Monday, September 20, 2021

Falling into Jiu-Jitsu: Sign up for Adult Jiu-Jitsu this Fall

The summer celebrations came and went, and now is the perfect time to fall into a new routine!

Adult Jiu-Jitsu is back in September and October, and if you’ve been waiting for a sign to start a new hobby, this is it! Our Adult Jiu-Jitsu class is designed for beginners with little or no experience. In this class, you will learn basic moves, positions, and the fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu. Alongside our experienced instructor, you will learn step-by-step techniques and build a strong foundation in jiu-jitsu.

There are many benefits of practicing Jiu-Jitsu, and it’s never too late to start! The physical benefits are similar to those reaped from other martial arts. Due to its highly rigorous nature, it’s no surprise that Jiu-Jitsu helps with physical conditioning. You will get a cardio, stretch, resistance, and breath workout in a typical practice.

In addition to improving strength and condition, Jiu-Jitsu teaches you self-defense after several years of practice. Who doesn’t want to be prepared at all times? If nothing else, Jiu-Jitsu teaches you proper falling techniques to avoid injury. Hopefully, you’ll never have to defend yourself from a bad guy, but at least you’ll be able to show those pesky stairs who’s boss the next time they try to trip you up.

You may already know the physical benefits of practicing Jiu-Jitsu, such as burning calories, improving flexibility, and building strength. However, there are multiple mental health benefits as well. Jiu-jitsu teaches patience and discipline due to the importance of timing and rhythm in the Jiu-Jitsu technique. Jiu-Jitsu also helps reduce stress, which is vital to building patience and discipline.

The benefits of learning Jiu-Jitsu are undeniable. If the physical and mental advantages didn’t convince you, then keep in mind that learning a new skill and perfecting a hobby is fun! If nothing else, give yourself the satisfaction of challenging yourself in new ways. You may even meet some great friends along the way.

Adult Jiu-Jitsu starts on September 8 and runs through October 27. Practices are held on Wednesdays from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Champions Club Premier Studio. Register here.

See you on the mat!

Champions Club Opens its Doors to the Community for Their Open House

It’s no secret that Champions Club at The Marq Southlake is the best gym in Southlake. If you’re not a Champions Club member yet, you may be curious to see what’s inside this world-class facility.

If you’ve always wondered what it would be like to be a part of our family of champions, then you’re in luck! Join us on Saturday, July 24, from 11 AM-  2 PM during our Champions Club Open House. It’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to visit Champions Club for free—no membership or pass required!

We know choosing the best gym membership for you can be a daunting task. With so many gyms, fitness boutiques, and specialty clubs available, finding an option that works with your busy schedule can seem like a chore! Not to mention that so many places make you take an Odyssean journey to become a member or cancel your membership.

At Champions Club, we mean it when we say we’re a family, and family doesn’t make family jump through hoops. There’s no fee to become a Champions Club member, no annual fee, no contracts, and no cancelation fee! The price you see is the price you pay. We know that life happens, that’s why we make it seamless for you to join and cancel your membership whenever you need to. No strings attached.

If you’ve been thinking about joining, this is the perfect opportunity for you to see what it feels like to call yourself a Champion.

Here’s what some of our Champions Club family has to say about being a part of Champions Club:

“Champions Club provides an all-inclusive experience for our members. We are a one-stop shop for fitness, weightlifting, aquatics, group fitness, rentals, programs, and more!”

“My kids are members and love coming to Champions Club, and I love how safe Champions Club is!”

“Our facility has something for every age group, whether it’s small children, youth, or adults. We hope that you’ll find your path at Champions Club.”

See us on Saturday, July 24, and become a part of our family!

Kids Fitness Summer Series Arrives in Champions Club in July

Champions Club fights summer boredom with the Kids Fitness Summer Series!

The Dog Days of Summer are here, and your little ones may be starting to get anxious after a month of summer vacation. Luckily for you, Champions Club is introducing the Kids Fitness Summer Series to get your children off the couch and hooked on staying active!

We know our Champions Club members are no strangers to the world of fitness. After all, you didn’t choose to become a member of a world-class facility for nothing. Here at Champions Club, we know that building lifelong healthy habits is a skill best learned early. We are here to share the joy of fitness and recreation with every single member, even the littlest champions!

The Kids Fitness Summer Series will introduce your child to fitness through fun and free classes! Located in the Fieldhouse at Champions Club and taught by our unbeatable group fitness instructors, this series is guaranteed to be a blast!

Here is the schedule for July:

Kids Zumba- Wednesday, July 21 at 6:00 pm
Teach your children the joy of movement through dance and burn off the summer boredom to funky world-beats.

Kids High Fitness- Monday, July 26 at 6:00 pm
Kids will enjoy a fun, dance-focused class mixed up with all your favorites music! This class is sure to have your kids dancing to the beat as it combines interval training with easy-to-follow choreography.

Kids Sports Fit- Wednesday, July 28 at 6:00 pm
Develop your kiddo’s agility and coordination in this light and upbeat atmosphere. Your child will enjoy running, jumping, and showing off their skills!

