From: Sun City Texas Community Association
Date/Time: 11/22/2020 9:00 am
Subject: Fitness Communicator - Weekly News - Nov. 22, 2020

 Fitness Communicator
November 29, 2020
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What your Fitness Staff is Thankful for…
Cheryl (monitor)-I am thankful for the beauty that surrounds me.
John (manager)-I am thankful that I live in a great neighborhood with wonderful friends.
Ron (monitor)-I am thankful for the gift of life after a major heart attack.
Bill (monitor)-I am thankful for my family, friends, faith, fitness and freedom. 
Allison (trainer/instructor)-I am thankful to be living in Sun City – doing a job I love – surrounded by friends I count as family.
Linda (monitor)-I am thankful that my son recovered from major heart surgery, a home, food, freedom and my job.
Dick (manager)-I am thankful for my wife who keeps me grounded, my work family that keeps me energized, and mostly for the grace of God who keeps me healthy.
Michelle (trainer/instructor)-I am thankful for my boys, but I am also thankful to have a job where I can be in a gym environment where I am allowed to grow in new skills and also contribute writing pieces to our magazine.
Brendi (trainer/instructor)-I am thankful for my handsome husband, my son and all my family and friends!
Susie (lead monitor)-I am thankful for my family, my health and my dogs
Beth (manager)-I am thankful for my supportive and loving family.
Don (trainer)-I am thankful for the month of November here in Texas! Cool days, light breeze and sunshine!
Leslie (monitor/instructor)-I am thankful for the residents that always say “thanks for being here for us.”
Christy (monitor)-I am thankful for my health and my husband’s health. I am also thankful for my extended family’s good health. We are thankful for the ability to continue to work through this challenging time and to stay connected to people.
Sam (monitor)-I am thankful for my family and friends, many of which I don’t see that often. And, I’m grateful for finding such a great community as Sun City Texas is to live in. Plus my boss, Michelle.
Pam (monitor)-I am thankful for living in Texas with the beautiful weather after living in Central New York my whole life! Winter was nasty in Syracuse but not anymore. Also, of course I am grateful for my supportive husband and family.
Lois (monitor)-I am thankful to God for keeping me in wellness so that I am able to be of help to others in their time of need.
AJ (monitor)-I am thankful for living fully to the awareness of the blessings of life and health that each day has given me. Life offered me an incredible partner, children, friends and career. I relish the remarkable human spirit I have truly been granted and the gift of understanding the need to improve myself through mental learning, physical strength and spiritual growth until the day I am no longer able. That brings me joy, peace and thankfulness just in thinking about it!
Larry (monitor)-I am thankful for a wonderful wife of 42 years, a daughter and two granddaughters, all in good health. Also I am very thankful that I am no longer the oldest person on my block.
Colleen (monitor)-I am very thankful for all of the welcoming, warm-hearted people I have met since moving to Georgetown a year ago. They all made a difficult time much more pleasant.
Melanie (monitor)-I am thankful that God is in charge of our world and I can trust Him to handle things. That knowledge gives me peace.
Doug (monitor)-I am thankful to have coworkers persistent enough to require me to contemplate my thankfulness. Especially my boss, Michelle.
Molly (monitor)-I am thankful for the beauty I wake up to every day.
Bob (monitor)-I am thankful that my granddaughter is out of the hospital and recovering at home.  I am also thankful that Mary and I chose to live in such an awesome place. And to my very patient boss, Michelle.
Mark (monitor)-I am thankful for having good health, a great wife, and two great boys. I’m also grateful to be living in such a nice community and having a nice little job here as a fitness monitor.
Michelle (director)–I am thankful for all who contributed to this article. My staff of managers, monitors, instructors and trainers. Working in such a busy environment like the fitness department, we have our daily challenges but now there is a pandemic to add to our challenges. This fitness team has accepted everything thrown their way over the last nine months. We have closed, reopened, closed again and reopened again. The fitness staff is not only asked to fulfill their direct responsibilities of their jobs but to go above and beyond to make sure everyone stays safe and it’s not always an easy or pleasant task. I am very proud and honored to be the director of a wonderful group of people who have stepped up to all the new challenges with a smile and a sense of humor. The second amazing group I am thankful for is our housekeepers. They have stepped up to all new challenges, new schedules, new task, and are the most hardworking people I know here in Sun City. They keep us safe and clean! Lastly, I am of course very thankful for my wonderful family at home, my husband and two teenage daughters who have to put up with me after a very long day at work in Sun City!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our fitness family and friends!
 Communicator Chit Chat
News and views from our fitness center staff…
 Holiday Closure
We are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 and open regular COVID hours on Friday, Nov. 27.
No classes on Friday, Nov. 27.
It is very important that we continue to safely utilize the fitness centers and pools. Your mask must cover your nose and mouth at all times, please sanitize your hands when entering the building, and help us stay clean by wiping down your machine. Thank you for doing your part to help us safely stay open. 
Indoor Fitness Classes
RESERVATIONS ONLY. Reservations can be made starting at 5 a.m. every Tuesday for classes the following week. Masks must be worn at all times covering the nose and mouth.
You may not take the mask down or off during class except to drink water. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before the start time, so we can control the social distancing. Do not stand around the entrance to the studios. Follow the guidelines directed by the instructor when getting your equipment. Always check in with the fitness monitor for your class.
