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HUB pool closes, reopens under new name and operators

Monday, June 20, 2016 @ 12:06 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

April Scott-Clarke – Smiths Falls

The Hub pool is no longer. The facility has reopened under the name Smiths Falls & District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC). An email sent to members indicted that Hub memberships will be honoured by ARC.

Operations will continue as before with members and patrons still having access to the same programming.

The email stated, “you will see changes along the way with our efforts to improve all aspects of the operation. This is a new beginning for our Community Pool and we fully anticipate great support from our municipalities and the community in general through fundraisers, sponsorships and advertising. We begin this journey as a “Debt Free” establishment and fully intend to do our best to keep it that way.”

ARC is also a registered non-profit organization.

The centre was contacted but nobody from the board was available for an interview. Check back as we learn more about the new community pool.

Anecdotal evidence suggests a healthier town

Monday, June 1, 2015 @ 12:06 PM
posted by admin

cycle Lanark map

BY: HOWAIDA SOROUR-ROBERTS

It almost seems there are more fitness facilities in Smiths Falls than there are people. Besides the golf arenas, the walking concourse and trails, the skateboard park and the ball diamonds, parks and beaches there are at least six fitness businesses in addition to the martial arts offerings, and active play facilities.  It all suggests there’s at least some interest in fitness in Smiths Falls.

“I know that I started out with a group of runners and there were eight of us some seven years ago, now there are tons of us and they’ve branched out to form other groups and take up other pursuits,” says Wendy Hillier, Century 21 broker and Spring Fling organizer.

This year the Spring Fling saw 400 registered runners for a Sunday morning run and the majority of runners were from the Smiths Falls and Perth area.

Most of the fitness businesses agree that there seems to be a shift happening in Smiths Falls, towards healthier lifestyles.

“I get a sense that there are more people worried about their long term health outcomes,” says Amanda Fournier, Insanity instructor with CardioFit 4 Life.

Most of the businesses contacted said they were seeing a lot more clients with health issues that they wanted to work on or correct.

“We see quite a few clients who are borderline diabetic or at onset who have been told by their doctors that exercise can reverse or stabilize their condition,” says Mark Leach, co-owner of Good Vibrations Gym.

Several other businesses agreed, they’re seeing more of that group and there are other health related issues that people are now turning to fitness to correct.

“I see people of all different age groups and a lot of people with health issues, like knee problems, back problems and lots of muscular imbalances.  I work with clients who suffer from osteoporosis, and I do see more people seeking better health outcomes,” says Natatia Gemmell, owner and chief instructor at One-on-One Fitness.

It isn’t just exercise that’s driving people.

“I’m seeing people become a lot more aware of the benefits of nutrition and understanding that they can’t outrun a bad diet,” says Caroline Foster, owner and instructor at CardioFit 4 Life.

Although most people agree that weight loss remains the biggest motivator, most of the businesses are noticing that attitudes regarding fitness are changing in Smiths Falls.  There also seems to be a new fitness demographic emerging, and one that is quite encouraging.

“I’m seeing a lot of younger men and older women,” says Kerri Maidment, proprietor of Generation Fitness.  “I don’t see as many middle aged and older men.”

Maidment isn’t the only one who’s noticing that mix.

“Most of the men who come in here want to work independently and they’re usually between 16 and 25 years old, while we see women between 25 and 60 who get involved in more group classes,” says Brian Paquette, owner and chief instructor at Zendragon.

Even the Hub Community Pool is seeing a slight shift in demographics with more young clients coming in, although the clientele still remains more focused on the older, heavier adults with weight bearing concerns.

“I have noticed some younger people starting to come here recently,” says Bonnie Bulmer, chief instructor and Hub Community Pool supervisor.

Then there’s all the fitness events, including Canada’s oldest Triathlon, The New Years’ Run, The Spring Fling Running Thing, the Healthy Living Festival, Paddlefest and this year there’s the Hospital Foundation’s Gauntlet coming up in the fall.

Organizers of the festivals agree the events are growing from year to year.

“This is the third year for the Healthy Living Festival and in our first year we had between three and four thousand, last year we had between four and five thousand and this year the interest just among vendors suggests it will bigger still,” says Tracey Pankow, a Healthy Living organizer.

True the festivals are designed to bring people into Smiths Falls, but the energy that they generate and the town’s exposure to all that health focus seems to be rubbing off on the town because the bulk of participants are still from Smiths Falls and immediate surrounds.

