From: Sun City Texas Community Association
Date/Time: 6/4/2023 9:00 am
Subject: Fitness Communicator - Weekly News - June 4, 2023

Fitness Communicator

June 4, 2023

Northpoint Fitness Center is not open yet


For your safety, please DO NOT enter the building or pool area. There are workers still working and it is not safe for residents to explore. There is still much more to complete in order to safely open. More information will be out soon for the soft opening and grand opening. Thank you!

Kids' Swim Time


Kids' Swim located at Texas Drive, Cowan Creek &

The Retreat outdoor pools

May 1 - Sept. 30, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Outdoor Pools Only until September 30



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


Click here for our Policies and Procedures >>


Grandparents, please make sure you familiarize yourself with all the pool rules on the website link above. Staff are here to make sure everyone is safe at the pools this summer. We ask that you help us out and make sure your grandkids/guests are following the rules for everyone’s safe enjoyment at the beautiful pools. 

Weekend Pool After-Hours


Saturday and Sunday from 5:30-8:30 p.m.,

until Saturday, Sept. 30.


  • Outdoor Pools/Spas will open until 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during after-hour weekends. 


  • During the after-hours you must enter through the side gates at Texas Drive, Cowan Creek and The Retreat when the fitness centers close at 5:30 p.m. 


  • All personal items must be removed from the locker-rooms by 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 


Thank you and enjoy your time!

Use of balls in the swimming pools


Certain restrictions concerning balls in the swimming pools need to be addressed to assure that no harm or injury will occur to any occupants of the pool. Any balls such as volleyballs, nerf balls that are soaked with water, hard rubber balls, etc. are not allowed. Beach balls and soft rubber balls are allowed with certain conditions. Tossing the allowed balls, not throwing with force, between persons is allowed over short distances, not across the pool or over other people. It is important that we follow these rules to avoid any conflict or injuries and that all occupants can enjoy the pools. Fitness provides appropriate balls for everyone's use. You can find them in the noodle bins outside. 

Proper Locker Room Etiquette


If you’re the grandparent or host of a young visitor to our Fitness Center pools, we ask you to please refrain from taking boys into the women’s locker room and girls into the men’s locker rooms. Many Sun City residents feel uncomfortable sharing these areas with children of the opposite sex, no matter what the child’s age. And on the flip side, the experience is likely not advantageous for the child either.


If a child is too young to be unattended in same-sex facilities, please make arrangements for them ahead of time. At Texas Drive, we recommend using the gender neutral, handicapped restroom located between the locker rooms. The Cowan Creek fitness center has smaller bathrooms at the opposite end of the building and the Retreat has outside bathrooms for use or the gender neutral, handicap restroom located by locker rooms.

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

Fitness Staff of the Week



I was born in Wisconsin (a 'Cheesehead' and lifelong Packer fan) but have also lived in Wyoming, Houston, and Northern VA before moving to Sun City. My husband and I will celebrate our 45th anniversary soon and have two children – one who lives in Austin and one in Detroit. I was an elementary PE teacher for 26 years and was named the Elementary PE Teacher of the Year for the state of VA in 2000. I taught square dance to all my students and ended the unit with a performance the parents enjoyed. I was also an Athletic Administrator for eight years which was also very rewarding…and exhausting.


I was a runner for 30 years, racing in mostly 10K’s, but also tried a couple sprint triathlons and finished my running career with the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. I also took clogging lessons for several years and performed at local/regional events. We moved to Sun City in 2020. When I am not working you can find me playing pickleball, golf, bocce, bowling, walking my dogs or gardening. Life IS good!


Instructor of the Month


Sharon Knox Douglas has 40 years of experience as a certified instructor teaching fitness classes and personal training clients. She is dedicated to helping individuals reach, maintain, and improve their fitness goals and achieve better health and longevity. Since moving from Connecticut to Sun City, Sharon has become an avid Pickleball player, competing in tournaments and enjoying the social aspect of the game. Her two daughters, Avery and Kaysi moved from Connecticut to Austin and live nearby, while her son, Hunter resides in Connecticut, where he still enjoys winters, skiing in the northeast. Sharon has two Chihuahua mixes; a Chiweenie, Moji and a Chorkie, Beanz. Sharon looks forward to meeting people interested in fitness and hopes to see you soon in a Sun City fitness class!

Swimming Lessons for your Grandkids!


Sun City grandparents, Sun City Fitness is excited to offer swimming lessons for your grandkids!


• Private, 30-minute swimming lessons will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., May 25 through the end of the summer months at the Retreat Fitness Center Pool ONLY, located at 1200 Cattleman Drive.


• Schedule lessons directly with the swimming instructor, Bill Norton. Contact Bill at 361-944-3113, or [email protected]  


• Per our Fitness Center rules, students must be four years of age or older with no swim diaper. No exceptions can be granted. 


