May newsletter – It’s Time for May Flowers, Fun, and Fitness

Story by Meredith Nelson / May 4, 2015

Health is like money, we never have a true intent of its value until we lose it. Josh Billings


In This Issue
Boot Camp is Back for #10
Get on Your Bike and Ride!
Stairclimb Team wants you!
Welcome to Our New Neighbor – ATHLETA!

Happy Anniversary!

One Year

Jimmy Poore

Two Years

Dave Zatz

Five Years

Joe and Ginna Fishburne

Maria Schaeffer

Six Years

Carol Killough

Nine Years
Cantey Smith

Ten Years 

Beth Carnes

Mike Richardson

Mary Beth Thornhill

Eleven Years

Skipper Condon

Thanks to everyone for your continued support and encouragement.  Keep up the great work!  We look forward to sharing another year of health and fitness (and fun!) with you.


for 10th season!

It’s back for another season!  Boot Camp returns on May 4. For four weeks, you’ll be challenged just enough to get the results you need and the body you want!

For five days each week you will be guided through workouts designed to give you the ideal combination of resistance, cardiovascular training, flexibility, and recovery.
Workouts are offered at 6:30 and 8:00 a.m. and last one hour.  Mix and match the workouts to fit your needs – anywhere from one workout a week to a full schedule of all five days for the entire program.


Boot Camp – who knew workouts could be so FUN?!

For more information, contact Package information, pricing, scheduling, and sign-ups can be found by clicking here – don’t wait!  Sign up today!

Boot Camp’s Not the Only Thing that’s Back . . .



And he wants to see YOU while he’s here!

That’s right  –  Ken will be coming to visit!  He’ll be making a quick stop to say hello on Friday, May 8.

Want to workout with Ken again, like old times?  Sign up for Boot Camp on May 8 at 6:30 – Ken will be leading the troops!

Click here to sign up and pay online.

Don’t want to workout but to say hello?  We’ll be having a DROP-IN for coffee and early morning munchies immediately following the workout at 7:30 on the front porch.  Please click to RSVP!


Pizza Party Day

Friday, May 15


For years a popular go-to item, either in a local pizzeria, delivered to your door, or from a box in the freezer section, pizza has acquired a bad rap in health and fitness circles. Its thick doughy base and cheesy, greasy toppings often conjures up thoughts of blocked arteries and high blood pressure.  However, pizza doesn’t have to be bad for you – a quick search of the internet will reveal scores of healthy topping options, easy-to-make sauces and even healthy substitutes for the crust.
This year, Friday May 15 marks National Pizza Party Day.  Why not try one of our staff favorites and invite your friends over to share and celebrate!?

Buon appetito!


Wednesday, May 27 is NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY!  And here at PrimeTime Fitness, we love our seniors.  So on the last Wednesday o fthe mnth, feel free to bring yoru favorite senior to the gym to workotu for free!  We will waive the guest fee for anyone over 65 for this day only.

Please make sure your senior guest signs in on the Guest Log.  And stay tuned for more activities to celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day at PrimeTime Fitness!

Dear Members and Friends,

Spring Time seems to be here to stay – FINALLY!  Just in time for lots of great outdoor events and activities. There is no excuse – go outside and play!



Local Bike Month Events:

May 6:  Bike to School Day!

May 7: Peninsula Bike Commuter Workshop with Bike Law @ Rutledge Cab Co. (1300 Rutledge)

May 11th – 15th is National Bike to Work Week! If you are like the majority of Americans, you live within five miles of your workplace, making riding to work a very viable, healthy and fun option for your commute.

May 11: West Ashley Bike Commuter Workshop with Bike Law @ Ms. Rose’s (1090 Sam Rittenberg)
May 12: 146 Years of Bicycling In Charleston @ CCPL Calhoun Street (68 Calhoun)

May 15:  National (We Can’t Wait to) Bike to Work Day at EarthFare

May 17: Traffic Skills 101 @ Park Circle Community Center (4800 Park Circle)
May 20: Ride of Silence @ Hampton Park

May 27: Mount Pleasant Bike Commuter Workshop w/ Bike Law @ TBA

Trek Bicycle Shop is offering Free Maintenance Clinics!  Join them for a FREE class every Sunday at 12pm.  In honor of Bike Month, Trek Bicycle Shop is offering 20% OFF anything you can fit inside one of their shopping bags (excludes Garmin) if you attend one their weekly clinics during the month of May. Purchases must take place at the time of the clinic.  Details . . .





