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Aquatics Newsletter | January 2012 |
Improve Your Swim with Strong Core 


Often, we associate our core with just our abs. You might be surprised to hear that your abs make up only one piece of the puzzle. Generally speaking, your core consists of your abdominal, lower back, hip and pelvis muscles. These muscles combined form the basis of support for the rest of your body.

The benefits of a strong core include better balance, stability, posture and athletic performance. As a swimmer, a strong core will not only improve your balance and stability in the water, it will also help with faster turns and better side-to-side rotation. Despite all of this, the core muscles don't often get the attention they deserve in strength training regimens.

As you set your goals for 2012, make sure that a stronger core is on the list. You can strengthen your core with exercises like plank, side plank, push-ups, v-sits, squats, bicycle crunches, bridge, and lunges with a twist. All of these examples use your own body weight as resistance and require no equipment. You can do these exercises at the gym, at home or even at work, so you have no excuse not to do them!

We can also help you strengthen your core through a variety of classes offered in our recreation centers. Our group fitness schedules list the benefits of each class, so look for ones that have CO (core) listed. We also offer registered classes that work the core including Pilates Mat and TRX® Suspension Training classes. TRX® uses suspended nylon straps and the resistance of your body weight to perform a variety of exercises.

Focus on your core and you'll see improvements in your swimming and beyond.  
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CatalogRegister Now for Winter Classes!    


Take a look at our Winter Programs & Activities Catalog to find exciting classes and programs for all ages. For those with the competitive edge or prepping for a triathlon, try our Adult Fitness Workouts. These drop-in classes take place at Great Neck on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 7:45-8:45 am and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-8 am. Cost is four punches on a Group Fitness Punch Card.  


Have a young child that you want to introduce to the water? Check our our Tiny Bobbers class for parents and children age 1-3 years. You can register online with your barcode and PIN, or register in person at any recreation center
Recognizing Our Outstanding Lifeguards  


What does it take to be an Outstanding Lifeguard? Hard work, dedication, reliability and professionalism are but a few of the characteristics.


Camille Berry was selected as Kempsville Recreation Center's Outstanding Lifeguard of the Season because she possesses all of these and more. Camille has been a dedicated City employee for over five years and within that time has gone above and beyond to demonstrate her value to aquatic supervisors, co-workers and facility patrons. Camille continually demonstrates a desire to stay physically fit by completing the required 800 weekly swim in a timely manner. She demonstrates a high quality of professionalism and job knowledge when performing her daily tasks and provides a friendly, welcoming and comfortable environment for the patrons who utilize Kempsville's pool. Congrats, Camille!

RobyRoberta "Roby" Hudgins was selected as Great Neck Recreation Center's Outstanding Lifeguard of the Season. Roby has been a valuable member of the Great Neck aquatic staff since February 2010. She is a leader and role model to her peers, and she takes the time to get to know the patrons. Every day, Roby goes the extra mile to ensure Great Neck Aquatics is the best. Her supervisors and co-workers consider her an invaluable resource. Great job, Roby! 

If you visit the pool at Kempsville or Great Neck, please take a moment to congratulate Camille and Roby on a job well done.

Are you interested in becoming a lifeguard? We have several lifeguard training classes coming up in February and March. It's the perfect time to take a class if you want to get a summer lifeguard job!
From Diving Coach to Competitor  


High FiveCompetitive diving is a sport of skill and grace. Coaching competitive diving requires technical knowledge to help divers build their skills in a safe environment. To be both a competitive diver and a coach necessitates a certain mastery of the sport.

Kelly Cummings spent many years practicing her dives for competition. Her love for the sport and her diving ability helped land her a coaching position with our youth Diving League. When asked about the transition from competitive diver to coach, Kelly indicated how different the two are. "As a coach, I spent a great deal of time teaching and encouraging the divers, but I also understood how they felt because I'm a diver too." One student in particular, Jean Bonsall, earned Kelly's attention. "Coaching Jean was exciting because she was nearly old enough to try out for her high school team and she really loved it."

Jean always harbored an interest in the sport, in part because her Mom was a diver. She joined our Diving League to start building a foundation and had so much fun doing it that she could not bear to miss a practice. Jean said that Coach Kelly seemed like a pro to her and helped her learn a particular dive she was struggling with. Jean was particularly impressed at one of their final practices when the coaches dove along with the students. She thought their dives were graceful and perfect. So when high school diving season came around, Jean felt a bit intimidated to be among Kelly's competition rather than one of her students.  

Both Kelly and Jean were excited to be diving in the same arena. Kelly felt it was very gratifying to see Jean perform well because she helped her to learn the basics. In turn, Jean continued to learn from watching Kelly's execution of each dive. In a few short years, as Kelly graduated and started college, Jean continued to grow in skill and confidence. As a junior and senior, Jean scored high enough to make it to the State Competition.
Jean's diving ability also helped to earn her a job as coach for the Diving League in her senior year. When Kelly returned to the pool that summer, she and Jean had the opportunity to co-teach a diving class, bringing their experience together as peers.

Our youth Diving League is the perfect opportunity for kids age 7-15 to learn a variety of dives and have fun competing with others in a low-key environment. For Kelly and Jean, it also meant the on-ramp to coaching positions. Registration is open now!  
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

Woodstock Skate Plaza will be closed January 18-27 for concrete repairs. 

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.
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