Bloomington Club News
5 Tips for Staying Strong All Summer
With the warm weather coming on, you might be tempted to skip your workouts. While taking it easy might be fun for a week or two, you’ll eventually pay for it with big muscle loss. The good news is that training as little as once a week will maintain the strength you worked so hard to gain. This month, Coach Mark offers five tips for staying motivated and strong during the long, lazy summer.Read more >
Break Out the Ballet Slippers: Grandma’s Going Dancing!
Every day we hear inspiring success stories about the dramatic difference Welcyon makes in members’ lives. Consider Clementine. At 84, she worried that age was taking an irreversible toll on two life-long passions: ballet dancing and playing the violin. But only a few months after joining Welcyon, she was tearing up the dance floor and fiddling with renewed fury! Learn how she got stronger, fitter and healthier for dancing—and for life! We can help your mom too—whether she’s 50, 60 or, yes, even 84.Read more >
Turn Your Walk into a Workout
As a form of exercise, walking has long played second-fiddle to running. Now, with a boost from intense, interval-style workouts, walking has become a great way to improve aerobic fitness and leg strength while lowering blood pressure. And it’s much easier on the body than running. Read more in the New York Times.Read more >
Celebrating Five Years in Bloomington
Thursday & Friday - March 12 - 13
This March marks Welcyon’s fifth year in our Bloomington location! We’ve seen a lot of exciting growth and change, and you have been at the core of it all. To celebrate your success in building a great community and club, we’re throwing a party! Food and refreshments will be served, memories will be shared, and our glasses held high to toast an exciting future.
Stay tuned for more details soon.
Work Out. Eat Right. Lose Weight.
You work out hard in the club. Why doesn’t it show on the bathroom scale? Although the benefits of exercise are innumerable, weight loss isn’t one of them. Shedding pounds requires a smart nutrition plan to go with your workouts. And that means more than counting calories. Learn the latest findings on exercise, nutrition and weight loss in this article by Dr. Jonny Bowden, renowned nutrition expert.Read more >
Eat Something Fishy for a Healthier Heart and Brain
Protect your heart and boost your brain by eating fish. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, cold-water fish like salmon can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, some cancers, and diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Learn more about the many ways fish oil can improve your health in this article from Dr. Andrew Weil, integrative-medicine pioneer.Read more >
Skip Breakfast. Train Hard. Lose Weight.
Trying to shed a few pounds? Forget about the breakfast of champions! Exercising in the early morning before breakfast primes your body to burn baby burn!Read more >
Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Chia
There’s no cream, but it’s oh so creamy! Cauliflower provides the rich and smooth feel of this luscious, warming soup. Add the super-food power of chia seeds, and you’ve got a nutritious meal that’s low on calories and high in fiber, magnesium, calcium and antioxidants.Read more >
Sitting More Deadly than Obesity
You might want to sit down for this. On second thought, stand up! Research shows that “being sedentary may be twice as deadly as being obese.” The good news is that doing as little as 20 minutes of brisk walking a day can significantly decrease the chances of an early death. This is true whether you’re normal weight, overweight or obese.Read more >
A Fond Farewell to Gail Bolger
At the end of January, Gail Bolger, manager of the Bloomington and Edina clubs, is stepping down so she can step up to her next adventure in life! Gail has been with Welcyon from the opening of Bloomington and made major contributions to the growth, quality and customer focus of our company. A personal trainer and an expert in fitness, she helped develop our Small Group Cardio classes and rolled them out to all the clubs.Read more >
Ginny Petersen Named Manager of Welcyon Bloomington
Say hello to Ginny Petersen, Bloomington’s new club manager! She starts on February 1. A certified personal trainer, she has years of experience helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. With her background in management, Ginny will support our coaching team and give them the tools they need to help all our members succeed. Ginny is no stranger to Welcyon, she’s been working as a coach here for several months. “Welcyon is a community and you can feel the difference as soon as you walk in the door,” says Ginny. “This is really where my heart is. I am very excited to build on a great foundation, and expand the presence of our club in Bloomington.”
A lifelong resident of Bloomington, Ginny enjoys tennis, reading, and playing with her grandchildren.Read more >
Join now and save $50
Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner? Build strength and be your healthiest for the festivities ahead by joining Welcyon today.
To help you get started, we’re reducing our joiner’s fee for December by $50, so you’ll pay only $49.Read more >
Welcyon Holiday Hours
The holidays are quickly approaching and we wish you special time spent with friends and family. Please take note of the changes to our hours for the holidays and adjust your workout accordingly.Read more >
Beating diabetes, how Welcyon can help you
Diabetes is a serious disease affecting more than 29 million people in America. The good news is that you can manage, or entirely eliminate diabetes through aerobic exercise, strength training and nutrition—the pillars of the Welcyon program.Read more >
A gym for the over-50s
Fitness programs for older adults is among the top 10 fitness trends in America. Welcyon, Fitness After 50, is carving out a niche in the fitness industry by catering to those who aren’t necessarily in peak physical shape and might not feel at home in a gym filled with loud music and taut, Spandex-clad flesh.
Life coach Sharon Merges knew Welcyon was the place for her when she was invited to give a talk on chronic pain at Welcyon. She was impressed by the welcoming staff and the friendly feeling of the place. Now she works out three times a week at Welcyon’s Edina location, following a program adjusted for her physical condition.Read more >
Staying Strong—and Growing Stronger—After 50
These days, hitting 50 is no cause for easing into the slow lane. In fact, it’s time to kick the accelerator and get on down the highway. Welcyon members know the next leg of their journey requires strength, stamina, and a tankful of good attitude. Thanks to our safe, friendly, scientifically designed workout environment, scores of aging Boomers are getting the support—and muscle—they need to turn the Golden Years into a Gold Rush of health, fitness and vitality. Now, with our new Strength Analysis, we’ve got the stats to prove that fitness after 50 isn’t a dream—it’s the new reality for a growing number of Americans.Read more >