Successful people know that the key to achieving success is managing their time effectively.  We all have 24 hours in each day – how we choose to spend those hours is up to us.  Every member at PrimeTime Fitness is incredibly busy – from chauffeuring the kids to working long hours, we are all packing everything we can into every day.  Sometimes it gets hard to include a trip to the gym, a run, or a bike ride into our daily routine!

I’ve often told clients that “you will never find time to exercise – you must make time.”  The article below explains very well why and how to make time to take care of yourself before taking care of everything or everyone else!  It’s geared towards entrepreneurs but it spans all careers and lifestyles.

“There’s a prevalent attitude among entrepreneurs that the business, whatever that business is, comes first. It is the high priority that trumps everything else, including family, friends and especially health.”

Read more . . .

(Thanks to Julie Nestler for sharing this article with us!)


STAIRCLIMB TEAM at it again!

A staircase workout is an incredibly effective way to improve fitness and overall health: One study found that simply walking up 200 steps twice a day, five days a week, for eight weeks, can cause a 17 percent increase in VO2 max, which is a common way of measuring someone’s aerobic fitness.

f5d5f46e-3bed-42d4-b710-761c3cfcc58aRunning up stairs brings even more benefits. Because the body is constantly being lifted upward with each step, it engages more leg muscles than running and improves vertical jump.  Running up stairs is also easier on the joints than regular sprints, while being better at improving athletes’ range of motion.  But the best thing about staircase workouts? They can be done on any staircase and, in a manner similar to our love, they don’t cost a thing. So find some steps and step on the gas . . .

Read more . . . .

The PrimeTime Stair Team is at it again – we are training for the American Lung Association’s Climb North Charleston on July 25.  Want to join our team?  You can do by clicking here!

Not sure you awnt to commit?  You are welcome to attend one practice without signing up – open practices this month will be on May 13 and May 28 from 5:30 – 7 pm at the Coliseum.


Staff Recipe File – Gluten-free Polenta Pizza Crust Basic polenta pizza crust recipe:


  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3 cups water
  • a handful of chopped oregano (optional)

Preheat oven to 425.

Spray a large pizza pan with cooking spray

To make polenta, put water and cornmeal in a large pot and heat until bubbling, stirring often.  Cook until thick and smooth, adding water as needed if consistency becomes too thick and pasty.

Mix oregano in when almost done.

Spread polenta evenly in pizza pan, bake for 12 minutes.

Top with your favorite ingredients, and bake again for 10 – 12 minutes.


Julie’s Thai Pizza Toppings

Peanut satay sauce (you can make it with peanut butter protein powder and yogurt)


Shredded carrots

Green onions




Meredith’s Red Pepper Pizza Sauce

One roasted red pepper (in a jar)

Tbs olive oil


Pepper to taste

Put everything in a blender.  Spread over pizza crust, top with additional toppings such as shredded grilled chicken, spinach, and shredded cheese.


Want even more ideas for healthy pizzas?  Check out these 25 Mouthwatering Ways to Make Low-Carb Pizza Without Bread!


PrimeTime Welcomes Athleta to Town!

We are sooo excited to have Athleta gearing up to open in our very own hometown!  The latest styles in fitness, yoga, golf, tennis, and and casual wear, our wardrobe would not be complete without Athleta.


On Monday, May 11, from 5:30 – 7:30, come join us for the Athleta Store Opening.  Charleston Living Magazine will be teaming up with Athleta to bring you an evening of fun and stylish shopping!

Come discover the latest in active fashion wear, where you’ll find the ultimate outfits for every spring destination. Whether you’re heading to the beach, out on the town, or to a yoga or fitness session, you will love the fresh new styles at Athleta.

Enjoy delightful hors d’oeuvres and beverages while you shop.  This is a night you will not want to miss…See you there!


Upcoming Events

Be sure to check out the local running scene at, and check out the events above celebrating National Bike Month!

More events going on this month are below.

May 2:

Push-Up & Up Charleston 

May 5:

Town of Sullivan’s Island

Election for Council seats

May 8:

WORKOUT and DROP-IN with Ken

PrimeTime Fitness; 6:30 Workout and 7:30 Drop-In

May 11:

Athleta pre-opening party

Athleta; Town Center; 5:30 p.m.

May 13:  

Stairclimb Open Practice

North Charleston Coliseum; 5:30 p.m.

May 15:

National Pizza Party Day!

Make one of the recipes above and let us know what you think – or share a recipe of your own!

May 21:

Community Wide Group Run

Sullivan’s Island; 6:30 p.m.

May 27

National Senior Health and Fitness Day

May 28:  

Stairclimb Open Practice

North Charleston Coliseum; 5:30 p.m.