Fitness Newsletter | December 2013 |
Rec Center Day Passes Available


Want to work out with a friend? Have visitors from out of town looking for something to do? Take them to the rec center! We offer single day passes to our centers; just $5 for youth and $8 for adults. A day pass provides the same benefits as a membership - access to all six recreation centers with amenities like indoor swimming pools, cardio and weight rooms, gyms, rock walls, youth game rooms and more! You can purchase day passes at the front desk of any center (no residency requirements).
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Challenge Yourself in the New Year 


The Fitness Unit takes pride in continuously learning and searching for better techniques, new formats and innovative ways to challenge ourselves and our patrons. One of the ways we learn is by attending workshops and conferences. A few months ago, Diane Benner, fitness unit supervisor, had the opportunity to attend one of the largest fitness conferences in the world, IDEA World Fitness in Los Angeles, California. An incredible 59 countries were represented and the latest and greatest equipment, instructors and presenters were on display at the conference. 


Much of what Diane learned will be passed on through our classes and programs over the months to come. But, we would like to take this opportunity to share part of the closing address from the conference because it is so timely and appropriate as we head into a new year with new goals and resolutions. 


Jay Blahnik, respected fitness instructor, consultant and author, delivered his remarks based on what he calls his "Simple 6." He suggests we need to GET three things and BE three things to live an extraordinary life:


1. GET real. Reconcile your heart with your head.


2. GET busy. Time bends for no one.


3. GET over it. Make amends and move on. Forgive.


4. BE yourself. You have your own particular brand of magic; use it.


5. BE brave. Do something that scares you a little every day, or you'll get stuck.


6. BE holistically generous and of service to others. What will you do to make a difference?

Our challenge to you is to take these six simple concepts with you into 2014 and see how you can learn, grow, and accomplish great things!

Free Admission to Rec Centers During Open House Event

January 18-19, 2014 | All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers


We're putting our best foot forward and opening our doors to show you what Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation has to offer! January 18th and 19th will be our biggest and best Open House - completely free and open to everyone. No membership is required and we've lined up tons of FREEBIES! Each recreation center will have various classes and programs to sample, so check the schedules on the event page


Free fitness classes will be featured throughout the two-day event. Try out everything from Zumba® and TRX¬® to kettlebells and yoga. We'll also have special demos of our exciting new class, BODYPUMP™! The original Les Mills™ barbell class focuses on low weight loads and high reps choreographed to chart-topping music!


Along with the great fitness opportunities, there will be plenty of free children's activities and family fun! Kids will love the giant inflatables and game rooms, plus you can check out the birthday party packages on display. We'll also have games and tournaments in the gym and in the pool for varying age groups. 


If you've been thinking of joining the recreation centers, but weren't quite sure what we had to offer, this is your chance to try it all for free! For our current members, this is a great opportunity to bring friends and family to experience the fun! PLUS, you can enter to win a $150 Parks & Recreation gift card that can be used toward an annual membership, group fitness classes, swimming lessons, kayak tours, shelter reservations, birthday parties & more! 


In addition to the activities at our recreation centers, select parks will be offering pickleball and disc golf demos. Check the schedule on the event page for times and locations.

Finding the Right Shoe for the Job

We talk alot about workouts changing with the seasons and the importance of cross-training and variety. Many of us come indoors for our fitness fix when it gets cold, and in general, change is good. When the exercise changes, what about your shoes? Should they change as well?


Shoes are for protection, safety and to help you perform at your peak. Not all shoes are built the same, so here are some things to consider. Many people choose a shoe based on how it looks and running shoes often look the coolest. Running shoes are designed for traveling in a straight line and are generally lightweight, built to absorb shock and have a narrow platform and low profile around the ankle. So if you're going straight forward and don't need a lot of lateral support, you will find this shoe to be very comfortable. 


Where some people run into trouble is when they try to use their running shoes for other activities. As a painful example, a buddy of mine recently rolled an ankle playing racquetball in his running shoes. If your activity of choice is on a court surface like basketball, racquetball or tennis, then a court shoe is right for you. This sounds obvious, but it's often overlooked. A court shoe has a flatter sole that puts more grip on the surface and comes in varying heights around the ankle. Both features help with support as well as performance. 


A cross training shoe is more suited for functional and strength training and most of your group fitness training classes. A cross trainer will have a slightly wider platform and sturdier feel. The weight and flexibility may feel less comfortable as compared to a running shoe, but the extra support will more than make up for it when the lateral and dynamic movements start. 


There are dozens of different shoes out there, but most fit in one of these three categories. To get the most out of your workout and help prevent soreness and injury, give these factors some thought. For more information, check with a reputable shoe salesperson or do a little research on your own.

Fitness Video Requests 


Our film crew is taking a break for the holidays, but if you have a question that you'd like answered or an exercise you'd like to see demonstrated next month, please send your request to

Wishing you happy, safe and active holidays from your Fitness Unit! 

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed for a long-term modernization project


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, staffed parks & park facilities and administrative offices will close at 5 pm on Tuesday, December 31 and remain closed on Wednesday, January 1 for New Year's.   


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, staffed parks & park facilities and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King Day.


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 you or 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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