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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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Virtual Fitness Classes

This virtual session is a newly added option. Classes are running from May 31 to June 25, 2021 and must be pre-registered. Classes offered and special registration details are below.

Virtual Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a passive and soothing approach to yoga and will be done completely from the floor. Postures are held for 3 minutes allowing the participant to direct their attention to the experience of the moment.    

Participants are required to have a laptop, tablet or device with a camera and microphone. You will receive an email 1-2 days before the start of your class with the Zoom link to join the class virtually. Please ensure your email is correct when you register for the program. If you have issues accessing the link for the class please email us

Class details:

  • Virtual Session: May 31 to June 25

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

  • Registration is currently closed 

Virtual class requirements

We have a few requirements to attend a virtual class. Ensure you can meet these requirements before registering.

  • Registration is required for all fitness classes. Registration is available online or by phone Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
  • Registration opens Thursday, May 20 at 7:00 a.m. and closes Friday, May 28, 2021.
  • For virtual classes you will be required to have a laptop, tablet or device with a camera and microphone to participate in these classes. You will receive an email 1-2 days before the start of your class with the Zoom link to join the class virtually. Please ensure your email is correct when you register for the program.
  • Please read the waiver before completing your registration - It outlines important information.
  • Virtual Fees: $20.00 (HST included) for the session, no discounts available for virtual classes

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Outdoor Fitness Classes

This outdoor fitness session is a newly added option. Classes are running during July and August, 2021 and must be pre-registered. Classes offered and special registration details are below.

Outdoor Fitness Classes Registration Dates

Summer Session 1: June 28 to August 1, 2021

Registration open: June 14 to 23, 2021

Summer Session 2: August 2 to September 6, 2021

Registration open: July 19 to July 28

Registration is available online or over the phone Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by calling 905-885-7908.

Fitness Descriptions and Schedules

Outdoor Circuit Class

This outdoor class is geared for ages 55+ that are looking for a fun and challenging workout! We will be walking to each circuit location through the trails along the Ganaraska River and using the Cavan Street fitness park for some of our circuits. Modifications are offered for most exercises to accommodate all fitness levels. No equipment is needed. Please bring a water bottle and a towel as we will be incorporating stretches into our routine. 

Mondays - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location: meet at Riverside Park

Outdoor HIIT

This outdoor High Intensity Interval Training class offers a full body experience. There will be modifications, allowing for progression through the session. If you are looking to improve endurance, flexibility, and strength, this class is for you! In our class, we will be using our body weight, dumbbells and resistance bands for our training. Please bring a resistance band, water bottle, and towel. 

Thursdays: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre (Field 2)

Outdoor Core Conditioning

This class will focus on strength and flexibility for all core muscle groups to help move your body with ease. Pilates will be incorporated into this program along with other exercises in seated, laying, and standing positions. As modifications will be offered, it will be suitable for most fitness levels. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat, a blanket or towel for under your mat, and a water bottle. 

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

Location: Wladyka Park (ball diamond 2)

Outdoor Trail Fitness

This evening class incorporates our towns trails and landscapes to use for our circuit style exercises. Each week we will offer a challenging full body workout in different locations along the trails. We will be walking to each circuit location taking in the evening sun while we get our sweat on. No equipment needed, however a water bottle and a towel are recommended. Some exercises will be preformed on the ground.

Tuesdays - 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Meet at Riverside Park

Outdoor Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga poses are passive stretches which target both deep connective tissues and fascia all over the body. Each pose is held for at least 3 minutes, only if accessible to individual participants. Participants are encouraged to bring extra blankets, towels, or cushions to put under your yoga mat.

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

Location: Wladyka Park (ball diamond 2)

Outdoor Yoga

This yoga class is designed for all levels of abilities. The poses will help strengthen your muscles, promote flexibility, and improve your ability to focus on your breath. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and ready to take on the day. Participants are encouraged to bring extra blankets, towels, or cushions to put under your yoga mat.

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

Location: Baulch Road Park (behind washrooms)

Outdoor Stretch and Strength

This class is geared for adults 55+ and offers a variety of movements and exercise using your own body weight. This class promotes basic muscle movements for strength, and simple stretch movements. We will progress throughout the program and move at a pace that is challenging. Participants should bring a towel, water bottle, and come dressed for the weather. 

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

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre (Field 2)

 

Outdoor class requirements

We have a few requirements to attend an outdoor fitness class. Ensure you can meet these requirements before registering.

  • Registration is required for all outdoor fitness classes. Registration is available online or by phone Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
  • Please dress in appropriate fitness attire with running shoes
  • Please bring a water bottle and towel with you to all outdoor fitness classes
  • Please remember that these are outdoor classes and ideal weather conditions are not always present
  • If we have to cancel a class due to weather we will notify you at least 1 hour in advance and will issue a credit to your account
  • Please read the waiver before completing your registration - It outlines important information.
  • Outdoor session Fees (5 weeks): Adult  - $45.93, Senior - $29.85, RCAC Member - $22.96

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Featured and Free:
Summer Fit Series

Join us once a week at various parks throughout Port Hope. Offering a different FREE class each week. 

Find the locations and dates

 Free Summer Fit Series classes and dates

Coming Soon!

Do something for your health this summer! Find the date, location and class type that fits your schedule and we will see you there!

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

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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.