Now that the town of Smiths Falls has also been awarded a Bronze medal for walkability and is adopting United Leeds and Lanark Food Charter, there seems to be unlimited ways for everyone to jump on the bandwagon – at least this one is geared towards longevity.

Spotlight on Business: Natatia’s One-on-One

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 @ 02:04 PM
posted by admin

Photo: Register soon for Natatia’s One-on-One fitness group program and get 24 personalized sessions to get you in shape for summer. The program starts April 7 so register before March 15 to get your 20 per cent early bird registration discount!

It may not feel like summer is just around the corner, but it will be here sooner than you think. Natatia’s One-on-One fitness is ready to help get you in top shape for swimsuit season, and is offering an eight-week spring group training session, beginning April 7.

Natatia Gemmell, personal trainer and group instructor, encourages every participant to work at their own fitness level to achieve personal goals. Group sessions include training with a number of different piece of equipment, including free weights, TRX, barbells, steps, medicine and exercise balls, battle ropes, slam balls, and body bars.

Gemmell’s training can be ideal for a beginner or a more experienced athlete.

“Exercises in the personal training programs are always modified to each individual’s ability,” she said.

The eight-week group training session will be Gemmell’s third group fitness program and has been a big hit with participants in the past. The program requires a commitment of an hour long session, and three sessions a week, and for a total of 24 sessions, but Gemmell said the impact is well worth the effort.

“It’s impacted me hugely,” said client Angie Van Wingerden, who is on her second group fitness program. “I can feel the difference in my energy levels, weight loss, strength as well as my mental well-being. I would definitely do another session.”

Gemmell provides a full assessment of each participant as they sign up, and ensures each member is getting the most out of their workout, so every group member is challenged to push themselves.

“It’s a lot of fun, but it’s harder because I have to make sure I challenge each individual at their level while making sure everyone is doing each technique correctly,” said Gemmell.

Early bird registrants will get a 20 per cent discount on the program plus a week’s worth of free sessions. For more information visit www.natatia.com or call 613-913-5435. Best of all the program ends with a half day boot-camp followed by a BBQ.

Submitted by Natatia’s One-on-One Fitness.

 

 

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HUB pool closes, reopens under new name and operators

Monday, June 20, 2016 @ 12:06 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

April Scott-Clarke – Smiths Falls

The Hub pool is no longer. The facility has reopened under the name Smiths Falls & District Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC). An email sent to members indicted that Hub memberships will be honoured by ARC.

Operations will continue as before with members and patrons still having access to the same programming.

The email stated, “you will see changes along the way with our efforts to improve all aspects of the operation. This is a new beginning for our Community Pool and we fully anticipate great support from our municipalities and the community in general through fundraisers, sponsorships and advertising. We begin this journey as a “Debt Free” establishment and fully intend to do our best to keep it that way.”

ARC is also a registered non-profit organization.

The centre was contacted but nobody from the board was available for an interview. Check back as we learn more about the new community pool.

Anecdotal evidence suggests a healthier town

Monday, June 1, 2015 @ 12:06 PM
posted by admin

cycle Lanark map

BY: HOWAIDA SOROUR-ROBERTS

It almost seems there are more fitness facilities in Smiths Falls than there are people. Besides the golf arenas, the walking concourse and trails, the skateboard park and the ball diamonds, parks and beaches there are at least six fitness businesses in addition to the martial arts offerings, and active play facilities.  It all suggests there’s at least some interest in fitness in Smiths Falls.

“I know that I started out with a group of runners and there were eight of us some seven years ago, now there are tons of us and they’ve branched out to form other groups and take up other pursuits,” says Wendy Hillier, Century 21 broker and Spring Fling organizer.

This year the Spring Fling saw 400 registered runners for a Sunday morning run and the majority of runners were from the Smiths Falls and Perth area.

Most of the fitness businesses agree that there seems to be a shift happening in Smiths Falls, towards healthier lifestyles.

“I get a sense that there are more people worried about their long term health outcomes,” says Amanda Fournier, Insanity instructor with CardioFit 4 Life.

Most of the businesses contacted said they were seeing a lot more clients with health issues that they wanted to work on or correct.

“We see quite a few clients who are borderline diabetic or at onset who have been told by their doctors that exercise can reverse or stabilize their condition,” says Mark Leach, co-owner of Good Vibrations Gym.

