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Come Join the Courts Plus Family!

By | Fitness Fun, Tennis, Youth

Are you looking for a rewarding job in a fun environment?! If so, Courts Plus has a couple of openings coming up. We are looking for a Part-Time Custodian, Fitness Staff, Youth Program Instructor and a Child Watch Attendant! The Part-Time Custodian position hours are from 4PM-9PM during the weekday and weekend hours vary. The Fitness Staff and Youth Program Instructor hours vary based on programs, but we do have programs throughout the day and during the weekends. The Child Watch Attendant hours have both an opening for a morning shift and evening shift as well as some weekends. Hours of operation are below.

Courts Plus hours of operation:

REGULAR HOURS

Monday-Thursday- 5:00am-11:00pm
Friday- 5:00am-9:00pm
Saturday- 7:00am-9:00pm
Sunday- 8:00am-9:00pm

SUMMER HOURS

(Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Monday-Thursday- 5:00am-10:00pm
Friday- 5:00am-8:00pm
Saturday 7:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 8:00am-8:00pm

 

Child Watch hours of operation:

SPRING/SUMMER HOURS

(Memorial Day to Labor Day)
Monday: 8:00am-2:00pm; 4:00pm-8:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday:
 8:00am-8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am-2:00pm, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday:
 9:00am-1:00pm
Sunday: Closed

FALL/WINTER HOURS

Monday: 8:00am-2:00pm; 4:00pm-8:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday:
 8:00am-8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am-2:00pm, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday:
 9:00am-1:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm-5:30pm

 

Please apply at www.courtsplus.org if you are interested!

 

We look forward to hear from you!

Over-Exercising

By | Fitness Equipment, Fitness Fun, Group X, Membership, Personal Training, Special Event, Supplements, Tennis, Uncategorized, Youth

Over-Exercising

 

Exercise is amazing, right?  The benefits of getting a sweat on are endless!  It fills us with energy, lifts our moods, and prevents diseases.  Too much of a good thing can cause problems down the road.   Below are a few ways you could be ruining your body by over exercising.

Strenuous exercise can raise cortisol levels.  Cortisol is a hormone that regulates a wide range of processes throughout the body including metabolism and the immune system.   For some, strenuous exercise could be 5 hours per week and for other people it could be a few hours more than that.

How can you tell if you are over-exercising?  If your legs feel heavy or you are often sick, even though you are living a healthy lifestyle.  Most sicknesses would be similar to cold or flu symptoms.  If you feel sore daily from your previous workouts, that is a bad sign.  You should take a couple days off per week to recover. If the current workout that you are doing makes you feel tired and not energized, this could be a sign that you’re spending too much time engaging in strenuous exercise and not enough time in recovery.

Most people believe that if they increase their workouts and cut out a significant amount of food, they will ultimately reach their fitness or weight loss goals.  Over-exercising can actually work against this thought process and cause you to put on weight.  A perfect amount of exercise would be about 45 minutes per day 5 days per week.  The workout should be challenging but not too strenuous all 5 days of the week.  If you have questions, feel free to contact one our personal trainers for more information on this subject.  Work smarter, not harder!

Magnesium the Miracle Pill!

By | Fitness Equipment, Fitness Fun, Group X, Membership, Personal Training, Special Event, Tennis, Uncategorized, Youth

Magnesium The Miracle Pill!

Magnesium, the most common macromineral deficiency that no one knows about!  This is a crucial part of the diet!  Magnesium plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body.  This macromineral is responsible for the metabolism of food, synthesis of fatty acids and proteins, and the transmission of nerve impulses.

What happens when you are deficient?  A LOT!  Symptoms can develop shortly after the body has depleted all of its magnesium stores.  Symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and fatigue and weakness.  More advanced symptoms include numbness, muscle cramps, seizures, personality changes, and heart rhythm changes.  Magnesium deficiency is linked to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Magnesium is important for bone formation.  It helps assimilate calcium into the bone and plays a roll in activating Vitamin D.  With magnesium, a high intake of calcium can increase the risk of arterial calcification and cardiovascular disease, as well as kidney stones.  This important supplement plays an important role in carbohydrate and glucose metabolism.  Adequate magnesium intake has been associated with a lower risk of atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.  This supplement has also been known to prevent migraine headaches, improve PMS symptoms, and relieve anxiety!

