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Read about the latest events at Sanford Wellness Center.


Renovation news for 49th and Oxbow location:

The Renovation is moving along!  The Performance Center will open Monday, November 6 at 5am.  The Performance Center 2 (PC2 for short) will close November 6 while we start the renovation process for that area.  The Men’s locker rooms are in the middle the remodel process and they are starting to look great!  The Front Desk will open November 2nd and we will close other areas of the lobby to continue updating the floors and furniture.

Icycle room has been a big hit as well as the new Yoga room.  If you haven’t tried our classes please check them out!

Don’t leave your workout routine behind this summer PDF

By Brandy Sivesind

Director, Sanford Wellness Center


Summertime is here and you don’t want to spend even a single minute indoors. Why would you want to run inside when outside the sun is shining and the scenery is beautiful? We get it. Health clubs see a considerable dip in use and — in the extreme — people canceling their memberships in the spring and summer.

I would never tell anyone not to workout outside. I would like to help increase understanding of the importance of maintaining your gym workout routine while increasing your activity outside in the summer. Often times as health club professionals we see folks who think they will increase summer outdoor activity immensely and not need a club to help keep them in shape. Then, summer goes by fast and they weren’t as active outdoors as anticipated. They return in the fall disappointed about how their fitness levels have dropped.

Incorporate both indoor and outdoor activity and watch your fitness level soar. Below are some tips outlining the importance of your indoor workout — how it pays off in the summer sun and what makes it essential in all seasons.


  1. Maintaining optimal outdoor shape. Gardening is about functional movements — lifting potting soil bags, squatting to plant those annuals. Even mowing the lawn, painting the shed and power-washing the deck require functional movements. If you are not in shape — and staying in shape — with weight training, these summer activities will get more and more difficult over time. If you normally work out three times a week, consider changing your routine to two times a week with weights and cardio and add yoga to your regimen. Increasing flexibility decreases injury.
  2. Staying accountable. This is when it’s most valuable to purchase the services of a personal trainer. Why? Personal trainers hold you accountable and keep your workouts efficient. Get in, get out and enjoy the weather. Most people love barbecues and ice cream on warm summer nights. Personal trainers not only help with your workouts, they keep you mindful of proper nutrition. With their help, maybe you’ll think twice about having seconds of potato salad.
  3. Finding motivation. Gardening and nighttime walks are great for your overall fitness, but a complete fitness plan still requires high-intensity workouts. Group fitness classes are great and motivational. Working out alone can sometimes be a bit tedious, while group fitness classes are anything but boring! Some clubs even have outdoor classes so participants can enjoy the summer weather.
  4. Utilizing a controlled environment. We can control the elements in a health club. It’s never too humid or windy, never too hot or too sunny. It certainly never rains. And you never have to worry about running in the dark after waiting for the temperature to cool down. All health clubs also maintain high air quality and are certain to keep you free from sunburn!


Every season is the right season to take advantage of all that a health club has to offer. This summer, get support from professionals, enjoy the camaraderie and workout where you feel safe and comfortable.


Update on Sanford Wellness Center Renovation

We’re ready to share more details on the renovation. Starting in June, we’ll update much of the Sanford Wellness Center at 49th and Oxbow to better serve our awesome members and give them some great new workout options.

It will happen in multiple phases, take about a year and positively impact many elements of the facility, which will remain open, though different areas will temporarily relocate for brief periods. If you have a full membership, you also have the option of going to the Sanford Wellness Center on Tea-Ellis Road or the Sanford Fieldhouse.

Some improvements to existing areas include:

Women’s Wellness Center: Name changes to Performance Center 2, or PC2 for short, and it will be open to all members. The dividing wall will be removed between the current cycle room and the old Women’s Wellness area, and it will house treadmills, stationary bikes, weights and other equipment.

Spinning room: Expands to the entire classroom with open ceilings, tiered flooring, dimmable lights and new sound system.