Several other businesses agreed, they’re seeing more of that group and there are other health related issues that people are now turning to fitness to correct.

“I see people of all different age groups and a lot of people with health issues, like knee problems, back problems and lots of muscular imbalances.  I work with clients who suffer from osteoporosis, and I do see more people seeking better health outcomes,” says Natatia Gemmell, owner and chief instructor at One-on-One Fitness.

It isn’t just exercise that’s driving people.

“I’m seeing people become a lot more aware of the benefits of nutrition and understanding that they can’t outrun a bad diet,” says Caroline Foster, owner and instructor at CardioFit 4 Life.

Although most people agree that weight loss remains the biggest motivator, most of the businesses are noticing that attitudes regarding fitness are changing in Smiths Falls.  There also seems to be a new fitness demographic emerging, and one that is quite encouraging.

“I’m seeing a lot of younger men and older women,” says Kerri Maidment, proprietor of Generation Fitness.  “I don’t see as many middle aged and older men.”

Maidment isn’t the only one who’s noticing that mix.

“Most of the men who come in here want to work independently and they’re usually between 16 and 25 years old, while we see women between 25 and 60 who get involved in more group classes,” says Brian Paquette, owner and chief instructor at Zendragon.

Even the Hub Community Pool is seeing a slight shift in demographics with more young clients coming in, although the clientele still remains more focused on the older, heavier adults with weight bearing concerns.

“I have noticed some younger people starting to come here recently,” says Bonnie Bulmer, chief instructor and Hub Community Pool supervisor.

Then there’s all the fitness events, including Canada’s oldest Triathlon, The New Years’ Run, The Spring Fling Running Thing, the Healthy Living Festival, Paddlefest and this year there’s the Hospital Foundation’s Gauntlet coming up in the fall.

Organizers of the festivals agree the events are growing from year to year.

“This is the third year for the Healthy Living Festival and in our first year we had between three and four thousand, last year we had between four and five thousand and this year the interest just among vendors suggests it will bigger still,” says Tracey Pankow, a Healthy Living organizer.

True the festivals are designed to bring people into Smiths Falls, but the energy that they generate and the town’s exposure to all that health focus seems to be rubbing off on the town because the bulk of participants are still from Smiths Falls and immediate surrounds.

Now that the town of Smiths Falls has also been awarded a Bronze medal for walkability and is adopting United Leeds and Lanark Food Charter, there seems to be unlimited ways for everyone to jump on the bandwagon – at least this one is geared towards longevity.

Spotlight on Business: Natatia’s One-on-One

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 @ 02:04 PM
posted by admin

Photo: Register soon for Natatia’s One-on-One fitness group program and get 24 personalized sessions to get you in shape for summer. The program starts April 7 so register before March 15 to get your 20 per cent early bird registration discount!

It may not feel like summer is just around the corner, but it will be here sooner than you think. Natatia’s One-on-One fitness is ready to help get you in top shape for swimsuit season, and is offering an eight-week spring group training session, beginning April 7.

Natatia Gemmell, personal trainer and group instructor, encourages every participant to work at their own fitness level to achieve personal goals. Group sessions include training with a number of different piece of equipment, including free weights, TRX, barbells, steps, medicine and exercise balls, battle ropes, slam balls, and body bars.

Gemmell’s training can be ideal for a beginner or a more experienced athlete.

“Exercises in the personal training programs are always modified to each individual’s ability,” she said.

The eight-week group training session will be Gemmell’s third group fitness program and has been a big hit with participants in the past. The program requires a commitment of an hour long session, and three sessions a week, and for a total of 24 sessions, but Gemmell said the impact is well worth the effort.

“It’s impacted me hugely,” said client Angie Van Wingerden, who is on her second group fitness program. “I can feel the difference in my energy levels, weight loss, strength as well as my mental well-being. I would definitely do another session.”

Gemmell provides a full assessment of each participant as they sign up, and ensures each member is getting the most out of their workout, so every group member is challenged to push themselves.

“It’s a lot of fun, but it’s harder because I have to make sure I challenge each individual at their level while making sure everyone is doing each technique correctly,” said Gemmell.

Early bird registrants will get a 20 per cent discount on the program plus a week’s worth of free sessions. For more information visit www.natatia.com or call 613-913-5435. Best of all the program ends with a half day boot-camp followed by a BBQ.

Submitted by Natatia’s One-on-One Fitness.

 

 

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