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FITNESS: What the PoMo regulars do
Presents for parents? Check.
Toys for the kids? Check, check.
A special memento for your loving spouse who does all the stuff around the house that you don't want to do? Check, check, check.
The Christmas list is complete, but what about a gift for yourself to finally shed those extra pounds and to get fit in the new year?
Membership at the Port Moody recreation complex has its privileges as it's the only Tri-City public facility to offer its clients access to a weight room as well as drop-in gym programs, drop-in fitness classes (aerobics, spinning and yoga), a walking/running track and a spa area (hydrotherapy spa and steam room).
Below, some testimonies from the centre's regular users:
MEGAN MEREDITH, 14
Member for: Two years
Aim then: "My fitness goal when I first joined was to get into better shape and become a healthier person. I wanted to try a new experience and try out different exercises. I also wanted to improve my cardio strength."
Now: "This goal has evolved because now that I’ve tried out different workouts I know what I need to improve on and also what I like. Now that I’ve gotten into better shape, I work on maintaining my cardio and toning up. I am still trying to become healthy and fit."
PoMo rec complex rules: "My favorite part of the rec centre is the wide variety of activities you can do there. I love doing zumba, spinning, yoga and aerobics. There is something for everyone to try."
MARINA MEREDITH, 16
Member for: Three years
Aim then: "My fitness goal when I first joined was to get in shape for figure skating as I used to compete. I wanted to improve my cardio, strength and flexibility. I also desired to lose weight for my overall health."
Now: "By doing yoga and spinning classes, I was able to achieve my goals for figure skating. My endurance increased, along with my flexibility. I was also able to lose weight from spinning and aerobic classes, forming a healthier lifestyle."
PoMo rec complex rules: "I like the spinning studio for a hard but beneficial workout. I also enjoy the aerobic studio for classes that tone my body and increase my strength. The yoga studio is also a great place to clear my mind, relax and increase my flexibility."
AL PERCIVAL, 61
Member for: Three years
Aim then: "When I first joined, I wanted to feel stronger, and to develop a more firm, conditioned physique."
Now: "It’s a lifestyle with gym workouts three times a week (or more if time allows). As my fitness progressed at the gym, I incorporated athletics into my weekly routine by joining the Greyhound masters track and field club. To support my track progress, I continue to apply strength and flexibility routines at the gym which has allowed me to steadily increase my sprinting times."
PoMo rec complex rules: "The gym staff are great. They are all certified, have many years of experience and are always there to answer questions. The gym equipment is current and well maintained and the facility is clean. I really enjoy the floor to ceiling windows that allow natural light in as well as offering a greenbelt view."
MATT LAPOINTE, 17
Member for: Two years
Aim then: "After playing both hockey and lacrosse at competitive levels for most of my life, I was sidelined for almost three years for medical reasons. After getting the 'all-clear' from doctors, I had to immediately get back into game-shape for the upcoming lacrosse season and with Trina’s help and guidance that was accomplished."
Now: "I’m now training almost every day, and am now in, what is probably the best shape of my life. I plan on continuing my training (both strength and cardio) and strive to play junior hockey next season."
PoMo rec complex rules: "For me, walking into the Port Moody rec centre is really like walking into my second home. I’ve spent so much time between hockey, lacrosse and working out at the gym, that it really is just a place that I love to be. The staff are always friendly and ready to help with whatever it is one would need, and no matter when I go, I’m almost guaranteed to see familiar faces using the facilities."
Membership cost for 2013 (prices are different for Belcarra and Anmore residents):
One month $49.55 $37.35
Three months $136 $101.35
Six months $243.20 $183.45
One year $436.30 $336.15 ($334 for seniors)
Make it easy: try the complex's Easy Pay installment plans. Put the cost of a one-year or six-month plan into monthly installments and enjoy the savings. Save more than $150 on an adult annual membership versus buying month to month.
• Early-bird special — renew and win. Buy or renew your one-year or six-month fitness membership before Dec. 31, 2012, and you could be one of five winners to add an extra month free to your membership.
• Stay Committed offer — want a great gift idea? Buy someone (or yourself) a one-month or 11-swipe fitness pass before Jan 30, 2013, and you can add a five-pack of personal training for $199. That's a savings of more than $50 (some restrictions apply).
• Buy a one-month pass, 11-swipe pass or 10-pack personal training package before Dec. 31, 2012, and you could be one of five people to win a free one-month fitness pass.
• Personal training pack — buy a 10 pack of personal training and get one session free. Or buy a 20 pack and get two sessions free.