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Fitness & Wellness Newsletter | October 2010 |
Jumping Back on the Bandwagon
KickboxingIt's happened again. Summer ended with a flurry of activity, kids are back in school, fall is upon us and you may have fallen off the exercise bandwagon. Having trouble getting back on? It's never too late, and the sooner you start the better you will feel.

The great news is that Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation offers a wide variety of drop-in fitness classes at all six centers. We offer classes in the most popular formats in the nation such as Zumba®, Zumba® Tone (new for November at Princess Anne), Cardio Kickboxing, Hip-Hop Hustle™, Core Balance and so much more.

Another area of tremendous expansion in our offerings is our aquatic exercise classes. We offer classes in shallow as well as deep water from gentle formats to vigorous water workouts. Check our Group Fitness Schedules to find the class that suits you

Prefer to register for a class that meets regularly? We still have space available in our Kettlebells class for beginners or intermediates. We also have space available in our Women on Weights classes - small group weight training just for women!
Abdominals: Repetition or Resistance?

SitupsA common question that exercisers want to know is how to reduce the size of their belly. Many fitness enthusiasts are still hung up on doing hundreds of sit-ups or crunches to shed the belly fat and get the six-pack abs. The erroneous belief behind fat reduction is that if you train a muscle that is covered in body fat, the fat will go away, turn into muscle, and get "toned.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no way to only trim belly fat by performing abdominal exercises. This is not what most people want to hear, but it is the truth. The second myth is that abdominals should be trained everyday with high repetitions and no resistance. The reason many, especially women, do not use resistance is because they believe their abs will get muscular. Also, untrue. Why? There is no such thing as "toning." This is a marketing term used to sell magazines and fitness equipment. Muscles either grow (hypertrophy) or shrink (atrophy).

Every muscle in the body should be trained with resistance so as to stress them to the point where they must adapt to meet the demands (overload principle). Strength training should be performed 2-3 times a week, with moderate to heavy resistance, moderate repetitions (10-20), rest in between sets, and include a variety of different exercises to target the different abdominal muscles.
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Zumba® Tone
Saturday, November 6
10:45-11:45 am
Princess Anne Rec Center

This is a Latin dance-cardio workout that also blends body-sculpting techniques and specific Zumba® moves into one calorie-burning, strength-training class. Weighted maraca-like Zumba® Toning Sticks will be provided and used to enhance rhythm and build strength.

Classes have been added to the group fitness schedule for Princess Anne on:

Mondays, starting Nov 1
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Thursdays, starting Nov 4
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Saturdays, starting Nov 6
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Photos of Get Fit

Check out photos from Get Fit Virginia Beach, our outdoor fitness event held on Saturday, October 16.  We had a great turnout at Mount Trashmore Park. Look for this event again next year!
Understanding the Basis of Pilates 

PilatesWith the interest and success of Pilates, sometimes the roots of the work can be forgotten or misunderstood. Functionally, Pilates offers refinement of motion, promoting efficiency of the body by decreasing the amount of disparities from side to side, front to back, and opposing muscle groups. This all stemmed from the "powerhouse" or trunk, not just the abdominals, but the entire core of the body. Understanding that movement efficiency is the key element to effective movement will help in grasping the intention and purpose of this type of work.

There are many aspects to the comprehensive work of Joseph Pilates. He created this type of training in the 1920's to the 1960's, primarily for dancers as a method of recovery from injury. Joseph himself was a gymnast and boxer and had innovative ideas for fitness training that were years ahead of his time. Joseph originally called the program "Contrology," based on the idea of muscle control. The name never stuck, but his surname did. His attention to the finest detail and control in the work are what he emphasized, and what practitioners continue to work with today.

Participants of this regime see wonderful results that improve their daily living, from just getting up in the morning, to training for a marathon. The ongoing success of this work is a tribute to the amazing insights of one man, Joseph Pilates.

Drop-in classes are offered in November at:
  • Bayside on Mondays from 6:30-7:30 pm and Fridays from 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Great Neck on Mondays from 9:15-10:15 am and Thursdays from 6-7 pm
  • Bow Creek on Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 am
  • Princess Anne on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15-7:15 am
  • Kempsville on Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 am
Meet the Instructor: Joan Bastian
Joan BastianJoan is a certified group fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of American (AFAA) and has been teaching classes since August 2008. She teaches Step Aerobics, Body Sculpting and Silver Sneakers for Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation.

Before becoming an instructor, Joan attended classes on a regular basis for years. She has always been involved in some type of physical fitness program. Joan loves to see and hear about her students achieving their goals. It makes her feel great when a beginner attends her class and becomes a regular attendee. Besides fitness, Joan loves walking her four dogs, going to the beach, reading and traveling.

Join Joan for SilverSneakers® Cardio Circuit at Great Neck on Thursdays from 9-10 am, for Cross Training at Bayside on Wednesdays from 9:15-10:15 am, or for Step & Sculpt also at Bayside on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through May 2011 for renovations. 
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, and administrative offices will be closed on November 11 for Veterans Day. Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and Beach Facility, Woodstock Park and Mount Trashmore Park will be open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, but all other parks and park facilities will be closed.
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, parks, park facilities and administrative offices will be closed on November 25 & 26 for Thanksgiving.

Don't forget that your membership is good at all six Virginia Beach Recreation Centers!  If your usual center is closed for maintenance, take the opportunity to visit another center. Use this locator to help you find one!
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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