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NEW! Teen TRX at Cooper Fitness Center

At Cooper Fitness Center, Dallas, our Youth Programs provide endless activities for kids and teens. Designed specifically for teenagers, this week we are introducing Teen TRX Hybrid!

Teen TRX Hybrid is a full-body workout that incorporates the TRX Suspension Training system and other equipment including battle ropes, kettle bells, slide boards and stability balls. In small groups of no more than six, the teens benefit from the camaraderie of group training and the individualized attention of personal training.

Professional Fitness Trainer Ryan Sheppard is excited to work with teens at Cooper Fitness Center. “TRX training is great for teenagers,” Ryan said. “It ensures that they are proficient with their own body weight before adding weight on the machines.”

He joined Cooper Fitness Center in December, but he first got a taste of being Cooperized in 2004 when he was an intern here. As an innate teacher, Ryan has also worked with The University of Alabama, Birmingham Southern College, Baylor University, YMCA and most recently, was the Assistant Strength Coach at Georgia Southern University.

With the use of the speed ladder and hurdles, teens also learn to move better and improve coordination. Register today!

Dates:
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:45-5:30 p.m.

Session 1: March 18–April 24
Session 2: April 29–June 5

Watch a video as Mary Edwards, Cooper Fitness Center Dallas Fitness Director, introduces TRX suspension training.

For more information, contact Mary Edwards at 972.233.4832, ext. 4230 or email medwards@cooperfitnesscenter.comRegister today!

Cooper Fitness Center Unveils Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

February 11, 2014 2 comments

Today it’s hard to grasp that exercise was not a part of daily life in the ’70s. Dr. Cooper first opened Cooper Fitness Center, Dallas in 1972 and it was rebuilt in 1982 after a fire.

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cooper
1982 (left)  |  2014 (right)  

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cooper
with son Dr. Tyler Cooper (CEO of Cooper Aerobics Enterprises)
and his wife, Angie, and kids

Feb. 5, 2014

In April 2012, we began a $7.5 million renovation and Feb. 5, 2014 we celebrated the completion of the renovation. To mark this milestone, we invited local media to join the ceremonial event. Instead of a ribbon-cutting ceremony we did it the Cooperized way and had a ribbon run-through!

Drs. Cooper ran through the ribbon being held by Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman in the newly-renovated lobby of Cooper Fitness Center. Roger and Troy, who have many things common, also have something else in common that not everyone knows—they are Cooperized! Members of Cooper Fitness Center, they have both been supporters of Cooper Aerobics for many years. Did you know Roger was a patient of Dr. Cooper’s in the ’70s? And Troy is co-chairman of the Healthy School Zone Recognition Program at The Cooper Institute?

“A few years ago, as we were looking at where we were as an organization and where we needed to go, we recognized that for a very nice, high-end fitness center, we were dealing with a 1982 building,” said Dr. Tyler Cooper, CEO of Cooper Aerobics Enterprises and the son of “Father of Aerobics” Dr. Kenneth Cooper. “We realized that that we needed to take a few steps back to move forward and improve the experience of our membership.”

Read the news release and see highlights from The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, D Daily Healthcare, Preston Hollow Advocate and others here.

Not only did we celebrate with the media, but also with Cooper Fitness Center members and staff. We were open throughout the renovation to continue providing services to our members. As you can imagine, they went through much transition to have the renovated building we have today.

At the member celebration, Cooper Aerobics and Cooper Fitness Center staff volunteered to demonstrate activities in each of the areas within the fitness center. Our members and their guests enjoyed seeing programs like TRX in Small Group Training, Private Pilates, Yoga, Indoor Cycle, Group Exercise and spa treatments in Cooper Spa.

“We have accomplished a lot since we first opened Cooper Fitness Center more than 40 years ago,” Dr. Tyler Cooper said. “[With the renovated facility], we are equipping the next generation to live better, longer, more productive lives.”

See more photos of the renovated facility at cooperfitnesscenter.com and on the Cooper Aerobics Facebook page. Click here to request a tour of Cooper Fitness Center.

TRX Small Group Training

January 31, 2014 1 comment

We’ve gotten an inside look at Cooperized Movement Small Group Training—now Director of Fitness Mary Edwards walks us through a TRX class.

Led by Cooper Fitness Center professional fitness trainers, Small Group Training at Cooper Fitness Center begins Monday, Feb. 3. Click here to sign up!

Congratulations to Our Members!

