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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

Jump Start Your Performance at Our New Center

First month FREE at GreatLIFE.

GreatLIFE recently opened the GreatLIFE Performance and Fitness Center, a state-of-the-art elite sports training and fitness complex for athletes and families. And to encourage people to train and perform at their peak, GreatLIFE is offering first month FREE on new memberships.

GreatLIFE encourages everyone to checkout their newest location in southeast Sioux Falls at 69th and Southeastern Ave, the 40,300 sq. ft. multi-tenant building features:

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

“The Performance and Fitness Center is another first for GreatLIFE,” says Chairman/CEO Tom Walsh. “We want everyone to check out this beautiful facility and see what GreatLIFE is all about.”

New members will receive their first month of membership FREE and that membership is also good at any GreatLIFE location. Join today.

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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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.

Celebrating 1 Year of Yoga 3 Ways!

Celebrating 1 Year of Yoga 3 Ways!

It’s been a year since we rolled out a slate of yoga classes at GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club, and we’re happy to say, it’s been a great year.

We’ve made lots of new friends and tried new ways to practice. And we hope you’ve discovered the many benefits that yoga offers. If you haven’t tried hot or traditional yoga, we have a wide variety of classes to appeal to your specific goals. All of our yoga classes are available to GreatLIFE members and the public.

To celebrate our anniversary, we’re offering three opportunities to give yoga a try.

One-year anniversary special!
May 1-31 only – Unlimited Hot Yoga just $19.99*
(New and existing members)

Long, hot, summer special!
June, July & August – Unlimited Hot Yoga just $79.99*
(New students only)

Kids Yoga Camp – GreatLIFE Woodlake KidZone
June 6-10 & July 18-22
Age 3-6, 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Age 7-12, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Hot yoga brings together the ancient wisdom of traditional yoga and the discipline and physicality of modern exercise for a workout with big payoffs. Hot yoga is practiced in a warm environment for an intense experience and lots of physical, mental and emotional benefits.

All hot yoga classes are held in the MindBody Studio at Woodlake Athletic Club at various times throughout the week for your convenience. Help us celebrate our first anniversary, and sign up at GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club now.

To learn more, contact Elizabeth.Venrick@joingreatlife.com

*Not valid with any other offer.

Healthy competition? It’s on at GreatLIFE!

Looking for some healthy competition? It’s on the calendar.

Healthy competition is just one way to keep you motivated to stay in shape. At GreatLIFE, we’re happy to announce our 2016 Events Calendar.

The following are some of the highlights:

June 11 – GreatLIFE Race Series 5k
July 16 – GreatLIFE Series 5k
August 27 – GreatLIFE Series 5k
September 17 – Adventure Race
October 13 – GreatFIT Challenge Kick-off

Check out our events calendar often for even more healthy competitions in the future.

For more information on these special events, email Jeremy.klaassen@joingreatlife.com or call him at (605) 254-2774.

At GreatLIFE, it’s not just a workout, it’s a lifestyle.

April Forecast – Sunny with a Chance of Saving!

April Forecast – Sunny with a Chance of Saving!

Summer is getting closer – but it’s not here yet. That gives you time to get back in shape for your favorite summertime activities. To make it easy and affordable, when you become a GreatLIFE member during April for just $59.99/mo., you get your first month FREE.

Unlimited golf fitness memberships start at $59.99/month. Get individual fitness only memberships and access to 24/7 fitness for just $39.99/month.

GreatLIFE unlimited golf and fitness members enjoy all the benefits of GreatLIFE – from unlimited access to the premier golf courses across the region and free fitness classes to free bowling and discounts on jump package discounts at Sky Zone Trampoline Park.

GreatLIFE brings families together, enriches lives and helps you get in your best summer shape. Plus…you get more of the active things you love.

More Golf – 22 of the area’s best golf courses
More Fitness – 10 fabulous fitness centers and FREE fitness classes
More Activities – swimming, basketball, tennis, bowling
Personal Training – and lots of other great perks!

Check your fit-for-summer forecast and sign up now!

Join in April – Get the First Month FREE!

Not valid with any other offers.

Scheduled Pool Maintenance at Woodlake Athletic Club

Scheduled Pool Maintenance at Woodlake Athletic Club

The pool at Woodlake will be undergoing routine maintenance starting Sunday, March 20th at 8pm until Sunday, April 3rd at 4pm. This is a great time to check out our other pools at EmBe and Willow Run!

Swimming lessons will NOT be affected by this change. Aqua aerobics classes will be put on hold until Monday, April 4th.

We appreciate your understanding as we do the yearly cleaning of Woodlake making GreatLIFE even greater!

Dell Rapids is NOW OPEN!

At GreatLIFE, we know healthy lifestyles don’t just happen. To make your work outs work for you, we make healthy lifestyles convenient and affordable for people all across the region. We’re pleased announce the opening of our newest GreatLIFE Malaska Fitness Center at 410 W. 4th Street in Dell Rapids South Dakota.

It’s convenient. It’s affordable. And it’s open to the public!

  • 24-hour access
  • Personal training
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Free weight area
  • Convenient showers

Get an individual fitness only membership for just $39.99!

But access to great fitness is only the beginning. GreatLIFE unlimited golf and unlimited fitness members get full benefits at all GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club facilities in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota for one low price. That includes our newest benefit: FREE bowling at Suburban Lanes and Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls.

UNLIMITED FITNESS. UNLIMITED GOLF.
Single $59.99/mo
Couples $69.99/mo
Family $79.99/mo

  • 20 of the area’s best golf courses
  • 14 fabulous fitness centers
  • Swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, bowling, fitness
  • Personal Training – and lots of other great perks!

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