8 Ways to Maximize Your Membership
Sunday, November 8, 2015
LifeTime WeightLoss in 90-Day Challenge, Lab Testing, Performance Enhancement, Support, assessments, benefits, classes, membership, training

You're paying for a Life Time membership, but have you considered all it gives you access to? It's part of defining what YOUR Life Time will mean for your journey.

Maybe when you registered, you were simply focused on getting back to the "gym." In actuality that day, you joined a healthy way of life destination! What could this mean for your personal goals and interests?

I think of my own trips to the gym (many days I'm there multiple times a day!), and it could mean everything from workouts and tri-training sessions to healthy lunches and hair appointments, from chiropractor visits to hot tub sessions at the end of a long day. 

How are you maximizing your member benefits, and what other Life Time offerings could be serving your experience today? Learn 8 ways you can make that membership work harder for your healthy life!

Free Money, Anyone?

Let’s start with the bottom dollar. One of the best ways to take advantage of the wide range of services offered at Life Time is to utilize LT BUCK$! LT BUCK$ is free Life Time “money” to use toward ANY service and/or select products on www.myLT.com/ltbucks

This includes personal training, nutrition coaching, lab testing, metabolic assessments, Pilates, LifeSpa, athletic events, kids’ activities, swimming lessons, tennis, guest passes, yoga, rock climbing…just to name a few. 

Log in to view your account at www.myLT.com/ltbucks. You could have some free cash just waiting for you. Act quickly though because they expire 120 days from the date awarded! Learn all about this great perk of your membership, and get answers for many questions here.

Fitness Options *Galore*

If you chose a new machine, class, area or person to train with each day, that could potentially keep you going for months if not years as you fully tested out every workout option. 

With various cardio machines (e.g. treadmill, elliptical, stair-stepper, etc.), hundreds of strength training tools (e.g. free weights, kettlebells, resistance machines), a variety of exercise areas (e.g. rock-climbing wall, basketball court, yoga and Pilates studios, swimming pool), and numerous staff members waiting to train you personally, there’s no reason for your workout routine to ever be stagnant. 

Plus, there are options to meet anyone’s health and fitness budget! Our personal training staff offer FREE Workout Workshops, and partner, small group, or group training workouts for cost-effective opportunities as well as customized one-on-one sessions. Check out what your club offers and see what options are best for you!

Customizable Nutrition and Workout Plans

Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want a plan that told them exactly what to do - a plan that, if followed, would help them lose weight, become more fit, and train optimally? Lucky for you, you came to the right place! 

The key components to finding out exactly how your metabolism is working (how your body is currently functioning so we can create an individual game plan for improvement) are metabolic assessments, nutrition coaching and exercise guidance. These are three amazing services that can be complete game-changers. 

Learn how many calories your body requires, what type of calories you are primarily utilizing (fat vs. carbohydrate), at what heart rate zones you burn fat vs. sugar, and what optimal workout intensities will help you achieve your goals most effectively! 

Once you complete an assessment, you meet with a metabolic specialist who can also create your workout plan for upcoming weeks/months as well as perform your reassessment every 6-8 weeks to ensure you’re progressing and training appropriately.

Coaching & Guidance

Do I prefer training in a (small) group or individually? It usually depends on the day. 

What I do LOVE and need regardless of who is with me, is a plan and accountability. That means something I can follow, a way I know I’m on track, and a means to keep me motivated. Having an expert to go to has proven to be extremely helpful for me and others. 

A few notable people everyone should definitely meet at their clubs include a nutrition coach, a personal trainer and a metabolic specialist. Each of these resources will work with you to build a plan to get you to your health and fitness goals, educate you, and provide ongoing support. 

Getting to know the staff at the club helps build confidence as well and creates a great network when you need a pick-me-up, hit a plateau, or are curious about the new “it” weight loss tactic. Our friendly staff members are eager to meet with you and discuss how they can best help you get the results you’re working for.

Preventative Care

I like to think that Life Time saves lives daily. Don’t believe me? Read these hundreds of stories that prove it. 

For some people, just being part of an environment and community that promotes more movement and a healthy way of life is enough to get them back on track and improving their health. For others, it may be the lab assessments they took advantage of that helped them discover physiological dysfunction (e.g. issues with blood sugar that were impairing their health, hormone fluctuations that interfered with weight loss; damaging cholesterol particle quantity and size that had led to chronic medication use). 

Life Time might not be your first thought when you consider learning more about your overall health, but it definitely can be a top resource. We offer a variety of lab assessments that analyze your blood chemistry and provide deeper insight into your health.

You might ask, “Why should I get lab assessments with Life Time rather than at my doctor’s office?” While these tests should by no means replace your doctor visits, they can definitely compliment that relationship and enhance your own knowledge of your individual health - something we all need to know more about. 

The personal stories we hear daily of how these assessments have changed our clients’ lives are testament to how beneficial this service is. These in-depth lab tests are followed up by a consultation with a corporate registered dietitian that fully debriefs you on the results, explains everything in laymen’s terms, and recommends next steps for nutrition, activity, supplements and lifestyle. 

This investment in your health is one that you will never, ever regret. Curious? Learn more

Relaxing Retreat

Have you ever come to Life Time just to use the sauna? Absolutely! 

Why feel guilty about this indulgence, since it actually offers numerous health benefits! Other amazing ways to reward yourself at your healthy way of life destination include the hot tub, steam room, and LifeSpa for hair, skin or nail treatments! 

Events & Challenges

There’s something fun for everyone! Turn your health and fitness goals into an even bigger finish line, and sign up for an event! 

The 90-Day Challenge, for example, is an awesome competition that appeals to all members and is a great way to get you started in your health and fitness journey OR to help you transform your body composition - and win $10,000! 

So many of our clients who initially join Life Time do so thinking they could never get back to the shape they used to be in, let alone surpass it! Those same people are the ones completing amazing physical feats like 5Ks, triathlons and endurance bike races. These events are so much fun, build a great training community, and help hold you accountable to your goals. 

Discounts 

A major perk of your Life Time membership is the Member Advantage - discounts available to you just for being a Life Time member! You can buy gift cards (e.g. Macy’s, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Nike, Caribou Coffee, etc.), and save with discounts on travel, dining, shopping, movies, services and more! 

How many of you love to give gift cards for the holidays and other special occasions? After all, they’re fast, easy, and convenient gifts that you can’t go wrong with, right?

Consider that you can also earn up to 15% back in LT BUCK$ to spend on any service! With nearly 50 different businesses to select from and the holidays right around the corner, this could be a great option that covers your shopping list and supports your health journey! Learn more about Member Advantage here.

For the 23 hours/day you’re not at the gym…we’re still with you!

You’re doing yourself a major disservice if all you do is come to the “gym” simply to fit in an hour’s workout a few times per week. Consider how your membership can enhance your healthy way of life during those “off hours” with resources like healthy Meals-to-Go during busy days when you don’t have time to meal prep, pharmaceutical grade supplements to help fill nutritional gaps, or online exercise videos in case you can’t get to the club! 

Plus, don’t forget our one-stop-shop online app for all Life Time info at your fingertips - Life Time Health!

Consider these highlights just the tip of the iceberg. Talk more with our club staff and see what offerings, programs, products and services can help you more fully develop your membership to support your health and transformation journey. Thanks for reading, and have fun sampling all of these awesome benefits!

In health, Becca Hurt, MS, RD, Assistant Program Manager of Life Time Weight Loss

This article is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader.

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