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Fitness Newsletter | March 2011 | 
Let's Take it Outdoors!


Beach Boot CampAfter months of winter weather, the last thing many want to do is head back indoors to go to the gym. This spring, we're offering a wide range of classes outdoors at Mount Trashmore, the beach and local parks. Keep an eye out for an outdoor program near you! 

Upcoming outdoor classes include: TRX Basic Training and TRX Ropes and Straps at Mount Trashmore Park; TRX Iron Circuit and TRX Iron Circuit Power at Great Neck Park; Boot Camps which are held at 2nd Street, Bayville Farms Park and Mount Trashmore Park; and Women's Surf Clinic at Little Island Park. 

A recreation center membership is not needed for classes that take place outside of the centers. Come get fit with us outdoors!

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Can What You Eat Change Who You Are?


Woman EatingWe've all heard that you are what you eat, but can what you eat change who you are? A recent study from the universities of Navarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) suggests that the answer is yes. Researchers found that consuming foods high in trans-fats and saturated fats, such as pastries and fast food, increased the risk of suffering depression. They also concluded that healthy fats (polyunsaturated fats naturally found in fish and vegetable oils) were associated with a lower risk of suffering depression.


The study followed 12,059 participants over the course of six years. Read the full article on e! Science News.

Save Time: Get in on the Combo Craze


Combo ClassLet's face it, times are changing and we all seem to have less free time these days. So often, exercise is not first on the priority list due to time constraints and busy lifestyles. One of the most common excuses given for not working out is a lack of time. To get to the gym, get a cardio workout or group fitness class in as well as some weight training can take 1 to 2 hours to complete. Wouldn't it be great if it could all be fit into one hour?

One hour combination group fitness classes that incorporate an equal amount of time on cardio, weight training and even core work and flexibility are becoming increasingly in demand. These combination-group fitness classes, which are currently offered at many of our recreation centers, break an hour into segments that provide a full-body cardio and strength-building workout.

The 30/30 sessions combine 30 minutes of high and low-impact cardio with 30 minutes of full-body toning. The 20/20/20 sessions also break an hour into segments of high and low-impact cardio and full-body toning, while also finishing with core work and stretching. Instructors who teach combo classes agree that these classes are ideal for those with limited time because participants reap the benefits of cardio exercise, including weight loss, stress reduction and improved heart health, while also gaining strength.


As with all of our group fitness programs, these combination sessions are set to upbeat music and taught by different instructors who bring various personalities and levels of motivation to the sessions. And don't think these classes are just for women! Men who have tried these classes have not been disappointed.

We offer a range of different combination classes such as 20/20/20 - 20 minutes each of cardio, strength, and core and stretching offered at Kempsville and Princess Anne, Kettle & Pedal - 30 minutes each of group cycle and kettle bells offered at Kempsville, 30/30 Step/Resistance - 30 minutes each of step cardio and resistance training offered at Princess Anne and Bayside, and last but not least, Box & Tone - a mixture of both cardio kickboxing and resistance training. Also, don't forget all of our wonderful water group fitness classes in the pool. Many offer both cardio and resistance training using foam dumbbells and noodles.

Come join the combo craze and enjoy a great full body workout!

Meet the Instructor: Bill Anderson 


Bill AndersonBill Anderson and his wife, Vicki, began taking ballroom dance lessons through the recreation centers shortly after Bill's retirement from the Army in 1992. Their instructor, Betty Lou Olliges, taught the basics of ballroom dance simply and effectively. Bill and Vicki advanced to the point where they were asked to take over the teaching responsibility at Princess Anne Recreation Center. They have been teaching Level I and Level II Ballroom Dance (Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Cha Cha and Rumba) together at Princess Anne for over five years. 


Bill teaches through simple explanations and practice and enjoys the satisfaction of seeing those "with two left feet" master the dance steps. He takes a fun approach to helping others learn a lifelong enjoyable past time. This spring, Bill will be teaching the new Beach Shag class at Princess Anne.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers will be closed April 24 for Easter.


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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