Café: Becomes the new yoga room with nice floors, mirrors and an open ceiling. 

Eatery: Gets new tables and recovered chairs. It will be smaller, but there will be enough space for members who use the area for playing cards, visiting friends and having coffee – and harmonica playing will continue!

Lobby: All new tile and carpet on the floors from the main fire doors to the classroom. It will also get a new front desk, towel holders and furniture.

Performance center: New lighting, flooring and track, and most of the equipment will be replaced with upgraded designs. The basketball court will be removed; we’re still working on its design. Some of the treadmills will have TVs and there will be eight 75-inch TVs added to the north walls.

Locker rooms: New benches that will be anchored to the floor, new carpet, locker fronts and vanities. 

Pool: New furniture.

We’ll share details when those are available, but that gives you a glance at the changes you’ll start to see in the coming weeks.

For background, the Sanford Wellness Center opened in 1989 to help patients rehabilitate from surgery or injury and as a health resource for all members of the community. Like any heavily used facility, it routinely needs updating and must respond to changes in the fitness industry. The improvements will help Sanford Health serve its clients and keep the Wellness Center competitive in the market.

Please know we’ll make every effort to minimize the inconvenience on classes, programs and workout routines. If you have questions, please talk to Brandy or email her at

New Year's Nutrition Start-UP Package


A New You for the New Year

By: Brandy Sivesind, director of Sanford Wellness Center

Another 365 days have passed and now it’s time to set the counter back at one.  It’s time to wipe the slate clean and begin again. It’s time to take those resolutions to lose weight, get fit and live healthier and make them a reality.

Here’s some tips to help you stick to your health and fitness plan from day 1 to day 365, so you can make 2017 your best year yet.

“Stick-to-it” strategies

Write it down. Put your goals on paper – and make them specific. This allows you to see exactly what steps you need to take to reach your goals. For example, a vague goal of “I want to exercise more” is common. Instead try a specific goal such as “I want to walk for 15 minutes, three times a week over the next month”. Once you achieve those goals, you can set new ones.

Be realistic. Your goals need to be attainable. If you’ve never ran before, starting with a goal to run 3 miles, seven days a week is setting yourself up for disappointment – and possibly an injury. The key is to start small, and make gradual changes as you become comfortable with this new lifestyle. For example, begin with walking for 10 minutes, three days a week, then increase your time and/or frequency gradually as the months progress.

Break it up. If your ultimate goal is to run a marathon, that can feel overwhelming in the beginning. Instead, break up that goal into smaller, manageable goals. Instead start with a goal of running a 5K in two months. Those goals feel more achievable in our minds, but by the end of the year, you can still reach the larger goal you wanted.

Forgive yourself. You’re not perfect – and neither is the person running 10 miles on the treadmill next to you. You will have great days and “not-so-great days”, and that’s OK. As you continue on your health and fitness journey, you may have slips, but don’t let it keep you from moving forward. You may need to adjust your goals, but it’s important to not give up.

Invest in your health. Find a fitness center that offers a variety of classes and equipment that fit your lifestyle. These classes can help push you further than you would on your own, and provide some accountability. Better yet, get help from a personal trainer, who is an expert at keeping you motivated and holding you accountable. Investing in your health and wellness by purchasing personal training will give you the best return on investment in terms of reaching your goals quicker and in a healthy manner.

Finding a fitness center

Choosing the right place to help you reach your health and fitness goals is essential to your success. It’s important to do your homework and make an informed decision before joining.

Here are some questions to ask when searching:

Do I feel comfortable here?

Is the facility clean and well maintained?

Is the staff friendly and knowledgeable?

What support/help is offered by the staff?

Does the facility fit my financial status?

Do the hours of the facility fit my schedule?

Do the class schedules and personal training schedules fit my lifestyle?

What is included in the membership fee?

Is child care offered?

