Club News

Aquatics Happenings!

We offer group swimming lessons along with private lessons and swim team. Our registration for group/private and semi-private swim lessons is open. Once your child is evaluated by one of our instructors on their swim level he/she will be placed in the appropriate group swim class. We work to try and accommodate your schedule as we have many different days and times to choose from. There are three different levels for ages 3 and up. We prepare your child for play swim through competitive swim. Whatever you are looking for we have the coaches for you and your family! Please call or e-mail Heather Simmons to get your child started today at 615-764-3984 or If you are currently in our swim program Heather will work directly with you on progression of your child into the next level. Happy Swimming!

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Meet PLF's New RD!

We are very excited to announce that Prairie Life Fitness now has its very own in-house Registered Dietitian here for YOU! Kyle Smithson, MS, RD, LDN received his Masters in Exercise & Nutrition Science from Lipscomb University after facing some life-changing circumstances. “Just over 8 years ago my life was drastically changed. I had a stroke and was diagnosed with hypertension, dyslipidemia, and type 2 diabetes. This catastrophic event forced me to realize it was necessary to make a serious lifestyle change….” So if he says he know what you're going through, it's true! He's been there himself. Kyle will be available to start seeing members and non-members this week!

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*NEW* Youth Volleyball Clinics

We are excited to announce Youth Volleyball clinics coming to Priaire Life!! Kids of all ages can learn and sharpen their volleyball skills and knowledge, under the instruction of our Highly talented and experienced Coaching Staff. This staff has combined years of age group, high school and collegiate experience in playing the sport, as well as, collegiate, high school, middle school and club level coaching experience. Come join the fun!! Class size is limited so get registered today!!

For more information, contact JTERRILL-ALLEN@PRAIRIELIFE.COM


Introducing Mommy and Me, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Tumbling/Flexibility for preschool to Adult!! What a fun, fantastic way to stay fit! Classes starting the second week of August and culminating in a Dance recital!! We will be having an open house free dance class to introduce Makenzi on Sunday, July 30 from 3pm to 5pm, as well as giving our members their first class free! Makenzi has her degree in Dance Education from Arizona State University and is excited about bringing dance to Prairie Life! Member rate $50 one class a week per month, Non Member rate $60 for one class a week per month. Also, Additional classes can be added per week for $10 per class.

For more information, contact JTERRILL-ALLEN@PRAIRIELIFE.COM

Master Swim Club

Prairie Life Master Swim Club 2017 Information Do you want to improve your swimming? Need help with stroke, endurance & speed? Ideal for Master swimmers and triathletes. All swimming levels, beginners – advanced • Attend as many or as few practices as you like. • Fees (per month) $60/member • Age requirements: 16yrs and up • Please complete a 2017 spring registration form. • Any missed practices are not to be made up. If you have any questions please email Heather Raymond USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach or Heather Simmons Aquatics Director

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Managers Corner

Beat the Heat

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Beat the Heat

Here it is – the heart of summertime and livin’ is easy! Summer activities are roaring and your hours toward increased energy and an improved fitness level pays off when you need it most. Even more than the cold, the heat takes it toll when we don’t take care of ourselves. Regardless your motivation for working out; be it to lose (or maintain) weight, bulk up or improve your health, overall fitness cares for you in unexpected ways. Enjoy this summer with SPF – Strength Protection Factor 100!

Time for Fun in the Sun

Think sunscreen is for the pool only? Think again! Tell you what, we like you all so much, we’ve done some of the thinking for you. Enjoy any of the items on the list below? Then you need sunscreen. Protect yourself, friends and family safe by keeping plenty of bottles of your preferred sunscreen on hand this summer.

Swimming, slip n‘ slides and backyard water balloon fights – Sunscreen on = game on. Smart sun-goers, 1. Golden orb of cancer rays, 2.  Take that!

Hiking – Yes, there’s sun in the mountains. You’re actually closer to it. No, we’re not speaking from “Oh my goodness, I am so sunburned!” experience.

Camping – And, don’t forget the bug spray!

Golfing – Don’t forget your ears and the back of your neck. Guys, the top of your heads!

Fishing – Let the stories be about the size of the fish, not the color of your skin.

Water Sports – skiing, kayaking, boating – Oh, the places we‘ll go and how much more fun it will with fully protected skin!

Summer Sports – baseball, running, biking, tennis, soccer, etc. – No better way to spend a beautiful day outdoors than to be active. Points are deducted for not remembering your sunscreen!

Gardening and yard work – Unless you are lucky enough to get it everything done in less than one hour and smart enough to do it early in the morning or in the evening, spray on some SPF to be safe!

Road trips, traveling, vacay and amusement parks – Pack your own sunscreen to save money and stay safe. We can’t be the only ones who have ever paid $8 for a trial-size sunscreen in a pinch.

A day at the zoo? You know what to do! Slather it on and take it with you.

Barbecues, picnics and, last but not least, 4th of July celebrations – Leave the sizzling to the fireworks and the grill-masters, not your skin. Before you order your hotdogs and hamburgers, treat yourself to some sunscreen. Boom!


