The Plex Fitness Report
Here, our highly-qualified team will tackle everything from germs to gym etiquette. If you’re fitness focused and curious about the world around you, please subscribe to The Plex Fitness Report!
All of us here at The Plex are happy to announce that we have an amazing new Fitness Director. You know him, you love him, everyone give a big round of applause for Billy Creutz!
We are so excited for Billy in his new position, and we know we’re going to go far under his leadership. We couldn’t have asked for a better person to fill the position than Billy. He is a powerhouse of ideas and energy, the perfect kind of person to take on the job.
Nationally accredited with academic distinction by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Billy has been serving the Four States area for 3 years as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and group fitness director. A 20-year Air Force veteran, Billy is no stranger to performance training and group exercise. After retiring from the Air Force and joining the Civilian Sector, Billy discovered that he could continue aiding people in pursuing their personal and professional fitness goals and was blessed to find a new home waiting for him at the Sportsplex. Billy is committed to developing and delivering a diverse catalog of the finest quality original group exercise content to our fitness family and the larger Four States area.
So, everyone, if you see Billy, be sure to give him congratulations!
It’s that time of year again… Summer! It’s already really hot out, so we’re sure you’re ready to make a splash out in the pool.
Don’t know how to swim? Well, we’ve got that covered too!
We’re about to start up this year’s swim lessons, taught by Collier Cordray. Collier has over three years of experience, so you or your kiddos will be in safe hands! Our lessons are available for anyone from ages three and up.
We are offering both private and group lessons. Our group beginner lessons will be happening in the morning, while our group intermediate lessons will be held in the afternoon. For a private swim lesson, call us at 903-838-4697. Our private lessons are first come first serve, so you better act fast!
Students will learn basic swimming techniques such as proper swim form, how to hold breath underwater, how to control breathing while swimming, how to blow bubbles, and more! Our intermediate classes will focus on honing the skills mentioned above to help our students to become even better and stronger swimmers.
Private lessons are $300 for members and $380 for non-members, while group lessons are $200 for members and $280 for members.
Are your young athletes ready to take athletics training to the next level? You don’t want your young sports stars to fall out of practice over the summer, and there’s no better way to keep them in tip top shape than enrolling them in the XLR8 summer program! XLR8 will strengthen the skills of the athletes enrolled and help them tap into potential that they didn’t even know was there.
The summer open enrollment for classes will run through the end of May. Training will begin on June 4 and will continue until August 9. For students involved in football and volleyball, the training season is a bit shorter, ending on July 29 before the season begins at school. Training opportunities are available for every athlete from kindergarten to the professional level. They don’t have to be the best player, but they have to have the drive to get there! Students need to come and be prepared to be pushed to the limit so that they can surpass what they thought they were capable of. Classes run for an hour and are offered several times a week. Each class is broken down into age groups, so no one has to worry about being put in a group with athletes much older than them!
Get yourself or your student athletes ready for the fall season by training with XLR8. Focus on increasing endurance, building strength, raising speed, and conditioning muscles, so that you or your athlete will be at peak performance at whatever sport is played.
If you sign up by May 18, you will receive $50 off your registration!
To register, or for more information, call John Clack at 903-908-7105 or Dave Welch at 903-733-7105. You can also check out the website here!
This year, in observance of Every Kid Healthy Week, HealthCARE Express and The Sportsplex want to help celebrate and support sound nutrition, regular physical activity, and other health-promoting programs.
What is Every Kid Healthy Week (EKHW)? EKHW is a weeklong national observance during the week of April 23-27 (So it’s coming soon!) created to bring health consciousness and awareness to the forefront of the minds of parents and children. EKHW focuses on improving health and wellness of children not only so that they can lead healthier and happier lives, but doing so also helps them become better prepared to learn in school! A healthy body equals a healthy mind, after all.
HealthCARE Express and The Sportsplex will be hosting different events during the week, doing something special each day to bring attention to EKHW.
Monday, April 23rd you can join HealthCARE Express and their lovable mascot, Klondike, as they go for a stroll around the park (will be specified what park when that info becomes available). Tuesday will follow with us hosting a family fitness night! Bring your whole family to The Plex and exercise together. Kids learn by example, so there’s no better way to let them know how to be healthy than by showing them! On Wednesday, (name of store) will be hosting a healthy snack taste testing event! Come and try out different fruits, vegetables, and other snacks to find healthy alternatives to food you and your children may be eating. Thursday will be the return of our successful, Yoga in the Park event out at Spring Lake Park! Come out with your children and learn how to do yoga together. Everyone there is of varying skill levels, so don’t worry about you or your children embarrassing yourselves. Finally, on Friday EKHW cumulates with us finishing the week off at (name of business) where you can bring your kids for a healthy and fun time!