Where can I find this miracle pill?  Magnesium can be found in sunflower seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, spinach, cashews, broccoli, oatmeal, peanut butter, brown rice, bananas, and bread.  These are just a few of the foods that are good sources of magnesium. Magnesium supplements are available online and  in health food stores.  It is better to focus on a healthful, balanced diet to meet daily requirements for magnesium, and to use supplements as a backup, but under medical supervision.

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Healthy Holiday Eating

By | Membership, Special Event, Youth

The holiday season can be a stressful time, especially when it comes to food. The holidays are an important time of year to spend with family and friends, but you can always count on large amounts of food. This can make it difficult, if you are trying to lose weight or even just maintain your current weight.

On average Americans gain one to two pounds during the holiday season. This may seem insignificant, but holiday weight can stick around and cas add up over time. Below are a few tips to help prevent the dreaded holiday weight gain while still enjoying the holidays. 

  1. Don’t skip meals and make sure to eat breakfast. Eating breakfast within an hour of waking will help your metabolism. Eating throughout the the day and trying not to skip meals will help prevent overeating later.
  2. Fit some physical activity into your day. Not only will physical activity burn extra calories, it could be made into family time. Take the whole family on a walk to get out of the house and or go sledding.
  3. Focus on family and friends instead of the food. Its easy to forget there is more to the holidays than the food. Enjoy spending time with your family.
  4. Use a smaller plate and focus on portions sizes. Using a smaller plate can help prevent over-eating. Larger plates can make a serving of food appear smaller and fool our brains into thinking we need more food. Using a smaller plate will also help keep portion sizes under control
  5. Watch out for drinks. Without even knowing it, calories from liquids can add up in a hurry especially holiday favorites like eggnog. If you’re looking forward to a certain drink, consume one serving of it and mix in water throughout the day.
  6. Bring a healthy dish. Rather than being stressed over not knowing what kind of food might be at a holiday party, bring a healthy side dish so you have healthy alternatives available.
  7. Eat what you want (in moderation) and don’t feel guilty for what you ate. Make sure to enjoy the food and the atmosphere. Try to leave the holiday eating to that day.
  8. If you’re hosting the holiday gathering, give away leftovers. This way you won’t be tempted the following day (or week) and you can resume your normal, healthy eating routine.

But most importantly enjoy the holiday season and don’t forget the Courts Plus member Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 11th. The party will be from 5:45pm-7:00pm and includes a sit down meal served by the Courts Plus staff. There will be also be a kids pizza party, along with inflatables and holiday themed art projects and activities. Remember your entire family is invited to this member only party

Get your JINGLE on!

By | Fitness Fun, Membership, Special Event, Youth

Happy Holidays everyone!

Do you love running and all things Christmas while raising awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability?! If so, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk is the perfect way to spend your Saturday!! On Saturday, December 1st, we will be raising money for the Arthritis Foundation through this festive, fun-filled 5K run/ walk taking place at Courts Plus Community Fitness. It is not too late to register! Courts Plus members, family and friends will receive $5 off registration by using “Courts” when registering online. This run will begin at 8:00 am. Please join us by wearing holiday themed costumes and tying jingle bells to your tennis shoes. 100% of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause!

Interested in this event, but not wanting to participate in the run/walk? Be a volunteer!! We are always looking for more help to join in on all of the holiday festivities. Please email Britt Ingersoll at bingersoll@arthritis.org.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

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Courts Plus Community Halloween Carnival

By | Special Event, Youth

Add Courts Plus Community Fitness to your list of places to stop on Halloween!
The Community Halloween Carnival is from 3:30-5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 31 at Courts Plus. Everyone is welcome, and the carnival is completely free.
Princesses, ghosts, super heroes and dinosaurs can have fun playing carnival games, inflatable games from Games Galore, participating in art projects and having their face painted. The 7-level indoor playground is also free for those attending the carnival. The carnival is a great trick-or-treating start for the kiddos thanks to all the free candy!
As an extra special treat, we are also giving away a one-month family membership and a birthday party package. Those attending the carnival can enter in the drawings at any time between 3:30 and 5:30 pm. We will pick the winner and give them a call within two days of the carnival.
Have questions? Feel free to give us a call at 701-237-4805, our front desk staff is awesome and will be able to help you out.

