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Fitness Newsletter | February 2013 | 
Piloxing® is Coming Soon!  


PiloxingThis might be the first time you've heard of Piloxing®, but it surely won't be the last. As the name suggests, this class combines the intensity of intense cardio boxing drills with Pilates to create a fantastic muscle toning, fat burning workout. This new craze packs a punch and participants from around the country are raving. Even Hollywood has caught the buzz. Check out this video to see for yourself.


Our instructors are practicing hard and will fire up our classes in April on the group fitness schedules. Check next month's newsletter for class times.

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Fitness Tip Video Clip: Perfect Your Crunch 


Crunch VideoOur personal trainers and fitness instructors have turned the cameras on themselves to bring you a video clip featuring a popular fitness topic. This month we feature an effective way to tighten that mid-section as Jaq and Matt from Great Neck Recreation Center demonstrate proper breathing techniques, body alignment and common mistakes when doing crunches. Watch now!


We'll have a new clip each month, so if you have an idea or exercise that you would like to see demonstrated, email us at

Trail Expansion and New Fitness Stations at Trashmore 


Construction at TrashmoreIf you've been to Mount Trashmore Park lately, you've probably noticed some heavy machinery and orange fencing. We're in the process of widening the existing trail to 12 feet and adding a new linkage to connect Kids Cove with the lakeside trail.


Once the trail project finishes, we'll also be adding various outdoor fitness stations that can accommodate multiple users at any given time. These fitness stations will provide low-impact circuits for novice users and older adults, including ones that are ADA-accessible, as well as high-impact stations for more intense workouts.

Post Run and Workout Smoothie 


BlenderFor many of us, March signals the beginning of the outdoor workout season. Whether your preference is running, hiking or biking, what you put into your body following the workout is very important to your conditioning and recovery. This season, consider reaching for a homemade smoothie. Using fresh, wholesome ingredients not only tastes great, but is quick to make and easier to digest than prepackaged shakes or big meals. By making your own smoothie, you can tweak it to your taste and nutrition needs.

Here's a recipe from that balances lean protein, carbs and healthy fats, all important post-workout. 

  • 1 cup frozen berries - darker colored berries help reduce inflammation and soreness
  • ˝ banana - bananas are a good source of potassium and help regulate fluid balances
  • 1 cup low fat kefir - think of kefir as a pourable yogurt, a great source of protein and calcium, but with more probiotics to support your immune system
  • 15 to 20 whole almonds - almonds are good source of healthy unsaturated fat and vitamin E
  • 2 tablespoons of wheat germ - wheat germ is an excellent source of protein, zinc and vitamin E
  • 1 tablespoon of honey -honey is an easily digested carb and sweetener with trace minerals and antioxidants not found in sugar or sugar substitutes
Get Your Kickball Team Ready to Play!

Kickball League Registration Available Through March 15 


KickballBring out your inner kid and join our Adult Kickball League! It's that same game you loved to play in school, and now you can play as an adult! Enjoy the friendly competition of adult kickball during the Spring 2013 season at City View Park (2073 Kempsville Road).


Co-ed leagues are offered Thursday nights as double headers beginning March 28. Each team must have 10 players (age 18 & up) on the field during play, with 5 males and 5 females. Up to 20 players are allowed on a team. The season runs through May and consists of 12 to 14 games.


Registration continues through March 15; franchise fee is $350 per team. There is no residency requirement. Download a registration form and get your team ready to play!   [Photo credit: Gamma Man | Flickr]

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


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


The pool at Great Neck Recreation Center will be closed on March 6 and will open late on March 7 for a pool controller system update.


Seatack Recreation Center will be closed Monday, March 11 through Sunday, March 17 for annual maintenance.
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers will be closed on Sunday, March 31 for Easter. Parks will be open.


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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