Along with these daily activities, we will also be posting daily challenges to our Facebook page, so be sure to check in every day to see what we will have going on! If you post pictures or videos of you and your family participating in these challenges you will be entered in a drawing for an awesome prize! Each day you participate counts as another entry, so participate in the challenges every day for better odds!
Sounds fun, right? We can’t wait to see what you guys do to helps us celebrate this week!
Your family at The Plex
How’s it going everyone?
We here at The Plex would like to proudly introduce our OUTSTANDING Members of the Month: Michelle Haselow and Janice Norton! These lovely ladies can definitely serve as an inspiration to all of us, whether you are taking your first steps toward fitness, or you’re well on your way of your fitness journey. Watch this awesome video to hear their stories and why they decided to get fit. Who knows? Maybe you’ll learn a little something from them.
Most people tend to eat a lot during the holiday season, not to mention the tendency to slack off a bit on their workout regimens. You may indulge a bit in too many pieces of fun-sized candy bars at Halloween, too much turkey and dressing at Thanksgiving, or too many cookies or pieces of pie at Christmas, but luckily The Plex is here with an awesome deal to help you keep off those holiday pounds! We’re offering a great deal for the next three months for this exact reason.
What is this amazing deal, you ask?
Well, we’re grouping together three months’ worth of membership fees at a discounted rate so you can hit the gym and fall into fitness. Pay only $99 for a single membership, $199 for a couple’s membership, and $299 for a family membership (minimum of three people and a max of five). These prices are for the entire three months, lasting for a full 90 days after you register. You can register for this special between now and the end of October, and while that seems like a long time from now, the days will go by quickly! Sign up as soon as possible and get to work on improving your health and working toward making a better you.
For more information, call The Sportsplex at 903-838-4697, or drop by in person at 5610 Richmond Rd., Texarkana, TX 75503.
We all know that the gym is a place to keep your body fit and healthy. But what most of us don’t know is how many germs are floating around while you’re working out.
Do you know what the top 9 most germy areas are at the gym?
If not, you’re in luck because we are here to tell you what they are and how to avoid the germs.
- Cardio Equipment
Cardio equipment includes treadmills, ellipticals, stairmaster, and anything else that gets your heart pumping.
Because these machines are so frequently used, they accumulate a lot of sweat and germs. Be sure to always wipe down the equipment with a sanitized wipe before and after use. This will remove the germs and sweat left by the person before you, and remove yours for the person after you.
- Swimming Pool
Here at The Sportsplex, our pool is a big attraction, therefore, it has a lot of foot traffic throughout the day. Germs inside as well as outside the pool are in full gear during summer. The salt inside the pool kills almost all the germs left by swimmers, but to be on the safe side, here are some tips to stay healthy:
- Wear a swim cap
- Wear nose and ear plugs
- Wear goggles if going under water
Also be sure to rinse off after your dip in the pool.
- Radio and TV channel devices
If you like to watch TV or listen to the radio at the gym, you are probably using the channel controller that is attached to certain equipment. Because of the frequent use of these, they carry a lot of germs. To avoid these germs, be sure to wipe down the device before and after you use the equipment.
- Group class rooms
Whether you’re taking a yoga class or spinning, the room still has germs floating around from the class before you. Be sure to bring your own mat to classes, to avoid laying on germs. If you don’t have your own mat, lay a towel down between you and the mat. And as always, be sure to wipe your equipment down before and after your class.
- Showers and locker rooms
After a hard workout we know that you want a nice shower and change of clothes, but be sure to know your surrounding in the locker room. Just like you, others are sweating and sitting down on the benches. If you sit on the benches in the locker room, always be fully clothed to keep your skin away from germs left behind.
- Weight changing levers
We know that everyone lifts different size weights, so we also know that the weight changing levers on machines are frequently used. Coming in at number five most germy on our list, we want to remind you to always wipe down the lever before and after you use it.
- Sports activity equipment
Sports activity equipment are things like yoga balls. Because of their frequent use at The Sportsplex, we want to be sure they are as clean as possible. To keep you as healthy as possible, we recommend not touching your face until after you have washed your hands.
- Free weights
Free weights are things like dumbbells and kettlebells. Dumbbells are one of the most used items in the gym so they get a lot of germs throughout the day. After your use of free weights be sure to wash your hands before touching your face or mouth.
- Water Fountains
Water fountains rank as number 1 most germy in the gym. From the spout that the water comes out of, to the handle you press, they are germ central. To avoid these germs at all cost, be sure to bring a water bottle to the gym with you. If you need to use the water fountain be sure to wipe the handle and spout before using.
