Encouraging people who use the facilities at Panorama Recreation Centre in North Saanich to expand their horizons is the goal behind the 30 Day Fitness Challenge in April.
Panorama is running the program throughout April, challenging pass holders and drop-ins to try something new and get in the habit of regular fitness — three times a week or more. Melanie Alsdorf, Fitness, Weight and Rehabilitation Coordinator, and Dan Ovington, Aquatic Coordinator, say people can grab a Fitness Challenge pass at the front desk at Panorama and then jump right in.
“People tend to find one class they like ad stick with that and often they don’t try anything new,” said Alsdorf.
The 30 Day Fitness Challenge operates something like a passport — people take the passes to a drop-in fitness class (dry land or in the pool) and have the instructor sign it.
Participants then qualify to win great prizes. If they take part in three or more different sessions, they get a bonus contest entry.
Get another entry if you try both a pool-based and a lad-based activity. A participant has to get into the rec. centre at least 12 times in the month of April — or at least three times each week — to qualify for the Challenge.
Prizes include a one month Active Pass, water bottles, class registrations and more.
“Typically, you don’t see a lot of crossover between dry land and aquatic participation,” added Ovington. “But there are different benefits to each one.”
In the pool, Ovington said there are Aqua Spin classes, deep or shallow water Aqua-Fit, Aqua Yoga, boot camp classes and more.
On the ground, Alsdorf said Spin classes are generally the most popular, but there are TRX and HIIT drop-ins and more.
“And once April is done, hopefully people will have built up that regular wellness routine,” she added.
To learn more about the 30 Day Fitness Challenge at Panorama Recreation Centre, drop in at the front desk or go online to www.panoramarecreation.ca.