hone their driving and putting skills. A new viewing space has been developed with large screen televisions to display sporting events, movies and video. The remodel is rounded out with an all new roof and improved parking lot.

GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes is an excellent venue for corporate outings, kids parties, and group events of any kind. With the re-opening of this excellent facility, GreatLIFE continues its mission to connect sporting, health and leisure activities with members and families.

Opening soon, 2621 S. Spring Avenue, Sioux Falls. When it reopens, GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes will continue to offer members free bowling any time lanes are available. Other bowling alleys in the GreatLIFE network — Empire Bowl at 3800 S. Westport Ave. and Sport Bowl at 1901 W. Burnside St. — offer discounts and some free bowling.

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Get Up Close and Personal – Volunteer!

As the entire city gears up to enjoy the 2nd Annual Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge in September, it’s easy to forget that there are hundreds of people behind the scenes that make it all happen. From setup to takedown and cart drivers to marshals, volunteers all across Sioux Falls come together to make this event run smoothly and to ensure visitors have a positive and memorable experience of the city.

You can be a part of the excitement by becoming a volunteer.

GreatLIFE is looking for local volunteers to act as host families and caddies, and to provide other services throughout the tournament. This is an opportunity to enjoy the action up close, meet world-class athletes and help Sioux Falls’ star shine proudly as the host city of the Symetra Tour – the Road to the LPGA.

You can help make this tournament a success, and have some fun on the fairway.

Visit the GreatLIFE Challenge website to volunteer, be a caddy, or host a tournament player.

For more information, contact Tom Van Wyhe, Chair GreatLIFE Challenge – tomvanwyhe10@gmail.com or Cheryl Dodd, Co-Chair GreatLIFE Challenge – dododdio@yahoo.com.

GAME ON – SYMETRA TOUR RETURNS TO SIOUX FALLS

GAME ON – SYMETRA TOUR RETURNS TO SIOUX FALLS

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.

ALL GOLF. ALL WEEK.

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!

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.

Feherty Live! GreatLIFE Members Receive Exclusive Early-Bird Access

The 2nd Annual Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge is just a month away, and we’re excited to bring great golf and great entertainment to Sioux Falls, including a comedic show featuring one of the funniest professional golf insiders, David Feherty, to take the Washington Pavilion stage.

Feherty Live!
Thursday, September 1 at 7 p.m.
Washington Pavilion Mary W. Sommervold Hall

We want all GreatLIFE members to have an opportunity to see Feherty when he visits Sioux Falls as part of the GreatLIFE Challenge lineup, so we’re offering discount pricing and exclusive early-bird ticketing before tickets go on sale to the general public.

  • Tickets are available to members on August 4 using the promo code GREATLIFE.
  • $10 Off tickets – You pay only $20!

Once described as “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson”, David Feherty made a name for himself through his self-titled Golf Channel talk show – and as one of the most irrepressible personalities in golf. He received an Emmy nomination in 2014, and joined NBC Sports Group and NBCUniversal exclusively in 2015. He is now a familiar on-course and tower analyst since retiring from professional golf in 1996.

His sharp wit and clever personality have made Feherty a viewer favorite and an audience pleaser. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the “wicked” humor of Feherty live at the Washington Pavilion.

Thank you for supporting GreatLIFE and year two of the GreatLIFE Challenge.

Sioux Falls Storm: GreatLIFE Members Night! $5 Tickets!

The Sioux Falls Storm is happy to provide all GreatLIFE Members with an outstanding offer for the upcoming Playoff game.

The Storm will play in the IFL United Bowl Championship Game this Saturday night (July 23rd) at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Kick-Off is at 7:05 PM.

GreatLIFE members can purchase as many tickets as desired. To purchase tickets, members need to call Jim Loria at 605.610.5902 day or evening. The special ticket offer is not available at the Premier Center or on game day.

The deadline for anyone to order their tickets is by 5:00 PM Friday night (July 22nd).

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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Sioux Falls Storm Special Playoff Offer for GreatLIFE Members

The Sioux Falls Storm is happy to provide all GreatLIFE Members and with an outstanding offer for the upcoming Playoff game.

BUY “2” STORM PLAYOFF GAME TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF $10.00. REGULAR VALUE IS $30.00.

GAME DATE: Saturday, July 16th – Indoor Football League Conference Playoff Finals at Denny Sanford Premier Center. Sioux Falls Storm vs. Cedar Rapids Titans. Kick-Off Time: 7:05 PM.

GreatLIFE members can purchase as many tickets as desired.

Seat Location will be the Lower Level West End Zone while inventory is available. All seats are reserved.

To secure this exclusive playoff price package, GreatLIFE Members MUST PHONE JIM LORIA with the Storm – Day or Evening – at 605.610.5902.
This offer is NOT AVAILABLE at the Premier Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Outlets or on Game Day.