Not a Champions Club member? The Kids Fitness Summer Series is available to everyone—no registration or membership required! However, we know you’ll fall in love with our beautiful facility and world-class group fitness staff. Learn more about becoming a Champions Club Member here.

Are you ready to share your passion for fitness with the next generation of champions? We’ll see you at the Champions Club Fieldhouse!

City Council Approves the Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan

City Council adopted the City of Southlake’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan at its June 15 meeting.

The Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan is an element of the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan, which encompasses the vision, goals and objectives that define the values in the community.  The plan development represents over a year and a half of work between elected and appointed officials, community stakeholders and citizens and will serve as a framework to guide decisions related to parks and open space planning for the future.

In 2019, City Council appointed the Parks Board to oversee the development of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. As part of the plan’s development, the Park Board conducted a community parks citizens survey and studied the results, received feedback from social media engagement, held 15 public meetings, received input from other City boards such as the Southlake Youth Action Committee, Senior Advisory Committee, Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership and School Health Advisory Council, held an open house to receive public feedback on the plan and held a SPIN (Southlake Programs for the Involvement of Neighborhoods) meeting.

In addition, both the City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on the plan prior to adoption. The plan development process took place in four phases: review of the current state of parks recreation and open spaces, incorporate community feedback and develop new concept plans and recommendations.

Once the Park Board developed the recommendations were divided into three categories: citywide policy recommendations, capital parks projects recommendations and non-capital parks project recommendations.

For each specific recommendation, a relative tier ranking was established to articulate the expected implementation timeframe for that recommendation and are then prioritized and ranked by the parks board and City Council.

“Great parks and open space play such an important role in strengthening our community, improving our physical and mental health, and making Southlake a great community to live and work.  The Park Board in conjunction with the Community Services and Planning and Development Departments have worked diligently over the past 18 months to create a plan that will serve as a blueprint to ensure that Southlake has great parks and open space to serve our citizens and many future generations,” Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker said.

A full copy of the newly adopted City of Southlake Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan is available on the City of Southlake’s website.

The plan encompasses strategies that will continue to accommodate the growing Southlake community by creating more opportunities for recreational programs and services, in addition to investing in enhanced park facilities and open spaces.

These recommendations were collected utilizing community surveys, public meetings and social media engagement.

Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve to Celebrate Earth Day with a Community Hike

Grab your sunscreen and hiking boots for the Earth Day Community Hike!

The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve is celebrating Earth Day early this year by inviting all nature enthusiasts to join us on an Earth Day Community Hike on Saturday, April 17 at 10 am. Earth Day is celebrated globally on April 22 in honor of working towards a more sustainable future. What better way to connect with the Earth and the creatures that inhabit it than by spending quality time in nature?

Join us for a morning on the Preserve Trails as we make our way to Grapevine Lake. Led by Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve staff, this Community Hike will be all about the plants and animals who call the Preserve home, how we can help them, and the incredible history of the land.

Learn more about the Jones family who lived on this land and their contributions to the City of Southlake as you explore the winding trails. Be on the lookout for tracks and hints of the diverse wildlife that are native to this land. Get in some solid exercise while becoming more knowledgeable about this treasured Southlake spot.

The Earth Day Community Hike is suitable for guests of all ages and hiking levels. Be sure to bring a water bottle, comfortable clothes you can get dirty, and closed-toe shoes. The hike to Grapevine Lake is two miles, and there will be frequent stops.

Registration ends on Thursday, April 14. Don’t delay; register today!

Champions Club Celebrates Member Appreciation Week

Champions Club members enjoyed a week full of featured fitness classes, a scavenger hunt, and fun surprises.

Champions Club celebrated Member Appreciation Week last week with several members-only events from April 5-10, 2021. From fitness gurus to toddlers, Member Appreciation Week had something for the entire family! The week was jammed-packed with fun activities such as Mommy & Me Yoga, free chair massages for members, Toddler Playtime, Facebook Live Q&As with a certified personal trainer and a dietitian, Backyard Game Night, and a GooseChase scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunt prizes ranged from Champions Club swag to Apple Air Pods, an Apple Watch, and a Percussive Therapy Device.

The week culminated on Saturday with a Zumba party at the Aria Amphitheater and the Member Bash. Dozens of members and their families came out to celebrate the Champions Club community. Food, games, bounce houses, and prizes were favorite features of the grand event.

“We had so much fun celebrating our members all week long! Our members are the heart of Champions Club and it was so special getting to treat them last week,” claimed Guest Services Supervisor, Erika Bashaw. “My favorite event was the Member Bash on Saturday. It was a beautiful day and our members really enjoyed the inflatables, live DJ, and yummy treats!”

Champions Club is more than a state-of-the-art recreation facility. It is a family. We know that our members make us stand apart from similar services, and we are truly grateful for your trust and support. Thank you so much to everyone who showed up and participated! We hope the week was memorable and look forward to creating more life-long memories as the premier recreation destination in Southlake!

