Rec Guide offers new programs

Fitness is always more fun when you do it together.

With the launch of the Fall/Winter Recreation Guide today, the City of Penticton Recreation Department invites families and friends to build fitness in their lives together using the newest trend in recreation – group fitness training.

Group fitness training allows smaller groups of three to four people – who can be friends, family, co-workers or a combination – to work alongside a personal trainer for specialized workouts and training in the Fitness Room. Not only do the smaller sessions build relationships and camaraderie, group sessions offer motivation and accountability to stick with fitness goals.

The groups can also be tailored to ensure everyone is at the same fitness level – no matter if their experience is as an endurance athlete or armchair quarterback. The more people involved, the more participants save.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to offer expanded fall and winter programs,” said Chuck Loewen, General Manager of Recreation and Facilities. “There is something for everyone, including programs in the Recreation Guide that we have identified specifically for older adults and active agers.”

The Fall 2013/Winter 2014 Recreation Guide combines both major program seasons into one guide. New programs are available for a range of ages, including Zumba – Mother and Daughter, pickleball workshops and Stand Strong – Safety Strategies for Seniors, a program that teaches seniors self-confidence and proactive strategies to assert themselves when dealing with telemarketer or scams.

The Recreation Guide also includes children, youth, adult and fitness programs, skating lessons for children, youth and adults, drop-in sports schedules and more. Swimming lessons, swimming schedules and aquatic fitness schedules are extremely popular in the new guide, and the guide allows parents to organize their children's lessons until spring break.

“Swimming lessons are important for children, because they build essential, life-long skills for water safety and are a fun way to get exercise,” said Lori Mullin, Recreation Manager.

Included in the Rec Guide are unique offerings by the Penticton Museum and Archives designed to give kids and adults hands-on experience with the past. Programs for this fall and winter include working with old-fashioned film cameras, cooking with a true-to-life rock oven and creating a family tree using the local archives. Visitors are also always welcome to check out upcoming exhibits and immerse themselves in the heritage of their home town.

Back by popular demand is Try It for Free with select, free programs through September. Try programs without making a time or financial commitment: chi gong, tai chi, ki aikido, dru yoga, modern day Burlesque dance, yoga lunch and more.

The highlight of Try It For Free is the free Fitness Room from Sept. 9 to 15. Try the Fitness Room, with free weights, weight and cardio machines and more, at no cost. And when you are ready to buy a membership make sure to ask about the special prices for six-month memberships for the Fitness Room or combined membership with the pool until Sept. 30. Save up to $40 on the regular price and save even more if you buy an Active membership.

The Active membership program can save you money when you purchase fitness or pool memberships and it gives you five days of early registration.

You can view the Recreation Guide online. To register for programs, you can call 250-490-2426 or use the online registration system.