November 25, 2013 Leave a comment

At the end of each year we honor our Cooper Fitness Center Dallas members who strive to live according to the mission of personal wellness. We are thrilled to announce this year’s winners. All of our winners were nominated by fellow Cooper Fitness Center members as well as Cooper teammates. These individuals not only lead a lifestyle of personal wellness incorporating fitness and proper nutrition into their daily habits, but they serve as a role model to others and are active in their community. All winners will be honored with Dr. Cooper later this month—congratulations!

Mr. & Mrs. Aerobics: Keith and Cindy Howe
Keith and Cindy joined Cooper Fitness Center shortly after Cindy participated in the Cooper Wellness lifestyle program in June 2008. She began training with Director of Fitness and Professional Fitness Trainer Mary Edwards and Keith started training with Professional Fitness Trainer Laura Alton one or two sessions a week. Cindy and Keith truly live a Cooperized lifestyle! Aside from their inspiring exercise regime, they both receive an annual preventive exam at Cooper Clinic and visit Cooper Spa to relax and manage their stress. Cindy volunteers at a local assisted living community and has even hosted one of their monthly birthday celebrations! At work, Keith was instrumental, as former CFO, to bringing his company to a healthy state. While staying busy with work and travel, they also consciously manage their nutritioncooking at home, ordering smart when eating out or grabbing lunch at Cedars Woodfire Grill at Cooper Aerobics after a workout. “They let all of this bleed over into their lifestyle outside of Cooper as they encourage activity and good nutrition when spending time with friends and family,” Mary said.

Female of the Year: Laura Pritchard
As a competitive marathoner, Laura “ran” into many injuries along her health journey. After breaking her hip, tearing a calf muscle and conquering piriformis syndrome, Laura sought out professional training from Professional Fitness Trainer Josh Cuellas. As she continued to grow her strength and was able to run again, her goals changed. She decided she wanted to be a triathlete. “I knew by now she was all in and there was nothing that was going to stop her,” Josh said. Laura trained harder than ever, running, biking and overcoming her fear of the water. She sure did—during her triathlon she swam 2.25 miles in Lake Jocassee, S.C. in 1 hour and 45 minutes! In September, Laura finished the Augusta Half Ironman in 6 hours and 37 minutes. Josh said, “Laura amazes me with her will power to work through pain and not let anything come between her and her goals.”

Male of the Year: Chris Kouba
About six years ago, Chris decided to Cooperize his life and he has never looked back! His wife, Hillary, said, “In all aspects of Chris’ life he is constantly trying to find ways to point people in this (Cooper) direction.” As the campus pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church’s Dallas Campus, Chris is a role model in many ways. He has recruited many workout buddies to join Cooper Fitness Center and has formed great relationships with other members.

Most Improved of the Year: Scott Franklin
In 2012, Scott and a fellow member, Ray Garfield, began a contest together to help jump start their weight loss journey. Over the course of their competition, they gained attention from members who frequently asked about their progress. Today, Scott is happy to tell them he’s lost more than 35 pounds. When people ask about his weight loss he attributes a large part to a comment Dr. Cooper made to him, “You can’t outwork a bad diet.” Scott ushers at church, serves on a board for Deserving Students Scholarships and mentors at The University of Texas at Dallas. Diana Cooper, Cooper Fitness Center teammate, said one of the first things he tells students is ‘being a business executive is stressful. That is why working out is importantto help balance and relieve the stress.

Youth of the Year: Mona Mohamed
In September, 12-year-old Mona moved with her family to Dallas temporarily from Canada and has truly embraced the opportunity to learn and practice a lifestyle of health and wellness at Cooper Fitness Center. Quinn Ray, Programs Director at Cooper Fitness Center, said, “the amount of exercise she has committed to at this young age shows her level of maturity and dedication.” With private swimming and tennis lessons, Mona still finds time to participate in the IGNITE! program. Mona is a great example for her brother as well as all of the youth at Cooper!

Classic of the Year: Betty Swenson

Well into her eighth decade, Betty consistently utilizes the fitness workout pyramid of strength training, cardiovascular training and flexibility. “In addition to Betty’s fitness commitment she also volunteers at a local hospital on a regular basis,” Jill Samaniego, Group Exercise Instructor at Cooper Fitness Center said. “She inspires all around her with her positive attitude and beautiful spirit.” Betty takes Body Blast, Body Sculpt, Classic Pilates, Classic Body Sculpt classes and probably others! She is friendly and encourages new members to join her and try various classes. “Betty inspires me to keep on keeping on,” Jill said.

