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Fitness Newsletter | December 2010 | 
Check Out Our Winter Programs!  

Registration Begins Saturday, January 8


Woman Ready to WorkoutDon't get stuck on the couch this winter! Parks & Rec will help you stay active with exciting classes and programs for all ages. New fitness and wellness programs include:


How to Train for Your 8K (14 & up)

Gain the confidence and motivation to successfully train and participate in an 8K run / walk. This program is the perfect lead into the Shamrock 8K on March 19. Learn about hydration, heart rate, stretching, pace and other important concepts to keep you safe and enjoy the benefits of training with a group. It's a new year, take on a new challenge. The program is suited for all fitness levels and beginners are strongly encouraged to join.


TRX™ Suspension Training is one of our newest forms of fitness equipment we have at our recreation centers. These classes will be held at Kempsville in the boxing room and class formats will change in spring to keep your body challenged. Additional locations will be added this spring.

TRX Basic Training (14 & up)

Introduce yourself to the fundamentals of TRX™ Suspension Training body weight exercises. This program builds strength, balance, and flexibility. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or just want to get back in shape, TRX™ will help you reach your fitness goals.


TRX Kettle and Box Ultimate Conditioning (18 & up)

A special blend of Suspension Training exercises and kettlebell intervals to improve core strength, mobility and balance. Creative sessions of punching combinations and counter punching drills

complete the ultimate conditioning.


Workout Warriors (14 & up)

Are you resolving to lose weight and get fit this New Year? Then this might be the jumpstart that you need! Join us for group workouts that focus on a wide range of fitness activities including kettlebells, suspension training, weight training, yoga, water fitness and much more. Participants will be weighed in weekly and receive an 8 week exercise and nutrition journal to keep track of their progress.

Click on any course name above to get details on class meeting times, location and cost. Registration for all programs begins at 9 am on Saturday, January 8. Remember, you can register online with your barcode and PIN, or register in person at any recreation center.

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Kick'n Boot Camp

Kick'n Boot Camp

Wednesday, January 5

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Princess Anne Rec Center


Join us for a kick'n, calorie burning workout! This FREE class is a mixture of easy-to-follow cardio kickboxing combinations and intervals of boot camp drills that will enhance agility, coordination, balance and endurance.  


Membership or visitor pass is needed.

Revamp Your Routine at Passport to Fitness


YogaDo you steer clear of group fitness classes? Or maybe you take the same class over and over because it's what you're used to. Now is the time to try something new! Enjoy a morning full of FREE sample classes during our Passport to Fitness event on January 15, 2011. Five recreation centers - Bayside, Bow Creek, Great Neck, Kempsville and Princess Anne - will offer a variety of mini-classes from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. We're even offering water fitness sessions at Bow Creek! You can take a look at the class schedules for each center here. Be sure to bring water, a yoga mat for mind & body classes, and a swimsuit if you want to try a water fitness class.

Our Fitness Team will answer your questions and local vendors will be on site to give information to promote healthy lifestyles. You can also enter a drawing to win a 30-Day Unlimited Group Fitness Pass! This event is free and available to participants age 14 years and older. Start planning for a fit new year!

Step It Up! High Energy, Low-Impact Aerobics Classes


Step AerobicsStep aerobic exercise first originated in the 1980's where it was created by a group fitness instructor named Gin Miller. Ms. Miller had injured her knee and was rehabilitating it by climbing her porch steps over and over. She soon realized that this was not only a low-impact exercise, but it could also raise the heart rate and provide a good cardiovascular workout at the same time. Ms. Miller began introducing the idea to her classes, and eventually teamed up with Reebok to form Step Reebok. Since then, step aerobics has taken off.


If you've hit a plateau in your aerobic workouts, you can try adding step exercise in your routine. Step aerobic exercise will not only help you metabolize fat, it will strengthen your muscles and increase your aerobic stamina as well. The raising and lowering of the body in this type of exercise utilizes the large muscles of the lower legs. These raising and lowering actions also strengthen the muscles and tendons and the ligaments connecting muscles and bones to each other.


Step exercise offers many of the same benefits of jogging or running. However, the advantage is it is achieved without the associated stress and pressure placed upon the joints of the ankles and knees. Plus, this type of class is just plain fun! The routines are always varied and each instructor adds their own fun flair to their classes.


All fitness levels can enjoy step aerobics and many of our recreation centers offer several formats. Some classes are all cardio, where others combine step with intervals of resistance work using elastic bands and hand weights. If you have not tried this kind of class yet, then you are missing out on an awesome workout that is easy to follow and fun to do!


At Bayside, we offer 30/30 Step Resistance (30 minutes of step cardio and 30 minutes of resistance work) on Mondays at 5:15 pm and Saturdays at 9:15 am, as well as Step and Sculpt on Thursdays at 5:30 pm.


At Kempsville, we offer Basic Step and Sculpt on Mondays at 9:00 am, Step Aerobics on Tuesdays at 9:00 am, and Step This Way on Saturdays at 9:30 am.


And starting in January, we will offer 30/30 Step Resistance at Princess Anne on Wednesdays at 10:15 am. Come join the fun!

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, parks and park facilities will be closed on December 31 and January 1.


The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through Spring 2011 for renovations.


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 your child requires 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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