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November 30, 2015

Group Fitness Class Etiquette

By Lesli Schnare, Group Fitness Director

The new year brings about excitement and amazing energy in the Group Fitness Classes and Studios at Sky! Old members and new members alike have a great opportunity to embrace the energy and excitement of full classes. Let’s be kind, and remind ourselves, that everyone, whether you start today, or started years ago, stepped into that studio for the first time, and the experience needs to be exceptional, so let’s work together to make sure that happens.


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November 30, 2015

Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

It's that time of year. Reasons to overindulge are around every corner. Festivities at work, celebrations with family and friends, and treats at every occasion to tempt your willpower. This holiday season, skip those gluten loaded, sugary sweets! Opt for something equally as delicious, but packed with nutritional value. Interested? Try a raw chocolate cheesecake:

This simple, crustless raw vegan chocolate cheesecake is easy and delicious. Sweet, creamy and a perfect chocolate fix. A blender is the only equipment that’s required!


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November 09, 2015

Our Gift to You...

Gift of Fitness is Back!

You've asked for it, but this time we beat Santa to the punch on giving you what you want most this holiday season: free, five-day guest passes for your friends and family. We understand the holidays can be stressful, so we think this will help assist in your motivation to your fitness goals. We want you to be comfortable trying something new and it's much easier if you have someone to do it with you.


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November 02, 2015

Gift of Fitness is back!

Gift of Fitness
Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. As the weather changes, so do habits. We want to make sure you are motivated to keep your fitness goals a priority by giving you what you've asked for the most: free, five-day guest passes for your friends and family. We want you to be comfortable trying something new and it's much easier if you have someone to do it with you.

The redemption is simple: Bring someone you know and the Member Service Desk will do the rest. We only ask a couple of things:
1. Your guest must be 18 years of age or older and bring a valid ID, and
2. They must start their guest pass by November 16th.

That's it. Now hit the Holidays full-speed and enjoy!


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October 28, 2015

Sky In Your Pocket

Have you downloaded the Sky app yet? It's more than a Group Fitness schedule anymore. There are a few of the cool new things we think you'll love.

Finish a cardio session that smashes your previous goal? Record your workout stats on a piece of cardio equipment just by taking a pic of the screen. The app does the rest. Kick your routine up a notch and join challenges for your workout. You can join a Sky-specific challenge or national challenges just by logging in.

We always have some sweet savings going on at Sky. Check out the Sky "Deals" and load up on some cool stuff. From shakes to intro packs, we've got something for everyone. Can't find what you are looking for? Check out our "Club Extras", where you can meet the team, check holiday hours, take virtual tours and more all at your fingertips.

Simple. Time-saving. Free. What else are you looking for in an app? Get the most of your Sky membership and download the app today.


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October 28, 2015

See What's Happening At Sky

Gift Cards, location updates and new surprises are in store! See what we've been up to...

Beginning this month, Sky will now offer Gift Cards! Purchase them for your friends, your family, or yourself. They can work on anything at Sky including training, dues, or in SkyCafe. A great, GREAT, stocking stuffer.

We're almost done with the update of the steam rooms at South Tulsa. We've repaired a few items that were due so you should be good to go. We apologize for the down-time but hopefully it's all behind us now.

We've added non-slip flooring to all of the showers at the Midtown location. Please check it out the next time you're in.

This month, we're going to be adding some items to the Yoga studios at both locations. We'll provide you more details in the upcoming days and weeks but it will definitely make an already-enjoyable experience even better .


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October 28, 2015

Anterior Loading and Why You Need It

As physical fitness and structured personalized training become more of a priority to mainstream American culture a lot of interesting trends continue to emerge. Some trends are great, others lack substance but one trend that is going strong and is here to stay is the trend of anterior loading as a primary resistance training approach. This training approach is by no means new, in fact it's as old as resistance training itself, but the mainstream culture is starting to discover it and this is a good thing for well informed fitness brands like Sky. Anterior loading put simply means lifting weights that are placed on or in front of the body. Think front squats, goblet squats and things of this nature where the weight is being held in front of the body instead of behind it like you would see with exercises like a squat (back squat) or good morning.


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October 28, 2015

Anterior Loading and Why You Need It

As physical fitness and structured personalized training become more of a priority to mainstream American culture a lot of interesting trends continue to emerge. Some trends are great, others lack substance but one trend that is going strong and is here to stay is the trend of anterior loading as a primary resistance training approach. This training approach is by no means new, in fact it's as old as resistance training itself, but the mainstream culture is starting to discover it and this is a good thing for well informed fitness brands like Sky. Anterior loading put simply means lifting weights that are placed on or in front of the body. Think front squats, goblet squats and things of this nature where the weight is being held in front of the body instead of behind it like you would see with exercises like a squat (back squat) or good morning.


