From: Sun City Texas Community Association
Date/Time: 9/25/2022 9:00 am
Subject: Fitness Communicator - Weekly News - Sept. 25, 2022

Fitness Communicator

September 25, 2022

Parking at Texas Drive during Oct. 1 Garage Sale


The Fall Garage Sale on Saturday, Oct. 1 will cause parking congestion at Texas Drive Fitness Center for the Saturday classes, so please plan accordingly.

Kids Swim Time Changes

Oct. 1


Oct. 1- March 31

Kids swim hours are daily from 1- 3 p.m.

Indoor pools only:

•The Texas Drive Lap Pool (open area only) 

•The Cowan Creek Aerobic Pool

(Lane 3 and Lane 4 if needed) 

•No kids swim at The Retreat during this time


May 1 - Sept. 30, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Outdoor pools only!


No one allowed under the age of 4. Please visit the website under Fitness Policies for the detailed list of the pool rules.


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Policies and Procedures >>

Weekend Pool After Hours


Today, Sept. 25 is the last day for after-hours at the outdoor pools/spas on Saturdays and Sundays - staying open until 8:30 p.m. The pools/spas will

start closing on weekends at 5:30 p.m., when the fitness centers close beginning Saturday, Oct. 1.


Thank you to our fabulous weekend pool monitors for keeping everyone safe and the pools/spas nice and tidy!

Communicator Chit Chat
News and views from our fitness center staff…

Upcoming Fitness Class Changes for Cowan Creek


The following classes will be cancelled, due to low participation:


  • Starting Friday, Sept. 30, the 12:30 p.m. Core Blast class. 
  • Starting Wednesday, Oct. 5, the 6 p.m. Cycle class. 

In case you missed this in the September Sun Rays



Q: Can you tell me what I missed by not attending Fitness Orientation?


A: Our second fitness center opened in 2010 and is part of the Cowan Creek Amenity Center. Cowan Creek has both an indoor and outdoor pool and only one outdoor spa. The workout area recently received new equipment for both the cardio and upper/lower body. Cowan Creek has three fitness studios, one for mind/body classes (Salado Room), another for indoor cycling classes (upstairs in the Cycle Room), and a third for land classes (cardio, strength, dance, etc.) upstairs in the Aerobic Room. In addition, Cowan Creek also offers Massage Therapy. You just need to contact one of the four Massage Therapists to schedule an appointment as they keep their own schedules. 

Fitness Fun


September is National Yoga Month. To celebrate, all yoga classes will be FREE from Monday, Sept. 26, through Saturday, Oct. 1. You will not check in on the computer for these classes, you will sign in with the instructor.


If you have any questions, contact Kathy Carver, Group Fitness Coordinator, at 512-948-7783 or [email protected]

The Mind Matters

Allison Worley, Personal Trainer


Aging positively starts with mindfulness. Our mental outlook truly sets our attitude towards what we can achieve in our lives and how much we enjoy the journey. The right mindful approach to each day is more important than both exercise and medication combined.


Everybody’s positive attitude has taken a beating in the last couple of years. Just listening to the evening news is stressful, but in this crazy technologically advanced world, we are constantly being distracted by an almost unending sensory onslaught, giving our minds no time to reprogram and rest. Many people feel stressed at the mere thought of having to relax. Giving ourselves permission to let go of the external world and to see only ourselves is hard when we have been subtly trained throughout our lives to be "ON." 


When we are taken up with sensory stress, we forget to be mindful of our personal wellbeing. We lose our sense of self and can easily sink into feelings of loneliness, depression and anger. However, when we chose to be mindful instead of mind full, we are nicer to ourselves, we see the good in others, and we can find the extraordinary in our ordinary days. 

Mindfulness is a deliberate intention to focus on yourself. Your brain, your body and your breath - just those things and nothing else. To momentarily disconnect from both the past and the future, and to be aware only of the present moment. Without feelings of guilt or fear, just an appreciation of yourself and your space in the world.


Adding mindful practice to an existing habit or chore is an effective way to introduce the benefits of mindfulness to your day. How you begin your morning is how you set up your day, so maybe choose one morning routine and turn it into a mindfulness ritual. Simply taking the time to be aware of your breath, posture and thoughts while making your morning coffee, brushing your teeth, or walking your dog is an easy place to start. The more you isolate moments of deliberate mindfulness, the easier it becomes to integrate mindfulness throughout your daily life and to recognize when you need to pry yourself away from constant stressful distractions, to breathe and allow the power of your mind to reduce your anxiety levels and enhance your feelings of wellbeing. 


So before reaching for your remote control, computer or phone, try infusing some part of your morning ritual with a moment of peace, and contentment. No judgements, just self-awareness. Give yourself a break to appreciate silence and stillness in a world that never stops.


Inhale, smile, exhale and repeat.


Peachy Prosciutto Pizza


Enjoy this recipe from Dinner Tonight!


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Class Schedules

Texas Drive


Cowan Creek


Featured Fitness Class of the Week


Yoga Foundations

Thursdays, 8-9 a.m.

Cowan Creek

Instructor: Kathy Carver


Students learn fluid flow, one pose to the next while connecting their breathing to their movements. Alignment and basic yoga technique will be taught. Must be able to get up and off the mat. Level 2-4

Massage Therapy at Cowan Creek

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I've always wondered - Why do our muscles stiffen as we age?


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From the current personal training staff: 

John Rutan, Allison Worley, Michelle Dwyer, Brendi Middleton, Mike Stuchl, Byron Goff, Judy Baier, Jennifer Rossini, Lenny Jones and Bill Norton. 


Questions about personal training? Visit our website or email John Rutan at [email protected]

New Resident Fitness Orientation


If you are new to Sun City and need to complete your fitness center orientation, email Leslie McCoy at [email protected] to schedule your appointment.

Looking for Fitness Videos? Check out our collection here>>
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. Thank you for understanding and stay safe!


Videos and More!


Check us out and "Like" us on the Sun City Fitness Facebook page for exercise, videos and nutrition tips.


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Contact Us


Michelle Mason

Fitness Director


[email protected]


Beth White

Fitness Manager


[email protected]


Kathy Carver

Group Fitness Coordinator


[email protected]


John Rutan

Personal Training Coordinator


[email protected]


Dick Jenkins

Fitness Operations Supervisor


[email protected]

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 Sept. 10-16:

Texas Drive - 3,781

Cowan Creek - 2,773

The Retreat - 962

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