Roll It Out, Girl!

By | Fitness Fun, Group X, Membership, Personal Training, Uncategorized, Youth

Roll It Out, Girl!!

What is this foam roller thing?  It is amazing, that’s what it is!  Foam rolling, sometimes called self- myofascial release, is an extremely effective way of preventing injury, promoting muscle recovery, and relieving muscle soreness and tightness.  Whether a person is sitting in a desk all day or running their 4th marathon; anyone can benefit from this device daily!  Below is a list of all the amazing reasons why everyone needs a foam roller in their life.

  • Increased blood flow to that muscle! Foam rolling exercises stretches and loosens the muscles.
  • Improved movements. When a muscle is better hydrated, looser muscles move past one another with less knee friction.
  • Better range of motion for muscles. Especially beneficial for people recovering from knee, back, or hip surgeries.
  • Decreased injury risk. When there is a tight muscle lacking full range of motion, a person is more at risk for injury.  By foam rolling, oxygen and blood are forced into that muscle, ultimately reducing the risk for a tear, break, or strain of a muscle or bone.
  • Decreased recovery time! By foam rolling before and/or after a workout, oxygen is more readily available to the muscle.  This reduces recovery time and soreness that happens after a tough workout.

Courts Plus will be offering 15 minute foam roll classes throughout the week!  There is no wrong way of rolling!  A great way to relax and prevent those injuries!   All of the foam rolling classes will follow a class already on the schedule.  Check out the schedule online and make sure to try this class out!!

The Benefits of Using the Child Care to Help YOU “Unplug.”

By | Fitness Fun, Membership, Youth

Have you ever just wanted a quick break away from your kids to relax, reboot and re-energize yourself, ALONE?! If so, the Courts Plus Child Care is the perfect solution!

I cannot tell you how many “thank you’s” I have received from parents for having this amenity here at Courts Plus! It is not that we all do not love our kids, but sometimes we just need that little break and honestly, so do they. At Courts Plus we offer a maximum of a 2 hour visit per day where you can go work out inside or outside of Courts Plus, go to a Group exercise class, play tennis, pickleball, racquetball, go into the gym, read the newspaper, or just simply sit on the sofa by the fireplace and do absolutely nothing! Our members have done it all! Heck, we even have parents who work from home that use the two hours to actually work and that is just fine too! Not only do the parents love this break, but the kids are constantly busy, creating friendships, socializing and learning on a daily basis. It’s a win-win! If this has not persuaded you enough, here are a few more benefits of “unplugging,”

  1. It gets you out the door- This may seem small, but if you are a parent, you understand and I know I hear it often! It is hard to get the kids out of the door in a timely fashion. If you can get them fed, dressed and ready for the day, all while getting out, it is a huge game changer for many parents!
  2. Socialize with other moms/dads- We have many parents here at Courts Plus who have created lifelong friendships with other parents because of the child care. It is a great way to meet other families with kids who are close in age with theirs.
  3. Motivation- Simply said, many of us need a motivator and we have plenty of personal trainers, members and employees who will gladly help out!
  4. The kids get to socialize with other children their own age- The child care holds a maximum of 20 kids at a time. That gives the children many opportunities to socialize with one another.
  5. Creativity- In this type of child care, we simply cannot plan out the childrens day with members constantly coming and going, however, we have endless of activities for the children to do whether that be art crafts, reading, playing dress up, building puzzles, blocks, tracks, running around the track, playing in the gym, utilizing the playgrounds, coloring, you name it!
  6. Increase Energy & reduces stress- exercise promotes increased energy and while you are doing that, your kids are in a different room having their own kind of fun which helps reduce a parents overall stress for those two hours.
  7. Taking a shower in peace- This may sound silly, but I do have parents who will bring their child in solely to take a shower and get ready in peace. You do not realize how special and valuable this is until you have children. It is a huge perk.
  8. Indoor & outdoor play area available!- This amenity is mainly just an example for Courts Plus, but it is a huge benefit for the kids and you! We have an indoor 7 level playground as well as a new outdoor fenced in play area available for the child care kiddos to use for free while in the child care.
  9. 2 for 1- your membership pays for both your gym time as well as a “sitter” for the kids. If you add that up, that is a huge savings!

