Posts Tagged ‘gym’

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 and on the Cooper Aerobics Facebook page. Click here to request a tour of Cooper Fitness Center.

Cooper Fitness Center Renovation Milestone: Make Your Mark

September 10, 2012 Leave a comment

The foundation for the new Cooper Fitness Center is laid! Yesterday we celebrated this major renovation milestone at our “Make Your Mark” event. Drs. Kenneth and Tyler Cooper, Cooper Fitness Center members and employees wrote  well-wishes on the foundation of the new fitness center. These messages will be unspoken encouragement for Cooper Fitness Center members aiming to live healthier, happier lives by making fitness a part of their life.

With fun activities, frozen yogurt from Pinkberry® and delicious treats from Whole Foods and Vitamin Water, good times were had by all at yesterday’s celebration. Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the event. For those of you that couldn’t make it, check out these photos from the event.

Now that the foundation is laid, it’s time to start building up. This month the vertical support beams will be installed and the framework for the new building will begin to go up.

Cooper Family at the CFC Renovation Make Your Mark Party

Dr. Tyler Cooper signing the new CFC foundation.

Cooper Teammates at the Make Your Mark Party

Cooper Fitness Center Members Signing the Foundation

Visit our Facebook page for construction updates and additional photos.

Foods that Fight Pain

June 19, 2012 2 comments

How are you doing on your healthy-living journey? Mine has been a little painful the past couple of weeks, literally. The increased exercise, both cardio and weights, is giving my knees fits! So I’m going to focus on incorporating more foods that fight pain.

Meridan Zerner, my Cooper Clinic registered dietitian, gave me an article from the July issue of Environmental Nutrition called, “Soothe Pain with Foods, from Fish to Fruits.” It talks about how daily food choices can either reduce or increase levels of inflammation in the body… impacting levels of pain. Foods high in refined starches, sugar, saturated fats and trans fats can increase inflammation, while diets high in fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats plus fish and limiting processed foods and red meat are linked with lower inflammation. That makes sense to me and drives the point home that “bad” food can make you feel, well, bad.

Here are some of the top items Meridan and I discussed that can help my knees and entire body feel better:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids, found in fish and fish oil, produce arthritic pain-reducing effects equivalent to ibuprofen,” the article says. And of course, glucosamine and chondroitin can help alleviate pain over time due to injuries or osteoarthritis. We have a ton of information on these supplements since we sell Omega-3 and Joint Health through Cooper Complete®. For more articles on this topic, check out this search from our Health Tips section.

    I love Tropical Green Organic Tea by Zhi Tea in Austin!

  • We’ve long known that green tea is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflamatory properties. I just bought a can of Tropical Green Tea from Zhi Tea in Austin while visiting my Dad for Father’s Day. It smells and tastes delicious! During the hot summer I prefer to ice my green tea. Meridan had a few other awesome tips: put the tea bag in soup and let it steep for a couple of minutes (shut the front door!); add a tea bag to boiling water for brown rice (brilliant!); or if you think green tea tastes bitter combine it with a cinnamon or other flavor to jazz it up (why didn’t I think of that!).
  • Fresh cherries or tart cherry juice are also linked with reducing muscle soreness after intense physical activity. Yum! Cherries are in season and I know this thanks to my Central Market mailer. Pomegranate and red grapes are also in the alleviate pain category.
  • I was surprised to see coffee on the list, which has been shown to reduce muscle pain during and after exercise. I can’t imagine heading to my Zumba class with a cup of coffee, but it’s good to know that the one cup I typically drink in the morning is helping me in more ways than simply wake up.
  • Spices are another area that are great for reducing pain and can certainly enhance the flavor of any dish. Try ginger, rosemary, chili and nutmeg. Add a dash of cayenne to spice things up and may help you eat a little less depending on how hot you make your dish. I’m a lightweight, so one dash is all I need.

These foods will help ensure I can stay physically active while I work on my health-living, and hopefully pain-free, journey. I can hear my iced green tea and your cup of tart cherry juice clinking as we speak! Cheers!

This was written by Amy George former VP of Marketing and Communications at Cooper Aerobics. Amy is no longer with Cooper Aerobics and we wish her all the best with her future endeavors.

