Fitness Programs

Top view of fitness equipment including weights and a mat

Find the right class for you. We offer many classes to fit your needs and abilities. Our instructors are certified specialists with extensive training.

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Winter 1 Fitness Session

Registration for our Winter 1 Fitness Session opens November 8, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.  Classes will run from November 21, 2022 to February 12, 2023. Registration for fitness classes is ongoing as long as space permits. Discover all the classes we offer and see you there!

Fall Fitness Descriptions and Schedules

Winter 1 Fitness Session runs from November 21, 2022 to February 12, 2023. This is a 10 week session with a break from December 24 to January 6 for the holidays.

Fitness fees for the Fall Session

  • 10 weeks (Adult) $94.59 (HST included)
  • 10 weeks (Senior) 61.47 (HST included)
  • 10 weeks (RCAC member) $47.27 (HST Included)

Body Blast - NEW

This class combines strength, HIIT (high-intensity interval training), and cardio exercises into fun activities for a full-body workout that will burn fat and sculpt muscles.

Mondays: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Core Fusion - NEW

Build strength, stability and flexibility in the muscles that support your core.  Pilates, yoga and exercises will all be incorporated to improve your overall strength and balance

 

Mondays: 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Functional Fitness Level 1

This class is for those who have limited mobility and want to focus on range of motion, strengthening major muscle groups, and improving balance. Chairs will be available for those who need them however they will not be used for the entire duration of class. Through the use of yoga balls, resistance bands, and light weights you will gain strength and confidence in your abilities and improve your day to day life!

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Functional Fitness Level 2

This class will focus on range of motion, strengthening major muscle groups, and improving balance. Chairs will be available for some of the exercises; however will not be needed for the whole class. Yoga balls, resistance bands and weights will be used to gain strength and confidence in your abilities and improve your day to day life. This class will be for those looking for a bit more of a challenge.

 

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Muscle Strengthening and Conditioning - Entry Level

This is a beginner class for participants who are looking for an entry level class to build strength and endurance using small weights and your own body weight participants go through a series of exercises to help improve posture, strengthen muscles and learn to stretch correctly to benefit the entire body.

 

Wednesdays: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Muscle Strengthening and Conditioning

Using small weights and your own body weight participants go through a series of exercises to help improve posture, strengthen muscles and learn to stretch correctly to benefit the entire body.

 

Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a passive and soothing approach to Yoga. Most of the session will be practiced on the floor using props. The intention is to allow the body to completely relax in a posture without effort. Postures are held for approximately 3 minutes allowing the participant to direct their attention to the experience of the movement. Yin Yoga is effective in managing stress and anxiety and calming the mind.

Mondays: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Mondays: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex

Yin Yoga will be an 8 week session and end Jan 23, 2023 due to instructor availability

Yoga Flow

Yoga Flow is a Vinyasa style of yoga, which involves continuous movement from start to finish with focus on breath and body alignment.

 

Fridays: 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Yoga

A yoga class, incorporating, breath, body awareness and gentle stretches. Let go of stress and unwind bringing balance and relaxation into your life.

 

Tuesdays: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex

Classed cancelled on Tues December 13

Register for a fitness class

For a self guided outdoor fitness experience, visit the Fitness loop and Cavan Street fitness park

fitness loop sign

The fitness loop is approximately 2 km in length. It includes 6 physical activity stations from Barrett Street Bridge to Riverside Park, as well as 2 activity parks: the Cavan Street Fitness Park and Riverside Park.

The Cavan Street fitness park is located at the Barrett Street Bridge. The park includes: Chest press, Air walker, Leg press, Cycle, Bars, Cross trainer. The fitness equipment is made for those age 13 years and older.

Riverside Park is located across from the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre for Seniors and has outdoor ping pong, chess, twister, corn hole and more.

Visit the Fitness Loop page for more details

Programming Guidelines

We are members of some important initiatives that play a part in our programming. 

Heart Wise Exercise

The Municipality of Port Hope runs Heart Wise Exercise programs.

Heart Wise Exercise Program Goals and Guidelines
 Heart Wise Exercise programs:
  • Encourage regular, daily aerobic exercise
  • Incorporate a warm-up, cool-down, and self-monitoring during each session
  • Encourage exercise with different intensity levels
  • Accept participants with cardiovascular and chronic disease
  • Offer health screening
  • Have a documented emergency plan

All participants need to complete a Get Active questionnaire before their first class. Bring your copy with you and give it to your instructor.  The Get Active questionnaire is provided by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology which is a national voluntary organization composed of professionals interested and involved in the scientific study of exercise physiology, exercise biochemistry, fitness, and health.

Age-Friendly Community

The Municipality of Port Hope is recognized as an Age Friendly community. 

What makes a community Age-Friendly?

 An age-friendly community (AFC) is a community where policies, services and physical spaces are designed to enable people of all ages to live in secure and accessible physical and social environments. AFCs contribute to good health and allow people to participate fully in society throughout their lifetime. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities project developed eight domains of AFCs. These domains outline the physical and social aspects of communities that contribute to independent and active aging.

The Municipality of Port Hope is recognized as an Age-Friendly Community through the World Health Organization, and was Awarded the Ontario Age-Friendly Recognition Award in 2018 through the Ministry of Seniors Affairs.

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

Discover the recommend physical activity guidelines.

Adults 18 to 64 Years

It is recommend by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology that adults accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. Examples of moderate intensity include brisk walking or bike riding. Examples of vigorous intensity include jogging and cross-country skiing.

It is also beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least 2 days per week.

Older Adults 65 Years and Older

It is recommend by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology that older adults accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. Examples of moderate intensity include brisk walking or bike riding. Examples of vigorous intensity include cross-country skiing and swimming.

It is also beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least 2 days per week.

Those with poor mobility should perform physical activities to enhance balance and prevent falls.