Monday, May 29, 2023

Team Southlake Brings Home the Title of Most Fit City 2023!

The Fit City Challenge is over, and Team Southlake takes home the gold!

Congratulations Southlake! We asked for the prize this year, and you delivered! Over the last six weeks, you prioritized building healthy habits while helping Team Southlake cross the finish line! We challenged you to incorporate 45 minutes of activity over 45 days, and Team Southlake went above and beyond! We are overwhelmed by the high engagement and commitment shown by this team. We are Southlake proud, and it shows!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this challenge to help us take home first place! We don’t like to toot our own horn, but here’s how Team Southlake outpaced our competition:

  • Team Southlake Average Points: 206.86
  • Total Kilometers: 47,853.86
  • Participants: 342
  • Won by 18 points!

Fit City CelebrationEvery minute counted, and determination was critical to success. Your hard work, sweat, tears, and dedication have finally paid off! We hope you continue to incorporate these healthy habits into your daily routine. Achieving 45 minutes of daily physical activity is a great way to improve your physical and mental wellness. We may have earned bragging rights for the rest of the year, but continue staying active to be ready to keep our title for the 2024 Fit City Challenge!

Team Southlake won the overall challenge, but this outstanding individual represents the best of Team Southlake! Congratulations to Jamie Wooldridge! Jamie earned the most points out of everyone on Team Southlake with an outstanding 1,528.5 total points and 807.96 kilometers!

Congratulations to all participants in the Fit City Challenge in Southlake, Keller, and Colleyville! Thank you for showing up for yourself and your community. We can’t wait to do it again next year!


Ways to Earn Fit City Challenge Points This Week

We’re in Week 4 of the Fit City Challenge, and it’s time to stay focused on keeping Southlake at the top of the leaderboard!

We know our residents like to win and are always staying active. If you’re looking for new ways to shake up your fitness routine, here are a few ways to earn more Fit City Challenge points this week.

Shake it up with Zumba
It’s Zumba night at our Spring Outdoor Fitness series on Wednesday, April 19. Join us at the Aria Amphitheater at 6:00 PM to bust out your favorite moves inspired by global rhythms! Don’t forget to sync up your smartwatch to earn more points for Team Southlake!

Book a Personal Training Session
Are you looking for a customized approach to ramping up your fitness routine while scoring high points for Team Southlake? Champions Club’s got your back! Come out to meet our incredibly dedicated personal trainers. They’ll customize a plan that’s perfectly suited to your goals. With their guidance, earning points for Fit City will be a breeze. No more guesswork! Book an appointment today.

Build Endurance at Bootcamp
Break out a sweat during our free Bootcamp class this Saturday, April 22 at 9:00 AM on the Turf Field. Our Outdoor Fitness Series is the best way to sample our in-demand group fitness classes while earning points.

Visit Town Square
After a satisfying sweat session at Bootcamp, head to Town Square for a healthy lunch and some retail therapy. Walk a few laps around Family Park and jog to Kendra Scott to support Keep Southlake Beautiful during their Earth Day giveaway. Mention Keep Southlake Beautiful at check out on Saturday, April 22 between 1:00- 3:00 PM, and Kendra Scott will donate 20% of their proceeds to KSB! Support Team Southlake, treat yourself, and celebrate Earth Day with KSB!

There are so many ways to score points for Team Southlake. Get active, earn points, and let’s take the gold this year!


On Your Mark, Get Set, GO! 2023 Fit City Challenge starts April1.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

The Fit City Challenge officially kicks off on Saturday, April 1. The 6-week challenge will test the cities of Southlake, Keller, and Colleyville and in the end, will award one of them as the Most Fit City 2023. We’ll challenge you to be physically active, focus on your well-being, and work with your fellow residents to move Southlake to the top of the leaderboard!

Join Team Southlake

The goal for this challenge is for Team Southlake to achieve the highest average point total. How do we do that? First, join the team, and then get active!

Not a part of Team Southlake Yet? Follow these steps to register.

  1. Download the free GoJoe app on your mobile device.
  2. Create a free account
  3. Join Team Southlake. From the discover tab (in the main feed), tap the button that says “Got a code?” and enter our team code south27394.
  4. Find the challenge page. Once you join Team Southlake, you’re automatically enrolled in the challenge. Navigate to the “Challenges” tab at the bottom of your screen to find the Fit City Challenge page. On that page, you can find all the specifics and track the leaderboard.
    * Remember, it’s the team with the highest average score that wins. So don’t let the team sizes worry you.
  5. Get Moving! There are more than 40 sports/activities to choose from. Do as many as you want. You can add them manually or sync a wearable activity device for an even smoother experience.


