Innovative Workouts & Equipment at Williams Farm
The Fitness Unit is excited to show off some of its new equipment and class formats at the brand new Williams Farm Recreation Center. We sampled a few of these ideas at October's Get Fit Virginia Beach event and the feedback was outstanding. Here are a few of the new group fitness classes exclusive to Williams Farm.
360™ Cross Training (pictured) - This interval style class increases balance, strength and cardio. Our newest Step 360™ trainers offer versatile balance training that enhances functional stability.
6 Pack in 30 Flat! - This class is 30 minutes of high intensity core work.
Circuit Drill, Cardio Kill - Work hard, play hard! This boot camp style class has it all. Every piece of fitness equipment we can find will be used in this creative and fun circuit class.
Dynamic Moves: Kettle Bell/ViPRŪ - Your muscles are strongest when they work together. Using kettlebells and the new ViPRŪ trainers, we will push, swing, slam, lift, jump, kick and throw to increase your total body strength. Resistance training is combined with total body movements.
For a full list of classes with days, times and instructors, check out Williams Farm's Group Fitness Schedule. To try a class for free, don't forget to ask about our Group Sampler Pass at the front desk.
Also for questions about all things fitness related at the new center, including personal training, contact Robert Barber, Fitness Specialist, at 385-2964.
Free Access for Military + Family for Veteran's Day
As a thank you to those who have served our country, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation invites members of the military and their families to enjoy the following:
- Free admission to any Virginia Beach Recreation Center on Monday, November 12
- Free outdoor tennis court usage at Owl Creek Tennis Center on Monday, November 12
- Free boat launches and parking at Lynnhaven Boat Ramp on Sunday & Monday, November 11-12
- Free boat launches and kayak/canoe rentals at Munden Point Park on Sunday & Monday, November 11-12
To take advantage of these benefits, simply show one of the following at the front desk or office: Military ID (active duty, dependent, or retired), Veterans ID, or DD214.
Note: All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Sunday, November 11.
5 Tips to Avoid the Buffet Meltdown
by Robert Arbogast, Fitness Specialist
As we look forward to the month ahead, what comes to mind? For me, it's family, football and food. Unfortunately, the foods we're about to encounter may not be the healthiest and there will probably be an endless supply.
Here are five tips to help you and your waist band survive:
1. Don't skip breakfast. Even on the day of the biggest lunch or dinner you should still have a sensible, balanced breakfast with lean protein, healthy carbs and a small amount of "good" fats. Skipping a meal may seem like a good idea, but arriving at the event on an empty stomach only makes matters worse.
2. Get moving. Most gyms will be closed on a holiday, but that's no excuse. Any form of exercise such as walking, biking, etc. will get your metabolism going and help burn those extra calories.
3. Go for the highlights. Take in the spread of food before you, then grab the stuff you really want first. If you give into the indulgence now, you'll be less likely to make a return trip.
4. Avoid grazing. So often we take in a bunch of calories without even realizing it because we constantly pick at what's around us. Try to set up camp as far away from the buffet table as possible.
5. Give it away. Most of us will get our fill, but there are many in the community that would benefit from our excess and truly appreciate any extras. With a little effort, leftovers can easily be shared with a neighbor in need or a shelter for the less fortunate.