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October 28, 2015

Terry Thompson Motivates Member to Lifestyle Change

When I joined Sky Fitness & Wellbeing one year and one month ago, I weighed 376 lbs. I couldn't sleep through the night as I would wake up gasping for air and experienced joint pain regularly. I was enticed to join Sky by the Sky180 weight loss program. Being a former athlete, I am a competitive person so I thought the competitive aspect would help motivate me.


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October 28, 2015

Meditation: For the Mind AND Body

At Sky, we believe in a balanced approach to wellbeing. To us, this comes from four main components: nutrition, exercise, knowledge, and stress management. While the first three may be easier to quantify, the fourth doesn't have to be as complicated as you may think. Taking a few minutes out of each day to breathe, focus, and get centered can do wonders for your state-of-mind. Start small with some short meditation sessions and watch as life becomes a little more manageable.

If you're interested in meditation, we've found this article to help you get started. Now relax and enjoy.


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October 28, 2015

Spice Up Your Salads

When it comes to preparing salads, the outcome can go in one of two polar opposite directions: despite the noblest of intentions, you slather on so many fixins’ to adorn your once healthy greens that you’re left dining on a main course of sugar and fat with a side of lettuce; or your dedication to healthy nutrition has you crunching on bed of bland spinach accompanied with and equally taste bud-sabotaging medley of veggies you salvaged from your refrigerator. The former deceives the well-meaning into the false sense of security that they are eating a healthy salad (because it’s a salad…how could it NOT be healthy), and the latter is what deters so many from actually eating a healthy one.

Nutritious salads do not have to be complicated or boring, and certainly not unpalatable. They can make the perfect snack, and with the right ingredients can be an entrée all on their own. Making salad greens a staple in your diet provides a delicious source of vitamins A and K, with fiber and folate that your heart and “good” cholesterol levels will thank you for, and you can spice it up with natural, healthy ingredients that won’t defeat the purpose of your salad in the first place!


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October 28, 2015

New Members: Test Your Knowledge

Think you know how to get started on your exercise program at Sky? Beware of myth and misinformation! Remember that exercise is a science with proven facts based on years and years of study, and well-meaning friends and family don’t always have the right answers. Take this quick, informative quiz we found from The American Council on Exercise. See if YOU have the skinny on the smartest ways to get fit and stay that way.


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September 30, 2015

This Saturday: 2nd Tour of Group Fitness

Join us THIS SATURDAY, October 3, from 8a-12p at both locations to experience all Group Fitness has to offer! You will receive a punch card, and in the span of 4 hours, be able to attend 18 different 30-minute teaser classes. We will have food, tons of giveaways, vendors and more! This is an event you don't want to miss, so bring a friend and get ready to have a good time with our Group Fitness Instructors and Tour Guides!

*You do not have to stay the full 4 hours of the event BUT you will have more chances to enter and win our amazing giveaways! Donors include: Lululemon, Kendra Scott, Arbonne, My Fit Foods, Andolinis, Whole Foods, Bumble Products, paintings, jewlery and more!


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September 30, 2015

Upcoming Programs: Bombshell

That's right ladies, Bombshell is back! Get ready to transform your body with this knockout program!

Bombshell is a five week body transformation program that blends nutrition and exercise for a lean, toned physique. You’ll workout with a Private Trainer in a small group three times per week and will be given three additional workouts to complete on your own. You will also follow a meal plan to ensure you see optimal results.


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September 30, 2015

Stupidity and the Other Biomarkers of Injury

That title got you didn't it? I intended it to be a little catchy but in no way want to imply anything negative about any person. And, on a very real note, I did title this in hopes that many of you will read this to simply gain more awareness about the aspects of fitness training that can lead to injury and hopefully feel empowered to avoid them.

I want to share with you 5 key "biomarkers" of injury that are a fundamental part of the Function Movement Screen (FMS), a mobility screening tool used by Physical Therapists and trainers around the globe. These 5 biomarkers of injury are fundamental to this screening instrument and are central to the curriculum surrounding the FMS and the corrective exercise programming that follows the screening process. So, in a nutshell, there are 5 primary things that typically contribute to injury and I want to share them with you here.


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