The Best Laid Plans

Even with stringent caution, sunburns happen. Our skin sustains the most damage before we turn eighteen-years old. However, sun damage occurs throughout our lifetime and it is essential to practice diligent sun safety. As we discussed last month, men over 50 are at the highest risk of developing skin cancer. This may come as a surprise to some of you. Many might assume that sunbathing beauties might run the highest risk but it turns out that unprotected skin, exposed to the sun in the course of everyday activities, life, and work has led an unexpected demographic to a generation of skin cancer. As with any cancer, preventive measures and early detection is key.

Skin cancer is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and tanning beds. Over exposure to the sun can also cause sunburn, premature wrinkles and eye damage.

Try these tips to stay sun-safe:

When you’re in the sun, wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible. Protect eyes with sunglasses that block UV light.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, and reapply at least every 2 hours. Also, reapply after swimming or sweating.

Limit direct exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest. Seek shade when you’re out during these hours.

Tanning beds and sunlamps are so retro. The 70s and 80s were arguably awesome but these skin cancer-causing inventions needed to stay in the past and stop inflicting long-term skin damage to their users. Please, use with care.

Sunshine + Sunscreen + Water + Shade = A Happy Summertime

Sunburn is not the only damage the sun can cause. Sun poisoning, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are all effects of too much sun. Drinking water and staying hydrated while participating in outdoor activities or spending substantial time in the heat is the best way to prevent these conditions. Cool baths and showers are the best way to stop heat exhaustion from progressing to heat stroke.

Practice smart sun fun and enjoy a safe, sunburn-free summer!


Select Physical Therapy Inside Prairie Life Fitness 
Phone:  615-465-6416


Upcoming Events at PLF

Summer camp times still available, Sign up online today!!
DANCE IS BACK!!  Sign up online today!!

Visit the café for the always fun new additions.  The new item is…”The spicy chicken buffalo sandwich”

We have a new opportunity for you to ride our Stages indoor cycling bikes without being led by an instructor.  Come enjoy Cycle Cinema.  Look for this new opportunity on our class schedule.

Tues and Thurs. 7-9:15 am
Wed. 10:30-12:30


Prairie Life Fitness is now fortunate to have two amazing trainers on staff that specializes in athlete training! We are now able to offer 1-on-1 individual, tandem, small group and private team training to the athletic community. Coach Percy and Coach Lauren will design a comprehensive training program that is tailored to meet the specific needs of your athlete(s) based on their sport, age, experience, skill level and training goals! Gain an edge on your competition and reduce the risk of injury!

Coach Percy
• Played 4 years of college basketball at the Division I & Division II Level 
• 5+ years of training as a Personal Trainer
• 5+ years of training as a Youth Trainer
• Current Men's Basketball Strength & Conditioning Coach at Trevecca University 

Coach Lauren
• Played 4 years of collegiate softball 
• Specializes in sports specific speed, conditioning, and explosive strength training for middle school, high school, and collegiate athletes 
• Team training concentrations in softball, volleyball, lacrosse, basketball, and soccer 
• Worked for the collegiate strength and conditioning programs at Tennessee State and Lipscomb University

X-Factor & X-Factor Endurance with Cat: prep yourself for whatever life may throw at you! Includes high-intensity cardio, Olympic weight lifting, mobility training, body weight & gymnastics exercises, classes offered Mon-Sat, email for info.
Come try our brand new small group training class, PROJECT OVERHAUL! This one hour class is led by our amazing Personal Trainer, Taylor Wangrud, and is incredibly effective at helping you reach your personal fitness goals. For more details contact

PT Open House- July 14th any questions you have…bring them. 

The greatest compliment a member can give us is the referral of family and friends!


Manager's Corner


We’re off to the races and summer is coming in hot! 4th of July celebrations are coming soon and before we know it, poof - summer will be sunsetting. Until then, who’s ready to flex their muscles and enjoy some fun in the sun?

Sun safety is a topic we take time to discuss every July. While talking about skin cancer and sunscreen isn’t as sexy as fireworks, we are committed to your overall health. Speaking of which, going into the summer months with increased endurance and a high energy level helps combat the strain and drain of hot, humid weather. And you thought you were working out to look good in shorts! Fitness fuels us in unexpected ways. If we keep giving to it, fitness keeps giving back.

Don’t miss “The Firecracker Workout” in the Gym on the 4th.  Bring in your friends for a free 90 minute Bootcamp style workout, 8:30-10:00 am, come ready to sweat! Stay for a little or stay for a lot!

Stay in shape while you are away on Vacay with the Perfit App on your smartphone or tablet. 

Come for the Fitness - Stay for the Friends,

Laurie Killian, General Manager

PS. Remember to take your workout on the go with the PerFit App! Download it today on the App Store.

Perfit exercise of the month

Red, White & Glutes

Celebrate Independence Day with a PerFit workout! Click above to see a video of our exercise of the month and click below to download PerFit, available on iPhone!



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