To learn more about a membership at Cooper Fitness Center Dallas click here or call 972-233-4832.

Cooper Challenge on Good Morning Texas

October 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Did you see familiar faces on Good Morning Texas earlier this month? If you missed it, we’ll be on air live again tomorrow! The producers at WFAA-ABC selected four bloggers to work with Cooper Clinic dietitian Meridan Zerner and Cooper Fitness Center’s Director of Fitness Mary Edwards for four months as part of the Cooper Challenge. On Oct. 2 Meridan introduced each contestant and shared their challenges and opportunities for weight loss. Meridan said each of these contestants face common challenges that we all struggle with and wanted to share to help motivate others. Check them out:

Valerie is an award-winning blogger for Family eGuide who has struggled with her diet. Valerie was trying to lose weight with a very low-calorie diet (approximately 1,000-1,200 calories per day). Meridan said with her height and weight she needed a more balanced diet and is working on a more balanced diet with minimal carbs at night.

A dad of five kiddos, Colby also known as “Days of a Domestic Dad” online, doesn’t get much good quality sleep. Meridan said that not receiving proper sleeps can be a huge barrier in maintaining or losing weight. Rather than measuring his progress on the scale, Meridan said she wants to look at his change of body fat.

Arena also known as “The Nerd’s Wife” eats a lot of take out. Rather than eliminating it all together, Meridan will help her to choose better choices and slowly start adding in easy nutritious meals she can prep at home.

Latrice also known as “The Untidy Clean Freak” has a challenge we can all understand—she is a chef, so she is always around food! With her diet plan, Meridan is trying to lower her blood pressure with minimal sodium. Latrice said one of her goals is to run the National Veteran’s Day Run in Dallas on Nov. 11—go Latrice!

After introducing each contestant, Meridan gave a breakfast nutrition consultation. “Studies show those who have breakfast eat less over the course of the day,” Meridan stated. She presented many quick breakfast options (under 300 calories) to help jump start their Cooper Challenge. Click here to watch the video clip.

Along with a healthy diet, Mary provided simple at-home workouts for our contestants—even if they can’t make it into the gym. A common struggle for all four contestants was a lack of time. Mary demonstrated a few exercise moves to get them moving and to kick off the challenge—click here to watch the video.

As bloggers, our contestants have been sharing their Cooper Challenge journey on their multitude of social media channels with the hash tag #CooperChallenge. Reach out to the contestants via email, Twitter, Facebook—whatever social media channel you have to give them words of encouragement to help reach their goals and to Get Cooperized™.

Tune in tomorrow morning to catch up with our contestants, hear their progress and get further health tips from Meridan and Mary to keep them on track!

To receive free health tips from Cooper Aerobics, click here to receive The Cooperized. Distributed on the first and third Tuesday of the month, The Cooperized offers research-based health information and tips from all of our Cooper experts, guiding you to Get Cooperized™.

For more personalized help, learn more about nutrition services at Cooper Clinic and professional training at Cooper Fitness Center.

Salad in a Jar

October 8, 2013 3 comments

Salad in a JarAt the beginning of the week if I don’t prepare a midday meal or snacks for the work week ahead I’ll find myself buying lunch, skipping lunch or finding an alternative (not so healthy) snack in my desperation to stop my hunger.

That’s where my love of Pinterest helps out! This is a great resource to find and share simple recipes. I found a great concept of ‘salad in a jar’ that is wildly popular on Pinterest and now a favorite way of my own to get my veggies in.

Preparing a Salad in a Jar is easy and the best part—it stays fresh! Bringing a salad to work can be aggravating when your lettuce is soggy or your dressing spills, it’s just not the same as making one at home. Worry no more! Save old pasta sauce bottles or something similar in size to store your salads to create the perfect lunch.

  1. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of dressing at the bottom of the jar. A few of my favorites are: Frank’s® RedHot® Hot Cayenne Pepper Sauce for spice, a chopped juicy grapefruit dressing for a fruity salad or just a light vinaigrette.
  2. Add all ingredients that can marinade in the dressing (i.e. chopped chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, artichokes).
  3. Pack in your spinach or lettuce and seal the jar.

