Why Should Kids Exercise?

October 3rd, 2017

Does your child’s daily schedule encourage physical fitness? Or is your kid stuck in a rut — perhaps even a school system — that leaves little time for exercise?
We often hear about exercise as a remedy for poor health and child obesity. But exercise for children is important for other reasons too.

Kids who are active will:

• boost brain growth and cognitive development
• have stronger muscles and bones
• have a leaner body
• be less likely to become overweight
• decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
• lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
• have a better outlook on life
• sleep better
• be better able to handle physical & emotional changes

At Granite Falls we believe in creating an environment where our kids can get the much-needed exercise and have a blast doing it!!! Best part is, all of these classes are included for FREE with your Granite Falls membership!

Please join in the fun!!!

MONDAY-  KidZ Fit 4:30p(ages 3-6) & 5:00p(ages 7-10)
TUESDAY- KidZ Funk 4:30p(ages 3-6) & 5:00p(ages 7-10)
WEDNESDAY-  KidZ Yoga 4:30p(ages 3-6) & 5:00p(ages 7-10)

$38,000 Raised for MAC!

September 12th, 2017

Guest Blog by Mercy for America’s Children Board Officer, Traci O’Rourke

5th Annual Cycle-A-Thon Fundraiser Brings In Over $38,000 In Donations.

Mercy for America’s Children raised just over 38K at the 5th Annual Cycle-A-Thon fundraiser held August 12th at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club in Rolesville, NC. With teams riding stationary bikes for 8 straight hours to raise awareness for children and families in local foster care, the event is the largest fundraiser to date benefiting the organization.

Proceeds from the event go to sustaining support services, including groups addressing behavioral, academic, and kids’ needs. In addition, money raised helps the organization focus on its main goal of connecting children in foster care with adoptive families.

Sponsors for this year’s event included: Timothy Creech, DDS, Family Dentistry, Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club, Spoke Cycles, Fisher Hardwood Flooring, Intrinsic Motion, Run-N-Tri Outfitters, Walker Napa Auto & Truck, and Mighty Oak Massage.

About Mercy for America’s Children: We are a North Carolina based non-profit organization advocating on behalf of children awaiting adoption in the US Foster Care System by educating the public about the benefits of foster care adoption, reforming the adoption process, connecting waiting children to potential adoptive families and supporting them through their adoption journey.


Mercy for America’s Children
231 Kinvara Court
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Telephone: 919.610.2521
E-mail: info@mac-cares.org

What is Functional Fitness?

August 8th, 2017

We are not meant to live in a confined environment. We are not meant to be disconnected from the natural world and our own true nature. Chronic pain, immobility, depression and lack of vitality, these are the symptoms of the zoo human syndrome. Modern society conditions us to consider this as normal and unavoidable. We don’t think so… JOIN US!

Mov Nat Certified Trainer, Josh Goguen, will be leading a 6 week Functional Movement program beginning Thursday, August 17th.

Practice a mindful approach to every day movement in a safe and controlled environment so you can reconnect with your body’s natural ability to move.

Explore your body’s capabilities and develop skills and confidence to move through – and have fun in – the world around you.

What is ATC???

July 31st, 2017

ATC  is an acronym for Against The Current. ATC has become one of the most popular classes at Granite Falls this summer.  ATC is a dynamic, fast-paced workout that combines a variety of exercises, such as, strength training, toning, flexibility, aerobic conditioning, and movement against and with the current of our Lazy River. 

Our weekend classes combine ATC with fun in the sun in our large outdoor pool. Come join us Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays at 9:00am to be part of the party!!!!


Shake up your Routine with SGT!

June 14th, 2017

There are plenty of ways to get up and get moving at the fitness center, but joining a special event/club or small group training (SGT) class can be the most beneficial. Gone are the days of feeling lost the second you enter the weight room. And using up all of your time on the treadmill? You can forget it. By signing up to exercise with a group of like-minded individuals, you’ll challenge yourself in an entirely different light and have a blast along the way.

1. You’ll have access to a personal trainer
It’s easy to get bored or feel apathetic about working out when you don’t have guidance. In a small training group, you’ll have a trainer who designed a program with variety, so you’ll always stay motivated and excited to get moving.

2. You won’t stress over being in the spotlight
Some people don’t want to work with a personal trainer because they’re intimidated by the one-on-one experience. With a small fitness group, you can still receive help from a professional without the stress of the individual focus.   

3. You’ll have a safe and effective workout
Overworking yourself, picking up too much weight or taking a gamble at an exercise you’ve never tried before can be harmful. By enrolling yourself in a class led by a trainer, you won’t have to worry about overexerting your body or blindly working yourself to the point of muscle strain. Instead, you’ll receive instruction that ensures you have the safest and most effective workout possible.  

4. You’ll meet like-minded people
Think about the people you’ll meet and the bonds you’ll form. The National Federation of Professional Trainers said that small group training creates camaraderie among individuals. It allows you to surround yourself with people who are reaching for the same goals, which can motivate you and benefit your social well-being. Use the opportunity to interact with friends as an inspiration to get to the fitness center. It’s a great way to multitask if your schedule is too busy!

5. You’ll stay motivated with accountability
Because you’re exercising with a group of people – led by a trainer – you’ll be more likely to stay on track and workout regularly. Joining a small fitness group holds you accountable and keeps you more disciplined and focused than exercising on your own.