Sanford Wellness Center

Fitness that fits your life

What you get with our memberships:

  • Access to three locations in Sioux Falls
  • Month-to-month memberships – no long-term contracts here!
  • Three pools: Kid/recreational pool, lap pool and therapy pool
  • 155 FREE unlimited group fitness classes every week
  • 103 FREE water aerobics classes every week
  • 18 FREE cycling classes every week
  • Strength training and cardio centers
  • Walking/running track, and basketball and racquetball courts
  • Boot camps and circuit classes
  • Personal training and group personal training sessions that fit your busy schedule
  • Weight loss and medical programs
  • Kids fitness classes, child care and birthday party packages
  • FREE group swimming lessons for kids
  • Discounts to YMCA summer camps at Leif Ericson, Spring Creek Golf Course, Huether Family Match Pointe and Santosha Hot Yoga Studios.

Watch for new, exciting changes coming in 2017!

Limited time offer!

Join before Jan. 31 and get a FREE Under Amour pullover AND FREE month of membership OR FREE month of KidZone

Let the team at Sanford Wellness Center help you get started on your new path to health and wellness. Get your FREE 7-day pass today at

Download the Updated Wellness Center App

Members can access the latest information on the Sanford Wellness Center by downloading its free app from the App Store and Google Play.

The app includes information about the Sanford Wellness Center’s locations at Oxbow Avenue and Tea/Ellis Road. Users can check on class times, set up notifications, learn about services and follow important news and events. Information is tailored to each location, which users can select in the app settings.

To download the app, visit the App Store or Google Play and search for “Sanford Wellness Center.”

Sanford Wellness Center App Features:

  •          Covers both locations based on your settings
  •          Check on schedules for group fitness, water and children’s classes
  •          Set up push notifications for new classes, schedule changes, special programs and weather-related announcements
  •          Browse information on membership options and programming
  •          Stay up to date on news and upcoming events


YMCA, Sanford Health transition Family Wellness operations

Fitness facility fully integrates into Sanford Health

Wellness Center SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Family YMCA and Sanford Health have announced the health system has assumed full operations of Family Wellness. The fitness facility, which will now be called Sanford Wellness Center, opened in 2006 as a joint venture between the two entities.

Members will not experience any interruption to services due to the transition.

“The joint-venture partnership between Sanford Health and the YMCA was the first of its kind, and it effectively served thousands in Sioux Falls,” said John Archer, former board chair for Sioux Falls Family YMCA. “We have enjoyed a great working relationship and look forward to our continued partnership in other initiatives.”

“The YMCA has been refining its strategic priorities and will eagerly pursue continued regional programming focused on youth development, summer camp and healthy living,” said Eric Tucker, president and CEO of Sioux Falls Family YMCA.

Sioux Falls Family YMCA and Sanford announced plans to add Family Wellness to the growing west side of Sioux Falls in 2005. The 70,000-square foot facility opened a year later and features a family pool, aquatic aerobics pool, gymnasium, conditioning center, spin bike room, racquetball courts and locker rooms. The facility will continue to offer a diverse set of training options, physical therapy services and a Profile by Sanford retail store front for the health system’s weight-management program.

“Sanford Health’s partnership with the YMCA is and will continue to be strong as we work to support the health and wellness of families in Sioux Falls,” said Paul Hanson, president of Sanford USD Medical Center. “As both organizations explored this move, it became clear that fully integrating Family Wellness into the Sanford Health system was beneficial for both groups because it allows us to each focus on our respective missions and improved the services available to the community we serve.”

The former Family Wellness is located in western Sioux Falls near 32nd Street and Ellis Road.

About The YMCA
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 43 hospitals and nearly 250 clinics in nine states and three countries. Sanford Health’s 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit

Eric Tucker

Sioux Falls Family YMCA President & CEO
(605) 336-3190 / 

Tim Gerszewski
Sanford Media Strategist
(605) 366-2432 /