Spectacular Savings on Junior Personal Training Packages

We’re so excited to announce super summer savings packages of Junior 1:1 Personal Training which are available as of May 1, 2014 for use by August 31.

This package is for your children ages 10 – 18 years only and is a phenomenal value. You can choose hour or half-hour sessions (your trainer will help you choose the best option for your child based on goals for training). We offer a variety of talents in staff and hours available for training.

Personal training is great for children and teens of any fitness level, from those looking to improve their overall health and physical self-confidence to those seeking specific athletic and sport improvement. We will meet you at your level and help you to develop your best self.

Choose either package:

  • 15 hour-long sessions -OR -
  • 30 half-hour-long sessions
  • Member rate $390.00 (30% savings off normal package prices)
  • Non-Member rate is $445.00

Please inquire at the Member Services Desk or call 322-5300 and ask for Brooks.

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It’s time for veggies and flowers!  Beginning next Tuesday, April 22nd (Earth Day), AMFC members will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in the AMFC Garden & Nutrition Group.  Get this…to participate, you don’t have to water, or carry big bags o’ dirt, or even show up for meetings!

The workshops are new this year and give you the opportunity to get involved hands-on with garden and nutrition events, or just to observe and soak-in.

Signing up casts you nothing and require no commitment to getting dirty in the garden.  By registering for the group you will receive:

  • weekly emails with gardening and nutrition  information, helpful tips and the link to our AMFC Garden Blog
  • invites to on-site gardening and/or nutrition talks and demonstrations
  • “heads-ups” for first dibs on garden produce as it becomes available
  • The opportunity to ask questions of our Master Gardeners and Registered Dietitians in workshops and online chats

Special acknowledgement and thanks go to our new garden partners, the Lincoln High School Earth Club and their advisors Mr. Joshua Smith and Mr. Kyle Dietz.  The to the Earth Club and student leader, Anne Hand, our soon-to-be seedlings are getting all the space, sun, warmth, water and attention they need to become lil’ green giants in our AMFC garden.

If you have any questions, please call Barbara at 322-5302 or email



Meet AMFC charter member, and Fitness Hero, Dick Applequist.  He and his wife Connie could hear and see the progress of the Center’s construction from their home; when the doors were ready for opening, they were among the first members to have fun and get fit beginning in December of 1997.

AMFC Yoga Instructor, Kat Rykus, nominated Dick for Fitness Hero because of his unwavering dedication to maintaining a varied, balanced and disciplined regimen of strength, cardio and flexibility exercises including workouts on his own and group exercise classes.  He says that when he first started years ago, he was taking thyroid medication, carrying too many pounds and just didn’t feel all that great.  From the start, he worked with fitness staff to make a plan and then dove into 2 hour workouts covering strength, aerobics and stretching, 3 times per week, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.  (He kept Tuesday open for bowling in the winter and golf in the summer).

Actually Dick says, he feels better after 3 hours here than 3 hours at the golf course! His time per workout increased as he began to add more variety to his routine.  He knew he needed better flexibility and balance as he grew older, and so decided to give yoga and try; he discovered that yoga is wonderful for many aspects of health, strength and wellness – not just flexibility – so he’s stuck with it and is a true yogini. 

Some of his time here, which he also attributes to his great health and wellness, is time spent conversing with friends or enjoying a relaxing, invigorating steam.  “It’s all important,” he says, adding that the balance, community and stress reduction are all part of the mix lending to his kind, calm and sunny disposition.  Sometimes he uses the bike to cover cardio because he also uses that time to read.  Because he wants to thrive and enjoy life at every age, nothing gets in the way of his weekly scheduled workouts.  And that strategy works. 

Dick Applequist is an inspiring member and his commitment is proof positive that exercise is good medicine.

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AMFC Members Gary Gaspar and Julie English each nominated AMFC Personal Trainer, Mark Shane as an AMFC Fitness Hero. 

From Julie, “ I have worked with Mark for over 10 years.  I have used every excuse in the book not to work out and Mark has always just stood there with a smile J.  Mark has:
1. Good sense of humor
2.Patience of a Saint
3. The ability to make me want to work out
4. Makes me feel guilty when I skip
5. Great listener (kind of like a psychiatrist, he just nods and smiles at everything I say)

Overall, he has taught me how to work out correctly for my body.

Says Gary, “I’ve been working with Mark for over 15 years.  My initial goal was overall strength training.  Mark worked with me to set some specific goals and develop a training program to achieve them. I would work with him every other Friday and he would write up all of my workouts for the days between that I do on my own. We set a bench press goal of 315lbs, which is 3 plates on each side of the bar. (I weigh 175lbs).  After achieving the goal and surpassing it, I peaked at 325lbs.  Almost 3 years ago, I found out that I needed open heart surgery to replace a defective aortic valve that I had since birth.  Mark helped me through my rehabilitation and we set a goal of getting back to 315 on the bench prior to my 50% birthday.  We have made it to 305 several times and today I attempted 315 for the first time and came within a hair of getting it.  With 18 months to spare, I now know we will get there very soon!”


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Nominated by Julie Vipond
Whether Tasha is teaching a class or doing personal training with me, she always give you 100%. She knows just how far to push you and bring out the BEST in you! 

She is a tough trainer but so motivating, and she makes training and her classes really fun. She is very genuine and caring. Tasha leads by example on a daily basis. When times get rough in training, she is always there to lift me up. Kinds words combined with a little ‘motivational push’ makes all the difference in the world.