Our number one focus here at The Sportsplex is to keep you healthy. That includes everything to making sure your equipment is working, to making sure it is clean. Your use of these simple tips will help keep you healthy and in the gym everyday, because sick days just aren’t in the workout plan.
-The Plex team
Dear Members and Guests,
On behalf of our entire staff, I would like to welcome you to The Sportsplex by HealthCARE Express. We are Texarkana’s largest family-oriented health, fitness and sports complex. Our goal is to make your fitness experience a very positive one, and I want to personally thank you for giving us the opportunity.
To better acquaint you with The Sportsplex by HealthCARE Express, I’d like to share a brief background of our facility. In 1986, The Sportsplex by HealthCARE Express started as a small fitness-only center on Richmond Road and Interstate 30. Since then, we have expanded numerous times and relocated to our current location: 5610 Richmond Rd. Today, we occupy six acres and employee over 200 staff members that are ready to service your individual needs.
Our physical facility is the newest and most comprehensive of its kind in the Ark-La-Tex. We boast a world class 31,000 square-foot adult fitness center equipped with the most state-of-the-art fitness equipment, such as Precor, Nautilus, FreeMotion, True Fitness, Magnum, Matrix Fitness, TechnoGym and more.
Our family recreation center is one of a kind in a health club setting. It spans 15,000 square feet and includes indoor basketball and volleyball courts, a four-floor contained play structure, arcade, youth fitness and redemption and concession areas. In addition, we have a 70-yard combination natural turf football and soccer field.
Our aquatics and sports complex is 40,000 square feet, and the top highlights include a 25-yard lap pool, themed water park recreational pool, beach volleyball courts and basketball courts.
For families with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, we have a new 12,000 square-foot. facility. The After School Program is one of the fitness industry’s most renowned and award-winning programs. Visited by Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to compliment the work with Obese Children, highlighted in 2005 TIME Magazine article The Politics of FAT, Sportsplex After-School Program received the 2008 Reader’s Choice by Four States Living Magazine. Most recently, Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro awarded us with Best Children’s Program in the Fitness Industry. Please visit the CHILDCARE Section to get more detailed information!
What separates us from all the other’s, though, is our “team” at the Sportsplex. Our highly educated staff is here to assist and serve you with an outstanding experience each time you visit.
Once again, I want to welcome you to the Sportsplex family! Thank you for making a healthy decision that will prove to be a life changing experience.
In Good Health,
The Sportsplex by HealthCARE Express
The Sportsplex by HealthCARE Express is propelling itself to the forefront of the Texarkana fitness community with a newly formed strategic partnership with Xcelerate Athletix. Formerly located in the Nash Business Park, XLR8 will be located at the all new Sportsplex Campus on Moore’s Lane this coming April. XLR8 brings a new layer of dynamic programming to the already extensive offerings of the new Sportsplex. John Clack Jr. has been chosen as Chief Operating Partner of the Sportsplex. The addition of his unique training facility, combined with his 20 years + of industry experience will lead Texarkana fitness to new levels.
XLR8 is an all-sport athletic performance enhancement program. It is the ultimate leader in speed, agility, strength, and conditioning training to develop athletes, raising them to the next level of performance. In addition to the indoor training facility already offered through the program, XLR8 will now offer an outdoor athletic training field and an outdoor lap pool for underwater resistance training.
“I have so many emotions about it,” John Clack Jr. said, when asked how he felt about this new venture. “I now have the opportunity to influence the lives of significantly more people than what I’ve been limited to. It’s the entire reason over the last five years I’ve been building a world-class training center for all athletes to call home. Now, that dream is closer to a reality.”
The current XLR8 facility encompasses a training space of 6,500 square feet. By partnering with the Sportsplex, the physical space available to train will expand exponentially. The field house at The Sportsplex boasts over 9,000 square feet plus an additional outdoor training area. With this expansion and growth potential, XLR8 is currently seeking new team members. They are already actively recruiting an additional performance coach and two assistant trainers.
The electric and energetic environment of XLR8 is one of the key selling points for new clients and athletes. Clack explains that the program, “is not only physically training young athletes, but also shaping character, determination, and leadership ability, instilling confidence into these young men and women. Our philosophy is to build relationships. We provide inspiration and encouragement along with the building blocks of science based athletic performance training.”
Enrollment for an incredible summer program with XLR8 kicks off on March 6. The 10 week program begins on June 5th and runs through August 11th. This elite training system is open to athletes entering 3 rd grade and extends through the collegiate and pro level. For more information on The Sportsplex, XLR8 or the XLR8 summer program, please call 903-908-7105 or come by our location at 5610 Richmond Rd, Texarkana, TX 75503 between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.