• Lessons will focus on the most important swimming skills: relaxation and breath-holding, body position in the water and propulsion (moving in the water). 


• Lessons align with American Red Cross standards.


• All pool rules are in effect before, during and following lessons. Please check the Fitness website for details.  


• A Sun City resident must accompany the student to lessons, by checking them in as their guest. An adult family member must be poolside for the lessons, but not in the water during instruction time.  


• The cost is $40 for a single lesson or $140 for a series of 5 lessons. Payment for lessons is made at the Retreat Fitness Center. 


• For additional information, please contact Bill Norton at the phone number or email address listed above.  

Class Schedules

Texas Drive

June Class Schedule >>

Cowan Creek

June Class Schedule >>

June Fitness Class Changes


  • Yoga at the Cowan Creek Pavilion is returning Fridays at 6:45 p.m. with Jessica.
  • Parkinson’s Balance at Texas Drive on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. is cancelled.
  • Howie is teaching for Beth at the Friday, 9:30 a.m. Aqua Fitness at Cowan Creek.

Featured Fitness

Class of the Week


Sunrise Yoga

Fridays, 6:45-7:30 a.m.

with Jessica

Cowan Creek

Come inside and grab a mat, then go to the pavilion. We will stay in the Salado room if there is bad weather. Early morning yoga flow, basic yoga with balance and breath to welcome the day. Level 2-3 

Hiring Massage Therapists


Seeking talented and dedicated massage therapist to join our team. 

• Provide 30-90 minute massages to clients by appointment

• Guide clients through service offerings and determine which massages would benefit them most

• Take a detailed client history and note any health conditions

• Evaluate clients to determine painful or stressed areas of the body

• Advise clients on stretching, strengthening or relaxation methods

• Suggest future massage appointments and regime to clients

• Listen to clients during appointments and adjust technique as they desire


If you are interested, please contact, Beth White, Fitness Manager, at 512-948-7753 or [email protected]


Dinner Tonight?


Shrimp Tacos Southwest

Watermelon Salsa


Click for recipe >>



Allison Worley, Personal Trainer


Travelling takes you to different destinations, near or far, and offers incredible experiences but often you deal with challenging schedules, confusing languages, strange beds, and too many tempting food choices. So how, amongst the adventure, excitement and variety of travel, do you make fitness your constant? 


As you plan your travel and pack your bags, take time to reflect on your why. Why do you care about staying healthy? Why are you personally motivated to stick to your fitness goals? Then start to consider how you will fit your why into your holiday. Where will you be each day? What will you be doing? Who will you be with? When will you make choices to be healthy? Everything changes when you are away, so how do you attach your fitness to yourself and not to a certain time, place, or class? As part of your trip planning, start to think about small rituals you will need to follow to maintain your fitness momentum. This is easier to do when you are clear about your why.


It's probably true to say that when you are away your diet won’t be perfect, neither will your sleep schedule, and it will be tough to devote time to exercising when itineraries or family are demanding your attention. Even with the best of intentions, there will be times when you won’t be able to meet your fitness expectations but remind yourself that your health is not a 100% or nothing situation. Every decision counts, every meal counts, and any choice you make that leans towards your fitness goals is a win.


Overindulging on local delicacies is part of the travel experience. Accept that there will be “bad” meals but try to never eat 2 bad meals in a row. Reduce portion sizes by offering to share meals, especially if leftovers don’t fit into your plans. Keep healthy snacks with you to help avoid impulsive temptations and prioritize protein and fiber to help keep you full. Almonds and jerky make easy travel snacks. Remember that people who exercise tend to make better food choices.


Strange beds, time changes and lively destinations can make it difficult to sleep so be proactive by packing ear plugs and a sleep mask.


Your ‘gym’ can be anywhere. Hold onto a sink to do squats and lunges, lean on a wall to do push-ups. Resistance bands are light, inexpensive and perfect for getting in a great workout wherever you are. Use your backpack for creative resistance exercises. If you’re outside, nature is your gym. Walk often and take stairs if you can. Stretch your body – it will thank you. Be creative and move every day.


And wherever you are, whatever you are doing, Stay hydrated! 

Just because you’re out of your routine doesn’t mean you have to put your healthy habits on hold. With a little planning and a dose of creativity, you can easily sustain the habits you’ve spent months or years building.

From the current personal training staff: John Rutan, Allison Worley, Michelle Dwyer, Brendi Middleton, Mike Stuchl, Byron Goff, Judy Baier, Bill Norton, Lenny Jones, Bob Mitchell, Bobbie Kelm, Lesha Mitchell and Tim Fisette. 


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

Massage Therapy at Cowan Creek

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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.


Click here for more info>>

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 May 20-26, 2023.


Texas Drive – 3,284

Cowan Creek – 2,981

The Retreat - 922


Visit the Fitness website>>

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