I hope this article has proven to you how important that alone time is and you feel confident in giving the Courts Plus Child Care a try!

** On a side note: We are seeking a fun, loving, and caring candidate who wants to make a difference in a child’s life. We are looking for someone who is available in the MORNINGS from about 8am-2pm or 9am-3pm who has the ability and flexibility to work with children between the ages of 6 weeks and 8 years of age. Daily attendance, being punctual and responsible is a requirement. First Aid and CPR certified is preferred but not required to get the job. If you are interested in applying, please do so at our website!

Thank you!

Furry Friends Pet Walk

By | Fitness Fun, Youth

Are you and your dog bored and just staring at each other on the couch wondering what to do? Get up! And BOTH of you go for a walk! There are a handful of benefits to both you and your dog if you decide to do this activity. There are studies that show a 30 minute walk, three times a week can help if you/your dog are overweight, give you more energy, lower blood pressure, lower both weights by a total of 20% between the two of you and just increase your overall well-being! Aren’t these enough reasons?

PLUS! You would also be training for the 1½ mile walk during our Furry Friends Pet Walk. This is right around the corner–Tuesday, August 14th starting at 6:00pm. This is a great event with a variety of booths/information, door prizes from various pet friendly businesses around the Fargo/Moorhead and surrounding areas, T-shirts and food! Watch for more information coming soon on our website www.courtsplus.org.

Benefits of Child Care

By | Membership, Youth

With many new moms coming in the gym lately, I thought a fun topic for this week would be to discuss a few benefits of bringing children to a child care center/ facility such as Courts Plus Community Fitness Center! I know many people automatically think of germs and colds when they think of child care. While that is an obvious fact, there are many other reasons that outweigh that “scary” factor. Here are a few benefits:

  1. Socialization- In my opinion, there is no better place to socialize your children then a child care facility. At Courts Plus, we have 20 children max at a time. This makes it nearly impossible for every child to not be able to find someone to play and socialize with on a daily basis. Socializing helps children learn how to share and get along with others. We have had countless children enroll as a shy, quiet child and now walk into the room with a big smile and “Good Morning” to the teachers and the kids.
  2. Structure and routine- Children thrive on structure and routine. Whether you decide to take your child to a center or just drop them off to play for 2 hours at Courts Plus, you are helping teach your child (ren) consistency. I can definitely tell when a family has been on vacation and away from the gym for a week based on the child’s mode and behavior. It does not take long for them to get back into the normal daily routine, but it does disrupt them enough to the point where they can act out. Children and parents NEED consistency and I believe child care benefits from that!
  3. Academic readiness- Child Care is full of learning opportunities. Kids are introduced to the basics of math through counting numbers and/or colors, physical fitness through continuous activities, art through art projects and communication with others in the room. Just about everything in a center promotes education and learning which helps children of all ages to grow to their fullest potential.
  4. Stability and reliability- Child Care centers/ facilities have set hours and are always staffed accordingly. It is nice to have a reliable place to bring your children where you can have peace of mind that your children are being taken care of and loved while you get your work out in.
  5. Parent support- Courts Plus is a great example of this benefit! We have many moms who have a monthly “mom’s night” where they will get together because of the family they have gained through the child care. We are much more than a gym and you can see the relationships and trust that has formed throughout our parents.
  6. Promotes creativity and imagination- There is no better place to promote creativity and imagination in a room full of children and teachers who have a true passion for loving children and helping them grow to be the best they can be. At Courts Plus, we know how to be silly and “weird” because we know that is what it takes to make the kids day. We love to do things such as sing songs, make up fun games, play tricks on the teachers, dress up with our friends, play dolls, build tracks, play cards, make forts, do art projects, go for walks, tell stories, read books, play on the playground and so much more!

 

* If you are interested in learning more about our child care here at Courts Plus feel free to visit our website or come on in for a tour!


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