Attendees at the Island Fitness Conference

Take a stroll through the new West Shore Parks and Recreation Activity Guide

Expanded classes featuring Queenax functional training system scheduled for new year

Are you looking to start – or revive – a fitness regime in the new year?

Maybe you’re looking for an activity for your children or maybe just a fun new activity. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll likely find something that catches your eye in the new West Shore Parks and Recreation Activity Guide. Registration is now open for the programs and services offered from January to April 2017.

While there’s something for every member of the family, the addition of more classes incorporating the Queenax functional training system is sure to catch the attention of the fitness buff in your household.

While the system has been available for the public to use since November, West Shore Parks and Recreation fitness and wellness co-ordinator Rob Wilson said many people still don’t know about it. That could be because the system has a very unique footprint compared with traditional gym equipment. “It’s such a space saving piece,” he said.

This modular training system can be configured in various ways to complement strength and cardio exercises – its components include suspension training apparatuses and dip bars. As such the Queenax can meet a variety of needs for instructors and exercisers.

“The bridge unit we have is the longest in Canada,” Wilson said, describing the element that spans the length of the room and is the piece to which all of the apparatuses attach.

The system at Juan de Fuca is the first of its kind on the Island and only the third in the province. Since West Shore Parks and Recreation purchased the Queenax before it started to snowball in popularity, they were also able to get a customized storage unit.

“The trend is to go with functional training,” Wilson said, adding this equipment is right on trend, if not ahead of it. “It takes five minutes to set up.”

That ease of operation has a number of instructors incorporating it into fitness programs such as boot camps and power circuits. “Everybody’s getting a little taste of it … (and) everybody that’s using it is loving it,” Wilson said.

It’s not just West Shore Parks and Recreation members that are starting to take notice. Wilson said a number of facilities across the lower Island have asked to come check out the equipment. “It’s created quite a buzz in the fitness community,” he added.

Besides certain drop-in times when the equipment available for the public, private and group orientations have been included in the schedule – due to safety concerns, they are mandatory for anyone wanting to use the Queenax system. For more information on these classes or the equipment go to page 47 of the guide.

Carrying on with that fitness theme, West Shore Parks and Recreation is also offering a new introductory rugby program in partnership with West Shore RFC.

This is a rookie-level program for children age four to 12 and is a safe, non-contact version of the popular sport. It is tailored to suit all skill and age levels and focuses on fun and fundamentals. Participants are also eligible to receive a discount on their 2017 West Shore RFC registration fee. The program runs on Tuesdays or Thursdays for seven sessions starting in February.

February is a busy month, with year-long preschool registration for new families opening Feb. 9 at 6 a.m., so don’t forget to mark your calendar as these programs often fill up fast. Before then, you can learn more about the programs, visit classrooms and meet educators by dropping into the Royal Bay Neighbourhood Learning Centre on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. until noon during the Family Learning Tour.

Also important to note, pickleball sessions now start at 7 p.m. and run until 9. Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines tennis, table tennis and squash.

If you missed your copy in the Dec. 7 edition of the Gazette, the Activity Guide is available online at westshorerecreation.ca, along with more information about their programs and services.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com

 

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