One of the things that I love about my neighborhood is its local recreation center. I’ve taken classes at a couple of different locations and found the experience comparable to any chain workout facility, sans the contract and monthly fees.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that our recreation centers offered a lot more than fitness classes. Also available are student tutoring, classes teaching nutrition, word processing, Internet usage, martial arts and various dance courses. There are family events such as a beach luau, game nights, various social clubs and a huge assortment of opportunities for senior citizens. If you’re into nature, you can enjoy programs such as canoeing, fishing and gardening. Several more classes than what’s listed here are available, and many free of charge.
“Exercise is not just physical to me, it’s mental as well,” says certified personal trainer “Ms. Ann” Wilkerson, who teaches several exercise classes at the Jim Huie location and runs their boot camp. “I began the No Excuse Fitness Boot Camp to teach others how to mentally and physically change emotional eating into exercising,” says Wilkerson. “The system is so awesome that I lost five pounds during my first week.” The benefits of this six week intense training include improving endurance, adopting a new way of eating, strength training, weight loss and formulating a diet plan. Call Ms. Ann at (678) 887-3833 for details.
Rec center classes are offered via five and six week sessions throughout the year. The nice thing about Clayton’s rec centers is you can either pay for an entire session or $3 for each individual class attended. The next session begins May 18 and Ms. Ann’s Boot Camp begins May 21.
Do you patronize your local recreation center? If so, which location and what do you like about it? Vote for your rec center in today’s poll listed above!