Should I Have a Personal Trainer?

October 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Often times when beginning a workout schedule or joining a new workout facility, the question comes up “Do you need a trainer?”  There are many factors that play into making this decision.  Here are a few were critical elements in determining your need to work with someone:

  1. Financial.  The most obvious thing that most people have to consider when thinking about a trainer is whether or not they can afford one. Training rates vary greatly by facility or for in-home trainers. On average, training rates can run anywhere from $60/hr up to $200/hr or more. If finances are tight, but you feel it best to have a trainer, a couple of suggestions would be to train 1-2 times every 4-6 weeks. This way, you can have a new workout program made and make sure you are staying on track with your goals, while not breaking the bank.  Often people feel “bad” for not being a regular client, but a secret you may not know is that trainers love clients that get programs made every now in then. It can actually help them fill in the gaps in their schedules between regular clients. Make sure you tell your trainer ahead of time your expectations, that you want a written program you can do on your own. Another way to cut the cost is to split the training session with a friend. Rates are usually higher for two people, but the out of pocket cost per person is less expensive.
  1. Consistency.  If you are paying for a gym membership but not ever using it, you may want to consider using a personal trainer. There are many ways to increase workout consistency, such as having an accountability buddy or regularly attending a group exercise class. If you are having a hard time either getting to the gym or challenging yourself when working out, then a personal trainer would be for you. You may want to start with two times each week and on your off days, stick with walking or some form of cardio (or your trainer may give you assignments to do on your off days). If you are making some headway and are developing the habit of working out, then you may try to backing off to once a week, however some people prefer to continue with a trainer. It’s about finding what works best for you.
  1. Knowledge is key.  There is a ton of information available about working out…yes, there’s an app for that. The problem is that most people don’t fit the cookie cutter mold. Workout sites and articles can be great resources, but they can never take the place of individualized attention to specific needs. You may have an injury, a heart condition or just found out you are pregnant. Most people have specific issues that need to be taken into consideration when working out or creating a workout plan. While there is no license that is required for personal trainers as it is not a heavily regulated industry, there are many reputable organizations that offer personal training certifications. These organizations include The Cooper Institute, AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM). Having a personal trainer with a degree in kinesiology or exercise physiology is also beneficial. Remember that knowledge goes along with consistency. My degree is in Kinesiology and I work for a health organization, but I couldn’t workout consistently to save my life. I am someone who benefits from using a personal trainer because even though I have the knowledge, I need the accountability and have the desire to “turn my brain off” for an hour and let someone else do the thinking.
  1. A good personality match.  You may have worked with a trainer before and it got off to a rocky start or you may have worked with someone for years and things headed south. While knowledge is important in selecting a personal training, you need someone that you “click” with. This may not be as important if you are only having a program made every month or so, but if you are training weekly with someone you will want to have a good rapport with them. Just because you don’t “click” with someone doesn’t mean they are a bad trainer, it just means that they are not the right fit for you. You may want to tell someone at your workout facility what kind of personality you enjoy working with and then have them make the suggestion. For instance, you may want someone who works well with moms, is upbeat and understanding. Someone else may prefer a direct, no nonsense drill sergeant. Finding the right personality is one of the most important factors in choosing a trainer.

You may be someone who regularly exercises, doesn’t have any special health conditions and feels confident in your ability to access and use resources for working out. If that’s true, a trainer may not be worth the financial commitment. On the other end, you may be someone whose financial resources and schedule are not an issue and you choose to have a trainer regularly. Most of us fall somewhere in between. If so, these tips can help you decide if you need a trainer, how often and who to choose.

For additional information about Cooper Fitness Center or to find a personal trainer, visit

Ten Common Fitness Mistakes

If you are experiencing pain while working out, not seeing the results you want or becoming bored, you may be making common exercise mistakes.

Many people don’t realize there is a right and wrong way to workout. Here are ten common mistakes you might be committing during your exercise routine.