There are limited spaces, so we ask that you limit your reservations to three classes per week. Cancellations must be made WITHIN 24 HOURS of the class you have registered for on the website (under 'My Reservations'). Thank you
Outdoor Fitness Classes and Aqua Fitness Classes
RESERVATIONS ONLY. Reservations can be made starting at 5 a.m. every Tuesday for classes the following week. Log into the Sun City Website, click on Fitness then scroll down to see the reservation options. There are limited spaces, so we ask that you limit your reservations to three classes per week. Cancellations must be made WITHIN 24 HOURS of the class you have registered for on the website (under 'My Reservations'). Masks must be worn to class and after class. You may take your mask off when class begins. No masks in the pool, but must be worn around the pool deck. 
Your class ticket will be redeemed on the day of each class. If you do not have any tickets on your account a $4 member charge will be assessed.
You can purchase class tickets at any fitness center - 15 for $48; 30 for $90. These tickets are good for one year. If you have questions about any class tickets on your account, contact Beth White at or 512-948-7753.
Fitness Reservations Change for Classes
Fitness will begin taking reservations on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 5 a.m. for all classes to be held Monday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 13. To cancel your Fitness Reservations during the website shutdown, please email or call Beth White at 512-948-7753. 
During the Aqua classes, there will be NO open swim
Underlined times will begin the week of November 23.
  • No open swim at the Cowan Creek Lap Pool Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – noon, and Mondays from 9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. The pool is also CLOSED on Thursdays from 7 - 8 a.m. for maintenance and cleaning.
  • No open swim at the Texas Drive Aerobic Pool on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – noon, and on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Also Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. The pool is also CLOSED on Tuesdays from 7 - 8 a.m. for maintenance and cleaning. 
Fitness Center Hours of Operation
All residents must exit the building for a 30-minute cleaning at the designated times below.
Residents will then be allowed to re-enter the building on the hours listed below until the recommended maximum capacity has been met.
PLEASE NOTE: If the fitness center you attend has reached its capacity, you will not be allowed in until space is available within that 90 minutes. Please be considerate of one another inside the fitness centers and your fitness staff. Verbal or physical abuse is never accepted nor will it be tolerated. Rules apply to everyone! 
Hours of operation
No entry during the 30-minute cleaning intermission.  
 Monday - Friday
  • 7:00-8:30
  • Cleaning
  • 9:00-10:30
  • Cleaning
  • 11:00-12:30
  • Cleaning
  • 1:00-2:30
  • Cleaning
  • 3:00-4:30
  • Cleaning
  • 5:00-6:30
  • Cleaning
  • 7:00-8:30
  • 8:00-9:30
  • Cleaning
  • 10:00-11:30
  • Cleaning
  • 12:00-1:30
  • Cleaning
  • 2:00-3:30
  • Cleaning
  • 4:00-5:30
  • 10:00-11:30
  • Cleaning
  • 12:00-1:30
  • Cleaning
  • 2:00-3:30
  • Cleaning
  • 4:00-5:30
New Resident Fitness Orientation
If you are new to Sun City and need to complete your fitness center orientation, please contact Dick Jenkins by email at or by phone at 512-948-7754.
As with all exercise programs, when using our exercise videos or other fitness information from our website, Facebook page or other SCTXCA social media source, please use common sense. To reduce and avoid injury, please check with your doctor before beginning any fitness program or performing any fitness activity. By performing any fitness exercises, you are performing them at your own risk. Do not start any fitness program without consulting your physician or health care provider. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately. SCTXCA and its agents will not be responsible or liable for any injury or harm sustained as a result of any fitness program, online fitness videos or information shared on our website or other social media. This includes emails, videos and text. 
Thanks for your understanding, and stay safe.
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Well, it’s that time again. The holidays are here! (Soon, anyway). Before we get hit with an onslaught of yummy stuff, let’s look at tips to prepare now to help keep us in control (We hope).
The following are a couple of tips we all know, but may not necessarily love. They are tried and true and, backed up by Harvard Medical School. Ten suggestions are listed in the full article provided below, but we will focus here on two that seem easier to implement.
Walk. Aim for 10,000 steps a day. Yes, we know this is a lot. But even if you finish the day at 6,000, and this is more than you normally do, then you are already winning.
Drink water. We all know the benefits of hydration. Many experts say water provides a tremendous boost to our metabolism. Of course, we aim for eight cups a day. But again, if you drink four and it’s more than your usual amount, then…that's a win!
There are other tips too that take a little more effort such as reading labels, cutting back on alcohol, etc. But little changes make big differences. Read through the suggestions and prepare in advance!
From the current personal training staff: John Rutan, Don Moore, Allison Worley, Michelle Dwyer, Brendi Middleton, Mike Stuchl, Byron Goff and Michelle Rakow. Questions about personal training? Visit our website or email John Rutan at
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Michelle Mason,
Fitness Director
Beth White,
Group Fitness Coordinator
John Rutan,
Personal Training Coordinator
Dick Jenkins,
Fitness Operations Supervisor
 Fitness Centers
Weekly Attendance
Your attendance record is important in planning for space, budgeting, equipment and programming. Below are the numbers of residents who logged in last week:

Texas Drive - 2091
Cowan Creek - 1080
The Retreat - 521
 Call our Fitness Information Lines:
Texas Drive 512-948-7750 • Cowan Creek 512-948-7780 • The Retreat 512-948-7763
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