Extra Tips

When you’re creating your account, one of the questions asks if you’d like to sync a wearable device. If you have one, say yes! All you’ll need to do is select your device from the list and the app will do the rest.

If you’ve already created your account, and forgot to sync your device or missed that step, no worries here are some step-by-step directions to sync your device.

  1. On the Discover page, tap your profile icon in the top right corner.
  2. Then tap the gear icon to access the settings.
  3. Next, tap the application and devices button.
  4. Now choose your device from the list.
  5. Let GoJoe do its thing, and you’re all set.

Don’t have a wearable device? Not to worry, you can still manually input your activity. Here’s how to log activity.

  1. Tap the circle at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Then, tap the “Manual Activity” button.
  3. Follow the prompts to add your activity.

Or, use the GPS tracker to record your activity in real-time.

  1. Tap the circle at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select “Record Activity”
  3. Select your activity, and tap the ready button.

Still, have more questions? Visit the 2023 Fit City Challenge webpage for more information and to view a few video tutorials.

Go Team Southlake!

Get Outside for National Take a Walk in the Park Day!

We’re all about a fun holiday in the Community Services Department, especially when it has to do with our parks!

Today is National Take a Walk in the Park Day, and we are so excited to get outside and enjoy the beautiful parks and trails in Southlake. Our residents are lucky to have many community and neighborhood parks to explore. From the award-winning Bicentennial Park and gorgeous Bob Jones Nature Center to the tucked-away Liberty Park at Sheltonwood, there’s a park for everyone!

If you want to incorporate retail therapy into your walk, visit any of our four public parks in Town Square! Rustin, Family, Summit, and Cornish parks are all conveniently close to your favorite Southlake businesses! If you like a beautiful water feature during your walk, check out Chesapeake Park and walk around the pond. Liberty Park at Sheltonwood offers a peaceful trail that leads to a beautiful pavilion and footbridge!

Walking outside is an incredible wellness habit to incorporate into your daily routine. Going for a walk outdoors, especially in a beautiful public park, can help you relax, clear your mind, and soak up some much-needed Vitamin D. Bring your family or friends along for a healthy alternative to going to a restaurant to catch up!

Make walking in the park a part of your wellness routine, and track every mile during the Fit City Challenge! Where are you going for a walk today?

Rack Up Points For the Fit City Challenge with the Outdoor Fitness Series

The Fit City Challenge starts next week, and if you don’t know how to start earning points for Team Southlake, have no fear! The Outdoor Fitness Series is here!

Join us this spring for everyone’s favorite free fitness series. Outdoor classes are located in different parks throughout Southlake and taught by Champions Club’s world-class group fitness instructors. The Outdoor Fitness Series is ideal to try our most popular group fitness classes before committing to a Champions Club membership.

Ready to see what all the Champions Club hype is all about? Mark your schedules for the following times.

Saturday, April 1 at 9:00 AM
High Fitness at the Aria Amphitheater

Tuesday, April 11 at 6:00 PM
Yoga at the Bob Jones Nature Center Pavilion

Wednesday, April 19 at 6:00 PM
Zumba at Aria Amphitheater

Tuesday, April 25 at 6:00 PM
Pilates at Bob Jones Park

Saturday, April 8 at 9:00 AM
Boot Camp at Champions Club Outdoor Turf 1

Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 PM
Pilates at Bob Jones Nature Center Pavilion

Saturday, April 22 at 9:00 AM
Boot Camp at Champions Club Outdoor Turf 1

Thursday, April 27 at 6:00 PM
Yoga at the Aria Amphitheater

No registration or membership is required, so get outside, get a good workout, and get some points for Team Southlake!

Lace Up Your Shoes for the 2023 Fit City Challenge!

Are you ready to get moving again?

Join Team Southlake for the second annual Fit City Challenge and go head-to-head with the City of Keller and the City of Colleyville to prove we have what it takes to claim the title of Most Fit City 2023! Over 45 days, we will challenge you to be physically active, focus on your well-being, and work with your fellow residents to move Southlake to the top of the leaderboard!

Here’s How it Works:
The goal for this challenge is for Team Southlake to achieve the highest average point total. The easiest way to do that is simple…go out and be active! Whether it’s walking the trails of Bob Jones Nature Center or dominating the pickleball courts at Champions Club, you’re invited to commit to a more active lifestyle for 45 days!

The challenge is based on a “most points” model where participants exercise independently but are not alone. Your solo workouts count for the team via the GoJoe app. Each activity generates points, weighted by activity type to level the playing field.

GoJoe automatically allocates points via the app. Point values are based on either the distance or duration. Learn more about how points are calculated here.

