Category : Programs

Upcoming Sprint Triathlon Spotlights GreatLIFE’s Expanding Events

An indoor triathlon next month will build on a popular event started by GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness and is a good example of how the business is offering more ways to help people be active.

The event at EmBe on March 3 is great for beginners through veterans, said Nick Ovenden, director of fitness.

It starts off with 10 minutes of swimming, moves to 15 minutes on a Matrix spin bike and finishes with 15 minutes running on a treadmill or curve with five minutes between events. The distance of each discipline will be recorded and put into a formula to weight them evenly.

“This is literally perfect for all levels, as it’s a very stable environment and you won’t feel like you’re being passed by everyone because it’s timed,” Ovenden said.

To learn more and register, click here. Space is limited, so don’t delay.

The event starts at 8 a.m., and spectators are invited.

GreatLIFE plans other events throughout the year, Ovenden said.

“Each year, we aim to listen to our GreatLIFE community and find new and exciting ways to keep people motivated to keep going,” he said. “Fitness events are a phenomenal way for our community to help set goals as they work toward that particular event.”








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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:

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 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 with questions or catch me in person at GreatLIFE.

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.

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 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!

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Experience Escape Float Spa

Experience Escape Float Spa

The float spa experience is a luxurious retreat from stress with healing benefits for the body and the mind, and now it’s available at a discounted price for GreatLIFE members.

Much like deep meditation, the float spa helps you to quiet the body and the mind by removing the stimuli that surround you every day, and provides a zero-gravity environment inside the pod that allows the blood to circulate freely to any area that may be bruised, swollen, or stressed. In this state, your mind is able to achieve a profound state of relaxation and your body can heal.

The water inside the pod is the same temperature as your skin receptors and is filled with 900 lbs. of Epsom salts that detox your muscles of lactic acids and other toxins. Floating is clinically proven to reduce anxiety and depression, and has a residual effect on lowering cortisol levels related to stress. It can be extremely beneficial for people suffering from head traumas such as PTSD. By lying in a stimulant-free environment for 60 minutes, the brain is able to become less left-brain dominant, creating a synergistic effect between its two hemispheres.

Now you actually can feel your stress float away. To set up your float experience, visit or call 605-271-7676.

Special Discounts for GreatLIFE Members
• Standard Float Session – 10% Off
• One Float Membership – 10% Off
• Two Float Membership – 20% Off
• Four Float Membership – 20% Off
• Six Float Membership – 20% Off

GreatLIFE members must purchase float memberships in store to verify membership and activate discount. Float credits have no expiration date and are shareable between family and friends. Memberships require two-month minimum commitment.

Great Plains Golf Expo Exclusive!

Great Plains Golf Expo Exclusive!

Tired of winter weather? Get out of the cold and into the swing at the Great Plains Golf Expo in Sioux Falls. GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club is proud to sponsor the Midwest’s most comprehensive golf show February 27 and 28 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Members get in FREE. Show your GreatLIFE key fob at the door for free admission to the Golf Expo.

If you haven’t heard about GreatLIFE, it’s a great time to learn more about our mission to enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles. But it’s an even better time to join thousands of people from across region who enjoy the unlimited benefits of a GreatLIFE membership.

Become a GreatLIFE unlimited golf and fitness member for $59.99/month at the Golf Expo and get the first month FREE! Plus, we’ll waive the $50 initiation fee.

While unlimited access to the premier golf courses across the region is reason enough to join GreatLIFE, with new partnerships and perks, our members get more!
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!

Begin Your GreatLIFE at the Great Plains Golf Expo and get more!
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Hy-Vee PLAY Everything Kids Zone

Fun & Fitness for Kids!

Designed to bring fun into fitness for kids from 8 to 12, the Hy-Vee PLAY Everything Kids Zone uses a mix of games, challenges and educational activities within a positive motivational climate to better the lives of kids and families for a lifetime.

Across the U.S., the number of kids challenged by obesity, depression and ADD continues to increase at an alarming rate. In fact, according to the 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, only 25 percent of young people meet the guidelines for daily physical activity and more than 75 percent are living sedentary lives. Inactivity has negative lifelong physical and mental health implications. The good news is that regular physical activity can significantly improve physical health, mental health and overall well-being.

Proudly sponsored by Hy-Vee and run by a fitness professional, Kids Zone sessions begin Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. At the start of each hour, a GreatLIFE trainer leads kids through a functional warm up focused on developing coordination and athleticism, followed by a fitness challenge, sports and games, and finishes up with a take-home tip provided by Hy-Vee’s registered dietitians.

Register your child today!

Kids ages 8-12
Tuesdays and Thursdays – 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays – 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.
GL Members – $10/month
Non-Members – $20/month

For detailed information, call (605) 361-0445 or stop in GreatLIFE Woodlake Athletic Club and talk to us!