6. You’ll see results
There’s nothing worse than dedicating multiple days of the week to exercise only to find that you’ve made no progress and you’re not seeing any results. By joining a small fitness group, you’ll be led by an instructor who has the knowledge to transform your body – and confidence – into something you’ve always wanted.

7. You’ll have a blast
How many times have you dreaded going to the fitness center? If you’ve ever had to drag yourself there only to watch the clock tick wishing it was time to go, you need to join a small group training class. Fit Day said it best: “Most anyone will agree that exercising alone can be boring and tedious.” If you sign up for a session with others, you’ll have more to look forward to.

At Granite Falls Swim & Athletic Club, we offer a number of different specialty clubs/classes and will soon add more small group training to the calendar. Be on the lookout for the posts! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 919.562.8895 or visit us @ www.granitefallsclub.com.


May 10th, 2017

Most of us know that kids are supposed to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. And 1 hour spent being active sounds like a pretty easy goal, doesn’t it?

But as kids get older, increasing demands on their time can make getting that hour of exercise a challenge. Also, some kids get caught up in sedentary pursuits like watching TV, playing video games, and surfing the Internet. Even doing a lot of studying and reading, while important, can add to a lack of physical activity.

So how do you get kids motivated to be active, especially those who aren’t natural athletes?

When kids find an activity that’s fun, they’ll do it a lot, get better at it, feel accomplished, and want to do it even more. Likewise, if they’re pushed into activities they don’t like, they’re unlikely to want to participate and will end up frustrated and will feel like exercising is a chore.

Granite Falls is here to help. Our Kids Run club provides an opportunity for kids to get fit & have fun.

Please click here to find out more!!!!



And the Biggest Chooser winners are…

April 13th, 2017

TEAM GREY with Trainer Sarah Roskilly Wins the Chooser Championship Belt!

People have a natural competitive nature. We crave to be challenged and desire victory. The Biggest Chooser 2017 Challenge was designed to appeal to that love of winning, but that wasn’t the only positive outcome this season. The camaraderie and accountability each team fostered formed relationships and healthy habits that will continue well past the challenge’s end date. Granite Falls Personal Training Team is beaming with pride at the success of all its participants. Together, we lost 1,248 pounds!!!! AMAZING JOB EVERYONE.

Special congratulations go to:

Overall Team Winner: Team Grey (Trainer Sarah Roskilly)

Overall Individual & Female Winner: Jenny Goguen (Team Turquoise, Trainer Janice Hirsch)

Overall Male Winner: Jonathan Gordan (Team Grey, Trainer Sarah Roskilly)

2nd Place Team Turquoise, Trainer Janice Hirsch), 3rd Place (Team Black, Trainer Phillip Williams),  4th Place(Team Pink, Trainer Heather Mills), & 5th Place(Team Orange, Aubrey Miller)


The Secret to Keeping Resolutions: Set SMART Goals!!!

March 14th, 2017


Each New Year, we make resolutions. We want to lose weight, eat better, gain muscle, or live a healthier life. By March, the struggle to stick with the plan is real.  And, while it’s important to have goals, it’s essential that we enjoy the process of realizing them.  While you’re evaluating your resolutions this year, remember goals should be:

  • Specific,
  • Measurable,
  • Attainable,
  • Realistic, and
  • Timely.

Once you’ve set your goals, remember that the Personal Training Team at Granite Falls Swim & Athletic Club would love to see you succeed and we are here to help.

Summer Shred, Biggest Chooser, Max Strength Training, Foundations of Fitness, Tri Club, Run Club, & Individual Personal Training Services are just some of the great programming we offer to our members.

Good luck on your journey- we are here to walk beside you every step of the way!

Kara Lockhart, GFSAC Fitness Director



The Story of Mary, Diane, and Diane

February 28th, 2017

Has going to the gym & getting into shape always been in the corner of your mind, but you aren’t sure where to start???

Leave aside all the excuses and the fears…join us for Foundations of Fitness!

In February, Mary & the 2 Diane’s decided to “take the plunge” back into the gym to beat the winter blahs. What they discovered was much more than a tough hour workout. They found community and understanding. Also, the new team created great accountability for each other. They inspire one another into coming to the gym more than once a week. Diane said, “I am happy to tell you I have been back to the gym and on the treadmill twice since Tuesday night and have done the exercises at home. Thank you so much for Tuesday night … it is so what I needed. I appreciate your time, effort and kindness with me.” We are so proud at these lovely ladies’ success, and happy to be part of their journey to better fitness & wellness. WAY TO GO, MARY, DIANE, & DIANE!!!

Foundations of Fitness is a 4 week starter program designed to explore the benefits of cardio and resistance training, build your knowledge of circuit equipment/free weights, increase flexibility, determine proper intensity for improvement of health, and to build friendships/connect with like-minded members. Each once-per-week session is led by ACSM certified personal trainer, Sarah Roskilly and day & evening sessions are available. Sign-up for the next sessions online or through our iOS app!

Taking Roll?

February 1st, 2017

You remember the classes you took in college where the professor didn’t take roll? Seemed a lot harder to get to those classes sometimes due to the lack of accountability right? The gym can feel the same way which is why we encourage you to find a buddy, an accountability partner, to work out with. Look for a friend or someone you see frequently in class and find out if you have similar fitness goals. Make a plan each week to meet up in a class, in the pool or on the fitness floor. Can’t always make it to the gym? How about a neighbor you can walk with? There are plenty of options out there to squash the excuses so go ahead, partner up!