How Teams are Ranked
Teams are ranked by the average number of points for all members of that team. The leaderboard will default to team rankings, but you can see how you rank as an overall individual or as an individual on your team in real-time by selecting a new view under the options menu. Help us keep Southlake on top of the leaderboard by encouraging your team members to stay active every day of the challenge!

Keep in touch with fellow team members and receive crucial challenge updates with the new chat feature available this year. It’s never been easier to encourage Team Southlake to keep its eyes on the prize!

Prizes, prizes, and more prizes!
Each week, a random participant will be drawn from each team to win a prize! At the end of the challenge, the individual with the most points from each group will win a prize! In the case of a tie, the participants will be put into a drawing and the winner will be chosen at random.

The team that finishes the challenge with the most points will be crowned the Fit City Challenge Champions and receive the Fit City Challenge Grand Prize!

The competition runs from April 1- May 14. Learn more about the 2023 Fit City Challenge.

Gear Up for the Fit City Challenge 2023 with Mayor John Huffman!

The Fit City Challenge is right around the corner, and we are in it to win. Mayor John Huffman chats with Jake Coldren, our Fitness and Performance Supervisor, about our expanded fitness classes, new equipment, and a plethora of options for wellness.

Last year was the first year of the Fit City Challenge. The Cities of Southlake and Keller competed in a head-to-head competition, encouraging residents to focus on wellness for 45 days.

Even though the City of Keller came out on top, our cities have decided to rematch this year! As this fun fitness challenge approaches, our City promotes wellness in some amazing ways.

“So here at Champions Club, we’ve expanded our fitness programming to offer over 60 classes a week… We’re super excited to always add some new stuff in. This time around, we aimed at our cardio section. So over here, as part of our Asset Replacement Plan, we’ve replaced all of our ellipticals and our AMTs or adaptive motion trainers,” said Coldren.

There are also other ways to focus on wellness in Southlake! You can hike and reconnect with nature at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, explore our beautiful walking trails at our parks, or dip in the pool for non-traditional workouts.

Mayor Huffman mentioned that this year will be bigger and better than ever, so stay tuned this month for details about registration and more!

To watch the full episode of Minute with the Mayor, click below.

Team Southlake Went All Out for the Fit City Challenge

The Fit City Challenge is officially over, and the results are ready!

Team Southlake might not have taken home the Fit City trophy, but we accomplished some incredible feats over the last 45 days. We showed the entire community that there is nothing we can’t achieve with a little determination, team spirit, and healthy competition!

Here are the final results:

Team Southlake: 752.5 points

Team Keller: 756.2 points

As you can see, it was an extremely close competition. We didn’t win the overall championship, but we overcame obstacles, stepped out of our comfort zones, and claimed personal victories. You can’t quantify that with mere numbers! We are incredibly proud of everyone that participated in the challenge and took their fitness journey to the next level!

For those who love looking at metrics, these incredible stats that demonstrate how hard Team Southlake competed in this challenge are for you.

Total Miles Logged: 15,598.89 (the Proclaimers have nothing on us!)

Total Steps: 82,943,183

Total Points: 473,259

Total Participants: 630 Southlake residents!

The Fit City Challenge was an astonishing competition. We rallied together as a community and dedicated ourselves to getting out and being active! Not only that, but we had fun doing it too!

Here’s what a couple of Team Southlakers had to say about participating in the challenge:

“It’s been awesome being a part of the Fit City Challenge, representing the City of Southlake. My workouts began on February 1, Monday through Saturday. I woke up at 5:00 AM to get to the gym by 5:30 AM, with my target event being the Caveman Triathlon on April 10 in Flower Mound. My goal is to complete 20 triathlons before the close of 2022!” Jenny Vidotto.

“The competition was super close! Win or lose, we got some great engagement and feedback, so that’s a win in my book!” Jake Coldren, Fitness and Performance Supervisor.

The challenge may be over, but it’s no time to lose momentum! Challenge yourself to continue working towards 45 active minutes a day for optimal health and balance. Way to go, Team Southlake!

Join Southlake Sister Cities for the Rock Walk in the Park

We’re almost to the finish line of the Fit City Challenge, and we know just the way to rack up those final minutes!

Grab your walking shoes and creativity and meet Southlake Sister Cities on Saturday, May 14 at Bob Jones Park. Come out to Southlake’s new painted rock garden at 9:00 AM for a family-friendly, 0.5-mile hike on the paved path!

Come marvel at the painted rocks under the trees and take a moment to create your own painted rock that you can keep or leave behind to join the other painted rocks! Southlake Sister Cities will provide all the supplies to make your artistic vision come to life!

This is the perfect event to flex your athletic and creative muscles. Finish the Fit City Challenge strong with your friends and learn more about this incredible non-profit organization!

The rock garden is located next to the baseball fields, across from Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park.

See you at Bob Jones Park!