Fitness Newsletter | April 2014 |
CXWORX™ Launches at 4 Centers!


Looking for the ultimate core workout? Les Mills CXWORX™ is launching at four of our recreation centers! At just 30 minutes in length, this class is the perfect add-on to your current workout schedule. Check out this video to see what the class is all about.

Work those abs and glutes at one of these FREE launches:

Kempsville: 10:15 - 10:45 am, Thursday, May 1

Williams Farm: 7:30 - 8 pm, Thursday, May 1

Great Neck: 10:30 - 11 am, Saturday, May 3

Bayside: 4:45 - 5:15 pm, Monday, May 5

A recreation center membership is not needed for these free launch classes.

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Do You Really Have to Eat Breakfast?


We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many of us still don't eat it. Is it really that bad to skip breakfast? As it turns out, there has never been a properly randomized study that proves the positive effects of breakfast on weight loss or maintenance. What has been found is merely a correlation between skipping breakfast and obesity. This means that sometimes the two things occur together. Many factors, such as genetics and other healthy or unhealthy behaviors, can explain this correlation. Finding causation between the two, wherein one thing makes the other thing happen, would be a much more meaningful discovery. 


One study did attempt to establish a causal relationship between breakfast and obesity, but did not find the meal to be the end all, be all of good health. In fact, what the study found was that if breakfast eaters stopped eating in the morning, they lost weight. And if breakfast skippers started to eat it, they lost weight. It was the change that mattered, not the meal itself. 


So what can you learn from this? Maintaining or getting to a healthy weight is not hinged entirely on whether or not you eat breakfast. Everybody is different and you know your body best. Listen to the cues it's giving you and do some self-experimenting. For example, do you not really get hungry until later in the day? Have your first meal when you feel ready for it. Have you been forcing yourself to eat oatmeal every morning because you've read that it's good for you, but you don't actually enjoy it? Try swapping it out for some eggs. Here's an easy make-ahead recipe for Muffin Frittatas. You can change up the veggies or add meats to your liking.


While keeping up with current research is great, what ultimately matters is how your body responds to something. Don't fall prey to blanket statements that you hear about in the media. Take the time to see what works best for you!

May is Military Appreciation Month


We want to say THANKS to those who have served, are currently serving, and their families with these special offers:


Thank You Thursdays | Free admission to all Virginia Beach Recreation Centers each Thursday in May


Free Fishin' Fridays | Free admission to the Little Island Fishing Pier every Friday in May. In addition, receive free parking at Little Island Park on May 23 & 30. (Parking fees are not charged prior to May 23.)


Free 2-hour kayak/canoe rentals at Munden Point Park during the entire month of May (subject to equipment availability; first come, first served)


A military ID (active duty, retiree, or dependent) must be shown in order to receive these offers. 

Questions? Please contact Tracey Gauthier at or (757) 385-0445.

Class Spotlight: Turbo Tabata & Core


The now famous Tabata study, conducted by Japanese professor Dr. Izumi Tabata to train Olympic speed skaters, had participants perform 20 seconds of high-intensity training followed by 10 seconds rest. The work intervals were repeated 7-8 times and the results were similar to those achieved by more traditional, longer-duration cardio workouts. While it's nearly impossible to replicate the intensity used in the actual experiment, we can still apply this concept to help you blast calories in a short period of time!


Turbo Tabata & Core utilizes a variety of equipment, including the Step360, stability and medicine balls, body bars, dumbbells, and your own body weight, in the same 20/10 ratio used in the original study. The class is great for all fitness levels, as the high-intensity intervals are relative to your fitness abilities.


Classes are offered:

Bayside: Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Princess Anne: Mondays from 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Williams Farm: Tuesdays from 6:45 - 7:45 pm


Check out our drop-in class schedules for other Tabata-inspired classes, as well! 

Have You Ever Tried...?


Chayote Squash is native to Latin America, where it grows abundantly. It resembles a somewhat flattened, green pear with white flesh and a single, large pit. With a texture similar to a cross between a potato and a cucumber, the mild squash is mostly eaten in cooked forms and is often treated like a summer squash (cooked lightly to retain the crisp flavor). It can be broiled, mashed, stuffed, baked or fried and is commonly served with seasonings in a medley of other vegetables. Look for them next to the other squash offerings to add some variety to your next meal!

 Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

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

The gym at Bayside Recreation Center will be closed through May 4 while the divider walls are sanded and repainted.
The gym at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed May 5-18 while the divider walls are sanded and repainted.
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day. All city 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 you or your child requires additional support, we can help. Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
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