Did you miss out on the fun? Become a Champions Club member today to take advantage of our fitness classes, Aquatics Center, world-class fitness equipment, and special member events.

Club Metro is in Full Swing this Spring

Club Metro hit the ground running this Spring season to provide world-class Adaptive Recreation programs to our Southlake residents.

A Parks and Recreation Department is only as strong as its ease of accessibility to quality programming for every resident. Southlake’s Adaptive Recreation programs aim to encourage residents of all abilities to lead an active lifestyle. Club Metro is Southlake’s premier program, bringing together our community with opportunities for socialization, learning, and fun!

Club Metro has been busy this Spring welcoming back old and new faces alike. With multiple weekly in-person and virtual meeting options available, there is always something exciting happening at Club Metro! Club members can look forward to art, games, yoga classes, special guests, and more! New activities this season include Zumba classes and virtual themed-goody boxes for club members to enjoy at home.

This season, Club Metro is introducing two new opportunities for increased interaction! Due to popular demand, Mondays will now be offered to supplement Tuesdays, Thursdays, and virtual Wednesdays. In addition, Club Metro introduced Sports Saturdays on March 27. Sports like Kickball, Softball, and Basketball are now available to players of all abilities.

All successful recreation programs require passion and dedication from staff and the community, and Club Metro is no exception. The connections formed in Club Metro lead to incredible life-long memories for everyone involved.

“Club Metro has always been about meeting new friends, learning new and exciting activities, and of course having fun!” Exclaimed Club Lead, Oscar Rodriguez.

Register for the next Club Metro meeting here.

Summer Camp Registrations Open April 1

If you had a blast at one of our Spring Break camps, then mark your calendars because summer camp registration opens on April 1 at 8:00 am!

They are back and more popular than ever! Claim your spot for Summer Camp Mania and Cross Timbers Nature Camp for a summer filled with world-class experiences and forming lifelong memories.

Camp Mania

Summer Camp Mania is bringing entertainment to campers this summer with plenty of fun surprises for the kiddos! Instead of field trips, guest artists and contractors will visit the camp to guarantee exciting and educational experiences every day. Learn about becoming a DJ, jump up and down in a wild bounce house, and express your personality with an airbrush tattoo from a guest artist. Camp favorite activities such as visiting Bicentennial Park, swimming in the Aquatics Center, and playing games with counselors will be back as well!

Cross Timbers Nature Camp

Cross Timbers Nature Camp will also open for registration for all nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts! Campers will have the opportunity to explore the trails, learn about the species that inhabit them, and become good stewards of our Cross Timbers Ecosystem.

Summer Camp Mania and Cross Timbers Nature Camp are each offered for nine weeks during the summer. Campers can register for one week or all nine; however, they must enroll and pay for each week they want to attend. Specialty camps will also be offered this summer for those interested in athletics, science, or STEAM. Learn all about our various camp offerings on our website.

If you know you want to register for camp, but aren’t sure which one is right for you, then make sure to attend our Camp Fair at Champions Club on April 17! Explore each summer camp’s booth where you can learn more about the activities planned for each one.

Registration for summer camps opens on April 1 for City of Southlake residents and April 15 for nonresidents. Visit our website for more information such as COVID-19 Precautions and parent packets.

We’ll see you at camp!

Spring Break Camp Mania Thrilled Campers at Champions Club

Champions Club was busy last week as 30 campers took over for this year’s Spring Break Camp Mania.

Camp Mania had another successful year of fun, smiles, and laughter. School was out for the week, but that didn’t stop these campers from learning and playing with friends. Campers enjoyed a trip to Bicentennial Park, a dodgeball competition, and a swim day at Champions Club’s state-of-the-art Aquatics Center.

Champions Club provided the ideal background for the ultimate Spring Break Camp experience. Equipped with a large classroom, an indoor turf field, an Aquatics Center, and proximity to Bicentennial Park, campers had plenty of opportunities to let their imaginations run wild.

Activities at the Aquatics Center consisted of riding water slides, relaxing on the lazy river, and playing with pool toys provided by the Aquatics Coordinator and Supervisor. Park activities at the Playground included a zipline, slides, and monkey bars. Other highlights were a movie day, freeze dance and tag, and a joke-telling competition between staff members judged by the campers. The weather was beautiful all week long, and every day was a new adventure packed with great activities.

Camp Mania is truly a staple of the Southlake Community Services Department. Getting better and better every year, this year we welcomed new faces and familiar friends. Those who have experienced Camp Mania before will attest that it is always an enjoyable experience.

When asked about her experience planning Camp Mania, Gretchen Morgan, programs coordinator, stated that “Camp Mania has always been a fun and exciting experience for kids. Seeing their smiles at the end of each day lets us know that we have done our job. Of course, pulling off such an incredible camp experience for the Southlake community would not have been possible without the hard work of our dedicated camp counselors and full-time staff.”

Spring Break may be over; however, summer is just around the corner! Keep an eye on our website to register for Camp Mania during the summer. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss!