New fitness classes offered

Summerland Recreation is proudly offering a variety of new programs for January 2016. Here are my top five classes that we’d love to fill.

Summerland Recreation is proudly offering a variety of new programs for January 2016.  Here are my top five classes that we’d love to fill.

1. Holistic Nutrition Seminars.  Author Victoria Lane is holding two six-hour Nutrition Seminars.

The first, on Saturday Jan. 16, will teach people how to eat and cook to overcome inflammatory pain and disease.

Learn about disease fighting food that also happens to be delicious!  Her second seminar on Saturday, Jan. 30 will explain gluten and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

If you ever feel bloated or unwell after eating certain foods and would like to learn more—this course may help.

2. Self-Defence for Families.  This past year, we have had numerous requests for a self-defence class.

Retired RCMP Frank McConnell brings over 25 years of experience to the course.

Since both adults and youth have expressed interest, we are running a family program so they can simultaneously learn the skills they need.

The course runs Wednesday evenings for four weeks starting Jan. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

3. Puddle Jumpers.  For more than 20 years, families have benefitted from the program of Puddle Jumpers.

A two-hour block of creative experiential learning for three- to five-year-olds twice a week is something that has enriched the lives of many toddlers.

For young parents, it may be the first step towards independence, and a chance to run errands for a couple hours or make a trip to the gym or enjoy some personal time.

Book either a Tuesday/Thursday 9 to 11 a.m. class or a Monday/Wednesday 9 to 11 a.m. class starting the first week in January.

4. Kids and Teen Yoga.  The health benefits of yoga for all ages is widely known.

Among many things, yoga develops a wonderful sense of self-awareness, self-confidence, lowers stress levels and helps improve both brain function and physical wellness.

We are fortunate to have received another Teen Challenge grant from ParticipACTION that enables us to offer Teen Yoga class.

Lotus Buds Kids Yoga for children ages five to 10 is being offered by instructor Tammy Semple on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

5. Noon hour fitness and Saturday morning fitness.  We have had many suggestions for noon-hour classes and weekend classes to allow more fitness opportunity.

A new noon hour circuit bootcamp will be run by Lynn Ellis on Tuesday/Thursday to give you a well-rounded workout!

Pilates instructor Farren Tilitzky will be offering a lunch hour class on Tuesday/Thursday as well.  Saturdays from 8 to 9 a.m.

Kelsey Jones is offering a new 20/20/20 fitness class to target cardio, strength circuit training and core exercises in a 20min/20min/20min breakdown.

Call 250-494-0447 for more information, or view the Winter Recreation Guide online at

Joanne Malar is the program coordination for Summerland Recreation, three-time Olympic swimmer, 2012 Olympic Commentator, kinesiologist and holistic nutritionist.