    1. Exercise frequency – Too little exercise can lead many health problems. However, too much exercise can cause aches and pains, fatigue, weakened immune system, decrease in performance and more. Aim for four to five days of physical activity each week for around 30 minutes each day.
    2. Keeping the same routine – Your body will stay at the same level of fitness if exercises aren’t new or challenging. At this point, your body is said to be on a plateau. Change is good!
    3. Only practicing cardio – Your exercise program needs balance. A successful training regime should address both cardiovascular training and resistance training.
    4. Keeping the same volume – When the body gets used to an amount of weight, fitness improvements are limited. Change the number of sets, repetitions and weight being lifting to avoid reaching a standstill.
    5. Eating too little – You might not think that your diet affects your work out. If you aren’t eating enough, your body goes into “protection mode” and actually stores fat to survive. Also, exercise performance will be hindered if the body is not properly nourished.
    6. Skipping the warm up – Properly warming up reduces the risk of injury. At the beginning of the exercise routine, dedicate approximately ten minutes to prepare the targeted muscle group.
    7. Lifting too much weight – Lifting weight that is too heavy alters proper posture. This can lead to muscle and joint compensations that increase risk of injury. Lift a weight that is challenging enough that the muscle fatigues by the last few repetitions.
    8. Not drinking enough water – Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise. Dehydration alters exercise performance and may cause dizziness, cramps, lethargy and more.
    9. Working through an injury – Acute pain could turn into chronic pain if not properly addressed. If you have an injury, consult an expert and/or remember the acronym RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation.
    10. Forgoing a professional fitness trainer –Utilizing a professional trainer keeps you on task, challenges your body and provides expert assistance. As a motivation factor, it’s easier to go to the gym when you know you have an “appointment.”

Rest assured that your next gym visit will be successful.

Avoid Common Workout Mistakes

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

The New Year brings many newcomers to the gym. If this is your first time getting back in an exercise routine after a long break, see Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Loren Maine’s list of four common exercise mistakes and how to avoid them:

    1. Neglecting your warm up. During the first 10-15 minutes of your workout, spend some time warming up your glutes, hamstrings, lower back, shoulders, and chest with simple stretches. Properly warming up before exercise improves performance and reduces risk of injury.
    2. Poor form and posture. Not knowing how to properly squat, dead lift, or row can be dangerous to your body, create muscle imbalances, and even cause chronic pain. Correct form during a movement gives you the most benefit while incorrect form makes the movement dangerous and noneffective. Make an appointment with a professional fitness trainer to learn proper positions and form.
    3. Repetitive exercises. Doing this will eventually lead you to a plateau where you’ll fail to see any progress. Add variety to your exercise regime and modify your workouts every few weeks.
    4. Working out too much. You may have good intentions but exercising strenuously everyday puts your body at risk for injuries and over training. After a day of resistance training your muscles need the next day to rebuild and recover. Plan on two to three days of resistance training per week. In between resistance workouts do cardiovascular exercise, pilates, or yoga.

With these four vital pieces of advice, you will be ready to combat your weight-loss or fitness goals the safe and effective way.

What’s in your gym bag?

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Packing a gym bag should be part of our everyday routine. If you’re really good, you pack before you go to bed so you won’t forget about it in the morning. The basics include shorts or pants, a top of some sort, socks, undergarments, and shoes. It may not seem very important, but when it comes to motivation, what you pack can mean everything.

What is your motivation color? Colors evoke moods so if you find yourself dreading the gym, try wearing a tank or tee in a bold color. A splash of something fun can bring a smile to your face.

Whatever you choose to wear, feel comfortable and feel great about yourself. Make sure whatever you wear is highly functional. If your clothes don’t fit properly and bother you—for example, if you have to continually tug your shirt down—you will have a hard time focusing on the exercise.

By working out, you are doing something for yourself that no one can do for you. Even your clothes should exude life and energy. Fortunately, the natural light in Cooper Fitness Center allows every individual to look and feel their best!

If you are going to be enjoying the relaxing sauna, steam room, whirlpool, or showers after your workout, remember an extra set of clothes to change into. The Coop Pro Shop has many fashionable wardrobe essentials for each season so if you are lacking something special in that department, stop by and let us help you.

And don’t forget to accessorize. A water bottle, heart rate monitor, headphones or earbuds to plug into the cardio equipment, and any other gear that helps you work out to your fullest.

Fortunately, if you forget anything while you are at Cooper, our Coop staff can help find a suitable replacement. We carry everything but the shoes!