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Fitness Newsletter | March 2013 | 
It's Boot Camp Time!   


Boot CampThe weather is finally warming up and signs of spring are popping up all over. This means the start of the outdoor workout season is upon us! Get a good dose of Vitamin D and join us at one of our outdoor boot camps this spring!


At our newest location, Williams Farm Park, we have Boot Camp classes starting April 2nd. This popular, tried and true format is great for burning calories and building strength. By adding some new and innovative equipment, we'll keep the class original while you get a full-body workout. The next session begins on April 2nd, so register now!

For our K-9 lovers, Bow Wow Boot Camps are back at the Animal Care and Adoption Center! Your exercises are led by a Certified Fitness Instructor while your best friend receives some basic training provided by staff at the Animal Care Center. This class also starts April 2nd, so don't wait to register!

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Fitness Tip Video Clip: Strengthen Your Lower Back 


Fitness Tip 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 the proper way to strengthen your lower back as Jaq and Aimee from Great Neck Recreation Center demonstrate a few variations of lower back extensions. 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

Try Piloxing® for FREE!  


PiloxingLast month we told you about an exciting, new group fitness class that is coming to Bayside in April. Piloxing®, as the name suggests, blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the sculpting and flexibility of standing Pilates.


Join us at Bayside Recreation Center on Thursday, April 4 at 4:30 pm for a FREE Launch Party! Come ready to work out! A recreation center membership is not required, the only thing you'll need to bring is a water bottle. Piloxing® incorporates barefoot training, but you may wear dance or athletic shoes if you prefer.


Piloxing® is on the group fitness schedule at Bayside on Thursdays from 4:20 - 5:20 pm. Look for it to hit Williams Farm in May!

5 Reasons Not to Skip Breakfast


Cooking EggsFor many, skipping breakfast has become a very bad habit. Reasons why range from not feeling hungry to not waking up early enough. Some people actually think it's an effective way to shave off a few calories. The fact is there isn't a good reason to skip breakfast. To lead a healthy lifestyle, the day needs to begin with a good balance of carbs, proteins and healthy fats.

Here are five reasons why breakfast is so important:

  1. Numerous studies have shown that a healthy breakfast is directly linked to maintaining a healthy weight.
  2. People that eat breakfast tend to consume more vitamins, minerals and fiber in their diet.
  3. Your body needs a healthy meal in the morning to supply the get-up-and-go after a night's rest. That energy helps you feel alert and productive throughout your day.
  4. A balanced breakfast helps with the urge to snack or over-eat later in the day.
  5. Metabolism greatly improves when calories are consumed in the morning and spread out through the day as opposed to just lunch and dinner.

Check out next month's newsletter for healthy menu options for the morning time.

Meet the Trainer: Nwabufo "Buff" Okigbo


Nwabufo, Personal TrainerSince his days at Landstown High School, where he played football and was a city champion wrestler, Nwabufo has had a passion for fitness and exercise. He continued to wrestle while attending Old Dominion University, took up the sport of rugby and earned his degree in physical education with a minor in exercise science.


Also while attending ODU, Nwabufo earned his Personal Training Certification from the American Council on Exercise and worked in the campus Recreation and Wellness center as a fitness specialist and trainer. After graduation, he continued his education and became a Certified Health Coach through the same organization.

Nwabufo looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experiences with new clients and helping them meet their fitness goals. You can schedule sessions with Nwabufo at Williams Farm or Kempsville Recreation Center.

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 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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