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Fitness Newsletter | October 2012 | 
Williams Farm: NOW OPEN! 


Basketball at Williams FarmThe wait is over! This past Friday, Williams Farm Recreation Center officially opened it's doors! Want to see what all the excitement is about? Entry is free (no membership card needed) through Friday, November 2. Stop in and check out the weight room, indoor track, pool, group fitness room, gymnasium and more!

A membership card or day pass will be required beginning Saturday, November 3. Remember, one membership card gets you into any Virginia Beach Recreation Center!

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Innovative Workouts & Equipment at Williams Farm  

Step 360The 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


SoldierAs 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


BuffetAs 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.

New Class Spotlight 


Two of our most popular formats, Step and RIP, come together at Bayside Recreation Center. We've combined 30 minutes of step aerobics and 30 minutes of RIP for one intense combo class! Join Beverly on Mondays at Bayside from 9:15 - 10:15 am.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed for a long-term modernization project. Expected re-opening is September 2014.


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers & Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on November 11 for Veteran's Day. Administrative offices will also be closed on November 12. Parks remain open both days.


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, administrative offices, parks & park facilities will be closed on November 22 & 23 for Thanksgiving..


Don't forget that your membership is good at all 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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