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Fitness Newsletter | May 2011 | 
Preview Our Summer Catalog!

Registration Begins Saturday, June 4


Summer CatalogYou and your family will enjoy an active summer with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation programs, classes and events! Check out our Summer Catalog for a complete listing of what's coming up!


We've got a ton of fitness classes offered both indoors and outdoors, so you'll be all set for the beach season! We still have space available in summer camps for the kids and we also have a variety of drop-in programs for both youth and adults in our recreation centers.

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Fitness Class Options: Drop-In vs. Registered Classes


Our fitness instructors frequently hear that patrons weren't aware that we offered two different types of fitness classes. We offer both drop-in group fitness classes and registered classes. Some class formats are available as drop-in and registered classes.


What are "Drop-In" classes?

Drop-in classes are group fitness classes held in our recreation centers that do not require advanced registration. Each center has a monthly group fitness schedule that lists the class offerings. Classes are available on a first come, first served basis. Drop-in classes do require a recreation center membership card (or visitor pass) and a group fitness pass. You can purchase a punch card to pay for these classes (2-4 punches per class) or you can pay for each class individually. The 30 minute classes are $2 and one hour classes are $4. You can also purchase a 30-day or 90-day unlimited card, so you can attend as many classes as you would like.

Fitness ClassesExamples of these classes include, but are not limited to; Turbo-Kick®, SilverSneakers®, Zumba®, Hi-Low Cardio, Yoga, Pilates, Core Balance, Step and more.


What are "Registered" classes?

Registered classes are listed in our quarterly Programs & Activities catalog and do require advanced registration. Classes are available both in our recreation centers and at outdoor locations throughout the City. Classes held at recreation centers require a membership (or visitor pass), but outdoor classes do not. Class costs vary based on program and length. Registration can be done online through EZreg or in person at any recreation center.


These classes include, but are not limited to; boot camps, dance classes, Drums Alive®, kettlebells, personal training, martial arts, TRX® classes and more.

2011 Bikeways & Trails Plan Complete


BikingThe citizens of Virginia Beach have shown and stated consistently over the years that they want to be able to bike and walk around the City, both for recreation and transportation.


Virginia Beach's 2009 Comprehensive Plan and its Master Transportation Plan respond to these desires generally, and the new 2011 Bikeways and Trails Plan responds to them specifically, pointing the way towards an enhanced system of bikeways and trails, plus the programs and other initiatives that support their use.
City Council adopted this plan as a component of the Comprehensive Plan in April 2011. You can view the plan online. Printed copies will become available at libraries in June 2011 and will be available for purchase at the Planning Department for $25.

Economical Option for Personal Training: Small Group


Small Group TrainingAre things tight financially for you this year? If you have put off your fitness goals due the hard economic times, there might be another option for you. We have been working hard to tailor our fitness programs to meet not only your fitness goals, but your financial goals as well.


We now have the option for Small Group Training. Instead of paying for a private session, you can register for group training and pay only a fraction of that cost. You can sign up with a couple friends, or just fill out an interest form requesting group training and we can match you up with a group. If you have a group looking to train on specific days and times, we can customize a schedule to accommodate your needs.


To learn more about Small Group Training, or to get signed up, contact the fitness staff at Great Neck Recreation Center at 496-6766.

Meet the Trainer: Mike Chappelle 


Mike ChappelleMike received his B.S. in Exercise Science/Health Fitness Instruction from Norfolk State University in 2008 and has a personal training certification from the YMCA. He has a sports background where he flourished in football. Despite his size, he has been invited to and participated in several professional football tryouts for the NFL, CFL, and AFL. These experiences have helped him become a better person and trainer in knowing that all things are possible if a person is willing to put forth the effort and sacrifice.

Mike's fitness philosophy is full-body workouts working on all aspects of exercise. Through full-body workouts and core strengthening, he believes clients will reach their full potential.


Learn more about our personal training or complete a personal training request.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


The weight room and cardio areas of Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 10 for maintenance.


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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the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.