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Fitness Newsletter | September 2011 | 
It's Time to Get Fit, Virginia Beach!

Saturday, October 15, 9-11 am | Mount Trashmore Park 


Take advantage of the cooler weather with an outdoor workout at Mount Trashmore Park! Get Fit Virginia Beach is your chance to sample the different fitness classes Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation offers for FREE! Come dressed for a workout and just bring a towel and water. Classes run from 9-11 am and include:

  • TRX® Boxing at Get Fit
  • Kettlebells
  • Zumba®
  • Boxing
  • Ropes
  • Boot Camp
  • Personal Training 
  • Martial Arts
  • Tai Chi
  • Drums Alive®
  • Cardio Kickboxing 
Health and fitness vendors will be onsite from 8:30 -11:30 am providing tips and resources to pursue healthy, active lifestyles. Our fitness staff will help determine what you need to reach your fitness goals. Personal trainers will be available to answer your questions and conduct body fat analyses. Check out some photos from last year's event!

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Good News for Racquetball Players!


RacquetballThe racquetball court at Kempsville Recreation Center is scheduled to reopen Monday, October 3! The court closed in September 2010 for repairs. You can reserve court time by visiting Kempsville or by calling 474-8492 up to a day in advance.  


Courts are also available at Bayside, Great Neck and Princess Anne Recreation Centers. You'll need to supply your own equipment, but courts are available at no additional cost to recreation center members. Non-members can purchase a visitor pass to utilize the courts.  

Quick Tip: Break Your Routine!


Change up your workout or fitness class routine from time to time. When you have to use your brain and think about what you are doing, you'll work new muscles and burn more calories! 

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Become an Outdoor Beach Woman!

Woman Kayaking - OBW

Ladies, October 15 is your day to participate in outdoor recreation activities in a fun, relaxed environment!

You'll enjoy a full day at Munden Point Park with instruction from local experts. Choose four of the following Outdoor Beach Women sessions to attend:

  • Archery Basics
  • Explore the Outdoors! 
  • Fly Casting
  • Geocaching &GPS 
  • Hiking, Backpacking, & Camping 
  • Intro to Kayak 
  • Native Tree & Shrub Walk  
Cost: $65/person, includes lunch. Grab your friends and register today!
Report: Exercise Benefits Cancer Patients/Survivors


Couple WalkingA new report by leading British cancer charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, strongly urges cancer survivors to increase, not reduce their level of physical activity. People who have had cancer usually are inclined to rest and take it easy after treatment. Recent findings show two and a half hours of exercise a week could lower a breast cancer patient's risk of dying or cancer recurrence by 40 percent, and could reduce a prostate cancer patient's risk of dying from the disease by about 30 percent.   


The American College of Sports Medicine recently developed a set of guidelines on physical activity for people who are undergoing or have recently completed treatment. The panel recommended adaptations for exercise in people based on their specific cancers and the side effects of their treatment. Strength-building exercises are great for patients who have lost muscle mass; shoulder-stabilizing exercises are great for breast cancer survivors who have had operations that debilitate the joints in their shoulders. The American Cancer Society also promotes moderate exercise but encourages patients to discuss their exercise plans with their oncologists first. 


For patients looking for help with starting a new regimen, please contact one of our certified personal trainers or check out our group fitness classes. We offer a variety of lower intensity classes including water fitness, Silver Sneakers and Fit For Life.

Youth Boxing Helps Kids Improve Fitness


Youth  BoxingPhysical fitness is one of the most important tools in youth development, not just physically but also mentally. We all know that working out helps build discipline and self confidence and it contributes to a healthy heart and bones. Currently there are approximately nine million children over the age of six that are obese. Childhood obesity can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, pre-diabetes and bone or joint problems. With the obesity rates raising in youth, it is important that we give children the tools they will need to live a healthy life.  

We currently offer youth boxing at the Bow Creek and Kempsville Recreation Centers for youth age 8-17. In these programs, we instruct our participants on the basics of the sport of boxing with hands on training with USA Amateur Boxing Coaches. Not only will participants learn to box and gain focus and discipline, but they will also be put through rigorous fitness routines to help get them up to the fitness level needed to participate in such a physically demanding sport. Our instructors will work with the kids on cardiovascular fitness, full body strength, foot work, coordination, speed and agility. This class is open to all levels of fitness and experience.  


Bow Creek | T, Th | Oct 4 - Oct 27 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | $29| Register!
Bow Creek | T, Th | Jan 3 - Jan 26 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | $29 | Register!  


Kempsville | M, W | Oct 3 - Oct 26 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm | $49 | Register!
Kempsville | M, W | Nov 2 - Nov 28 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm | $49 | Register!
Kempsville | M, W | Jan 4 - Jan 30 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm | $49 | Register!   

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


Kempsville Recreation Center is closed for maintenance through October 2.  


The pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance through October 3.  


Bayside Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance beginning October 10 through October 16. The pool at Bayside will be closed from October 7 to October 20.


The pool at Seatack Recreation Center is closed for renovations until approximately the end of November.


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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