We have a number of popular programs and instructors at our facility, but if one program were to be selected I believe our members would insist on keeping our Strong Seniors classes. This is a variety exercise class taught by a brilliant instructor who has an incredible rapport with the participants.
The class is offered three days per week and has an average attendance of at least 30 participants, which is fantastic for a community the size of Thunder Bay. Strong Seniors is aimed at older participants who want to continue being active while increasing their fitness level.
I swear that these participants put the “strong” in Strong Seniors. Two of the classes are bootcamp-style using a wide range of tools from stability balls to free weights, and the third class is a variety class which can include core, dance and step-based exercise to keep things fresh.
Karen, the instructor, is well liked and respected by her peers, participants and our community at large, as evidenced by her perennial nomination as one of Thunder Bay’s Top Three Fitness Instructors.
We are very lucky to have such a strong team of instructors who make our programs fun, exciting and effective. Having a great team to run these programs is what keeps our members coming back and our programs remaining in high demand.
program supervisor – Adult Fitness, Wellness & Inclusion Services
City of Thunder Bay
Canada Games Complex
Thunder Bay, ON
That’s a tough choice to make, and it really depends on the demographic we are looking at. We are fortunate to have great instructors for all of our programs, and each type of class we offer has a strong following. Whether it’s a yoga, HIIT, Zumba or bootcamp-style class, our participants would insist we keep them all! However, we do have a high demand and requests for more TRX-based classes on top of what we currently offer. I think a few reasons for this high level of interest and demand for these classes is because the TRX equipment is so versatile and can be adapted and incorporated into programs for any age, ability or fitness level.
Assistant Manager of Recreation Programs
Courtenay Recreation—Lewis Centre
If it came to pass that we had to reduce our offerings, I know the one program that our members would insist on keeping is our yoga program. While this may not seem like a big revelation, there is an aspect of it that I find rather surprising.
We have an older demographic here at the Victoria Athletic Club. Many of our members are retirement age or older, so not your typical yoga participants! However, these folks, both women and men, have really embraced our yoga program. So much so that they often ask me if we can add more classes.
Most of our classes here are Hatha-based and many are quite gentle. This suits our demographic, and members have come to rely on these classes for flexibility and mobility. There is also a strong social component to our yoga program. Many of the attendees arrive early to visit before class, or they stay and chat afterward. There is also a group that heads over to a nearby cafe after class. I’m often struck by how busy the club gets before and after a yoga class.
I’m really pleased that our older members fully support our yoga program. Not only would they insist on keeping it, so would I.
Victoria Athletic Club