There is a saying, “Five is fine, but nine is divine” that Dr. Cooper often uses. It’s an easy way to remember how many servings (one serving is half a cup) of fruits and veggies to consume every day. If you’re not getting five servings in a day, start there, then work your way to nine. Eating a salad for lunch is a great way to get a majority of your servings of veggies in.

Check out the Nutrition Bites section for great articles by our registered dietitians on a host of topics like this. We also offer some of our favorite healthy recipes. But if you need individualized, expert advice, learn more about our Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services.

For more Health Tips and meal preparation inspiration check out the Cooper Aerobics Pinterest page or Recipes section on our website.

Maintain Your Independence As You Age

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When you think of the Fourth of July what comes to mind? The American flag? Fireworks? Barbecues? Probably not your tennis shoes or a trip to the gym. This Independence Day celebrate maintaining your independence as you age. As our Founder and Chairman Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper says, “squaring off the curve.” What does this mean? Live a long, healthy life to its fullest, then die suddenly.

Yes, you read that correctly. And it may be shocking. But think about it for a  minute. Wouldn’t you rather live like Dr. Cooper—traveling to the North Pole at 82, playing with the grandkids, lecturing around the globe—and feeling great in the process. The alternative is worse, called “deficient survival,” where you slowly decline the last 10 years of life, losing quality of life.

To live a long healthy life to the fullest Dr. Cooper created the Get Cooperized™ 8 Health Steps.

Get Cooperized is the heart of our mission. It’s the sum of our eight entities. And it’s a set of eight general guidelines to achieve and maintain health. Each one can be and should be customized to fit you—your body, your health, your interests, your life.

1. Maintain a healthy weight. 

Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do to prevent illness and disease, enjoy a higher quality of life and live longer. One method to determine if you’re at a healthy weight is to measure your Body Mass Index or BMI. You are considered normal weight if your BMI is 18.5-24.9, overweight at 25-29.9 and obese if it’s 30 or higher.

2. Eat healthy most of the time. 

We like to say it’s about moderation, not deprivation. What’s the first step to build healthy nutrition habits? We’d say eat more fruits and vegetables daily. There is an adage, “Five is fine, but nine is divine.” That’s talking about servings (one serving is half a cup) of fruits and veggies to consume every day.

3. Exercise most days of the week.

This health guideline is how Cooper got started. It’s our claim to fame. Drum roll, please… Participate in moderate physical activity a collective 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

4. Take the right supplements for you.

Supplements are just that, they are supplements and not replacements. You have to start with a good, balanced diet and then think of vitamins and supplements as an insurance policy.

5. Stop smoking.

We all know that smoking is “bad” for you, and a leading cause of lung cancer. But all tobacco products, not just cigarettes, can threaten your health. We strongly recommend not using any form of tobacco. Research shows that if you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, you have a 20-fold increased risk of developing lung cancer. And it doubles the risk for heart attacks compared to a nonsmoker.

6. Control alcohol.

Among other things, excessive alcohol can cause weight gain, damage your liver and your heart and increase the risk of developing some types of cancer. But if you do enjoy alcohol, moderation is key. Men should have no more than 10 drinks per week and women should have no more than six drinks per week.

7. Manage your stress.

We all get “stressed out” at some point. It’s part of life. Yet you may not realize how dangerous it can be to your heath – both physically and emotionally. Stress can raise blood pressure and resting heart rate and lead to weight gain. The best way to control stress? Exercise.

8. Get a regular, comprehensive physical exam.

Our philosophy is simple: It’s easier to maintain good health than to regain it once it’s lost. The only way you can improve your health is if you have a comprehensive, in-depth picture of the current state of your health. And that starts with a preventive physical exam. At a minimum you should “know your numbers” including your cholesterol and triglycerides, blood sugar and blood pressure.

Happy Independence Day—now and for years to come! For more health tips on how to Get Cooperized, sign up for our free e-newsletter.

Spring Into Shape: 5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

March 20, 2013 1 comment

Health Fitting in Exercise QuoteSometimes exercising isn’t the hard part, it’s more about getting motivated! We’re all guilty of forming excuses to avoid the gym on a regular basis. To kick off this Spring, learn ways to get and stay motivated, making fitness part of your routine.

Research has shown that self-change is a staged process. We go through a process from not thinking about changing a behavior, to thinking about it, to planning to change and then testing out ways to do it, all before we actually start.

Cooper Fitness Center Director of Personal Training Education Carla Sottovia, PhD, shares five tips for fitness motivation.

