New to Fitness?

Looking for ways to start getting active?

We understand it can be a big step to start something new and we’re here to help.

Whether you want to improve your health and wellness or achieve a specific fitness goal, we can help you take the first step. We have the beginner programs and classes that will show you just how easy (and fun!) it can be to start.  All this is available to you in our welcoming and supportive environments.

 

Step 1*

Connect with us 

Reach out by email (LINK) or phone and connect with one of our Fitness Centre Supervisors:

  • Delbrook Centre – Shawn Toth 604-983-6557 or email

  • Harry Jerome Centre – Rob Wynen 604-983-6406 or email

  • John Braithwaite Centre – Tracy Wakuluk 604-982-8316 or email

  • Karen Magnussen Centre – Darrin Jones 604-983-6559 or email

  • Parkgate Community Centre – Tony Carrabetta 604-983-6355 or email

  • Ron Andrews Centre –  Paula Coburn 604-983-6522 or email

They are all certified fitness professionals who’ve worked with hundreds of people just like you and helped them get started with a fitness program.

OR

Visit us

Meet with our staff at our Community Centre front desks or in one of our 6 fitness centres.  They’ll answer your questions and introduce you to our facilities and our range of fitness programs, memberships and services for beginners.  They’ll also show you our seasonal Leisure Guide and website so you can browse through our programs and services and find some activities you are interested in.

Step 2

Book a fitness centre orientation (link) (it’s free for fitness members or just pay the drop-in rate) or Get Started Consultation (link)

Or

Drop-In to a Beginner Fitness Class

View our Drop-In Fitness Class schedule and look for the Level 1 Easy Classes.  We offer both land and water based classes that can ease you into fitness.

Or

Register for a beginner program in one of our many registered fitness programs.

You can choose the program you are most interested in whether it’s a beginner walking program, yoga, dance fitness, zumba or one of our many strength and conditioning programs.

Step 3

Attend the orientation, drop-in class, or registered program

When you get there, introduce yourself to the instructor and let them know it's your first time. They’ll be happy to welcome you and let you know what to expect from the activity.  Also, let them know your goals.  You may just want to participate in an easy way at the back so you can become familiarized with how the class/program works.  Once the class or program is over, talk to the instructor again and ask any questions you may have. And don’t stop there, we offer over 150 drop-in fitness classes each week including aquafit in the pool.   Make sure you try at least two or three classes to find the ones you enjoy the most.

Step 4

Come back and try the class or program again. 

We know it takes time to make positive behaviour changes and adopt a new routine.   That’s why it’s important to commit to coming back again.  Maybe it’s only once a week with the goal of building up to two or three times per week as you become familiar with your new routine.  Research has proven it takes 3 months of practicing a new behaviour before it becomes a natural thing to do.

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Reconnect with our staff.  

While you are taking your first steps into fitness, feel free to connect with our staff as often as you need.  Our staff are here to answer your questions and provide encouragement .  They’ll also help you develop strategies for sticking with your new fitness routine. Contact us by phone at 604-987-Play (7529) or email (LINK).

AND

Invest in Personal Training.

It can be challenging in the beginning to stick with a new fitness routine. You don’t have to do it alone.  Our fitness health & wellness advisors are all certified personal trainers who can help you create the right workout for you and gently guide you through it.   Part coach, part motivator, our personal trainers can help maximize your workout, teach you the right way to work out and help add variety to your workout.  In addition to one-on-one personal training, we offer Friends and Families in Training (FIT) where you can choose between semi-private or small group training. Get together with up to 4 of your friends or family members, choose the times you want to work out, and we'll provide the trainer.

Do you face financial barriers to participating in fitness?

If you are a North Vancouver resident and cannot afford the full fee to participate in our programs, we can help you get active at a reduced rate.  Visit our Financial Assistance page for more information.

*Note:  It’s recommended you check with your doctor before beginning any new fitness program.

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