FINAL DEADLINE TO ORDER: Friday, July 15th at 5:00 PM. A credit card payment required at time of order.

GreatLIFE Performance Center Now Open.

Practice. Power. Performance.

Tap into state-of-the-art elite sports training and fitness at GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center, now open and ready to help athletes and other individuals move their fitness goals forward.

Located in southeast Sioux Falls at 69th and Southeastern Ave, the 40,300 sq. ft. multi-tenant building will be shared by GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, Orthopedic Institute (OI), D1 – a Nashville-based business that operates more than two dozen athletic training facilities nationwide, and Sioux Falls Storm. In addition to the inside space, the new facility offers 900 sq. ft. of covered outdoor workout space that will be open seasonally.
GreatLIFE and all of the other high-profile tenants offer programs and amenities that keep the focus on sports performance training and healthy living. GreatLIFE serves not only to athletes, but every member of the family in an effort to support healthy lifestyles that last well into the future.

At GreatLIFE Performance Center, GreatLIFE members enjoy all of the benefits they’ve become accustomed to, plus a whole lot more!

  • Outdoor training
  • Boot Camp
  • Fitness & cardio machines
  • Free weights
  • Full gym
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Group fitness
  • Yoga
  • Childcare

This high-caliber facility provides the area a premier athletic training center and amenities and benefits for the entire community. It’s about living better through making fitness a habit.

Aligned with the GreatLIFE mission – To enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness, and healthy lifestyles – GreatLIFE Performance and FitnessCenter offers members the right place, the right professionals, and the right equipment.

Tap into your power at GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center.

GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center
5901 S Southeastern Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
(605) 271-7324

GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center Opening July 9!

Practice. Power. Performance.

GreatLIFE is pleased to announce the opening of the GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center, a state-of-the-art elite sports training and fitness complex for athletes and families.

Located in southeast Sioux Falls at 69th and Southeastern Ave, the 40,300 sq. ft. multi-tenant building will be shared by GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, Orthopedic Institute (OI), D1 – a Nashville-based business that operates more than two dozen athletic training facilities nationwide, and Sioux Falls Storm. In addition to the inside space, the new facility offers 900 sq. ft. of covered outdoor workout space that will be open seasonally.

GreatLIFE and all of the other high-profile tenants will offer programs and amenities that keep the focus on sports performance training and healthy living. GreatLIFE will cater not only to athletes, but also to families in an effort to support healthy lifestyles.

At GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center, GreatLIFE members will enjoy all of the benefits they’ve become accustomed to, plus a whole lot more!

  • Outdoor training
  • Boot Camp
  • Fitness & cardio machines
  • Free weights
  • Full gym
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Group fitness
  • Yoga
  • Childcare

An athletic training center of this caliber has been part of the vision of OI for many years. With this partnership, that vision will not only be realized, but expanded, to include even more amenities and benefits to the community than initially thought possible.

Aligned with the GreatLIFE mission – To enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness, and healthy lifestyles – GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center offers members the right place, the right professionals, and the right equipment to adopt a healthy lifestyle. But it’s up to you to bring the commitment.

The GreatGEAR Giveaway is Here!

The GreatGEAR Giveaway is Here!

You love the unlimited access. You love the personal training. You love the variety of golf courses, fitness centers and the convenience. You love GreatLIFE, so why not share the love with your friends – and get free, fabulous GreatLIFE gear when your friends become members?

When you refer friends from Memorial Day through Labor Day, not only do you get to work out with the people you hang out with, but new and referring members receive fabulous GreatLIFE gear for FREE.

#ShareIt#WearIt
With our GreatGEAR referral program, the more friends you refer, the more free gear you get!

Refer 1 Friend – GreatLIFE t-shirt or hat or 2 half cart passes (new and referring member)
Refer 2 Friends – GreatLIFE bag or 2 half cart passes
Refer 3 Friends – GreatLIFE hoodie or 2 half cart passes
Refer 4 Friends – One year GreatLIFE Membership (at current membership level)

Plus: For every member you refer, you will be entered in a drawing for a fantastic set of golf clubs. New member will also be entered in the drawing.

At GreatLIFE, we’re committed to enriching the lives of individuals and families through golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles. Adding getting fit with good friends can only make life sweeter.

Now you and all of your friends can enjoy great golf, great fitness and great gear.

Refer a friend at any GreatLIFE location now through Labor Day to qualify. No limit. Sign up as many new members as you can. But don’t wait. Offer ends September 5, 2016. Not good with any other offer. Drawing will be held at Woodlake Athletic Club on September 6, 2016. Winner of golf clubs will be notified by GreatLIFE.