  1. Make exercise a priority. Just like brushing your teeth or going to work, move exercise to the top of your “to-do” list. Once it becomes a habit, getting it to the top of the list will be a piece of cake.
  2. Set goals. Setting short- and long-term goals are extremely important when beginning or continuing an exercise regimen. Carla suggests staring with a weekly, short-term goal. Try goals like exercising 150 collective minutes a week, or three days a week. Make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T. – they should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and consider Time. Also, have a reward in mind for meeting each goal. Tasks are almost always easier to accomplish when there is something to look forward to in the end.
  3. Make a specific plan. Get your calendar and start planning your exercise routine. Writing down certain days and times to work out helps you stay accountable and less forgettable. Follow this plan to reach your weekly, monthly or annual goals.
  4. Grab a friend. Two heads are almost always better than one. If you’re having trouble with motivation and accountability when it comes to exercise, working out with a friend can be a great solution. Whether it’s just carpooling to the gym or determining your plan and goals together, friends are great supports for exercise.
  5. Find a professional fitness trainer. These experts are there just for you. Just like your friends, they are your biggest motivators to get fit. Not only do they know what’s best for your body and routine, they can easily help you set goals and create plans.

Exercising usually isn’t the hard part. It’s finding the motivation to do it! With these motivation tips, you can take your fitness goals head on.

March Forth – Happy Birthday to Dr. Kenneth Cooper

March 4, 2013 2 comments
Wishing a happy birthday to Dr. Kenneth Cooper!

Wishing a happy 82nd birthday to Dr. Kenneth Cooper!

Today marks a very special day at Cooper Aerobics. Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper is celebrating his 82nd birthday!

It’s no coincidence that Dr. Cooper’s birthday is on March 4. Over the past 45 years, Dr. Cooper has inspired thousands of people across the world to truly “march forth” in their health journey by igniting the fitness revolution with his best-selling book, Aerobics.

Dr. Cooper sets an example for maintaining a healthy, Cooperized lifestyle. Today you’ll find Dr. Cooper working and seeing patients at Cooper Clinic, exercising most days of the week at Cooper Fitness Center, traveling the world and spending time with his family.

When he’s lecturing around the world, Dr. Cooper often says, “It is fascinating to know one can grow healthier as they grow older, but not necessarily the reverse.”

We’re looking forward to celebrating another great year and joining Dr. Cooper in his exciting endeavor to Cooperize the world.

Head over to our Facebook page to wish Dr. Cooper a happy birthday!

Cooper Aerobics Goes Red for American Heart Month

February 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Pinterest Heart Health Quotes3Today marks the 10th anniversary of the American Heart Association‘s Go Red for Women Movement and also kicks off American Heart Month. We are proud to Go Red and support this important cause. We share a mission with the American Heart Association—working to fight heart disease and stroke. For more than 40 years we have been helping people Get Cooperized through the practice of preventive medicine by identifying early signs of heart disease.

Our organization has a longstanding history with the American Heart Association. In 1992, Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper launched the first Dallas Heart Walk. They started with just 400 walkers, and today, the Dallas Heart Walk is the largest in the nation with more than 50,000 walkers, raising more than $4 million for cardiovascular research.

Here’s a few ways that we are showing our support to fight heart disease and stroke:

  • Go Red with Heart Healthy Tips: Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for daily heart healthy tips, articles, videos and inspiration. This month all of our social channels are going red! Plus, we’ll have new articles and videos from our Cooper experts throughout the month on our Health Tips page.
  • Shop to your heart’s content. Cooper Spa Dallas is donating 10 percent of gift card proceeds from Feb. 1-14 to the American Heart Association. And all month long, Cooper Spa Dallas will donate 10 percent of all retail products that are marked with a red heart. Purchase online or call 972.392.7729.
  • Irresistibly Heart Healthy Culinary Demo: Want to learn how to make heart smart choices without feeling deprived?  Cooper Clinic Registered Dietitian Cindy Kleckner will demonstrate how fresh ingredients and bold flavors can make a delicious difference on Monday, Feb. 11 at Cooper Craig Ranch in McKinney.  Heart smart substitutions to reduce fat, saturated fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories will be emphasized. Register here.
  • Race to No Place: Join us on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch for a stationary cycling relay, benefiting the American Heart Association. Teams of two to ten people will “race” with the goal of “traveling” the most miles. Register here.

We hope you’ll join us in building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Leave a comment and tell us how you plan to Go Red this month.